Here’s a wonderful 3 minutes from Carl Sagan on how as a young boy he was mesmerized by the Mars of John Carter, Tars Tarkas, and Dejah Thoris. The reverence with which he speaks of[…]
Good ol’ michaeldsellers.com has evolved a site where I spend a lot of my time writing about an object of great passion in my life — the Philppines. I have some other sites “on the[…]
Avatar has re-energized my affection and appreciation for the great adventure novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars and according to James Cameron a principal source of inspiration for Avatar. One thing that Burroughs and Cameron have in common, I think, is a unique and perhaps intuitive ability to grasp the mythic structures that cause their stories to resonate astonishingly across disparate cultures.
Earlier this week I wrote about comparisons between Avatar and the great planetary adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs, particularly the John Carter of Mars series which is currently in production with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Toy Story) directing. As a teen I truly fell in love with Burroughs’ stories, which in those days were being reissued on paperback by ACE and Bantam Books. I was living Germany, an Army brat, and I ordered the books in the mail and would be sent into near ecstacy when a US Mail Jiffy Bag with 4 or 5 books in it would arrive.
Detailed article on the creative connection between Edgar Rice Burroughs and James Cameron.
Today is the last day of the holiday break, and this afternoon I’m going to see Avatar for the third time — seems a fitting way to end the holidays, since Avatar has been much[…]
When’s the last time you came out of a movie and just wanted to get in line and see it again right then? When’s the last time you wanted to shout to the people in[…]