It’s going to happen regardless – so get over it.
Madder than Max beyond thunder dome.
I don’t think it is a sure thing that avatar will win, last two years winners were
no country for old men and slumdog millionaire, both independent features.
I thin slumdog over benjamin button was finally kind of triumph of independent film.
i’m going to be mad as a hatter.
I’m not going to be any madder than when “Shakespeare in Love” won the best film award. The Oscars are just a good show, no more and no less. If you get mad over them you’re better off not seeing the ceremony at all.
about an 8.8 on the richter scale.
watch out chile
very mad. hurt locker best pic of year
I wouldn’t be surprised, I’ll put it that way. The Academy seems to think more in terms of dollars=quality rather than what is quality.
I gave up caring about the Oscars years ago. It would make sense it winning , considering their past record.
I wouldn’t be mad. But I hope that The Blind Side wins.
I’m already convinced it will happen, so I won’t be quite as mad. There may be only two movies in the category that are worse than it is, but it’ll still take it. It’s frustrating.
Last year, everyone I spoke to in everyday life had seen Slumdog Millionaire and loved it, though I would have given In Bruges best picture if I ruled the world. This year, nobody I’ve spoken to even knows about The Hurt Locker, or they have no interest in it. I anticipate the worst. Le sigh.
No reaction at all. Or perhaps a little surprise considering that never in the history of the academy a space science fiction movie won the Oscar for best motion picture.
The best thing about watching Avatar is you get to deliver a scathing review: http://www.notfilmschool.com/?p=91.
The constant bashing of the biggest movie of all time that’s admittedly gotten overexposed (well, duh!) is what makes me the most mad. “Avatar” is a brilliant experience, a movie that redefines what it means to watch movies, and the way people talk about it makes you think it’s “Pluto Nash” or something. It’s extreme exaggeration. You are free to not like the movie, but to honestly be so vehement about it? Why? How was it not at least the most immersive theatrical experience you’ve had? That counts for a hell of a lot.
“a movie that redefines what it means to watch movies”
If you could tell us one way it does this, that would be a big help. Maybe everyone is just missing the awesome part of the film you could see?
He’s probably talking about the 3D. Which has been around for years, but whatever.
And of course, everyone knows that being a technological breakthrough (arguable) automatically qualifies a film to win Best Picture.
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“He’s probably talking about the 3D. Which has been around for years, but whatever.”
Not in the way which “Avatar” utilizes it.
And “redefines what it means to watch movies” refers to the unparalleled immersive experience the film is, how watching it is not merely “watching” it, but seemingly inhabiting and interacting with it. Doesn’t mean that makes it better than traditionally made movies, but it does add a new element to it that I think heightens the experience.
I will cry my sarcastic eyes out :(
“And “redefines what it means to watch movies” refers to the unparalleled immersive experience the film is, how watching it is not merely “watching” it, but seemingly inhabiting and interacting with it.”
If it’s providing an immersive experience, where you forget your problems and get taken away on a roller-coaster ride of adventure, what exactly is it redefining? That’s the exact same thing all Hollywood films try to do.
Suck a dick James Cameron!
Bigelow totally pwnd that noob and I am soo content.
Sandwiches, have you even seen Avatar? You best not be flaming without even seeing it.
“And “redefines what it means to watch movies” refers to the unparalleled immersive experience the film is, how watching it is not merely “watching” it, but seemingly inhabiting and interacting with it. Doesn’t mean that makes it better than traditionally made movies, but it does add a new element to it that I think heightens the experience.”
That’s one of the praises towards Avatar the most baffles me, saying that it feels “interactive”. How are you interacting with it exactly? You are just watching from your seat, so there is as much interacting here as in Voyage to the Moon. As for immersion, I sincerely don’t think the 3D brings that much. I watched in “2D” a few other films also released in 3D (the ones I cared for, since most 3D releases have been obvious stinckers), and in none did I miss that techonological marvel. Up felt a lot more compleling in it’s bi-dimensionality than Avatar’s near three hours of fireworks. I find one of the of the fundamental elements in “immersing” films to be interesting characters, and Avatar has none – it is all landscape.
This 3D business, people have to face it, will always be secondary to directing, acting and storyline. Of course I don’t expect that fact to stop production companies from overexploiting it, and average directors to mask their limitations with it, like was done before with CGI.
Let me say I didn’t deslike Avatar. I enjoyed it somewhat (I new what (not) to expect from the storyline), and I’m eager for a film that looks this good and also has substance. Avatar, I’m afraid, is completely forgettable. The only reason we’re still talking about it is beacause it made such an impact in the blockbuster audience. Tough when you look at it, we’re not really talking about the film, we’re talking about the 3D, right?
But all thing considered, I don’t think the problem here was Avatar’s merits as an entertainment flick, but as a Best Picture contender. Gratefully that award went to a better film, so let’s move forward.
One of my best friends said “Avatar gotta win something, all the money spent on that must be worth it” and I couldn’t agree more. Haven’t seen the movie, but I truly believe it’s like Pocahontas which means it’s cool, but not that cool.
Thank God it won what it deserved: special effects.
True enough. Objectively speaking though, I didn’t think The Hurt Locker was really grood enough to “totally pwn 4 noob.” With the “torrent scandal” a few months ago, I’ve resolved never to see it again.
…but at least there was no “Vietnam”-type message.