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Felgercarb(to nod to another great SF work)!! I missed Wendy and Tiger Lily-ahem-Sigourney and Zoe while I was showering? You know, there hasn't been a mention of another nationallly known personality from my neck of the woods, the late chef... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at AVATAR
With a tip of the hat to Jerry Blavat: (fast, almost stacatto)60 seconds make one minute; 60 minutes make one hour; 24 hours make one day three-sixty-five days make one year and just one evening out of that year (snapping... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at AVATAR
On the Chartier mail campaign scandal: Wow! I thought it was enough to be concerned that Avatar may not win because of a possible sentiment that Canada got enough gold already. Now this? Can't give Canada(read: Cameron) too much of the glory donchaknow? Signing oat for now from somewhere in Southeastern Penntario(that's how much snow we've been getting--sorry Vancouver, I'm so silly, sorry).
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2010 on AVATAR: 9 Oscar Nominations! at Avatar Blog
Interesting hypothesis. The techno-Navi would not have any reason to intervene as long as they knew Eywa would loose that zoological flash mob on RDA's private army. On the other hand, it could also be that Eywa's neural system is connected on land and sea and therefore, she adapt and repair herself even with tectonic shifts. I really like the idea: Regional, national and global connections have been evolving for centuries; the internet is now the state of the art and is just about everywhere; but on Pandora, we see a natural global network that connects nearly or all living things.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on AVATAR Prequel Coming Soon at Avatar Blog
Gail: I thought that the waterfall effect might be from accumulated water pouring off from precipitation, condensation or both; we just happened to be "be there" the moment it happened. It it can't be explained like that and nothing else is plausible, waterfalls should be dropped like they never happened. As for the seasons, this is a tropical rain forest. Pandora may have temperate zones, and Cameron will probably elaborate further, but we may not see them unless future stories call for travel, like migration. Do the Omaticaya migrate and if they do, how far? A lot of preceding events have been touched on in the movie and online script. I hope everything is accounted for and put together right.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on AVATAR Prequel Coming Soon at Avatar Blog
By the way, I've been looking for whatever Native comedian Charlie Hill(remember him?) might have been saying about all this. He's still here(on Dubya: "We call him Walking Eagle because he's so full of s---, he can't fly no more."), but so far nothing.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on AVATAR Prequel Coming Soon at Avatar Blog
It has already been noted, I think somewhere else here, that Cameron has already mapped out the film sequels. Every major figure involved is already signed on and the software is still set up.Therefore, he has time to do both projects. I'm estimating episode 2 to be released Chrismas 2011 or Summer 2012.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on AVATAR Prequel Coming Soon at Avatar Blog
Ener-G, it sounds like people got all over Cameron the way they got all over Sally Field for "you like me, you really, really like me." They were only getting their hard-earned piece and they knew it, and they were glad for that. They knew, in the words of a half-forgotten song, that they weren't the only flame in town. Nonetheless, those good-natured outbursts were misconstrued, as far as I can tell, as unbridled egotism and I think that's why Cameron is having his doubts.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2010 on AVATAR: 9 Oscar Nominations! at Avatar Blog
No, just see Empire and MTV awards, so far for Serkis. Nothing regarded as major.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2010 on AVATAR: 9 Oscar Nominations! at Avatar Blog
I had my doubts about most of the cast except Zoe. There were a lot of other projects that voters probably think about as more substantive, But along with Sam Worthington and Stephen Lang, Zoe had the most time on the screen, had a wide ranging character, and as a lot of posters pointed out, worked to, as far as we know, a practically empty set. She was in two of '09's blockbusters(don't spend it all in one place, find a reliable advisor and so on), but this was probably her strongest role to date. I said on an earlier post that I thought a combination of voters from the technical and acting sections would buoy Avatar in the Best Picture category. Since Zoe was not nominated for her role by the Screen Actors Guild or the Academy, I'm not so sure. This was not animation, it was motion capture, and actors should be threatened the least, if that was the case. Certainly as you saw in pictures for the blog for Neytiri and CGI(must check to see if Andy Serkis got any nominations for his work as Gollum in LOTR). Zoe's next project, The Losers, is about to come out, so we can expect to hear more from her and she's bound to get another chance down the line.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2010 on AVATAR: 9 Oscar Nominations! at Avatar Blog
Is the leonopteryx, that multicolored man-eating Lamborghini of the Pandoran skies, a wry reference to Ms. Weaver's heritage? The last piece of the preliminary puzzle may well have fallen into place with the Director's Guild giving Kathryn Bigelow the award for Best Director in Film. Aside from the inevitable technical awards, A nomination may still be possible in that category, but Avatar's last chance for a win in a major award, assuming it's nominated, is down to Best Film. That chance would be buoyed by votes from the technicians and maybe actors who may see things like Steven58 does.
And another thing: if Norm Spellman lost his avatar, what's to become of his character in the sequel? If he's coming back, why would he lose his avatar? Was that deemed more dramatically sound, for lack of a better term, than letting what's become his other half survive? Does that have to do with Dr. Augustine getting killed off/now being contacted through Ewya? Is that how Cameron mapped out the series?
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2010 on AVATAR Sequel and Details Confirmed at Avatar Blog
I've only seen the movie once, but hope to see it again before it's pulled. Yes, it's going to happen soon enough. Aside from any message, the charms, of course, are the hero proving himself to everyone, the love story and the ever-expandable, detailed, colourful world that Cameron and company have created. We have not seen a possible world teeming with life that has been given so much thought and laid out in such detail before. That's why people are coming back for more. If people didn't find any good in this, the effects wouldn't have mattered. Will it resonate years from now? We'll have to wait for an answer. I'm not sure about Pandora being heaven with some of the dangers, but since I detect a note of Peter Pan in this, when the tragedy is past, it seems like Neverland for Jake now. He can handle the life there and he's got Tiger Lily. Sidebar: When I saw Independence Day, I wished there was a way of putting music I selected onto a copy made for that purpose. It's happening again here. I'm not sure it's feasible, but I wonder if anyone else would be interested in, say, a "Head to Head with Horner" feature(obvious ex. for last scene and credits: Copland, Simple Gifts and coda from Appalachian Spring)? This would have to include editing features to line up the music, of course. But if a user has to make his/her results public, please don't let it s--k.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on AVATAR: Biggest Movie of All Time at Avatar Blog
Just a minute! I don't recall Avatar Norm being killed off and I thought I saw him holding a weapon on departing RDA people at the end. I also don't see the line, "the aliens returned to their dying planet." Last minute changes?
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2010 on The Complete AVATAR Script Online at Avatar Blog
Avatar has, as far as we know, been in the works for a number of years. There might have been other stops this story could have made from start to finish, but Jim Cameron wanted to make a story about an expandable, detailed world and people with unique and extraordinary features and how we come to terms with them, or not. How could the story have been more distinctive? That the intended "Avatee" come up there? Should the hero have been a little more comtemptuous at first? A storyline where they're looking for another unobtanium vein? That when Neytiri's father died, she just weepingly muttered to Jake to stay away for awhile? Should another writer have come in: If the conflicts this story must have has elements in common with another (Dances With Wolves), I'm not sure if it can be helped. Does reading the complete script redeem the film for anybody? Anti-American? The forces here aren't specifically servicemen, but mostly, if not entirely former servicemen in a private army ala Blackwater, and they're sraight up SOBs. Therefore, I don't think that rooting for the Na'vi is inconsistent with supporting the Armed Services. Hey, is "It's a Wonderful Life" with the greedy Potter, anti-capitalist? Titanic had people emptying books on the subject from the libraries(as I saw the afternoon that I watched it); Avatar has people thinking in lots of ways; I looked up the periodical table and saw gaps in atomic mass where a new element could be placed; I wondered again what place humans were intended to have in the ecosystem; for all our accomplishments, were we supposed to do or have this much? I doubt it, but here we are. Will it get as bad as we see in the opening scene? How can we stop it? As I said elsewhere, the film tells us in 2:40 that if we can't answer that question, it's nobody else's problem. Maybe Klaatu's people were right, but that's another narrative universe.
Moment of DUH!! I didn't notice until now that barely noticeable little nib that tells you to turn the page, so I ended up taking space with at least half a dozen editions of the the same submission(bats self upside the head).
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog
Whatever our suggestions are, James Cameron says that he already has the sequels mapped out. As to the question of whether this is going to take place on another moon the questions are: hasn't RDA pulled out? What means do Jake and the others have of getting there and back? Does the plot involve RDA looking for another moon where unobtanium occurs without intelliigent life interfering? Was Dr, Augustine really in a deep coma or will she be contacted in Eywa ala Obi Wan?
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on AVATAR Sequel and Details Confirmed at Avatar Blog
I tried posting this message here several times and they've gone straight to my log. They've taken everywhere else so far. One more try. I spoke with a friend who saw Avatar and said that leaving the movie theater after that was having to come back into this boring world. I think that if any of us lived on Pandora, if it existed, we would probably take it for granted. The film hasn't had quite that effect on me, although I wished that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with this story, have an effective dream and wake up on Pandora. Not happening. I'm still trying to go lucid as it is. Had some close calls. I think the problem some people, including critics, have is the idea that Jake just up and left everything and everyone back here behind. When you look at the opening scene it the script, it makes a little more sense(look for an ARCO ad from the 70's on YouTube if its still there-eerily similar). In the present cut, Jake touches on the point that the Earth is no longer green(how are we eating?). I thought that we were making progress on the environment. Apparently James Cameron doesn't think so and that it will get worse. No wonder: the population in our country and around the world is still growing. Therefore, by staying on Pandora in his onetime avatar body, he chooses life. I thought he might regret his decision and the next film would touch on it, now I doubt it. He'll never have to wear a mask again. Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty our planet has while it's still here. I do that whenever I can. We have some decent scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, I think the West is the real deal. Love to see more. Still, I think if the movie has affected people that much, they may have some other problems to work on that the experience uncovered. If the complete script has scenes that let the story make more sense, Avatar deserves some nominations in the major categories. One little twist I like: Avatar turns the alien invasion subgenre on its head by making us the invaders Lots of well-put posts here.>.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog
Oh, and one other thing: PANTS ON THE GROUND! PANTS ON THE GROUND! THE RDA THUGS GOT THEIR PANTS ON THE GROUND!!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on The Complete AVATAR Script Online at Avatar Blog
Is that all that love scene was about? I dare the cast to sing "There's A Kind of Hush" on the carpet at the Oscars! The movie might have made more sense for some with those scenes in, but it would have gone to at least 3 hours. The last film I'm aware of that had an intermission was Reds. I'm not sure we can put up with that these days. The future, as portrayed in that opening scene makes 2154 look like a protracted and frayed extension of our era. Clothing and slang haven't changed or maybe it's just left as a loose end; there's probably a few technological needs, or wants, to be met; people will change very little or maybe for the worse as we see here; not a not of hope is held out for the environment. Avatar did as well to warn us on that in 10 minutes as Solyent Green and Silent Running did in about 2 hours.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on The Complete AVATAR Script Online at Avatar Blog
I like how at least every other living thing has evolved bioluminescense. This has to be because Polyphemus can come between Pandora and its sun for extended periods of time(hunting season for warmer clothing?). This was interesting work of exobiological extrapolation. You have to look at how much this planet has been built over and used and wonder what our place in the ecosystem was intended to be. It couldn't have possibly been this and Cameron sees the situation becoming much worse as the population continues to grow. That's why you no longer see progressive attitudes toward the handicapped/challenged in society as the movie opens up. Too many people to deal with as it is. I thought Jake might regret his decision later, but I no longer do. He's free of his wheelchair and wearing a mask on both worlds.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on AVATAR: What We Know About Pandora at Avatar Blog
I thought I left a comment earlier, but it doesn't look like it took. Hope I'm not repeating myself. I spoke with a friend who saw Avatar and said that leaving the movie theater after that was having to come back into this boring world. I think that if any of us lived on Pandora, if it existed, we would probably take it for granted. The film hasn't had quite that effect on me, although I wished that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with this story, have an effective dream and wake up on Pandora. Not happening. I'm still trying to go lucid as it is. Had some close calls. I think the problem some people, including critics, have is the idea that Jake just up and left everything and everyone back here behind. When you look at the opening scene it the script, it makes a little more sense(look for an ARCO ad from the 70's on YouTube if its still there-eerily similar). Even while seeing the film, he touches on the point that the Earth is no longer green(how are we eating?). I thought that we were making progress on the environment. Apparently James Cameron doesn't think so and that it will get worse. No wonder: the population in our country and around the world is still growing. Therefore, by staying on Pandora in his onetime avatar body, Jake chooses life. Maybe the sequel will touch on some regret, but we expect Neytiri will work him through it. Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty our planet has while it's still here. I do that whenever I can. We have some decent scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, I think the West is the real deal. Love to see more. Still, I think if the movie has affected people that much, they may have some other problems to work on that the experience uncovered. If the complete script has scenes that let the story make more sense, Avatar deserves some nominations in the major categories. One point that occurs to me: Avatar turns the alien invasion subgenre on its head by making us the invaders Beethoven's Ninth is a well-worn warhorse, but am I the only person visting this site who's thinking of it(with fresh ears)? Lots of good posts here>.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog
I tried to leave a comment earlier, but it doesn't look like it took, so testing 1, 2, 3..
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog
I tried leaving a comment but it doesn't look like it took so, testing 1, 2, 3.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog
I tried leaving a comment earlier but it doesn't look like it took, so testing, 1,2,3.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on The Cure for AVATAR Blues at Avatar Blog