In case you’ve been living on another planet (or perhaps one of its moons), Avatar is a big budget blockbuster chock full of spectacle that marketing folks at 20th Century Fox have been telling us will change the way we see movies forever more. Normally, that kind of hyperbole is – well, hyperbole. However, in this case I have to agree.
It’s easy to be critical of something. It’s more difficult to offer constructive criticism. After watching Avatar, I thought the plot and characters were bland and predictable. Here are some ideas I came up with while watching the movie. Mr. Cameron, if you’re reading, please don’t be angry.
Who were the ad wizards who picked Sean Kingston’s Beautiful Girls? I tried to imagine a bunch of kids singing “su-i-ci-dal, su-i-ci-dal” without generating some vast parental s%^&storm in the process.
If you have ever wrestled with a box of ice cream, trying to pry out a chunk with a cold metal scooper, you would have been impressed too. It reminded me of watching the guys flip pizza dough at Italian restaurants when I was a kid.
Each Pokemon has a name. If you don’t catch what the name is, the little monster will helpfully tell you all the time. That’s how they communicate. Dogs bark, cats meow, Pokemon say their name.
I was of two minds driving to the theatre to see the new Star Trek movie Friday night. Part of me really wanted to like the movie. The “regular guy” part likes to kick back and relax with his Star Trek DVD’s; it’s like touching base with an old friend. The other part of me, the “comic book guy”, walked into the theatre fully prepared to dislike the movie.
The first show I caught was the sunrise over Machu Picchu in South America. Slowly, the scene shifted and I could see the lichens growing on the rocks of the buildings and the low grass on the paths where alpacas roamed unmolested (after a few moments, unobtrusive white text in the lower left corner of the screen corrected me: they were llamas, not alpacas).
It turned out Burger Shots are small hamburgers, smaller than the regular hamburgers at Burger King. I had a flashback to high school. We sold a similar product when I was on the other side of the counter. Back then we called them “Burger Bundles”, which was almost as stupid of a name as Burger Shots.
My web browser of choice these days is Firefox, but I am always interested in other alternatives. When I came across Safari for the PC a few weeks ago, I got a bit excited. I have not drunk deep from Apple’s well of Kool-Aid, but I admit their software offerings tend to hit pretty close to the mark when it comes to speed and usability.
There was a big business area and several conference rooms. I got up to the third floor and checked out my room. The bed was soft and the room was clean. However, I found it rather basic and lacking some of the things I’m used to.
As to what it all meant is anyone’s guess. In their battle to uncover the secrets of the other side, neither Number Two nor Number Six was willing to divulge much of anything to the audience.