Posts Tagged ‘Terminator’

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Total system failure: “Terminator: Genisys”

June 28, 2015

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[NOTE: This reviews contains some spoilers, though nothing that wasn’t given away in the trailers for the film. Still, if you’re totally unspoiled about Terminator: Genisys you may want to avoid this review.]

Few things are worse today than the were in the early ‘90s: music, fashion, technology are all much, much better than in, say, 1991. If you don’t believe me, just take a wander down memory lane that is the Internet and behold that INXS-rocking, tortoiseshell glasses-wearing, Discman-listening-to moment in history and you’ll likely feel the same immense relief at being alive in this point in time as when you read an article about, say, medieval medical practices. But there is one thing the early ‘90s had over today, at least 24 years ago we could get a decent Terminator movie, as opposed to the one Hollywood just coughed up. Yep, I’ll just say it: Terminator: Genisys is even dumber than it’s title.

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Second time’s the charm: Sequels that are better than the original

February 21, 2012

More often than not, sequels are a bad idea, and usually little more than a mercenary cash-grab that trades on the familiarity of the original. That is especially true now, in the time of direct-to-DVD retailing that allows franchises to continue ad-infinitum. But it was true even in the days before DVD and even home video. Was there ever a reason for The Sting 2? Or The French Connection 2? Or even Jaws 2? I mean, beyond the promise of filthy lucre? No, not at all. And yet, every so often we get a kind of unicorn—a sequel that eclipses the original. They’re not so rare as all of that, yet still they are the exception to the rule. Still, with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance being a much more fun film than its predecessor, it seems like a good time to look at some of these outliers. The one that always springs to mind first for me is…

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Extremely Artificial Intelligence: “Terminator Salvation”

May 30, 2009

terminator-salvation-flash-Going into a Terminator movie made without James Cameron or Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lot like going home with a Thai prostitute you met on the corner of a back soi when you’re very drunk. You have no idea what you’re in for when she takes her clothes off, but you can be sure that you’re probably going to be unpleasantly surprised, and regardless, you will have to pay for the experience. And that’s more of less what Terminator Salvation delivers. No, not transsexual Asian prostitutes, but a lot of disappointment that you pay to see.
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