Are movies art?

Today the most overrated movie in history is being re-released in theaters. As die-hard Avatar fans flock to theaters to witness an extension of the film’s cliched and obligatory love story, and more of Mr. Cameron’s heavy-handed and predictable political satire; we must ask the question: can movies ever really be considered art?

Okay, okay, I joke. Of course movies are art. But it’s stunning to me that some, such as Roger Ebert, deride video games while still praising the disaster that is Avatar. I mean, I’m writing this while taking a brief break from playing the great Black Isle video game Planescape: Torment. It’s sort of insulting to me that I have to defend the medium that gave us epic stories like Torment from people who love Avatar.

[Technical Note: For some odd reason, I was unable to put links into this post. I apologize for not being able to send you directly to someplace where you could buy Planescape: Torment, because if you don’t know what it is, you have to play it ASAP.]

What's your stake in this, cowboy?