Moviedrome Mondays: The Terminator (1984)

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Sorry for posting this a day late – family emergency. I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director James Cameron’s 1984 seminal sci-fi action classic The Terminator. My readers can also read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 24, 1990 (read here). Once again, there is nothing more I can add that has already been said about this timeless cinematic gem – except that I personally prefer it to the bigger-budgeted 1991 sequel, which was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As much as I greatly admire the latter, the earlier film is so tightly executed in every single way that it can’t help but feel subtly unique at the same time. When all is said and done, it makes Terminator 2: Judgment Day (even with all of it’s spectacular special effects) look conventional by comparison.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Terminator


Here is a youtube video link to one of it’s two theatrical trailers


Here is a youtube video link to the second of it’s two trailers

Moviedrome Mondays: Dead of Night (1945)

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Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing Ealing’s 1945 British anthology horror classic Dead of Night, so readers will have to rely on the transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was June 10, 1990 (read here). I agree with everything Cox has said about this masterpiece of horror especially the ventriloquist segment.

Since I could not find a good trailer for it online, do various research on it because it is genuinely frightening.

Moviedrome Mondays: Goin’ South (1978)

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Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director/star Jack Nicholson’s 1978 curio western comedy Goin’ South, readers will have to rely on a transcript of his introduction instead (read here). The episode’s original airdate was May 27, 1990 (read here). Goin’ South was Nicholson’s second film as a director – seven years after his previous film Drive, He Said and 12 years before The Two Jakes (a sequel to Chinatown). The first and third were both very good films, but Goin’ South is the weakest of the three. Make no mistake, it is still a good film, but as a comedy, it is only half as funny as it should be and as a 70’s western, it lacks everything that made both The Hired Hand and The Missouri Breaks so poetic (like the former) or deeply fascinating (like the latter). I agree with everything Cox says about it, especially how it pales in comparison to the latter from two years earlier in 1976 (read here).

I can’t really seem to find a theatrical trailer to it so I am afraid you dear readers will have to read it’s wikipedia or watch youtube clips of it.

Moviedrome Mondays: Get Carter (1971)

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Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Mike Hodges 1971 British gangster classic Get Carter, readers will have to rely on his transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was May 20, 1990 (read here). Nothing more I can say here about this great film except that I agree with everything Cox said about it.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Brazil (1985)

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I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Terry Gilliam’s 1985 darkly satiric masterpiece Brazil. My readers can also read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 13, 1990 (read here). What else is there to say except that I agree with everything Cox says about this film. While Michael Radford’s 1984 (released a year earlier) was very good, I too think that Brazil is the better film. For me, this is the film one gets If you take Franz Kafka’s The Trial, George Orwell’s 1984 and the surrealist humor of the Monty Python troupe and blend it into one. I do not know If I am the first person to come to that conclusion, but I would not be surprised If others have beaten me to it.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Brazil


Here is a youtube video link to one of the US trailers to Brazil (Universal handling domestic distribution) with praise by critics


Here is a youtube video link to that same one – only without the critical praise


Finally, here is a youtube video link to either the UK trailer (20th Century Fox handling either UK or international distribution)

My Favorite John Huston Films

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1.   Wise Blood (1979)

2.   The Maltese Falcon (1941)

3.   Fat City (1972)

4.   Let There Be Light (1946)
(Documentary)

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1.   The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

2.   The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

3.   The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

My Favorite Val Guest Films

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1.   Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)

2.   The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

3.   The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

4.   Quatermass 2 (1957)
(a.k.a. Enemy from Space in US and Canada)

P.S. I have not seen 1962 film Jigsaw with Jack Warner (no relation to the studio mogul) and Ronald Lewis.

Moviedrome Mondays: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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Happy 2020 everybody 🙂 Well I am back, how was the Christmas and New Years of my dear readers 🙂 A new year also calls for the beginning of not only a new Moviedrome Monday entry from me, but also the first episode in the new season of Moviedrome, which in this case would be season 3. I also have a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing the 1976 cult classic Assault on Precinct 13 by now legendary director John Carpenter. If any of you readers are interested in reading Cox’s introductory transcript, read here. The episode’s original airdate was May 6, 1990 (read here). Though Cox has nice things to say about the film, he seems to give off the vibe that it is “overrated”, which I totally disagree with him on. I love Assault on Precinct 13, but then again, Cox has always been something of a contrarian. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite John Carpenter films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro of Assault on Precinct 13

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer