Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – Jonathan Mostow

I’ve covered all the Terminator films on this blog, except for two, so now, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book I will be checking them out to complete my interactions with the T-101 and the many incarnations of John Connor. I remember being of a split mind on this film when I first saw it….

Strange Days (1995) – Kathryn Bigelow

My time with the films of James Cameron for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book comes to an end with this film that he penned the script for, and gave to the incredibly talented Kathryn Bigelow to direct. Ralph Fiennes stars as Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler, with a charming side that can sell…

Alien Nation (1988) – Graham Baker

Before District 9, Earth took in the Newcomers, and as they attempted to fit into our society, despite racism, prejudice, and simple confusion in customs, a pair of cops, one human, one newcomer, try to work together. This one is the next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles as I spend some more time with James…

Galaxy of Terror (1981) – Bruce D. Clark

The next stop for me in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the works of James Cameron, and this is where he got some of his start (and where a behind the scenes worker, Bill Paxton, also did some work) as the film’s production designer. Cameron did some special effects work for this Roger Corman produced B-movie (something…

Solaris (2002) – Steven Soderbergh

  My journey with the very enjoyable, and informative, Sci-Fi Chronicles book continue with this tale of exploration into the soul, heart and depth of emotions… George Clooney heads into deep space under the guidance of director by Steven Soderbergh and producer James Cameron as they take on Stanislaw Lem’s classic science fiction novel that…

Terminator: Genisys (2015) – Alan Taylor

The sequels following T2 have been shoddy at best, and what the new one has given us, while undeniably the best of the films since Judgement Day, is just another in a series of disposable popcorn films as easily forgotten as the horrid, photoshopped poster that someone okayed to promote this movie. I miss solid…

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) – Jimmy T. Murakami

With the advent of Star Wars in the late 70s, every studio, almost every writer, wanted to get in on the sci-fi band wagon, including Roger Corman. Known for his exploitation films with incredibly low budgets, Battle Beyond the Stars, was his biggest budgeted film, and was my introduction to the story of the Seven…

Trailer Tracks: Aliens (1986) – James Cameron

Yet another sequel that holds its own with the original, and could be argued exceeds it… this trailer is fantastic, and doesn’t contain a single line of dialogue, but conveys all the tension, horror and action that we can expect when the film chestburts its way onto the screen…

Trailer Tracks: Terminator 2: Judgment Day – James Cameron

I don’t think I’d even seen the original Terminator film when I headed to the theatre with a group of friends to see the sequel.  I knew the basic plot, but otherwise settled in rather blind for this one the first time.  The movie picks up years after the first one ended, with Sarah Connor…

Avatar (2009) – James Cameron

The 101 Action Movies comes to a close with James Cameron’s sci-fi action-adventure epic. No matter what one thinks of the story, and for me, it was simply a rehash of Pocahontas, again. There is a strong environmental message, one about living in harmony with our surroundings as opposed to pillaging and destroying as businesses…

TIFF- Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

Screening today at the Lightbox at 10pm and tomorrow at 2:45pm is the next installment of Shorts for this year’s TIFF. The first two programmes have been filled with delightful surprises and some wonderful pieces and this collection is no different featuring a variety of pieces that are stunningly beautiful to watch. We Wanted More…

True Lies (1994) – James Cameron

The 101 Action Movies list gave me a chance to revisit a James Cameron movie that I seem to constantly forget about, but love to watch every time it is on… True Lies. Cameron directs this actioner which has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, and amps up the action sequences that come one…