James Cameron says three more Avatar sequels then he’s returning to the ocean

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In an interview with The Daily Beast this week, James Cameron vowed he’s signed on with 20th Century Fox for three more Avatar sequels.

Cameron claims the Avatar franchise will allow him to continue his filming passions and speak to the things which mean most to him, specifically, human interaction with nature.

CG (computer graphics) are already in full gear for the next movie with teams in Manhattan Beach, California and New Zealand creating the signature Avatar world–blades of grass, flowers, and all. Cameron has also begun laying out the story with four other writers working alongside him.

Asked whether or not he’s sequel happy like many studios capitalizing on big hit movies, Cameron believes his Avatar sequel dreams are not of him selling out, but more of a George Lucas, Star Wars kind of thing.

He’s not ready to leave the blue lush world of Avatar just yet.

But why Cameron has been busy working on the next Avatar sequel, he didn’t start without first exploring a new world much more real and also very blue. Following the first movie, Cameron built a cylindrical submersible, not much wider than his body, and plunged into the ocean.

Cameron witnessed what is known as the Mariana Trench, 35,798ft below the ocean’s surface, and is only the third person in history to do so, the others being Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard in 1960.

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And that is why Cameron says, when he is done filming Avatar in five to six years, he is returning to the ocean, back to science.

While Cameron loves Hollywood, he’s very much aware it’s a bubble. Self describing himself as an explorer, Cameron’s love for Hollywood and all things movies is surpassed by his yearning to discover the unknown.

We might all be in for a heck of a journey to come. Whether it’s Cameron’s next Avatar sequel, or a documentary about his descents into the unknown, Cameron is bound to excite us in the theaters.

Let’s just hope the sequels don’t run out of steam like so many franchises do.

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Blue Jasmine Movie Review

Last night I finally got around to watching Blue Jasmine, and I must say, despite my initial reservations about the storyline, I enjoyed it!

The movie, featuring Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett playing wealthy New York socialite, Jasmine, at wit’s end after her husband Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) questionable business endeavors lead them to financial ruin, is emotionally raw and awkward.

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While a storyline of this nature normally does not catch my interest, unless rivaling the gutsiness of the The Wolf on Wall Street (okay maybe not that gutsy), in there lies the beauty of Netflix–a flat monthly rate for unlimited movies.

The messiness and realness with which the story is told by Woody Allen and played by Blanchett is entirely unnerving. There are no moments of bliss or forgiveness in this movie. Even while Jasmine finds herself kissing Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard) on the back porch of their soon-to-be new home, possibly returning her to the privileged life that marked her past, she cannot shake the feeling of being wildly out of control, thus continuing her lies and hurtling her closer towards disaster. Constantly popping pills to avoid a meltdown, something about her fall from grace, and never returning to it despite her greatest efforts, is deeply satisfying. The movie is real, and no it’s not a chick-flick.

Throughout the film Blanchett gives a convincing performance as we watch her meander around the streets of San Francisco trying to make sense of her new reality and incorporate herself into lower class society where her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) lives. These scenes often punctuated by the complete inability of Jasmine to relate to her environment.

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Though the story of broken socialite sent back to reality is not exactly a plot-line we haven’t heard, Jasmine’s complete loss of control feels refreshing, especially as she slips deeper into her own despair.

My one qualm about the movie was setting. At times, it seems to portray the 70s and 80s, though clearly other elements in the film, specifically cars and technology, remind you the story takes place in present day. Maybe it’s just the vintage filter Woody Allen gives the movie. However, I found this confusing and had to remind myself where I was.

Overall, definitely a movie to check out if you haven’t done so already!

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the fourth installment to the Mission Impossible series. Ethan Hunt and his team (Jeremy RennerSimon Pegg, and Paula Patton) are covert and disavowed IMF agents endeavoring to stop a nuclear attack on the United States.

From the beginning it is an action packed technological marvel that maintains its pace throughout the movie.

Ghost Protocol features all the explosions and drama that we would expect from an action movie, along with displays of our world’s technological advancements, such as: gloves that suction to glass, screens that mimic real life, pay phones that turn into IMF portals, and a BMW i8, all that aid Ethan Hunt and his team in trying to prevent a nuclear war.

IMDb gives Ghost Protocol a 7.9 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% Fresh Certified.

My vote is a 7 out of 10. I like the new technological spy tricks used and much of the filming shots; Ghost Protocol has some awesome camera angles, especially in Dubai when Tom Cruise is hanging out of the Burj Khalifa Tower and a sandstorm is looming in the distance.

However, much of this movie is like any other action movie we have seen recently, with a very typical and cliché plot line: Terrorists have hijacked nuclear codes and are threatening to blow up America. The same ole plot (terrorists threatening America) but with a twist, now the terrorists really do have weapons of mass destruction, but the terrorists aren’t Arabs. How ironic!

For this plot typicalness and similarity to many other present day action movies, I had to knock down Ghost Protocol’s rating. Though I enjoyed the action sequences and inventive camera angles, the writers could have been more original.

Jane Eyre

The new Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukunaga is a fantastic rendition of a classic novel for a contemporary audience.

Normally when I watch movies that are traditional depictions of the 1800s or anywhere beyond that, I am lost in their sense and use of language. However, I did not encounter this when I watched Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. Though it was decorous and accurate of its time, the language and conventions associated with the 1800s were quite easy to assimilate.

With a befitting dosage of taciturnity expressed through body language, music, and scene, Fukunaga transports us to a world we can hardly understand in our present time. A world where women are mere pieces of flesh for bartering and getting things done, and apparently were you can lock your wife in the attic for fifteen years and not get arrested. Romanticism is at its height. And Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) negotiates the screen like a true veteran. Through her simplicity and restrained speech and emotion she carries the movie from its darkest to lightest hours, though of the latter there are not much.

But, don’t think that this is just some archaic tale of feminism. The movie has more to offer than that. Cary Fukunaga’s filming is magnificent and the tale of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester are no less than enduring.

As well, Fukunaga films the movie brilliantly. Rich colors and wide scenic shots fill the movie and add to its grand gesture of what the culture and history of our past used to look like.

Although the movie may not be able to hold to everything the book accomplishes, what movie can?

Do yourself a favor, rent this movie and watch a spectacular film about the fate of a young woman driven into servitude.