Sonic the Hedgehog – Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Blast processing. Sega had it, Nintendo didn’t. I had no idea what it was and most other kids didn’t either.

Of course, we now know it was a made up term used by the Sega marketing department, but that didn’t matter to us in 1991. All we knew was that there was this blue hedgehog named Sonic spinning around loop-the-loops and blazing around the screen at speeds unseen before. Commercials don’t lie, right? […]

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Revisiting . . . Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

The hardest movie to make is a sequel.

First of all, if a sequel has been put into production it is because it’s predecessor struck a note with the theatre-going public, and this is typically an indication that the movie was good, perhaps even great.

In 1984, James Cameron’s The Terminator gave us perhaps the greatest sci-fi character of the decade. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cyberdyne Systems Model […]

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Cool as Ice (1991)

For a brief period during the early ’90s I longed to be Vanilla Ice.

I remember turning up to school discos wearing ridiculous baggy pants and brightly-coloured sweatshirts, doing my utmost to imitate his bodacious dance moves while wondering just how he got his hair to stay like that. Sometimes I would dream of bursting into the school hall and wowing the ladies with my hip moves and colourful charisma. It’s amazing what a classic Queen riff and a well-oiled corporate think tank can do to an impressionable young mind […]

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

For visionary independent filmmakers the biggest drawback to making mainstream movies are the studio sacrifices.

Wes Craven had been there before prior to horror/comedy The People Under the Stairs, which, for a movie with an 18 certificate, is an incredibly hokey affair. In 1984 the director would be forced into a sequel-setting finale for his ethereal, low-budget triumph A Nightmare on Elm Street, a decision which led to perhaps the most successful horror franchise in history […]

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