Tuesday, December 29, 2009

AVATAR: See it now.

James Cameron's epic AVATAR is a must-see this season. Cameron began the prep for this huge film in 1994 with a script treatment. The principle photography began in 2007 with a $280-$310 million dollar price tag. The cost is due to the CGI and motion-capture technology used. Then the movie is also in 3-D. To be honest, it is a totally new and ground-breaking technological feat. I have NEVER seen a movie like it. You MUST see it in theaters to fully appreciate the film.

Roger Ebert says AVATAR is "extraordinary" and gave it four stars out of four. "Watching Avatar, I felt sort of the same as when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations," he said. "Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough."

The domestic gross (as of 12/29/09) is $232,129,323 and foreign is $410,864,537 for a grand total of $642,993,860 worldwide.

This 2 hour 40 minute huge epic film follows a wheel-chair bound marine, Jake Sully as he enters in to the Na'vi world on the Pandora Planet. He battles an inner conscious as to whether or not he should side with the military that plans on destroying the spiritual land of Pandora or help the natives keep there home. It has definite imperialism themes, environmental sympathies, and what it means to be tolerant.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS: George Clooney Silly Again.

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS is a fun, dry and ridiculous movie. It stars Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. Stand out performances by Clooney and Spacey dominate the film. The story is about a reporter traveling to Iraq trying to find the next big article, once the reporter (McGregor) meets up with an ex-special forces soldier (Clooney), chaos ensues.

Sure, the film is creative, laugh-out-loud funny, but does it seem familiar? Yes, yes, it does. It's very similar to Coen brothers' 2008 absurdist comedy with dark humor undertones, BURN AFTER READING. And the lead in that quirky comedy? Clooney, too. In a way, the characters that Clooney plays are very different, yet he acts them the exact same way. Sure, the dialogue is new, the character's story is new, but it's still Clooney playing the goofy, dark-humored man. Is it worth seeing? Sure, it's enjoyable and is not the typical comedy. But just be aware that BURN AFTER READING is the much better try at the absurdity and the humor (and nominated for Golden Globes and WGA awards). But nonetheless, worth the time to see Clooney and THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS.