5 items from 2015
James Cameron’s first two instalments in the Terminator franchise were landmark achievements, that have gone down as two of the greatest masterpieces in cinema history. Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines diluted that reputation slightly with a poorly written script, that undermined much of the hard work from the first two entries. Finally, Terminator: Salvation was an absolute mess, which garnered more attention from the fact that it’s main star had a minor lapse in temperament. This is also forgetting the fact that the film was shot without the inclusion of Arnold Schwarzenegger, before adding a strange CGI replacement in post-production.
Suffice to say, the upcoming Terminator Genesys has quite a lot riding on it. Although, bringing back The Terminator is certainly a good start in regards to winning back the audiences trust in the franchise. Check out the new poster and spot below:
For long-time Terminator fanatic like myself, »
- Ben Read
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000, 2001 and 2002 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. If sequels were the name of the game in 2002, things didn't change much in '03, as franchises began to curdle with disappointing new installments like "The Matrix Reloaded, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Joining the chorus hailing this year’s prospects for the exhibition sector and the movie biz in general is B. Riley analyst Eric Wold.
“After declining by 5.2 percent in 2014, the domestic box office should rebound sharply by 7-8 percent in 2015 and set a new annual record above $11 billion,” Wold said, adding that he expected Imax and 3-D to be a driving force.
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- Todd Cunningham
"...the new film is set in 2029, when the 'Future War' is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system 'Skynet' on the ropes.
"...so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected..."
- Michael Stevens
There’s nary a film franchise as iconic yet as beleaguered as the Terminator franchise over the past decade or so. After the initial two films became a huge part of popular culture, with everything from the music to star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous “I’ll be back” quote becoming ingrained in our collective consciousness, the franchise strayed from the course, veering into B-movie territory with Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, struggling to portray the future war fans wanted in McG’s Terminator: Salvation, and having just mild success with the cancelled-too-soon Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on the small screen.
In short, nothing has come close to the first two films and director James Cameron’s vision. With Cameron busy working on two or three Avatar sequels when not skiing down mountains of money, and Arnold coming out of retirement, struggling at the box office, »
- Jay Anderson
5 items from 2015
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