Movie Review: Avatar

December 18th, 2009

James Cameron is backAvatar

Yes kids James Cameron in back with his latest creation Avatar. It took him twelve(12) years to get this film out to the cinemas due to budget overkill and not-yet-developed CGI effects. But now it is here both in the usual 35mm film and 3D in selected cinemas.

Story:

The human race has discovered a rare and expensive mineral on the planet Pandora called Unobtainium. This leads to a mining project which causes the human race to get in a conflict with the native people of Pandora, the Na´vi. There are two camps in the human base, the military and the scientists. Scientists who want to research and learn from the planet and its people. Meanwhile the military side is getting anxious to get there hands on the mineral and is on the verge to start a war with the Na´vi. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, an ex-marine soldier paralyzed from his waist down gets his chance of a lifetime when he is offered a job on Pandora to replace his late brother. The human scientist have genetically created Na´vi avatars using both human and Na´vi DNA. These avatars can be operated by linking up a human brain to the avatar and this is where Jake comes in. Being in his brothers avatar Jake explores the world of Pandora like a little child stepping outside of his house for the first time. When Jake is in his avatar he can use his legs again and he develops a interest to the world of Pandora and its people, especially a girl named Neytiri.Meanwhile he also gets more and more accepted by the Na´vis. But the road to get fully accepted is long and hard. Being an ex-marine he start this scientific mission as a spy for the military side to know what the Na´vis weak spot is. But when the humans decide to invade the Na´vis most sacred ground beacuse of the big amount of Unobtainium there, Jake has to choose a side. Will he fight alongside the Na´vis or will he help the humans get there hands on the Unobtainium and get his privat reward for spying on the Na´vis?

Cast

Sigourney Weaver is playing the chief scientist as Dr. Grace Augustine and does a heck of a  good performance in this movie. As an experienced avatar user she has the best contact with the Na´vi people and is one of few avatars accepted by the Na´vis. I have not been this impressed by Sigourneys soft-side-acting since Gorillas in the Mist. The most difficult role in this movie goes to actress Zoë Saldana. She plays Neytiri the daughter of the leaders to the Omiticaya-clan. She is in my eyes the co-star apart from Sam in this movie but she is also completly animated. Yet she delivers an extremely good perfomance. The “bad guy” is played by Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. He is the one asking Jake to spy on the Na´vis for him and he gives Jake a offer he almost cant refuse to do it. I always have problem believing the badass-officer-characters in movies. Except for Gunnery Seargeant Heartman in Full metal jacket, who by the way  sat the bar for badass officers, there is not many movies nor actors that can pull it of. Stephen Lang in my opinon does not over exaggerate his interpretation as badass officer which is the most common problem. He does a ok job as the bad guy nothing more nothing less.

Visual impression

I decided to see Avatar in its “plain-not-3D” format. This is beacuase I didnt want the extra effect to overcompensate for another factor. But believe me I will see it again in 3D to compare the pure technical difference and get back to you about it. But dont worry, the plain 35 mm is also gonna blow your mind for sure. I can see why it took James so long to finish this movie. The details in this movie is really great and if it were not for the occasionally animated operating schedule in the characters I sometimes totally forgot that I was looking at something animated. Of course there are no huge blue aliens but it looks so good it could pass as makeup on huge people or something.

Summary

Well as the intro said, James is back. He is back in his sci-fi element. I am not  gonna lie, there were more than a few moments when I got all teared-eye. We all know that James is perfectly capable of delivering awesome sci-fi movies and even series (Terminator 1&2, The Abyss, Aliens, Dark Angel). And it is also proven by the billions earned in cinemas all over the world that he can deliver a love story(Titanic). And I am proud to say that Avatar is a really great mix of these two genres. The movies OST is also first class  crafted by James Horner. I actually noticed how Horner manage to pull of one great score after another in the movie. He really nails the score to the according scene. Great action scenes brings me back to the impressive score of Jurassic Park and sentimentals like Gladiator with a touch of Apocalypto, which Horner also was involved in. The movie is just a bit to long for my taste with its 2h and 41 min but nowadays it is almost standard with 3 hours. Its not a groundbreaking story, but it sure is a great one.

4.5/5 schmears

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Awesome weekend movies

December 17th, 2009

Only one week left! So this weekend tips will be, yes you guessed it, Christmas movies! :D

nightmare_before_christmasFirst we have a classic that doesn’t really need any introduction. The Nightmare Before Christmas will always be one of the best Christmas movies, and that’s that! Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town stumbles upon Christmas Town. He falls for the idea of Christmas and tries to bring Christmas to Halloween Town. If you haven’t seen it, see it! If you have seen it, see it again!

Another Christmas movie that’s heartwarming is The Holiday.  Two women with guy-problems swap homes over the holiday. The cast includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Adorable and warming story, perfect for a cold winters day.

And now for two Swedish movies that I love, I’m not sure if they have been released internationally but they’re worth looking for. First we have the classic Sällskapsresan 2 – Snowroller (Charter Trip 2 ). It doesn’t get more Swedish than this. Stig-Helmer and his friend Ole returns and this time for a skiing vacation in the Alps. It makes fun of everything with charter trips and the poor unlucky Stig-Helmer.

The number one comedy for Christmas is Tomten är far till alla barnen, I think it may be called ” In Bed with Santa” in English. It shows a modern (read complicated) famliy with exes, new wifes and girlfriends, all brought together for Christmas and the drama just gets worse the further into the night it gets. Sara, the host for this evening, reveals that she is pregnant, but what she doesn’t know is that her current husband is sterilized… Some of Swedens best actors in an hilarious movie that will surely brighten up your day.

That’s it for today, have a schmear Christmas everybody!tomten_ar_far_till_alla_barnenthe holidaysällskapsresan 2

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Iron Man 2 Trailer

December 17th, 2009

iron man 2Yay! Our favourite hero is back! Check out the trailer for Iron Man 2 right here.

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The Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009

Check out the nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Looks good, 4 nominations for Glee ;)

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Singing in the holidays

December 15th, 2009

Christmas is getting closer and closer and now we even have lots and lots of snow. Perfect conditions for us moviegeeks :) Christmas is also the theme for most series now, so far Bones has the best one this year. Spoiler alert! Only Bones can blow up Santa and strip Booth and still get away with a hell of an episode. This is a good time to catch up with the series one has missed during the year or go for a rerun. So today I thought I’d give a TV-series tips for the holidays.

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Glee is a series I’ve fallen in love with the last couple of weeks. I didn’t know that much about it when it started airing on TV4 in Sweden some time ago, but decided to give the pilot a chance. And well, I’ve been stuck ever since. It’s no question why this show has gotten so successful, mixing humour and music it makes you happy every week. Glee is in no way like, let’s say High School Musical. Yes the series is about a glee club and there’s a lot of singing and dancing but they’ve tuned it down and made it more schmear realistic in a way without losing the charm.

In essence Glee is about a Spanish teacher who takes over the schools glee club and tries to return it to it’s former glory. However the schools cheerleading coach doesn’t like to share the spotlight and tries to stop them. Several funny and adorable characters and some complicated relationships makes this show the feel-good series of the year. What really got me to become a gleek was the humour and the somewhat unexpected funny dialogues. Just check out this clip (not so good quality) and give Glee a chance, even if you don’t usually like musicals. Season one will be out on DVD soon and until then you can catch it on TV4 in Sweden every Thursday at 21.00.

I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark, cold night I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face!

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Awesome weekend movies

December 10th, 2009

Only two weeks left now and the stress is definitely building up. Is there any better way to relax than to chill with a good movie?

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27 Dresses (2008) was surprisingly good and entertaining.  The always a bridesmaid, never a bride Jane is probably the best friend a soon to be bride can have. But things get complicated when her sister Tess gets engaged with her secret love and boss George. At the same time a reporter looking for his big break turs his attention to Jane and well, it’s a chick flick to go figure. The cast includes Katherine Heigl , James Marsden , Edward Burns and Malin Åkerman. Cute, funny and entertaining, like most chick flicks but still one of the better in my eyes.

eagle-eye

Eagle Eye (2008) also surprised me, in a good way. Two strangers gets thrown together by mysterious phonecalls on an action filled journey leading to Washington DC. Using everyday technology to track the ”actives” and control them is pretty cool and something we haven’t seen too much of, and the real story behind what this voice on the phone wants is keept a mystery pretty long into the movie. Just a lot of action and some cool effects makes Eagle Eye worth the time.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend!

Jerry Shaw, you have been schmeared. Your compliance is vital.

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Schmear Christmas movies

November 29th, 2009

Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to start decorate, bake and find gifts. To get into the mood and that christmas cheer this time of year we thought we’d give you all some Christmas themed movie and series tips to either watch or give away.

topgearwinterMy first suggestion is the Winter Olympics episode of Top Gear (se07ep07). This may not have so much to do with Christmas but with the Winter Olympics comming up in the spring I thought this might fit anyways. In this episode Clarkson, Hammond and May travel to Lillehammer in Norway and take on their own version of the Winter Olympics. Just as entertaining and ambitious as always.

love_actuallyIf you feel more like a cosy movie to watch under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate, Love Actually is the movie for you! A mix of all types of love stories set in London during Christmas, with some of the best British actors/actresses this is an instans classic that’s just as sweet everytime.

Look out for more Christmas tips here on schmear.me.

All I want for Christmas is schmear!

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Movies of 2010

November 24th, 2009

The year of 2009 is almost over and one can look back and remember some great movies and of course some horrible ones as well (we will get nostalgic here on schmear.me as we approaches new year so keep your eyes out for “movies of 2009″ posts) :)

I want to look ahead and see what we can expect from 2010 and i also would like to see what movies you already know you want to see next year in the comment section!

Here are some of the movies i look forward to, in no apparent schmear order of course:

Bitch Slap (ok this one is a late 2009 movie i know but look at it as an transitional movie from 2009 to 2010 ;) )
Plot
“At its core, ‘Bitch Slap’ follows three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) as they arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort massive booty from a ruthless underworld kingpin. Things quickly spi nout of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive for the score, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and they are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected… themselves. It’s the ultimate morality tale as, one by one, they realize the whole “she-bang” was a set-up and one of the film’s characters may not even be human…”

Watch the trailer here

The Crazies
Plot
“David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house…after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutten tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh…with insanity.”

Watch the trailer here

The Wolfman
Plot
“Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate”

Watch the trailer here

Alice in wonderland
Plot
“19-year-old Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter”

Watch the trailer here

The A-Team
Plot
“A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.”

Watch the trailer here

Machete
Plot
“The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he’s about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he’s been set up. He barely survives the sniper’s bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren’t you!”

It’s gonna be another awesome year! :)


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Awesome weekend movies

November 19th, 2009

And so the time we all love is almost here again – the weekend.  This weeks movie tips will be murder mystery classics. Well atleast one of them ;)
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First we have a little scary murder mystery, Mindhunters. A group of FBI profilers are sent to an island over a weekend for a simulation but as it turns out, the simulation becomes real and they now have to figure out who the killer is before it’s their turn.. Every muder is specifically designed for every victim, and it becomes clear that the killer knows them a little to well.

I like Mindhunters because it has some turns that makes it a little difficult to figure out who the real serial killer is, and also not knowing who is next, or how.. This is one of the better movies by director Renny Harlin, who also directed Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2. The cast includes Val Kilmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris and James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J.

MurderByDeathIf you feel more like a comedy then this next one is a classic that everyone has to see. Muder By Death brings together some of the biggest stars of the 70’s in a comedy where almost every line is a classic qoute.  A group of the best crimesolvers a invited for a weekend to solve a true mystery schmear murder. The whole thing is to determine who is the best at what they do. The cast includes Peter Sellers, David Niven, Alec Guinness, Peter Falk, Maggie Smith, James Cromwell and Truman Capote. Muder By Death is hilarious, and this tagline from www.imdb.com says it all: ”By the time the world’s greatest detectives figure out whodunnit… you could die laughing!”

No pulse, no heartbeat. If condition does not change, this man is dead.

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Updates – Joss Whedon cursed?

November 17th, 2009

dollhouseI’m sure about it now, Joss Whedon is cursed! There is no other answer to why his shows, brilliant as they are, keep getting cancelled. Dollhouse has now fallen to the same fate as Firefly :( . We all knew this day was comming but it still sucks. But please don’t stop trying Mr Whedon. All the episodes of season two will air, with the season finale working as a series finale. On the bright side, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now airing in Sweden again on TV400, two episodes every weekday after 16.25. And you can still catch Dollhouse on TV400 Saturdays at 20.00. TV4 Science fiction has started airing Babylon 5 again weekdays at 17.05, and starting today at 20.15 they’re bringing back Star Trek Enterprise! And don’t miss Star Trek Original Series, weekdays at 18.35.

In other news, the long wait is over.  Star Trek is now out on DVD and Blu-ray! And in a couple of days so will Terminator Salvation. So now we geeks can all fill the dark November afternoons with bonus material and re-watch these awesome schmears.

Take your Vulcan cynicism and bury it with your repressed emotions.

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