This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. I moved this memory download up specifically in response to an upcoming blog series, John Kenneth Muir’s The Cameron Curriculum. As well, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the extraordinary film in question. Beginning his week, the author and TV/film critic will review Cameron’s third major motion picture to open the series. He will endeavor to examine…
“…one Cameron film a week, until we’re done, or until the readers shout uncle.”
The Marina Del Rey Six:
July 20, 1986: Times were a changin’. As much I enjoyed going to the grand movie palaces of my Los Angeles hometown, sometimes convenience (and cool beachside weather) came into play. Still, heading out to the Marina Del Rey area of L.A. County wasn’t bad, even if this theatre did epitomize the newer, blander movie experiences ahead for local ticket patrons. My long-time, and soon-to-be ex-, girlfriend (the same one who attended Alien with me) came along for one of our fewer and fewer movie dates together.
Though the venue, the Marina Del Rey Six, did not engender anything close to memorable, James Cameron’s Aliens made up for it… in spades. The expectations on the Terminator director for delivering a sequel based upon Ridley Scott’s 1979 groundbreaking sci-fi horror film (one that is covered here in the series) were extraordinarily high. But damn it, the enfant terrible director and cast delivered for all in attendance at that Sunday afternoon showing!
Note: this was my initial exposure to the theatrical cut. I wouldn’t catch the even better Director’s Cut till 1988. Presented on the now abandoned technology that was Laserdisc, in fact. At a friend’s house… on a date with my future bride!