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jsorense
24-12-2009, 08:45:59
Have any of you toads seen it?
The reviews are pretty awesome.

Debaser
24-12-2009, 10:13:41
Not seen it, but Mark Kermode made a comment I found funny: "It's like watching a huge cruise ship turn through 360 degrees; the mechanics are impressive, but you just know it's going to take ages".

MOBIUS
24-12-2009, 20:09:13
I enjoyed it, the effects are fantastic! The storyline is pretty predictable, but acceptable - 7/10.

Funko
04-01-2010, 09:13:25
I thought it was great, yeah, storyline is a bit predictable but it doesn't matter. It's an amazing visual spectacle.

Is it meant to be the same universe as Aliens? The technology etc. seems remarkably similar in theme.

mr_B
04-01-2010, 09:15:41
that's called stealing

Funko
04-01-2010, 09:32:43
Same director for both though.

maroule
04-01-2010, 15:57:09
I liked it, a lot more than I thought
it has a "wow" thing to it, brought me back memories of my first big screen emotions (like raiders of the lost ark when I was 10)

Funko
04-01-2010, 16:46:07
Yeah, exactly that.

Immortal Wombat
04-01-2010, 17:55:50
I liked it more than I thought I would as well. I thought the visuals were like approaching computer game graphics from the other end, and it was very immersive in the same way games are (and without all the faffing about and dying). Not sold on the benefits of 3D though, except the bits shot from inside cockpits.
Obviously the plot was rather stupid and the props are all stolen from other things, to the point where the constant praise for it's detailed world building is just annoying, but somehow I still don't hate it.

JM^3
04-01-2010, 18:05:47
The ending was a bit stuck on (happy ending). Obviously there would be a war of some sort... real capitalists wouldn't give up and go home after one minor set back.

JM

Debaser
04-01-2010, 19:32:05
Ha!

http://prttyshttydesign.blogspot.com/2010/01/open-letter-to-james-cameron-from.html

Provost Harrison
04-01-2010, 21:17:34
The ending was a bit stuck on (happy ending). Obviously there would be a war of some sort... real capitalists wouldn't give up and go home after one minor set back.

JM

Exactly. They could just nuke the place from orbit :D And then come down and get mining :D

MOBIUS
05-01-2010, 00:45:10
...it's the only way to be sure...:cute:

Funko
05-01-2010, 08:43:17
The ending was a bit stuck on (happy ending). Obviously there would be a war of some sort... real capitalists wouldn't give up and go home after one minor set back.

JM

First part of a trilogy if it's a success apparently.

Cheshire Cat
05-01-2010, 09:46:00
haven't seen it yet, just the trailers

did any of you think "Roger Dean (http://www.rogerdean.com/news/news-article/archive/2009/12/21/article/what-the-world-is-saying-about-avatar-6.html)" when you first saw it?
(maybe you're not old enough...)

Funko
05-01-2010, 09:48:59
and it was very immersive in the same way games are (and without all the faffing about and dying).

:lol: totally, was annoying not being able to choose which missions to accept a la a RPG.

Scabrous Birdseed
05-01-2010, 17:42:17
haven't seen it yet, just the trailers

did any of you think "Roger Dean (http://www.rogerdean.com/news/news-article/archive/2009/12/21/article/what-the-world-is-saying-about-avatar-6.html)" when you first saw it?
(maybe you're not old enough...)

I thought "René Magritte (http://www.languedoc-france.info/artcourse/magritte.jpg)" a little bit, but Dean is probably a better fit. :)

MDA
05-01-2010, 17:51:46
they need to negotiate with planet busters

Immortal Wombat
06-01-2010, 18:06:18
even when there's no book, the book's better (http://chud.com/articles/articles/21969/1/PROJECT-880-THE-AVATAR-THAT-ALMOST-WAS/Page1.html)

paiktis
06-01-2010, 22:26:47
Nice optical panorama.
I'd hate to think what would happen if that was a horror movie though...

mr_B
09-01-2010, 01:45:03
even when there's no book, the book's better (http://chud.com/articles/articles/21969/1/PROJECT-880-THE-AVATAR-THAT-ALMOST-WAS/Page1.html)

:lol:

mr_B
11-01-2010, 01:02:18
http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/epic-fail-avatar-plot-fail.jpg

alsieboo
11-01-2010, 01:45:08
:lol: I enjoyed it, being a lover of girly predictable happy endings! But the graphics were good too, but my friends got more excited over the trailer for 3D Alice in Wonderland and the prospect of Stephen Fry being the Cheshire Cat! (It does look awesome, and the mighty SF and the delectable Johnny Depp in the same film = ultimate pleasure)

Funko
11-01-2010, 09:17:27
:lol: @ pocohontas

(although I haven't seen that)

MDA
11-01-2010, 12:32:11
We saw it on Saturday, definitely falls into the category of "old sermon, well delivered".

I enjoyed it anyway, great world, cool effects, maybe just a few too many bioluminescent plants and animals.

maroule
13-01-2010, 12:12:26
I don't understand why everybody says the story is shit
when Malick did the new world, which is exactly the same story, every cinema critic worth his salt said it was pure genius

Cheshire Cat
13-01-2010, 12:49:05
worth to be shot

King_Ghidra
19-01-2010, 13:07:54
I enjoyed it immensely as a cinema experience.

jsorense
21-01-2010, 07:36:34
Thank you all. I cringe at the obvious ecological/industrial dialectic. This message has beeen hammered into us many times. I know it is beautiful. Is the 3D affects a stunt, or the 'new cinema.' I just got a new HDTV, I don't want to upgrade again in the next decade.

Funko
21-01-2010, 08:56:54
The effects are really impressive. It's definitely the future for animation, and it might be for blockbuster film, but mainly due to it's effectiveness against piracy I think.

maroule
21-01-2010, 13:59:12
it will be quite a while until it crosses over to the living rooms, you can keep your hdtv for some time

however, it will gain traction in cinemas, as F says against piracy, but also mainly because the industry needs to make the night out to see a movie a more viceral/unique/spectacular experience (when a lot of the potential audience has the option of staying at home in front of the HDTV, for a fraction of the cost and hassle)

Funko
21-01-2010, 14:08:45
Sky are starting their first 3D channel this year, their HD has just really started taking off this year 3 years after launch. I imagine the 3D will take a similar time.

Scabrous Birdseed
21-01-2010, 15:52:31
Some channel is showing the World Cup in 3D apparently. I wonder what that'd be like.

Funko
21-01-2010, 16:07:33
They are showing some of the 6 Nations Rugby games in 3D, at the cinema.

MDA
21-01-2010, 16:55:47
My wife can't watch even the new 3D, she gets a headache and feels vaguely queasy.

I'd blame it on her bad eyesight, but she has the same problem when she sees me naked.

Funko
21-01-2010, 17:11:54
So her eyesight's bad but not bad enough.

MDA
21-01-2010, 19:54:22
Maybe its just too much 3D in both cases

Funko
22-01-2010, 08:59:06
:lol:

maroule
22-01-2010, 16:34:43
Sky are starting their first 3D channel this year, their HD has just really started taking off this year 3 years after launch. I imagine the 3D will take a similar time.

yeah, not an expert but I suspect the renewal time for tv will play a part in the equation

the electonic manufacturers are mistaken if they believe they can ask people to buy a hdtv (with sales picking up now) and three years later expect them to fork out again for a 3D one... I suspect for Sky it's probably more a matter of positionning their brand (as innovation based), rather than actually expecting a lot of 3d viewers

Funko
22-01-2010, 16:46:17
Yes, absolutely. But people who bought early HD tvs are probably thinking about replacing and soon "3D ready" will be as standard as "HD ready" so anyone who upgrades for any reason will end up being "3D ready" whether they care or not. People who actually have HD TVs and are receiving HD pictures are still a small minority here although just starting to take off.

It'll take 3 years for the new technology to become ubiquitous (if it's going to) and at least that long for there to be enough 3D content to make it worthwhile. AFAIK you can't just convert existing film to 3D like you could with HD.

DaShi
26-01-2010, 05:00:50
I liked it, a lot more than I thought
it has a "wow" thing to it, brought me back memories of my first big screen emotions (like raiders of the lost ark when I was 10)

Cameron would be glad to hear that.

MOBIUS
26-01-2010, 23:15:38
Gonna see this again after work tomorrow. The missus hasn't seen it yet.

maroule
27-01-2010, 15:18:56
Cameron would be glad to hear that.


I'm sure he's not short of sycophant these days


I'm not a regular fan boy (Titanic bored me, although I loved Abyss and Aliens) but I have to give real credit to the guy for sticking to his vision, and be completely uncompromising in making it happen

Funko
27-01-2010, 15:25:23
You watched Titanic? You gaylord.

MOBIUS
28-01-2010, 02:27:55
Yeah, was good the second time around too.

MDA
28-01-2010, 11:41:59
You watched Titanic twice? You gaylord.

Funko
28-01-2010, 12:53:34
Double gaylord.