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James Cameron : A Tribute

James Cameron applies his engineering background’s eye to the smallest details on every one of his films. Not for nothing have crews on his legendary shoots defiantly sported T-shirts emblazoned with legends such as “You can’t scare me, I work for James Cameron.” He demands a lot, from both crew and audience:  “If you’re gonna […]

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James Cameron And The Xenogenesis Of Aliens’ Powerloader

It’s an iconic moment in action film history – Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), previously hidden behind a huge locked door and thinking fast, stomps out in a previously viewed innocuous – looking “future fork-lift” to smackdown the Alien Queen chasing a scuttling Newt (Carrie Henn) around the Sulaco hold. Just how did writer / director James Cameron […]

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Guilty pleasures: Avatar

Make no mistake, 3D greatly enhanced the Avatar experience, but each subsequent viewing, even on the TV screen,  still succeeds in transporting me to the most incredibly realised alien world. Avatar is a romantic epic, an ecological action tale, where director James Cameron wears his conservationist streak not just on his sleeve, but spread all over the big […]

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James Cameron Avatar Interview

“Nothin’s over while I’m breathin!” Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch snarled in Avatar, just before he took two Na’vi arrows to the chest. Or indeed, while he continues to breath (or does he?) in the sequels – writer, producer, director James Cameron has announced he’s back on board, in one way or another: “I’m not going to say […]

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Terminator 2: Appetite For Destruction

With Teminator Genisys due out soon, here’s a look back at Creator James Cameron’s legacy, and the tipping point for, as it puts it, the soulless spectacle of CGI driven films that have followed. Although Cameron uses technology with intelligence and restraint in the film, have other film-makers been so judicious? And is he to […]

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The Top Ten 80’s Alien Movies

The decade of the 1980’s was a time of paranoia and displacement. With most worrying about nuclear meltdown and radioactive death, it was no wonder we looked to the stars for escape. Here is a list of some of the best alien films from that era:   10. Alien Nation (1998) Los Angeles, 1991. Aliens […]

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Entitled: The Terminator

The opening titles to James Cameron’s The Terminator are preceded by a prologue with opening text that outlines the nucleus of what is at stake in the film ahead. Over a cold, blue grey desolate future battleground, sleek automated machines, in the air and, on the ground, grinding human skulls into the dust, sweep remorselessly […]

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Intelligent Design: Creating The Terminator

From a flop sweat fever dream it came to him – James Cameron’s Tech Noir nightmare. Sacked unceremoniously from his fledgling debut , Piranha 2: The Spawning, the hungry director, determined to make his mark after toiling as a special effects maestro at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, bought a one way ticket to Rome […]

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