Titanic (1997)

I was seven years old when Titanic dominated pop culture in 1997 and 1998 and it became one of the most important and formative movies of my life. And not just because of Kate Winslet’s breasts. There’s nothing wrong with making movies designed to appeal to the largest possible audience when you’re as gifted at designing mammoth spectacle that has both physicality and an emotional core as James Cameron. The dude basically built the Titanic and sunk it again then sent Fox the bill.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen Titanic but it always sucks me in. After years of experiencing it on VHS, TV and DVD, I finally saw it for the first time on the big screen in 2012 and it kicked the shit out of me. When that ship starts going down…man, you bet your ass we all go down with it. The CGI still holds up but its Winslet’s expressive eyes that prove to be the film’s most eternal special effect. That moment when she’s stood in the corridor, water rising and the electricity is failing around her is one of my favourite images from anything ever. Yeah, this film was a big deal for me.

Also I’m pretty sure more people talk about that CGI dude who boings off the propeller and goes spinning into the atlantic than they do like 90% of the actual cast. GODSPEED CGI DUDE.

Watched on blu-ray

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