Filmmaker Alrik Bursell drops by the podcast to watch the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator on VHS. Topics include: Alrik's experience watching the movie on a CED video disc; the films of James Cameron; the original Terminator as a horror movie; the sequels; the performances of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and Lance Henriksen. Be sure to check out Alrik's podcast Making Movies is Hard at www.makingmoviesishard.com and watch his award-winning short films Strange Thing and Brother at www.bursellproductions.com
In this special Christmas episode, Lyndsey selects Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1996 family romp Jingle All The Way, which pits him against a crazed Sinbad and a lecherous but festive Phil Hartman as he tries to fulfill the demands of his shouty son, Jake Lloyd.
As our special two-week premiere continues, Sean dips into his VHS collection and selects the "classic" 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Commando starring Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Vernon Wells, and Dan Hedaya.
Talking points: 20th Century Fox Selections. VHS vs. DVD. Evil garbage trucks. John Matrix is a young retiree. Plane plan. Creepy Sulley. Digital watch. Inscrutable evidence. Useful Cindy. Sean's history with Commando. The beauty of 80's action cinema. Climactic island assault. Chainmail sweater. Arnold catch phrases. Commando 2: Die Hard. Is Arnold attractive? Buy it/rent it/tape over it. Jonathan Taylor Thomas.