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James Cameron thinks Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a little redundant. Guess what? I agree! Here’s his critique of the film, offered during a video interview conducted by Hannah Litchfield: “Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next, you know? See what they’re doing with it. I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me the jury’s out, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Back in December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the world on fire. Not only was it a follow-up to the much beloved original Star Wars trilogy that ended back in the 1980s, but it was also considered by many to be a worthy successor to it. It successfully captured the flavor and style of that series, all the while pushing the story forward in a new direction.
Audiences responded to this by heading to the theaters in droves, and by the time the film left theaters it had broken $2 billion worldwide, putting it in third place in the overall ranking of box office records. The only other movies that outperformed Star Wars were Titanic and Avatar, and interestingly enough, they are both films from world renowned director James Cameron.
While plenty of filmmakers have given their opinion on the film, James Cameron has largely stayed quiet on the subject. »
- Joseph Medina
Earlier this month, the record-breaking box office run of Star Wars: The Force Awakens came to an end with a whopping $936.6 million domestically and $2.06 billion worldwide. While the domestic tally shattered the record of $760.5 million by James Cameron's Avatar back in 2009, the global tally still couldn't surpass Avatar's $2.7 billion take. While the filmmaker continues to prep his long-awaited Avatar sequels, he recently shared his thoughts about the movie that broke his record, and it isn't exactly a glowing review.
A new interview with the filmmaker recently surfaced on Gizmodo, where he doesn't necessarily trash The Force Awakens, but it's clear that he is a bigger fan of the originals. He does add that he's interested to see how the trilogy will continue, but he has more respect for George Lucas' original trilogy. Here's what he had to say below.
"George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he »
James Cameron knows a thing or three about visual effects and successful moviemaking, having helmed the two biggest moneymakers in cinematic history. So what film made him get into the business? Star Wars. In an interview that hit YouTube recently, he says he “used to be” a fan of the franchise, praising George Lucas’ Original Six — but admits J.J. Abrams’ recent sequel hardly made him give a rebel yell. “I don’t want to say too much about the film,” Cameron tells… »
The “Titanic” director tiptoed around answering a question about what he thought about the sequel before taking a dig at the film.
“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine,” he prefaced. “I don’t want to say too much about the film because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams and I want to see where they’re taking it next.”
But the rest of the “Avatar” helmer’s answer hints that he was not impressed.
“I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters,” Cameron said. »
- Seth Kelley
Cameron, a close friend to George Lucas, told Hannah Litchfield (via Collider) that he considers the original six movies more innovative by comparison, while The Force Awakens “was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before.” It’s a far cry from direct criticism, of course, and during the interview Cameron noted that he has “a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams.”
Here’s what the esteemed filmmaker had to say about Disney and Lucasfilm’s franchise revival:
“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film cause I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, »
- Michael Briers
James Cameron has seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but it seems he’s torn between loyalty to two friends. He’s good buds with George Lucas, but also respects J.J. Abrams, with “Star Wars” coming between everybody like a child in the midst of a custody battle. So when asked on his feelings about ‘The Force Awakens,’ […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Cameron has dissed fellow director J.J. Abrams. Cameron was asked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens during an interview with YouTuber Keely Stinner. As it turned out, he had recently discussed the latest installment with the series' original director, George Lucas. "I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before," he said of J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, which is the third highest-grossing film ever behind his own Avatar and Titanic. "It took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So, for me, the jury is out. I want to see where they go with »
Shortly before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, George Lucas gave us his verdict on the sci-fi epic, and during a recent interview conducted by reporter Hannah Litchfield, Lucas' pal James Cameron shared some of his thoughts on the record-breaking blockbuster. After praising Terminator: Genisys, I'll understand if some of you are a little leery about Cameron's opinion of the... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
It has smashed box-office records around the world and been hailed by critics as a franchise-saver, but there’s one high-profile filmgoer who was underwhelmed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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- Henry Barnes and agencies
Avatar helmer James Cameron has finally delivered his verdict on J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Cameron was chatting to reporter Hannah Litchfield who asked him exactly what he thought of the seventh film in the legendary saga. While he did not come out and say that he didn’t like the film very much, he desperately tried to avoid the question in the video interview.
Here’s what he had to say.
“Well… George Lucas is a friend of mine and George and I had a good conversation about it,” he said. “I don’t want to say too much about the film as I have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams. I want to see where they’re taking it next, see what they’re doing with it. But I gotta say I think that George’s six films, had more innovative visual imagination. And this »
- Paul Heath
There’s just about time for another person to have a view of last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that director Jj Abrams helped steer to over $2bn of business at the global box office. That left the movie only trailing James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic in the biggest grossing films of all time chart. And now, James Cameron has been chatting about his thoughts on Abrams’ Star Wars movie. Mainly because somebody asked him.
Cameron said that “I don’t want to say too much about the film, because I also have a lot of respect for Jj Abrams”, before adding that “I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things »
Release the Kraken! They're only now releasing this Blu-ray in the U.S.. The patron saint of every special effect fan gets the royal treatment in this career overview capped with industry testimonials and rare film items from a cache of 35mm outtakes found packed away in Rh's storeroom. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Region B Blu-ray Arrow Video Us 2011 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Randy Cook, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Tony Dalton, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ray Bradbury, Ken Ralston, Martine Beswick, Vanessa Harryhausen, Caroline Munro, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Henry Selick. Original Music Alexandre Poncet Produced by Tony Dalton, Alexandre Poncet Written and Directed by Gilles Penso
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The time has long passed that Ray Harryhausen was merely a cult figure. By the release of Golden Voyage »
- Glenn Erickson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the highest grossing movies of all-time after earning a massive $2 billion, and while some fans found fault with the J.J. Abrams helmed release, the majority agree that he restored the franchise to greatness after those terrible prequels. However, in a new interview with Avatar and The […]
- Josh Wilding
What did Aliens/Avatar director James Cameron think of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens? While he won’t come right out and say it, it doesn’t sound like he liked the new Star Wars film very much. Watch a clip from a new interview with the Titanic/Terminator filmmaker trying artfully to dodge the question of […]
- Peter Sciretta
James Cameron is getting candid about one of his colleagues in a small but elite club of directors who earn billions for their beloved film franchises. Cameron was recently asked about his thoughts on J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the reboot of George Lucas‘ space odyssey that broke numerous box office records for new owner Disney when it opened last December. His response was not exactly the polite fawning one might expect during an on-camera chat. Also Read: James Cameron Won't Dare Pit His 'Avatar' Sequels Against 'Star Wars' “I have to say that »
- Matt Donnelly
It seemed like we were all on a Star Wars high when “The Force Awakens” came out. But after the high faded, the problems unmasked themselves, with many people pointing out some of the film’s flaws — a group that now includes James Cameron, who made some subtle comments regarding why he thinks the J.J. Abrams film might not fit too well into the “Star Wars” universe.
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In a video interview discovered on YouTube, Cameron was asked his opinion on the seventh installment — and, never a good sign, he started off by saying, “I don’t want to say too much about the film, because I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams.” Uh oh.
He elaborated: “I have to say that I felt that George’s group »
- Kyle Kizu
The alien world of James Cameron’s “Avatar” will be turned into a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game, under a pact between Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox with game developer Kabam.
The new game, set to debut ahead of “Avatar 2” (currently slated for 2018 release) will combine the characters and environments from the film franchise with new gameplay features. Kabam said it expects the “Avatar” mobile game to be its biggest release ever.
Once launched, the “Avatar” game will continue to be updated and evolve along with the launch of each of the four planned sequels scheduled to be released around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.
“Kabam has an excellent reputation for building compelling mobile games that explore detailed worlds, which makes them an ideal partner for our franchise,” said Jon Landau, “Avatar” producer and COO of Lightstorm Entertainment. “The world of Pandora is massive, far beyond what we are able »
- Todd Spangler
The game combines the characters and environments from the film franchise with new gameplay features and will continue to be updated and evolve along with the launch of each of the four planned film sequels scheduled to be released around Christmas in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.
Producer Jon Landau says in a statement: "Kabam has an excellent reputation for building compelling mobile games that explore detailed worlds, which makes them an ideal partner for our franchise. The world of Pandora is massive, far beyond what we are able to include in our feature films, and »
- Garth Franklin
Any horror fan knows that for a lot of movies in the genre, it can be hard to sell non-enthusiasts on having the wits scared out of them. Thankfully, the genre covers so much ground and incorporates so much of the best of other kinds of film that it’s not hard to find something that can appeal to everyone while still satisfying those looking for scares. These are a few of the best movies that combine our favorite aspects of both action and horror.
James Cameron took Ridley Scott’s tense and atmospheric 1979 thriller and put his own spin on it by applying his successful trademark Terminator-style action sensibilities. The result was an action-horror classic that holds up incredibly well today and remains wildly influential across pop culture. Aliens introduced the concept of the space marine as we know it today and paved the way for countless future science-fiction franchises. »
- Jerry Smith
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