Kathryn Bigelow vs. Linda Hamilton

Well, they don’t really versus each other in the poll in the conventional sense but it did get your attention, didn’t it?

Lemme explain: My partner Tom Deja and I recorded a new episode of BETTER IN THE DARK earlier today where we inducted Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow into The BiTD Pantheon of Great Great (Wo)Men.  During the discussion Tom put forth that in his eyes, by James Cameron divorcing Kathryn Bigelow and marrying Linda Hamilton, he traded down.  I say he traded neither up nor down but sideways.  Well, as usual when Tom and I argue, slurs were hurled, mothers insulted, interjections shouted and nothing settled.

So I’m throwing it over to you guys, the loyal BiTD fans.  Is Linda Hamilton as hot as Kathryn Bigelow or not?  Vote below and I’ll present the verdict on a future episode of BETTER IN THE DARK.  Thanks!

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6 comments

  1. I guess, theoretically, that Linda Hamilton’s hotness “peak” was hotter than Kathryn Bigelow’s… although a review of the CURRENT video evidence would now lean me all the way over to the Bigelo side. And I also suppose that you can’t hold it against James Cameron if the hotness of his first Ex was lost on him due to the fact she is smarter and better at his job than he is, and that a fawning starlet made his bruised ego feel all better, until the lawyers got involved… again.

    1. Yeah…I actually cheated on this one as that picture of Linda Hamilton was taken (quite) a while ago while the picture of Kathryn Bigelow is much more recent. And wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the Cameron house the night Kathryn won her Academy Award?

  2. I don’t know if I’d call Linda Hamilton a “fawning starlet” when she married Cameron, Bill Friday – she’d been in several successful pictures by then, and hardly seems the “fawning” type even as a newbie.

    Also, a director married to another director? That’s a recipe for constant head-butting – even if one of the directors isn’t a guy with a reputation for being difficult and bullying!

  3. In the end randomly selecting an image or even images of the two women even if both recent just isn’t a good measure of either’s attractiveness. Unless you are completely unbiased, you are going to pick the photo that is more flattering for the one you think is more attractive. Not to mention Hamilton has not been as prominent in the public eye as Bigelow, or the fact that for a significant portion of Hamilton’s career she was required to have more of a tough, rugged look as compared to a soft and sexy look (after Terminator 2), nor does it take into the account that when Hamilton divorced James Cameron she received a $50 million dollar payoff which I would imagine would kill anyone’s desire or need to always make sure they look sexually stunning in public. And by that time her acting career was already fully established. Bigelow on the other hand although now comparably attractive has never impressed me with her abilities as a director. Most of her older films are horribly panned as being over the top examples of horrible movies. Point Blank, Blue Steel, and Strange Days are classic examples of a Director whose highest ambition was just to go through the motions as the effort to be great was just beyond her. And the same thing can be said for her most recent films. There is no greatness to them. It is solely their relevance to the particular times we were living in which have given them any critical acclaim. Watched objectively there is very little growth as a film Director that can be pointed out. In the end when we have thoroughly moved on from the events and aftermath of 9-11 Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty will not stand the test of time. And most people out there who tend to have no concept of the context of history for something will wonder how the hell she won an Academy Award for directing Hurt Locker against the Directors that year who had given us Avatar, Precious, and Inglorious Basterds, But then again all three of those Directors undoubtedly have a body of work which readily says greatness to the average mook. Bigelow on the other hand can either fade back into obscurity by choosing to significantly alter her next movie’s subject matter, fully revealing her mediocrity OR she can become an outright laughing stock by sticking to the same relative subject matter hungry for yet another appearance sexually styling on that red carpet.

    But back to the original point of the two women’s relative hotness or attractiveness. Linda Hamilton lived a successful and lucrative career in the sort of profession where attractiveness plays a significant role, and most definitely did so her in case. Bigelow’s career path did not.

    Confused? Wanting to counter-argue my point? Here, let this 3 second YouTube summarize my point in a nutshell.

  4. I don’t agree about Bigelow’s later work as a director, Don Thomas, though early on her stuff was often crippled by a need for “effect” over narrative coherence. She’s gotten more controlled in both THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY – you may not think of that as “growth”, but I do….

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