James Cameron An Auteurist Critique

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What do you get when you mix action, comedy, special effects, explosions, gunshots, nuclear warheads, people running, outlandish film sets generally involving the water, helicopters, claustrophobia, and a movie that has gone significantly over budget? You get a James Cameron film. James Cameron is the first director to film both a $100 million and a $200 million movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Titanic respectively (www.imbd.com). In addition, James Cameron's Titanic has gone on to become one of the top grossing films in history, receiving 14 Academy Award nominations and awarded 11 Oscars, tying the 1959 record set by Ben Hur.James Francis Cameron, or "Iron Jim" as he is also known, was born August 16th, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. His nickname is attributed to his stubbornness as a director and on set, but defends this behavior by the following quote; ""People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do something until its right, and then I move on to the next thing."James is the eldest of 5 children and came to the United States with his family in 1971. James attended California State University Fullerton where he majored in physics and in order to finance his screen writing dream, he drove a delivery truck. James has been married five times; all women with the exception of his first wife have been in the film industry and two of them were leading ladies in his movies. Sadly, none of these unions has lasted beyond the six year mark, although he may exceed that with current wife Suzy Amis whom he married in 2000. James and Suzy are owners of Childspot! which is an early childhood center in Wichita, Kansas and is operated by Rebecca Amis, Suzy's sister. James's production company is 'Lightstorm Entertainment', possibly homage to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey or George Lucas's Star Wars, both which had amazing special light effects that captivated Cameron at an early age. James is not just a filmmaker; he is a writer, producer, director, editor, screenwriter, visual effects artist, art director, production designer, miniature set builder, owner of a production company, owner of a special effects company, and owner of a childhood center.The films that I viewed were Terminator, True Lies, Titanic, Aliens, and The Abyss. James Cameron stated the following about his film, Terminator, "its fun to fantasize being a guy who can do whatever he wants. This Terminator guy is indestructible. He can be as rude as he wants. He can walk through a door, go through a plate-glass window and just get up, brush off impacts from bullets. It's like the dark side of Superman, in a sense. I think it has a great cathartic value to people who wish they could just splinter open the door to their boss's office, walk in, break his desk in half, grab him by the throat and throw him out the window and get away with it. Everybody has that little demon that wants to be able to do whatever it wants, the bad kid that never gets punished."...

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