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Avatar: how many other films can it embody?

Avatar: how many other films can it embody? (photo)

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James Cameron’s much-hyped “Avatar,” is the first feature film he will have directed since 1997’s “Titanic” when it releases in December. After what was apparently a spectacular 16 minute teaser trailer at select IMAX theaters, the film has already sold tickets, 4 months ahead of release. It’s a revolution in cinema you know.

I must say, the 2 minute version I’ve seen is quite cool. The music is especially brilliant, that long tone evolving into a droning cacophony pulls you right in and doesn’t let go. It doesn’t jerk you around like most big budget broke trailer compositions that have to cue every action and every cut with an overblown explosive sound.

(A human payed by Sam Worthington inhabits an alien body in “Avatar”)

But, for all it’s revolutionary claim it just looks like a glossy mash of other films to me. Last of the blue Mohican’s on the forest moon of Endor. There’s a drink name in there somewhere, cocktology enthusiasts take note. In all seriousness, there’s more imagery at work from the playbook’s of “Aliens,” “The Abyss,” and “The Terminator” than I’d think possible to fit into 2 minutes of original footage. I’ve seen all those marines before, I’ve seen those machines, the fluid filled tank, the crazy light tube, the airships, the luminescent alien world. Who does Cameron think he’s fooling?

Thing is, all of those are James Cameron movies. I suppose that let’s him off the hook. There is however, a controversy over a little animated film called, “Delgo.” Someone did a shot by shot comparison that is somewhat supportive of foul play. Many similarities between the alien creature shots are uncanny, others seem to me, just part of a collective unconsciousness, a natural way of depicting things. A lawsuit may be in the works from the producers of “Delgo,” a film I’d never heard of until today. Check out the side-by-side rundown on JoBlo.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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