Day 150: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

terminator 3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken
Rated: R
Length: 109 min.
Release: July 2, 2003

Synopsis: More than 10 years after ‘Terminator 2’, John Connor now exists only as a drifter – living ‘off the grid’, so no more Terminators from the future can hunt him down. Unfortunately, SkyNet does send another one back – and this one is called the T-X, even more powerful & advanced than the dreaded T-1000. However, another CSM-101 Terminator is also sent back to protect John against the T-X. Now, Skynet is patiently assuming control of civilian computer systems, under the guise of a computer virus. John has also met his future wife, Kate Brewster, whose father – a U.S. Air Force General – is in charge of the military computer systems & is leery of up linking SkyNet. However, when the SkyNet virus infects the U.S military computers & leaves the country open to attack, the machines begin their horrific takeover. Soon a nuclear war will result – and the war against the machines will begin. Can the outdated CSM-101 Terminator eliminate the highly advanced T-X – or will a darker future await man following the nuclear attack?

My Thoughts:
Well, he’s back…again. It was a long time coming, and all the hype just made it impossible to live up to. But, for what it’s worth, I did enjoy this movie. Sure, it’s not nearly as good as the other two films. And yeah, it kind of throws the theme of “no fate , but what we make” right out the window…but it’s an entertaining action movie. A top notch action and special effects movie, and lets be honest…that’s what we expect from a terminator movie.

As great as the special effects and action are there are a few things problematic with this film. First off, this was the last movie Arnold did before he took office as California’s governor, so it’s a little strange seeing Arnold play the same type of terminator while he looks older. In addition, the story seems to fly in the face of a major theme of the first two films. “No fate but what we make” was a critical part of the motivation in the first two films. Without giving away to much, that idea is pretty much thrown out the window making us all ask the question…why would that message be sent back from the future in the first place? But perhaps I’m over thinking it too much. Movies and TV shows that deal with time travel can get ruined real fast by over thinking them. Back to the future is one such example. The terminator series is a great example of that as well.

Another problem I have with the film is how the character of John Connor is portrayed. You would think that, having been raised and trained by such a tuff militarized person like Sarah Connor he would have turned out to be more of a badass. Instead, he seems to be on the run rejecting his “calling” and living more like a whiny little punk. Not exactly the approach I would have gone with, but I guess if he was all big, tuff and ready to take on a terminator he wouldn’t have needed another one sent back in time to protect him.

Though not as intimidating and frightening as the T1000 the TX terminator is a solid antagonist in this movie. It’s unique to have a “female” terminator as well. I wasn’t sure how well it would work having Kristanna Loken go head to head with Arnold, but it worked. She played the cold and calculated assassin rather well. I believed she could stand toe to toe with Arnold’s terminator.

Overall, this was still a fun flick. It did the Terminator franchise justice and it was interesting how it gave us a tast of what John Connor was like as a man before he stepped up and became the great military leader he was destined to become. I’m giving this one 3.5 stars.


Day 19: Three to Tango

Three to Tango
Directed by:
Damon Santostefano
Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt & John C. McGinley
Rated: PG-13
ength: 98 min.
Released:  October 22, 1999
Trailer Synopsis:
Oscar is an architect, he and his partner, Peter are competing with another pair for a restoration job. Charles Newman, the pompous businessman, who will decide who among them will do the job. He instructs them to build a model of their proposals, he will decide then which one will get the job, and they have to pay for it themselves. Now Oscar and Peter are struggling but Peter decides to mortgage his apartment so they can get the job. Now Peter who is gay and after being caught in a “compromising” position with him, Oscar is misbelieved to be gay. Now Charles who has a mistress, Amy. Now she is surround by several male friends, Charles is a little insecure; when he learns that Oscar is gay, he “asks” him to keep an eye on her. Oscar is taken with her but when he learns that they think he is gay, and knowing that it could jeopardize the job allows them to continue thinking that. But things go out of hand when a newspaper reporter outs him. And Oscar who has fallen for Amy and who disapproves of her relationship with Charles, is uncertain of what to do.

My Thoughts
So, before there was I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry…there was Three To Tango. To be honest I had no idea what this movie was about before I watched it. It was given to me in a stack of VHS tapes and I think I threw it in there to balance out all the manly movies. The wife would not have liked it if I didn’t bring home a few romantic comedies…you know?

This humorous plot is one that seems to come out of the woodwork about every 4-5 years or so. Through some strange situation a straight guy is forced to fake being gay…only to have the lies fall apart and he gets caught. But, always has a new outlook on life in the end. It’s a smart way for the pro-gay movement to get their message out there. Have the audience get a look at what it would be like for a straight person to be treated as gay. That makes the audience think about the fair treatment of the gay community in general. Very smart idea.

This film didn’t seem as “preachy” as others though. I liked that. It was just a funny, ironic and entertaining love story about a guy who can’t get the girl of his dreams because he’s forced to pretend he’s gay. I mean let’s be honest, that would be a rather funny (or at least ironic) situation for a straight guy to be in.

The cast was also a bunch of all-stars! Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt and even that guy from Scrubs John C. McGinley! All of them give decent performances in this B flick romantic comedy. Rather short review today, I know…but I’ll give this one 3.5 stars out of 5. It was funny…but not an epic fall on the floor laughing comedy. It was sappy at times too. But hey…it’s more of a “chick-flick” so that’s to be expected.