I thought I would bring up a thread about the big man now that hes rumored to be saddling up once again. Hes one of my favorate directors, and heres my 2 cents on his various movies. terminator - an action staple. Revolutionary from a technical standpoint, and introduced the world to the biggest action star of his generation, Arnold S. Still works today despite some now dated effects. Visceral storytelling, and a storyline geeks cant help but love. Well crafted, and raw. oneof my faves. rambo, first blood - mediocre sequel.(writer) Abandoned the real life feel and underdog nature of the origional. Over the top, silly action and 80s republican tub thumping. Not his finest hour. aliens -possible my favorate cameron movie. Great story, great heart, gripping action. Nicely directed, he does a masterful job at creating mood, and capturing the atmosphere of aliens, without bogging it down emotionally. one of his best. the abyss -a flawed classic. Came closer to being great, then Al Gore to being president. Cut one action set piece, restore some of the lost footage, and nail down the stories finale, and you have yourself an amazing movie. He loves his characters, but he puts them through hell, and you feel for them. Beautifully shot and sets some of the groundwork for what he would use it Titanic.SOOOO close. terminator 2 -amazing pop piece of action entertainment. Yes it loses some of its sci-fi seriousness of the origional, but more then makes of for it with innovative, jaw dropping action set pieces, and never before seen CG effects. They sell out Arnolds character a touch, by making him the hero, but all in all one of his best. true lies -kind of great, but not as close to nailing it as the Abyss. Arnold is slightly miscast, without the range or subtlety the role requires, but is saved by jamie lee curtis, the real star of the movie. Some of the lines are downright crass, with way to many sexual double entandres having to do with computer hacking, fighting etc...Makes the characters come off as adolescent rather then dangerious professionals, or macho. Also attempts humor, which unfortunetly is not as natural for cameron as straight out action. The whole thing, as with all cameron movies, benifits from an amzing sense of production values, with beautiful photography, and one of a kind set pieces. Introduced the world to future budding star Elizu Dukshu, and makes tom arnold a pseudo authentic character actor. stange days -story - not bad, from a story point of view. there is a helluva movie here somewhere. Unfortunetly the potential isnt quite realized, and its a bit of a mess. titanic- hard to say what hasnt been said. He made cinema history with the most succsessful movie of all time. You have specticle, disaster, and action for the guys, a romance, period meledrama, and leo for the girls, and once again absolutely amazing production values to make the whole thing feel one of a kind, and first rate. Well told, a true epic, despite some clunky romantic lines, and a slightly irritating billy zane who all but twirls his mustache while talking. what does everyone else think?