“10,000 B.C. in Blue”

21 Aug

That’s what a commenter on AICN thought of this trailer. Hee.

What I can’t understand is why everyone thinks Avatar‘s best introduction is “director James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic“. I was pretty young when that movie came out so I don’t remember, but really? Were the fanboys really into that movie? Is it some kind of guilty geek pleasure?

I was a teenage girl, the prime audience for Titanic, when I saw it and I thought it was terrible. Sure, it had pretty pictures and prettier people. But no movie should be so sweet that it gives you toothache. The only reason I went was because my parents bought the tickets for me as a surprise family outing that they thought would please me – kinda like how everyone buys my niece Hannah Montana stuff because she’s a ten year old girl even though she thinks Miley Cyrus is “an ugly troll who can’t sing”. (Love that kid!)

That song alone would have ruined it for me, but making things worse was that even though Kate Winslet was lovely in it, I was left kind of cold by Leo Di Caprio. Sacrilege, I know, but even today I have no idea what the fuss was all about. But then, the only time I’ve ever liked him is when Martin Scorcese directs so maybe its just my faulty taste buds. In fact, the only good thing about that movie (and I’m not saying this to be mean) was when the boat sank. That, I liked very much. I didn’t even mind that Jack kept dying for 20 minutes after that – it was that well done, I thought.

Oh well. It’s not like I won’t go watch Avatar, even if it does look like “10,000 B.C. in blue”. I paid money for Kambakkht Ishq and Transformers 2. I think its pretty well established by now that I’ll watch anything. But I’ll try and remember that the James Cameron who made my least-favorite romance was also the man who wrote and helmed Aliens. Even if that movie is almost as old as I am.


Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Entertainment, Movies, News, Video


12 responses to ““10,000 B.C. in Blue”

  1. pitu

    August 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    HeeHee the fact that you *paid* to see KI means you are a masochist like no other :-p Having said that, ugh, I abhor Titanic and I rly rly rly hate that horrible song. Leo-Kate kind of made it up to me when they came together in ‘Revolutionary Road’, a movie that is as un-diabetes inducing as possible.

  2. Gradwolf

    August 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    You were only a teenager when Titanic came? Hmmmmmm :p

    Oh, did you hear about Mira Nair’s Amelia? I am looking forward to that more than this one. And what awesome star cast!

    He was good in The Departed. But I thought he was brilliant in Blood Diamond for which I think he wasn’t even nominated. I kinda became a fan of the South African accent.

  3. sachita

    August 22, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Well, there is a story of another teenager sent by her dad who was in a rush to get a gift for some office party thingy. unfortunately for him, his daughter spotted a photo book of dicapario, the girl emerged from the gift shop an hour later, went home to very worried parents.

    Movie was ok, it was hollywood masala.

  4. Naren

    August 22, 2009 at 5:02 am

    We saw “Titanic” first day first show in Mumbai, the missus and I. She LOVED it while I felt exactly like you did. Enjoyed it when the boat sank. She wanted to see it again. I told her I’d have to be really tight to see titanic again.

  5. memsaab

    August 22, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Amrita you have seriously made me feel really OLD here. I didn’t bother to see Titanic, there is no way I could have sat through that dreadful song for one thing, and for another all that gushing praise for it made me want to run screaming. I am pretty sure I would have been cheering when the boat sank too, right along with your little teenaged self 🙂

    But James Cameron did make the Terminator movies too, which were pretty darn awesome (at least 1 & 2 were, I didn’t see 3).

  6. Blue Crush

    August 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    There’s actually a (pretty good, IMO) connection between “Blue” and “Titanic” that goes back to my college days.

    Since the said institution was plopped in the middle of nowhere, hefty on-campus concessions (aimed solely at keeping “inmates” from the realization that they were indeed ensconced in an academic Abu Ghraib) included (yes!!!) daily movie screenings (save for an odd day or two when the projector malfunctioned or the auditorium was usurped by perpetrators of boring lectures or dance performances or some such aesthetic assault).

    And as if regularly watching movies like Casino (that supposedly “had the most uses of the word fuck (422) in a feature length film”) wasn’t entertainment enough for the testosterone-laden cross-bearers on campus — (understandably) attuned to the highs of getting off — there was a beat-up shack masquerading as makeshift movie-hall (called Dabba or something… Ramsu would know better. Gee. Who knew even *I* could make name-dropping look like high art?), a mile or so outside campus, that screened — during breaks between Mithun C movies, every other day — blue (and other pirated) films.

    This dank, seedy dump of a cinema-house was the place a squirmy bunch of us (hygiene-conscious? Hardly!) girls made a beeline for, baited by surreptitious posters of Titanic (that hadn’t yet “legally” come to local theaters). Did we enjoy the movie? Heck yeah! (Poor print and powerful boos from the boys notwithstanding.)

  7. roswitha

    August 23, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Same story! Strongly resisted going to Titanic even though significant numbers in school were signing their names as “Mrs ___ DiCaprio” at the time. In fact, that film ruined LdC for me for ages, in spite of his doing early stuff that went against the Dumbass Wuvverb0i grain, until I realised he was really in earnest about being seen as a good actor, and I applaud him for trying. It pays off best in the Scorsese films, but I think he also did well in Catch Me If You Can; hated Blood Diamond, in which everyone was expiring of sheer earnestness and still managed to be reductive.

    Winslet is a goddess.

  8. apu

    August 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hey, sorry for the off-topic comment – had sent you a mail – was just wondering if you’d had a look?

  9. Amey

    August 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

    You know what would be awesome? “Titanic in blue” (read: aliens). Then again, Doctor Who already did it, and did it well, so…

  10. Amrita

    August 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Pitu – I know, right? 😳 My only excuse is that I was starved for Bollywood.

    Adithya – I really couldnt stand Blood Diamond. something about watching LdC in it just jarred the hell out of it for me. I will admit though, that he did a pretty non-LdC kind of job on it. Maybe I should watch it again.
    I did hear about Amelia, but it has Hilary Swank in it and my interest therefore died. 😛
    And yes! I was a teenager, thank you very much! Humpf.

    Sachita – huh. would this “girl” be someone I know? 😉

    Naren – I think my girl-radar must be faulty 😦

    Memsaab – hee, sorry about that! Srsly, this movie is so sappy, you can’t even make up a fun drinking game for it! Chee!
    I remembered the Terminator thing but truth be told (and not to make you feel ancient again!) I have no clear memory of those movies coz I saw them when I was a wee thing with my brother who’s a bit older than I am. And I’ve never felt the need to watch them again. But Aliens was awesome.

    BC – HAHAHAHAHA! Best Titanic story ever! I can only imagine the faces of the boys who came in to watch some Winslet action and a three hour movie about people moving around a ship to the sappiest song in the universe. What is it, btw, with boarding schools and porn shacks? You’re like the nth person I know who went to a boarding school with something similar nearby. Scandal!

    Roswitha – I’m with you on both Blood Diamond and Kate Winslet. Catch Me If You Can suffered, for me, from the Steven Speilberg disease: it seems like he never makes movies anymore, he just makes awards contenders. ROFL at the Mrs. ____ DiCaprio girls… ah, the memories.

    Amey – I need to see some Dr. Who.

  11. heloise8

    December 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Your article came up as auto generated. We agree on a lot. We agree that Titanic was crap. I was grown when I saw this film with my then-boyfriend. I nearly walked out. It was one of the WORSE movies I ever saw. I’ve seen the old Titanic remakes and loved them. Cameron ruined Titanic for me and also Leonardo Di. Great minds think alike. Cameron is no Gibson. Period.

  12. heloise8

    December 19, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Hey I saw you have Blogcritics on your roll. I write often for Blogcritics then took a hiatus. I am back writing for them. Do you write for Desicritics or blogcritics too?

    I got tired of the MSM stealing all my original idioms and commercials getting over on my wit and using it to sell their products. But I am back so let the stealing begin LOL.

    blogcritics and The Trough

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