I watched Terminator 4 again last night. It was better on second viewing. I watched it for what it was doing, rather than watching it filtered through my expectations and what I perceived to be its faults. One thing I did like was Sam Worthington. He can actually act. This I found I little surprising. He expresses it here, in an interview:
Did you see something in that canon that you wanted to bring forward?
Sam: I wanted to make a role where heâ€™d actually feel pain â€˜cause Iâ€™d never seen that, Iâ€™d seen a bit of it in Blade Runner but Iâ€™ve never actually seen a movie where a cyborg or a robot hurts, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. I wanted to ramp that up a bit.
Australian actors seem to transition from working in Australia to the big time of Hollywood like they move through a phase space. It is very weird. It is like Australians only get to know about Australian actors once they leave Australia. I think this tells us something about the Australian media. What would happen if there was a fucking ruthless Australian publication or broadcast that only examined Australian popular culture directly and others only indirectly, like they do in the US? Am I stupid, do they already have this? I think it would have a positive effect on Australian culture.