Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a story about James Cameron’s “work” in the Brazilian rain forests, trying to help the indigenous people defeat the human mecha and guard Home Tree, or whatever. This is probably the best part:
Many of the indigenous leaders he was planning to meet with had never heard of [Cameron] before, much less seen his movie. All they knew was that “a powerful ally” would be attending their gathering, Ms. Soltani said.
So, the night before Mr. Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, arrived with three bodyguards, a dozen or so villagers gathered in the house of José Carlos Arara, the chief of the Arara tribe here, to watch a DVD of “Avatar.”
Ew. It probably wasn’t even in 3D let alone IMAX. I wonder how mad James Cameron was about the disrespect the villagers showed his masterpiece by not watching it in its intended format. Answer: so mad.
“Do I come down to their jungle and slap the ceremonial tobacco pipe out of their mouth?”
–James Cameron, 1954-2012
Anyway, since we didn’t do a caption contest yesterday (thanks a lot, Joe Mande) let’s do one now. Winner will receive recognition in this week’s Monsters’ Ball, which is basically the Videogum Home Tree. It’s more like a Home Cave, but what’s the point of getting into it? Incidentally, the article and accompanying slideshow have so many good photos. James Cameron is on a one-man mission to bring back the Fanny Pack. Heads up, Bill Cunningham. (Photo via NYT.)