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The Last Airbender (2010)
Thoroughly enjoyed it!
I am embarrassed to admit that I almost passed on this film, entirely as a result of its widespread persecution. After viewing all 103 minutes last night, I am confident that most film critics as well as the general public, have extreme difficulties thinking for themselves.
The Last Airbender was a huge success. It is obvious that the visuals carried the film, but what the creative team painted for us was nothing less than spectacular. From the brilliant costumes to the magnificent ice kingdom, my eyes would not leave the screen. Noah Ringer was a treat to watch, and his character was easy to root for. The action scenes were exciting, but more importantly unique. The variety in the supporting cast kept me entertained from one scene to the next, and created excellent set up for their roles in the sequels. Even the score was highly captivating. This complimented the narration of a very enjoyable storyline.
The greatest flaw was of course the dialogue. This caused some of the characters to suffer immensely. At one point, I actually questioned Jackson Rathbone's existence in the film. If you are unable to identify with the characters, it is easy to become disengaged.
In the context of a children's cartoon series film adaptation, the movie prevails. It delivers on multiple levels, and falls short on a few. This hardly constitutes failure. It is unfortunate that Hollywood has created a scapegoat in Shyamalan, yet amusing that the public has so blindly bought into it.
The Bone Snatcher (2003)
This movie snatched my dignity.
I was very excited to watch this movie for two reasons. 1) I read multiple positive reviews. And 2) It was never in at the video store (which obviously means it's a good movie!). Well I'll start off being nice. This movie was too slow... far too slow to sustain any sort of viewer interest for more than 4.9 minutes at a time. But I am a patient man, and I figured that in this case, my patience would pay off. Oh how I was wrong my friends. The "suspense" lead to absolutely nothing in the end, and the creatures were not scary at all. This movie raped my intelligence from all angles, and left me to rot. It simply had no remorse fort the damage it did to its viewers both mentally and physically. Why Bone Snatcher, why??? What I did enjoy about the movie was the scenery, however this was not a redeeming factor. In conclusion, this movie was terrible. If you would like to see horror at it's best, check out The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
The Believer (2001)
Ryan Gosling = Awesome
Well I went into this movie with high expectations, and I was mildly disappointed. I say that only because I was expecting "American History X" material, and I did not receive it. But that is not the movie's fault, that is mine. So before I go on, I challenge alot of you to think about whether or not this movie REALLY failed...
With that said, I think that The Believer did what it intended to do, and that is to make the viewer think. If you pick apart ANY movie, you're bound to find plot holes, contradictions, inaccuracies, etc... Fortunately, all of the errors in this movie have no bearing whatsoever on the point that this movie tries to get across, which hovers around questioning your beliefs. So, why bother having a fit over it all? I'll congratulate you for your analytic/interpretive skills, but that doesn't change the fact that this movie has such a high rating.
A word on the acting... Ryan Gosling, I wish I could shake your hand. Brilliant and convincing this kid was in a very multi-layered role... It's no wonder Sandra Bullock is all over him. I'm used to seeing him in comedic roles like in Breaker High, so not only was this role a refreshing change, but it also proved his ability as an actor. Overall, great film, and very entertaining.
Nine Comments & One Question About Lucas:
1) Excellent acting by a star studded cast.
2) Wicked 80's music throughout the movie.
3) Lucas is a pervert.
4) Corey Haim had SO much promise as an actor.
5) Lucas is a party animal.
6) I love Kerri Green.
7) I cry everytime I watch this movie.
8) Yeah I'd like some Ree-sees Pee-sees.
9) Lucas is a true testament to how great the 80's were.
1) If you're so depressed, how come you're eating pizza?