Posts Tagged ‘James Cameron’

Leading up to Avatar, James Cameron talks about his mindset on creativity, and the fascination with Science Fiction that led him into filmmaking and ultimately into the blockbuster movies he has produced over the years.

My main takeaways from this talk is about not establishing boundaries to creativity, and furthermore pursuing one’s dreams with a passion. Also one must be prepared to make mistakes in the process of learning, and that’s what ultimately leads one to excellence.

His closing statement: Failure is an option, but fear is not.

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D. M. Murdock – also known as Acharya S. is a religious scholar and controversial author of books detailing the connection between modern Christianity and ancient world religion (e.g. Egyptian myths) such as The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.

D.M. also wrote a couple of insightful bits about Avatar and I thought it would be interesting to quote them here. She touches on a few ideas about the message (whether intended or not) of the movie.

On anti-militarism

“Avatar’s” critical commentary of American incursions into foreign lands in search of precious resources is lost on few sentient adults. Nor does it represent a cautionary tale we should ignore. Yet, even though the main goon is an older white male – the favorite villain globally these days, it seems – “Avatar” is careful to depict the Americans as multiethnic and both genders, which they truly are. As such, Cameron’s statement is not really “anti-American” per se but represents a critique of any organized and well-funded incursion and invasion into other lands at the expense of the natives. The Very Big Corporation of America just happens to be pretty good at it at the moment.

On Ecomania

Yet, while I was watching the film’s passionate environmentalism, I couldn’t help but think that none of it would have been possible without a serious “carbon footprint,” from the moment Cameron conceived the project to the day it was released into theaters.  And then add all the energy needs of getting the individual films created and distributed, and all the people traveling to the theaters, which themselves would need to be powered, etc. Obviously, at this point in time we cannot have huge global releases of megafilms like “Avatar” without a significant cost to the environment! Rather than becoming Luddites, again, there are alternatives that we must pursue now.

On Sexuality

My initial, visceral reaction to this scene between Jake and the ikran was that I was watching an act of homosexual rape – the ikran is a male – as well as a form of bestiality. Moreover, my studies in mythology and anthropology brought to mind primitive cultures who have regularly practiced homosexual rape as a form of societal domination. One myth I thought of, unfortunately, is a homosexual rape scene from the ancient Egyptian story of Horus and Set, in which, after battling with him, Set/Seth sodomizes Horus and then brags he has “done a man’s deed.” This mentality of domination through rape has festered for millennia and been practiced in far too many locations. This brutal and violent form of dominance exists to this day in several cultures, especially, of course, the prison culture in a sickening amount of places. 

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I am not the typical movie watcher. I hardly watch movies since my short attention span would not allow me to stay put watching a movie. “Avatar” is nearly 3 hours long. But with all the positive reviews coming in from film critics and typical movie watchers, I could not help but watch it myself.

James Cameron has done it again. “Avatar” has greatly impressed a very large audience. Film critics as well as the typical moviegoers have given it an outstanding rating. The volume of movie tickets sold show the enthusiasm of the typical moviegoers to watch it. Other people like me who don’t usually watch movies also end up seeing it. Several people are watching it multiple times probably impressed by the 3d version in several moviehouses.

Although the film’s genre is science fiction, a broad spectrum of people are watching it too. The film has an anti-war theme. The humans even used the phrases, “shock and awe” and “fight terror with terror”. The film could could even be considered environmentalist. This is not a typical war film like James Cameron’s “Terminator” that appeals to your masculinity, but also a highly sensitive film that appeals to your feminine side with its angles of environmentalism and yes, spirituality.

Although some reviews have stated that some of the lines in the movie have been seen elsewhere, there are other angles which are quite new to me. In this film, the aliens are not exactly the enemy. The aliens are not the conquerors, but instead the ones to be conquered. The aliens though technically inferior, have a spirituality which is seemingly more evolved than that of humans.

Below is a good youtube that explains the planet Pandora

James Cameron has had this film in the back of his mind years back, but hesitated to produce it since the technology at that time was not good enough to create good visual effects. The first time I glanced at the trailer at “youtube”, I assumed that the film was a cartoon.

James Cameron in this “youtube” post explains the techology in the film. The film is not an animation.

(This review has been shortened since this is a “critical thinking” website. The full review is titled “”Avatar” and Spirituality” and and can be seen inhttp://theintuitivethinker.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/avatar-and-spirituality/ done by the same author.)

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In 2007, Discovery Channel aired a controversial documentary about a lost tomb alleged to be the historical tomb of Christ. I’ve posted this fascinating film here.

The documentary was produced by James Cameron (Titanic fame), and was blasted by critics (shall I say Christian critics) as a Hollywood attempt at religious profiteering. Defamer writes:

Though derided (or celebrated, we suppose, depending on your perspective) as “archaeo-porn,” the James Cameron-produced documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which makes the kinds of whimsically blasphemous claims (you know, Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, had a kid, etc etc) that so delight Christian groups already predisposed to think that televisions are devilboxes that flicker with programs broadcast directly from the thorny member of Beezelebub himself, was quietly a big hit for Discovery Channel on Sunday night. 

By the way, just for everyone’s info, The Lost Tomb adds to the ever growing list of documentaries and short films I have amassed in my blog. Check out my Image Therapy webpage for more thought-provoking videos.

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