The deliciously 90’s classic Hackers is on tap for this week’s episode. We’re talking rollerblades, techno, dial-up modems, and 30 year olds playing teenagers. This movie has it all. It was the major feature debut of Jonny Lee Miller (Dade Murphy / Zero Cool / Crash Override), Angelina Jolie (Kate / Acid Burn), and Matthew Lillard (Cereal Killer). Seeing as these are all of the starring roles, we have one question; WHERE THE FUCK DID THE $20 MILLION BUDGET GO TO? We think it’s got to be the “cool hacker CGI” effects, but I’m pretty sure there’s somebody walking around with at least 5 mil in their pocket. Although…on reflection, I bet one of the producers realized this was going to be a flop really early on and started siphoning money off to recoup what they were absolutely going to lose (and did).
In retrospect, that’s a kinda hilarious name, seeing as they immediately replaced every single role for the sequel except Alfred (natch…) and Robin (Mike’s favorite 90’s heartthrob, Chris O’Donnell), and was almost instantly forgotten within the cultural zeitgeist. If it weren’t for it’s fantastic soundtrack, it may be on the same level as Batman and Robin, instead of accepted as slightly better.
“Unh…here come the MIB’s…unh…here come the MIB’s..unh…The good guys dress in black, remember that, just in case you ever face-to-face or make contact. The title held by me, MIB, because you thought what you saw you did NOT SEE.”
Remember that song you heard 5,000 times during the summer of 1997? Well that song actually had a movie based off of it…
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was one of the biggest blockbusters of my childhood. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger , Eddie Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick. Directed by James Cameron, this movie made ALL of the money, and it apparently had the largest opening box office weekend until dethroned by The Matrix Reloaded 22 years later. The rewatch itself was interesting. We had different takes watching it after all this time. I really enjoyed it, and thought it held up. Mike…not so much. We have a lot of fun with this one, so we run a bit long.
The Truman Show is the 1998 “satirical science fiction film*” (apparently not a drama) that we recast this week. This movie centers around an absolutely perfect performance by Jim Carey, but Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney all chip in to create an amazing fantasy world that is somehow completely believable at the same time.