The terrible hallmarks of toy-driven movie-making

It's been 30 years since Gary Kurtz and George Lucas split because Lucas wanted toys to dictate the storytelling in Star Wars. Since then, toy-driven movie-making has gone way beyond Lucas' grubbiest dreams. Here are the hallmarks of toy-centric storytelling. » 8/16/10 3:52pm 8/16/10 3:52pm

Terminator Salvation Director's Cut: Only On Blu-Ray?

If you're hoping that the R-Rated version of Terminator Salvation will rescue the film from the choppy mediocrity of the theatrical release, then we have two pieces of bad news for you: The "director's cut" will only be on the two-disc Blu-Ray version, not the single-disc DVD. And it's only three minutes longer than the… » 9/10/09 1:27pm 9/10/09 1:27pm

So When Does The Writers Strike Stop Ruining Movies?

Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007-2008, but we're only seeing the results now, in a crop of summer movies with half-baked scripts and abnormally dunderheaded writing. So when do we start seeing some movies that the strike didn't wreck? » 6/15/09 2:45pm 6/15/09 2:45pm

The io9 Survival Guide To The Terminator Universe

Terminator Salvation is in theaters, and all your friends are rushing to see it. But you won't be ready to face this robot-oppressed future, unless you know all about the Terminator franchise first. Here's all the best io9 Terminator coverage. » 5/22/09 12:41pm 5/22/09 12:41pm

Terminator Salvation's Terrible Shortfall

In Terminator Salvation, John Connor's voice carries over the radio waves, telling stories about the human spirit and how it'll triumph over our robot oppressors. As if the power of storytelling will save our future. So why is the movie itself so inept at storytelling? Massive, bone-crushing spoilers below. » 5/21/09 9:00am 5/21/09 9:00am