Disaster. That’s what I was expecting when I went to see Terminator: Genisys tonight. The critical reviews were so low that I walked into this thinking that somehow it was going to be worse than Terminator: Salvation, which I didn’t think was possible for a movie in this franchise. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film at 26%. That’s Adam Sandler movie territory (and roughly what I expect Pixels to get when it comes out). Well, you know what? Walking out of T5, the two things I’m maddest at are the critics that make up Rotten Tomatoes ever-increasing unreliability and the unbelievable meathead who put together the movie’s trailers. This is not a disaster. This is a TERMINATOR MOVIE! Like I said, I like T3, but this makes the most sense as a direct sequel to Jim Cameron’s first two films in the franchise and it is a more than worthy entry. Continue reading Movie Review: Terminator Genisys (2015) *Not the Apocalypse You Were Expecting*
Ok, I’m going to come clean with you people, because we’re a close-knit family by this point…..I like Terminator 3. I do not get all the hate for this film just because it’s not directed by James Cameron. I know I said we were going to go through the entire franchise, but given the dismal reviews Terminator: Genisys is getting, I cannot make myself next week try to pick a favorite scene from Terminator: Salvation (the hate for I DO GET). Oh, ok, here’s my favorite part from T4: the end credits which meant I could run out of the theater and scream at the moon.
Terminator 3 is not a bad film. It’s not the film the first two are, but it’s not anywhere close to the franchise-buster that some people consider it to be. A lot of the hate centers on the ending and how it negates the “we make our own fate” theme of the first two films, but I like that. I like that trying everything possible through multiple timelines, they still were unable to avoid Judgment Day and that dichotomy is, to me, more interesting and could have been intelligently explored in future sequels (it apparently will not be).
The weakest part of the film are the leads. Stahl and Danes can both act, but they were miscast. They never felt like they belonged in that world. That doesn’t negate some fantastic action pieces like the two chases, another poignant Terminator sacrifice and my favorite scene: Sarah Connor’s grave. Since she was smoking like a chimney in T2 (and let’s face it, under kind of a lot of stress), I find it entirely plausible she died between the 11 years between the second and third films. What I find even more Sarah is that she filled her coffin with enough ordinance to bring down a small kingdom. I love everything about the sequence at the cematary, right down to that poor, poor shrink getting his head messed with again. Sarah should have filled him with Drano in the second movie and done him a favor.
It’s not an overstatement to say that Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the most important movies of all-time. That title is earned, not only because the movie still stands as one of the greatest action films ever made, but because it changed the way movies are made forever. Before T2, you would have to look back to the Star Wars original trilogy and Godfather Part II to find sequels that critics and audiences both hailed as surpassing their original. “Sequel” was a radioactive word in Hollywood, and T2 is one of the main films that helped to change than and (for better and worse) brought the modern trend of franchising to the fore. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Terminator 2 Judgment Day (1991) “Galleria/Motorcycle Chase”
It’s time for what may be, possibly, our final montage of 2013….no, that makes me too sad. We shall have to have a montage on 2013 montages scheduled for New Year‘s Eve. I’ll have one of the interns begin cobbling it together immediately (oh yes, the KT intern program is working out beautifully, though I do wonder how much longer we can keep pretending to be a pre-eminent law firm with so many Star Wars LEGOs in the conference room….) Continue reading 100 Greatest Action Movie Punchlines Supercut
Emilia Clarke, who plays Danerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator 5. The choice is unsurprising as the film’s director, Alan Taylor (fresh off Thor the Dark World), has been heavily involved with the HBO adaptation of George RR Martin‘s fantasy novels since the beginning. Thrones was Clark’s first acting job out of school, but she has grown into a commanding presence and I can very much see her as Sarah Connor. Continue reading Your New Sarah Connor is the Queen of Dragons!