Gerry Canavan

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Long a director who not only created new filmmaking techniques for his sci-fi adventures but, crucially, created tools that inherently meshed with his material, Cameron here seems to have put the WETA Digital workshop before the word processor, as his wannabe paradigm-shifter at once resets the boundaries of what’s possible to situate on screen while at the same time offering up a narrative skeleton for his wizardry that’s simplistic, hackneyed, and ultimately more than slightly inane. It’s motion-capture majesty in the service of lifeless romance and mushy-headed allegory.

* Is an Iraq-war-era split in the progressive blogosphere re-emerging over health care reform?

* In a Special Comment tonight Olbermann came out against the health care bill. A call to arms I could (potentially) get behind:

Let Lieberman and Ben Nelson and Baucus and the Republicans vote their lack-of-conscience and preclude 60 “ayes.” Let them commit political suicide instead of you. Let Mr. Lieberman kill the bill — then turn to his Republican friends only to find out they hate him more than the Democrats do. Let him stagger off the public stage, to go work … for the insurance industry.

As if he is not doing that now.

Then, Mr. Reid, take every worthwhile provision of health care reform you legally can, and pass it via reconciliation, when ever and how ever you can — and by the way, a Medicare Buy-In can be legally passed via reconciliation.

is immediately followed by something totally wrongheaded and painfully moronic:

I call on all those whose conscience urges them to fight, to use the only weapon that will be left to us if this bill becomes law.

We must not buy federally mandated insurance if this cheesy counterfeit of reform is all we can buy.

The spectacle of a millionaire instructing his viewers to risk medical bankruptcy out of spite. C’est la Olbermann.

* Why sunspots aren’t causing climate change. Via TNR and Kevin Drum.

* And Bryan Singer will return to the X-Men franchise for First Class. Still wish we could have seen what he intended for the Dark Phoenix Saga. C’est la vie.

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