Category: Film

Thoughts on Themes of AVATAR

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I was fortunate enough to see the film AVATAR with an insightful chick from India, who explained to me at intermission (we have those in Sri Lankan movie theaters) that the word “avatar” still has spiritual meaning to people in India, and therefore when they’re referring to the movie, they might differentiate it by pronouncing it with an American accent!  

 

The definition for them is “The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.” She pointed out that Vishnu’s avatar is Krishna and both are blue.  And also that the Na’vi had tails, much like the monkey god, Hanuman. 

 

She also mentioned that the word “Na’vi” sounds like the Hindi word for “new” and she wondered how the Na’vi language was developed, so I found an explanation for her on Wikipedia.

 

The name PANDORA

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My review of Mamma Mia! The Movie

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Okay, I know it's not terribly timely, but I was moved enough to share, and I know there are people who haven't yet seen it.  So here you go:

This version has spoilers. To read the one without spoilers (or just for fun!) go to my posting on the Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795421/usercomments-385.

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1. Those ABBA people are great songwriters.

2. Mamma Mia's storyline is compelling, good-feeling and tugs on the right heart-strings…enough to overcome the difficulty of believing that Meryl Streep's character is musical, and the unfortunate general lack of chemistry between cast members. Or maybe it's because I saw it alone on DVD instead of in a theater full of people. It's possible.

3. If you love someone enough, the way I love Pierce Brosnan, it doesn't matter if their singing makes you cringe…it'll pass. And …
potential spoiler…Pierce Brosnan looks pretty damn good in a disco jumpsuit it turns out. (Oh how I love that man….)

4. Hope and love are ageless–I figure the "older crowd" in this film should be around 40, (since Sophie is 20 and Donna wasn't allowed to return home when she got pregnant–usually something a teen would say). But Meryl is 59 and Pierce is 55, and darn it, people of all ages deserve another chance at love!

5. If you love someone enough, (SPOILER) when they play a character who isn't "batting for your team", you don't believe it…even when they act/dance it convincingly. (I love me some Colin Firth too).

6. If you love a song enough, you'll keep watching even if it's not being performed by your favorite performers…and in this case–the movie's end credits–it's TOTALLY worth it.

The moral of the review: A good storyline and well-written, much-beloved songs can overcome almost anything!

Why I’m better suited for writing and radio…

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It really took way too much work to get these videos from the video camera to the You Tube. It required days of input from the finest minds in my household and even then, it came out a rather poor quality BUT it's something

Let me know what you think – really. Go to http://www.youtube.com/MalaynaTravels for the entire trilogy thus far. I can pretty much guarantee you'll all enjoy a laugh at my expense!