Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Jingle All the Way

Released: 22 November 1996Director: Brian LevantDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $75 millionStars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Robert Conrad, Rita Wilson, and Phil Hartman The Plot:Howard Langston (Schwarzenegger) is a workaholic husband and father who, after missing his son Jamie’s (Lloyd) karate class graduation, promises to make it up to him by buying him the hottest … Continue reading Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Jingle All the Way

Talking Movies [Judgment Day]: The Terminator

“Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines”. Yes, friends, today’s the day that Skynet, the malevolent artificial intelligence of the Terminator franchise (Various, 1984 to 2019) was said to … Continue reading Talking Movies [Judgment Day]: The Terminator

Talking Movies: Total Recall

Released: 1 June 1990Director: Paul VerhoevenDistributor: TriStar PicturesBudget: $50 to 60 millionStars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, and Ronny Cox The Plot:Construction worker Douglas Quaid (Schwarzenegger) lives a mundane life dominated by dreams of Mars. Determined to fulfil his fantasy of having visited the Red Planet, he pays to have memories of … Continue reading Talking Movies: Total Recall

Talking Movies [Predator Day]: Predator

In 2019, there was a bit of a fan movement to declare June 12th as “Predator Day” to commemorate the release of one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. I, being a massive fan of the franchise, am all for this but, unfortunately 12 June clashes with “Superman Day” so I’m a few days … Continue reading Talking Movies [Predator Day]: Predator

Talking Movies: Escape Plan 3

Released: 2 July 2019Director: John HerzfeldDistributor: Lionsgate/Universal PicturesBudget: $70.6 millionStars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Max Zhang, Harry Shum Jr, Devon Sawa, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson The Plot:Ray Breslin’s (Stallone) past comes back to haunt him when Lester Clark Jr (Sawa), the son of his former business associate, abducts a number of people, including his … Continue reading Talking Movies: Escape Plan 3

Talking Movies: Escape Plan 2

Released: 29 June 2018Director: Steven C. MillerDistributor: Lionsgate Home EntertainmentBudget: $20 millionStars: Sylvester Stallone, Huang Xiaoming, Dave Bautista, Jesse Metcalfe, Wes Chatham, and Titus Welliver The Plot:Ray Breslin (Stallone) has expanded his operation, taking on Shu Ren (Xiaoming) and Lucas “Luke” Graves (Metcalfe) as protégés. However, when Shu is kidnapped and imprisoned in a high-tech … Continue reading Talking Movies: Escape Plan 2

Talking Movies: Escape Plan

Released: 18 October 2013Director: Mikael HåfströmDistributor: Summit EntertainmentBudget: $54 to 70 millionStars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, and Vincent D’Onofrio The Plot:Ray Breslin (Stallone) is the world’s foremost authority on escaping supermax prisons; however, when he’s double-crossed and thrown into the most impenetrable prison ever, the Tomb, he must team up with … Continue reading Talking Movies: Escape Plan

10 FTW: Under-Rated Sequels

Sequels are funny things; you have to get the balance just right between providing everything people enjoyed about the first moving but expanding upon the plot and characters in a natural way. If it’s difficult for a lot of sequels to get this right, it’s even harder for third, fourth, or other sequential entries to … Continue reading 10 FTW: Under-Rated Sequels

Game Corner: Alien vs. Predator (Arcade)

As always, I am opening this review by asking you to cast your minds back to the 1990s. This time, we’re specifically winding the clock back to 1994, a time when Xenomorphs had been off cinema screens since Alien3 (Fincher, 1992) and we hadn’t seen a Predator onscreen since Predator 2 (Hopkins, 1990). Both franchises … Continue reading Game Corner: Alien vs. Predator (Arcade)