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T3 review: Part V

All in all, I give Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines a very favorable review. It not only had me concerned for the welfare of the characters, but it also got me to thinking about some important topics. For a high concept, big budget summer blockbuster, this is a truly amazing feat. To secure the kind of funding required to make a film like T3, clueless studio execs who want nothing but a carbon copy of something that made a pile of money last year only bigger, louder, and sexier must be appeased and assuaged. The bigger and more expensive a film grows, the more likely it is that it will sink into a miasma of built-in limitations and compromises. The makers of T3 navigated these obstacles with amazing skill.

There were some things I did not like about the film. The new-fangled Terminatrix killed a lot of people in rather grisly ways. Sometimes the camera would cut away as she delivered the killing blow, but at other times it did not, like when she thrust her arm through a detective’s chest from the back seat of the car he was driving in order to simultaneously kill him and take the wheel. In that scene the camera lingered on the gore as the dying man gasped in gurgly horror at his own demise.

I support a strong interpretation of the second amendment, but I don’t find gun violence entertaining. I don't play first person shooters, and I don't like to watch people getting "blown away." I lost count of how many unarmed bit players the she-borg gunned down.

I don’t like car chases. I really never want to see another one, ever, and T3 amounts to one big car chase with occasional gun battle breaks. I like science fiction, and I wish that filmmakers could find their way clear to make sci fi films that amount to more than Jerry Bruckheimer-style, over the top action flicks draped in a thin veil of superficial sci fi trappings. Unfortunately, with the commercial failure of Solaris, I don’t see any studio risking the perils of that road again any time soon.

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Aug. 24th, 2003 09:16 pm (UTC)
I've not seen it yet myself...but I'm curious.

though I did catch myself up to present day C-Realm this evening.
I'd say more right now than "I really enjoyed it"...but my restless little brain needs some down time.

Aug. 25th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
I did catch myself up to present day C-Realm this evening.
I'd say more right now than "I really enjoyed it"...but my restless little brain needs some down time.

From my perspective, "I really enjoyed it," is a pretty good thing to hear. I don't have a working hit counter on the site, so I don't know how many people have plowed thru the whole run, but I'm guessing you're a member of a pretty exclusive club.

my restless little brain needs some down time.

Be kind to your brain. Transhuman fantasies aside, it's you and you're it.
Aug. 25th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
a member of the exclusive club...:)
of C-realm...
well...not the least of those things I found refreshing about your work throughout the series was your particular 'KMO awareness' of the difficult subjects you'd decided to explore...I don't know how effortless it was on your part, but it was cool to see how 'approachable' you were able to make so many of the themes...
it was also really enjoyable to see, here and there so many personal, candid details...and stepping farther back ( as a tinkerer ), enjoying that nothing seemed out of place....personally, I think that your entire C-realm 'modusoperandi' is fluid....hats go off to ya...:) ( which makes it sound as though I understand it all maybe a wee bit better than I actually do...he he )
also...your illustration work...frankly, I was suprised ( pleased ) to see you trying out so many different things...often considerable challanges I'd suspect...any number of panels throughout that I thought really stood out...
hmm...again, I'd like to say more....suffice it to say that during the time I spent reading I was nodding and grinning, pausing here and there to think things over...follow a link or two...:)

for my own end of the comic wheel...I've slowed down...
I should open up photoshop right after I brew some coffee and not stop tinkering until I've finished something.
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