July 2010

Avatar…..or Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Thee

I just watched the Oscars and, thankfully, Avatar did not win Best Picture. It did however win, deservedly so, the Best Visual Effects award. Anyone who has seen it knows the job James Cameron and his crew did in creating a marvelous visual feast. Anyone who understands capitalism and the history of humanity will also know and lament the incredible movie making skills for such tired, old anti-civilization and anti-technology propaganda. The guy who accepted the award said, “Avatar’s a film about learning to see the world in new ways”. But really it’s a film about learning to make old myths about our world more visually interesting. (Plot spoilers follow)

In his song, Pocahontas,...