every once in a while i think about some of the cultural touchstones from home that i am missing because i am away. i'm pretty sure i have missed my chance to see avatar on the big screen, for example. the dubbed-in-russian version was playing here. and i was planning to see it. i figured that watching it in a language i don't understand was the best way to see a bloated special-effects centered film. that way i could watch the pretty pictures and not be bothered by things like the plot, which i know anyway just from seeing the previews months ago.
this morning i found out that i missed my chance. avatar has left town, some moscowood blockbuster i never heard of is in the one cinema in town. i'm having a hard time convincing myself that i should care.