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    I loved it and I didn't expect to. If someone hadn't gotten us tickets I would never have seen this movie, I'm just not that into sci-fi fantasy or CGI shit. But the CGI totally pulled me in, the way they computerized subtle facial expressions really impressed me.

    It was an oversimplified story--someone I know said it was practically "Dances With Wolves" with aliens in CGI and I have to agree. But I didn't go to see particularly nuanced storylines and I actually expected a bit of cheesiness. Maybe I was alone on that one since I was the only one in the theater who cracked the fuck up at how this precious resource was called "Unobtainium." I mean, really? It was comically heavy-handed to me, I wonder if it was intentional.

    But I even liked the contrived heartstring-pulling toward the end. I like things simple sometimes. So maybe I liked it because I wasn't expecting much.
    Oh but the 3D IMAX shit totally gave me a headache and motion sickness during the first 45 minutes or so.

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    Saw it again with my husband....still loved it. Its funny...those of my friends who saw it and loved it are like, "How could anyone NOT love this movie" and my friends who saw it and hated it are like, "Ugh, how could ANYONE like this movie."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    I loved it and I didn't expect to. If someone hadn't gotten us tickets I would never have seen this movie, I'm just not that into sci-fi fantasy or CGI shit. But the CGI totally pulled me in, the way they computerized subtle facial expressions really impressed me.

    It was an oversimplified story--someone I know said it was practically "Dances With Wolves" with aliens in CGI and I have to agree. But I didn't go to see particularly nuanced storylines and I actually expected a bit of cheesiness. Maybe I was alone on that one since I was the only one in the theater who cracked the fuck up at how this precious resource was called "Unobtainium." I mean, really? It was comically heavy-handed to me, I wonder if it was intentional.

    But I even liked the contrived heartstring-pulling toward the end. I like things simple sometimes. So maybe I liked it because I wasn't expecting much.
    Oh but the 3D IMAX shit totally gave me a headache and motion sickness during the first 45 minutes or so.
    Ohhh yes I had a good chuckle at Unobtainium!
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    omg Unobtanium is what they coat the stupid earth boring vehicle in "The Core" with to make it indestructible

    I think it's just a catch-all word for 'priceless mineral'
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    I think it's hilarious that they went with such a literal, unimaginative name. My intelligence might be insulted if it didn't make me giggle hysterically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
    Ohhh yes I had a good chuckle at Unobtainium!

    how could such an imaginative man come up with such a lame name? That really was the only low part of the movie for me.

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    ^^^
    it's james cameron. he's good at the special effects but his stories are always lame, dumbed-down crap. it's like george lucas and his incapacity to write non-retarded dialogue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    ^^^
    it's james cameron. he's good at the special effects but his stories are always lame, dumbed-down crap. it's like george lucas and his incapacity to write non-retarded dialogue.

    yep, I love Star Wars but the actors are so wooden and no way can Lucas write a love scene.

    and yet....... I loved the love story in Titanic.

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    It was more or less rubbish. Pretty looking, and mildly entertaining at times but rubbish nonetheless. The dialog was so crappy and cringeworthy that I laughed out to it in inappropriate places.

    It would have been better if it was hour shorter and made to teen audience.
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    ^^^HAHA, did you think of that yourself?

    No. I bet you didn't.

    But you're going to share it with all of us because you enjoy it, because its amusing to you, right?

    Theoretically, that's what James Cameron did, too, but FUCK HIM.

    People that complain that a movie is a repetition of an old story need to find a better argument. Seriously.

    Before movies, there was the theatre. Theatre companies did plays, new and old, some very, VERY old (Euripides comes to mind) for thousands of years. Playwrites were constantly rewriting the same stories...novelists as well.

    Then there was motion pictures...first the silent era, mostly doing, SURPRISE, plays and short stories which had already been produced. Then the dawn of the talkies, the primary source of which was REMAKING SILENTS.

    Then there was color pictures, remaking the black and whites...oh and also silent and threatrical classics. Then there came an era of tweaking old stories to attune it more to new audiences, using modern actors, modern technology...recycle, repeat, just as it always has.

    No one pretended for a moment in the production of this film that it was a new or original story. The whole point of its ten year delay in being made was that the TECHNOLOGY wasn't there yet. This is a film to wield the might phallus of 3-D CGI while telling a story the writer/director likes.

    James Cameron remade an old simple story. No one denies this. Using that as a criticism that he's using an old story is like saying, "He used PEOPLE. And COMPUTERS." Yes. Those have been used before, too.

    If you didn't like the story and the dialogue, fine. Everyone is free to their own opinion, but making fun of a movie for doing what the medium has literally done for thousands of years? Is that the best you can do?
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    a manifesto defending avatar?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    ^^^HAHA, did you think of that yourself?

    No. I bet you didn't.

    But you're going to share it with all of us because you enjoy it, because its amusing to you, right?

    Theoretically, that's what James Cameron did, too, but FUCK HIM.

    People that complain that a movie is a repetition of an old story need to find a better argument. Seriously.

    Before movies, there was the theatre. Theatre companies did plays, new and old, some very, VERY old (Euripides comes to mind) for thousands of years. Playwrites were constantly rewriting the same stories...novelists as well.

    Then there was motion pictures...first the silent era, mostly doing, SURPRISE, plays and short stories which had already been produced. Then the dawn of the talkies, the primary source of which was REMAKING SILENTS.

    Then there was color pictures, remaking the black and whites...oh and also silent and threatrical classics. Then there came an era of tweaking old stories to attune it more to new audiences, using modern actors, modern technology...recycle, repeat, just as it always has.

    No one pretended for a moment in the production of this film that it was a new or original story. The whole point of its ten year delay in being made was that the TECHNOLOGY wasn't there yet. This is a film to wield the might phallus of 3-D CGI while telling a story the writer/director likes.

    James Cameron remade an old simple story. No one denies this. Using that as a criticism that he's using an old story is like saying, "He used PEOPLE. And COMPUTERS." Yes. Those have been used before, too.

    If you didn't like the story and the dialogue, fine. Everyone is free to their own opinion, but making fun of a movie for doing what the medium has literally done for thousands of years? Is that the best you can do?

    cgi-festo?
    i didn't think anyone could get so emotional about a stupid movie. i thought the pocahontas thing was pretty funny.

    but really, i think the only thing anyone is saying is that if you're going to spend 500 million dollars on a movie and ground-breaking special effects, you'd think you'd put a bit more effort into the story? it doesn't mean you have to write a whole new story no one has ever heard about, but at least make it less stupid and with better dialogue...
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    I liked this movie alot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post

    cgi-festo?
    i didn't think anyone could get so emotional about a stupid movie. i thought the pocahontas thing was pretty funny.

    but really, i think the only thing anyone is saying is that if you're going to spend 500 million dollars on a movie and ground-breaking special effects, you'd think you'd put a bit more effort into the story? it doesn't mean you have to write a whole new story no one has ever heard about, but at least make it less stupid and with better dialogue...
    The phrase 'Hollywood is out of ideas' and its different renditions is one of my absolute pet peeves. Get me on a bad day (Ahem, today...deep in PMS territory and anniversary of a good friend's death) and yes, I will probably bust a mind vomit
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