I walked out on Avatar. OK, actually I just turned off the DVD after about an hour. I know a lot of you will say to me, "Listen, you can't appreciate it unless you're in the theater with the big screen and the 3-D effects and all," to which I reply: bleh. If a movie can't stand on its story alone, it can't stand at all, and the writing in Avatar is, in a word, awful.
Now, I'm not an anti-Cameronite. Terminator is a great movie. I loved Aliens. I even sort of liked The Abyss, even if the science was nonsense (I don't care how much fluid he had in his lungs, Ed Harris would have been squashed into a pancake long before he got all the way to the bottom of the sea where the aliens lived). Titanic was tolerable but it foreshadowed the decline of Cameronism: the dialogue was written to enable effects, rather than the effects designed to enable the movie. I've seen all the characters in Avatar before: the young Marine, the evil corporate honcho, the mad scientist. And the dialogue sounds as if it were written for 12-year-olds. Which I think it was.
Anyway, if it's any consolation for you Avatarophiles out there, I was bored to death by the Lord of the Rings movies, too.
Survived the Girl Scout campout by reading a book far from the other parents and just waiting it out. Still no Fedex from the nice agent lady so if I've gotten nothing by mid-week, I'm going to e-mail her. I believe I have been patient.