How Terminator: Dark Fate Should Have Opened

Terminator: Dark Fate attempted to reinvigorate the sci-fi action franchise last year, but fans just didn’t want to take a risk on being disappointed yet again after two false starts in Terminator Salvation and Terminator: Genisys. The movie was a box office disappointment, and that’s rather unfortunate since there was a promising new spark in the franchise here. But perhaps the movie would have fared better if it would have gone in a different direction by getting some help from another time traveling franchise. Find out what we’re talking about in How Terminator: Dark Fate Should Have Ended. Read More »

Tim Miller and James Cameron

Leading up to the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, there was plenty of hype trying to get audiences into theaters for the latest installment of the long-running sci-fi franchise. But along with the typical publicity fluff trying to sell the movie, producer James Cameron got rather honest about the creative struggles in the editing room thanks to having a different perspective than director Tim Miller. But now it’s the director’s turn to talk about what went wrong with the movie (and with his relationship with Cameron) now that the movie has bombed. Read More »

Terminator: Dark Fate Car Chase

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller breaks down a big car chase from the sci-fi sequel. Plus, Edward Norton provides an extensive career retrospective, ranging from Primal Fear to Fight Club and everything in between and beyond. And Ru Paul puts together his own team of Charlie’s Angels, and they are not messing around. Read More »

Terminator: Dark Fate Action Figures

Terminator: Dark Fate may not be an immediate hit at the box office, likely thanks to fans being gunshy about yet another sequel in the Terminator franchise potentially disappointing them again. But the movie has received a good amount of favorable reactions from critics, earning the movie a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and an even more satisfied 84% audience score. That means there are probably some of you out there who want to bring Terminator: Dark Fate collectibles home, and both NECA and Chronicle Collectibles have you covered with action figures and a statue. Read More »

Terminator Dark Fate reviews

David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the perks of being a podcaster. For the feature review, the cast are joined by Matt Singer of to discuss Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise. Tune in to hear the debate over this futuristic “legacyquel”

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terminator dark fate box office

Terminator: Dark Fate‘s title might become a self-fulfilling prophecy for the franchise. The sixth Terminator film (third chronologically) bombed at the box office on its opening weekend, taking the No. 1 spot on the charts but raking in a measly $29 million in North America and $102 million overseas — not nearly enough to make back its $185 million budget. The Terminator Dark Fate box office could ultimately end up costing its studios over $100 million.

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Making of El Camino

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a deep dive behind the scenes of the making of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie with the original series creator, head writer, executive producer, and director Vince Gilligan and more. Plus, see how many Easter eggs you missed in Terminator: Dark Fate, and watch as Nick Offerman tries some deadly hot wings in the latest edition of Hot Ones. Read More »

dark fate box office tracking low

Last month, box office analysts were projecting that Terminator: Dark Fate could end up with a record opening weekend, hauling in somewhere in the $40-plus million range. Turns out those estimates were a bit…generous. Because now that the latest Terminator movie has opened in advance previews, it looks like the Dark Fate box office is going to be a bit lower than projected.

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terminator dark fate editing

Say what you will about James Cameron, he doesn’t sugarcoat things. When he’s not making countless Avatar sequels, the filmmaker is being brutally honest about, well, everything. Case in point: Cameron recently revealed that the Terminator: Dark Fate editing process was a bit bumpy. So bumpy, in fact, that he hints at a metaphorical bloodbath of sorts – one that had him and director Tim Miller at odds sometimes. But Cameron makes it clear this is all part of the creative process, and not the sign of some beef between himself and Miller.

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terminator dark fate clip

The key to what makes Terminator: Dark Fate work (when it works, which isn’t all the time) is Linda Hamilton. The saga of Sarah Connor and her son John has been depicted in some form or another for just over 35 years, but with the unavoidable truth that the people who occupy those roles aren’t always the same. Hamilton hasn’t been in a Terminator film properly since the pre-apocalyptic spectacular T2: Judgment Day, and her return as Sarah in Dark Fate is where the film is at its strongest. For a film that is dead-set on talking about the future, its best elements live in the past.

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