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#21 of 631 OFFLINE   Shawn Shultzaberger

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Posted December 12 2009 - 09:53 AM

Wow, this guy really hated it.

http://denver.metromix.com/movies/movie_review/avatar-review/1662350/content

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#22 of 631 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted December 13 2009 - 09:24 AM

This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Avatar". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

All HTF member film reviews of "Avatar" should be posted to the
Official Review Thread.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

 




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#23 of 631 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted December 13 2009 - 09:26 AM

This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Avatar". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

All HTF member film reviews of "Avatar" should be posted to the
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#24 of 631 OFFLINE   Edwin-S

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Posted December 13 2009 - 11:22 AM

I read his review. I can't take him seriously when he starts comparing this film to "The Matrix" and "2012". "Dances with Wolves" may be a legitimate comparison, but the other two don't make sense to me. Whatever I may end up thinking of the film, I don't see any resemblance to "The Matrix" in the material that I have seen. The comparison to Roland Emmerich's  2012 disaster porn is just dumb.



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#25 of 631 OFFLINE   TheBat

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Posted December 13 2009 - 12:56 PM

I got tickets for avatar on friday and saturday.. one in regular 3D and the other in imax 3D. should be fun. going with my family on friday and going with a friend on saturday.

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#26 of 631 OFFLINE   James_Kiang

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Posted December 13 2009 - 07:37 PM

I'm going to see it either Thursday night at midnight or more likely Friday sometime (and probably in 3D).  I asked the theater how sales are going for it and at this point they are nowhere near a sell-out.

#27 of 631 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 14 2009 - 05:54 AM

I am pretty much totally through the looking glass on this one. 

I really had not been impressed with the advertising campaign, and I was starting to think that we were about to get a decent action film with the worst excesses of Cameron's writing wrapped up in a ridiculously expensive eye candy-centric film.  I was, of course, going to judge all of that for myself (and I still will), but I had supremely lowered expectations.  No particular reason for them, just general concern.  I'd been cautiously excited though, because surely bad Cameron is better than good almost anyone else (and I still believe that), right?

But these reviews.  I've patiently waited, I've skipped most of the articles, just randomly counted the time to wait from major trailers with a few posts in here, putting in time.  but this last week is going to kill me.  These reviews.

I am actually excited about the soundtrack release tomorrow.  And now I palpably can't wait until the midnight show.  It's 2001 - 2003(with LOTR) all over again.  I was fine, fine, fine...until I wasn't.  Which was pretty much last Friday afternoon.  I am a totally different moviegoer than I was in 1997 (thanks HTF for a good portion of that), but I am just as excited as I've ever been for any other movie.

I'll be all up in this thread in the wee hours of Friday morning.  If it hits me the way it hit some of the reviewers/critics, as geeky as I am for the guy, I may not sleep at all.  I hope I like it that much.

Man, I hope he actually did it. 
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Posted December 14 2009 - 04:58 PM

I'm not sure if I can be at my best for a midnight showing in IMAX-3D (because I was to drink it all in with my eyes and ears), so I might end up doing the Friday morning show at IMAX-3D, though the thought of not seeing the midnight showing is killing me, but I'm older now, and sleep just keeps edging out the midnight viewing.  Sad, I know.

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#29 of 631 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 15 2009 - 03:02 AM

I get that.  I've noticed less enthusiasm on my end for midnight films in the last two years.  Especially a bladder-busting beatdown like Avatar's 2.75 hours.  But I just have no patience.  I wouldn't be able to sleep, and I'd be just as grumpy the next morning. 

So I might as well make it happen.  I'm not sure I'll do it again, though.  But a twelve year wait deserves some extreme measures.
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#30 of 631 OFFLINE   Nicholas Martin

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Posted December 15 2009 - 04:55 AM

The film pulled in four Golden Globe nominations:

-Best Drama
-Best Director (up against one of his ex-wives....interesting)
-Best Score
-Best Song


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Posted December 15 2009 - 06:27 AM

Do the Globes have nominations for all the technical stuff?

#32 of 631 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 15 2009 - 07:12 AM

Nope.


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#33 of 631 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted December 15 2009 - 07:35 AM



Quote:
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The film pulled in four Golden Globe nominations:

-Best Drama
-Best Director (up against one of his ex-wives....interesting)
-Best Score
-Best Song

Speaking of Katherine Bigelow (his ex-wife), watched Strange Days the other day.  She was the director, he was the producer.  I would actually like to see them work together again.

As for Avatar, congrats on its GG nominations.  On to the Oscars!!!!!

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#34 of 631 OFFLINE   Chuck Anstey

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Posted December 15 2009 - 08:19 AM

Anyone know how strong the PG-13 rating is?  Is this barely more the PG along the lines of POTC: Curse of the Black Pearl or is it really an R-rated movie cut down just enough to get PG-13?


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Posted December 15 2009 - 08:23 AM



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Speaking of Katherine Bigelow (his ex-wife), watched Strange Days the other day.  She was the director, he was the producer.  I would actually like to see them work together again.

As for Avatar, congrats on its GG nominations.  On to the Oscars!!!!!

:-)

 
Kathryn Bigelow is doing just fine on her own these days. After a decade of near misses with movies (but with some first rate TV work to pay bills), she directed The Hurt Locker, one of the year's finest films  and an Oscar contender in its own right. Hurt Locker received critical raves and decent box office. Highly recommended.

I hope this signals she's back on a roll, as she's one of my favorite directors. She just needs first rate material like Hurt Locker and Strange Days  - I could care less if Big Jim is aboard as long as the projects are good (JC wasn't involved with THL).

I'm trying NOT to read too much about Avatar before I see it this week. I'm not a huge Cameron fan (mostly loved The Abyss but mostly hated Aliens and was pretty annoyed by Titanic) but Avatar sounds veeeeerry interesting.

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Posted December 15 2009 - 09:32 AM



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 I could care less if Big Jim is aboard as long as the projects are good (JC wasn't involved with THL).

I'm trying NOT to read too much about Avatar before I see it this week. I'm not a huge Cameron fan (mostly loved The Abyss but mostly hated Aliens and was pretty annoyed by Titanic) but Avatar sounds veeeeerry interesting.
I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that she usually has Cameron read her scripts to get his feedback and so on, since they remain close - one director getting feedback from a fellow director.



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Posted December 15 2009 - 10:25 AM

Nicholas - I would be interested to know if you have heard the CD Score release yet (knowing just how much of a Horner fan you are (like me)) - and if so, what your thoughts are? - That might be a question for another thread, however.
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#38 of 631 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 15 2009 - 11:44 AM

Nicholas has no doubt listened to the whole thing.  I did the first three cues, and that will have to suffice until I've seen the film.  I liked what I heard.  The first three cues are unmistakably James Horner, but I like what I hear so far.  He's given Cameron good scores before, and I'm sure the third time is the charm.  I also listened to some of the ending song, and didn't care much for it.  Maybe I will after I see the film.
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#39 of 631 OFFLINE   Claire Panke

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Posted December 15 2009 - 02:34 PM



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I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that she usually has Cameron read her scripts to get his feedback and so on, since they remain close - one director getting feedback from a fellow director.

 
Doubt that they have shared as much lately, possibly since Strange Days. Bigelow developed both her last TV series and The Hurt Locker in conjunction with journalist Mark Boal (who also did the story for In The Valley of Ellah). If JC gave thumbs up to K19 that was bad advice. Cameron provided a top support as as screenwriter/producer on Strange Days for sure.

Also got to hear some of the Avatar soundtrack...so far so good.


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Posted December 15 2009 - 02:48 PM

Looking forward to seeing this one.

I'm curious whether folks with a choice will be seeing this is IMAX 3D or "normal" 3D?