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2017-09-30 08:50:00 AM  
9 votes:
The problem is that they put all the 3D into the video and 1D into the characters.  I managed to watch some of the first one, and after about 5 minutes I wanted the entire universe wiped out.
2017-09-30 09:17:42 AM  
8 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: The problem is that they put all the 3D into the video and 1D into the characters.  I managed to watch some of the first one, and after about 5 minutes I wanted the entire universe wiped out.


I think that's the reason Avatar seems to have disappeared so much from public view after its theatrical run.  In a theatre, with the big screen and the state of the art sound system and your 3D glasses on, it's an amazing, absorbing experience.  Get home and watch it on video, on your broke-ass TV while you're distracted by other things, and you say, "Wait, this is 'Dances with Wolves' crossed with 'Ferngully'!"
2017-09-30 09:13:11 AM  
7 votes:
I enjoyed the first one. The visuals and 3D were exceptionally good. The story has been told many times before and since. Can't see where they plan to go with a sequel.
2017-09-30 11:46:53 AM  
6 votes:
What defines Avatar for me was the laziness of calling the sought after resource "unobtanium".  It's so cynically dumb and mailed in and insulting to the audience, just like the alleged plot.

They should've just gone for the gold on that one and called it "hardtogettium".

/stolen from a friend
2017-09-30 09:35:35 AM  
6 votes:
You know, they could have just invested in the camera tech directly...
2017-09-30 09:15:04 AM  
6 votes:
Any chance this could do such damage to their finances they're forced to sell X-Men and FF to Disney?
2017-09-30 09:10:20 AM  
6 votes:
I recall very little about 1. What I do recall was that visually it was pretty neat, and also that I didn't really care about any of the characters in the story.
2017-09-30 09:17:27 AM  
5 votes:
Any chance they shut down Fox News?
2017-09-30 05:23:13 PM  
4 votes:
Avatar was a great movie going experience and I can't farking wait to see the advances that have been made in the visuals department.
2017-09-30 12:17:55 PM  
3 votes:

gilgigamesh: What defines Avatar for me was the laziness of calling the sought after resource "unobtanium".  It's so cynically dumb and mailed in and insulting to the audience, just like the alleged plot.

They should've just gone for the gold on that one and called it "hardtogettium".

/stolen from a friend


You need to hang out with more engineers. It's actually an in-joke among material scientists, so I just assumed someone in that universe used the name in jest when the element was discovered, only to see the name stick in popular culture when the high-temperature semiconductor became used in everyday technology.

"Later, unobtainium became an engineering term for practical materials that really exist, but are difficult to get.[4] For example, during the development of the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, Lockheed engineers at the "Skunk Works" under Clarence "Kelly" Johnson used unobtainium as a dysphemism for titanium.Titanium allowed a higher strength-to-weight ratio at the high temperatures the Blackbird would reach, but the Soviet Union controlled its supply and was trying to deprive the US armed forces of this resource."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtainium
2017-09-30 12:00:09 PM  
3 votes:
2017-09-30 11:35:50 AM  
3 votes:

August11: Yeah I couldn't get through the first one. But I really do want to know what happens to the rough and rugged Marine, the thoughtful scientist, the heartless businessman, and the wise and beautiful princess's kind boyfriend. This franchise will be for illiterates who would read fantasy and science fiction if they could read. I guess it does serve a purpose.


Do you have to get back to watching Lion of Winter in 26 minutes?
2017-09-30 09:43:38 AM  
3 votes:
sigouney weaver is one farking hot 67 year old woman.
2017-09-30 09:35:10 AM  
3 votes:

mark_bert: I enjoyed the first one. The visuals and 3D were exceptionally good. The story has been told many times before and since. Can't see where they plan to go with a sequel.


Same here. I liked Avatar, even though it was Dances With Giant Space Smurfs. But they didn't set up much for sequels, so I'm having a hard time with 1 sequel, let alone 4.
2017-10-01 11:57:20 AM  
2 votes:

Archie Goodwin: Am I missing anything by never having seen Avatar?

/Yeah, I'm THAT guy.


It was visiually and technically groundbreaking for its time.

Today? Prolly not.
2017-09-30 05:51:36 PM  
2 votes:
When it first came out and I told people I hated it, the reply was usually "Did you see it in 3D?"

/I did see it in 3D
2017-09-30 12:03:46 PM  
2 votes:

Ezimar: Schmerd1948: My friend raved about Avatar, but I've never heard her mention it after that. We talk about many movies, but she never brings it up. Why is that?

The plot re-enacted a period of American history that most people want to forget, and some are in complete denial over.


The 2016 presidential campaign?
2017-09-30 10:00:15 AM  
2 votes:
My friend raved about Avatar, but I've never heard her mention it after that. We talk about many movies, but she never brings it up. Why is that? I never saw it.
2017-09-30 09:58:24 AM  
2 votes:

jake_lex: Marcus Aurelius: The problem is that they put all the 3D into the video and 1D into the characters.  I managed to watch some of the first one, and after about 5 minutes I wanted the entire universe wiped out.

I think that's the reason Avatar seems to have disappeared so much from public view after its theatrical run.  In a theatre, with the big screen and the state of the art sound system and your 3D glasses on, it's an amazing, absorbing experience.  Get home and watch it on video, on your broke-ass TV while you're distracted by other things, and you say, "Wait, this is 'Dances with Wolves' crossed with 'Ferngully'!"


Yes. It was like that with Lord Of The Rings. Great in the theater, but on DVD it was all "live action composite window matted into CG land", like a Syd & Marty Krofft show.

"Behold!" said Gandalf, with a dramatic sweep of his arm, "The Valley of Vastness"...localized entirely on my 15" TV set....
2017-09-30 09:34:12 AM  
2 votes:
Sadly, Roger Dean lost his lawsuit.
2017-09-30 09:13:14 AM  
2 votes:
The effects helped gloss over the simple plot for me but I don't need more.
2017-09-30 10:20:16 PM  
1 vote:

mongbiohazard: puckrock2000: soporific:
However, while it became one of the biggest movies ever, it's also one we've largely forgotten. The movie didn't become iconic the way Titanic, Terminator, and Aliens became iconic. When was the last time you quoted Avatar? Did you ever quote Avatar?

Even better - pop quiz: without resorting to the Googles, can you name the main character and who played him?

Yes, Jake Sully, as in, "I see you, Jake Sully".

But I literally saw it in theaters at least 10 times. I did so precisely because it was glorious to behold in 3D, an obvious masterclass in how to use that technology.... but the story was pretty cookie cutter other than that (with a few minor nice creative details for the setting/world building). I knew at home it was just not going to be the same, and I had better enjoy the rollercoaster for my eyeballs in the theater while I could. True enough, while I saw it 10+ times in the theater, I haven't sat through the whole movie even one single time at home.


Wait wait wait. You saw Avatar AT LEAST 10 times in the theater?
2017-09-30 09:54:10 PM  
1 vote:

Army dude: Avatar was a great movie going experience and I can't farking wait to see the advances that have been made in the visuals department.


So it'll be Valerian, only more blue?
2017-09-30 05:41:09 PM  
1 vote:

Army dude: Avatar was a great movie going experience and I can't farking wait to see the advances that have been made in the visuals department.


So much this. Fark the haters.
2017-09-30 03:20:37 PM  
1 vote:

puckrock2000: soporific:
However, while it became one of the biggest movies ever, it's also one we've largely forgotten. The movie didn't become iconic the way Titanic, Terminator, and Aliens became iconic. When was the last time you quoted Avatar? Did you ever quote Avatar?

Even better - pop quiz: without resorting to the Googles, can you name the main character and who played him?


Yes, Jake Sully, as in, "I see you, Jake Sully".

But I literally saw it in theaters at least 10 times. I did so precisely because it was glorious to behold in 3D, an obvious masterclass in how to use that technology.... but the story was pretty cookie cutter other than that (with a few minor nice creative details for the setting/world building). I knew at home it was just not going to be the same, and I had better enjoy the rollercoaster for my eyeballs in the theater while I could. True enough, while I saw it 10+ times in the theater, I haven't sat through the whole movie even one single time at home.
2017-09-30 02:04:08 PM  
1 vote:

drewsclues: and if just one of them does half as well as the first film, it will have been worth it.


Yeahhhhh, no. Half the domestic of the first would be $380 million, half the foreign would be $1 billion. $380m / 2 + $1bn / 3 =~ $713 million. They're gonna need to do much better than that. Plus, the Chinese have indicated they plan to get even stingier about non-Chinese studios' cut of their box office, which means it will be a much tougher market for Avatar movies than it was in 2009.
2017-09-30 01:53:20 PM  
1 vote:

FarkaDark: James Cameron's Avatar franchise is about to become one of the most expensive series of films ever made.

Umh, does one not need a 2nd movie. Ideally, not a franchise until the 3rd installment.
Last I heard that sequel is still a long ways off.


the 3rd was simultaneously greenlit with the 2nd
2017-09-30 01:42:53 PM  
1 vote:
They're not high on my hype list, but I'll go see any Avatar sequels.
2017-09-30 12:42:20 PM  
1 vote:
soporific:
However, while it became one of the biggest movies ever, it's also one we've largely forgotten. The movie didn't become iconic the way Titanic, Terminator, and Aliens became iconic. When was the last time you quoted Avatar? Did you ever quote Avatar?

Even better - pop quiz: without resorting to the Googles, can you name the main character and who played him?
2017-09-30 12:36:17 PM  
1 vote:
and if just one of them does half as well as the first film, it will have been worth it. What's the issue exactly?
2017-09-30 11:59:17 AM  
1 vote:
A sequel might have done reasonably well if it came out soon after the first, but the hype is gone and no one is excited for a sequel at this point, let alone 4 more.  I predict after the first sequel tanks, plans for the rest will be scrapped.
2017-09-30 10:14:14 AM  
1 vote:

Schmerd1948: My friend raved about Avatar, but I've never heard her mention it after that. We talk about many movies, but she never brings it up. Why is that?


The plot re-enacted a period of American history that most people want to forget, and some are in complete denial over.
2017-09-30 09:21:37 AM  
1 vote:

Persnickety: You're first
I'm last
You're thirst
I'm asked to justify
Killing our last heaven beast
Don't hunt the whale

"I can totally make a movie from that" - James Cameron


Dig it, dig it.
2017-09-30 08:14:34 AM  
1 vote:
Are there that many direct-to-masking-tape Ferngully sequels to crib plots from?
 
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