Great news: “Avatar” reportedly super mega ultra left-wing; Update: Big Hollywood confirms

posted at 5:13 pm on December 11, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, just doing my part to spread the word. You know what sounds like a fun Friday night? A three-hour lecture on imperialism starring Smurfs.

The political import of Avatar — and there’s no waving this aspect away because it’s right in your face start to finish, and especially in the third act — is ardently left. It is pro-indigenous native, anti-corporate, anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. Iraq War effort, anti-U.S.-in-Afghanistan (and anti-troop-surge-in-that-country, or strongly against the thinking of President Barack Obama and Gen. Stanley McChrystal), anti-rightie, anti-Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld, etc.

Yes, it’s very teenaged adolescent in its super-imaginative wacko visions and exuberant energy levels, but politically it’s pure Che Guevara (more the Motorcycle Diaries or Che-in-Cuba version than Che in Bolivia), Naom Chomsky, Hugo Chavez, Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, Oliver Stone, etc. Cameron is an earth-hugging lefty from way back (the flagrant despise-the-arrogant-rich current in Titanic being but one example) so this should come as no surprise to anyone. I for one am cheered and heartened.

If Sarah Palin sees Avatar and then sits down and actually thinks about what it’s saying (which is always a dicey proposition, I admit), she’ll hate this movie.

It gets worse from there. Follow the link for quotes from James Cameron affirming the movie’s message plus a bonus theory by author Jeffrey Wells about, gulp, some sort of 9/11 metaphor lurking in the subtext. Seriously: Did anyone expect otherwise? Given the framework of the plot and the obvious allegorical intent — military invades planet to secure valuable commodity in the soil — what other way could this flick have conceivably tilted? The mercenaries heroically uproot the natives, seize the treasure, and blast them to bits while the audience cheers? C’mon. Once you know that the aliens are doe-eyed humanoids rather than screeching black reptiles with giant fangs, the die is cast, baby.

Exit question via Dave Weigel: Isn’t this basically the same plot as “Aliens” except with good guys and bad guys reversed?

Update: Bipartisan consensus at last!

Absent from the big screen for over a decade now, Oscar-winning director James Cameron returns armed with a reported half-billion dollars, a story he’s been desperate to tell for 15 years, and the very latest in cutting-edge visual technology. The result is “Avatar,” a sanctimonious thud of a movie so infested with one-dimensional characters and PC clichés that not a single plot turn – small or large – surprises. I call it the “liberal tell,” where the early and obvious politics of the film gives away the entire story before the second act begins, and “Avatar” might be the sorriest example of this yet. For all the time and money and technology that went into its making, the thing that matters most – character and story – are strictly Afterschool Special…

Think of “Avatar” as “Death Wish 5” for leftists. A simplistic, revisionist revenge fantasy where if you freakin’ hate the bad guys (America), you’re able to forgive the by-the-numbers predictability of it all and still get off watching them get what they got coming.


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No wonder they’re blue.

Dang hippies!

madmonkphotog on December 11, 2009 at 7:31 PM

The only reason I want to see this is that this is as close as it gets for getting a Battle Tech (Mech warrior – Dark Age) movie, The VTOL and battle suit come real close the the miniture game pieces I have.

Check out the DAVE School promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvPiu-bBMws

mechkiller_k on December 11, 2009 at 7:38 PM

I know a young man who is a conservative and wants to see this movie because of some new technology that was used when it was made. I told him that I thought it would be political and he got annoyed with me. He said he was sick of politics in everything.

Well, so are the rest of us.

Terrye on December 11, 2009 at 7:40 PM

I know a young man who is a conservative and wants to see this movie because of some new technology that was used when it was made. I told him that I thought it would be political and he got annoyed with me. He said he was sick of politics in everything.

Well, so are the rest of us.

Terrye on December 11, 2009 at 7:40 PM

–Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Jimbo3 on December 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

After Titanic I lost all interest in Cameron. Pure lefty crap.

echosyst on December 11, 2009 at 7:46 PM

I knew when it was James I’m rich-but-I-hate-the-rich Cameron that it was anti-American. The previews only further proved me right.

Sadly because of the cool special effects people will likely flock to it and make it a hit.

Hard Right on December 11, 2009 at 7:47 PM

I’ll say this. At least Cameron doesn’t hide the huge liberal slant in the trailer unlike many other movies *cough* Happy Feet *cough*. You know what you’re getting right away.

I still want to see it for the simple fact that it’s a James Cameron film.

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM

That’s exactly how I called it when I saw the previews. I thought this is going to be a retelling of the settling of America in all it’s leftist glory, see what those evil Europeans did.

Irenaeus on December 11, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Redbox for me…

lovingmyUSA on December 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Lazy Socialists,
With their silly fantasies
Of moral high ground.

When push comes to shove,
They’ll be up against a wall.
Useful idiots.

Haiku Guy on December 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Hey, let’s not forget this is the same guy who tried to destroy the basis of Christianity last year when he and some fraud claimed they found the tomb of Jesus.

He’s not getting a dime from me.

Iblis on December 11, 2009 at 8:04 PM

And Jimbo3 sometimes you’re just a moron.
The motorcycle Diaries is pure communist propaganda. Surprise, surprise you believe it, tho.

Hard Right on December 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Lazy Socialists,
With their silly fantasies
Of moral high ground.

When push comes to shove,
They’ll be up against a wall.
Useful idiots.

Damn straight.

Battlecruiser-operational on December 11, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Hmm. I’m torn…

On the one hand I don’t really care to support a moonbat production. But then again, I cheered the Ewoks when they kicked Imperial tush. How is this different except for better graphics?

Dark-Star on December 11, 2009 at 8:15 PM

I only want to see Avatar if the human beings win. I can’t side with the opposition, WT-frickkin-F?

Greek Fire on December 11, 2009 at 8:17 PM

The movie will earn the obligatory 250-300 mil because of all of the hype and its “event film” status. People paid to watch the Transformer movies, after all.

Even if the plot was politically neutral, the reviews paint the film as a typical good (not great) special effects laden extravaganza. Ho hum.

I (along with LAT critic Kenneth Turan, who had a nasty feud with Cameron) refused to buy into the Titanic hype. The movie was soap opera material. Cameron just did a bang up job at stirring up our emotions in the final third of the flim.

Mad Kimchi on December 11, 2009 at 8:39 PM

One would be extremely hard-pressed to find come up with a list of movies without some kind of Leftard bent to it, and I mean going all the way back to the 1920s. John Wayne films are a notable exception.

In theory I have no problem with screenwriters presenting their point of view, even if it comes from the left, but I want to know what I’m getting in advance, don’t want to be bombarded mercilessly with their ideologies, and would like to see some balance in film/art from the right as well.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 11, 2009 at 8:44 PM

This is Cabablanca, both Godfathers and Citizen Kane (I and II) rolled into one.
– Bleeds Blue

angryed on December 11, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Thanks but I’ll make my own decision.

I just watched the Law & Order episode with the dead guy with FED written on his chest and it was more of an expose’ on ACORN that anything with the TV Wade Rathke going to the slammer for the murder.

The victim was a young Right Winger who infiltrated the organization and was filming them to expose them like the real story – and he murdered him.

It was hardly an anti-Right Wing episode. In the end the Left Wing loons were the criminals and the bad guys.

AprilOrit on December 11, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Dances with Smurfs!

Sekhmet on December 11, 2009 at 6:45 PM

We have a winner.

Califemme on December 11, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Yeah, mass-murdering lefty whackjobs are right to slaughter the peasantry and invade other countries because, you know, OTHER people are imperialists.

How do lefties tie their shoes? I guess they just wear flip-flops and TELL everyone they tied their shoes.

I used to be able to get past the heavy-handed idiot politics in the movies, I just can’t anymore.

Merovign on December 11, 2009 at 9:39 PM

In the trailer Sigourny Weaver tells a disabled soldier to make his mind go blank then says, “That shouldn’t be hard for you.” The line just seems to come to easy to the Left.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2009 at 10:28 PM

FloatingRock on December 11, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I think you confused it with Jihad Joe. A movie about a toy that beheads all the other toys and then blows himself up.

RadioFreeUSA on December 11, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Titanic was a big time lefty movie.

terryannonline on December 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I didn’t see any political slant in Titanic one way or the other. It had an anti-rich theme running throughout, but I didn’t put too much stock in that since it was coming from a movie that cost $200 million and ended up grossing $1.8 billion.

This is a shame to hear about Avatar. I always thought Cameron’s material tended to lean to the right. Aliens with the military stuff and True Lies being one of the few movies in recent memory that had the nutz to use Islamofascists as the bad guys.

If this is true about Avatar then the timing couldn’t be worse. Spending half a billion bucks on a left-wing flick when the country is arguably more conservative than it’s ever been? And Fox greenlighted this damn thing?! Ok, it’ll probably make a fortune overseas, but I still don’t know what those executives were thinking. Cameron shoulda made Aquaman instead.

Doughboy on December 11, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Titanic was a big time lefty movie.

terryannonline on December 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM

In what way?

AprilOrit on December 11, 2009 at 10:53 PM

James Cameron, Michael (I never met a cheesecake I didn’t eat) Moore, Oliver Stone, Will Smith, Barbara Streisand, Will Farrell, Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon… and the rest of the loudmouthed liberal Hollywood elite who feel compelled to lecture the rest of us need to give away their millions before I will give any credence to their whining about the evils of capitalism. Hypocrites all.

hillbillyjim on December 11, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Titanic was a big time lefty movie.

terryannonline on December 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM

In what way?

AprilOrit on December 11, 2009 at 10:53 PM

I’d tell you, but I need to flee this ship and leave these locked-up commoners to drown.

Jim Treacher on December 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM

That figures. It looks like a dumb movie. And it was made in Hollywood which means it’s full of anti-America crap. Anyone wanna name a big movie that’s come out in the last few years that didn’t have at least one gratuitous shot at America or the last administration? Nope? I didn’t think so.

t.ferg on December 12, 2009 at 12:16 AM

I’d tell you, but I need to flee this ship and leave these locked-up commoners to drown.

Jim Treacher on December 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM

The commoners who were all illegal immigrants….mostly from Ireland on there way over here for better days.

AprilOrit on December 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM

The Titanic was supposed to dock in Chelsea – the old rusted dock still stands today – not Ellis Island.

AprilOrit on December 12, 2009 at 12:24 AM

The commoners who were all illegal immigrants undocumented passengers….mostly from Ireland on there way over here for better days.

AprilOrit on December 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM

Hater.

hillbillyjim on December 12, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Sounds heavy-handed in the extreme (and yes, “Dances With Smurfs” is the all-time winner!). But I’ll be there, if only for the eye candy. Also, I may not agree with Cameron’s politics (to say the least), but I do rather admire the way he lives his life (minus the serial marital shenanigans, anyway); he pursues things he loves, does his homework, and lives adventure after adventure. And he’s gotten embarrassingly rich at it. Rhetoric aside, he’s the very embodiment of the American spirit…even if he fails to see it himself.

And don’t be too hard on “Titanic.” Having been a Titanic buff since childhood, I can tell you that the movie tacks pretty close to the history, Edwardian England having been a modern Leftist’s nightmare. The story was there to tell.

Noocyte on December 12, 2009 at 3:22 AM

I’d tell you, but I need to flee this ship and leave these locked-up commoners to drown.

Most of the locked-up were Irish. Can you really blame them for that?

/snark

Mike Honcho on December 12, 2009 at 3:45 AM

Gee whiz, never saw that one coming.

Cylor on December 12, 2009 at 3:52 AM

I don’t know. I haven’t seen the movie, but you can read so much into these things. Maybe the “good guys” are homeowners, and the invaders are the government, trying to take their land through eminent domain. Is it then a right wing movie?

voxpopuli on December 12, 2009 at 5:33 AM

Meh, just wait till District 9 come out on DVD this month. One of the best sci-fi movies of the last 10 years. The movie is more of a statement on South African aparthied and rampant beauracracy.

or just watch Serenity.

Pcoop on December 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM

One only needs to see the 2 minute trailer for this leftist drivel of a movie to see its anti-american slant. It’s in your face from start to finish. Anti-pilgrim, anti-founders, anti-military, etc., etc.

roninacreage on December 12, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I can go to HuffPo for free.

TimBuk3 on December 12, 2009 at 9:37 AM

or just watch Serenity.Pcoop on December 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM

+ a shiny 1000

Noocyte on December 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

S-O-S. Just repackaged with more WHIZ-BANGS….

CynicalOptimist on December 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

You see, James Cameron was just trying to portray what the Nazis did to Jews and how they tried to take over the rest of the world…..

Or was it how Russia tried to do the same thing….??? Oh wait…. he was trying to tell the story of how the USA went to the aid of the rest of the world…..?

Oh wait…. he was trying to say that this country, where he made hundreds of millions of dollars…. is evil. Oh, I get it now…. he’s a liberal, and you have to forgive his mental illness. It comes with the title of LIBERAL.

afotia on December 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I’d tell you, but I need to flee this ship and leave these locked-up commoners to drown.

Jim Treacher on December 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM

The commoners who were all illegal immigrants….mostly from Ireland on there way over here for better days.

AprilOrit on December 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM

Any other random observations?

Jim Treacher on December 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM

True. All of Hollywood is leftist we all know what we’re getting. Though I have to say, Transformers surprised me. Optimus Prime vs weak kneed political hacks who want to “reason” with unadulterated evil… that was good.

Eh. I’ll be out seeing it with the family. Togetherness time and all that.

xax on December 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Wasn’t going to see it anyway, especially with the new Hollywood craze of making folks pay extra to see a 3D cartoon…

I saw it when I took my daughter to A Christmas Carol (3D). I didn’t realize that they jacked up prices for 3D, but anyway… saw the Avatar preview in 3D, and I was laughing out loud.

I didn’t think of smurfs right away, but I thought the aliens looked pretty stupid. They looked like something that lefties might morph in a million years.

Annoyingly dumb looking, big, starry-eyed moonbat creaures.

reaganaut on December 12, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I’m honestly not sure why any conservative will spend a penny at the movie theater. I just refuse to put money in the pockets of people who despise everything I stand for.

funky chicken on December 12, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I’ve no doubts that Lardo Michael Moore and the Goracle will present “I’m King of the world” Cameron with many of the Oscars the elitist film schmucks will award him for this contrived piece of liberal crap. Then in true Cameron fashion he’ll ask for a moment of silence to remember all those murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan by the evil American war machine. Skip this and the academy awards unless you enjoy puking.

Goldy1 on December 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I’m honestly not sure why any conservative will spend a penny at the movie theater. I just refuse to put money in the pockets of people who despise everything I stand for.

funky chicken on December 12, 2009 at 1:42 PM

People like Jim Carry, who actually complain about all the millions they make.

Goldy1 on December 12, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Cameron has secured his Oscar for best picture, but unlike many Oscar winners, this will not be a winner with audiences. Movies with an extreme leftist political message are enjoyable only to those who need their own views validated, but are useful to those who wish to continue the leftist indoctrination of our children.
I am so sick of ultra-rich Hollywood personalities hammering us with their hate for the country which has given them the opportunties to accomplish their highest aspirations, as well as their disdain for the American citizens who have spend millions supporting the film industry.
Avatar is definitely a must-miss for me!

maryo on December 12, 2009 at 2:11 PM

In what way?

AprilOrit on December 11, 2009 at 10:53 PM

The water was blue.

Shy Guy on December 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Cameron is a typical liberal, according to Orson Scott Card:

He was very nice to me, because I could afford to walk away. But he made everyone around him miserable, and his unkindness did nothing to improve the film in any way. Nor did it motivate people to work faster or better. And unless he changes his way of working with people, I hope he never directs anything of mine. In fact, now that this is in print, I can fairly guarantee that he will never direct anything of mine. Life is too short to collaborate with selfish, cruel people.

Such a surprise. Not.

Kalapana on December 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Whenever I hear about stories film directors have been “desperate” or “passionate” to tell for years, warning signals go off. Anyway, this sounds very 60s.

rrpjr on December 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I knew it would have the same old predictable leftist crap Cameron usually slips into hsi movies but damn, being so overtly political sort of defeats the purpose of entertainment. Why alienate so many viewers? I guess he’s just doing what the dems in Washington are, damn the people they know what’s good for them.

Daemonocracy on December 12, 2009 at 4:56 PM

When I heard that Cameron was making an SF film named Avatar, I assumed it was based on Poul Anderson’s Hugo-winning novel of that name. Which, if you haven’t read it, involves space explorers from Earth who have to literally flee the Sol system to escape… a socialist government who want to arrest them for trying to “explore strange new worlds”, which said government finds incompatible with its demands for “loyalty” and “social responsibility” from all citizens. (The government in question is run much like the PRC under Mao, complete with Five Year Plans, Great Leaps Forward, and the refrains “We have things we need to do here” and “We insist that everyone do their share“- delivered from behind a gun.)

Imagine my surprise to find that the finished film is nothing of the sort. (OK, would you believe, imagine my lack of surprise at same?)

Coupled with the apparent “problem” concerning the similarities between the film’s story and Anderson’s earlier story “Call Me Joe”, I’d say that Cameron hasd probabvly made the same mistake he did with The Terminator yet again. I can only assume that he doesn’t learn from experience.

This time around, my guess is it will cost him more. What with legal awards being much higher now than they were in the Eighties.

Oh, and BTW- the two Outer Limits episodes written by Harlan Ellison that got Cameron in trouble back then were titled “Soldier” and “Demon With A Glass Hand”- not “Devil”. The latter story being one of Ellison’s Earth-Kyben War stories.

cheers

eon

eon on December 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Oh, and BTW- the two Outer Limits episodes written by Harlan Ellison that got Cameron in trouble back then were titled “Soldier” and “Demon With A Glass Hand”- not “Devil”. The latter story being one of Ellison’s Earth-Kyben War stories.

cheers

eon

eon on December 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I knew that didn’t seem quite right. Oh well. I’d edit it if I could, but thanks for correcting me either way.

And he does learn from experience – to the tune of several million dollars worth. If his rip-off of someone else’s work makes him enough to buy them off, what does he care?

Judging by the summaries of “Call Me Joe”, it seems a pretty direct rip-off.

And then there’s that he’s also ripping off Ben Bova’s “Winds of Altair”.

http://www.amazon.com/Winds-Altair-Ben-Bova/dp/0812532279

http://starbase.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/is-avatar-ripping-off-ben-bovas-winds-of-altair/

CPL 310 on December 12, 2009 at 7:41 PM

I figured this after seeing the preview for the first time. More anti-American/military dribble. The thing is, America is nothing like the libs think it is. So in actuality, it’s not an attack on America but yet another attack on what liberals incorrectly assume America to be.

Grafted on December 12, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Oscar-winning director James Cameron returns armed with a reported half-billion dollars, a story he’s been desperate to tell for 15 years,

It’s not like the left hasn’t been screeching this story for the past, oh, 45 years now. Sorry, we know the one-sided tale by heart.

4shoes on December 12, 2009 at 8:10 PM

She is really ugly too. Plus all those blue ugly women look alike. I think this movie is racist. Or alienist. or something.

bloggless on December 12, 2009 at 10:40 PM

And besides, just how do they mate with a human? We have no idea, they just want us to believe that they are compatible. Crap. all of it.

bloggless on December 12, 2009 at 10:41 PM

The left has this Avatar as their female leader. We have Governor Palin.

bloggless on December 12, 2009 at 10:42 PM

I swear, when I first sought out that first trailer, after the fanboy squealing had risen high enough to reach my ears, my first thought was “oh jeez, I know where this is going.” Good to see my suspicions were accurate.

Still, not having had a thrilling movie spectacle in a while, I decided I would give it the benefit of the doubt. Now I wonder if I’ll like it at all. It’s hard to enjoy something where the whole way you find yourself saying “give me an effin break.”

As someone already mentioned, this was already done once, with considerably less fanfare: The Battle for Terra

Which to be honest, makes Cameron’s proclamations in his trailers rather asinine: ‘The Greatest Adventure of All Time!” and I swear I overheard this one on the TV the other day: “You’ll Never Look at Movies the Same Way Again”

Give me an effin break.

But in reality, this is a theme we’re seeing replayed over and over in films, that ironically are aimed at young tastes. It’s a mantra to the effect of “outsiders (or humans) with ‘imperialist’ tendencies are evil, manipulative blood-thirsty opportunists who will rape the land and kill the natives for their own gain. The natives, on the other hand, are always innocent, peaceful, loving and wise to lead us to transcendent, environmental redemption.”

A more or less ham-fisted repudiation of America. Look around. You’ll see it.

Maybe it started with the Ewoks. heh…

somewhatconcerned on December 12, 2009 at 11:01 PM

So… Fern Gully 4?

Jones Zemkophill on December 12, 2009 at 11:30 PM

It’s funny how people have been lured into believing that all of the Native-American tribes lived in harmony with nature and with each other. The fact is that they did their best to bash each others skulls in and kill as many animals as they could get their stone-age hands on!

shorebird on December 12, 2009 at 11:57 PM

I have two words for you: Power Armor.
TheUnrepentantGeek on December 11, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Yeah, but this is power armor that leaved parts of the arms and body exposed, as well as the ammo belts. On an alien jungle planet in the 22nd century. That is just stupid.

el gordo on December 13, 2009 at 4:49 AM

shorebird on December 12, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Perfectly true. The Lakota were at war with the Pueblo, the Shawnee back east were at (flint) knife point with the Cherokee, and everybody north of the Rio Grande wanted no part of the Inca. Who would have conquered their northern “neighbors” by the mid- 1300s except for the tribe just north of the R.G., who tended to send their scouts back sans heads.

That tribe called themselves simply “The People”. We know them today by their Lakota name; “Apache”. Which, BTW, translates to “The Enemy”.

The Native American nations could have thrown the Europeans off the continent with no trouble by the mid-1500s, due to having them outnumbered and possessing weapons technology that, while not as advanced as the Spanish conquistadors’ guns, was more tactically effective. (A composite bow has about the same effective range as a matchlock musket, slightly greater “stopping power”, a much higher rate of fire, and is not adversely affected by rain.)

The reason they didn’t was, simply, they were too busy fighting amongst themselves. The Europeans just capitalized on the situation. And literally had difficulty believing how easy it was to do so. (Read Cortez’ reports to Spain, sometime.)

cheers

eon

eon on December 13, 2009 at 8:45 AM

The immigrants on the Titanic were by definition legal, because all you had to do back then was scrape together the money to buy a ticket, and when you got to America, you could become a citizen. My family has a legend about how you had to have at least a dollar in your possession to get in. Each family in line would show a dollar to the immigration dude, and accidently then “drop” it, whereupon it would be grabbed by the next in line. Sounds too schmaltzy to be true, but who knows?

That was back when we needed lots of people, and the more ambitious and risk-tolerant went for it, continuing to self-select as Americans.

drunyan8315 on December 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Cameron has been on the NO SUPPORT list for years.

We vote with our pocketbook on these creeps, for example:

Calvin Klein products because of the porn he markets.

Will Smith because he’s just gotten Tom Cruise nutty.

Tom Cruise buying his way into L Ron Hubbard high priest role, isn’t getting our money to do it.

Any Warren Buffett company that we know about (lefty).

Twilight anything, Vampire movies for our daughters (and poorly made ones at that)?

etc. etc.

Voting with your pocketbook….hit these guys where it hurts.

PappyD61 on December 13, 2009 at 10:26 AM

James Cameron and George Lucas get so twisted up in their adolescent leftism that their films choke from the sanctimony. In the case of Lucas, he overlooks the wretched acting and galactic-size plot holes, as he pursues his glib, right-bashing themes. Cameron isn’t always this bad (the Terminator movies come to mind), but when he lays on the lefty goop, he literally sinks his films.

This movie may go the way of Little Big Man: fodder for cinema studies PhDs, but long-term a victim of its own victimology.

EMD on December 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM

George Lucas get so twisted up in their adolescent leftism that their films choke from the sanctimony. In the case of Lucas, he overlooks the wretched acting and galactic-size plot holes, as he pursues his glib, right-bashing themes.

Interesting — I’ve always viewed Lucas’ films as attacking that creature called fascism, which is what you get if you go either far enough right or far enough left.

If he were truly a mainstream leftist, he would have written out the weapons of the Alliance, and had them attempt to assure their rights through reasoned discourse with their Imperial opponents, given the Leftist view of nonviolent resistance as the ne plus ultra of philosophies.

unclesmrgol on December 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Han Solo shot first!

Capitalist interstellar mercenary.

A Blackwater-in-Space employee.

At one time, even Hollywood’s Lucas had survival instincts.

And told the more basic story of Liberty versus Statism.

(Which wouldn’t play well with the current cast of Nanny-ists.)

And not another anti-Corporate Exploiters snooze-fest.

AVATAR seems like a DANCING WITH SOYLENT GREEN WOLVES schtick, but without the charm.

profitsbeard on December 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM

George Lucas get so twisted up in their adolescent leftism that their films choke from the sanctimony.

How is fighting for democracy and against the oppression of the emperor a leftest view?

The empire annihilated whole planets with billions of people with out a second thought. A very leftest thing to do considering our own histories of leftest regimes. Admittedly the rebels did take out a couple of death stars with tens of thousands of people but it was shown in later films they were mostly clones and thus more like robots then people.

RagTag on December 13, 2009 at 12:02 PM

The last 3 Star Wars films weren’t awful because of the lefty political undertones. They were terrible because of the laughably bad writing and acting. Tell a good story with some characters your audience can relate to…the rest of it will take care of itself.

That’s a good point.

The original trilogy had excellent acting from James Earl Jones, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alex Guinness.

The new trilogy’s best actor was Christopher Lee…and that’s about it. Portman has been good in other movies, but she was just picking up a paycheck here. And Jackon played the same character he always does, which is not a Jedi.

I still think he could have saved the serious though with one plot twist;

The Republic and the Jedis go to war against the separatists since you can only be evil to want out of the Republic apparently. This war is part of Palpatine’s bid to turn the Republic into the Empire and he gets the Jedi to fight for him.

Of course we find out he controlled the separatists also. What if instead the separatists actually could see what was coming and were acting justly to escape the coming Empire? And the Jedi’s hubris in fighting the war without bothering to ask why the separatists wanted independence is exactly what led to their downfall?

Nut I guess that would have been too complicated for a movie series that featured Jar Jar Binks.

18-1 on December 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM

At one time, even Hollywood’s Lucas had survival instincts.

And told the more basic story of Liberty versus Statism.

(Which wouldn’t play well with the current cast of Nanny-ists.)

profitsbeard on December 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I bet the Empire had socialized health care and kept the voices of “hate” out of the galactic media.

18-1 on December 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM

RagTag on December 13, 2009 at 12:02 PM

We Are Sith
Part I
Part II

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on December 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM

The commoners who were all illegal immigrants….mostly from Ireland on there way over here for better days.

AprilOrit on December 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM

You prove The Rule: Trolls are always wrong

The restrictions on immigrants didn’t begin until 1920 ( except for Chinese and Japanese ); there were no illegal immigrants on the Titanic.

The problem with being both ignorant and a kool-aid drinker ( like you ) is that the former intensifies the latter, and vice versa: Your ignorance makes you biased and your bias makes you stupid

Enjoy the Bliss…………

Janos Hunyadi on December 13, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Think of “Avatar” as “Death Wish 5” for leftists. A simplistic, revisionist revenge fantasy where if you freakin’ hate the bad guys (America), you’re able to forgive the by-the-numbers predictability of it all and still get off watching them get what they got coming.

Sorry to be right again — who didn’t know this was coming? — but how does a schmuck like Cameron get Drudge to hype this dud the way he did at release?

Jaibones on December 13, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Looks boring to me. Then again, I ain’t no “Lord of the Rings” type. :P

RedNewEnglander on December 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Don’t even compare LOTR to the garbage! It is a great story, with very conservative sensibilities, and Judeo-Christian classic themes!

atheling on December 13, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Foolish James Cameron, his anti-imperialisim morality tale is naught but Heresy.

We all know that “In the Grim Darkness of the Far Future… THERE IS ONLY WAR.”

And that in that Grim Darkness (“GrimDark”) the last line of defense from the Xenos that threaten mankind’s existance are the Emperor’s Own Space Marines.

His support of this Kroot-like species can only be taken as Heresy.

Jones Zemkophill on December 13, 2009 at 9:27 PM

The only reason I want to see this is that this is as close as it gets for getting a Battle Tech (Mech warrior – Dark Age) movie, The VTOL and battle suit come real close the the miniture game pieces I have.

Come to the Dark Side of REAL Battletech… young padawan…

:-)

The_Livewire on December 13, 2009 at 10:06 PM

If Sarah Palin sees Avatar and then sits down and actually thinks about what it’s saying (which is always a dicey proposition, I admit)…acey-doo-doocey

Having examined some of your stuff,
I can smell why Ap must constantly bow-down to remove his nose from your aroma-zone. Nothing personal though… Moreover, I suspect Gov. Palin will be quietly amused that Hollywood actors continue to lose jobs to computer animation.

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on December 14, 2009 at 7:09 AM

It’s just a movie.

If you even hated it, you’re out what…10 bucks for the ticket? I can live with that.

JetBoy on December 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Bcs after all, popular culture never affects the morals & beliefs of the young in any way shape or form.
Steeping yourself in things like that, well let’s admit one thing:
If you take a flea dip in a vat of $hit, you are NOT going to come out smelling like roses.

Badger40 on December 14, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I’m still gonna go see it for the eye candy. Probly wait for it to het the dollar theater. Only question is, will that be one or two weeks after Christmas?

skydaddy on December 14, 2009 at 3:27 PM

A three-hour lecture on imperialism starring Smurfs.

Since when was imperialism a good thing?

Nonfactor on December 14, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Since when was imperialism a good thing?

Nonfactor on December 14, 2009 at 4:58 PM

It’s not Imperialism generally, but whose imperialism is winning.

When the Goths sacked Rome, Their Imperialism was BAD
When the Islamic Extremeists took over Europe that was BAD (you know, presently.
When Hugo Chavez took over Venezuela and began to expand his empire, it was BAD.

When Tokugawa took control of Japan, it was generally an improvement for Japan.
When the Meji restoration occurred that also was a change for the better…for a while (then forces they could not control and others that they foolishly ignored would lead them into a war 90 years later.).

SO.

My studies in history lead me to believe that Imperialism that does not induce a dark age or a criminal culture is good for mankind, while Imperialism that induces a dark age , or a criminal culture is bad.

Otherwise, you could simply call Imperialism: Ambition.

Jones Zemkophill on December 14, 2009 at 5:32 PM

The result is “Avatar,” a sanctimonious thud turd of a movie so infested with one-dimensional characters and PC clichés that not a single plot turn – small or large – surprises.

Fixed

bryan2369 on December 14, 2009 at 5:50 PM

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