Friday, December 18, 2009
Video movie commentary and Avatar limited edition 3D glasses giveaway
Film guys John and Alex talk about all things Na'vi. And etc.
The last time Alex and I sat down to talk about a movie we'd both seen prior to its opening day was for Quentin Tarantino's wish-fulfillment Nazi-basher, Inglourious Basterds. That was back in August.
Our conclusion: It was high time we went through this exercise again, and what better opportunity than for the opening of James Cameron's super-mega-epic sc-fi fantasy blockbuster, Avatar. And before I forget about it, you can read our written reviews of the movie here and here.
So listen up, pilgrims, as we hold forth on the following topics:
- To 3D or not to 3D? That is the question.
- How much money it cost to make this movie, and whether that matters.
- A brief discussion of technical issues.
- Whether the film works on an emotional level.
- A bit about the plot: Is there anything groundbreaking here?
- Does Cameron successfully resolve the plot complexities involved with the human/avatar interface?
- Do we buy into the main characters and the romantic relationship that develops between them?
- Does Avatar make our top ten lists for 2009?
In the interview I mention the limited edition Coke Zero/Avatar signature polarizing 3D eyewear we were expecting to receive samples of. Well, we got a box full of 'em shortly after filming this segment, and we're going to give some away to THE FIRST TEN PEOPLE to comment on this story. (Be sure to include the words "I want the glasses" in the text of your comment.)
BONUS GIVEAWAY: The first six readers who respond will receive -- in addition to the groovy glasses -- a pair of passes to Landmark Theaters (i.e., the Inwood and the Magnolia here in Big D). The not-so-fine print: These Sunday through Thursday-only passes expire on December 31, 2009, so use 'em before New Years Day!
IMPORTANT PROVISION: Respondents who want the swag must commit to picking it up from our offices here at PegNews World HQ.
Just imagine yourself ambling into the theater, styling and profiling to the max, while disdainfully refusing the plain-jane, non-monogrammed eyewear offered by the ushers! (Hey, I must be on the front row!)
I'd like to report that the glasses incorporate a hidden videocam, with which one could surreptitiously record a "personal" copy of the movie (just kidding, Mr. Cameron!) -- but that would be an utter fabrication.