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Being the best Terminator film since Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991 isn’t even a low bar to clear. It is a line painted on the ground. But I’m happy anyways that Terminator: Dark Fate is able to step across that line. It gets there largely by being the first time in four tries to figure out what should have been self-evident all along: these films don’t live and die […]

Carrie and Rob review Terminator: Dark Fate which ignores the last three Terminator movies and is a direct follow-up to The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, directed by James Cameron. This installment, directed by Tim Miller, brings back stars Linda Hamilton as the immortal Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the now aged T-800. New to the franchise is Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna.

“The best Terminator movie since Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is a statement like “Jai Courtney’s best-ever performance in a movie”: they both have the functional shape of a compliment, but they’re not actually saying very much that’s complimentary. And they’re both true of Terminator Genisys, the little movie that couldn’t, currently on pace to be one of 2015’s most visible and embarrassing box office flops. That’s not… entirely… fair. It […]

Every Sunday this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: it took 10 long years of nobody anywhere giving much of a shit one way or the other, but now Men in Black 3 exists. And to the surprise of most of us, it […]

The third sequel directed by James Cameron – but only the first sequel to a film he’d overseen originally – Terminator 2: Judgment Day holds a very special place in my heart; like a great many American males of my age, this was the first R-rated movie I ever saw, or at least the first that I ever saw in the full and certain knowledge that it was R-rated, and […]

Piranha II: The Spawning may have been a wretched, cheap monster picture, but it had one benefit for the young first-time director James Cameron: it put his name out there, and got him in a position that any young filmmaker would have committed some of the most wicked sins to achieve, namely, he found himself simultaneously writing two major Hollywood sequels, a far cry from the scrungy Italian industry where […]

When a young, cash-strapped filmmaker named James Cameron started writing a screenplay about a diner waitress being chased by a murderous cyborg from the future, he probably didn’t expect to be launching a durable tent-pole franchise that would last (so far) 25 years past that first movie’s debut. But when The Terminator became a massive hit for its relative tiny budget, a sequel became an inevitability. Still, Cameron had the […]

With Memorial Day upon us, and weeks to go before new movies are scheduled to hit theaters (God willing), we wanted to continue our look at summer movie seasons past with this reflection by Conrado. For more summer movie retrospectives, check out our podcast on the best summer movies of all time! -Tim With movie theaters closed and all major studio movies delayed indefinitely, the 2020 summer movie season is […]

As is generally true of movies that kick up Controversy In The Discourse, The Hunt is not in the remotest way worthy of that much attention, so I’m not even going to bother recapping all of that. Instead, let’s just dive into the movie itself. Only let us dive very carefully, for it is extremely shallow, and we do not want to crack our heads on the bottom. What if […]

To judge from the films that get produced, there’s never been a single screenwriter in the history of the art form who had a good relationship with their dad. The latest of the innumerable stories of a bad dad and a suffering child is coming out soon, with Shia LaBeouf playing his own beastly father in Honey Boy. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at our own favorite […]

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies – a review of the last 7-days of movie new…with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5 The Grudge – Official Trailer Drops Terminator Star Linda Hamilton Called Her Marriage to James Cameron “Terrible on Every Level” Anna Faris […]

Hey everybody, movies are coming back! In three of the last four months, there have been fewer than 10 wide releases in North America, and while August had a whole lot, nearly all of them were the kind of underperformers that get quietly dumped and make no money. Ah, but in November, we have no fewer than 17 movies to think about, plus the first big wave of Oscar hopefuls. […]