One decade after Avatar 0 68695

Have movies changed since Avatar?

The simple answer is yes. Avatar was a spectacular movie back in 2009 and it’s something that we still find ourselves watching when nostalgia hits. It still manages to give us goosebumps. Everything about the movie was spectacular. It was something that was decades ahead of its time and honestly, it’s still pretty decent when compared to today’s standards. To properly answer this question, we need to go over it in levels.

  • The first level is CGI. Is CGI remarkably different from what we have today? When we saw Avatar a decade ago, there was a lot of decent CGIs out there, but nothing as mind-blowing or revolutionary as the stuff in Avatar. The movie set a new gold standard and we would like to see if things have remarkably progressed since Cameron’s initial sci-fi masterpiece.
  • The second will be the story. Avatar’s story was about a man who had to choose between duty, his race, a shiny new pair of legs and love. We have to decide if modern scriptwriters have followed in the part laid down by this thrilling movie about discovery and morality. It opened new doors and avenues to speak about more sensitive subjects.
  • The third is the soundtrack. Is the type of music used in Avatar still prevalent in today’s theatre, or was it just a one-time thing?

CGI

James Cameron’s Avatar is known around many circles for its outrageous budget and high-tech imagery. Although the field was already saturated with a plethora of innovative applications and techniques Cameron’s Avatar stands out. With revolutionary 3D-fusion recording, performance capture, and expression recording apparatuses, Cameron and his team were able to pioneer a unique recording style. Even though Cameron did not, in fact, invent some of this technology, they were more widely used and developed after his first Avatar movie. Life-motion capture has become standard since, and it’s difficult to find movies and video games that are not made with a ridiculous amount of CGI.

Animations have taken a big leap upwards

Animations and cartoons are no longer mostly produced for children. There is an ever-growing consumer base for more adult-themed animations. They tend to be unrealistically violent, explore sexuality, and also day-to-day living. Some of the content is rather inappropriate for children – like Sausage Party, BoJack Horseman, and Ricky and Morty.

The acceptance of controversial views into mainstream television is good. Although most people might not have noticed this, over the years a lot of ideas that were considered weird and controversial have been more openly viewed and discussed in movies and TV shows. Sensitive subjects like sexuality, money, the after life, etc. have been more openly discussed and examined.

The death of cheap comedy

The golden days of Adam Sandler’s shenanigans are behind us now. No longer will the masses be entertained by a romantic comedy laced with cheap jokes that just garner quick laughs. Perhaps earlier on in the decade, it would have been acceptable to have movies like these but with the heavy dose of satire and deep exploration of more sensitive topics, the quality and expectations have risen astronomically. People are no longer satisfied with ridiculous branded as comedy.

Historical fictions and their unbiased portrayal of certain historical issues have become mainstream. Since the beginning of the decade, there have been movies that have targeted the injustices of a time period and challenged the status quo. These historical movies weren’t always social commentary, some of them actually tell stories about the life of certain extraordinary people like Neil Armstrong and Nelson Mandela. There were also intellectual pictures about the Holocaust and wars.

Since we are talking about the changes in message, we might as well talk about movies that explore the dangers that social media might wreak.

Music in the movies

The music of Avatar definitely fits the mood perfectly. The music was developed specifically for the movie. It was very tribal, upbeat, and exclusive to the movie’s unique content. There was something about injustice and hopelessness that just had to be covered by great musical content. The music integrated so seamlessly with the content of the movie that it felt natural. Musical content in movies hasn’t really changed, they still sometimes over-produce their soundtracks but, in most cases, they settle for popular songs.

Although the music of the times has changed, the basic rules haven’t. Great music pairs well with a great movie, it’s a rule that will never change.

Over the years, several things have changed in the movie industry. The genre, the plot, and the message has evolved so much since the Avatar days, and while we cannot definitely say that is categorically good or bad, it’s a well-welcomed change that has raised expectations considerably. So many amazing movies have been produced since Avatar and people have become more accustomed to well-written plots, superior cinematography, and of course, music. All these factors ultimately determine the profits that will be realized from that movie.

Avatar started a trend and since then more passionate movies about morality, protecting what you love, and racial equality have been produced. The movie is truly a milestone in the movie industry and we’re all looking forward to its second installment.

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Getting your kids to read this summer 839 150666

Summer means different things for different people. For twenty-year-old’s, it’s the time to work and party; for parents, it’s the time to hold neighborhood events and start saving up, and for kids, it’s the time to kick back and finally have some fun. School’s out! 😃 It’s that one time of the year when they can go to the beach and hang out with all their friends without worrying about some project or homework. For them, the entire summer is all about having fun, and as a parent, it’s your sacred duty to balance fun with continuing education. You might even be able to replace “fun” with something more rewarding – like reading!

Knowledge attained outside the classroom tends to stick around longer

You don’t want to be the “uncool” parent that forces your kid to do something school-related during the summer, but you don’t really have that much of choice, here’s why. The lessons that really stick with you long after you finish school are the ones that you learned when you didn’t really have to.

The knowledge that is acquired without some form of ultimatum or consequence always leaves a lasting impression. It also introduces you to a new side of knowledge that is not purely scholarly.

Reading is right for you regardless of what it is that you decide to read – obviously you will have to control your kids’ intake in your spare time. Reading strengthens the mind, and continual learning increases the speed at which you assimilate and process information. Just imagine the kind of impact a fantastic reading speed could have on your kid educational future. You could be adequately preparing them for a future in academia.

Exposure

The reward of “ruining” their obsessively fun summer will be some exposure to other subjects and topics that are unfamiliar to them. Recreational reading could be very instrumental in building up their overall personality. Plus, proper exposure ensures that they have enough information to make smarter and more informed decisions at a tender age.

It can teach them to research and ask questions

Summer reading could form the basis of a voracious reading habit that could beautifully complement their curiosity. It’s not every kid that thinks about something strange that eventually go on to investigate, summer reading could introduce them to the concept of research.

How to get your kids to read during the summer

It’s easy to talk about getting your kids to read during the summer, getting them to do it another issue entirely.

Kids can be especially stubborn or pigheaded when you are trying to force them to do what they simply have no interest in. The only way to have them do what you want the right way is to either introduce a reward system or trick them that it’s all their idea. Local library’s often offer summer reading lists per age group.

Reward system

Are you having a hard time getting your kid to do anything you want? Wait patiently, there is always something they’ll want, and you can use that to get what you want – in this case, it’s a healthy reading habit.

When they come to you with a ridiculous demand, you can propose a fair trade that will engage their mind and keep it focused on a book that you’ll recommend. You can even choose to deliver the reward after the completion of several books, that way, you are getting the most out of your deal.

You can also choose to limit or restrict play time, and the completion of a certain number of pages could be the requirement they must fulfill before they are allowed to play again.

Making them think it’s their idea

In my experience, people are always more motivated to complete a project that they believe to be totally theirs. When it’s your plan, you just tend to pay more attention to it, it’s like you want to prove something to yourself and others around you. Adults think this way, and so do kids. They can be pretty devoted to completing a book they just accidentally stumbled upon or saw you flip through.

Sometimes you don’t have to be so obvious or aggressive, you could give a rousing speech about reading and hand them a book that you know that they’ll enjoy and leave the rest to them.

The summertime doesn’t have to all about vacations and parties, it could also be an opportunity for your kid to develop a reasonably analytical mind.

Is your partner complaining about your snoring? You might have a problem. 0 55195

Your partner might not have the heart to tell you, but your snoring sucks. They might tell you that it’s slight and cute and they don’t mind, but they are just trying not to hurt your feelings. I, on the other hand, have no such obligation. In truth, snoring isn’t as annoying and unbearable as I make it out to be. It might actually be “cute” but something has to be done about it nonetheless. It might be a sign of something more serious than just a mildly distasteful sleeping habit. So, is your snoring far more serious than you think, or am I just being hard?

Having sleep apnea isn’t necessarily a bad thing (ok technically it is). But it doesn’t always have to be life or death. You could see a doctor and try to get things sorted out before it’s too late. After all, sleep apnea deprives your entire body and brain of some much-needed oxygen.

An individual is said to have sleep apnea when they don’t get enough oxygen during sleep because their brain isn’t sending signals fast enough to the rest of the body. It doesn’t know to breathe in during sleep; or it could be caused when the muscles of the throat are relaxed which causes the pathways to narrow, so the body doesn’t get enough oxygen during sleep. There are three major types of apnea and although their causes vary, they pretty much cause similar problems down the road.

I’m not typing this long list of diseases to scare you, but they are some of the possible conditions that might result from prolonged sleep apnea.

Some of the diseases that can arise from sleep apnea are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Sleep-deprived partners

Although the diseases on this list are scary and often life-threatening, they rarely happen in most cases. Like with most life-threatening diseases out there, early identification is what it’s all about.

Here are a few ways of identifying sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Short moments when you stop breathing completely
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Short attention span while awake

Note: Sleep apnea isn’t quite identical across the spectrum. Some people don’t even snore loudly at night. I know that this might sound confusing but things aren’t always as simple as they seem. You have to watch out for some of the other symptoms if you think that you might have sleep apnea. Your best bet is to just get yourself checked out whenever you can.

Now then, how exactly can we help ourselves when we find out that we have sleep apnea?

Although there are some home remedies and radical dietary alternatives, the safest solution is going with modern medicine. In-person sleep studies, surgeries, and even medications are all options that might be available to you. With that said, here are a few things easy ways to help with your sleep apnea.

Keep your weight under check

Although this symptom is particularly restricted to obstructive sleep apnea, it’s a great idea to adopt it nonetheless. It’ll look after you long after the sleep apnea has passed and it does come with some added physical advantages. It is well known that obesity has a lot of unsightly consequences, but what most people don’t know is that it can also be the cause of sleep apnea. Obesity blocks some of the essential pathways such as the nasal passages and this often results in sleep apnea.

Change your sleep position

It has been noted that certain sleeping postures actually help with your sleep apnea. Something as simple as sleeping on your side can greatly impact the overall frequency of your snores and gasps. Sleeping on your side makes it less likely for your tongue to obstruct your airway. Although not everyone is immediately relieved by this simple home remedy, it’s still quite memorable all things considered.

Quit smoking

In case you might not know, smoking can kill you eventually. They don’t only break down the cells in your lungs, they also increase inflammation and fluid retention in the throat which can cause sleep apnea.

Sleep regularly

I understand that gasping for breath in the middle of the night can be problematic but adequate sleep goes a long way in improving the quality of your sleep and your life span altogether.

Your partner’s sporadic sleep pattern might not be a result of his or her strange sleeping habits. It might be something more serious than that and you should always watch him or her when they are asleep. That is when you will really know if they are at risk.

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