Will It Be Back?: The Rise & Fall of Terminator – Nonfiction; Hollywood Film Analysis
It can’t be reasoned with. It can’t be bargained with … and it absolutely will not stop.
Even decades later, the T-800 Terminator mantra haunts humanity, but entering the 2020s, the cyborg might finally be slowing down.
In his second book, Dave Holcomb analyzes how The Terminator gave film audiences something it had never quite seen before in 1984. Holcomb explains how James Cameron’s masterpiece borrowed tropes from the action, sci-fi and horror genres to create a completely unique viewing experience. Holcomb also explores how the series exploded in popularity with its state-of-the-art sequel.
However, each Terminator sequel since then has grown less unique and more convoluted. Holcomb details all the ways in which the 21st century sequels have fallen flat and hypothesizes what went wrong for the series’ latest installment, Dark Fate, in 2019.
As for the future of the Terminator franchise — Will It Be Back? Holcomb answers that question too.
His World Never Dies: The Evolution of James Bond – Nonfiction; Hollywood Film Analysis
He likes his vodka martinis shaken, not stirred. He drives one of the most recognizable cars in film history, and his Walther PPK has become legendary too. Very few have ever looked better in a tuxedo.
His name is Bond … James Bond.
He’s chased villains — and women — on screen for decades. His fictional world and movie run have been threatened, but he is never defeated … because His World Never Dies.
In his book debut, Dave Holcomb takes a fresh look at how the 007 film series has persevered through multiple generations. He follows Bond from his birth on screen in 1962 through the early stages of Bond 25, detailing how the series has evolved its portrayal of masculinity, femininity, race, and humor over the course of its history.
Through the use of nostalgia, timeless musical themes and fan theories, Holcomb explains how 007 remains contemporary, relevant, and most importantly, popular, through the first two decades of the 21st century.