Total Recall’s ending explained

It’s 24 years since Total Recall opened in cinemas worldwide, but it seems that audiences still don’t really get the reality of Arnie’s surprisingly cerebral movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the 1980s and early ’90s were largely exercises in crowd-pleasing dumb violence. Red Heat, Predator, The Running Man, Commando, and Raw Deal all obsessed over…

’60s Batman: What I’ve Learned

Robin and I are just good friends. Sometimes I just pretend I didn’t see the Bat Signal; especially if it’s really late at night and it’s cold and raining. Just send out some damn cops; my taxes pay for them, so in a way I’m still saving the city. And I pay a lot of…

The Indiana Jones Hypothesis

Is it true that in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones plays no real role in the outcome? This was posited by the character Amy in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. She claimed that: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film it would…

I’d buy that for a dollar

  Why RoboCop is the strange film companion to Wall Street  In the month that a RoboCop remake is released, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the original and why it still matters. Made in 1987, RoboCop was set in “near future” Detroit and was a sleeper hit that spawned two (pretty terrible) sequels. The original…

The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back

The strange case of Turkish Star Wars The sub-genre of mockbusters has been celebrated (albeit somewhat ironically) for years, with a brisk trade in VHS tapes and copied DVDs. Now, many of the “classics” of that genre are freely available on the internet, often with recently-added English subtitles. While the likes of Asylum studio in…

Chico & Rita: An illustrated love story

Animation aimed at adults is not a new thing. It has been around since way back in the 1920s, but recently the medium has thrown up a few notable gems. Persepolis won the grand prize at Cannes in 2007 for its autobiographical tale of the Iranian revolution, while the visually-stunning Israeli film Waltz with Bashir…