Your future is in his hands! Welcome to Episode 22 of “Reel Chat” – a podcast that guarantees week in, week out – the “Reel world as we know it.”
On this episode of our “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, huge Terminator fan (and host) Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Stuart Wilson and Michael Hadjion to discuss James Cameron’s low-budget, gritty 1984 sleeper-hit “The Terminator” – chapter 1 in a hugely successful science fiction franchise that’s spawned 3 big-budget sequels (with a fourth sequel “Terminator Genisys” out in July), and a short-lived, slightly underrated, two season television series (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”)
This is the film that began the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger, hurtling him towards international action-hero super-stardom. With the new film on it’s way, there really was no better time for the guys to get stuck into the original – and arguably the best… against the consensus!
Adam is in his element here, showing plenty of love to a film he obviously holds in very high regard. This “Reel Chat” episode also matches “Star Wars” in it’s epic-ness, clocking in at nearly 2 hours! But the Terminator franchise is massive, and the guys get stuck into this first film’s origins, it’s legacy, it’s supremely talented filmmakers, it’s iconic cast, Brad Fiedel’s electronic score, it’s numerous DVD and Blu-Ray releases (which we’re all still waiting for a definitive version), it’s dated special effects, what the classic line “I’ll Be Back” was going to be originally, as well as share their thoughts on the little-known lawsuit that science fiction author Harlan Ellison filed against James Cameron shortly after the film’s release.
The guys also have a new installment of “The Assignment” for you here, with Adam set the task of watching the film version of the hit Broadway musical “Annie.” But doesn’t Adam hate musicals? Can he possibly last a whole minute speaking of nothing but the film’s positives?
Film fans and Terminator fans take note – you definitely don’t want to miss this episode. This one’s epic!
THE TEAM’S REVIEW SCORES
Adam 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Brose 4 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Andrew 4 1/2 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Matthew 5 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Stuart 4 out of 5 – RECOMMEND
Michael 4 out of 5 – RECOMMEND