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suityou01
18th April 2010, 20:08
Virgin media channel 135 (SyFy)

Sci Fi channel.

Such a great movie, and if I can make allowances for the new chavvy daleks, this should be easy to cover for the aged film.

vetran
18th April 2010, 20:21
Yep even Predator & the hitcher have stood the test of time.

Highlander & Independance day are still good, what makes a film timeless?

Clippy
18th April 2010, 20:32
Classic action movie as is Predator (hence the avatar). So is Die Hard.

Recommend you watch this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwyyJ3D3g1E) which has interesting background to the origins of the Terminator story.

What makes a film timeless - good, simple storytelling.

suityou01
18th April 2010, 20:39
One star already? Well chuffed, thanks Tinkles. :tongue

dspsyssts
18th April 2010, 21:05
Ooh! are we talking Si-fi films?

2001 and Bladerunner for me....

Look at the old Star Trek's being made at the same time as 2001 was in 1968...what a difference...

Bladerunner in blue ray please, but which version?...I'll have to go watch them all again.......

~checks sig~

TimberWolf
18th April 2010, 21:20
Haven't seen Silent Running (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Running) for a long time. Good old Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Zippy
18th April 2010, 21:43
Highlander & Independance day are still good, what makes a film timeless?

It could be the story (e.g. Dark Star), the extremely low budget (e.g. Dark Star) or the quality of the acting (errrrmmm)

stek
18th April 2010, 23:53
Commando.

Time to let of some steam, Bennett....

Absolute glorious crap!

centurian
19th April 2010, 18:16
Saw parts of Terminator 2 a few weeks back.

Despite being 20 years old, the special effects of the T-1000 still look pretty cool.

VectraMan
19th April 2010, 18:32
Saw parts of Terminator 2 a few weeks back.

Despite being 20 years old, the special effects of the T-1000 still look pretty cool.

Yes the liquid metal was a great use of effects. These days they just have the hyper realism of things like Avatar, but somehow it lacks that cool factor.

There's a bit at the end of Terminator with the skeleton walking into the factory. Most of it is a head and shoulders shot, which looks totally realistic, and somewhat terrifying, and that was a puppet with two guys underneath operating it. Then it cuts to a bit of stop motion because somebody thought it was necessary to see the whole Terminator-skeleton, and it looks laughably cheap and spoils the atmopshere.

That's a good example of how the "look at what we can do" approach to effects has often spoiled movies.

And then there's the "inside Arnie's head" bit in T2 which you'd think was just CGI (yawn), and was actually done with a fake mirror and Linda Hamilton's twin sister. That always amazes me.

Zippy
19th April 2010, 18:44
Terminator 2 is one of my favourite films and the special effects were terrific, but I think the story was what sold it. We dig out the DVD and watch it about twice a year.

Clippy
19th April 2010, 20:02
Yes the liquid metal was a great use of effects. These days they just have the hyper realism of things like Avatar, but somehow it lacks that cool factor.

There's a bit at the end of Terminator with the skeleton walking into the factory. Most of it is a head and shoulders shot, which looks totally realistic, and somewhat terrifying, and that was a puppet with two guys underneath operating it. Then it cuts to a bit of stop motion because somebody thought it was necessary to see the whole Terminator-skeleton, and it looks laughably cheap and spoils the atmopshere.

That's a good example of how the "look at what we can do" approach to effects has often spoiled movies.

And then there's the "inside Arnie's head" bit in T2 which you'd think was just CGI (yawn), and was actually done with a fake mirror and Linda Hamilton's twin sister. That always amazes me.

I know what you mean. That scene was cut from the theatrical release to reduce the movies running time.

However, if you look at that and the other scenes that were cut, they are actually excellent examples of how they actually further the narrative but you can understand them being cut as it doesn't detract from the overall story. Another good example is the scene where John Connor teaches Arnie to smile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANUP5-aW4E)!

The same is true for the Aliens Special Edition and the sentry gun scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B4-nCVwMbA) but, IMHO, it's a brilliantly effective scene which really ramps up the tension of the movie and shouldn't have been cut.

bobhope
20th April 2010, 07:01
You overlooked the fact that Wargames was on the same time on Sunday night?

"The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

VectraMan
20th April 2010, 08:05
The same is true for the Aliens Special Edition and the sentry gun scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B4-nCVwMbA) but, IMHO, it's a brilliantly effective scene which really ramps up the tension of the movie and shouldn't have been cut.

My Aliens DVD has that on it. I had no idea it had been cut out.

fullyautomatix
20th April 2010, 08:10
Terminator was a great movie for me simply because it was a Part 2 and bettered part 1. No other movie since has managed it for me. Another movie I keep watching every time on telly is Fifth Element, which is awesome.

VectraMan
20th April 2010, 08:12
Terminator was a great movie for me simply because it was a Part 2 and bettered part 1. No other movie since has managed it for me. Another movie I keep watching every time on telly is Fifth Element, which is awesome.

What was Terminator part 2 of?

fullyautomatix
20th April 2010, 08:16
What was Terminator part 2 of?


Dunno. :confused:

Pogle
20th April 2010, 08:17
I'm a big fan of the Alien films, saw the alternative version of the 3rd one (the one that was slated, set on a prison world) and it was actually quite good - Lords knows why they hacked it about for the cinema release.