Friday, August 28, 2015

Lolo's Lists: Top 10 Favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies!

The day is finally here!!! After weeks of watching a huge selection of Arnold Schwarzenegger's films, we now feel we can safely bring our fine, devoted readers our top 10 favorite Schwarzenegger movies! This was a huge undertaking, and though it took quite a while, we think we got it down. Come and take a looksie!

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10. "Commando" (1985): Sure it's cheesy, but when listing Arnold Schwarzenegger films, it's hard not to have a little cheese, and we couldn't discount "Commando" in that arena, because when we say cheese, we mean a whole lot of cheese here. Despite its punny wonderment, it has a lot of great one-liners and some fun, over-the-top action as per many of his movies.
9. "Conan the Barbarian" (1982): BigJ grew up with "Conan the Barbarian," so this is one of the few Schwarzenegger movies where we disagree a bit when it comes to the ratings. Though it is Arnold's breakthrough leading role, this fantasy epic still offers a lot of great sword fights and brutal action, as well as James Earl Jones as a villainous magic snake man with a magnificent haircape.
8. "The Last Stand" (2013): A surprising and late addition to the list, "The Last Stand" boasts a wild, entertaining ride in one of Arnold's only newer, post-gubernatorial films to make our list. With a lot of boom-boom action and some cheesy throwback puns, this movie provides a helluva satisfying time.
7. "The Running Man" (1987): More of a cultish sci-fi film, "The Running Man" puts Schwarzenegger in a dystopic future where criminals are forced onto a game show and are hunted on live television for the entertainment of the viewing audience, all in the effort to get ratings. Poignant, yet mildly outrageous, the action here is good and will keep you engaged.
6. "Kindergarten Cop" (1990): Definitely Arnold's most notable and successful comedy. What could go wrong when you place a 6'2" and muscle bound, hard-nosed cop in charge of a room full of 5 and 6 year olds? Just remember, "it's not a tumor!" We laugh at this movie every single time we watch it, and probably more than we should.
5. "Total Recall" (1990): This sci-fi action thriller has Arnold traveling to Mars to battle the evil Cohagen, who controls the planet's oxygen supply. Not everything is as it seems, though we are always left wondering if what happens in the movie is real, or just an implanted fantasy. Lots of good sets and makeup work here, too!
4. "True Lies" (1994): One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best, "True Lies" pairs him with Jamie Lee Curtis and director James Cameron for a third time in this action film. Arnold, who seems like your every day husband and father, unbeknownst to his family, is actually a secret agent and super spy. When he uses his connections to bring some life back into his marriage, he accidentally gets his wife entangled in an international terrorist plot in this hilarious and punny romp.
3. "Predator" (1987): "Get to the choppa!!!!!" Come on, what's not to love about Arnold battling one of the most kick ass alien villains ever put on the big screen?! The makeup work done here is amazing, the story and lore of the Predator is intense and interesting, and really, everything about this movie rocks.
2. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991): Wait what?... How is this not number 1? Because of a very, very difficult decision, folks. We had a tough time deciding between the first and second installments of the Terminator franchise as far as which movie we liked better. Arnold's role as the comeback Terminator in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is just as good as his performance in the first, but with an altered character allegiance. The visuals and technical achievements are amped up here compared to T1, but the acting and story are just as good, but as much as we love "Terminator 2," it could not exist without...
1. "The Terminator" (1984): Really, could the #1 spot belong to anything else but Arnold's first role as The Terminator? We had to ultimately choose the original, the one that started it all, "The Terminator," as our pick for his best movie. Arnold is fantastic as the stone cold robo-killer and this has since become his most iconic performance. This is our favorite Arnold film, and though the special effects aren't on par with its first sequel (since now, we need to clarify with 2 other mediocre sequels and a reboot thing), we prefer Arnold as the imposing villain and the transformation of Sarah Connor from a sweet waitress to the badass she would become. We also like Michael Biehn as Reese, who looks like he grew up in the apocalypse and is the ultimate underdog against a seemingly unstoppable killing machine. You must and need to see this film before you die.

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