Review: Terminator Salvation

After much procrastination, I figured the time was right to finally put an end to the Terminator film franchise (to “terminate” it, if you will – see how clever I am already?).

I enjoyed the previous installments (I even thought Terminator 3 had its moments), but I kept my expectations low for Terminator: Salvation. I remembered the lukewarm reception the film received in 2009, but as it turns out, the film is not a complete steaming pile of sh*t.

Salvation is really just a run-of-the-mill action film, but a few scenes do stand out. A chase scene with some cool Terminator motorcycles is well handled and (mostly) free of frustration shaky-cam. There’s also some fisticuffs between hero Christian Bale and one of those superbly cool Terminator skeletons.

The use of animatronics really harkens back to the good old days of Stan Winston… when the monsters in the movies were actually in the movies, and not just “pasted on” digitally. The film is actually dedicated to Winston’s memory.

Also worth noting is a really neat tracking shot early in the film, involving Bale escaping a warzone in a helicopter…

More like Terminator: SALIVATION - am I right, Ladies?

The film also stars Sam Worthington (who? oh wait, that guy from Avatar) as a prototype of the human-looking Terminators… you know, the ones they modeled after the former governor of California…

More like Terminator: SALIVATION - am I right, Ladies?

It’s a shame they couldn’t work in that awesome liquid metal T-1000 from Terminator 2… you know the one, he spawned those really wacky Capri Sun commercials in the 90s…

In conclusion, Terminator Salvation is OK.

Final score: 6 Capri Sun guys out of a possible 10.

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That’s a birthday

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Christoph Waltz, the best thing to come out of Austria since Peter Lorre and Pez candy (yes, I can use wikipedia too…)

Waltz is best know for his role as Col. Hans Landa, the scene-stealing Nazi psychopath from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Landa is one of the most  unnerving and mesmerizing movie villains I’ve ever seen on film, and Waltz’s performance (winning a well-deserved Oscar) is one for the ages.

Bonne fête, Christoph – that’s a bingo.

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Welcome to Cinéma, Ipso Facto

Greetings, and welcome to Cinéma, Ipso Facto, a blog I’ve set up as a creative writing experiment.

 

I have nothing to write about at the moment, as I’ve just finished putting together the graphic used for that banner up there. I’m sleepy now, so I’m just going to publish this and say it’s a just a test-post or something…

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And here we… go!

This is Eric’s first blog post, please be gentle.

Little Eric

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