The Great Villain Blogathon 2017: The T-1000 from Terminator 2

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internet. Today I am giving you a different kind of post. It’s not a review, it’s not me talking about a new trailer, and it’s not me talking about music that I like. Today I am giving you all my entry for The Great Villain Blogathon (2017 edition) which is hosted by Ruth from Silver Screenings, Karen from Shadows & Satin, and Kristina from Speakeasy. So this blogathon, as you could probably tell from the title of it, is about the great cinematic villains. I was of course intrigued by this, especially since I’ve partaken in other blogathons hosted by some of these people before. But also because I like villains… as long as they’re not shit, of course. So, without further ado, here it is… my entry for the Great Villain Blogathon!

And I guess I should say this right now: Potential spoilers for all the “Terminator” movies coming up. Because I feel like I can’t properly talk about this guy without comparing him and his shenanigans to the other movies… so yeah… spoiler alert.

Ladies and gentlemen… The T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”!

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, the 1991 sequel to the 1984 hit movie “The Terminator”. Not only did it have to be a good sequel (which is hard enough), but it had to try to live up to one of the most revolutionary movies of 1980s. It wasn’t an easy task, but James Cameron was willing to tackle it. And god damn, the crazy son of a bitch actually succeeded. To quickly get my thoughts out of the way: “Terminator 2” > “The Terminator”. Now, let’s talk about the villains. In the first movie you had Arnold playing the villain, a T-800 Terminator sent back to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). He was big, tough, and kind of scary at times. The T-800 was one relentless bastard that was intimidating as it with great determination followed Sarah Connor around. So how do you improve on that? Well, by having the villain be made of liquid metal of course. Instead of having a bulky robot with skin wrapped around it, you’d have something that could change it’s shape into anything of a similar mass.

He’s one deceptive fucker.

Sure, Arnold-bot was intimidating, but at least he had a bulky body that you could most likely destroy. But how the hell does one take out a thing that can turn into liquid and also morph itself into various shapes? One of it’s favorite tricks being to morph it’s arms into blades.

That’s what you get for drinking right out of the package, Todd.

And since he’s made from liquid metal, bullets don’t really do anything do him. Okay, they stagger him for a little bit, but he just regenerates. Since there’s no blood or actual machinery inside him, he can’t get hurt by conventional weaponry. Not even a point blank headshot from a Winchester 1887 shotgun. Just take a look at the picture below.

Now that’s what I call a splitting headache!

So we have a near indestuctible liquid metal Terminator that will not stop until it finishes it’s job. That sounds great enough on it’s own, but what really makes this character as memorable as it is is the performance. The T-1000 in “Terminator 2” is played by Robert Patrick, and he is aboslutely fantastic in the role. Sure, as a liquid metal organism he doesn’t need to show much emotion, but the cold killer gaze combined with his stiff yet fluid body movements is what makes him great in the role. And he compltely sells the action scenes. In the first movie you had Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) protecting Sarah Connor, but since he was human, he and the Terminator could never properly fight. However, since we now have a T-800 protecting Sarah and John, and a T-1000 chasing them, we get a pretty interesting dynamic. We get two Terminators, one older model and one newer, much deadlier model, fighting to the death. And it’s awesome!

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

“The Terminator” had the lumbering danger of the Arnold-bot. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” had the sexy mediocrity of the T-X. “Terminator: Salvation” had… what did that have, can someone please remind me? And “Terminator: Genisys” had something, I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know. But none of them is as memorable or as terrifying as the liquid metal badass that is the revolutionary T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” played by the great Robert Patrick.

I’d like to hear from you guys, what are your thoughts on the T-1000? And what are your thoughts on the “Terminator” movies in general? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments. And also, huge thanks to Ruth, Karen, and Kristina for allowing me to partake in this. I had fun, especially because it gave me an excuse to rewatch “Terminator 2”. I suggest you go give these lovely people a follow if you haven’t already… because they’re pretty cool.
Have a good one!

Movie Review: Jingle All the Way (1996)

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I know there’s been a lack of christmas movies on my blog this december, but I really haven’t prioritized them at all. I also couldn’t think of any I wanted to review… except for one. And the only reason I wanted to do that was because of one man, and that man is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Jingle All the Way”.

Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a man who rarely gets to spend time with his family which is a huge disappointment for his son (Jake Lloyd). So to make it up to him, Howard has promised his son that he will get him the one thing he wants most out of everything in the world… a “Turbo Man” action figure. As you may suspect, this is the hottest toy on the market and it’s basically sold out everywhere and Howard has to find a way to get one before christmas day strikes. And from that we get slapstick, stupidity and even a little bit of clever satire. Don’t get me wrong, the plot of this movie is all over the place but there were times in the movie where I felt that there was a bit of smart commentary on people as consumers, especially around the holidays. But that was brief and we get more stupid shit. So I am very split when it comes to the plot about the movie. I guess I could appreciate it a bit more if there was a clear and good moral to the story, but since there is none I can’t have that level appreciation for the plot of the movie.

The characters are all selfish bastards and somehow I don’t completely hate them. I guess that it’s because they got a certain level of charm to them. Arnold is just as entertaining as he usually is, giving some funny/terrible one-liners and “classic” quotes. And I’m not gonna lie, his performance even though it was silly, wasn’t half bad. Jake Lloyd as his son, while not giving a “good” performance, wasn’t god-awful and actually kind of worked. I mean, he wasn’t “Phantom Menace” bad. Sinbad as the man is called plays a mailman who Arnold runs into throughout the movie and he was pretty good in his role I guess. Phil Hartman (R.I.P) plays Arnold’s slimy, goody-two-shoes neighbor and he was good in his role. And Rita Wilson as Arnold’s wife was good too. Most actors did a good job in the movie I suppose, it’s hard to say when it’s such a weird movie.

The original score for “Jingle All the Way” was composed by David Newman and it wasn’t bad. It’s your typcial holiday/slapstick style and it works for the movie. I mean, it is pretty well composed. Then we have a good mix of licensed christmas songs as well in the movie and they all worked where they were used. There is a good mix of different artists in the soundtrack which makes for a good soundtrack.

The movie was directed by Brian Levant and looking at his imdb page makes me scared. As far as my eye can see, there is not good movie in his list at all. But I shouldn’t focus on those other atrocities, I should focus on “Jingle All the Way”. This movie is not poorly directed, but I feel like the style is so simple and standard that I don’t feel any originality or personal style to make it all stand out in any way. What I am trying to say is that the movie is visually forgettable.
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Sorry, Arnold… but this is an honest review.
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This movie hasn’t been that well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 17% (ouch) positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t even exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,4/10.

“Jingle All the Way” is a bit of a mixed bag. It has a stupid plot that is all over the place, but the characters are pretty fun and the soundtrack is great. However the directing is pretty meh. Time for my final score. PUT DAT COOKIE DOOOWN! My final score for “Jingle All the Way” is a 6,74/10. I think it’s worth a rental.
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“Jingle All the Way” is now reviewed.

I’m sorry about that, Arnold. But even though the movie was meh, I still love you.
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My Favorite Scenes: Terminator 2 – Encounter/Chase

Thought I forgot about this segment, did ya? Well you were wrong. Today “My Favorite Scenes” returns… in a big way. The scene today is from one of the greatest action movies ever; “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. This is the scene where John Connor (Edward Furlong) encounters both the T-800 (Arnold) and the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) and becomes part of one of the best chase scenes in any movie ever. It is intense, it is badass and it is practical effects only. Oh yeah, that happened. I love this scene so much because of the reasons I just stated. So sit back and enjoy this amazing scene from one of my favorite movies!