Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Terminator

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I was in a Cameron mood (hence all the Avatar viewings) so I realized the only Cameron movies I own are the first two Terminator films. This will be corrected.

I love this movie. If they ever made a director’s cut or Criterion of this film on DVD I would buy it. I truly think not only is it an amazing film but it’s a film that helped define and solidify strong female characters in cinema.

Sarah Connor is an amazing character. She starts the film a waitress who can’t even handle her patrons and ends the film barking orders at Reese, killing the terminator & trying to prepare herself to train her son for the coming wars. It’s a spectacular arch and one that is female empowering on a scale not seen in cinema before it.

My love of Cameron does partially stem from my love of science fiction, and it probably started with this film. I love his visions of the future, dystopic as they are, and the characters these environments create are unique and wonderful to watch.

Sarah Connor: Are you sure you have the right person?
Reese: I'm sure.
Sarah Connor: Come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean, am I tough, organized? I CAN'T EVEN BALANCE MY

1 comment:

Adam said...

While I love the Criterion Collection, I don't get their bias(?) against putting terrific movies by American filmmakers (or, in this case, Canadian) in the CC. They like some, to be sure, but they force some major filmmakers into the margins. For example, they have FOUR Wes Anderson films, but no Paul Thomas Anderson, Clint Eastwood, or Coen Brothers films, and only 1 Martin Scorsese film.

What gives?