Mark Brahmin and Richard Spencer deconstruct James Cameron’s “tech-noir” masterpieces, The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).
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Hey, we are winning against the “machines” over here in East-Europe! Just wanted to tell you. Hold on!
57:01 “This technology becomes self aware, and then it achieves White Guilt, and lowers itself into a lava pit.”
I could not stop laughing. Thank you for your insights Richard! LOL!
The Terminator is awesome. T2 in kinda lame.
Sarah Connor describes the future if we don’t stop white genocide.
Speaking of Terminator, if you replace “Terminator” with “leftists/anti whites” it will wake most whites up. “it can’t feel pity, remose or fear or be bargained with. It will not stop ever until you are dead”
I think Linda Hamilton’s transformation for T2 was amazing. Cameron has a great ability to develop believable and competent female heroes. I think it might even be my favourite female performance of all time.
Comparable to the transformation the likes of Bale and Hardy regularly go through.
Are we ever going to see a downloadable archive of al the old Radix podcasts? I was looking for the Dune podcast with Richard, Greg Johnson, and John Morgan, and could not find it online anywhere.
Found it I think.
Thank you… I did across that webpage in my searches, however, the audio was not streaming. The audio is working. Listening now! Still would be nice to have all the Radix film podcasts in once place.
I don’t think you mentioned the rather obvious James Cameron – John Connor – Jesus Christ = Saviour of Humanity angle, with Sarah Conor as the Virgin Mary. Skynet is Herod! I agree the Terminator uses some Fascistic imagery, notably in the arrival scene, and Arnie is himself the son of an Austrian SS Captain – you can hardly cast Arnie without things feeling a bit Nazi.
What’s the fascistic imagery in the arrival scene BTW? I always thought the aesthetic was lifted whole cloth from Blake’s The Ancient of Days?
Just what they discussed in the podcast – Arnie arriving in a thunderbolt, kneeling like a Greek god.
I think there’s definitely an Arnie as Zeus, Kyle Reese as Prometheus angle there. Reese is the one who has to sacrifice himself to save mankind. Unlike Jesus, John Connor has to survive, not get himself killed (obviously I am ignoring crappy sequels umpteen years later).
Got it. I always thought that the Blake reference was a nod to the interchangeability of the Terminators with Demi-Gods — which is an interesting conceit for me.
Although I always associated the story less with Christ and more with the Osiris myth though that could be a stretch.
I really enjoy your comments Simon. You should consider writing longer form and contributing. This site could do with a cultural Sunday supplement.
Although it could have just been the quality of the actor. He’s very good in that film.
I think this refers to Michael Biehn. He’s certainly excellent in The Terminator.
Sorry, wasn’t clear. I meant the actor who played Miles Dyson. I thought he was genuinely great in T2.
And yes, Biehn is a fantastic action lead.
True. Though some would argue one of those is a tunnel under the structure and not a pillar. Something we shall not get into. 🙂
Showgirls…wow. The reviews were so bad, and myself such an intolerant film goer, it’s not something I had considered watching for a moment. But, maybe, one day…
Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for listening.
Showgirls – read up on the Golden Bough myth, then watch the film with it in mind. It was blindingly obvious to me, the whole Nomi character, the Diana/Goddess thing, the endless cycle (where she topples the previous lead & takes her place, just as the escaped slave must murder the previous guardian of the sacred shrine & take his place, until one day a new arrival shall come for *him*) – but I guess most people only saw the tits. 🙂
Very well. It’s on my endless list of things to do. Thanks for the rec.
Since it’s a distinctly pagan (in this case Classical Greek) narrative, you may find it particularly interesting. 🙂
Those Senators deserve 20 years in prison or far worse.
Hey, the Terminator lowers himself into a literal Melting Pot.
To be honest, the Christ-bashing is getting old. Richard, didn’t you turn your cheek when you were sucker-punched by antifa on Inauguration Day? I didn’t see you Terminate him. Perhaps the absolute duality of war and peace contained within the Christian God is more multidimensional than a young defector from the faith would like to admit. If your only counterargument to Christianity is “muh (((Christianity))),” then perhaps you should reconsider. That said, Godspeed with all the work that you’re doing.
I remember the London tube corridors being plastered with “T2” placards. Simply saying “T2”. That left an impression on me because this kind of massive movie promotion was still new in Europe.
Haven’t been back to London since. They have their own Skynet show going on there.
Yes. This is much more healthy way looking at it. I could not listen the whole podcast as it felt somehow so forced.
It’s completely unlikely but looking at the Silberman — typical rationalist who uses his ‘reason’ to deny the obvious evidence in front of him and imprison Sarah (notice how Silberman toys with Sarah in T2 dangling the possibility of seeing John before sociopathically ripping it away?) — character and Burke the avaricious, manipulative and deceptive corporate man in Aliens I always liked to entertain the idea that Cameron ‘knew’ things.
Since Sarah definitely = The Virgin Mary, John Connor = Jesus Christ, this actually makes some sense. 🙂
Damn son, you nailed it.
Such a buggy podcast. Cmon guys. And get the January archive back up.
Ager on the Kyle Reese character – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YIn-fCh6pU
I don’t see how Reese as the scrappy underdog makes him Jewish. There are enormous numbers of Jewish and Jewish-type characters in Hollywood films, including action heroes; this is about the least plausible. Indiana Jones for instance seems to have far more Jewish tropes.
Reese and Arnold are anglo-saxons.. so is Bill Paxton(RIP.)
True. To be fair, Brahmin is brilliant at deconstructing Jewish types in films directed by or created by Jews (A.I., No Country for Old Men, X-Men, Saving Private Ryan, Ant-Man, etc.). He’s a brilliant film critic, but I’m not sure he’s fully fleshed out his views on European and American narratives (perhaps he admitted this in the first episode of “Unconscious Cinema”). I enjoy listening to Brahmin and Spencer’s ideas on film, but I’m not sure I subscribe to their Jewish typology of Gentile films.
The only deviation is that Indiana Jones does not fuck his infatuated Shiksa students.
I do not fear the machines. The machines will Massacre subhumans.
podcast breaks halfway through
About damn time 😉 Looking forward to listening to this. It’s nice to hear discussions on other matters outside of depressing current events all the time.