Screen Junkies » The terminator http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ilya Naishuller’s ‘Hardcore’ and Five Examples of POV Filmmaking Done Right http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ilya-naishullers-hardcore-and-five-examples-of-pov-filmmaking-done-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ilya-naishullers-hardcore-and-five-examples-of-pov-filmmaking-done-right/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:12:20 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266956 Voyeurism at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.

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By Jared Jones

The line between video games and movies continues to blur in Hardcore, an upcoming film from Russian director Ilya Naishuller that claims to be the “first POV action film ever made.” Starring Sharlto Copley and Haley Bennet, Hardcore combines a relatively familiar story (“A newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers and his army of mercenaries”) with a filmmaking style that has yet to truly be attempted in a full-length feature film: The subjective (or POV) shot.

It’s a bold idea for a film, I’ll give it that much, and a gimmick that Hardcore will surely live or die by – that is, should it obtain the funding it is currently seeking to complete the film (CGI, sound, color correction) on IndieGoGo. While most of us would grimace at the idea of essentially watching someone else play a video game for 90 minutes, there are actually several instances of POV filmmaking that demonstrate how effective it can be when done right.

At its best, the POV shot can be used as a means of shattering the veneer that typically exists between the audience and a film. By literally dropping us inside the mind of a character, we become an active participant in the experience rather than a simple observer. We are no longer a step ahead of the action taking place; we are simply reacting to it as it plays out. The POV shot can be downright chilling when used properly, and here are six films that did just that.

“A Ride in the Park” — V/H/S 2

While you can practically trace the entire “found footage” subgenre back to the POV-style narrative made infamous in The Blair Witch Project, the horror anthology series V/H/S has been able to improve and expand upon this concept better than most in recent years. Over the course of two films (and an upcoming sequel), V/H/S has utilized the subjective camera across a wide variety of mediums to tell its stories, which range from a man with a haunted ocular implant to an alien abduction from the perspective of the family dog.

Arguably the most successful entry in the V/H/S series is a segment from the second installment, “A Ride in the Park.” The brilliance of the story not only lies in the simplicity of the plot (“mountain biker stumbles upon zombie apocalypse), but the method in which it is told. Save a few handheld camera shots in the segment’s climax, the entirety of “A Ride in the Park” is told through a GoPro camera the protagonist has mounted to his helmet. To say anymore would spoil the fun of watching a man transform into a zombie before attacking a child’s birthday party-DAMMIT!

Evil Dead

Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead has been long-considered a masterpiece of low-budget filmmaking (among other things), and it’s largely due to Raimi’s inventiveness behind the camera. Take for example, the nerve-racking sense of pace he was able to create in scenes like the one above using just a camera bolted to a 2×4, an 18 fps film rate, and a couple quick-footed cameramen. The shaky cam has been done to death by modern directors (looking at you, Bourne series), sure, but Raimi practically invented the effect for Evil Dead back in 1981.

Metamorphosis: Immersive Kafka 

Say what you want about how entertaining or successful this 2010 take on Franz Kafka’s famous novella, there’s no denying that Sándor Kardos is owed a tip of the cap for having the guts to direct such an ambitious effort. From the film’s IMDB page:

The film tells the entire story using a subjective camera, experiencing what happens from Gregor’s perspective, as Kafka himself wanted it to be according to his own diary. It was shot with a 360 degree spherical remote controlled robotic camera that was directed and programmed to interact with the actors and to create an extremely low- angle view of the set as envisioned from the insect’s 1st person perspective.

While I’ll admit that Kardos’ adaptation seems to be more focused on gimmick than anything else, it’s hard not to be unnerved by the constant sense of claustrophobia and disorientation as achieved by the POV style.

Jaws 
 

If you’ve ever caught one of the Syfy channel’s original movies, chances are you’ve seen at least one moment that owes its existence to Jaws. I’m referring, of course, to the “monstervision” shot. Like Sam Raimi’s shaky cam, there was actually a time when placing the audience in the mind of a sasquatch, giant spider, or mutated Paul Bunyan was not only considered an original idea, but a horrifying one to boot, and no film utilized this technique to greater effect than Jaws. Because what’s scarier than the prospect of being eaten by a shark? Oh, I dunno, maybe BEING FORCED TO LOOK THROUGH THAT SHARK’S EYES AS IT PREPARES TO EAT A CHILD.

The Terminator 

It’s a real shame that James Cameron spent $6.4 million back in 1984 (or roughly $3.4 billion today) in order to place the audience inside Ahhnold’s head when he could’ve just hired Will Sasso to do it for free.

Any movies you think we missed? Give us a shout in the comments section. 

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James Cameron Weighs In On Who Would Win In A Fight Between A Na’vi, T-800, And The Alien Queen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-weighs-in-on-who-would-win-in-a-fight-between-a-navi-t-800-and-the-alien-queen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-cameron-weighs-in-on-who-would-win-in-a-fight-between-a-navi-t-800-and-the-alien-queen/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261054 The man's thought it through.

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By James Cameron standards, James Cameron has been out of the public eye for a little while. Luckily, he popped for a reddit AMA in which he reminded the world exactly why he is the king of it and also the best.

When asked, “A Na’vi, the Alien Queen and the T-800 Terminator get in a fight. Who wins?” Cameron took a break from talking about the ocean to respond:

Is the T-800 armed or not armed?

An Armed T-800 with a plasma rifle will clean house, all it has to do is shoot the Alien Queen, and have it bleed on the Na’vi. I would think that all three of them unarmed. Queen beats Na’vi. Queen beats T-800, because the T-800 would tear the arm off a queen, which would dissolve the mantel and shut down the cyborg.

Now a Na’vi riding a leonopteryx, or a Na’vi riding a thanataur, that would be a different story.

Now you know.

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Justin Lin Blows Off ‘Terminator’ For ‘Fast Five’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/justin-lin-blows-off-terminator-for-fast-five-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/justin-lin-blows-off-terminator-for-fast-five-sequel/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:57:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229361 He's far too busy for all of these sequels.

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As was the case with the fifth film in the Highlander series, Justin Lin will be far too busy making the fifth film in The Fast And The Furious franchise to make the fourth sequel to The Terminator. But that’s not to say that he isn’t interested in eventually making another Terminator sequel should the world decide that it needs one.

The current plan by rights holder/awesome billionaire Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger is to impregnate their housekeeper. Oops. Can cross that one off the list? The current plan is actually to put the first of two Terminator films into production in the fourth quarter of 2012. Which is exactly when Justin Lin will be making Vin Diesel and Paul Walker steal cargo from the underbelly of a speeding jet. However, Lin has been very involved with conceptualizing the upcoming Terminator film and wants to be involved should schedules work out or if another entry does come to fruition. However, Ellison finds herself in a race against time as her own Judgement Day will occur in 2018 when the film rights revert back to James Cameron. It’s of utmost importance that one or two slapped-together rush-job sequels are in theaters before that time. (Deadline)

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Blu-Ray Review: The Terminator http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-the-terminator/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 17:34:19 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212203 He's back. Again.

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It’s the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron stars. The Terminator has dropped another edition on Blu-ray, and there isn’t much here that we haven’t seen before. The visuals and sound are as impressive as the 80s allow. It’s not any fault of the film, mind you. Back in 1984 the effects, musical score, and teased bangs wowed, but now those elements date a well-written and directed action flick. However, it’s still impossible not to enjoy The Terminator. Just trying to figure out the time travel logistics keeps your mind racing. There’s also that cringe-worthy moment when Arnold pops out his own eye and reveals the exoskeleton underneath his flesh. Just keep telling yourself it’s not real.

Special features include a look into creating the effects and a retrospective of the film. These can be seen on earlier home versions of the film, though.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Making Up For Wasted Time As Governor http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/arnold-schwarzenegger-making-up-for-wasted-time-as-governor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/arnold-schwarzenegger-making-up-for-wasted-time-as-governor/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:34:16 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102515 Wait, so he's definitely not going to be in 'Avatar'?

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Sometimes movie news comes from unexpected places, like over the weekend, where Arnold Schwarzenegger announced at Arnold Classic (which is, of course, a bodybuilding competition) that he’s choosing between, like, 15 different projects on which to mount his comeback to the screen. Here’s The Man himself on the slight increase from the earlier report of 3:

“Well, first of all it’s more 15 films, obvious ones from The Terminator to remakes of Predator and The Running Man and all of those things.  Then also a lot of original stuff too.  But I am also packaging a comic book character right now. I’m going to announce that sometime by the end of March or the beginning of April.”

It’s weird to me that Schwarzenegger would even be involved with remakes of his previous hits like Predator, since nowadays a movie from 1987 may as well have been made in the silent era. What role would Arnold have in a hypothetical Predator remake? I think he should play the Predator. Think about it, that would be awesome. (via /Film)

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Casting Almosts: 10 Actors Who Nearly Landed Classic Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/casting-almosts-10-actors-who-nearly-landed-classic-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/casting-almosts-10-actors-who-nearly-landed-classic-roles/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:59:13 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=99654 Whether or not the alternatives would have been successful will never be known, but it's fun to look back at these casting almosts and wonder "what if?"

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Some film roles are so iconic that the actor who plays the part becomes synonymous with the character. Harrison Ford is Han Solo. Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator. Michael J. Fox is Marty McFly. But if a few things had turned out differently, these characters could have ended up being played by other actors. Whether or not the alternatives would have been successful will never be known, but it’s fun to look back at these casting almosts and wonder “what if?”

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Brad Pitt – The Shawshank Redemption

Superstar Brad Pitt reportedly turned down the role of Tommy Williams, the brash young burglar who claims to have information exonerating Andy Dufresne. Instead, the role went to actor Gil Bellows, and Brad Pitt landed a role playing house with a crazy bi-sexual woman and a pan-ethnic smorgasbord of children.

David LettermanAirplane

As much as I like both David Letterman and Airplane, pairing them together just seems like a bad idea, especially considering Letterman was auditioning for the lead role of Ted Striker, which ultimately went to Robert Hays. I can think of at least ten reasons why that would have been a bad idea.

Anne Hathaway – Knocked Up

Long before Anne Hathaway was prepping for her upcoming role as Cat Woman or bombing at the Oscars, she was up for the lead female role in Knocked Up. Apparently, she backed out because she felt the film’s use of a prosthetic vagina was in bad taste. Katherine Heigl ended up getting the role. Apparently, she loves fake vaginas.

Sylvester Stalone & Christopher WalkenStar Wars

Both of these iconic actors auditioned for the part of Han Solo. While it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Harrison Ford in the role, I have to say that I think Christopher Walken might have pulled it off. If nothing else, the audition inspired the classic SNL sketch featured above.

Sean Penn – Fight Club

Brad Pitt owned the role of Tyler Durdan in Fight Club, but Sean Penn almost ended up playing the deranged alter-ego. And while I’m sure Penn could have easily covered the character’s insanity, I’m not sure that he could have pulled off the likability that Pitt brought to the role.

Ian McKellen – Harry Potter

Sir Ian McKellen was once in the running for the part of Dumbledore. I’m sure the actor would have been great in the role, but perhaps it’s for the best that he didn’t make it. After all, I’d hate to see such a versatile actor get typecast as a wizard.

Eric Stoltz – Back to the Future

It’s hard to imagine Back to the Future without Michael J. Fox. But it almost happened. In fact, Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly, and filmed for several weeks before the director decided to pull the plug and start over with Fox.

Mark Ruffalo – Signs

Can you imagine Mark Ruffalo playing the role of Merrill Hess instead of Joaquin Phoenix? I can. They could have used the reanimated corpse of Humphrey Bogart, and the movie still would have sucked.

Chris Farley – Shrek

Mike Myers Scottish accent is synonymous with the character of Shrek. But Chris Farley was originally cast in the role, and actually recoded some dialogue before his untimely death. Had he lived, I’m not 100% that the franchise would have been as successful, but who knows.

Tom Selleck – Raiders of the Lost Ark

If this role had gone to Tom Selleck instead of Harrison Ford, would Indian Jones have worn a mustache? Or conversely, would Selleck have had to shave his signature facial hair? My puny mind is barley able to fathom such troubling alternate histories.

Will Smith – The Matrix

Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix. While the film was wildly successful, Smith says he has no regrets, since he thinks Keanu Reeves nailed the part. Besides, casting Smith alongside Laurence Fishburne would have broken the rules in regard to the number of badass black dudes in the same film. It’s a SAG thing.

O.J. Simpson – Terminator

Clearly, Arnold Schwarzenegger was born to play The Terminator. But even so, the producers were forced to go through the motions and have auditions for the part. O.J. Simpson was supposedly a contender, but his nice guy image prevented him from landing such a dark role. Irony, thy name is Hollywood.

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