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Rachel’s Terminator Salvation Screening Notes

Like any critic worth his/her salt, I try to take notes during movies, to try to capture my initial reactions to what’s going on on screen in an amusing fashion. The other day, I was hanging out with my friend Rachel Mercer (here’s her blog and twitter) when I noticed she had an artsy notebook full of dense notes. I started reading some of her writings, taken during a screening of Terminator Salvation and found them pretty amusing. I asked her to share the rest with me, which she did below via e-mail (republished with permission). Note: SPOILERS ahead for Terminator Salvation.

“For the rest of my Terminator film notes that you asked about (copied pretty much verbatim, spelling errors and shorthand included), see below:
– Exterior shots are best. Interesting coloration.
– Inside shots shaky, leaves much to be desired
– seamless helicoptor shot is interesting bit of cinematography
– mushroom cloud incites fear in anyone
– these shots vary btwn compelling and sloppy
– cue hoarse batman voice!
– crawling out of the mud per frankenstein (Robert Deniro)
– action scenes sloppy, rest is relatively tight.
– USB sticks in 2018?
– Anton Yelchin unexpected after recent star trek appearance
– holy shit kids with guns
– Yelchin’s performance falls flat
– radio still works?
– Moon Goodblood = hot. Need compelling strong woman per Res. Evil
– “All on the same side”
– convincing kinetic machine like mvmts in fight scenes (Marcus)
– “I’m a little cold” – srsly? Not the best script
– always with the “thank you for saving me back there”
– “I’m not a good guy” BS
– Holocaust-like imagery w/ humans ferried into warehouses
– Interesting faceoff bale vs marcus
– an unexpected machine meets human love story
– above water hydro eels remind me of scene in princess bride
– sloppy cgi
– WTF fake Arnold, that was not expected.”

  • I didn't even see Terminator Salvation and I find that amusing.

    I did the same thing for Transformers 2, except I only brought in post-it notes…I ended up using 6 of them (back and front = very hard to write on in a cinema). I ended up with much the same rambling.

    Some highlights:

    – why is Isabel Lucas orange?
    – car drop = nuke fridge
    – callous murder of civilians
    – obama looks like an idiot
    – LP song is best thing about this film
    – topical jokes = EPIC FAIL
    – teleport – WTF
    – the fallen is a NAME?
    – "i've gotta trust him" = kill me
    – josh duhamel must feel like such an asshole delivering those lines
    – why is it so long? 45min to go?
    – Team America destruction
    – what is the point of this all?
    – "leaving parents" = laughable
    – so much for grounded in reality…they blew up Shanghai! American team blows up Chinese city!!!
    – NO TUTURRO – stay with coens
    – fallen guy finally shows up…like 30min late
    – "this isn't over" – worst sequel bait ever