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ABADAH [Feb. 13th, 2010|07:30 pm]
[mood |okayokay]

I am returning to LJ to write about Avatar! (Seriously? Yes!)

After being stymied by sold-out showings and snowy storms, we FINALLY saw Avatar in IMAX 3-D today. If you're going to see this fancy-schmancy technical marvel, might as well see it in the highest-calibre option...

So the big-bad Avatar really is essentially Dances With Wolves. It also borrows from Return of the Jedi (the end battle), Firefly ("the Earth got used up"), Dollhouse (neural/brain concepts though obviously Avatar was around first in script form...same for that Firefly comparison), Lost (Ana Lucia! And a guy in a wheelchair who says he is tired of scientists "telling me what I can't do"), Aliens (of course) and just about every archetypal hero story ever. Most of the characters were pretty cliched too, though I've always been a fan of Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver was awesome. That Evil Army General is the most Cliched Evil Army General in movie history though...

That being said, it was a visual accomplishment and deserves all the technical Oscars it can get its Nav'i hands on... The motion capture technology...the creatures...the planet itself...spectacular. Sigourney's avatar really looked like her! So as expected...see it for the visuals. Of course, you've probably already seen it...maybe more than once. But I am definitely glad I got to experience it in the theater.

P.S. - It amuses me that today we saw James Cameron's Avatar and payed for an expensive ticket to see the highest-grossing film ever...and tomorrow we're watching his ex-wife's film The Hurt Locker, which made very little...and we're seeing it from a one dollar Redbox rental.

P.P.S. -
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World serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs. [Dec. 8th, 2009|09:11 am]
[mood |discontentdiscontent]

"the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere is already at 390 parts per million, even as the amount of methane in the atmosphere has been spiking in the last two years. In other words, we’re over the edge already. We’re no longer capable of “preventing” global warming, only (maybe) preventing it on such a large scale that it takes down all our civilizations."

http://salon.com/news/global_warming/index.html?story=/opinion/feature/2009/12/07/copenhagen
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Disappointing [Dec. 1st, 2009|08:29 pm]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |Obama's speech]

30,000 more troops to Afghanistan...

You (and I) may not always agree with good ole' Mike here, but when he speaks from the heart in a straightforward manner, without some of his gimmicks, it usually really hits home and hits hard: An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Having a timetable to withdraw from Iraq is...progress I guess...still disappointment is the prevailing mood...too much echoing of Dubya's rhetoric...
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The crime wave is high, with muggings mysterious. All police and detectives are furious. [Nov. 21st, 2009|01:27 pm]
[mood |okayokay]

I woke up this morning and learned Turtles Forever would be on The CW at 10a, so I couldn't miss it! And while it was fun and a bit of a lark, they really made "our" '80's Turtles (and Shredder and my beloved Krang) look foolish and goofier than they actually were. I felt like they wanted to make the '00's Turtles look "cooler" by comparison. The appearance of the original Grim N Gritty TMNT was entertaining. Also, I didn't know the '00's Shredder was also essentially the '00's Krang...I had to rock a Wiki to find out what his history was...

"Turtles Forever is a direct-to-DVD animated movie that was produced by 4Kids Entertainment. A rough, nearly finished version of the film premiered at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2009.[1] The movie was to be released in theaters for one night on October 29, 2009 but due to disputes between 4Kids Entertainment and Fathom the event was canceled according to National CineMedia.[citation needed] The movie aired on TV on The CW4Kids station on November 21, after the 25th anniversary Top 10 Countdown.[2] An encore showing will air from Nov 28 to Dec 12, split into three 22-minute episodes."

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You Are The Everything [Sep. 4th, 2009|02:52 pm]
[mood |workingworking]
[music |7 Worlds Collide - Bodhisattva Blues]

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antici.......................pation [Sep. 3rd, 2009|08:36 am]
[mood |anxiousanxious]

One of my favorite VMars moments, and I'm not even a huge RHPS fan. It's all about the look Veronica and Mac give each other at the end.



Via this: http://io9.com/5348171/30-rock-salutes-science-fiction-every-great-clip
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Happy Birthday VKM! [Aug. 24th, 2009|09:08 am]
[mood |nervousnervous]
[music |Television - Marquee Moon]

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The Constant [Jun. 26th, 2009|09:04 pm]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |SmackDown!]

- One of my kindergarten classmates moonwalking.
- The cover story in Electric Co. magazine, tattered, with the photo spread about his love of toys and E.T.
- Hearing "Eat It" for the first time at an elementary school birthday party.
- I have a memory of some sort of trying to figure out what was going on lyrically in "Billie Jean"...
- Thriller on vinyl, being scared by the title track, the song and the video (I may have seen it once on Entertainment Tonight or something?).
- Did the "Bad" video debut/air on regular TV too?
- The Jacksons: An American Dream
- The Dangerous videos all getting high-profile debuts on Fox, starting with "Black Or White." I still love "Remember The Time." "Brrrap bap bap bap, brrrrap, ba ba bap!"
- Tim Meadows "on his backo"
- Later, Amy Poehler in a tree.
- The trial ending while I was in New York City for work.
- June 25, 2009
- and so much more.

Michael Joseph Jackson has been everyone's Constant.
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What was I thinking when I let go of you? [Jun. 17th, 2009|04:07 pm]
[mood |workingworking]
[music |The Killers - When You Were Young]

Wow! Soulful, funky cover of "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" done by a soulful, funky Chicago band.

Take that, Mark Ronson and your Dap-King horns!

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Cognitive Dissonance [May. 31st, 2009|08:08 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |R.E.M. - High Speed Train (live)]

One of my favorite topics on LJ, "cognitive dissonance," gets a big, well-written write-up in today's Inquirer by Frank Fitzpatrick. It's pretty much in the same context I've used it in...trying to come to terms with the questionable moral decisions your favorite athletes make. I've written about this concept when it comes to Mark McGwire and wrestling fandom. Fitzpatrick uses it for sports fan in general, how 'we' decry the other team's player when he screws up but will circle the wagons around our own. A good read. Ch-check it out.
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