The Films Of James Cameron

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My personal insight regarding the films of James Cameron and also about the man himself. Being an adventurer at heart and quite insightful regarding men and women. The depths of human nature. And also critique of the films he made. Avatar being my favourite film due to the technical wizardry behind. But also quite shallow. Read and Enjoy!

Submitted: November 26, 2015

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\"zoneI have to write about one of the main things that kickstarted my evolution: It might be surprising how pure entertainment can lead to personal development but that’s how it was! And that personal development accelerated due to the films of James Cameron!

What about it?

It started in my teeager years, with films like Terminator 2 and Aliens, leading to more personal stories like The Abyss and Titanic, with my interest growing deeper when I started to read about the life of James Cameron himself: That he came from nowhere and made his way into the film business with moviemaking warfare. Building something from nothing, reading all science-fiction authors and incorporating their ideas into his own scripts. But he was also original, put an action-movie wibe to everything he did, his vision being unique, a sense of awe and adventure: The adrenaline rush of riding motorcycles in crazy speeds, of making insane dives to the bottom of the ocean, even accelerating the progress of man’s space-missions to Mars! He did it all, with a personal philosophy of making the impossible real, with any means possible.

That single piece of philosophy transformed my life.

I started to write (Among countless other things) first imitating the master himself (I got critique and praise for this thing later), then finding I had a vision of my own. That vision having more to do with creativity than pure storytelling skills. I still think James Cameron is the master of Hollywood when it comes to emotional resonance. That happens because he completely understands the storytelling craft, emotional storytelling is about the building blocks of coherence, emotional truth, character, structure, story, clarity of vision and many more things. He started with the knowledge of the masters and built upon it, resulting in films having the most heartfelt moments of movie making in modern times (Maybe ever). Think about the drowning scene in The Abyss, the end of The Terminator, the sinking of Titanic and countless other things.

That’s why “Titanic” and “Avatar” broke all box office records.

What Cameron did wrong is that he learned from the masters but he rarely went beyond them (In content). He was (And still is) about the movie going experience, not the actual ideas presented. That’s why some hated Avatar and others loved it. I loved it for the action, visuals and mindblowing effects, giving me the best movie experience of my life. In 3D. It didn’t lack in emotional resonance either but that was secondary. I read the scriptment years ago (Long before the movie was made) and was blown away by the scope of the vision! This movie was the movie to kill all movies when it came to effects (That was the goal also according to James Cameron), the effects serving the story, but the story being simple so everybody could forget about the content and just enjoy the ride.

But you grow older. I started to go deeper into this concept of enlightenment realizing that knowledge made better literature than anything else. (Then again James Cameron didn’t write books). I’ve been fighting between different points of view: Emotional resonance on the one hand, knowledge on the other hand and found out that the supreme piece of entertainment would combine the two, like the films of Christopher Nolan did (Think “Interstellar”) but extending it into pure enlightennment, with creativity being the most important thing of all. (But I just can’t ignore the masters)

I think the films of James Cameron was successful for many reasons: They were love stories, all of them. Action films on the surface but when analyzed deeper about this unfathomable thing called love, without which life would be completely meaningless. (To me) Love is built upon something completely natural in the physical dimension, and that is the simple concept of survival and reproduction. It’s just as it is. But where people go wrong is when they think this is shallow and unimportant. Almost every great endeavour of mankind was brought about by the necessity of our genes (Survival and reproduction) just like modern science has started to reveal. We can be totally selfless, enlightened, hard working geniuses working for the betterment of mankind. And doing nothing else. But we are doing it for the opposite sex! Just like the animals. (I have completely understood this about myself). It’s nothing bad about it! We should be proud of ourselves!

I think everything might change in the future. Like the starchild in 2001, leaving our bodies behind and to live like gods, capable of anything. Think later about the overman of Nietzsche: Learning from the masters and transcending everything. To me, it’s about human evolution, pure knowledge, getting to know ourselves, beyond the earth, into the occult source of all knowledge, being gods ourselves…

But that is another chapter entirely, in the mean time I think it’s time to enjoy good sex, having good friendships, doing something worthwile and having passions of our own (It’s all up to the individual) James Cameron was one of the masters that kickstarted my own evolution, then I found my own path and now I’m just about revolution.

The quest to enlighten people of the world, others and themselves.

I just enjoy it.


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