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Every time I see the trailer, I expect to see, "Now on X-Box."
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I wonder how Avatar compares with Sleep Dealers (the scifi film in Spanish about remote labor)
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Payne,

The thing I learned a long time ago, is there is a significant portion of people who so not like Sci-fi or Comedy equal to those that do. There are a few rated if they rate it good, I hate it and if they rate it bad, I usually love it.

I laughed very hard at "Old Dogs" and so did the audience, but the raters gave it an "F". Since I liked all of Cameron movies, I should naturally like this one, which I do.

Since you are not a fan of Cameron movies, it would be expected you wouldn't like this one either. That is an excellent criteria. If one does not the other Cameron movies, they will not like this one either.

History with me, shows that if Roger Ebert likes it, I would mostly like it to.
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs......998/1023
He rates it 4 stars out of 5 Stars. I go 5 Stars, Movie of the year for me.
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Imax IS in 3-D.

But which Imax? There are different theatrical experiences. There is the BIG Imax have the real Imax experience. And lately the smaller mutilplex Imax screens that do not give the real Imax experience. There is also a terrible version (Balboa Park San Diego Science museum) that is a Dome (like a planetarium) and cranks your neck, as well as the screen is made up of visible panels. Sucks.
Avatar is a 1/2 BILLION dollar 'Ferngully' or 'Battle For Terra'. starring leggy Smurfs. yawn...I'll take 'Alvin & The Chipmunks 2 The Squeakual' ;-)
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I love sci-fi, but I love good a story plot as well. Avatar scores big with special effects and computer animation, but scores very low for having a good story line. I'm guessing that all the money was spent on special effects while a true effort on the story was ignored. I watched it in 3D, which is a very cool piece of tecnology. But, I've seen a few 3D animated movies with my little boy, so I wasn't overly surprised by it.

The plot takes a lot of short cuts in telling a story, and I found parts of the movie dragged on more for filler than character developement. After watching the movie I thought about comparing it to a beautiful woman on the outside, but on the inside she is as dumb as an mule. The movie looks great special effects wise, but is very lame and weak when it comes to the story.
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On 2009-12-20 15:58, Doug Higley wrote:
Imax IS in 3-D.

But which Imax? There are different theatrical experiences. There is the BIG Imax have the real Imax experience. And lately the smaller mutilplex Imax screens that do not give the real Imax experience. There is also a terrible version (Balboa Park San Diego Science museum) that is a Dome (like a planetarium) and cranks your neck, as well as the screen is made up of visible panels. Sucks.
Avatar is a 1/2 BILLION dollar 'Ferngully' or 'Battle For Terra'. starring leggy Smurfs. yawn...I'll take 'Alvin & The Chipmunks 2 The Squeakual' ;-)


Not so much Smurfs as Battle-Smurfs with 3 foot long arrows that make a satisfying thunk when they hit a bad guy.

I'd have paid the admission fee to see the folk flying their dragons in 3-D. The perspectives were just superb in that you get a real sense of height (scary) and movement and I couldn't help sitting there with a big grin on my face for big sections of the film.

And I'm pretty certain that most folks experience of 3D won't have prepared them for this...unfortunately there's no way of passing that on except by experiencing it yourself.

Slightly geeky story here. I laughed towards the end of the film and my wife looked oddly at me because nobody else was laughing. I explained afterwards that, as one of the army guys was talking to his men he was effectively standing about 4 foot in front of me above the centre aisle of the cinema just as a woman came back from the toilets with her small child. For a second or two my brain couldn't seperate the film from the reality (my honest to god first thought was "oh get out the way you daft woman, this guy's talking") and the sheer magic of it made me laugh out loud.
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The IMAX near me, is a real good old IMAX-number one!!! And it is playing on IMAX, 3d.
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Well then I will see it again at an IMAX in 3D.
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On 2009-12-20 16:18, Gospel Dan wrote:
I love sci-fi, but I love good a story plot as well. Avatar scores big with special effects and computer animation, but scores very low for having a good story line. I'm guessing that all the money was spent on special effects while a true effort on the story was ignored. I watched it in 3D, which is a very cool piece of tecnology. But, I've seen a few 3D animated movies with my little boy, so I wasn't overly surprised by it.

The plot takes a lot of short cuts in telling a story, and I found parts of the movie dragged on more for filler than character developement. After watching the movie I thought about comparing it to a beautiful woman on the outside, but on the inside she is as dumb as an mule. The movie looks great special effects wise, but is very lame and weak when it comes to the story.


So basically it's Jar-Jar Binks - The Motion Picture
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Um... well it could spawn some really strange looking videos for the old Village People song "In the Na'Vi".
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It reeled in $73m on opening weekend! How much does a movie ticket cost these days?
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Hmm, my local theater, adult evening tickets are going for $10.75 each.

But the darn thing's 2 hours and 40 minutes! What ever happened to editing? Or the ol' 90-120 minute standard? I don't have the stamina to sit through something that long...
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$27.50 in 3D for two or $10 for Two Senior Citizens

It would have reeled in more but here on the east cost where over half the population lives is snowed in this past weekend.
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And I have never seen a Cameron movie I thought was watchable.


Have you actually seen Terminator 2? It's of the greatest films EVER made on EVERY level. And that's not just my opinion...

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/terminator_2_judgment_day/

Payne, if you have seen T2 and call it unwatchable, I have to ask what movies DO you like? Smile
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And I have never seen a Cameron movie I thought was watchable.


Have you actually seen Terminator 2? It's of the greatest films EVER made on EVERY level. And that's not just my opinion...

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/terminator_2_judgment_day/

Payne, if you have seen T2 and call it unwatchable, I have to ask what movies DO you like? Smile


Yes, I saw T2. Dreadful film with plot holes so big you could drive a truck through them sideways. And they did!

Probably not entirely his fault though as the Terminator franchise is as flawed as the Predator one is.

As for movies I like

The Shawshank Redemption
Princess Bride
Wilder Napalm
The original Star Wars Trilogy 4,5,6
The first Indiana Jones Movie
Any Pixar film
Any M Night Shyamalan Film
Most Cohen Brothers movies
Forbidden Plant
Day the Earth Stood Still (the original not the dreadful remake)
The Usual suspects
Dark City
Alien (only the first not the horrible sequels that turnd a great gothic horror franchise into a mindless action one)
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I don't like M Night Shamalan's movies. It seems like every one gets worse.
As for Pixar, the latest Ice Age movie was awful.
The Princess Bride is a good movie though.
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Amazing movie - I pretty much end up agreeing with Ebert's reviews as well. I felt much like I did when I saw the original Star Wars when I was 12. Cameron has significantly raised the standard for movie making in general. Come to think of it he has done that several times.

If you love movies then you have to see this in the theaters.

If your a criminal who steals movies off of the internet then your really going to cheat yourself out of a once in a lifetime experience.
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On 2009-12-21 13:03, critter wrote:

As for Pixar, the latest Ice Age movie was awful.



Yes, the last two Ice Age movies were unwatchable. however PIXAR didn't make any of the Ice Age films. They were made by Sky Blue Studios for 20th Century Fox
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Yes, I saw T2. Dreadful film with plot holes so big you could drive a truck through them sideways. And they did!



Haha... I was just having some fun, Payne. At least you like good films! Smile

As with T2's plots holes, I think time travel can be a tough nut to crack. I think the biggest one was...

"How was Sky Net/Terminators, inspired and created from the T-800 Chip; isn't that a paradox?"

Didn't bother me. The idea is so ridiculous in the first place. The performances, directing, and dialogue sold me. Such a powerful film... please give it another chance!

Now T3 and T4... CRAP!!!
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As for Avatar, I pretty much have the same view as everyone else. Going to see it again in IMAX 3D tomorrow... maybe I'll get a different perspective.
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