Must See: The Terminator

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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: The Terminator

Date: 1984

Vitals: A deadly cyborg called a terminator, played with memorable monotonic blankness by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is sent back in time to deliver one-liners and kill our hero, Sarah Connor. Connor's crime is that she's about to give birth to John, who will one day lead a rebellion against a nuke-happy artificial intelligence called Skynet, who has made sure the humans are (mostly) dead by the early twenty-first century. This time-twister movie is packed with great robot fight scenes and put former special effects designer James Cameron on the map as a director.

Famous names: James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn

Crunchy goodness: 4


Life lesson: It's okay to have unsafe sex with guys from the future.

Sight that you'll never unsee: Linda Hamilton's perpetually erect bangs.

Elevator pitch: The terminator is C3P0 crossed with Conan the Barbarian, making him about 300 percent gay.


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It took me a while to hop on the Terminator train. It came out a few years before I was born and when T2 came out I just didn't think it was me. Then, last summer I had a T series marathon and it was highly rewarding. I would make a follow up to this must-see...that you MUST SEE T2: Judgment Day. It is pretty boss despite the endless Sarah Conner voice overs. I would also say T3 is a must see (Rise of the Machines), just because it is plotually-satisfying (yep, that's a made up word) as well as in preparation for Terminator:Salvation unless they're going to pull a whole "alternate timeline" thing like in the TV series...weak