I received my first comment on the site. This was exciting, especially since it came from someone I have not seen in more than 40 years. That we are both still alive is a blessing and a miracle.
I thought I would post my thoughts on the movie "Avatar." I have now seen it four times. Jerry is extremely fond of it, hence the repeat watchings. We finally got to see it in imax 3D tonight, which is the best way to see it, because as immersive as the film is, it's even more so, when the dainty little tree of life seedlings are floating in front of your very eyes and large monsters and military cargo ships seem to jump right at you. I was thinking about the movie tonight after we had seen it, and entertaining the idea that it was just about the perfect space opera movie. It had a deeply eco-friendly alien race you could quickly learn to like and truly monstrous human villains. I think that, among other gifts, James Cameron seems to be really well-endowed at creating gripping military-type dialogue. I noticed this also in "Alien." And it's interesting that in both films the core villain is a huge corporation. I think it's wonderfully ironic given how much money Cameron's made from both films. But I liked both movies, and it's interesting that Sigourney Weaver was prominently featured in both.
I asked Burnham if Avatar was his new "favorite movie." Prior ones included "The Dirty Dozen," "The Terminator" (which I have never completely seen and don't want to), and "Clan of Cave Bear" (I think he just had the hots for Darryl Hannah and wanted an excuse to watch her over and over). I think he's truly captivated by this one because it's a rip-roaring good yarn in addition to all the sci-fi and tree-hugging features. I have enjoyed it for those reasons as well.