J.M. Vargas wrote:The Good: TITANIC. F*** the haters (no offense), the first two hours of "Titanic" are precisely why the last hour and change resonate with such power and emotion. Besides the sweeping romance (in which Jack, Rose and most characters sound/talk not like polished movie creattions but like average people, i.e. 99% of the world without a screenwriter) and powerful social message (hundreds of poor people died and many rich one's lived because of an established and accepted social class system still in effect today under different guise of political social economic redistribution; that's potent shit leading into the 'all hell breaks loose' final act) it's also such a finely acted, finely scored (James Horner's music is the movie's secret weapon that absolutely links, lifts and runs through every aspect of the film from first to last note) and just around near-perfect cinematic experience, in both 2D and 3D! One of you mentioned that the first two hours don't feel like a James Cameron movie at all. Cameron is a Titanic nut and he made sure to get every detail right that he could so we could spend two hours familiarizing ourselves with the boat and its passengers (living there basically, past and then-present) so that the dominoes are set and the chain reaction at the end means something more than gawking at stuntmen and CG men pretend to die. So yeah, first two hours of "Titanic"? As James Cameron movie as they come. God, I love this movie!
J.M. Vargas wrote:The Bad: ALIENS. "True Lies" would have been here if I hadn't seen "Aliens" right before listening to the podcast. My review pretty much covers it, but basically I f***ing hated the space marines' macho posturing and trash talking. "Starship Troopers" and just about every FPS videogame since ("Halo," etc.) has filled my quota, and the fact Cameron makes them as much a centerpiece of the story as the aliens (until Ripley takes over toward the end) is a bad that constantly undermines the effectiveness of "Aliens" as an action-packed tense ride. And yes, this is 40 yr. old me talking, not if-I'd-seen-it-as-a-kid-I'd-have-probably-loved-it 13 yr. old me.
J.M. Vargas wrote:^^^ But isn't Newt's fate at the start of "Alien 3" so much more satisfying.
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