The career of Arnold Schwarzenegger is really quite impressive. More accurately, the development from a stiff, awkward actor to one that seems like a naturally gifted action star is impressive. By the end of the 80’s Arnie was one of the worlds biggest stars, despite making nothing but R-rated action films (Lets forget about the Conan sequels). By the time ‘Twins’ came out, he had become confident and comfortable acting in front of the camera, and this confidence, as well as some very tongue in cheek roles in ‘Commando’ and ‘The Running Man’, established him as a gifted comedian, with terrific comic timing. So it seemed a natural progression that he tone down the violence (a little) and make a (mostly) kid friendly comedy. The result is, of course, Ivan Reitman’s ‘Twins’.
If there is one genre that’s been in the toilet for the past decade, it’s comedy. It seems all the best comedy writers have absconded to TV Land. From the entire decade, I can think of no more than ten (and that’s being generous) comedy films that are any good, and only two have made my Best Of list. ‘Best in Show’ ranks the highest, and deservedly so. It’s a hilarious look into the lives of a bunch of truly bizarre characters, and each one is funny in their own right.
Christmas movies are usually saccharine filled garbage where some selfish twat learns the true meaning of Christmas and becomes a “better” person. Then there’s ‘Bad Santa’, which sees a vile, loathsome, selfish cretin beat up kids, bang fat chicks and piss himself while a line of kids wait to sit on his lap. Needless to say this is my kind of holiday movie.
Robin Williams is not totally useless when it comes to making movie decisions. I repeat, Robin Williams is not totally useless when it comes to making movie decisions.