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» Best Films Ever

Now let's get one thing out of the way: I'm not referring to the franchise as a whole, due to the fact the sequels & TV show are crap.

I'm referring of course, to Verhoeven's masterpiece.

Why? Because it's as relevant now as it was then. You can watch it and enjoy it on the level of a comic-book style action film with over-the-top violence, or you can dig a little deeper and discover a sharp satire that pokes fun at the way tragic news reports are nestled between car adverts & family boardgames about nuclear armageddon.

For me, it's two-fold. Watching now makes me realise how much we rely on technology around us now, so much so that we may have to look upon it as a saviour from the pervading crime wave that the media loves splashing about on the front pages. But in turn, through all this technology, are we falling further out of touch with ourselves as human beings? Peter Weller's portrayal of the mortally wounded cop-turned-cyborg is incredible for the way that he begins life as RoboCop as he is meant to be: Cold, calculating, doing what must be done as his program orders, as a machine should be.
But then we see the slow reveal of the human lost inside, memories of family that he can no longer relate to, and the thirst for revenge on the killers who took away his life.

Plus it's relevant now as it shows that although we thought corporate life was bad in the 80s, it's virtually parallel with what happens now, with corporations such as Haliburton & Blackwater taking on aspects in our world around us that Orwell would be spinning in his grave about.

So to recap: Science fiction, action, over-the-top violence, biting satire, drama, an amazing soundtrack by the late Basil Poledouris, and a gun that would kneecap a T-Rex.

Edit: also a prophetic idea about video on a cd sized disc - crazy people, where do they get these ideas?!

No apologies for length Lewis, we're only human.
(Thu 17th Jul 2008, 21:49, More)

» Urban Legends

My IT teacher apparently had a wooden tit too....
Never Apologise, were you a Weaverham High School goer?
(Mon 9th Jan 2006, 3:30, More)

» Accidental animal cruelty

I saw V a long time ago....
and for anyone who says it's not cool to copy stuff off film & tv; Karate Kid? Rocky? Star Wars? If you never spent playtimes being those characters..

Anyway I digress...

If anyone's familiar with the premise of V, they'll remember the scene with Diana eating a live mouse. My brother and I see this and remember our aunt (not a real aunt) has a couple of mice round at hers. Off we trot, and while she's in the house nattering to our mum, we're in the shed/pet room. Cue the usual copycat behaviour of faux rodent ingestion, until my brother gets a bit too blue smartied and decides to spin the poor bastard by its tail....

The mice lived a long life. How though, after brother lets said poor bastard go towards a wall @ full pelt, I'll never fathom.

Length, about the same as Jane Badler's hair. But Shinier...
(Thu 6th Dec 2007, 20:27, More)