terminator 2: judgment day


Exactly 25 years ago, the biggest hit of the summer was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. T2 was the bigger, bombastic sequel to James Cameron’s relatively small indie hit from 1984, The Terminator, and it was such a smash success that numerous studios, directors and producers have chased the dragon of its box office karma for the last two-and-a-half decades. Considering that the three subsequent Terminator movies were each greeted with increasing levels of disinterest, perhaps it’s a good idea then to revisit past glories. A new version of T2 featuring a 3-D conversion will be released sometime next year, and to wet your whistle, a new poster’s been released that not only invokes classic Arnold Schwarzenegger, but invokes classic 3-D as well. (more…)


On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisys will try for the third time in 12 years to take James Cameron’s two-part sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and make a new, balls-to-the-wall summer action franchise out of it. The Terminator is a seminal work that served as one of the primary the inspirations for the cyberpunk movement, and without which other great films of the era like RoboCop, and The Matrix might not exist. T2 took the story, visual effects, and Cameron’s own directorial ambitions to the next level, while still being stylistically and substantively in line with the original. It remains an example that strongly argues that a sequel can surpass the original in creative and commercial goals.

Cameron said the story was done so far as he was concerned at the end of Judgment Day, and while a lot of series filmmakers change with every film, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, something else changed: Terminator was not the movie series it could have been, or should have been. Did the Terminator series flounder because James Cameron moved on to different things? Were the talents of the filmmakers subsequent to Cameron just not up to his caliber on even a basic level? Or did Cameron’s departure mark something more fundamental? Have all those other writers, producers and directors lost touch with what kind of movie The Terminator really is? (more…)


It’s a rare position for a young, up-and-coming actor to find themselves in, but Dayo Okeniyi has been in a tug of war between competing franchise reboot movies. Yes, young Okeniyi was being pursued not just by J.J. Abrams for Star Wars Episode VII, but by Alan Taylor of Terminator: Genesis. Both films are the latest attempt to keep their indomitable and historic franchises relevant, and both are due in theaters in 2015, but only will feature Okeniyi in a main role, and that’s Terminator: Genesis(more…)