Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:43 AM
Does anyone else remember Pepsi Blue? I swear I'm the only person that ever bought it, and it was fucking delicious.
I wasn't as upset about "Alien 3" invalidating "Aliens" as I was about "Iron Eagle 2" playing the same trick. The first film is a light action flick about an Air Force brat (Jason Gedrick) that has to steal a jet with the help of Lou Gossett Jr. (who was probably too old for this shit) and his high school buds, so that he can rescue his dad, who's been shot down behind enemy lines. He manages to take on the entire military of some Middle Eastern nation or another before saving the day, and then he's shot out of the sky in the opening moments of the sequel. Bummer, dude.
I've got no problem with the characters saying what they're signing anyway, as not everyone in the scene knew sign language. It's when people say something in a foreign language in a movie to other people that speak that language and then immediately repeat it in English that bugs me.
Wasn't there also a 7-11 in "Thor" or something, in this town at the ass-end of nowhere where you'd never expect to see one?
I wouldn't say that time is elastic in this movie. It's more like a mobius strip, an unending series of events that keeps repeating itself into infinity, which is about how long it took me to watch this film. I remember picking it up for a few bucks used at Blockbuster shortly after it came out, and I tried and tried to get through it, but I don't think I could stay focused on it for more than a few minutes at a time, and I pretty much ended up having to "Clockwork Orange" myself into watching it. I was huge fan of the first one, and had heard about it for months and months before it came out, because my dad was in charge of the people working on the highway during the filming of most of the bus stuff. Watching "Speed" with him is like watching it with a commentary track that you can't turn off.
Ebert gave the movie a positive review, and his partner was taken from him a year and a half later. Karma, man. Karma...
I think this was one of the ONLY big summer movies that I didn't see in theaters in 1997. I had just been stationed at Beale AFB in California at the end of May, and I didn't know anyone yet, so ALL I did was go to the movies in my free time. Not sure what I was doing that weekend, but "Batman & Robin" came out the next week, and you could bet your ass that I was there opening day. "Con Air" and "Face/Off" came out that month too. Wow, some of the best and worst action movies of the year all came out within weeks of each other. As a matter of fact, you could do an entire summer's worth of shows based on the summer of 1997. I see Con Air, Speed 2, Batman & Robin, Face/Off, Air Force One, SPAWN, Conspiracy Theory (which seems more and more like a Mel Gibson documentary with every day that passes...), G.I. Jane, and STEEL. Good/bad/great summer!
Of all the big-budget, overlong films about boats sinking that Fox put out that year, this is EASILY the second best one.
Leonard Part 6: A Film Without Equel