P. H. Cordner

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The Avatar Debate, or why people defend the quality of a shit sandwich by pointing out what a nice wrapper it came in.

In Nonsense on January 15, 2010 at 10:59

Many thanks to Shauvon McGill at DenyConformity.com, who served as the inspiration for this post. I only hope he’ll be a good sport about this. You can read his take on Avatar here.

Avatar has been called (mostly by press releases, ad campaigns, and the bloggers that parrot them) a ‘groundbreaking … transcendental film experience.” It is none of these things. It is in fact, a very long amusement park attraction. When judged by the standards of a typical IMAX movie that played at Navy Pier in the 90’s, it beats the pants of off those. As a film it is a resounding thud on the ground it is proclaiming to break.

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