“Up”, “Up”, and the winner IS . . .

by bookindian


I was more than surprised when I saw “Up” listed as an Academy Awards nominee for Best Picture . . . like WTF, did someone finally realize that there was another movie that was worth mentioning released during 2009 and I mean DURING 2009, not at the end of the year.

The Academy needs to change film release criteria regarding the length of time a movie has actually been available to the viewing public. For example, if a film has not been released before September 30th, then it will not be eligible to be considered as an Academy Awards nominee.

Simple, GYST and let the public see whatcha got, don’t pull the last minute, December release BS that is typical of Hollywood . . . Oh yeh, and if a “feature” film runs more than 1 hour and 30 minutes . . . if you can’t get your plot-line across in less than 90 minutes, maybe you should find a script that isn’t so stupidly complex.

Maybe I said this before, but “Avatar” should be three separate movies, starting with the story of the Na’vi, then, introduction of the paraplegic vet and “fuel rock” expeditionary force, and finally, the DNA clone thing – you decide the sequence of the last two segments.

– “Up” won the Best Original Score and the Best Animated Feature Film at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. In addition, it won two Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Score. It was also nominated for three 52nd Grammy Awards, winning two.” –

All this was before Avatar was even out of the box!!


I also like the fact that Pete Docter (Director of “Up”) and the Pixar artists actually went to Venezuela and visited the exotic tepuis landscape. Where did James Cameron go . . .? Probably to see “Dances With Wolves”, “Alien”, “Ferngully” and “Poca-haunt-us” . . . again . . . LOL !! Actually, Cameron took the “Avatar” cast to Hawai’i to get a feel for the “forest” and associated “jungley-walla” stuff.

An associate of mine in Japan posted that he had having difficulty trying to explain to his young daughter how much money “Space Pocahontas” made, using the term ”Space Pocahontas” to refer to the “Avatar” movie. Interesting, neh?


Neytiri’s never before seen pic of her resting between takes . . .
near the City of Refuge . . . if you don’t know what or where the City of Refuge is, read “The Curse of Lono” by Hunter S. Thompson.

BTW – “Up” has been nominated by “the Academy” for Best Picture, Best Original Screen Play, Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing – has any of that been hyped on CNN or any of the other major networks?


Another shot of Na’vi Neytiri relaxing at the shop.

. . . well, got to get ready for the Super Bowl – prep the brats, chips, dip and spectator stuff necessary for mass consumption . . .

p.s. . . . scuttlebutt has it that the movie “Avatar, the Last Airbender” had to drop the word “Avatar” from the film title “to avoid confusing it with the “other” Avatar . . . WTF, “Avatar the Last Airbender” is what I thought the fauxAvatar” was when I first started hearing about this “great” movie by James Cameron – kept saying to myself ” . . . where’s the rest of the title?”

A little something for those that remember Edgar Rice Burroughs:

– “THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1924) is a Darwinist story set on a mysterious island near the South Pole, where dinosaurs and other primitive species have survived.” –

After seeing a documentary film about the tepui in Venezuela, I often thought that the landscape fit Burroughs’ story very nicely, I.e. Venezuela being “near” the South Pole and the tepui appearing like “islands” rising up from the clouds when viewed from the air; a fitting landscape for “Up”.