Film clichés are numerous and stubbornly frequent, but there are a few that stand out as clear symptoms of laziness and cowardice. Whenever one of these clichés finds its way into a film, it’s a sign that the writer resorted to recycling narrative tropes that are either glaringly unconvincing or massively overused. Character A meets
I am not fond of CGI. It has gone from helping filmmakers tell their story to invading cinema with its sterile, implausible fakery. For the avoidance of doubt, by CGI I mean images that are created ex novo with a computer, not the compositing of multiple layers to create the illusion of a seamless scene.
Structurally perfect, philosophically inspiring and visually brilliant, The Abyss (J. Cameron, 1989; DP M. Salomon) arguably owes its existence to the major box office success enjoyed by James Cameron’s previous two films, The Terminator and Aliens. While The Terminator and Aliens were richly infused with Cameron’s characteristic cinematic genius, The Abyss had additional significance for