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AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/20/2009 4:16:51 PM

Well, just to settle the whole "did Cameron really mean Iraq?" question, Cameron was on Charlie Rose a few nights ago, and while he said, like Wiseguy mentioned, that the movie was originally written years ago, he welcomed the Iraq comparison.  

That said, I don't think the movie is beating you over the head about the Iraq war.

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/20/2009 3:43:59 PM

I don't see the need to bash the reviewer.  From where I sit, I can see where both Rob and scythe are coming from, but I didn't get to either position myself.

It's a good movie.  But I just wasn't moved to the degree some people were, because I think the story was fairly predictable.  Yeah, the CGI was amazing, but that alone isn't enough to make my tongue hang out on the floor.  And a story this straightforward didn't technically need 2.5 hours to tell, let's be honest.

I also don't think Avatar really deserves anyone's hate.  Maybe that's just a reaction to all the deafening hype that surrounded this pic.  But at least Avatar was more worthy of the hype than say, Emmerich's Godzilla movie a decade back.  Cameron's no hack, and even ten years away from making movies hasn't turned him into one.  

I'd definitely recommend people see this in the theater at least once, in 3D, just for the heck of it.  At least it'll give people an idea whether 3D is something they're really going to want to buy into, as all sorts of companies are going to try to push it on us from here on out.  

So, who here's going to rush out and buy that $10,000 3D HDTV just so they can watch the "Avatar in 3D" blu-ray?

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/20/2009 10:25:22 AM

I'm not noticing any scrolling problems, scytheof luna.

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/20/2009 9:21:06 AM

 Looks like around $73 million dollars domestic this weekend.  $230 million worldwide (that includes the $73 million domestic).  Numbers may shift a little once the final tallies are in.

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/19/2009 11:32:09 AM

 movieboy, the movie really doesn't have more of a political message than Dances With Wolves did.  It has corporate bad guys, but what movie doesn't these days?

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/19/2009 6:20:37 AM

And another thing!  As much fun as seeing the movie in 3D was, I just don't see this being a now "essential" aspect of the moviegoing experience.  I don't have a craving to see every movie in 3D, I don't have a desire to shell out thousands to get a 3D HDTV.  This was the real revolution Avatar was supposed to kick off, but I think that's more desire on the part of the studios, theaters, and electronics manufacturers, than anything the public really demands.

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/18/2009 2:49:43 PM

 Oh -- and as far as the political stuff goes, yeah there's a few elements in there, but I don't think it's so much a direct criticism of Iraq or Afghanistan so much as it is a condemnation of colonialism as a whole.  It's not like Michael Moore directed the movie or anything.

AVATAR Movie Review (Article) - 12/18/2009 2:43:18 PM

 I just saw it and it's pretty good.  The special effects are amazing and the attention to world detail is the kind of thing you usually only see in good science fiction books -- movies never get anywhere close to making an alien planet this believable.

But did I come out feeling like I did after watching Star Wars?  No.  And be warned -- this is not a wall-to-wall action movie.  It's at heart a relatively straight-forward story, the kind that's familiar and you can guess the plot twists without having to work too hard at it.  But that was true of TItanic, too, and look how well it did.

What's going for Avatar is that Cameron is sincere in his desire to really have you feel this movie in your heart, and to a good degree it works.  But you're not going to be leaving that movie theater pumping your fist and yelling, "Hell ya!  What a rush!"  

So I have to agree with the review... not a mind blowing game changer.  I'd be surprised if it beats out Dark Knight in terms of box office.  It's not the kind of movie I think you need to see again and again and again.

Dexter: The Getaway Review (Article) - 12/15/2009 9:47:01 AM

Oh and by the way - after the episode ended, there was a little discussion between the guy who plays Dexter and Lithgow.  Lithgow said it was Trinity who killed Rita, so that clears that up.  Before that though, I had to wonder myself if he had done it or not...

Dexter: The Getaway Review (Article) - 12/15/2009 9:44:13 AM

Wow.  I've been hinting here I thought I knew what the big shocking season ender was going to be, but I have to be honest -- the ending with Rita was NOT what I suspected at all.  Actually, I thought the big twist was going to be that Trinity was Dexter's real dad, not the guy we never got to see that the Ice Truck Killer killed off-screen.  

The series could really go someplace dark now.  And I agree, I think Dexter is in more trouble than ever -- he'll be looked at as a suspect, by either Deb or Quinn at least, if not by the police department officially.  I was wondering where all this Dexter/Quinn stuff was going, and it looks like they were laying the groundwork for the next season after this one!  Think about it -- that's how on top of their game these writers are, they're looking way down the road to plan future plot twists.  

What a show.  Thanks for all the reviews, Stephen.  It's been great discussing this season here!


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