35 – American History X (1998)

You want ketchup on that ?

You want ketchup on that ?

I remember Barrett saying that American History X was one of his favourite films but i never rated it,i wrote it off as one of them films that uses too much graphic violence.Like them rubbish fottie gang movies that were being churned out in there dozens in the 90’s.Not my bag really.I was shocked to see it on the list never mind in the top 40.Shocked.The film is about a young teenage skinhead and his last 24 hours before he is killed by a black dude.There’s a load of flashbacks throughout that show how he and his brother came to be filled with so much hatred.Ah,the films not all gloom and doom.Dannys older brother Darryl sees the error of his ways while inside and comes out a new man and tries to get his brother away from the Nazi group.which he does.But it’s short lived.Norton got an Oscar nod for this and fair dues to him,it’s a good performance.I did notice The Clockwork Orange reference with Danny and his principle,the “what’s it going to be” line.It’s used numerous times in Burgess novel and it’s more or less that same scenario here.It’s an ultimatum.I don’t like the overall look of the film for some reason.There’s something not quite right about some of the black and white stuff.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  I’M ONLY RECOMMENDING IT FOR EDDIE NORTONS ACTING.THE WATER LOOKS REALLY STRANGE IN THIS FILM.WATCH THE SLOW MOTION SHOTS.

 

37 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Fuck yeah! How cool does this look?!

Fuck yeah! How cool does this look?!

Tony told me once that Terminator 2 was his favorite film.I always over looked it and if it was on the t.v. wouldn’t watch it.But after watching it just now i’ll do a 180 on the thing.Great film,Cameron directed and co-wrote it and it’s bang on.I think i seen Terminator 1 when i was a kid and hated it and just associated the two.The story’s great and the casting is perfect.Robert Patrick and his portrayal of the T-1000 is great,he seems more machine that human.The films not perfect but what is?I noticed some of the stunt doubles well different from the people they were meant to be.Be it Furlong or Arnie or whoever.The download i got for the film is the special edition.The one with some 10 or so extra cuts/scenes added.I usually remember a film scene for scene after one viewing but there was a few in this that i didn’t know also Arnie kept jumping between young and old.I think there was 10 years between the re-shoots for the added stuff.I’ll spin of a couple and let me know if i’m wrong:the T-1000 gets all buggered up after the liquid nitrogen and his hands get stuck to a rail,then his feet gets stuck to the ground.Wait maybe i’m wrong here because i do remember there being a scene that was added where the Terminator repairs his eye and that one wasn’t in this.Strange.Great film either way.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  ARNIES ON FORM.THE TIME TRAVEL ISSUE DIDN’T GIVE ME BEEF EITHER.