Stumbled on this graphical Sci-Fi scale chart a few days ago. Thought it was pretty neat. I had no idea some of the ships were so large (or small).
It’s not for everyone but Avatar might just be our favorite movie of all time. It has a lot going for it and Rachel and I both agree: the estimated 500 million dollar budget was worth every penny.
After 2 hours and 40 minutes, I left the theater in panic mode because it was over and there isn’t yet a sequel. In the 10 years it took him to make it, James Cameron created a world I don’t want to just visit every 5 years when they release a sequel, I want to live there, now.
To me, that’s a sign of a great movie. Every movie I’ve ever truly loved has left me with some desire for a part of it to be real. Everything about Avatar is completely different from the norm and that’s exactly the point. It’s so unique and different that I wish I could experience it myself. They even create a rational for how things work rooted in (a tiny bit of) science. The characters quickly develop into emotional connections, to each other and the audience. On top of that the effects, the animation, the scenery, everything about the movie was stellar.
We didn’t watch it in 3D, but I’m seeing the movie again with coworkers this Tuesday at the IMAX in 3D so we’ll see how that changes things. From the first viewing I can only assume it makes it even better. There wasn’t a ton of gimmicky things flying towards the screen, just a lot of really stunning scenery that would be all the more impressive in 3D.
Filled with even more anticipation than I was before. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer:
Although written sunday, this post isn’t going up until I’m sitting in the theater on Tuesday. Wouldn’t want to spoil it for my coworkers by giving them expectations before they see it.
Wednesday was our first day in Seattle and what a fun packed day it was!
We started off by heading to Pikes Place (of course). Wow! Their market rocks! the OMG Peach truly does make you say ‘Oh My God’ and the fish do really fly overhead. Walking into the building Rachel’s jaw dropped as she saw miles upon miles of flowers at rock bottom prices.
From pikes we headed to the next obvious choice, the Space Needle. For the middle of the day on a Wednesday it seemed pretty busy, we waited in line for about 20 minutes while reading all about the City Pass. It turns out to be a pretty good deal so we signed on.
The view from the top was amazing. Mount Rainier was out and completely visible which we hear only happens about 100 days of the year. Mount Rainier seemed even more impressive over Seattle than Mount Hood does over Portland.
The Science Fiction Museum was awesome (except for the lack of Firefly/Serenity paraphenaila). Upon arrival we saw a sign for the Jim Henson exhibit which was only in town for a short period of time and Rachel’s eyes got wider than I’d ever seen before. We learned a lot and saw a lot of cool Science Fiction effects. My favorite was obviously the Star Wars junk but Rachel’s was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume. I have no doubt in my mind that Matt‘s would be the real Enterprise D used in production of Next Generation.
Admission to the Science Fiction Museum includes admission to the Experience Music Project and so of course we went. The Jimi Hendrix exhibit there was awesome and informative. I loved his music before but I had no idea Jimi was so innovative. One of the most interesting things I learned was about how his long drawn out notes were actually feedback which he could control with a custom built foot petal.
We ended the day with another trip up the Space Needle to see the sunset and the city at night. It was very beautiful. I especially enjoyed watching the colors wash over Rainier as it dissapeared and the sun dipped over the horizon.