Sorry for the radio silence this morning, been digging myself out of scores of Schwarzenegger movie emails. The pro-T2 forces have come back swinging. But this is a question that cannot be settled without dominating the Corner for hours, even years, to come.
As to the question of what was Arnold’s best movie, opinions vary. True Lies gets a lot of votes, and I think that’s a defensible point of view. I liked it a lot and I think this reader is right about how hard it would be to make a movie with Islamist terrorists like that today (indeed, there were more mainstream action movies with Jihadi terrorists coming out of Hollywood pre-9/11 than post-9/11):
I too am a big fan of Conan and Predator, but I think, particularly in the world we live in today, that True Lies rates as one of his best. Imagine trying to get a movie made about a capable branch of the government hunting down wild-eyed Islamo-fascist terrorists with a nuke who hate America for the sake of it simply being America. A fun movie that worked on many levels, humor, adventure, and some great Arnold lines, “Well, you see, this is the problem with terrorists. They’re really inconsiderate when it comes to people’s schedules.”
Then there’s this email, that caught be completely by surprise, and I am ashamed:
Are you aware of that nutty woman who claims she wrote both the
Terminator story and the Matrix story, and that they are the same
story? The kid in the Terminator stories is young Neo.
Sofia Stewart is her name. She filed lawsuits and had quite an
entertaining media ride for a while. Her story came to light after
The Matrix came out rather than when Terminator was released, because
she never saw Terminator and didn’t know the story(!).
She’s in snopes.com and you can spend a nice couple hours following
google links to read the whole story of her deluded wackiness.