So, yeah. I'm not sure how I feel about the tights, either. They looked better in the package, and while I knew the print would shimmy&stretch over my legs, I was hoping the black would stay intact a liiiittle bit more. Alas. I probably should have bought them (or been shopping at all), but one thing led to another...
But Avatar was awesome! I've mostly just been wanting to see it because it's the most expensive movie ever made, blah blah blah and I hate to miss out on major culturally iconic movies... or anything, really... but I was super impressed! First of all, it was visually stunning--I kind of wish I lived on a moon as beautiful and full of light as Pandora--and the 3-D effect was subtle but the added dimensions brought out the beauty of the landscape like a delicious dish deliberately paired with a fine wine. More surprising (to me), it was also GOOD. The story sucked me in immediately and held fast. We were a few minutes late to the movie because my mother thought it started at 3:50 (like mother, like daughter, I suppose...) and when we finally arrived the theatre was packed so we couldn't even sit together. The ultimate measure of the movie's effect on me, however, was that I had a chai latte before it started and skipped the bathroom because we were running so late... and I didn't even have to get up and go! It was like I forgot about my body (or entered a bladder-free Avatar body when I walked into the theatre)... if you know me, you know what a feat this is.
I do have a strange affinity for science fiction/fantasy movies that use new worlds (or the future) as a metaphor for or social commentary on the currect state of humanity, especially in a spiritual context. I like to entertain the idea that an energy runs through all of us and everything around us, so the "bio-botanical neural network" on Pandora really struck home with me. I find it interesting that James Cameron compared an avatar to "...an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods taking a flesh form," because I have also always identified this concept of an energy-network with eastern religion, particularly Hinduism. The Na'vi people live in a world that is as close to Nirvana as I can imagine ever existing... I honestly do believe, to some extent, that all we need to experience divine peace is true compassion and connection to each other and our environment, but as long as we continue to see everything (each other and our environment) as the means to a monetary end, we will always be seeking and sad and angry and alone.
Wow, that was kind of intense for a Monday morning. To lighten the mood, here's another photo of my smirking face in some funny tights:
(FRANCE shirt&knit cap: UO; jumper: etsy; tights: Betsey Johnson, Marshall's; shoes: Chinese Laundry, Marshall's; necklace: vintage)
Oh, and although I have just tried to lecture you on the meaning of life, I hope you are at least inspired to go see Avatar now (if you haven't already... I'm always so behind)! And I hope you don't go running for the hills, because like I said at the outset, I love you all for listening to me!