Dec. 14, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
"features fights that haven't been approached by any film since the Nightcrawler opening to X-Men 2" WOW
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST
3/4 through the review and desperate to defend it. "eye-rollingly corny" is another way to describe it
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST
Like it or not, James Cameron went to the well for Avatar and drew out a re-make of DWWs. The plot similarities are eerie...battle-hardened US soldier makes a snap decision to go alone into a foreign culture and learns to love said culture by exposure, also falling in love with a well-connected chick in said culture, all the while garnering the hostilities of one jealous Alpha Male in said culture, finally coming to terms with the Alpha Male and leading the culture against the over-whelming power of the US military... Even the Na'vi yell like indians when attacking. Good special effects, though.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST
Always make me quiver with impotent, all-consuming, irrationally rage-filled envy.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST
I haven't been to anything remotely approaching a "major event". Since maybe E3 ten years ago. And that was it. I was seething with envy after I found out about the Flynn's Arcade and ComicCon. And, of course, BNAT always makes me sad. Because I can't go. It just ain't gonna happen. Sigh. Cuz it's sounds like it was totally frickin' awesome.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST
Does anyone use that site? Its terrible.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
Yeah, it sucks how the little things like... a wife, the kids, and real-world logistics of travel and babysitters get in the way of my indulging my nerdery. Damn kids! ::shakes fist::
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
yeah these people who go to BNAT but aren't real talkbackers is always odd.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
and you haven't seen Hatchet? i was envious of this and now I think someone would have just put their hand on my knee in the dark.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST
...secretly wear Nav'i underoos. It's true.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST
The new Celine song?
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST
Leona Lewis is a hottie.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
by Rocco Curioso
Yes, even at a geekfest like BNAT. "Frozen" I could care less about and "Avatar" sells itself, but FOR FUCK'S SAKE stop pimping "The Lovely Bones".<P>It's already been screened for the critics, and it tanked(40% approval among 75 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes). It got bumped from a December 11th release to January 15th, so don't expect it to make much of a box office dent. Jackson & Co. are about to bust a gigantic fart, and all you PJ moonies will have to take a big whiff of it. Nothing's gonna change that.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST
Well, nearly so. No actual tears, but on Avatar day (and that was only footage) in IMAX 3d, I was damned close. It might be just a tad personal for me. <br><br>See, I think we've all been robbed. Back in the late 80's, through the mid 90s and a bit beyond, we watched the buzz about real, 3d Virtual Reality grow and grow. The promise of immersive technology was powerful and it felt like it was all right around the corner. Then, when those first real steps happened with things like "Virtuality Centers", people reacted with a collective "meh" because of hype that could never live up to the promises made by things like Mondo2000 magazine, carious horrible movies about the subject and just a general misunderstanding of what it was supposed to be. But yet, for a short while, as crude as it was, we HAD IT and we just let it slip away. True 3d, immersive, head-tracking VR arrived. But instead of improving on it, investing in it and letting it grow as exponentially as it WOULD have if given the chance, the public's general reaction based upon unrealistic expectations (some of the same type that had me worried for Avatar) led to most R&D departments, Venture Capitalists and Entertainment manufacturers, engineers and even designers simply backing away from VR, as if it were a failed "fad", something we'd someday look back on and laugh about like leg warmers, backward caps or giant combs in back pockets. But the third dimension and the ability to create truly life-like environments that can be moved in and controlled, COMBINED is anything BUT a fad. Oh sure, we got mildly immersive video games, impressive ones. And they keep looking better and better over the years. But they are still FLAT and instead of moving our heads around in an environment, we use our mouse.. or joysticks, or our keyboards. We may be used to it, even become great at it. But it is NOT real immersion. Not even close. <br><br> When I stepped into the world of Avatar, in huge Imax 3d, even the short footage I watched made me feel like I was IN a place. And knowing that we chose to abandon the promise of VR... and it was almost staring me right in the face, finally.. in that moment.. it was "virtually" overwhelming. It may not mean a lot to everyone who sees it, but when we get those first true 3d displays... and then head-mounted 3d displays... and head tracking, followed by tactile feedback... and a lot of it is coming up faster than you think.... (even retinal projection technology has been nearly perfected) .. we'll look back at this year as the year it all started. The year VR finally got the real chance it deserved a LONG time ago. <br><br>(for the attention-challenged, I am not saying Avatar *is* VR.. it's simply a glimpse at what it's going to look like soon.. and a catalyst for development in order to get us there)<br><br> So weeping? Hell yes. The world is going to change. The handicapped will walk. Those with phobias will learn to face their unrealistic fears in an environment that will guarantee their safety, while the realism helps train their minds to face those fears. And instead of clicking on an axe with a effete little impotent mouse, you'll hold one and feel it's impact when it crushes the skull of an Orc. No-one will ever need to be exploited again in the making of pornography. The list goes on and on, perhaps even more than I do. But the chances of that are slim.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
<p>1) You act as if you're the first person to make this comparison.</p> <p>2) You seem to be trying to say that Avatar being like Dances With Wolves is a BAD thing.</p> <p>3) Dances With Wolves in space with mind blowing special effects sounds like a win.</p>
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST
IS. Itis a piece of shit. How could anyone like that movie. God damn it fucking sucks
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST
Sorry to burst the bubble Augustus, but the projection of RED SHOES was a 4K digital restoration projected on our Sony 4K digital projectors... so you now have seen a digital work that rivals the best of film! - Tim
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST
Isn't that quotes coming out of most of the reviews? It's a pretty common theme, not just to those 2 movies, though I can't remember another right off the top of my head.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
I thought the entirety of the X-men franchise stunk for both plot *and* action. I didn't care about any of the characters (I *almost* cared for Wolverine) and the movies were forgettable.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
which is one reason to not take much notice of your taste in films. As for the RT thing, when it's reviews like this "I'd prefer bones based on a graphic novel - or Jerry Bruckheimer bones starring Johnny Depp." I tend to think they don't have any either. Nice try bashing Jackson, but no banana, chum!
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST
in between Centipede Horror and Kick Ass, you forgot the Grindhouse film , The Candy Snatchers. The Best use of cowbell in movies about kindapping and raping underage girls and of cuasi retarded sons that shot their moms.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST
Thats the joke.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST
What with all the groupthink from that crowd and all. They will all be glowing reviews of every single movie (Devin's hatred of Avatar being the exception), with Kick Ass being the fave. Would anyone dare pan Lovely Bones? Hell no.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST
Thanks, but I did mention Candy Snatchers. I believe Merrick edited it out. Here's what I wrote: The Candy Snatchers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069840/ This one is noteworthy for the many scenes that you'll see reproduced in a few Tarantino films and for the beautiful use of a very small child killing various adults, as the lineup turned from kids being abused to more of a theme where kids took control and began to dish out the pain themselves.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST
Wow, that's not something you hear everyday. I liked STARDUST but it doesn't crack my top 500 of all-time. Crazy, the world in which we live...
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST
Lovely Bones truly is a great movie that worked perfectly in the order it was played. Like a great album, some songs just aren't meant to be listened on repeat but work great to transition between two others. That is not to say that Lovely Bones can't stand on its own feet, just emphasizing that it played even better with the mood that was set in the excitement of the BNAT crowd. As I mentioned, it will not appeal to the majority of the genre audience. If you have suffered family loss, it will absolutely affect how you see the film.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
Hours must pass where it's just excruciating to sit there and stew in your own juices just waiting for the next interesting film. You get punished, then a slight reward. Mostly punishment.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST
by Rocco Curioso
No need to bash Jackson at this point; it's axiomatic.<P>"He's dead, Jim": Bones, apropos of "The Lovely Bones" director.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST
thanks for posting that trailer.<br><br>the kracken looks like a cooler cloverfield monster.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST
FUCK anyone who doesn't love this movie. Comparing it to Dances With Wolves is a stupid insult to both films. DWW was deserving of every Oscar and people called it 'Lawrence of the Plains'. It's not like they just took the very same story and changed the location and names. Hell, if I was comparing it to anything I'd start with The Matrix before DWW.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST
Well then, that explains that hole in the Line Up Sir. Again, great write up of an awesome experience.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST
Well done, AugustusGloop.
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST
I liked Dances with Wolves. Why does everyone have to bash it?
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST
And I can't wait to read about it on AICN in a week when it links to comments made on latinoreview.com. </BR> P.S. Seeing the Kraken is giving me a raging 5t11f13 the scale size of the Kraken.
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
You must be reading me wrong. I never bashed DWW. I love it.
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST
that for the rest of the world? Please?
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST
Well Gloop, that seems to be the start of your problem right there. Anyone who states that, well, their criteria for reviewing films is shaky.
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST
Micmacs, The Lovely Bones, Shutter Island and Avatar were shown?! F*ck you guys... f*ck you HARD. I soooo wish my butt could be numb too.
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST
"Nicholas cage in the only role where I've ever really LIKED him." soooo on top of not recognizing one of the most brilliantly original actors in America, this guy's favorite movies are STARDUST and DWW? I'm not surprised Lovely Bones was so awesome.
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST
Wow, way to misread everything from what my favorite movies are to what I said about Nick Cage to putting words in my mouth about Lovely Bones.
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST
"Disturbing, yet sumptuous, The Lovely Bones is a treat for the eyes even as it tears at the heart." - sounds like a rave to me, and what did I misread about Cage? If you're referring to the fact that he typically plays self-absorbed assholes, how is a character who deprives his daughter of a childhood in order to train her as a killer any more likeable than, say, Wild at Heart's Sailor? I don't think you'd be so defensive about your write-up if you weren't totally conscious that your reviews are masturbatory, superficial and lame.
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST
but you know in your heart Avatar just isn't as groundbreaking as you wished it would be. Even Star Wars got a best picture nomination - are you deluding yourself into thinking this will?
Dec. 15, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST
You sound so sure of yourself. Have you seen the movie? And for your information, Avatar received a Golden Globe Best Picture Nomination, and ones for Best Director, Score, and Special FX to boot. And chances are that it will get a Oscar Best Pic nomination now that they're are 10 nominees, so I guess the prejudice of haters against Avatar will lead them to dismiss the Golden Globes as insignificant and the Oscars as being overly generous. In summary, yes "Fuck Avatar haters" is definitely a statement I can stand by. Whether you love or hate Avatar, you have to recognize Cameron's legacy to the advancement to filmmaking technology, and the long-lasting cultural impact that Avatar will have on cinematic history. It's bound to be a classic in the years to come, so the haters will have to do their best to ignore having Avatar references that come their way, if they are to maintain this petty jealousy or whatever motivates them to mock or disparage things that they don't like. I'm not saying the haters have to like something but they would do a lot to ease their dissatisfaction and obvious distress, to let go of the animosity. But then again, what do I care about what negative comments people say about things I like? It will never get to me, and cause me to worry about things I do enjoy. That's clearly what the haters are after.
Dec. 16, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST
...that means YOU CARE! If you COULDN'T CARE LESS, it means YOU DON'T. Nothing personal, I just hate that mess.
Dec. 16, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST
...to the Avatar haters at this point. They're either rival studio clowns, people who hate Cameron for something he did to them in the past, or just plain TRYING to get your goat. They haven't seen it, therefor they don't know shit. End of story.