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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a review by Tom

Title: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Year: 2003
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Rating: FSK-16
Length: 105 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: DTS 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: Commentary, English, German, Turkish

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nick Stahl
Claire Danes
Kristanna Loken
David Andrews

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My Thoughts:
I will probably be only one of few people, who did like the third installment of the Terminator franchise the best of the three. I saw it in the cinema, and more than five times since then on DVD.
The plot is similar to T2 (Arnie comes back to protect John from an advanced Terminator), but has much more action. In a matter of fact, this movie is non-stop action with hardly anything else. And in this case, it is good. Nothing else have I expected from another Terminator movie.
We do not have to suffer a teenage John Connor. Instead we got Nick Stahl as an adult John, which he did a great job with. Also we have a no-nonsense Schwarzenegger Terminator back without him having to learn human emotions. And we got a hot female Terminator as an advisary. What else do you want?
I think the special effects are great in this movie. Beginning with the crane chase in the beginning, the effects with T-X (especially her fights with Arnie) and the great special effects with Arnie's face half gone at the end.
And I loved the ending. Just the right way to finish this trilogy.
Until recently I have thought it an error to continue this franchise from here with other movies, but Sarah Connor Chronicles has shown, that it can work without having Arnold Schwarzenegger a big role in it. I am hoping, that the new movies will integrate the stuff, we have learned in the first three movies. Like Kyle Reese getting the picture of Sarah Connor and being sent back in time by John. Or having John killed by an T-800 (rumors have it, that there will have permission to use Arnold's face to superimpose on a double and that Arnold probably has voice recorded. I hope that is true.) and have that Terminator sent back in time by Kate.


(From Tom's Random Reviews on January 17th, 2009)

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The Burglar, a review by Antares

The Burglar (1957) 62/100 - Dime store pulp that makes Mickey Spillane look like William Shakespeare. It comes with an apt title, because it stole 90 minutes from my life that I will never get back. The director, Paul Wendkos, must have thought he was making a film as cinematically important as Citizen KaneTeal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is

(From Antares' Short Summations on November 22nd, 2013)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Sliders: Seasons One & Two (1995/United States)
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Universal Home Entertainment (United States)
Length:1017 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Get ready for Seasons One and Two of the breakthrough Sci-Fi series 'Sliders'!

Quinn (Jerry O'Connell), a brilliant grad student, has created a device that opens a wormhole to an infinite number of parallel universes where history has taken different paths. His first test trip goes awry, stranding his physics professor, Arturo (John Rhys-Davies), his friend, Wade (Sabrina Lloyd), and bystander Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown (Cleavant Derricks) in parallel San Franciscos.

Now, this foursome of Sliders must travel from one alternate reality to another in the hope of somehow finding their way home.

1.01 Pilot
WriterDirector: Andy Tennant
Cast: Jerry O'Connell (Quinn), Sabrina Lloyd (Wade), Cleavant Derricks (Rembrandt), John Rhys-Davies (Arturo), Linda Henning (Mrs. Mallory), Joseph A. Wapner (Commissar Wapner), Doug Llewelyn (Comrade Llewelyn), Garwin Sanford (Doc), Roger R. Cross (Wilkins), Yee Jee Tso (Wing), Frank C. Turner (Crazy Kenny), Gary Jones (Hurley), John Novak (Ross J. Kelly/Interrogator), Don MacKay (Artie Field), Alex Bruhanski (Pavel), Jay Brazeau (KGB Colonel), Andrew Kavadas (Vendor), Sook Yin Lee (Pat), Raoul Ganee (Sentry), Tom Butler (Michael Mallory), Rusty Burrell (Bailiff (uncredited)), Jim Byrnes (Announcer (uncredited)), Wayne Cox (PBS Spokesman (uncredited)), Larry Musser (Jake (uncredited)), Harry Shearer (DJ (uncredited)), Sara Walker (Nan (uncredited))

I really enjoyed the first two and half seasons of Sliders, but then I lost interest when more and more characters where changed and they introduced the Kromagg.
The pilot is a great introduction to the series.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on July 5th, 2012)