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pekstrand 12/21/2009 7:27:33 AM

Visually one of the most amazing, if not the most amazing, films I've ever seen. Saw the film in IMAX 3D and was absolutely blown away. I can recall my grandfather telling me about seeing Snow White (the first cel-animated feature in motion picture history) for the first time on the Silver Screen and what an impact the animation had on him. It changed the way people viewed animation. I think Avatar will do the same for film technology. It will change the way we see films. I did think the story was so-so, especially after seeing films like District 9 and Moon, but the seemless integration of FX & CGI were mind-blowing and that is what this film was about anyway.

TheSleeper 12/21/2009 7:30:22 AM

Stormrider - keep in mind all the CGI faces in Avatar were done with motion capture of the actors.  I still don't see the rationale for using full on CGI facial expression (which still isn't all that great at capturing nuanced performances, especially when it comes to actual human faces, not cartoon ones or alien ones) as opposed to the much simpler (and certainly cheaper) actual human performances.

The only way I see full CGI actors being really useful is say, a situation where you want to make an Indiana Jones movie with the young Harrison Ford, and you get old Harrison to do the voice.  Or you want to make a perfect recreation of the old Star Trek series with young thin Shatner, and you get current Shatner to do the voice.  That kind of situation is where CGI would really be useful.

everdreaded 12/21/2009 8:44:01 AM

Without gettin into the IT OWNS SON THING..I will say I was awed...James didnt disappoint ..true story could have been a bit more original, but maybe the simiples message is the best one for this.. I have to say folks called this one right...I wont say it owns...But 4 out of 5 times it rents everyones eyeballs!

ddiaz28 12/21/2009 9:12:28 AM

Actors will never truly be replaced.  Like TheSleeper said.  Even the best CGI in Avatar was acted out by actors.  There is also the celebrity aspect of actors.  We live in a culture where the masses love famous people.  CG characters will never be able to attract that kind of attention.  And celebrity is a major part of what brings crowds into the theater.  I love CG characters, but I would never want to see them completely replace actors.

superrichtheman 12/21/2009 9:31:29 AM

The script was cheesy, predictable and at times, laugh out loud embarrassing. But the visuals and seeing it in 3-D it has raised the bar for sci fi, fantasy films. That makes it a must see (Also must see in IMAX)

gauleyboy420 12/21/2009 9:49:17 AM

Cannot stop thinking about how GREAT Avatar is... So good, and I do think it has changed cinema, I base that on the fact that I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of movie going. Loved it. Didn’t think the allegories were heavy handed, in fact I barely noticed them. AND I thought the script was great.

I loved When Michell Rodriguez joined the battle at the end! (I’ve always liked her, and think she is a turbo cutie).
DAMN! am I the only one who loves the American Apparel Ads on Mania? I mean I can (and prolly would never wear their clothes) BUT DAMM! those chicks are half naked and HOT!

It’s like an added bonus on the site...They are not as hot as our new Mania Mascot, The Movie Maven Herself, Ms. (I hope it’s Ms.) Tara Perry

gauleyboy420 12/21/2009 10:59:55 AM


I certainly hope we DON't get any sequels to Avatar.

It stands best on it's own, without becoming a Franchise....AND

We all know how the story would realistically end.

The indigenous people drive out the invaders at first , but then the white man comes back and commits genocide on the indigenous people and rape the land. Thats speaking from an historical viewpoint

TheSleeper 12/21/2009 11:06:15 AM

Yeah, gauleyboy, but that's because on Earth they don't have Eywa or whatever the tree goddess thing is.  In the sequel the whole planet will become a force for vengeance, kind of like Unicron from the Transformers or something, and go mano a mano with the Earth itself, in the biggest smackdown ever.

ddiaz28 12/21/2009 11:10:19 AM

You aren't the only one gauley.  My cursor keeps creeping towards the ads to click ... but then I remember I'm at work.  

ddiaz28 12/21/2009 11:14:50 AM

I think a sequel would be great.  I'm sure over 15 years, Cameron probably laid out a longer story arc than what we saw.  If he ended it historically, that would be quite a depressing film.  Maybe it will all end with the Na'vi somehow bringing part of Eywa to Earth to green it up again.

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