Saturday, May 3, 2008
Watched this at The Palace at Midnight. What can I say but........AWE-SOME!
COX and I agreed that neither of us had the opportunity to ever see this in the theater.
We both grew up watching this over and over. It is an absolute classic of 1984,
and I give The Palace 2 thumbs up for choosing this film to show as part of their "Midnight Madness" features.
It was everything that I remember and more. I love the gritty feel. I love the lower budget. It has a "real" feel to it. It is not high-end special effects.....it doesn't require that. I wish that more movies of today were made in this fashion, and not worry so much about the bright lights, big name actors, huge CGI special effects, and big budgets. Make some quality stuff like this. If Hollywood wont do it, then maybe old COX and I need to step up to the plate and offer something that audiences (like us) will love and respect.
Part of why I like to view these older films on the big screen like this is the fact that the film is aged and has been played numerous times. This causes the film to have imperfections, scratches, bad cuts, poorer sound quality. You would think that most people would HATE this............for COX and I it is completely the opposite. We cherish these things. They make the movie that much better. It adds a certain feel to it that you cant get at home watching a Digital DVD.
Schwarzenegger is huge and in his prime. Biehn is tough and this is his signature role. Hamilton does a fantastic job. It will probably be a while before this is ever played anywhere else on the big screen anytime soon, but if it does, and you like this kind of stuff, you don't want to miss it. It was one of the best movie experiences I have had in a while.