Seeing AVATAR

“Did you like AVATAR?” my friends ask when I tell them I finally saw it, the blockbuster James Cameron 3-D film. How could I not? I’m “green” to the core, an environmentalist, and my favorite Bible story as a child was always Eden. The film let me disappear for several hours into a digital fantasy chock full of exotic wilderness, deep kinship with the rest of...

Into the Wild

One of the most complex films of the year opened in the area last week. No, it’s not another Spiderman remake or Adam Sandler comedy with adolescent slapstick humor. This one’s about adolescent longing. There’s no sex, very few drugs, and the only rock and roll is Eddie Vedder’s soulful sound track. Director Sean Penn’s INTO THE WILD is a beautiful exploration of...

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