Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

The James Cameron Reassessment Part I: 1981-1989

UPDATE: Click here for Part II

So far this year, on a whim, I’ve chosen a specific director’s filmography to go through each month. Pre-blog January was my Quentin Tarantino month. February was my Kevin Smith Retrospective. Going into March, however, I decided to go with someone whose work I’ve never really liked. James Cameron.

That’s right, I’ve never been a big James Cameron fan. A part of me is put off by the fan boys. Here are a couple examples of James Cameron fan boys at work.

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Being a master of visual effects and huge action set pieces does not make you a cinematic god. It makes you Michael Bay with a plot. What kills me is the post on the left poses a ridiculous question and then goes on to completely negate the position they’re taking. It’s this kind of fan boy hero worshipping that makes me go into every James Cameron movie with a much more critical eye than with any other filmmaker.

I’ve always thought Cameron was the most overrated filmmaker working today. So March was all about reassessing his career. Did my opinion change? Read on to find out. Continue reading