Home / Tag: avatar
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

William Gibson's cyberpunk novel turns 30

William Gibson, one of the most innovative science fiction writers of the last 30 years, invented “cyberpunk” with the publication of his novel Neuromancer in 1984. Since then, cyberpunk has become a pervasive influence on rock music and films, impacting style and content. Musicians and filmmakers such as Sonic
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Hunting Osama bin Laden

 Kathryn Bigelow upset the odds in 2009 when her indie-scale, grunt-level look at the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, knocked aside her ex-husband James Cameron’s 3D extravaganza, Avatar, at Oscar time. Although her latest
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

For the week of 11/16/10 - 11/22/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars)

"The Last Airbender," a film based on Nickelodeon's popular animated series, is influenced by Asian philosophy. Their fantasy world is divided into four nations, one dedicated to water, one to earth, another to fire and another to air. Each nation's inhabitants aspire to "bend" their element. Earth benders...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Will the Oscars get it right this time?

Will wonders never cease? Or have the Oscars redressed their sometimes-dubious reputation by nominating an unheralded, gritty, independent war film of unlikely audience appeal—a film barely screened before being rushed to DVD and that grossed only $12 million? With nine nominations, The Hurt Locker has not only become the prestige favorite among reviewers...
02.02.2010 | | Posted at 09:36 AM

Art vs. Commerce?

By David Luhrssen
A few years ago I expressed the thought that the Academy was in danger of losing touch with mainstream audiences. Not that I wasn�t pleased by the Oscar nods to great and adventurous films like No Country for Old Men, but the obvious downside struck me: A roster of Best Picture nominees the average person has never heard of�and audiences weaned on Revenge of the Nerds II probably wouldn�t get�is...
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

The year in review

Is the future of filmmaking represented by two of my favorite movies from 2009? Embodying the computer-generated epic cinema of fantastic spectacle, Avatar is a movie too big to be enjoyed on an iPhone, while (500) Days of Summer is an artfully crafted, intimately scaled story suitable for a tiny screen. Could Netflix be the future for any movie that’s not an epic...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Helping me get the taste of "Avatar" out of my mouth ...

By Ken Brosky
Upon leaving the theater last night, I found myself oddly perturbed. James Cameron spent ten years on AVATAR, and yet the script wasn't very well-written. My intellectual sparring partner asked me what, exactly, I expected from a science-fiction movie. Well, to be entirely honest, I expected a story. I expected, in addition to fantastic, amazing special effects (which it delivered!), good dialogue...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2009
You might recall a little film by the name of Titanic. The vehicle arrived in1997 with the stench of failure attached to it. Originally scheduled for the summer blockbuster season, the release had been delayed for months, usually a portent of disaster. Its director, James Cameron, had locked horns with studio execs as he obsessively-compulsively fixated on post-production reediting. The film ran way over budget...