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Movies of 1988 Bracket Game: Twins Vs. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Today’s match focuses on two high-concept comedies that have’t held up as well as audiences might have expected them to.  Twins was a massive hit thirty years ago.  More than The Terminator, Twins was the movie that established Arnold Schwarzenegger as an A-list movie star.  But as big as it was back in the day, the  comedy hasn’t held up especially well.  When was the last time you even thought of it?  Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, on the other hand, is still pretty well liked I think.  But it probably isn’t as highly regarded as we all thought it would be in the late 80’s when it was being hailed as an instant classic.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Total Control

Schwarzenegger - Total Recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a self-made movie star.  A hulking body builder from Austria makes for an unlikely leading man, but for a time Schwarzenegger was one of the biggest stars in the world.  In the July 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello tried to break through the actor’s public facade.  At this point in his career, Schwarzenegger was riding high on the surprise smash comedy, Twins.  But had not yet become the undisputed king of action he would be post Terminator 2.

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What the Hell Happened to Ivan Reitman?

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman began humbly, from the very earliest outset. His refugee family moved to Canada, which is where he received a degree in music. Having been introduced to filmmaking in college, he moved to Hollywood, comfortably moving into the director’s chair, where he fairly quickly rose to direct the top comedies being released. He was on top of the comedic world, working with Hollywood’s biggest stars churning out hits one after the other. Very gradually, his career tapered off. Although he still directs, Reitman has now seen his movies dumped into the bleak valleys of the early winter. We must ask:

What the hell happened?

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What the Hell Happened to Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger was an unlikely movie star.  He struggled with the English language and a thick Austrian accent.  His physique made him hard to cast in every-man roles.  And yet, for a time, he was the biggest star in Hollywood.  Eventually, he parlayed his popularity as a film star into a political career.  However, when his political career ended, Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood come-back was derailed by personal scandal.

What the hell happened?

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