Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle
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Catching up on films...

Yesterday, after finally finishing Michael Sandel's new book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do, I got caught up with movies:

  1. Avatar in IMAX 3D at Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14. Reactions... (1) The story is nothing to write home about, and if you saw Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves you'll basically know what's coming. (2) Even though digital 3D is a huge step forward from analog 3D I'm still not convinced that cinematic 3D is the wave of the future for cinema, or that it would enhance most films. (3) Don't sit too close to the screen or you'll get a big headache. (4) This would have been a stronger film if the Earth side hadn't been quite such a cardboard villain, e.g. if their motivation in wanting the unobtainium had been to spread life to other worlds. (5) Having said all that I still do recommend this film for the sheer spectacle (and especially the luminescent plant life) of the alien world.
  2. David Schmader making fun of Body of Evidence at Central Cinema. This genuinely was an awful movie, and it deserved to be made fun of. However, for me the main discovery here was Central Cinema itself: if you're an adult wanting to see films with other adults rather than children, or you want to have dinner or drinks during your movie, this place and Cinebarre are the two best bets.
  3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon at the Cinebarre. I wish they'd gone into more detail as to why some of the vampires believed they have souls, and some did not: this question seemed to be central to the main point of tension in the entire series (i.e. whether to "convert" the main character into a vampire), but whether a particular member of Edward's family happened to believe it or not wasn't based on anything made explicit. To me, addressing that would have given the story more depth.
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