July 4, 1991

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Still as thrilling as it was in 1991, although the pacing drags in the middle third of the movie. A wonderful example of taking cutting edge CGI technology and creating a character around it. This could have been a dramatically clunky conceit used to show off some neat special effects, but the whole "polymimetic liquid metal" idea works very well. Robert Patrick is great as the Corvette to Arnold's Mack Truck. Kristanna Loken's TX "Terminatrix" in the third movie is pretty un-inventive by comparison.

Great Movies I Have Not Seen

I want this diary to not only chronicle the movies I have seen, but also to describe the movies I have not seen. I have featured lists of the highest grossing movies I haven't seen, and the Oscar-nominated Best Pictures I have not seen. Here's another metric: the IMDb Top 250 Movies I Have Not Seen. The Internet Movie Database maintains a list of the 250 best movies as rated by their users. I reviewed the 250 movies (as ranked on 1/26/2007) and here are my findings: IMDb Top 250
  • Total Films: 250
  • I have seen: 194 (theater + home)
  • Not seen: 56 (23%)
Of those 56 movies:
  • English language: 29
  • Foreign language: 27
The Top Ten English language movies I pledge to see:
  • Five Movies from Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton:
    • The Gold Rush
    • The General
    • City Lights
    • Modern Times
    • The Great Dictator
  • Two B&W Hitchcock Movies:
    • Rebecca
    • Strangers on a Train
  • Three Early Kubrick Movies:
    • The Killing
    • Paths of Glory
    • Spartacus
    The Top Foreign Language movies I pledge to see:
    • Metropolis
    • M
    • Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (aka Amélie)
    • Der Untergang (aka Downfall)
  • July 1, 1991

    Hot Shots!

    Washout: I just got kicked out of the unit. My flight status has been withdrawn. I'm through, Dead Meat!
    Dead Meat: What happened?
    Washout: It's my eyes. I've got walleye-vision.
    Dead Meat: Isn't there something that can be done?
    Washout: Well, there's a delicate corneal inversion procedure... a multi-opti-pupil-optomy. But, in order to keep from damaging the eye sockets, they've got to go in through the rectum. Ain't no man going to take that route with me!