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Posted by rtil - February 1st, 2010


kudos to the VFX team on avatar but that aside can we all just agree here that story/acting/script-wise avatar was a stunningly mediocre film? how desperately closed in and detached do we have to be to become severely depressed that we don't live in a CGI world haphazardly inspired by the very nature of our own? why must we captivate ourselves with the guilt of simply being human?

at the very least i can say i underestimated james cameron before this movie came out. i thought nobody was going to be interested in disturbing motion captured blue aliens created by an ego-centric jaded director who willingly admitted he wanted people to be sexually attracted to his "creations". but time and time again his dances with wolves pocahontas sci-fi epic tops the box office - although to his credit nothing really good has come out recently with the exception of peter jackson's the lovely bones.

which reminds me - shouldn't filmmakers be using cg to help tell a story instead of hide a bad one? the lovely bones may have been long-winded but at least jackson used technology to propel story elements instead of give us neon blue migraines for 3 hours.

and on a final note, unobtanium. real creative name there. as if the ill paced narration to explain every story bit to death wasn't enough, you had to make a pun out of the name on the mineral on a planet called pandora. way to treat your audience like a bunch of idiots. but maybe that's what they want.

$2 billion says yes!

speaking of $2 billion - avatar is NOT the highest grossing film of all time domestically. inflation in mind, it hasn't even passed titanic. the prize goes to gone with the wind, which in today's dollars would have made almost $2 billion domestically. barack obama's fault? you decide.

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not that i'm arguing with most of what you said, but he didn't come up with the name unobtainium. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtainium">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtain ium</a>

of course he didn't he can't come up with anything on his own for $2 billion dollars!

It was alright.

Yeah the plot was p gay.

p gay

Also when will a public release of LightHouse Girl happen?

you can see it on my portfolio site rmcartoons.com

I really wanted that movie to be good. Luckily I didn't go into the theater with high hopes.

i came in going :| and i left going `,:|

i agree with you on everything except unobtanium, which has precedent:

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtanium">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtani um</a>

avatar sounded so great, i decided not to see it. 3 hours of good effects is probably 2 hours too many.

yeah except it wasn't used in the hypothetical sense or at least that wasn't implied at all and given the corniness of the script it was probably used to describe the mineral

I had to sit through the movie three times (don't ask). By the third time I was basically laughing at all of the plotholes and over-the-top acting.

ouch

Yeah, it was a p cliche plotline, I'm 1/2 2 a with M here on that 1.

Chip fucking Hazard

did you see it in 3D? cuz that would probably distract you from the plot even more.

i did see it in 3d

I actually watched that movie. Fuck.

Yes but where else can he show his coke-fueled hallucinations?

Unobtainium is a real term used in engineering for an imaginary super material they use in thought experiments. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtainium">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtain ium</a>

The Loverley Bones was a steaming turd of a film, with a gigantic sink hole of a plot.

Avatar was a classic late 70's or 80's action flick which people are expecting too much from, and this whole pocahontas thing is just the tip of the iceburg, this plot structure goes right back through history, it's just the classic Joseph Campbell &quot;Hero's Journey&quot; twelve point plot that everyone always used and still uses.

Do you know his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces? Read it then you too can create predictable stories that somehow still manage to entertain most of the world.
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero _with_a_Thousand_Faces</a>

i don't have a problem with familiarity in story. "nothing new under the sun" really. but the idea that james cameron had a unique vision and a "breakthrough" in cinema is a monumental joke.

and while i don't think the lovely bones was a "steaming turd", it was better than avatar on every mark. disagreeing might as well put you on the michael bay standard of film we have been seeing over the past few years.

Yeah I read that Avatar technically is not the highest grossing film. Even with inflation, the IMAX and 3D prices are higher than normal tickets. But still, people are decided to fork over that much, so that counts for something...

I bet a lot of film critics agree with you, except they have a smug, nitpicky, condescending, and slightly rude flair in their analysis, and while yeah given the textbook standards of &quot;good cinema&quot; Avatar is not at the top of the list, but I find that such standards become irrevelant when it comes to actually enjoying a movie in present day (except everything by the guys who made &quot;Date Movie&quot;). I don't think Avatar was trying to be Citizen Kane and I don't think every movie needs to aim for that. I personally enjoyed Avatar for what it was and what it aimed to be.

no, most film critics hailed it as one of the best movies of all time. i don't feel like visiting rotten tomatoes ever again.

I feel he same way about Avatar, 'cept I didn't go to see it. Whether you love it or hate it, i you go to see it James Cameron makes another buck off of it. Screw you and your movie James. Also I saw lighthouse girl on your portfolio website, It's really impressive.

i didn't pay for my ticket haha

I seen it about 2 times, It was pretty good. I don't understand why people are trying to find some reason not to like it or see it, I understand people put alot of thought into it..but just one more problem..its a freaking movie. Its just used for enjoyment, not for logic. All it is good action and flashy graphics, why get so caught up in the storyline? &gt;_&gt;

i don't know, might just be me but if a movie is sub-par on every level besides the visual elements i get pretty bored of it. it wasn't entertaining to me

avatar started in 1994 a year before Pocahontas was released in theaters and the movie Disney released before that lion king in 1994. avatar was set to begin work after Cameron's titanic in 1997. but according to Cameron the technology for what he wanted did not exist yet so it was put off. this is directly off the Wikipedia page.

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_%282009_film%29">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_%
282009_film%29</a>

the films are very similar but the actuality is very different as the majority of the movie is focused on Jake learning the culture and becoming a part of the navi. which does not happen in Pocahontas at least not to the extent in avatar.

for some reason i doubt this will change your opinion, but its annoying that you would skip over everything that makes the two movies different just to show the similarities.

the familiarity to pocahontas is irrelevant, it's just a funny image. the "man goes native, man becomes more native than the natives, man fights for natives against his own" plot can be traced way before 1994. and that's not really my main issue with the film.

Also did you come to congratulate Bug on his 100$ win?
Just curious cause you dont usually post blogs here that often.

why would i congratulate bug on a site he never goes to? i see him every day elsewhere

LOL, people actually got depressed watching it? XD

I didn't mind the movie myself; the plot wasn't that original, but it wasn't necessarily bad. Some bits of the story could have been vastly improved though, not to mention that hideous &quot;Papyrus&quot; subtitle font.

I personally think visuals as stunning as that should be saved for video games, so people can actually explore and experience the world themselves, instead of having to sit through practically the same thing they've seen before, just shinier.

Oh, and I just remembered. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SEQUELS. One of the things I liked more about that movie was that it had a satisfying ending, but no, they have to ruin that too. And not just one sequel, either. Apparently James Cameron wants to make it into a fucking TRILOGY.

of course there are going to be sequels. hollywood can't pass up such an opportunity to cash in on a film like that at least 2 or 3 more times.

Well he still lurked on as Wigglytuff prolly cause he won money.
Regardless, I miss Bug's shit.
Does he have a portfolio site?

he did, i don't know if he does anymore. he installed wordpress somewhere and couldn't figure out how to use it

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