Well, surprise surprise
Both Avatar and Nine look pretty terrible. I am saying this based on the impressi0n left on me by their trailers. But The Awl loves them both. And I love The Awl. So maybe I'll see them anyway. Man, what an enthralling post. It's like I took an observation and put it through a machine that sucked out all figurative language and excitement. Sorry guys, it's cold outside.
Also, I went to Komi. Here's what I thought about it.
UPDATE: Wow. Ian Buckwalter, DCist's extremely awesome and always right movie critic, also loved Avatar:
I was a skeptic. There was over a decade's worth of lingering bad taste in my mouth from my dislike of Titanic. There are the trailers and commercials that just look silly and visually flat. Blue-skinned aliens that were drawing comparisons to unholy unions of Jar Jar Binks and the smurfs. Heady proclamations from director James Cameron that he was going to change the face of movies. It all left me sitting in my seat prior to seeing Avatar expecting a big failure with an even bigger price tag. That's a lot of pessimism to overcome, but the fact is that Avatar really is a game changer. No, it's not perfect. Far from it. It's overlong, the script is hopelessly clunky, the characters aren't nearly as vivid as those in the director's strongest work in Aliens and the first two Terminators. But it delivers what, for many years, Cameron did better than nearly anyone else: thrilling sci-fi action with eye-popping, extraordinary visuals. Forget what the trailers look like — this isn't a movie where 3D is an enhancement to the moviegoing experience. It's as essential to the film as technicolor was to The Wizard of Oz. Dismissing this movie based on a 2D trailer is like writing off The Lord of the Rings based on a two minute clip viewed on an old, static-plagued 13-inch TV with broken vertical hold. The difference really is that great. Sitting in a theater with those glasses on, you'll see a movie like nothing else you've ever experienced.
Don't bother viewing the trailer. See it in a theater.
Alright then. Perhaps I'll venture out into the snow this weekend to see it.