The Terminator Franchise | Spoiler Reviews and Lessons Learned

We love the Terminator Franchise, with parts 1 and 2 being the best.  It’s gone downhill since then, but Sky enjoyed Dark Fate while Dusty wasn’t a fan at all.

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Lessons Learned from Terminator: Dark Fate

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Dusty: The best defense is a good offense.

  • The best part of T2 was Sarah Connor going after Miles Dyson and tries to take out Skynet.  They should do the same in this sequel.

Sky: Do the right thing now and come what may.

  • When you see someone in need, help them out like the couple did when Grace fell from the bridge.  But, no good deed goes unpunished…

The T-800 Terminator versus an incredibly powerful Rev. 9 (played by Gabriel Luna)

Dusty: Always have a backup plan.

  • The EMP was good, but just in case, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Sky: Never give personal information to an unknown person.

  • With online phishing or stalkers or just bad people wanting to do you and yours harm, don’t give out information like, “All her friends call her Dani.”

Sarah Connor: still a bad-ass protecting Dani (Natalia Reyes)

Linda Hamilton, left, and Natalia Reyes star in Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures’ “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.”

Dusty: Always close the door.

  • Don’t allow the enemy a way in to kill you.  Close that door so the Rev. 9 can’t get it.

We get an augmented human named Grace (played by McKenzie Davis) fighting for our future in this installment.

Sky: It pays to have powerful, well-placed friends. 

  • If you need an EMP, call up Major Dean.  But, why wasn’t “Major Dean” named “Major Danny Dyson” instead?

Terminator: Dark Fate Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 70%
  • The Critics: 84%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Dusty: Don’t stupidly fly your helicopter so close to your target.

  • If you can keep your distance and still do you job, do it.

Sky: Don’t let power go to your head. 

  • Those psych ward abusers were terrible people. Psych ward abusers are cliché in movies, but it’s necessary so we’re on Sarah Connor’s side as she’s beating them to escape.

Our trio of Heroes: Sarah and John Connor (Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong) and the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Dusty: Never Jerk the wheel when you are driving.

  • Stay calm and controlled or else it’s flipping/spinning time.

Sky: Learn to pick locks.

  • It worked for Sarah Connor, it’ll work for you as well.

The best scene: the canal chase with that awesome shotgun

Dusty: Have an arsenal because you’ll be glad when it comes in use.

  • You never know what the future will bring, but always be prepared.

Nothing more scary than the unrelenting T-1000 (Robert Patrick)

Sky: Always know your nearest metal smelting plant. 

  • Terminators, zombies, psycho-hose beasts, they can all be destroyed by molten metal.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 94%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Zombieland (2009) and Double Tap | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Zombieland and the Double Tap sequel are incredibly fun movies!  We loved the relentless zombie-killing, blood and gore, slow motion action, fun characters and comedic moments in both. Plus, Bill Murray and Elvis’ blue suede shoes!

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Lessons Learned from Zombieland: Double Tap

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Dusty: Always confirm your kill.

  • Don’t give them a chance to get up and scurry away or resume their attack on you.

Sky: Always strive to do and be better. 

  • This is exemplified by Tallahassee’s drive to earn zombie kill of the year instead of just kill of the week.

The 4 back for more (Breslin, Harrelson, Stone and Eisenberg)

Dusty: Never park your car in someone else’s driveway.

  • In more ways than one 🙂

Sky: Kids learn by example. 

  • Little Rock left her sister just like they left Tallahassee in Columbus with the stupid little note. This is a learned behavior.  Watch what you do in front of your kids because they’re going to copy you.

Great additions to Zombieland: Nevada (Rosario Dawson), Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch)

Dusty: The world is your toilet.

  • Out in the woods, in a swamp, your own backyard… it’s okay to whip it out.

Big fans of Madison here!

Sky: “If you love something, you shoot it in the face so it doesn’t become a flesh-eating monster.”

  • Yeppers, in the zombie apocalypse you don’t want your loved ones to turn and eat you.

Zombieland: Double Tap Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 67%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Lessons Learned from Zombieland (2009)

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Sky: Live in the now!

  • If the world you’re living in won’t allow for the things you want to do, especially if your life is on the line, don’t do it.

Dusty: Don’t waste your ammo.

  • No more is being made and this is the stuff that’s helping to keep you alive. Be smart with it, Tallahassee.

Dusty loves the level-action rifle

Sky: Enjoy the little things.

  • Great lesson, take joy in the things you love to do.

Dusty: Don’t do things that bring attention to yourself, especially when your life is on the line.

  • Running an amusement park at night with the lights and music?!  Bad choice.

Some creative deaths in Zombieland

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Sky: Don’t prop the door open.

  • You’ve turned a safe exit into a portal of danger.  Know where it is, clear the way and be ready to use it.

A zombie-fied Bill Murray!

 

Dusty: Don’t give your gun to anybody!

  • Holy cow, bad choices made by everybody right and left in Zombieland.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Zombieland Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 90%
  • The Critics: 86%

Gemini Man | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #70

Gemini Man was a little fun, but that CG pulled us right out of the movie every time. Fun story, though, with Mission Impossible overtones.

Lessons Learned from Gemini Man

Sky: If you’ve gotta own a van, choose double-sliding doors so you always have an exit.

  • And, wire that puppy so the doors can open while driving (unless kids are in the car).

Dusty: When fighting your clone, just put a bullet in their head.

  • When it’s you or him, you gotta choose #1.

Junior vs gristled veteran Henry Brogan

Sky: As a spy, your government will eventually come after you.  Have an escape plan.

  • Hatch in floor, check!  Bug out bag with guns and cash, check!  Good looking chick to escape with, check!

Dusty: Look for bugs.  

  • They’re always listening.
  • Pick-up your own listening device detector (bug wand).

The only time Brogan (and Dusty) experiences happiness

Dusty: Know yourself.

  • If it’s you you’re fighting, you know what would attract you, so use that against you (understand?).

The CG is more believable in the darkend scenes.  Don’t get me started on that ending scene in broad daylight.  Yeesh!

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 25%

Dusty has chosen Zombieland: Double Tap as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Joker.

Joker | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #69

Joker was a bleak, depressing movie.  No fun, no excitement and all drama without the characteristic genius evil-doing Batman-nemesis that we grew up with.  But, Joaquin Phoenix was good.

Sky didn’t bother with lessons learned from the bleak and boring Joker.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 69%
  • The Critics: 90% (shocking!)

Sky has chosen Gemini Man as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Zombieland (2009).