Sunday, December 20, 2009
Avatar (2009 Film) by James Cameron - Film/Movie review and some thoughts
Yes . . . its the biggest spectacle of the decade . . . and yes its visually pure magic . . . rock solid in every department of film making . . .except for writing maybe . . . but we won't go there . . . cause some Films are wayyyyy bigger than the story they are tryin...g to tell . . . and some Directors just make you realize the power of Cinema as a medium of storytelling . . . way more impactful than a book / play / radio / what have you sometimes . . . James Cameron is such a man . . . there ain’t no doubt about that one . . . So yes . . . this isn't a review at all . . . just some thoughts on the Film . . . Lets look at the intention behind the Film for starters . . . why would Cameron want to make this Film??? And what you garner and see is that here’s a man who first and foremost wants to raise the bar . . . here’s a dreamer and a visionary who sits there dreaming a magical dream . . . and finds a way of actually making it happen . . . and that to me is the biggest power of cinema . . . that beyond the dream created in your head and then on a laptop . . . someone has to actualize it as well . . . its lost otherwise . . . and hence my constant angst about a Film having to be as good technically as in its writing . . . but I deviate here . . . what got me most about Avatar was somehow the visual of a whol bunch of Film Technicians sitting out there wanting to do their BEST . . . to push the envelop hard and tear it . . . to strive for the excellence that their dreams show . . . and actually achieving it . . . such an inspiring visual . . . and am humbled and moved by it . . . and sad . . . because this is the ONE thing I find missing the most in our films / industry . . . we just don’t intend excellence . . . our darnest best . . . why????? When??? Will we ever??? Then my mind goes to the day James Cameron must have sat there looking at his Final Copy . . . the dream come alive in front of his eyes . . . must he have had tears in his eyes about it . . . relief, pride, excitement . . . or a self assured man saying . . . damn! I did it again!!! Or maybe even a cocky man . . . saying next!!!! Would love to know . . . but what’s important is that Avatar makes me think of all this while I’m watching the movie and for hours later . . . perhaps till . . . days later who knows . . . the true stamp of a great film . . . Technically . . . am not even proficient to comment on it . . . just know that watching live action in 3D . . . swimming in front of your eyes . . . seeming touchable . . . making it all look so hyper real is such an addiction that seriously 2D is going to be boring now . . . I don’t even know enough about the new technology he cracked in creating this Film . . . but all I can think of is the man who creates Aliens, True Lies, Terminators, Titanic and now Avatar is in fact a Scientist who can create Art . . . and that too for mass consumption . . . which to me is the true definition of a Film Maker . . . in the tradition of a Quantum Physicist if you will . . . where Science meets Philosophy . . . James Cameron does that for you . . . While I gush . . . the story comes to my mind . . . but before I even get into it . . . the point is that Cameron has always chosen the Speilberg path . . . of telling you simple or actually very simplistic stories mounted on a very, very large scale . . . with heroes called Jack, John, Jake . . . which have to be made on a budget of Millions of dollars . . . you’ve got to earn those millions back . . . which means every human being on the planet has to watch it . . . well almost . . . which means your story / script has to be moron proof . . . it has to be basic . . . understood across cultures . . . age groups . . . sensibilities . . . it HAS to be simplistic . . . now whether Cameron consciously chose that as a his style or whether that’s what comes to him naturally . . . I don’t know . . . Speilberg tried proving his seriousness with Schindler’s List and Munich . . . Cameron hasn’t bothered yet . . . but the point being, Avatar’s story / screenplay cannot possibly get any more complicated or layered than that . . . structurally its standard hollwyood with themes . . . set ups and pay offs and 3 acts firmly in place . . . the only lack I felt was that unlike Titanic . . . it isn’t a very FELT movie . . . it doesn’t feel like the Writer ie Cameron again infused the characters and the set up with too much emotion . . . somewhere technology took over . . . so Avatar leaves you dazzled but not very moved . . . I have a feeling the sequel would take care of that . . . Themes wise though, I have lots to say on the story / film . . . it is such a beautiful blend of myths . . . there are those blue bodied gigantic natives on a planetary moon . . . totally like Vishnu’s 10 avatars right to the point of tikas on foreheads a la Iskcon . . . the birds that are so much like Garuda . . . yet faces that you feel might be Afican beneath . . . and accents that are French or Spanish . . . Music that is Oriental often . . . and philosophy that most certainly is . . . in one broad stroke, the Film pits it as a White vs ‘Colored’ people literally . . . as much as humans vs aliens . . . as much as US vs rest of the world . . . a lovely blend of ethnicities . . . and in these allegories, Avatar is such a brilliant concept . . . it takes all the Buddhist / Hindu philosophies of Nature, Kundalini (at the base of their plaits) . . . connecting to other beings (plait connects to horse literally) . . . the collective consciousness (the Tree) . . . and makes them literal and visual . . . and easy to understand . . . what a triumph that is . . . it makes the simple message of Nature vs humanity so powerful . . . it makes villains out of myopic corporate vision and numb brained military destruction come to life . . . It reminds you of Iraq, Vietman, etc in its visuals rather consciously . . . when that the big tree comes down, I am moved . . . and for some reason reminded of the Bamiyan Buddha being torn down in Afghanistan by the Taliban . . . every frame has so many references . . . informed yet simplistic . . . sometimes a bit too underlined . . . but I’m impressed . . . because there’s basically something for everyone . . . I can go on some more . . . but will spare you . . . the simple point being that Avatar heralds the new age of Cinema, affecting even our shores . . . and the thronging crowds giving our Industry enough impetus to learn from it . . . will we???? Hollywood take overs apart . . . what moved me most about Avatar was to see a PACKED HOUSE after so long and to the palpable excitement of everyone waiting outside like eager kids . . . dying to catch hold of their 3D glasses and get on to the joyride . . . forgetting your woes for 3 hours and being sucked into a make believe world in a darkened hall . . . that ultimately reminds you of your basic inner goodness . . . Isn’t that what movies are meant to do to us??? Avatar does that . . . no two ways about it.
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Christmas snowman jokes, Funny snowman jokes, Frosty snowman jokes, Snowman, snow ball, Snow jokes and oneliners for kids
Merry Christmas. Season of snow has come. Time now to have lots of fun. Read these funny snowman jokes and spend nice holidays in this Christmas.
* What do snowmen wear on their heads ?
Ice caps !
* What do snowmen eat for lunch ?
* Where do snowmen go to dance ?
* How do snowmen travel around ?
By icicle !
* What sort of ball doesn’t bounce ?
A snowball !
* How do you know when there is a snowman in your bed ?
You wake up wet !
* How can you tell a Snowman from a Snowwoman?
The Snowwoman is the one wearing the make-up!
* How do snowmen greet each other?
Ice to meet you!
* What do snow kids have for breakfast?
* What do snowmen have for breakfast?
* What do snowmen like on their burgers?
* What do you call a snowman in the summer?
* What do you call a Snowman in the Tropics?
* What do you call a snowman on roller blades?
* What do you get if cross a snowman and a shark ?
Frost bite !
* What do you get when you cross a snowman with a baker?
Frosty the Dough-man!
* What do you say to a stressed snowman?
* What does a Snowman take when he gets sick?
A chill pill!
* What does a snowman’s wife put on her face at night?
* What is a Snowman’s favorite Drink?
* What kind of cakes do snowmen like?
The kind with lots of frosting!
* What’s a snowman’s favourite Mexican food?
* Where do snowmen keep their money?
In a “Snow"-bank!
* Why did the snowman go to the middle of the lake?
Because snowman is an island!
* Why is it so cold at Christmas?
Because it’s Decembrrrrrrrr!
* What happened when the snowgirl had an argument with the snowboy ?
She gave him the cold shoulder !
* How do snowmen greet each other?
Ice to meet you!
* What bird can write under the Arctic Ocean?
A ball-point pen-guin.
* What sort of ball doesn't bounce ?
A snowball !
* What happened when the snowwoman fell out with the snowman ?
Nothing - She gave him the cold shoulder
* What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
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