James Cameron has given us some of the most influential films of the 20th century. He has pressed his name into many roles: producer, director, writer, and even editor. All of his films seem to have a few commonalities among them. But, he definitely has a staple in Sci Fi films. He began his career in film in the late 70s and early 80's and gave us such works as Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), and The Abyss (1989). His inspiration for becoming involved in film was the original Star Wars trilogy. If you look at what he made, you can see that inspiration shining through. Very few of his films have disappeared under the radar. Any film lover could name almost all of them if he/she wanted to because of the quality and legacy they have created.
Terminator is completely quotable.
There is no arguing that.
It's also action-packed and memorable.
It has sparked 3 proceeding pictures, several video games, a television series, and a 3D show at Universal Studios.
It's been parodied and teased. (Which is truly a mark of fame.)
And who doesn't have an image of those red-eyed machines in their mind the second someone mentions the title? It always seemed to feel so ominous when you watch that. A whole army of them walking robotically, and that one in the front just looks up at you. You think for a second, 'if I was there, I know I would be a goner'.
Aliens has also sparked a lot of taunts and parodies.
It is one of the most prominent names in the history of Sci Fi.
Almost all of it's proceeding films of the same genre has pulled ideas from Aliens.
Some examples would be Starship Troopers, Resident Evil, and Pandorum. (There are MANY more!)
The whole film has a creepy feel to it and keeps you very tense.
If you haven't seen it, go right now.
Don't forget the most important thing...
Sigourney Weaver is a badass. She will cut you...
The Abyss is about more aliens!
But, it's not just another cookie-cutter version of his previous film.
It's a new setting, and a different twist.
I always had the feeling Sealab kinda made fun of it a little.
It's very tense and holds your eyes to the screen with a draw you can't fight.
Here is an example...
James Cameron also made Titanic.
That is one of the highest-grossing films in history (over 600,000,000 in the US, and almost 2,000,000,000 overall).
Everyone has seen it.
Most more than once.
It has a Celine Dion song and stars Leonardo DeCaprio (I think those are the reasons it did so well).
But, it's not one of my favorites... by any means.
It's not the worst film in the world.
If it was, the numbers wouldn't be so high.
But, I don't think dramas are Cameron's strongest suit.
That is a fact that is supported in his latest film, Avatar.
If you've ever seen the movie Pocahontus, then you've seen the story for Avatar before.
It's not a terrible plot.
But, it's been done SO many times.
If it weren't for the effects and cinematography, it would have been quite boring.
You must understand though, I loved this movie.
It's fantastic, and it deserves all of the money it is getting.
James Cameron said that it would be beautiful, and he wasn't lying by any standard.
It's like being right there, along side with the characters.
In a gorgeous jungle full of lights and creatures that will make you're pupils dilate and your head tilt with awe.
You can see every muscle move, every breath taken in, and every slight emotion right in front of you.
There are these long sweeping shots of the landscape and intense battles.
They are so well done.
I felt like James Cameron was rubbing my shoulders the whole time.
You can discard any of the problems the film might have plot-wise.
The acting was pretty good, even though the lines were a touch cheesy.
Everything falls right into place, overall.
It's worth the price of a ticket for the IMAX 3D.
James Cameron has set himself up with an impressive legacy, so far. I don't see a decline coming for him any time soon. I'm betting everyone can give at least one quote from any of his movies, and thousands more will go see Avatar while it's still in theaters. He is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent figures in film that is still living. Never thought I'd say this... But, thank god for Star Wars. It inspired one of the true masters in cinema.
Hopefully he has many more to come.