Also with Takakura Ken. Good movie, has that 70s gritty crime thriller feel to it any one of those American/Japanese movies that actually respect both sides (well mostly) like Hell in the Pacific or Tora! Tora! Tora! Cool posters too!The Yakuza
Another Robert Mitchum film though I've never seen this one before, a decent enough crime thriller if a bit too long and heavy on the Japanese customs. Well shot by Sidney Pollack though.
That last poster is sexy as fuck.
I'm not having T2 as only a 7.5-8/10
I recently rewatched Terminator 1 and 2 for the first time in a number of years.
To my surprise, I wasn't quite as enthusiastic about T2 as I had been in years passed. Without question, it is a very well-made, visually brilliant, and at times quite intense action film. But where I think the movie suffers today is its constant emphasis on the villain's special FX. That's NOT to say that the effects are outdated (on the contrary, they're still much better than the cartoonish CGI that's prevalent throughout movies today), but they lack the novelty and shock value that they had when the movie was released nearly three decades ago, and the movie's constant focus on them seems to slow and disrupt the pacing of the action. I also think the movie is a bit overlong for an action film.
I've always had a preference for T1 over T2, but after watching them again, I feel more certain than ever that T1 is the superior film, despite its smaller budget and inferior FX. My main reasons:
-As good a job as Robert Patrick did as T2's villain, Arnie is simply in a league of his own as one of the most chilling and memorable villains in cinematic history. The scenes where he punches through a street punk, brutally murders a mother on her doorstep, and wipes out an entire police station all stand the test of time for their brutality and intensity.
-Kyle Reese's character brings much more emotion and depth to T1's story than was in T2 IMO. Whether it be his PTSD flashbacks, his awkward, but poignant admission that he loved Sarah long before ever meeting her, or Sarah's final touching reflection that they "loved a lifetime's-worth" - all lift T1 up from being just a well-made sci-fi/action film to being simply one of the greatest movies ever made.
My ratings for each:
T1 - 10/10
T2 - 7.5-8/10
The team always wrote good characters but this edition really was brilliant the cinematography Especially stood out for me wasn’t expecting much but this was masterful in more ways than i can describeEl Camino (2019 Breaking Bad movie)
Whether you rate Breaking Bad an ATG or not, it changed television. I didn't quite like the ending cause it focused too much on one half of the Dynamic Drug Dealing Duo, and his theatrics were untrue to his dark path he took. Thx God for Vince Gilligan & stuff tho, cause El Camino is fantastic, and if you needed further proof streaming takes over: it's here on day 0 everywhere on the planet, in spectacular quality, so thx Netflix!
So glad to see Jessie back, and I while Walter White / Bryan Cranston always outshined him per acting & character arc, Aaron Paul gives a towering, gritty performance here in an essentially 2-hour closing episode of BB. And unlike Deadwood the Movie which suffered too much for being delayed for too long, even though I probably missed many references, I got right back into Gilligan's world.
Tense, full of suspense, a little dark humor and good, old fashioned, clean writing without self-importance - El Camino comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and concludes the series as it it should've years ago. Well done.