The Week: Most Recent Movies:Avatar recent posts.en-usFri, 10 Dec 2010 13:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Movies:Avatar from THE WEEKFri, 10 Dec 2010 13:40:00 -0500The 'bizarre' 'Avatar'-themed wedding<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The photo:</strong>&nbsp;The forests in southern China's Wulingyuan area are so beautiful that James Cameron used them as an inspiration for his idyllic planet Pandora in the blockbuster film <em>Avatar</em>. Local tourism officials have taken note, and are now promoting the spot with Pandora tours and <em>Avatar</em>-themed weddings, complete with attendants dressed up like Na'vi, Pandora's blue-skinned natives. The "not-so-special effects" have left some brides grumbling. "The Na'vi were a couple of forestry workers dressed up in long underwear dyed blue wearing some very unconvincing masks," complained Xiao Tsao. "It...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Dec 2010 13:40:00 -0500The 'Avatar' sequels: An instant guide<img src="" /></P><p>The first <em>Avatar</em> set records as both the most expensive movie ever (with estimated production costs as high as $310 million) and the most profitable (becoming the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide). Director James Cameron has been dropping hints about an underwater-set <em>Avatar </em>sequel all year; now, he's confirmed that he'll actually be making two sequels and that he'll be diving in very soon. (Watch star Sam Worthington discuss the <em>Avatar</em> sequels.) Here, a quick guide to the new movies:</p><p><strong>So when can we expect the sequels?</strong><br />Cameron says he'll begin writing in January 2011, with production...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 28 Oct 2010 11:18:00 -0400The 'Avatar' porn 'parody': 3D's next frontier?<img src="" /></P><p>Adult publisher <em>Hustler</em> has finished production of a 3D pornographic film inspired by James Cameron's blockbuster hit, <em>Avatar</em>. The spoof, <em>This Ain't Avatar XXX</em>, will reportedly be <em>Hustler</em>'s "highest-budget flick ever produced." While Cameron's <em>Avatar</em> holds the worldwide box office record, some critics wonder whether <em>Hustler</em>'s blue-tinged erotica &mdash; due out in September on DVD and Blu-ray &mdash; will find an audience. Can a 3D <em>Avatar</em> porn parody sell? <br /><br /><strong>How bad can it get? </strong>I find it difficult to believe that anyone would "want to watch" this film, says Peter Sciretta in <em>SlashFilm</em>. It also "seems...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 21 Jun 2010 14:57:00 -0400Why 'Avatar' lost: 5 theories<img src="" /></P><p>This was the year the Academy expanded the number of Best Picture contenders to 10, largely to give more popular films a chance. Yet James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>, history's biggest box-office performer, lost the top prize to <em>The Hurt Locker</em>, the lowest-grossing movie to win Best Picture in recent times. Here's five theories on why <em>Avatar</em> got left in the dust:</p><p><strong>1. Actors hate computer graphics</strong><br /><em></em>Actors constitute the Academy's largest voting bloc, says Patrick Goldstein in the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, and they're particularly "queasy about rewarding a special-effects driven film [like <em>Avatar</em>] that...did little...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 08 Mar 2010 11:03:00 -0500Why 'Avatar' makes China anxious<img src="" /></P><p>Though James Cameron's "Avatar" has broken Chinese box office records, it seems the Chinese government is not as enamored of lithe, blue aliens as its people &mdash; reportedly pulling the U.S. film from over 1,600 screens and replacing it with a $22 million government-funded movie about the philosopher, Confucius. Is the "'Avatar' ban" a simple case of cultural protectionism, or has the film's anti-imperial message alarmed Chinese authorities? (Watch a report about the premiere of "Confucius" in China)<br /><br /><strong>This is a business decision:</strong> This action is &ldquo;pretty much routine,&rdquo; says Beijing-based...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 21 Jan 2010 08:12:00 -0500'Avatar' depression syndrome?<img src="" /></P><p>Some <span >Avatar</span> fans are reportedly feeling as blue as Na'vi aliens once the movie ends. According to CNN, online forums have sprung up to support people experiencing depressed, even suicidal thoughts "because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora," the film's intricately rendered 3-D setting. Despondent fans have unleashed over 1,000 posts on one site, Avatar Forums, expressing their disgust with the relatively non-idyllic planet Earth and the human race. Has a new kind of filmmaking triggered a new kind of audience response? (Watch a report about the "Avatar Blues")</p><p><strong>Have the movies...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 12 Jan 2010 07:08:00 -0500Conservatives vs. 'Avatar'<img src="" /></P><p>James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster <span >Avatar</span> may be making box office history, topping $1 billion worldwide after only 17 days, but it's not making political conservatives happy. Right-wing columnists and bloggers are ripping the film&mdash;about a soldier-cum-corporate-spy who infiltrates a spectacularly peaceful planet with base intentions but ends up turning on his bosses&mdash;as a pantheistic work of leftist "anti-American, anti-human" propaganda. Is <span >Avatar</span> blatantly leftist, or are conservatives reading too much into a sci-fi fantasy? (Watch a report about some conservatives' belief that "Avatar...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 05 Jan 2010 07:04:00 -0500Top 4 'Avatar'-'Pocahontas' mash-up videos<img src="" /></P><p>One of the many complaints about James Cameron's blockbuster film, "Avatar," is that its "derivative" plot ploddingly parallels that of 1995's Disney animated tale "Pocahontas." Though the similarities haven't dimmed "Avatar"'s box office &mdash; on track to beat Cameron's "Titanic," says &mdash;&nbsp; they&rsquo;ve provoked grassroots critics to "mash up" footage and audio from the two films to expose what they consider a shameless ripoff. Consider exhibits 1 through 4:</p><p><strong>1. "Avatar" meets Disney:</strong> This spoof marries audio from 1995's "Pocahontas" with "Avatar" clips to make the case that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 05 Jan 2010 03:48:00 -0500Avatar's 'ugly' message<img src="" /></P><p>James Cameron's newly released CGI blockbuster is set to shatter box office records in the weeks and months ahead. But while most critics agree that "Avatar" uses its sci-fi plot as a metaphor for a range of geopolitical issues, some argue that the film caters to "white guilt" &mdash; the plot centers around white Jake Sully's efforts to save the Na&rsquo;vi tribe on the planet Pandora &mdash; and plays on ugly and dated racial stereotypes. Is "Avatar" an offensive white fantasy?</p><p><strong>Cameron has made a racist film:</strong> "Avatar" has a "nauseatingly patronising" racist subtext, says Will Heaven at the Daily...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 22 Dec 2009 12:44:00 -0500'Avatar' world premiere: First reviews<img src="" /></P><p>A decade after James Cameron's "Titanic" broke box-office records, the director's much-anticipated new film, 'Avatar,' premiered Thursday in London. "Avatar" &mdash; the story of a paraplegic former marine stationed at a mining colony on a lush, tropical planet &mdash; is rumored to be the most expensive film ever made, with a budget estimated at $500 million. The film, rated PG-13, opens worldwide on December 18. In the meantime, here's what critics had to say when they finally got a look: (Watch James Cameron interviewed at the London premiere of "Avatar")</p><p><strong>The next "Titanic" hit? (The London...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 11 Dec 2009 03:59:00 -0500