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REVIEW: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

If I were threatened with my life to say who my two favourite working directors are, I’m almost entirely sure of my answer: James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino (in alphabetical order). Though it may seem impossible to say this with a straight face, I love Avatar for the same reasons I love Inglourious Basterds. They’re both big, luscious epics from master filmmakers. But both of these American masters had to get to the top of their game somehow, and while I’m reviewing Tarantino’s film in a certain order (oldest->newest, repeat) I figured I’d just jump into James Cameron’s movies wherever I came in. And that happened to be Terminator 2.

This is the best of the Terminator franchise. Oh, sorry, is that supposed to be a conclusion? Even watching this film in its intended aspect ratio with a cursory knowledge of the other three films and the TV series all stated to be entries into the official canon will let you see all you need to know. If there’s one thing I can’t stand these days, it’s the post-Avatar let’s-talk-crap-about-James-Cameron phase. If you could make any movie and just show it off as a pass to allow you to do whatever you wanted to do for the rest of your career, that movie would be Terminator 2. People nowadays gush about Christopher Nolan as if he invented the intelligent blockbuster. I’ll admit, he wades in the genre occasionally–most recently immersing himself with Inception, an incredible feature–but he by no means invented or popularized it. The first guy to mix explosions and complex science fiction storytelling was James Cameron, and he’s been making high quality features ever since. Read more…

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