James Cameron directed the blockbuster Titanic, which was released on December 19, 1997 (same day as the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies and a week before Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown). Titanic became the biggest movie of all time and is unlikely to be toppled from its perch any time soon (If The Dark Knight couldn't do it...). Cameron disappeared for the next 12 years, releasing a couple of documentaries, creating Dark Angel and making a cameo in Entourage. Cameron's next feature is Avatar, which is being released as close to Titanic's 12th anniversary as possible, December 18. Avatar has also become the most expensive movie ever made, with a pre-release tab of $200+ million and with marketing costs included, could break $300 million.
Just from seeing a two minute preview, I already know I don't have to rush right out to see Avatar. It started with some impressive visuals of an alien world and sympathy-generating scenes of a wheelchair-bound hero-type. We see preparations to implant the hero's consciousness into an alien. He then wakes up inside the alien and we see...
IT'S A MOVIE ABOUT TALL CGI SMURFS!
As I see upwards of 100 movies a year, I may go see Avatar eventually but all I have to say is - borrowing from Cameron's 1986 classic Aliens - it better not be a bug hunt.