Avatar — AMC Metreon IMAX, AMC Van Ness
It’s a 250 million dollar Last of the Mohicans in space. What part of that am I supposed to dislike again? With all the blue people and environmental utopianism, I can’t help but fear Avatar is going to be something that would make Hayao Miyazaki shake his head disapprovingly.
Here’s the thing. I do bet it will be one of the most visually beautiful things I’ve seen on film. And I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now that I won’t be endlessly distracted by the blue Pocahontas thing that chick has going on. But I don’t believe you can have a “cinema is changed forever” film with a boring script. Even if it looks like real life Fantastic Planet going on in my living room, won’t that make white guy military dialogue even more obviously lame? Remember, “you are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentleman.”
The Princess and the Frog — AMC Metreon, AMC Van Ness,
I am currently suffering from a virus that makes me feel like a leper. So in the middle of the day I’m watching 1996’s One Fine Day with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. Disney is basically one big romantic comedy starring George Clooney. Adequate for bed-ridden lepers. Next time I’m diseased, this better be on DVD.
Broken Embraces — The Clay Theatre
All Pedro Almodovar’s early movies are about cross dressers, transvestites, prostitutes. All his new movies are about Penelope Cruz.