Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Favorite Movie Tuesday

This weeks' favorite movie is

I never would have thought this movie would've made it to my favorite movie list. I swore up & down that I was not going to get sucked into the blue alien fan club but after watching this movie 2 weeks ago in IMAX 3D...there was no way I could fight it.

This movie was so great. It may have been the fact that we watched Avatar on an enormous screen & the special affects were awesome because of the 3D (another thing I was protesting, ha ha).

I actually fought Rusty on seeing this when it first came out & then when it was out of theater & won all those damn awards I told him "there's no way I'm going to see it now, it's super hyped up & it's gonna most likely suck". I was proved wrong because even though this movie was almost 4 hours long I never got bored, lost interest or threw popcorn at the screen.

The story was fantastic, it had action, drama & romance. The graphics were intense & all of the actors were excellent. The story completely drew me in & we'll definitely be buying Avatar and adding it to our collection. I was happily surprised at how much I liked it considering I totally disliked Titanic (Rose definitely could've scooted her big butt over & let Jack on).

When his brother is killed, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's(Giovanni Ribisi) intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang), while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity & the help of Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver). While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.


  • Michael Biehn was considered for the role of Col. Quaritch. Cameron rejected him because he'd already cast Sigourney Weaver, and he didn't want people to think it was Aliens (1986) all over again.
  • James Cameron originally planned to have the film completed for release in 1999. At the time, the special effects he wanted increased the budget to $400 million. No studio would fund the film, and it was shelved for almost 10 years.
  • The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. A lot of motion capture technology was used for the CGI scenes.
  • James Cameron was convinced that CGI effects had progressed enough to make this film when he saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
  • The first time Sigourney Weaver has appeared in a James Cameron film since Aliens (1986).
  • In much of the movie, Sigourney Weaver's avatar wears a Stanford tank top. Weaver attended Stanford in the early 1970s
  • The Na'vi language was created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul R. Frommer. James Cameron hired him to construct a language that the actors could pronounce easily, but did not resemble any single human language. Frommer created about 1000 words.
  • The actors playing the Na'vi had cameras attached to their head so that they filmed close-ups of their faces. Dots painted on their faces allowed motion-capture software to record their facial expressions, providing a 'framework' from which the CG artists worked.
  • Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were the studio's first choice to play Jake Sully, but James Cameron decided to cast an unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role.
  • Jodie Foster was considered for the role of Dr. Grace Augustine.
  • The first movie to be shot with a 3D camera, to be released in 3D, and released in IMAX 3D to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award
  • Sam Worthington said in an interview that it was easier for him to master the Na'vi language than the American accent.
  • At the time of auditioning, Sam Worthington was living in his car.


  1. I've been told a hundred times that it's a really good movie, I just haven't seen it yet. I guess I'll have to borrow it from one of my twenty friends that bought it and see what I think...

  2. This happens to be one of my favorites movies. I have seen it a total of 6 times and would watch again. I have yet to purchase it for my DVD library but soon will. The first time I saw it I cried. That's how much it moved me. I love, love, love Avatar; if you have not seen it yet, you gota.


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