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January 5th, 2010

Days like these let you savor a bad mood

This cold weather is killing me.

Okay, okay. Not so much killing me as it is making my bones hurt.

(Bonus points to you if you can tell me where the saying in my subject line came from. And no cheating!)

Avatar, shmavatar

Am I the only one left that hasn't seen Avatar yet? The film just crossed the point of grossing $2 billion. That's a lot of dollars. I mean, I already saw this flick back in the day:


Does that count?

Actually, despite all the GO SEE IT reviews and recommendations towards Avatar, I'm still not interested in it. Especially not in 3D. 3D is the devil's juice. Whenever I see a trailer for Avatar, bad flashes of furry comics burn behind my eyes, and the characters seem so cardboard cutout. And this is just from the trailer alone. I suspect the military commando is a tough guy that talks in a tough voice and prepares the troop for the worst missing of their lives. I bet Sig Weaver's character speaks some doctor-like mumbo jumbo that if actually thought about would be problematic for the plot. I bet the blue furry people are foreign things, but lovable once our main hidden hero gets to know them. Yes, I'm judging the movie before ever seeing it, but unfortunately it's pretty easy to figure out.

And I'm a big fan of the 1980s films. Weird Science, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, and all that. CGI and special effects really do nothing for me. They can be nice and worthy of an oooh or ahhh, but it's just dressing for a salad. As of late, Children of Men knew how to use it effectively and sparingly, keeping it mostly to the background. Here, it seems to be what Avatar is all about. Well, story is much more important, and from what I can tell, the quest for unobtainium (sigh) does not sound like the deepest grave ever dug.

I don't know. I already saw FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Dances With Wolves. I'm not interested in revisiting them any time soon, I guess.

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