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An unbelievably convincing alien world

I don’t have much to say about the biggest non-inflation adjusted movie of all-time (Gone With the Wind, 1939, is the top adjusted) as the brilliant special effects v corny plot argument has been well rehearsed. However ploddingly presented, it’s good to see an anti-colonialist/capitalist message emerge in a blockbuster film but what was most striking, I think, was the portrayal of Pandora as Gaia – James Lovelock’s idea that Earth is a living being. When I was pulling up potatoes, the following day, Pandora was with me: weird!

Bechdel test: Fail (9/4)
Protagonist: Male (2/8)


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