Many years ago I decided that I wouldn't read a certain popular series of books until I had seen the film adaptions of those books. This is because I've usually read any genre novel well before it gets optioned as a film, and as this one sneaked under my radar, I thought I would like to experience the novel sensation of seeing a film adaption without having previously read the book (with the inevitable invidious comparisons between one's imagination and the film imagery).
Anyway, I've now seen the final film of the series (which was rather well done, unlike the previous two [possibly three]), and so can commence reading the actual books. Although I am debating whether to refresh my memory of the films or not before I begin.
My favourite was the third film I think. My least favourite was the fifth, which really presupposed knowledge of the book, or surprisingly, this film.
I thoroughly enjoyed the latest Sherlock Holmes film. Kudos all round, but especially for making Watson competent again in his own right, rather than just as a foil for Holmes. [Something I always objected to in the old Basil Rathbone films; which is also probably why I so enjoyed Nick Pollotta's The Really Final Solution.] Exciting and fun and makes me want to get out my copy of The Kerberos Club (or Passages or Victoriana or any other of the Victoriana inspired games) and start playing.
Avatar is absolutely gorgeous and well worth seeing with the extra dimension. I didn't object to the storyline as much as some people seem to have. Yes, the Unobtainium was a Macguffin, which really had to be destructively mined to play it's part in the movie. Yes, the aliens were pretty and cute, and they even got away by successfully explaining their Noble Savage archetype. But the story did hew quite closely to several old favourite SF stories, which I won't mention here to avoid spoilers, albiet with some not-so-subtle moralizing. [Although it did make me want to see a certain move starring the character of Jason dinAlt.]
But my hallmark is that it would be very easy to create the world for an RPG campaign. Although in filling out the backstory I'd probably increase the separation between the Science Team and the Mining Company, perhaps by having the Science team existing well before the miners got there. Of course you'd have to ignore things like the magnetosphere of the gas giant Pandora is in orbit around, Roche limits, and similar stuff that gets in the way of good visuals. They even had an explanation for the
[I think a lot of the nay-sayers were, as the people with whom I saw the movie, affected by the moralizing in a good way, and trying to make up excuses as to why humans wouldn't do that sort of thing, but being unable to deny history.]
Mongol was quite a good film, telling the story of the young Temujin, who was eventually to become Genghis Khan, the founder of the largest empire in human history. It is based on the so-called Secret History of the Mongols, which is a mixture of historical fact and folklore, and holds the same impact for Mongolians as the legends of Arthur Pendragon have for the British. Having read the Secret History, I found myself looking for the next interesting event or person (a lot of episodes were missing, but you couldn't fit the entire Secret History in such a short film), but I am informed that if you have no knowledge of history, you will still enjoy what is going on. Although, apparently, in this case it becomes a classic love story rather than a coming of age story.