I watch TV very rarely, even satellite channels with their wide range of programmes and the possibility to watch movies in the original version (which I appreciate so much). I'd rather watch a DVD. when I have some spare time. Instead, I happened to see as many as ... two (!) very good films on TV in the last days. The first one is AVATAR, The Movie (2009) which, I know, would have been better to see at the cinema. Anyhow, it was not bad at all on my (quite) big television screen. Not in 3D? Never mind, I'm not at all interested in special effects or CGI. This film is actually not exactly my cup of tea. Then, I was rather prejudiced against it ... It was enough for me to know that it had cost an incredible amount of money and that it was James Cameron's sci-fi epic , the biggest box-office hit ever – which had supplanted his previous opus, "Titanic". Of course, despite my dislike for hugely expensive American blockbusters mainly based on stunning special effects, I could but love it! What I especially liked was the fact that I watched it with my two sons and that we all found something to enjoy in it. This movie can be read at different levels and it is successfully manufactured food for thoughts. It was its underlying social and political themes which mostly attracted my attention. I appreciated its being a profound show of resistance to capitalism and an incredible struggle for the defense of nature, set in a completely new fantasy world, with weird and wonderful plants, animals and blue aliens. Beauty, goodness and usefulness.
When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (from Avatar the Movie at Imdb)
The second movie? Well, it was a costume drama and I watched it all by myself. No one shares my love for period drama in my family, you know. But, fortunately, I've found a place were I can share this passion of mine, which is here on Fly High! The historical movie I saw is AMAZING GRACE ( 2006).
The two films are definitely different. However, basicly they tell stories of men who fight for their ideals, men who want to make the world they live in better. And this is something which I deeply needed these days: to find examples, models of positivity , since I am so disappointed with what I see/hear around me.
I find it hard to believe there are still men like William Wilberforce who stubbornly and skillfully steered anti-slave legislation through the British Parliament until the Slave Trade Act 1807. Wilberforce, played by Ioann Gruffudd, is the protagonist of AMAZING GRACE .
The film begins in 1797 with William Wilberforce severely ill and taking a holiday in Bath, with his cousin, Henry Thornton (Nicholas Farrell) . It is here that William is introduced to his future wife, Barbara Spooner. (Romola Garai) Although he at first resists, she convinces him to tell her about his life.
The story flashes back 15 years to 1782, and William recounts the events that led him to where he is now. Beginning as an ambitious and popular Member of Parliament (MP), William was persuaded by his friends William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) , Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell) , Hannah More (Georgie Glen), and others to take on the dangerous issue of the British slave trade. This led him to become highly unpopular in the House of Commons amongst the MPs representing vested interests of the slave trade in London, Bristol, and Liverpool.
Exhausted, and frustrated that he was unable to change anything in the government, William becomes physically ill, which brings the story back up to 1797. Having virtually given up hope, William considers leaving politics forever. Barbara convinces him to keep fighting because if he does not, there will be no one else capable of doing so. A few days afterward, William and Barbara marry.
William, with a renewed hope for success, picks up the fight against slave trade where he had previously left off, aided by Thornton, Clarkson, and James Stephen (Stephen Campbell Moore). In time, after the 20-year campaign and many attempts to bring legislation forward, he is eventually responsible for a bill being passed through Parliament in 1807, which abolishes the slave trade in the British Empire forever.(from Wikipedia)
It wasn't the best known of the nominees or the highest grossing at the box office, but this is a great movie with a stellar cast, a true good story , delicious locations as well as amazing costumes. In the cast, also Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds, Albert Finney, Youssou N'Dour, Toby Jones, Sylvestra La Touzel, Jeremy Swift.