Nice collection Nic.
I guess like a bunch of other 80's & 90's films of that type, the first film was enough fun (almost a self-parody, really) to make it a pretty good watch, but there wasn't much left to build upon in future films.We watched Predators last night ... well 3/4 of it before giving up! Absolute rubbish.
A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.
I really loved that pulp series, and was disappointed to hear the movie sounded so mediocre....But then I liked Disney's John Carter which flopped at the box office.
What? You've never seen Titanic? Never, ever, ever? Look, you've gotta see it just for the boat-sinking. I know you dig that briney-grave shipwreck stuff as much as I do... and it's an extremely realistic look at how that ship went down. I probably saw it three times at the theatre before I started thinking "Hey... the story built around this cool ship-sinking is kinda trite!" That's the problem with Avatar, as well. Yes, I get the tired symbolism of how much humans love their Manifest Destiny to wipe out primitive societies. Avatar is nothing but Return of the Jedi with hotter Ewoks. It sure is pretty to look at, but that's about all it's worth in the long run.I don't think anything's ever going to be bring me to watch "Titanic" though, sorry.
I recall reading that Biskind book on a road trip with friends around 20 years ago. That's the kind of thing that helped get me interested in thinking of movies and watching 'making of' / fX shows more than watching the actual movies themselves so much. (other than Starship Troopers, of course)The one thing that stands out in my mind about Marcia Lucas was her appearance in Peter Biskind's definitive book on '70s cinema Easy Riders and Raging Bulls, when she said that Francis Ford Coppola was "a pussy hound." HA! That's a phrase that's just not used enough anymore! But, yeah... a really good editor. American Graffiti is one of my all-time favorites.
Late reply; just noticed this post. Bad Ike, bad!Now for a real top classic australian movie with some of our greatest actors ever a great escape over 50 years in the making...
Solid nine for me at least nine for laughs and tears..stupid ratings perhaps a bit long though lifes like that.