"The future's not set. There's no fate but what we make for ourselves."
- John Connor
Due to its bigger budget, more effective action sequences, more detailed characters and the complexity of the story, most people would state that Terminator 2 is superior to its predecessor and would consider it one of the finest sequels in the history of motion pictures. I myself would once have agreed to that. After many subsequent viewings, I've come to the conclusion that despite…
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a bigger film in every possible way compared to Cameron’s lean and mean original. It is ambitious, elaborately staged, obscenely expensive and a little bit flabby. It has a different, lighter energy to the relentless classic that preceded it as it expands on the universe and becomes a benchmark for practically every action blockbuster that followed in its monumental wake.
It is a sequel that has been reprogrammed, losing its meanness for spectacle and occasional…
Is it ok for me to remain neutral when it comes to which Terminator film I like more? I feel like after nearly 30 years since the original's release, most people would have their minds made up by now, but not me.
Aside from having the same name, director, and a few of the same characters (this becomes a little sticky when you throw in the time travel bit. "Hey bro, I'm gonna need you to go back in time…
Throne of Blood is a relentless experience, culminating in one of the most famous final scenes in history. Had the film gone on any longer, Mifune would have devoured the entire castle, having chewed up all else in his vicinity.
While on the subject of Mifune, he is absolutely bonkers here as "MacBeth", the commanding officer lured into conflict with allies and superiors by his conniving wife. The desperation in his performance is tangible. Isuzu Yamada as…
Film #2 of 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films - Round 1
Throne of Blood is one of the films that best defines the true meaning of violence and darkness. Rarely containing blood dripping violence, Kurosawa attains a tone an ominous tone entirely through Mifune's unsurprisingly remarkable performance and the fantastic cinematography which serves as the building blocks of creating a truly memorable and unique atmosphere for a film. Moving at such a brisk pace and never once losing momentum,…
Shakespeare + samurai, what's not to like? Akira Kurosawa's samurai retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth is a wonderfully atmospheric tale of betrayal and power. The film opens with a bang as a local lord is informed of an invasion against him. Thanks to the resolve of his two best generals, Washizu and Miki, the attack fails. Both men are promoted, but encounter a malevolent forest spirit on their way to the ceremony who tells them of their future achievements. Thus begins…
With "The Terminator," James Cameron creates a cat and mouse thriller dressed in science fiction conventions. Weaving a mythology that may be more interesting than what is onscreen, Cameron puts together something spare, taut, and gripping. Its production limited, the film is elevated beyond its slim resources by the cast, crew, and Cameron's commitment to make something bold. Now a cinematic icon, "The Terminator" can not hide its humble beginnings, but it results in something dark, engaging, and satisfying.
At nearly thirty-one years old, James Cameron's The Terminator still packs a punch like no ever. One of the finest pieces of science fiction to ever grace the screen, with a unique story, brilliant direction, a relentless presence from leading man, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A Resistance soldier from a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time to the year 1984 to protect a woman named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Meanwhile, a cyborg killing machine, a T-800…
I think from now on I'm going to reserve the Sunday evening time slot for re-watching my favourite movies so I can enter the tedious working week in the best mood possible. To this day The Terminator is still Cameron's best work and as far as I'm concerned it's a near perfect thriller.
When a movie opens with a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger beating the shit out of Bill Paxton's annoying ass then you know you're in for a great time.…
The December Challenge: Film 31
The Terminator sets the benchmark by which all other science fiction and action films must be judged. I’ll put it out there straight away; I don’t think The Terminator is the greatest action film ever made, nor do I think it’s a flawless science-fiction film. What it…
Turn your sound up. Right up.
Now put this on.
Now THAT is how you do a film scene.
John Boorman's crime thriller, which sees Lee Marvin famously stomping around California looking for the $93,000 that John Vernon and Sharon Acker unwisely diddled him out of during a heist on Alcatraz that sees him left for dead, is very much a Boorman take on the late 60s crime thriller.
It has its surreal moments and occasional art…
All he wants is his $93,000. Just give it to him! He's Lee Marvin, for fuck's sake!
'Hank Marvin' is often used as rhyming slang here in England for someone who is starving. Not around my parents' house. Around their house it was 'Lee Marvin'. Because my dad bloody loves Lee Marvin. Everyone should love Lee Marvin, of course. But he made sure that his rhyming slang stuck. And it did. Quite right, too. Brooding and magnificent Hollywood actor or…