James Cameron’s best film?

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  • Daniel B.
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    Which of James Cameron’s films would you consider to be his best?

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    Anthony
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    I am definitely a fan of TITANIC. Yes, it does have a very weak script but the film is very entertaining and is paced remarkably well despite its 3-hour plus length.

    AVATAR was a stunning film to look at and it certainly was a masterful achievement but it wasn’t my favorite of his. 

    I do enjoy The Terminator, Aliens, and True Lies, but I think it is going to come down to TITANIC and the amazing better than the original, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY.

    I think TITANIC, despite its flaws at trying to be flowery and then being too overly simplistic at times with his script, just works, but I think he succeeded with what was needed with the Terminator sequel so I am going to give it my vote.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Titanic. In my opinion the best film ever made tied with Gone with the Wind. I also Loved Avatar

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Can we all just agree that his best film is Titanic and end this thread?

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    KT
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    Titanic for me, too.  The screenplay is better than people give it credit for.  I’m pretty sure William Goldman wrote an essay on the strengths of the Titanic screenplay and argued it should’ve been nominated for the Oscar, noting its very effective structure and pacing.  Cameron did a brilliant job mapping out his story and then playing out the plot in certain areas of the ship, establishing a connection with the audience and then coming back to those places and people during the sinking.  Yes, the dialogue and the Romeo and Juliet story seem derivative, but I think Cameron’s execution of the film and how it plays overall is quite strong.  

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    Daniel B.
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    Can we all just agree that his best film is Titanic and end this thread?

    I don’t think I could ever think that Titanic is his best film.  I far prefer the Terminator films, and looking at IMDB’s Top 250, I’m not alone in this thinking. 😛 I’m actually surprised that Titanic is getting this many votes in the poll! Oh well, I suppose the higher-rated sci-fi films are splitting the votes, and Titanic is the best option for people who don’t enjoy the genre 😉

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    KT
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    For the Titanic doubters, check out the British Film Institute’s publication Titanic by David Lubin.  It’s a fantastic analysis from a film studies/art history perspective of what Cameron is doing in the film and how layered and meaningful some of his decisions are: http://www.amazon.com/Titanic-Modern-Classics-David-Lubin/dp/0851707602/

    His sci-fi films are great, yes, and I love the genre.  I’m actually quite fond of The Abyss, though it doesn’t have any votes and its ending disappoints.  But I think Titanic is his best film. 

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    Renaton
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    “Terminator 2” > life and the whole universe itself

    But I find “Titanic” to be truly great, and a deserving Best Picture winner, maybe one of the most deserving of the past few decades. 

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    BamaEd
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    To me this was easy, Terminator 2. T2 was a game changer in many ways: Story, effects, action sequel improving on the original. It was a thrill ride and Linda Hamilton was a complete and utter bad ass. Aliens was close behind.

    I don’t love Titanic like most others do. The look and effects were great but I felt the love story at the core was a bit hollow. I wasn’t a big fan of Kate Winslet in it and I thought Leo left more of an impression than Kate. The script was very weak and Billy Zane was only missing a mustache to twirl. I was on the LA Confidential bandwagon in 97. I don’t hate Titanic and probably watch it if it were on TV, but wouldn’t make a point to watch it.

    As for Avatar, no, just no. Effects were good but that was it.

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    Because rankings are fun:

    1. “Terminator 2”
    2. “Aliens”
    3. “True Lies”
    4. “Titanic”
    5. “Terminator”
    6. “Avatar”
    7. “Piranha II”
    8. “The Abyss” (really don’t like this one, only terrible film in his filmography, in my opinion) 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    [quote=”msnowden1″]Can we all just agree that his best film is Titanic and end this thread?

    I don’t think I could ever think that Titanic is his best film.  I far prefer the Terminator films, and looking at IMDB’s Top 250, I’m not alone in this thinking. 😛 I’m actually surprised that Titanic is getting this many votes in the poll! Oh well, I suppose the higher-rated sci-fi films are splitting the votes, and Titanic is the best option for people who don’t enjoy the genre ;)[/quote] Its his best film award-wise. That’s probably why I said that. 

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    Renaton
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    Yes, but rarely one’s most awarded film is truly their best. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but it’s still something to discuss.
    If anything, this thread needs more people talking about how awesome “Terminator 2” is. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    What about Schindler’s List. That was Spielberg’s most awarded film. Is that his best?

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    Renaton
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    To me, Schindler’s List is one of Spielberg’s weakest. 

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    Aliens is one of my favorites.

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