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Also in California. May I suggest moving?
     
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You may suggest it. I may ignore it and wish you the best of luck with your sub-freezing weather as I sit on my patio in shorts working on my laptop.
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Actually it was in the 50s today. Very nice. But personally I don't like living here. Much rather be in the Pacific Northwest or Georgia.
     
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Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
You may suggest it. I may ignore it and wish you the best of luck with your sub-freezing weather as I sit on my patio in shorts working on my laptop.
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Jan 19, 2010, 06:46 AM
 
I haven't seen the film yet so I've avoided this thread. This news story just strikes me as sad though.
     
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Jan 24, 2010, 12:38 PM
 
So, Avatar has now surpassed The Dark Knight for domestic receipts, at over $550 billion, and is closing in on Titanic. I suspect Avatar will beat Titanic in both domestic ($0.60 billion) and worldwide ($1.84 billion) in February. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Avatar becomes the first movie to hit $2 billion worldwide.

I would also guess we have a long wait until the Blu-ray goes on sale.
     
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Jan 24, 2010, 12:46 PM
 
Finally saw it in Imax. I'm apparently flicker sensitive. The movie was sorta in 3D for me while everyone else was dodging shit left and right as it popped out at them. For all those "wow" moments the others were having, rather than see one image, I would see the individual images sent to each eye jumping back and forth.

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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
So, Avatar has now surpassed The Dark Knight for domestic receipts, at over $550 billion, and is closing in on Titanic. I suspect Avatar will beat Titanic in both domestic ($0.60 billion) and worldwide ($1.84 billion) in February. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Avatar becomes the first movie to hit $2 billion worldwide.

I would also guess we have a long wait until the Blu-ray goes on sale.
Already pipped Titanic for #1 slot on the 25th.
     
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Feb 1, 2010, 11:40 AM
 
Avatar has broken the $2 beeleeon mark. It is now within spitting distance of the $600 meeleeon domestic record as well, after 30 last weekend. It will break that record this week.
     
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Ooooh bragging rights for someone I guess.
     
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Feb 1, 2010, 12:18 PM
 
I wonder how many holdouts from the Lounge still refuse to see it.

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I was wondering the same thing. I think a poll is an order.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I was wondering the same thing. I think a poll is an order.
"Public" please.
     
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Feb 1, 2010, 01:56 PM
 
I'm not sure I'm the guy you want making it, but I do think we should differentiate between people who saw it one or multiple times, if only because the revenue would indicate repeat viewings, much like Titanic managed.
     
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Feb 1, 2010, 02:17 PM
 
If you haven't seen it yet:
Phantom Menace Reviewer Takes on Avatar | /Film

Brilliant. Can't wait for his Episode 2 review.

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Originally Posted by jokell82 View Post
If you haven't seen it yet:
Phantom Menace Reviewer Takes on Avatar | /Film

Brilliant. Can't wait for his Episode 2 review.
Meh, I really liked his star wars review but I feel that he was just grasping for straws with this one because it would get lots of attention. There are much worse movies out there.
     
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Meh, I really liked his star wars review but I feel that he was just grasping for straws with this one because it would get lots of attention. There are much worse movies out there.
To be fair, if you watch the whole thing he says he enjoyed the movie, but there were things about it that kept it from being great.

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Originally Posted by jokell82 View Post
To be fair, if you watch the whole thing he says he enjoyed the movie, but there were things about it that kept it from being great.
Yet he chose it over all those other horrible movies he could blast because....
     
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Feb 1, 2010, 04:49 PM
 
Great review. I think he hit the nail on the head, and it was funny. Yeah, there were a few stretches there for comic relief, but the gist of the review is something I agree with.

The story is extremely simplistic with 1-D characters and crappy dialogue, but it was otherwise extremely well designed and implemented, along with breathtaking visuals.
     
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Are the bones in the popcorn bucket those of the woman he kept in his basement during the Episode I review?
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Yet he chose it over all those other horrible movies he could blast because....
Uh, it's the highest grossing film of all time?

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Originally Posted by jokell82 View Post
Uh, it's the highest grossing film of all time?
Oh thanks you mean right back to my original post that he only "reviewed" it for reasons other than it was horrible because it would get attention.

"Meh, I really liked his star wars review but I feel that he was just grasping for straws with this one because it would get lots of attention."

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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Great review. I think he hit the nail on the head, and it was funny. Yeah, there were a few stretches there for comic relief, but the gist of the review is something I agree with.

The story is extremely simplistic with 1-D characters and crappy dialogue, but it was otherwise extremely well designed and implemented, along with breathtaking visuals.
Yes I agree that the story and characters sucked but they never bothered me in his other movies before. Aliens, Abyss and even Titanic has some great characters and writing.

I think he was concentrating too much on the effects and techniques this time round.
     
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Oh thanks you mean right back to my original post that he only "reviewed" it for reasons other than it was horrible because it would get attention.

"Meh, I really liked his star wars review but I feel that he was just grasping for straws with this one because it would get lots of attention."

Thanks for that journey.
So the only reasons why somebody might critique something are because it sucks really bad or because he's an attention whore?
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So the only reasons why somebody might critique something are because it sucks really bad or because he's an attention whore?
In this case that sounds about accurate ya.
     
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Feb 2, 2010, 03:53 PM
 
I hope Avatar wins the Oscars for Visual Effects, Art Direction, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and maybe even Cinematography... but that's all.

Cameron's ex-wife Bigelow has a good shot of taking the Best Picture and Best Director prizes, judging by all the hype. (I haven't seen The Hurt Locker as of yet. Maybe this weekend.)
     
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Feb 2, 2010, 04:04 PM
 
I'd love Avatar and Cameron to lose just to see the dumbfounded reaction on his face.

I loved it, enjoyed maybe more than any other film this year (and I've seen most of them) and even I don't want to watch yet another stupid James Cameron woohoo!!! fest.
     
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Feb 2, 2010, 04:05 PM
 
I don't see Cameron winning due to "I'm the king of the woooooooorld!" alone.
     
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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
I hope Avatar wins the Oscars for Visual Effects, Art Direction, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and maybe even Cinematography... but that's all.

Cameron's ex-wife Bigelow has a good shot of taking the Best Picture and Best Director prizes, judging by all the hype. (I haven't seen The Hurt Locker as of yet. Maybe this weekend.)
Winning the DGA award gives her an extremely high chance of taking home the Best Director Oscar.

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Originally Posted by paul w View Post
I'd love Avatar and Cameron to lose just to see the dumbfounded reaction on his face.

I loved it, enjoyed maybe more than any other film this year (and I've seen most of them) and even I don't want to watch yet another stupid James Cameron woohoo!!! fest.
I'd like him to win just so a sci-fi pic could do it for once.
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I'd like him to win just so a sci-fi pic could do it for once.
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Feb 2, 2010, 04:49 PM
 
2001 was a science fiction film that should have won an oscar for best picture.
     
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Feb 27, 2010, 06:24 AM
 
Avatar is now closing in on $2.5 billion. Holy crap.

BTW, one of The Hurt Locker's boneheaded producers just shot himself in the foot. In clear violation of the Academy's rules, he emailed a whole bunch of people to ask them to vote for The Hurt Locker for Best Picture, and even went as far as to tell them how to submit their votes to make Avatar do worse.

The Hurt Locker may have destroyed its Best Picture chances - HitFix.com

BTW, some of the people he emailed apparently worked on other movies competing for the same Best Picture award. If true... What a frickin' moron.
     
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Originally Posted by paul w View Post
2001 was a science fiction film that should have won an oscar for best picture.
There's no category for "too long and boring."
     
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Originally Posted by paul w View Post
2001 was a science fiction film that should have won an oscar for best picture.
And best makeup, but "Planet of the Apes" won that award. Stuart Freeborn should have won hands down instead of John Chambers (not that Chambers' work was bad by any means).

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Feb 28, 2010, 12:31 PM
 
We loved this movie, although I could have done without 3D. Great action, good story and I really don't give a shiat about what parallels James Cameron has drawn to other books or movies, etc.
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Still a holdout!

One of us around here still has some ****ing morals I see

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Originally Posted by lpkmckenna View Post
There's no category for "too long and boring."
Just like there's no Facebook group called "too dumb for art".
     
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Originally Posted by lpkmckenna View Post
There's no category for "too long and boring."
Ignoring the final sequence, which I'll grant you was a little self-indulgent and could have been trimmed, what would you have gotten rid of?
     
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Well, the bit with the monolith on the moon was pointless, and yes the closing sequences were too long. The movie really just needed a good editor.
     
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Originally Posted by lpkmckenna View Post
Well, the bit with the monolith on the moon was pointless,
Ah - you just never bothered actually trying to understand the storyline.

If the humans hadn't uncovered the sentinel on the moon, and it hadn't sent its signal to the gateway in orbit around Jupiter, how would the aliens have known their experiment had succeeded? And more importantly, what would have replaced the search for the recipient of the signal as a top-secret secondary mission goal that would drive HAL to psychosis and the elimination of the conflict by killing the crew?

The whole movie would have been pointless WITHOUT the moon monolith.
     
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Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
how would the aliens have known their experiment had succeeded?
To be fair, I needed this bit explained to me too, but as you point out, it's relevant for other reasons.
     
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Feb 28, 2010, 06:24 PM
 
I have seen Avatar and enjoyed it.

I have never seen 2001.

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I haven't seen Avatar, but a friend has, and he liked the film but has an issue with the 'blue people' and Pandora.

'Blue people' are humanoid form, 2 arms, 2 legs. All the Pandoran animals in the film have 6 legs, so the 'blue people' aren't native of Pandora, they arrived there from somewhere else.

a) This is intentional and will form part of the story for Avatar 2 and 3.

or

b) The immersive world that JC worked so hard to create has a fundamental hole in it.

It'll be much easier if you just comply.
     
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Feb 28, 2010, 08:16 PM
 
Yeah, like why spiders have 8 legs on earth.
     
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Vestigial wings. Perhaps their babies retain traces before they atrophy away.
     
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i have seen Avatar couple of weeks ago and just love it.
     
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Jessicam can't possibly be a spammer.
     
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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Yeah, like why spiders have 8 legs on earth.
Ok, mammal type creatures, not insects/arachnid types. I can't think of a mammal that doesn't have 4 limbs, on Pandora the norm is 6 but blue people have 4. Pandoran species biology is to have 6 limbs, blue people aren't Pandoran.

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Originally Posted by downinflames68 View Post
Jessicam can't possibly be a spammer.
Or she could be a very new newb... Which is what I think is the case.

You're right that this post looks "off," but I don't think Jessicam is posting here just to set up to spam us.

Now back to the thread...

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