The Terminator, one of the most unique movies for its time, takes the place for 1984 in iHartMovies’ Monumental Movies Exclusive. I’m sure you all know the simple, yet effective plot to this movie, so to sum up, Arnold Schwarzenegger, plays a cyborg, all wired up, under living, human tissue, as a disguise, sent from the future, in an attempt to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), before she gives birth to son, John Connor, who will ultimately grow up to become a leader of the resistance against self-aware machines who will inevitably take over the world. Amazing, I know. But that isn’t all; a man, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent to stop The Terminator.
In the end of the movie, with the help, yet unfortunate death of John’s father, Reese, Sarah manages to survive, destroying the Terminator. The scene shows Sarah recording a monologue for John Connor (of which some of the recordings can be heard in later movies, including Terminator Salvation). She then contemplates stuff about John and the future, before driving off into the distance. Although still a great movie, The Terminator was way ahead of its time, and as it is now, a classic. Arguably the movie that blasted Arnie’s movie career sky-high, this was the trigger for an even bigger particular movie released in 1991…
Although Arnie is clearly one of the most awesome, yet corniest actors ever, I always thought that he suited the role of the Terminator. His comical accent, mixed with a constant sense of seriousness, along with buffed up body, is the perfect combination for a killer cyborg…This movie has a simple, yet enjoyable plot, which was really something special for its time, and I suppose still is now. The special effects used, although somewhat rubbish now, were brilliant at the time, but still quite enjoyable to watch to this day nonetheless; and in particular, I’m talking about the eye scene. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the movie.
Although I felt it was slightly slow to start with, once the movie picks up, it is thoroughly enjoyable throughout, filled with suspense, action, and beautifully crafted one-liners from our main man, Arnie. In fact, the one-liners that Arnie comes out with is one of the main reasons I like the movie, and many of his other movies for that matter. Either way, the movie is still a good one, and is one I would definitely recommend. Another great movie from hugely renowned producer, and director, James Cameron.
Also, recent movie news has it reported that Arnie will be returning to the big screen, in numerous movies, including the upcoming Terminator movie, so keep an eye out for further information. The movie of 1985 will be revealed next week…
By Manpreet Singh
- John Connor’s Dad in ‘Terminator’ – ‘Memba Him? (tmz.com)
- Story Ideas for Terminator 5 & 6 (screenrant.com)
- Top 10 James Cameron moments (telegraph.co.uk)
- Universal Looking to Develop new TERMINATOR Film with Justin Lin Directing (geektyrant.com)
Taking the spot for 1983 in our Monumental Movies exclusive, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The concluding episode in the epic Star Wars saga sees Luke Skywalker, along with everyone else, as they face their final battle with The Galactic Empire, in the hope to destroy the newly built second Death Star, and attempt to bring the malevolent, corrupted Darth Vader, from The Dark Side back to The Light Side, to which he once belonged, before he was turned by the ruthless Darth Sidious, also known as The Emperor.
The movie picks up from the end of The Empire Strikes Back, where the Rebels have received a huge blow from Vader’s fist. Luke has learnt the grim truth of who is father is, and whilst in the process, has his hand chopped off (like father, like son..). Han Solo (Harrison Ford), is rescued from Jabba the Hutt‘s Palace. The final battle takes place on the forested moon of Endor, on which the furry, lovable Ewok inhabitants decide to help the Rebels fight the Empire (although I’ve always found it a little weird, how a bunch of camp teddy bear lookalikes manage to kill Galactic Stormtroopers…).
At the same time, the final showdown ensues between Vader and Luke, father and son… the Light Side, versus the Dark Side. As the battle continues, Luke ultimately manages to bring out the good in Vader, as, after almost literally beating him to death, Luke decides to spare Vader, following the ways of the Jedi, and Vader then returns to the Light side, putting a stop to Sidious who is attempting to kill Luke. As Vader lays, ready to die, Luke sees his face for the first time, as do we for the first time (in the original saga anyway). After a few, final words, Anakin Skywalker dies, before Luke manages an escape from the Death Star before it is obliterated by Wedge Antilles and Lando Calrissian, before flying off, with the Death Star exploding behind them. The movie ends with a big celebration, with the uprise of the Rebel Alliance, and the neutralisation of the evil, controlling Galactic Empire, with the higher spirits of Yoda, Obi-Wan and Anakin smiling at Luke.
The Return of The Jedi is a brilliant conclusion to an amazing saga, bringing together the whole story, right from the beginning in The Phantom Menace, all through the rest of the episodes. The story shows how the innocent, young Anakin, was tainted by the Dark Side, before finally going back to his good roots, once again becoming what he’d always dreamed of as a child, a Jedi, before dying. This episode gives a great finish to the story, tying all the loose ends to the storyline, whilst allowing comparisons to be made between the characters as they’ve developed over the episodes. This episode is just full of memorable moments, and moments that will put a smile on any true Star Wars fan’s face, with the triumph of the Light Side, and the restoration of the exemplary Anakin Skywalker who should have been.
For me, the only downside to this movie is that it means the end of the Star Wars saga, which truly is one of the best set of movies ever created, if not the best. Full of epic battles, ruthless villains, wookies, odd humour, great storylines, and of course, light sabers, this movie, along with the whole saga, is everything you could want from a sci-fi genre, plus more. This is definitely the movie of 1983 for me, and generally one of the best movies ever, too. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. And if you’re not into Star Wars, get into it, and watch this.
The movie of 1984 will be revealed next week…
By Manpreet Singh
- Billy Dee Williams says Han Solo rumour isn’t true (ctv.ca)
- The First in iHartMovies’ Monumental Movies – 1980: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (moviehart.wordpress.com)
- Cool hand, Luke (toddpack.com)
- Pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) on Blu-ray Up to $50 (36%) Off + Free $5 Amazon Video Credit + Free Shipping! (lockergnome.com)
- Return of the Jet-I: Best Cover Ever (PIC) (blippitt.com)
- Jedi Mediation – Lessons From Star Wars For Mediators And Peacemakers (conflictresolutions.wordpress.com)
First Blood, the first in the well renowned Rambo collection, takes the place for the movie of 1982. John Rambo (Sly Stallone), is a Vietnam veteran who managed to escape from a prison camp, and is now a lone wolf, a drifter, moving from town to town. Once Rambo learns of the death of a former Vietnam war friend, he travels to the town, to be greeted by the Sheriff, Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). After some time, it becomes clear to Rambo, that Teasle is deliberately showing disregard towards him, and Teasle soon makes it clear that drifters are not welcome in his town.
Rambo refuses to leave, and soon enough is arrested. After basically being treated like shit for no apparent reason, Rambo finally decides to put a stop to this prejudice, and retaliates, and this is where the awesomeness of John Rambo really begins. Rambo steals a motorcycle and escapes, ultimately ending up in the woods, having lost Teasle who had been tailing him, only to find that Teasle has assembled a party to hunt him down.
From here on, it’s all adrenaline-fuelled action, from a merciless war veteran who has nothing to lose. The movie eventually ends with a full on war right in the middle of the town, between Rambo and literally, an entire army. However, the movie concludes with Rambo finally tipping over the edge, before inevitably breaking down into tears, releasing his bottled up frustrations and life-scarring memories, which have permanently affected him psychologically as well as physically. After this huge release of anger and frustration, Rambo surrenders himself to main antagonist, Trautman (Richard Crenna), before he is taken away.
This movie is great. It has a storyline good enough to not only keep you interested, but also stimulates the viewer to produce an emotional connection to the character, Rambo, throughout the whole movie. Although at first, he doesn’t seem like the friendliest guy you’ve ever seen, you feel sorrow for him, and realise the hatred that is being directed towards him for no reason. You soon feel the sheer satisfaction and adrenaline rush, as he obliterates those trying to bring him down, in brilliant yet brutal ways, with this movie being a very violent one for its time, and still quite violent to this day. Rambo shows the true meaning of being a lone wolf, surviving in the world – with the aid of his trusted knife (which I’m sure everyone wanted to own by the time they’d finished watching the movie..).
Rambo is a classic, and the first in a great set of movies; and to this day, is still going strong, with a fairly recent release of a 4th installment in 2008, titled, ’Rambo’, both created by, and starring Sylvester Stallone; and there are even talks of a 5th installment. If you haven’t seen this yet, definitely watch it; and if you’re a fan of highly graphical violent movies, such as myself, definitely watch the aforementioned 4th installment, Rambo, which will be sure to satisfy your gory needs. But watch First Blood first. You won’t regret it.
Watch out next Saturday, for the movie of 1983…
By Manpreet Singh
- Rambo: First Blood Part II (khocolatemoose.wordpress.com)
- Rambo 5 Without Stallone? (screenrant.com)
- Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (download4me.wordpress.com)