VIDEO: RoboCop (1987)

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Sofie reviews the original cult classic RoboCop from 1987!

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  • danbreunig

    This is my favorite role by Christian yet! He’s a real trooper…in more ways than one.

    • Sofie Liv

      He is, thanks Christian, you are fantastic to have around.

  • Muthsarah

    More running commentary time!

    The episode’s not done. Keep shooting it. In slo-mo. For like three straight minutes.

    Nice Robocop costume. Real purdy mouth. I mean….NIIIIIIIIIIICE Robocop costume.

    Whoah, surprise upskirt. Not expected.

    There’s nothing remotely Good Bad Flicks about Robocop. Might as well Good Bad Flicks Goodfellas, or Barry Lyndon. It is a legitmately 100% great movie. It just does the kind of stuff that lotsa (/Good) bad flicks do, but does EVERYTHING right. It looks cheap, like 80% of the time, but it succeeds at looking great when it needs to. I think that’s why it’s so popular: it’s a best of both worlds kinda thing. It’s what bad flicks desperately wish to be, and occasionally, one can kinda sorta pull some of it off, enough to become a Good Bad Flick. But never a Robocop Bad Flick. This and Commando are in a league of their own. Cecil, back me up.

    Oh God, one of the most glorious endings ever! I effing love that!

    So you admit that you love over-the-top violence and gore? Ohh…you really should indulge this side of you more often. Branch out. Review stuff that only Cecil or Jackula or HorrorGuru would cover. I’d LOVE to see more reviews of brazenly fun R-rated fare from you. A nice change from the typical.

    OK, real purdy everything. NICE.

    • Sofie Liv

      Thanks :)

      Cecil also review good movies, he only review movies that he really likes.

      And well, it would seems so odd to me if he doesn’t really like this movie, he should love it.

      I mean genre wise, it’s the kind of genre he would talk about, and ones again.. He reviewed Grimlins to, an amazingly excellent movie. So it doens’t only have to be slug, just.. movies he really enjoy.

      Njah, I don’t think I will. I like this kind of movie on occasion, mostly when watching with others so we can reat to the things together.

      It’s not my one true passion in movies, we are still over in the fantasy genre with that one, and well.. we all-ready have three different reviewers dwelling into this kind of movie, as you just pointed out.

  • Zorha

    HOLY SHITE! When you said Robocop had a guest appearance, I thought this was going to be a funny editing job … I sat there speechless. You really went all out!

    Personally I enjoyed most of Paul Verhoeven’s movies, notable examples being Robocop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. Most didn’t like what he did with Heinlein’s source material (and the military philosophy), but just like in Robocop, I really enjoy Verhoeven’s sense of cyberpunk satire.

    Again, props on the … props :D

    • Sofie Liv

      Well actually, Christian had all-ready build the thing for a con and I just thought… okay that’s it, I need to put that in a video.

      Thanks :)

      • chromesthesia

        He built that himself? Dang!

  • MichaelANovelli

    An ending so nice, we saw it twice!

    • Sofie Liv

      Christian stuck in that god damn thing.
      He actually can’t take it on of off himself, he needs help to do it -_-;

      • MichaelANovelli

        Hey, it’s your video. Your friend can do whatever you like. ^_^

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    It’s a bit like a micro cosm of what we Europeans can end up seeing america as from time to time

    • Mike

      Yeah that was something I kind of wanted to ask Sofie about in my comment from the first video. If growing up in Europe after the strange economic/slash social conflicts of 80s American had faded into history, was it difficult to fully grasp some of the the parallels of the time. It might be kind the way I felt watching Babette’s Feast the other week, a very different movie from 1987.
      Of course, I’d forgotten that Verhoeven was Dutch might have lead him to bring his outlook to the project that I hadn’t considered. But when every any movie choices a very specific real world setting for it’s story, that city or village can become almost a character in itself. I’ve never even been to Detroit, even though my mother was born around there and didn’t even real understand the concept of the “rust belt” until recently. Yet I’ve come to realize that whenever American is a rough place economically on a national level, you can be pretty sure in the auto capital it’s even rougher.
      Hopefully this new version will is at least keeping the Detroit setting, since it adds so much to the stories mystic even it’s more a reflection of the current era (as story set in the future usually are).

      • Sofie Liv

        You know what is funny that you bring up Babettes feast and call it Dutch in my comment section?
        The original story, and the movie.. they are not dutch.. They are Danish. You watched a danish movie where they speak Danish, you know, it’s from my country.
        It’s even based on a story by Karen Blixen, whom is one of our most famouse authors. And a pretty amazing person, she was a genuine “Story teller.” meaning, she were able to sit down, and tell these amazing original moral stories, compleately out of the blue, it’s truly fascinating to see old TV interviews of her when she does it.

        So yeah, not dutch.. Danish. Remember it you, I am squinting my eyes of at you.

        And yeah, i don’t know how to put it, but america has become pretty much just a genneral joke among the european public, you are really.. the bottom of every-ones joke, and some-times even hatred.
        From our perspective, the way America is run is absolutely nuts, just the way the country work in genneral.
        I am not talking about Obama Care, that one actually make sense to us, and we are happy for you.. We just think it’s bonkers that so many Americans are against it.
        But so many things, we find kind of stupid.. right down to the american mindset, we look at that and go. “well the idea is nice, but the world doesn’t work that way, so erh.. huh?”

        • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

          We also joke about america in particular because, in part, it makes it easier to ignore our own flaws over here in Europe

          • Sofie Liv

            Speak for yourself..

            Yeah there is some stupid shit going down in denmark currently, but it can actually all be traced back to the stupid prime minster we had a few years back who wanted the country to be more like America.

            And the biggest scandal we just recently had, was selling our biggest energy company to Americans.. which we did not like. the same firm that were mainly responsible for the economic crisis, so the public are very angry about that right now (this happened a week ago.)

            And yeah, our goverment are stupid to do it, though I think it’s worth noticing that it’s an american company we don’t want to own our energy sources.

            But oh well, we are not the most bonkers crazy country in Europe.. we are not Russia.. :/

            Germany, French, Sweden and England are all nice places though, those are the countries closest to me bordering up to our soil.. or well.. there’s water between us and England and us and Sweden. You get what I mean? Those are litterately our next door neighbours. Also French kind of actually..

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            Yeah, Germany, France, Spain etc. can be nice places…
            But in especially in Germany – when it comes to our government, I sometimes feel ashamed or just want to facepalm several times.
            Over the course of the last years there are just a few decisions, where I can wholeheartedly agree with my government.
            Stopping the atomic power plants is one thing, trying to become a “green-engery-using”-country is another and not entering the war in Iraque (back under Gerhard Schröder) was another smart move.
            But then there is Hartz IV with is a German unemployment benefit, that is paid after the first 12 – 18 months of unemployment, which SOUNDS like a good idea, but the bad thing about it is, that there is the possibility of never getting out of that trap.
            And little to nothing had been done to improve that situation. Neither from the Schröder-Government or the Merkel-Government – if any, the Merkel-Government made it worse for those people, who get Hartz IV.

            And the only thing, I would laugh concerning the US was their diplomate, who said “Fuck the EU”. ^^

          • Sofie Liv

            I really do like Germany, hate the bloody languet, but man I love the people.
            I don’t believe I have ever met a nicer people, every-body are just so nice, down to earth and genuinly polite.

            Not that fake posh polite like in England, no.. just very calm, down to earth, a little bit timid, genuine polite. That’s the average german.
            And you’re so clean there as well. I swear, Berlin is unatturally clean for a big city, and especially a capital.
            It should not be humanly possible to have such a clean centrum in the capital.. it’s pretty weird.
            And you don’t get sqashed on the street at 4PM either.. there is so much arm room in Berlin it’s freaky.

          • Muthsarah

            Was it – mind, this was a coupla years ago – that your particular brand of mellifluous Danishness was often confused by your compatriots for German-accented? Is that the root of your bitterness? ;)

            How does Berlin compare with Stockholm? Other that being bigger, obviously. That’s one of the few big European cities I’ve visited, and I was astonished how clean it was compared to where I come from (and we have a good reputation ourselves). The waterfront didn’t smell like sewage or anything. Our lakes even smell like sewage. But only mildly, hence our rep. And the streets were so clean, even the squirrels helped to pick things up. Like an enchanted kingdom or something.

          • The_Stig

            I’m of the opinion that everyone is fucking crazy.

          • Muthsarah

            *looks up to see if there is anything in the comment section to provide context*


          • Muthsarah

            Our brand of diplomacy can be…strange. A few years ago, President Dubya nominated a guy as the US ambassador to the UN. A guy who never shuts up about how he thinks the UN is evil and should be dissolved. I think Khrushchev went over better there.

            Though, FWIW, I think it did perfectly capture the mainstream view of the UN over here. Conservatives hate it, moderates don’t trust it, liberals mostly don’t care one way or the other. I like to think of it as being honest and forthright.

          • craigvan

            When you had Iran heading a human rights organization and before that Iraq was the had of some wmd nonproliferation committee. Bush’s nominee was actually rather honest.

          • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

            You might notice that I refered to Europe and not a particular country and that’s because that is what we are swiftly becoming

          • Sofie Liv

            I know, just making fun of you X)

          • Muthsarah

            Russia isn’t in Europe. Ask any Russian. :D

            Then again, neither is Britain. Or Switzerland, currently. Yeah, we’ve all of us got image problems, don’t we?

        • Mike

          Huh, I said Paul Verhoeven was Dutch, not Babette’s Feast! I new very well that movie was Danish, that’s why I brought it up. It was only three few Danish movies to win the Oscar for best foreign language film. It my love for your series that made me put it on my must see last for the last year in the first place! I considered mention it was Danish, but I was sure you already new that. Originally I was going to make a comparison to French sci-fi movie from the 1960s Alphaville, but I haven’t seen that yet. Now I wish I’d used that example anyway.

          Oh well, I guess it was worth it if you at least managed to offer some additional insight on a wonderful author.

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            Oh, concerning french sci-fi-movies with comedy in it, I recommend “Le gendarme et les extra-terristres” (The gendarm and the extra-terrestrials) – that movie is FUN.
            Louis de Funes is starring the flick and – believe me – it is just amusing.

          • Sofie Liv

            Sorry, I must have miss-read that.

            But yeah, Babette’s feast is considered quite the classic here, I did read the original book back in school.

            And Karen Blixen was just such a fascinating person, she just.. created these stories all around her.

            most of them lies of cause, but they sounded amazing. A true story teller, perhaps the worlds last real story teller in the traditionel sense of the word.

            I would so love being able to do what she did.

  • Gallen_Dugall

    This film was made in the hey day of government worker unions staging
    “blue flu” illegal police strikes to extort contract renegotiations out
    of cities, crime investigation closure rates of around 3%, and with massive overpopulation in prisons so that even if convicted most offenders were likely back
    out on the street in days. Oddly here in the USAlund we didn’t get hell holes like the film’s version of Detroit from “capitalism” run amok, we got even worse hell holes like real world Detroit because of “socialism” run amok. Important difference is that here when politicians talk, about helping the poor or establishing a level playing field, they don’t mean it and no one can call them on it without being demonized. By comparison giant soulless corporate machines look quite appealing. Point being that this film pretty accurately depicts the urban anxieties of its day plus it helped start a dialog about the role of police and community and if art should do anything it should help start conversations.

    • craigvan

      You can’t take satire, as in this movie or any other, as an overall accurate depiction of realities.
      In actuality large corporations are not anymore inclined to be evil or power hungry and petty than government bureaucracies. For example big pharma in the US have programs for people with conditions such as hiv and diabetes to get medicine who don’t have insurance or money.

  • Eliot Littlejohn

    Ok now im really dateing myself besides the usual way i date myself. I remember watching this movie at the drive in when i was a kid. For years i dismissed it as one of those goofy sci fi movies i saw there but when i saw it as adult and understood the adult themes. I realized its one of the best sci fi movies thats dramatic i think the sequeal gets to much flak. It had some funny disturbing moments like when that replacement robocop tears his helmet off to show his bloody skull screams and dies. Frank millers orginal screenplay was adapted into a comic which is alot better

  • craigvan

    Real Detroit is actually worse than what is shown in Robocop. I think it was filmed in Dallas-Fortworth.
    The cocaine factory could only stay in business by shipping to the outer suburbs. In inner city Detroit they couldn’t afford it.

  • craigvan

    You call Lois “Anna”.