Avatar: Life gone too far?

10 01 2010

Since the 18th of December, James Cameron’s Avatar has drawn in a great following. As of this past Friday (Jan 8, 2009) this movie has drawn $393.8 million in the US, putting it on path to surpass Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for highest grossing film in 2009. ┬áThe following of this movie and its created civilizations resemble that of the followings of Star Trek and Star Wars. After watching this movie in 3D (because that’s the only way this movie should be watched) I found myself coming out of the theaters contemplating when I would return to the theater to watch this film again (yes it’s that good). Having been exposed to the movie and the different things found inside, such as the Navi of Pandora, I began to see things on the internet that surprised me. The first of these things that really stood out to me was a make-up guide on Youtube depicting how you could make yourself look like a Navi. Ok this was cute, you know, something to use for a dress up party or whatever. The next thing that got to me was a website dedicated to learning the Navi language. This began to make me worry about these people who are so dedicated to this movie (that has been out for less then a month) that they are willing to learn the fictional language used in it, but, Star Trek fans speak Klingon, so I let this one slide off too. The final thing that got me, and I mean this one really brought a WTF?!? from me; A forum dedicated to offering support to those who are having trouble coping with the fact that Pandora is a fictional planet and that they will never be Navi’s themselves. Have we become so soft-minded that we allow ourselves to get depressed because something that never really existed does not exist? Personally I’ve never agreed with the “I did it because of <insert video game/movie here>” excuse, but with this latest obsession with the Navi and Pandora, I’m starting to believe that we have managed to produce a generation of people who’s upbringing did not install that wall which divides fiction from reality like we have generations before. If you have yet to see this movie, I recommend that you do go see it, but keep in mind IT’S NOT A REAL WORLD AND THEY ARE NOT A REAL RACE AND ITS ALL FICTION AND NOT REAL. If you get to feeling down because your don’t live on Pandora, remember, it’s not really all that bad, you live on a planet that allows you to visit Pandora any time you want (as long as its during the scheduled showing and you got your 3D glasses) and when things get a little hairy there, you can always come back.





$99 + Netflix subscription = Movie Bliss

26 10 2009

Today with the announcement of the PS3 being able to stream netflix next month, Best Buy’s brand bluray dvd player, Isignia, took a price cut to $99 (The NS-BRDVD3. Another model exhists (NS-WBRDVD) Which costs about $50 more but allows for wireless connection). This will require a firmware upgrade to the DVD player to use the streaming feature.

In other Bluray news, the Playstation 3 next month (November) will carry the abillity to stream movie and tv episode choices through this entertainment system. Previously, this was only available on the xbox 360 system with a gold status xbox live membership. Unlike the 360, the ps3 will initially require a disk from netflix (i belive you can order one from http://www.netflix.com/ps3) to stream the video until an in system application is made available. This could finally draw the line between 360 and ps3 sales