Cyberpunkin’ the Information Superhighway

Boot up your Cybercycle Discs, because Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Andrew from The Veef Show.

Review in a Nutshell:  Lawnmower Man 2, aside from being a cultural artifact of early `90s science fiction film, is a hilariously inept chunk of pseudo-cyberpunk cinema that makes for a rollicking fun watch.

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9 Responses

  1. http://twitpic.com/arg81u

    Dr. Benjamin Trace destroys everything he touches and yet somehow saves the world and gets the girl.

    Movies everybody!

  2. I am ashamed to admit that me and my family own this movie on DVD! And a fun fact for Lawnmower Man 2 is that this film is currently ranked at #71 on the IMDb Bottom 100 with a score of 2.2. out of 10.

    And finally, the blonde pixieish girl that Paul had mentioned here is actually Cami Cooper, who is probably most remembered for playing Peter Berg’s doomed girlfriend in Wes Craven’s “Shocker”.

  3. Wow – I never even heard of this movie before now.

    Well played, Almighty Gooberzilla!

  4. In addition to Lawnmower Man. Please watch Brainscan. Video game murders, virtual reality, peeping tom and wacky villian. http://youtu.be/QaRbBSeLkj4

  5. I believe the CG/music video compilation you referenced near the end of the episode is a series called Mind’s Eye. Out here in the San Francisco bay area it used to play a lot on local PBS station KTEH right before Robotech and Urusei Yatsura.

  6. That’s the one.

  7. It sounds like “bad Jim Carrey impression” is the setting Matt Frewer was stuck on in the mid-to-late ’90s, because that’s also a pretty apt description of his performance in that terrible made-for-TV “Generation X” movie that Fox aired…also in 1996, apparently. So maybe that was just what he was doing that year.

    Incidentally, here’s an article that discusses “Batman” as a cyberpunk movie: http://www.talsorian.com/cp_cinema_10.shtml

    As you would expect, it’s pretty BS. (My favorite part is where the author cites the “Corto Maltese” stuff as a direct William Gibson reference, because there was a character named Corto in ‘Neruomancer'; really, it’s a reference to Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” – which, in turn, was referencing an Italian adventure comic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corto_Maltese.) His argument seems to boil down to, “Wayne Enterprises is a corporation and Axis Chemicals is a corporation, so there’s totally corporate warfare in this movie,” and “In Sam Hamm’s original script, Batman wears mirrored lenses just like Molly in ‘Neuromancer.'” He also claims that “chrome” and “mirrorshades” are cyberpunk “themes,” because he apparently doesn’t know the difference between a theme and a clichè; and if you scroll down to the very bottom, it turns out this is part of a whole series that he did, in which he also argues the first two “Crow” movies, “Escape From New York,” Jet Li’s “The One,” “Unbreakable,” and – of all things – “Leon: The Professional” as cyberpunk movies. Apparently, the classification of “cyberpunk” has now degraded to the point where literally anything can be considered such.

    Hey, you know what I think is a great cyberpunk movie? “Three Men and a Baby.” Seriously – watch it with that in mind, you’ll see what I mean.

  8. Doesn’t Jobe’s head pop off his physical body at the end of the first movie?

  9. I hadn’t seen this film prior to the podcast, but it was a revelation.

    All this time, I thought the dopes at Ninja Theory were failing to rip off The Matrix in their mess of a game “Enslaved.” As it turns out, they actually did a decent job of ripping off Lawnmower Man 2.

    I still liked the movie more.

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