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Public service announcement

I interrupt my scheduled hiatus from WordPress to bring you: AVATAR

My, what blue skin you have..

“When people have an experience that’s very powerful in the movie theatre, they want to go share it. They want to grab their friend and bring them, so that they can enjoy it. They want to be the person to bring them the news that this is something worth having in their life.” -James Cameron

With that said.. THIS IS SOMETHING WORTH HAVING IN YOUR LIFE. For serious. I came out of the theater in complete awe and fascination and knowing that I had witnessed something historic in cinema. More than 10 years in the making, this was basically Cameron’s passion project and every detail of every scene was clearly placed with painstaking precision and artistry.

Yes, the screenplay sucked and contained some shockingly cringe-worthy dialogue, the anti-war and pro-environmentalism themes were immediately evident, and the plot could just be construed as an “alien Pocahantas” story (as one of my friends matter-of-factly stated), but that’s obviously not where the power of the film lies. If going to the movies is supposed to be an escape from reality and the dullness of daily life, there really isn’t any place more lush and vibrant and spectacular where you would want to run away from your earthly existence than Pandora. And even though it boggles my mind to think that even this technology will be antiquated in a few decades or so, right now, it’s the best that we’ve got and I STRONGLY URGE every arts-appreciating citizen to go and experience the magic. (Or visit Disney World – whichever’s easier.)

Plus, Neytiri has a sick bod! Very lean and feline. If I took away anything in those 2 hours and 30 minutes, it’s that adoption of the Na’vi workout plan into my less-than-stellar physical regimen must begin immediately.

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Oh yeah, and entries from abroad and half-hearted New Year’s resolutions will be coming soon to a blog near you (this one). Stay tuned.

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Theater 2.0

(Note: This is a pending, unedited post for my JERK movie blog.)

Cigarettes are expensive, video games are draining, and porn is – to put it mildly – rather distasteful. But, I will confess that I am helplessly, irreversibly addicted to one thing: the Internet. The source of all my academic woes, the great World Wide Web has been responsible for many a delayed homework assignments, luring me through my laptop screen’s unfailing incandescence (damn the long battery life!) and refusing to release until my contacts had sufficiently dried out from watching YouTube clips that range from movie scene montages to captured moments of homemade hilarity. (My ongoing obsession is cute baby videos. I’d like to think it’s premature maternity kicking in, but others just tell me I’m borderline creepy.)

I am most definitely not alone in this productivity-hindering endeavor – according to Nielsen, viewer ratings for YouTube averaged a whopping 81 million in September alone. Multiple features, such as the “related videos” sidebar, cater to your interests and abet your search for the freaky/sad (ie: snake baby) to the downright adorable (PANDA SNEEZE!…I need a new hobby). But what is it about this rapidly growing social media tool that makes it so incredibly addictive?


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