Which films released in the past 25 years stand with the all-time greats? We’re counting ’em down, starting today with the first 25 — see why ”The Talented Mr. Ripley,” ”The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” and ”Terminator 2” make the cut
Spend a hilariously uncomfortable week touring California whine country — er, wine country — with a painfully self-absorbed guy who's not quite ready to get married (Thomas Haden Church) and a painfully self-conscious guy who's not quite ready to accept his divorce (Paul Giamatti). Just remember, don't drink and drive; spit first.
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2. THE TERMINATOR, MODEL T-800
FROMThe Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009)
PLAYED BY Arnold Schwarzenegger
PROGRAMMING Having failed to kill Sarah Connor, mother of anti-machine resistance leader John Connor, in the first movie, the time-traveling T-800 is reprogrammed to protect young John against even scarier new-model Terminators in the two sequels.
SPECIAL FEATURES Though he lacks the molten-metal-morphing ability of T2's T-1000 (Robert Patrick), or the ability to turn his limbs into complex weapons like T3's T-X (Kristanna Loken), T-800 is just as relentless, nearly as indestructible, and much more charismatic (in T2, he's even an unlikely father figure for John). Also, he looks good in leather and sunglasses.
WHY HE PUSHES OUR BUTTONS Like the actor-turned-California-governor-turned-actor-again who plays him, T-800 has proven surprisingly adaptable for such an inexpressive, monotone guy. Good or evil, he's an all-purpose golem, a double-barreled horseman of the apocalypse.