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AVATAR (2009): The Thing I Missed…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to re-watch Avatar (2009), writer/director James Cameron’s action/adventure/fantasy about a paraplegic Marine dispatched on a unique mission to the moon Pandora.

Perhaps even more so than the impressive special effects Avatar is most known for, I particularly remember how strongly Cameron’s film reminded me of how easily evil wins when those who oppose it do nothing. And post second viewing, I can confirm that said message still rings clearly for me today. I mean, it is a recurrent theme in the human experience.

There is one other thing that stood out ever so clearly to me this time around. And it’s something that barely registered back in 2009, Zoe Saldana’s emotional performance as Neytiri. The visuals must have been too stunning for me to notice her contribution the first time around. But, as they say, better late than never, right? I certainly have a brand new respect for Saldana as an actor now.

As cliché as some feel the Avatar story is, for me, the thought never crossed my mind as I took in the movie. Perhaps I was too engaged with all the arresting audio-visual events happening before my eyes at the time. Whatever the case, I’m glad Avatar exists, and I was here to watch, even if Avatar may not end up in my list of top ten favourite movies.

I’m sure that by now, several of you have already re-watched Avatar and the follow-up Avatar – The Way of Water. And based on what many have said, both films are as impressive and epic as James Cameron movies are known to be. I’ll likely agree with this sentiment when I finally see The Way of Water before this month ends. I wonder what I’ll miss and only notice when I watch it again several years later. 

Did you also rewatch Avatar before the new release? And if so, how do you feel upon second viewing? Perhaps you also missed something the first time around.

Happy Film Loving

AVATAR – THE WAY OF WATER (2022): New Trailer From James Cameron, Starring Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi…

Director James Cameron is properly back with the finished sequel to Avatar (2009).

Avatar – The Way of Water is set more than ten years after the events of the first film. Planet Pandora is under attack once more. And Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), plus his new-found family must do everything possible to keep each other safe.

Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi are among the key cast.

To watch or not to watch Avatar – The Way of Water? Doesn’t that sound like the silliest question to ask a movie enthusiast? The answer is both yes and no. The former is true because all James Cameron movies are an event. A truth that arguably applies to him more than most.

Even though I may not be in the mood to watch a film about a family fighting for survival by the time this is released, I would be doing myself a disservice as a dedicated movie enthusiast by not watching it. Especially considering how impressive I found Avatar to be.

The reason the above question is not the silliest is this: No one thing is ever really loved by all, and that is the way of the human.

I’m curious, how highly anticipated is Avatar – The Way of Water for you? I haven’t been as excited as I ought to be because of all the release delays over the years. Yet, something tells me that will all change once the opening credits begin.

Jemaine Clement, Bailey Bass, Edie Falco, Joel David Moore, Chloe Coleman, Jack Champion, Cliff Curtis, Jamie Flatters, CCH Pounder, Britain Dalton, Matt Gerald and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss also star.

Avatar – The Way of Water Release Dates: December 16th, 2022 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving,


WORKING GIRL (1988): The Things I Liked…

Working Girl (1988), Melanie Griffith
Working Girl (1988), Melanie Griffith

Directed by Mike Nichols, Working Girl stars Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. It’s a story about Tess McGill (Griffith), a secretary whose boss steals her big idea so she seizes the opportunity to take it back.

As the movie started, right away it was pretty clear to me that Working Girl was going to be ‘lifting’; a movie that left me happy and motivated. I knew this mainly because of the memorable Carly Simon song (‘Let The River Run’) in the opening sequence and the close shots of Lady Liberty.

Set in 1980s New York, there’s of course no escaping the big hair and shoulder pads. There’s also no getting away from the kind of sexism and office politics women were subjected to in the workplace at the time. It’s McGill’s navigation of these challenges as best she can that confirms why this film, though not perfect, it remains a favourite whilst having good re-watch value, particularly among the ladies. Nearly thirty years have passed since Working Girl was released and I’m glad to have finally seen it. It’s the sisterhood, especially towards the very end that happens to be my favourite thing and moment in this film. I also liked the movie’s depiction of what I recognised as ‘the power couple’.

One  thought that came to mind a few times as I watched is whether Melanie Griffith is really as softly spoken as her character. McGill is no ‘low talker,’ like in ‘The Puffy Shirt’ Seinfeld episode – but still… I wonder.

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THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES – NEW & SELECTED (2017): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson…

The Meyerowitz Stories - New & Selected (2017), Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller
The Meyerowitz Stories – New & Selected (2017), Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

Starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler; The Meyerowitz Stories – New & Selected is the latest from writer / director Noah Baumbach. Stiller, Hoffman, Sandler and Thompson play members of an estranged family that gathers in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father…

I particularly like the idea of Stiller, Sandler and Hoffman performing together. I’m also in for the family dynamics that’ll undoubtedly result in interesting conflict; not that I like to see family members fight, you understand…

The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected) Release Dates

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THE ASSIGNMENT (2016): The One Thing I Liked…

The Assignment (2016), Michelle Rodriguez
The Assignment (2016), Michelle Rodriguez

My instincts after I watched the trailer for the latest film from Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, The Assignment was correct. By which I mean, it’s not very good. In fact, this is one of those movies you should probably watch if at all, whilst doing something else. Reason being, you may find yourself in serious trouble for not respecting your own time enough.

Directed by Walter Hill, the story centres around a hitman (Rodriguez) who is turned into a hit woman (Rodriguez), without prior consent. Therefore, vengeance must follow against ‘The Doctor’ (Weaver) responsible.

I know, I know, the clue about how this film would turn out is in the trailer – but something still had me tuning in and that is the interesting plot. If only it could have been executed more effectively overall.

The Assignment (2016), Sigourney Weaver
The Assignment (2016), Sigourney Weaver

An important question at this point is probably whether The Assignment is one of those movies that’s so bad it’s good? No is my answer to that. With most bad films that I find myself able to sit through until the end, there’s usually some semblance of good within. In this case that would be Sigourney Weaver’s character, ‘The Doctor.’ As dodgy as most of the dialogue is, she had a few lines that amused me. One of them being:

‘I’ve never concerned myself with my partner’s pleasure.’

With that line, what she means is exactly what you think she means. 🙂

The Assignment, steer clear if you can.

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THE ASSIGNMENT (2016): New Trailer From Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub…


The Assignment is the latest Crime / Action / Thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub. Having fallen into the hands of a rogue surgeon known as ‘The Doctor’, hitman Frank Kitchen is turned into a hitwoman, and naturally, revenge follows…

Is the concept of The Assignment interesting, ridiculous or both? I want it to be good but I can’t say that this trailer gives me plenty of confidence. Especially once the sound editor became trigger happy with those trailer sound effects from 53 seconds in.

The Assignment Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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A MONSTER CALLS (2016): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones & Sigourney Weaver

A Monster Calls (2016),Lewis MacDougall
A Monster Calls (2016),Lewis MacDougall

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to see and hear Liam Neeson playing a tree, today’s trailer is for you. A Monster Calls is about a young boy who seeks the help of a tree to deal with what is arguably the most difficult experience of his life, his single mother’s terminal illness…

I can’t quite fully imagine how the tree is going to be able to help, but I’m open to finding out. Additionally, it should be no secret that I LOVE Liam Neeson’s voice.

A Monster Calls Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (US); October 21st, 2016 (UK) November 3rd, 2016 (GER)…

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016): New Trailer Starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones & Kristen Wiig

Ghostbusters (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon
Ghostbusters (2016), Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon

A proper trailer has finally arrived for the Ghostbuster reboot. Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are the stars…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I enjoyed the hat, wig and glasses combo. I Also liked the delivery of the slaps and MacKinon’s yellow lensed glasses. Beyond that, I’m going to wait and see.

Is it just me or do the special effects seem rather dated?

Ghostbusters Release Dates: July 15th, 2016 (US & UK)…

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