I Want To Be Blue Too!

Poster Avatar James Cameron by Cine Fanatico.

I don’t know if I’ve ever posted about a movie but Avatar isn’t just any movie.  Avatar is as magical and amazing in 2010 as The Wizard of Oz must have been in 1939.  The brilliant colors, incredible characters and new world never seen before make the world of Pandora in Avatar rival The Merry Ole’ Land of Oz in my mind.  I tend to watch movies with a childs eye and I’m not even trying.  Hubby often reminds me that with a lot of films it’s silly for me to get scared or full of anxiety because I’ve already seen them but I really can’t help it.  The husband of the couple we saw Avatar with on Saturday night said I kept physically moving when the fight and flight scenes were on the screen.  Now also keep in mind that Avatar is watched while wearing very cool, Ray Ban-esque 3D glasses and though the objects on the screen don’t seem to jump out and fly over your shoulder, the effect does make you feel like you are moving and makes everything that much more amazing.  Hubby said he wished that the glasses didn’t have frames and were more like a goggle frame so he wasn’t distracted. 

The story of Avatar is simple but complicated by the science fiction details.  I am not going to go into details because I really believe that everyone should see this film.  I will tell you that I cried throughout the film.  I cried because the film was so beautiful.  I cried because of very touching moments between characters.  I cried because of where the storyline went.  I wish that Pandora was a real place and I will hope with all my heart that James Cameron hurries up and makes a sequel.  I also can’t wait for Avatar to be released on BluRay because there is a reported forty minutes of usable film that didn’t make it to theaters. 

Sigorney Weaver is probably my favorite of the actors but everyone is extremely good and help to make the world of Pandora a believable and amazing world.  The transformation from human to Na’vi is brilliant and I want to do it too.  I can’t get this movie out of my head and that hasn’t happened in a long time.  It was reported that Zoe Saldana had a very difficult time leaving the filming and the world of Pandora behind.  I would probably feel the same way even though all the filming was done while wearing body suits and motion sensors while in Howard Hughes’ old airplane hangar that housed the Spruce Goose.   

If you are worried about getting a headache from wearing and looking through the 3D glasses, just give in to it.  I felt the motion when the film started and slightly freaked out in my head because it kind of scared me but I reminded myself that Oprah went to the movies with Stedman to see Avatar with the glasses (and they hadn’t been to a movie theater to see a flick since Dances With Wolves) and if she survived the three hours than I could too.  I’m so so so glad I did because it is simply marvelous!

{Rating 100 out of 5!}

A New Bookshelf Gives Order To My TBR Chaos

Yesterday was a cool and rainy Sunday here in Okinawa.  The highlight of the day was purchasing a three shelf bookshelf and my loving husband putting it together for our study.  Now I have new space to fill with new books and a proper place to put all our holiday gifts.  It has also become my TBR shelf and though there are many titles on the shelves, it makes it wasier to see them and decide what will be my next read.  Actually watching the Showtime series, “The Tudors” has helped clinch my next read after “My War…Killing Time In Iraq”.  The next title for me will probably be “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory.  Now I’m sure a bunch of you may have already read this and are anxiously awaiting the movie which will be in theatres in February but until then, “The Tudors” Season 1 is available on DVD and it is just fantastic.  It is about King Henry VIII and his many adventures and misadventures in love, politics and life.  Both Boleyn sisters are in “The Tudors” and the story is so juicy and wonderful. 

The Crazy Schedule That Is The Holiday Season

Hey everyone!  I hope you are having fun getting ready for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Holiday Season.  Some of you may already know that the hubby and I will be going home to the D.C. area for Christmas/New Years this year.  The pilgrimage will begin mid-December and the flight alone (from Okinawa to D.C.) is an exhausting event in it’s own right. 

Due to the craziness that will be the Holiday season this year, I am not going to be doing a book vote for December, but instead will post the voting poll for the January book on Friday, December 28th. 

I hope this doesn’t cause much disappointment for you out there and I hope that you understand.  I will be taking advantage of this time to read some things that I have had on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf for a while now so I am looking forward to that. 

I’m not usually a big follower of the “Oprah Book Club” but the book she just announced last week looks pretty cool.  “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett is a story set in the Middle Ages about the building of a cathedral in an English Village and the tries and tribulations of the villagers and how this project effect their lives.  I had placed one of Ken Follett’s novels on my Borders.com wish list a couple of years ago (and it’s still there… so many books, so little time) called “Whiteout“, a thriller using bio-terrorism during that takes place during the Holidays in northern Scotland.

What book(s) would you read if you took a month off from your regular book club reading?  Would you delve into a new genre or go back to something that caught your eye a while ago?  Would you even buy a new book or go back to your TBR shelf and get some things read and under your belt so you can make room for new books to go on your TBR shelf? 

Well I wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving this year and I hope you take a moment to breathe while preparing for the holiday.  If you are going to have time to rent a movie, I must recommend my favorite Thanksgiving movie, “Home For The Holidays” with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr.  It just reminds us that no family is perfect but it’s all you’ve got in this life.