December 10, 2009, - 3:52 pm

Just Got Back From This

By Debbie Schlussel

So, I just spent three hours sitting in a dark movie theater on this sunny, but very windy, cold day at a screening of the much-hyped “Avatar,” from director James Cameron.  Can’t say anything about it until my review next week, when it debuts.  Do you think I liked it?  Watch the trailer, and you can probably figure it out.

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The feeling I got from the preview was that this is a future version of Dances With Wolves–kind of. Guy goes to live with the natives, evil military, greedy corporations, etc. The CGI looks to be outstanding, though. I think we’re going to see it anyway. I like Sam Worthington.

cirrus1701 on December 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I am guessing you didn’t like it.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 10, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I’m guessing Debbie gives it an “oy” or a “meh.”

Christopher Calandro on December 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I am afraid you liked it! Please say it ain’t so, Debbie.

BB on December 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm

The movie looks like a typical liberal fantasy: White guy sees what an imperialistic country he has and turns into a “person of color” and fights his own country.

I’m guessing you didn’t like it.

JM on December 10, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Ditto JM

Joe on December 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Haven’t we had enough white guilt?

Joe on December 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

The guys who produce “South Park” have already satirized this movie, calling it “Dances With Smurfs”.

Mike on December 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Thinly disguised “no blood for oil” lefty shibboleth. Maybe the bad guys should be Chinese rather than American, because those guys are absolutely raping Africa at the moment.

adam on December 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I don’t think I’ll be seeing this one.

The human troops are US Marines (check out the Osprey aircraft and camo patterns). US Marines are willing to commit genocide for greater corporate profits. Injured soldiers are not given state-of-the-art medical care. When confronted with this, Our Hero ™ breaks faith and attacks his fellow soldiers like Sgt Asan Akbar and Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

Nope, I’m giving this one a pass.

Mike Garcia on December 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I’ve been waiting for this so whether you liked it or not, I will see it.

Allen on December 11, 2009 at 12:58 am

The mindless will go for the hype, and it’s an easy lazy 2 hours. A guy I work with is about 350 lbs at 5’10”. He’s got a running list in his planner of all movie releases and as I recall he had to go see the latest comic book movie that was just trash, The Watch Men. Anything that gets made will be seen by these losers with no lives worth spending on more quality enterprises. Like cleaning their drier lint trap.

Joe on December 11, 2009 at 1:22 am

In your review, you’ll praise the SFX while ripping on the script, which is basically a rehash of the white devil’s burden and what said what devil must do to perpetuate its satanic moxie.

In other words….Avatar was suckinnnnnnnnnn’

mrbshamrock on December 11, 2009 at 2:15 am

not seeing avatar, I dont care for it. I am leaning towards you did not care for it either. another meh.

lindapolver on December 11, 2009 at 4:53 am

Odd that you can’t review till next week. Tons of reviews are already out.

Fleiter on December 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

Here’s hoping you give it no less than three Marxes. Cameron’s always been wildly overrated; even his best movies don’t stand up to repeated viewings,and the dialogue in them is comic book level.

Phineas on December 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

It’s about the persecution of a minority culture. I imagine you loved it.

Conner on December 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Typical left wing sh*t from Hollywood.
Aliens also had the typical anti-capitalism bias. Of course it made no sense which is typical of leftist assholes.
You wonder if regret making True Lies?

madman on December 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

There’s zero chance I’ll see this. Of course, the little Howard Zinn-trained nitwit Gen Y’s and Millenials will flock to it. Those dumbos will probably find all of this quite profound. Not so we Gen Xer’s, the only sane generation since the Greatest Generation.

adam on December 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Well, with one eye, depth perception problems and the onset of visually-related vertigo (not inner ear … visual stimulus vertigo) from a blunt trauma incident, I have to assume that a 3D movie experience on enormous stadium seating screens will be – for me – pretty much like a psychotic break trapped in a blender.

I can just hear me now, screaming Get Me Out Of Here. Probably an ugly incident for kids and their nanny-state helicopter parents.

If the industry gets all damp in their drawers over this concept, it may well be the end of movies for me.

Meh. But not altogether a bad thing. Last movie I really liked was The Natural.

Edouard Coneho on December 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

BTW – the concept that our military is already transporting military units off-planet has been kicked around for about a decade amongst some of us. It’s a long story about “dead” soldiers, helicopter accidents, electro-magnetic experiments with torsional hyper-dimensional physics and a smattering of other fringe sciences, but we each went slack jawed to see Cameron make a movie out of exactly what we’d been kicking around.

That’s too much coincidence.

And if you think you know everything about science, what our establishments are really capable of and how physics “really works” …. too bad for you.

Edouard Coneho on December 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

It looks like an old story retold with the assistance of cutting edge visual effects.

A member of a powerful group is assigned to assist in the destruction of an inconvenient but far less powerful group in the interests of corporate profits, imperial expansion, etc. After infiltrating the less powerful group, he decides that he’s serving evil and switches sides. I smell Dances With Wolves set in a futuristic, space fairing society here.


The Terrorist's Advocate on December 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Thanks for the trailer. The scenes seem full of formula leftist illusion and trite ‘insight’ such that I have no need to see the whole thing. I am fairly certain I could imaginatively reconstruct the movie and be fairly accurate in my predictions.

okonkwosyams on December 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

When will you be able to post a review?

Ken Blazek on December 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

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