Winter Classic

It sounds so elegant and ancient. The NHL’s Winter Classic – ice hockey played out door on New Year’s Day. This year is its 3rd, the venue is at Fenway Park in Boston – the oldest baseball stadium, Flyers v. Bruins. Reportedly 300,000 requests for tickets. It isn’t about the game. It isn’t about game: think the diehard fans who sit on the nosebleed – what could they possibly see? But die hard is die hard. It’s an event in itself. Now, aside from Thanksgivings with Dallas Cowboys, New Year’s Day college football, we have one more game to look forward to :).

AMC Loews at Lincoln SquareBoston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara #33 likes an Avatar on ice, a head and shoulder taller than the rest. Last week we took in James Cameron’s movie at IMAX theater – AMC Loews at Lincoln Square. Judging from its name, I thought I would get good couple of hours of sleep but it grabbed me from the first second.

The film is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a fictional world in a distant planetary system. Humans are engaged in mining Pandora’s reserves of a precious mineral, while the Na’vi—a race of indigenous humanoids—resist the colonists’ expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na’vi and the Earth-like Pandoran ecosystem. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered body called an avatar, that looks and functions like a Na’vi body, but is controlled remotely by the mind of a human. It is as if the human were actually in the avatar, experiencing its senses. Avatars are used by some of the film’s human characters to interact with the Na’vi.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy isn’t my type of movie but the concept and technology are spectacular.

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