Today's film, #1, 1984's "The Terminator," because they're showing T2 at the movie theatre this week and it probably works better if I've seen T1 recently.

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Today's film, #2, "Promare." No idea what this one's about but the animation looks cool.

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Tonight's film, #3! 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"! In the movie theatre, so: I'll be back?

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Way funnier than the first one, ergo, way better than the first one.

Saddest thumbs up in cinematic history.

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A slight issue I can see with the Terminator franchise is that T2 serves as a pretty solid ending? And yet I am aware of at least four additional films.

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Tonight's film, #4! A friend on the other website is making me watch "Christine," which I understand to be "what if Duel but it's demons or some shit."

This kind of thing works better for me on the TV, so see y'all in two hours.

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Oh my god, find some other word to call everyone you hate that's not "shitter"!! Oh my god!! Any other word!!

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They can't all be "shitters!" You can't wish death on all the "shitters!"

Any other woooooord!!!!

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A year from now I'm gonna remember this one as "the car one where he calls everyone a shitter."

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πŸš— "Christine" (1983) 

The movie can't quite decide if the car is just inherently evil -- born that way in the factory -- or if it's, like, posessed by the original owner in some way, because the way Arnie turns into a greaser sorta kinda contradicts the premise established by the opening scene?

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Today's film! #5, 1932 Best Picture nominee "Smilin' Through."

I've deffo looked at the Wikipedia page, but no idea what this one's about.

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The first few years of these I had a hard time finding good copies of a lot of them, but now I'm mostly watching good Blu-Ray rips.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

This fellow's wife has died before the start of the film, and he's not too happy about it, which makes a change from romcoms about awful men being saddled with wifes they don't much like.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Uh-oh. The widower's friend and his five-year old daughter invited themselves to come live with him to help him deal with his loss and we've immediately cut to the daughter at, shall we say, marryin' age.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

I was up for "sad old widower learns to love again, precocious child involved in some way" but I do not wish for who he learns to love to be the precocious child he has been raising like a daughter for fifteen years.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

"That's my father."

Oh, I see, she's falling for Son of Widower, and, I assume, they'll be who Widower learns to Love Again through.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Hold on, it's not Son of Widower, it's Son of... Widower's Long-Dead Mortal Enemy.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

It's a good thing this is a Blu-Ray rip and not some 480p shit I had to grab from a Russian site or I might get confused about these dual roles.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

They make a whole thing of how much Daughter of Widower's Friend looks exactly like Dead Wife, but, I mean, well, yes, they're both played by Norma Shearer! It's not even identical cousins, they're not even related!

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

The Widower's Mortal Enemy is the Widower's mortal enemy because he's the fellow who shot Dead Wife -- on their wedding day.

To be fair, you can see why she doesn't want Friend's Daughter to have anything to do with Mortal Enemy's Son.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

Obviously, 1933, but "oh no the boy has to go to the war" is just not something I find very relatable.

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

after a short shot of snow outside a window, during which the War happens, Son of Mortal Enemy does not appear to have come back from the War

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

oh, there he is, on the late train, paralysed below the hip

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πŸŽ₯ "Smilin' Through" (1932) 

The Widower dies in the middle of a chess game basically immediately after letting go of the hate he still felt, or something like that, as the punchline to a running gag where he keeps falling asleep in the middle of chess games.

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Movie #6! I watched spoopy zoom call horror movie "Host."

I don't watch a lotta these by pretty much any definition of "these," but, I dunno, at 56 minutes, pretty efficient use of all parts of the clichΓ© buffalo.

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Tonight's film, movie #7! Ripped from the headlines, it's 1932 Best Picture nominee "I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang."

...Finally, one I feel like I can safely assume is exactly what it says on the tin.

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

Not got a word to say about it, but this is pretty good.

(I think this is the earliest I've seen the pan-across-a-map for a travel montage, though I think that originates in serials, not here.)

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

this whole chain gang business seems absolutely wretched and inhumane, so good thing the US stopped doing it in the fifties-- reintroduced in some states in 1995? a thing today? what the fuck?

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

Nearly halfway through, and only now is the wrongfully convicted-for-robbery WW1 vet with PTSD actually making his escape from the chain gang.

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

hahaha

tv isn't a thing yet so the "emergency broadcast, watch out for this escaped convict" thing is delivered by a cop who happens to sit down in the same barber shop as him

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

I feel like in 1922 an escaped prisoner could probably just change their haircut and move to a new town and nobody would ever find them.

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⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

"They promised me a pardon if I came back for 90 days."

sigh
sigh
siiiiiiigh

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@Alexis I hope you know to stop there! (I've heard Dark Fate might be worthwhile, but otherwise, uhhh)

@naga I already saw Genisys with friends in London, so yeah, uhhh, I know what you mean.

But nothing wrong with a dumb popcorn movie!

@naga I'd only seen the first one beforehand, and lemme tell ya, I bet it makes exactly as much sense *with* all the context.

@Alexis Dark Fate apparently pulls the Highlander trick and ignores the intervening ones (each Highlander sequel, and even the TV series, spun off directly from the first movie)

@Alexis as someone who hasn't seen a single Terminator film, my understanding is: time travel?

@The_T I've *seen* the fourth one, and don't remember a thing about besides Matt Smith playing Skynet, so: I guess?? Probably??

@Alexis sigh should I just go ahead and watch these as well

@Alexis there's a TV series also isn't there. is it Joss Whedon??

@The_T I don't think it's one of his, and I also don't think I need a mid-2000s Fox version of this franchise in my life, honestly.

@Alexis The post-T2 movies are the very definition of "wibbly-wobbily timey-wimey"

@Alexis All Terminator movies are just remakes of the first one.

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

@Alexis@beepboop.one welcome to the united states where we have absolutely totally abolished slave labor yep that's a thing we did look it's right there in the history books

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

@InspectorCaracal "Yes, I got rid of my gun," says man planning to make trip to gun store to buy gun this very afternoon.

re: ⛓️ "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) 

@Alexis@beepboop.one more like "yes i've gotten rid of all my guns, where guns means rifles and i've still got a room full of revolvers"

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