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Harry doesn't hate THE LAST AIRBENDER, he pities it.

I don't get it. Watching what has happened to M. Night Shymalan is a lot like that feeling a lot of people get when we see those with the cardboard signs. You may consider being charitable, but then you remember that knifing you heard about, a car jacking, you can tell that there may have been a good person there before, but he's wallowed one time too many and now... You just find yourself hitting the accelerator. There might be something that you remember about this viewing that you'll hold on to. ILM's FX are pretty cool, but only if you see it in 2D, in 3D the image is so dark you can't really make hide nor tail of it. And that's not a good thing. Unmarred by rushed 3D conversion... the film has a degree of vitality and lushness that isn't altogether unsatisfying to one's viewing palate, but ultimately it is a completely hollow experience. Now, you might be surprised that I'm not angry about the film. You see, I'm almost completely unaware of this mythology. I've tried to watch a few random episodes... but I didn't like the animation style and never have given the story a fair shake. I have received the first season, so I'm thinking of giving the first disc a try, but after the film... I'm honestly less curious. It isn't that the film is horrifyingly awful, it is just not very compelling. Nobody in this world has ever lived a day in their lives. They're surrounded by magic and mysticism, but none of it affects or grazes them. You have a boy aged looking boy, but he just kind of stares neutrally for most of the film. I kinda like his look, but he isn't given a single moment of vitality. Now, when ever he gears up for his DEMO, that he performs in various locales... he reminds me of Van Damme balancing on the back of that Motorcycle in HARD TARGET. He's counting. You can see it in his eyes. He's counting. The boy is counting. I don't see the danger of the situation in his eyes, I hear his thoughts, "one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi..." And I almost believe M. Night told him to count for his cues. M. Night can create a few pretty killer shots. But they're just random shots. The casting, which various race based organizations have been protesting as being racist... is to me, even worse... boring. There's only one part that I found genuinely compelling to watch. The big bad Commander Zhao... as played by THE DAILY SHOW'S Aasif Mandvi. The casting is possibly amongst the worst casting since Frank Sinatra in THE KISSING BANDIT - which obviously should have been Gene Kelly. Here... Had Omar Shariff played Commander Zhao... or hell if you had to cast younger... Naveen Andrews... If Sayid was tormenting some kid, you might feel vaguely threatened... But Aasif Mandvi? He's the least scary person ever. He'd make Lou Costello stick his chest out. The only person that Aasif Mandvi intimidates is Jon Stewart, but that's just because well... Jon is made of sugar and spice and cotton balls all built around a popsicle stick skeleton forged in adamantium. Seriously though... Mandvi's hair is the same. His accent and delivery? The same as on DAILY SHOW. I kept expecting Kurt Russell's character from USED CARS to try and sell him a Lemon. And he's your BIG THREAT of the movie. You may have noticed you didn't see him in the Trailers and TV ads... I think it is because the marketing folks know how badly miscast he is. That does get me mad though... You see, I don't think Aasif Mandvi is a bad actor. I don't think he was given anything to do. That's a serial offense throughout this movie. Nobody has anything to do. You might think that our main character is motivated out of revenge... but that doesn't really seem to be. No, Aang floats about with a chip on his shoulder. Upset that everyone he knows has died, upset that he didn't learn how to master the other elements... and that's about it. Seriously. He apparently has a ton of adventures in the film, we're just not privvy to them. Instead we'll go visit assorted Fire Nation characters - none of whom seem to like or know much of anything about anyone. Other than this is the prophesied one. So he must die. There's no elegance, no charm. When a major character dies, you're not really sure why - and it isn't transcendent or hurtful in any real way, but I understand it is supposed to be a big deal. Dev Patel is kind of pulling a Sal Mineo from REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE here. Another mopey bastard that can't satisfy Daddy. Ho hum. Like I said though, I've never gotten LAST AIRBENDER... but my nephew does. He's seen every episode. When asked, "What'd you think Gio?" The boy answered, "I hated it." When we asked why, he responded, "I wanted it to be fun. Aang should have more fun." I don't know if that is so, but certainly having a degree of fun might be preferable to this really drawn out empty shell of a film. It is pretty to look at, but there's nothing really to digest. It is all curious surfaces... but nothing to leave one particularly impressed. That said, if you loved this show. Prepare yourself. You could go stark raving insane mad at this film. Me? I found myself wishing he'd told the story from the vantage point of Aang. I didn't need to know what the Fire Nations was up to. I really did want to learn more about Aang, but M Night had - well I don't want to say more important things on his mind, but that is kinda how I feel. This felt directed from two continents away. There's just no weight. No substance and nothing at all to see. If you want to spend time in a theater this weekend, I suggest going to anything else. You're not likely to leave with happy thoughts... and I don't feel children will either. This could by your child's first real disappointment in a theater. I did find talking to my nephew about his problems with the film... kinda amazing. Cuz I just thought it was forgettable, but he was passionately dismissive and angry about this movie. He doesn't really do that. He's 10. He loves most things. Just, really not this.

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  • July 2, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    FIRST

    by Derrida77

    Airbender

  • July 2, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    AIRBENDER

    by Derrida77

  • July 2, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Who knew AICN was a big fan of this show.

    by RPLocke

  • July 2, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Watch the show Harry. YOU NEED TO WATCH THE SHOW

    by FeralAngel

    That's how you'll understand the outrage some feel about this movie. THE WASTE OF A BRILLIANT CONCEPT, GREAT CHARACTERS THAT YOU CARE ABOUT, A WORLD YOU WISH EXISTED....truly, Harry, don't deprive yourself. Avatar: The Last Airbender blows any Japanese anime out of the water and equals the best of Miyazaki. God's truth. Watch it, especially watch the end episodes - The Book of Fire. "Awesome" and "inspiring" don't begin to describe it. Watch them. Then mourn what could have been...

  • July 2, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    The Last Air Biscuit: Pure Fizzzzz.

    by Fa Fa Fooey

  • July 2, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Well, it's official...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Harry hated it. This movie is officially a debacle. RIP Shyamalan's career.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Sorry, "pitied it" I meant...

    by Ronald Raygun

  • July 2, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Wait...I don't get it...

    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    So, does this mean we won't be getting Unbreakable 2 after all? Does it mean that we should be grateful of that fact?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    I just watched the Sixth Sense

    by Anything But Tangerines

    and thought it was very creepy the way Shyamalan zoomed in extremely tight on HJO's butt in tightie whities, so close you could see the hairs underneath standing up. I'm sure it's been pointed out before but we all know he is a pedophile, right? Right?

  • July 2, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    Shaymalan reacts to bad reviews

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/07/m_night_shyamalan_on_the_last.html

  • July 2, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, I think you. of all people...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...would love the animated show, if you actually gave it a chance. It's a sci-fi steampunk martial-arts road trip love story of redemption that's actually pretty funny too. The action/animation is consistently well done, and the whole series builds up to one of the most epic showdowns in recent cartoon history. If Shyamalan really did shit the bed with this movie, it's an airball of tragic proportions, considering how good it could have been if they actually bothered to translate what made it a great show in the first place.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, you should definitely watch the show.

    by PolyesterRage

    From what I've heard about the movie, they're basically nothing alike. They might have the same character names, and the same general plot, but tonally (and, most importantly, quality-wise), completely fucking different.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Link didn't come out right

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    Just put "enterta inment" and "shyamal an" back together into one word to make the link work. It really is worth a look.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    BTW - is the title here supposed to be an X2 ref?

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Vy did he pity eet? Becahz some people vill never anysing beyond vut zey see wiss zare own eyes!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    und I miskvote! Shyzah!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Pity

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    What a pity.

  • WOW Over 100 people showed up! http://bit.ly/bGb0rx

  • July 2, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    by CornNut007

    You should use TinyURL or bit.ly for long links like that.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I PITY THE FOOL who watch Airbenda!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    But allow me to talk about Tom Cruise's new movie with Cameron Diaz. (SLIGHT SPOILERS)<BR> Despite the megative/mediocre reviews here, I went to see the movie and it was actually very good! One of the better experiences in the theater...better than Robin Hood, Macgruber, and yes Iron Man 2. Iron Man 2 was trying to be a part of something bigger, all the while seeming smaller. This movie doesn't aim to be anything more than a fun summer action-romance-comedy, and it succeeds.<BR><BR> Like one of the AICN reviewers mentioned, this movie takes place from the point of view of the "damsel in distress" (mostly). I found it very refreshing. Diaz is trying to drive the out of control Grand Marquis when she sees Tom riding a bike, fly in the air and land on the hood of the car. She runs to her fireman friend and sees Tom wandering in. She awakens to see Tom in the distance catching fish. I thought it was cool.<BR><BR> Reviewers said Tom knocking Diaz out multiple times was repetitive. I disagree. First, it was only three times. The first time gets the pass and gets Diaz back to her apartment. The second time is there for the joke of Tom hanging upside-down as a prisoner and escaping while Diaz is barely conscious (enjoyable viewing). The third time was kind of random...shrug...but that was the end of it. No big deal.<BR><BR> My only issue was when Diaz got herself captured on purpose towards the end of the movie. She was already back home, safe and sound. Why would she do that?? Her explanation was that she knew Tom would eventually be near her captors...but that's so stupid!....how does she know Tom will show up at her exact position, AND see her?? (In fact, he barely did...only because he barely heard her voice...otherwise he would have left.) You are safe and sound at home...and get captured by evil killer bad guys on purpose on the hunch that your boyfriend MIGHT show up? Wtf? <BR><BR> But other than that strange move by the character, it was a nice, enjoyable movie. I don't know why people are hating on it. It should have made more than Grown Ups.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Well, the show isn't that great either.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    I know, critics love it, because "OMG, it's a kiddy cartoon with a story arc", but everything about it is hackneyed, from the characters (If you wanna call them characters) to the stories.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Bummer

    by StrokerX

    First i get canned from Zuda. Now Airbender sucks. What's next?!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    He'll be back

    by Hercules

    His supernatural Bruce Willis Taken will pwn.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Herc

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    god you're like a battered woman who keeps defending her abusive husband...Shyamalan has fucked us with Lady In The Water, The Happening, and Airbender...back to back to back...he deserves zero credibility anymore...he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt anymore...so you cannot say his next film will "pwn" which is a fucking gay saying btw...it's going to suck until he proves otherwise

  • July 2, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    Fuck it, I'm still seeing it.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Fix that Predator ad, it keeps stretching out and going back in. The area it stretches over then becomes unclickable. I have to reload the page and get in quick before it loads. Might just be my shitty work PC, but its been happening for a week now.

  • July 2, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    It's interesting to go back and read all the Shyamalan reviews..

    by Ronald Raygun

    Sixth Sense - 85% fresh on RT "...M. Night Shyamalan is a stunning new voice..." Unbreakable - 68% fresh "...Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur..." Signs - 74% "Attempt(s) to be both The Next Spielberg and The Next Hitchcock..." - "...M. Night Shyamalan appears to be grasping at straws" The Village - 43% "Shyamalan can't bring himself to abandon the familiar. Until he does, however, he's just going to keep coming back with diminishing returns." Lady in the Water - 24% "... a failure" "boring" "pretentious" The Happening - 18% "Holy Mother of God...this is awful." The Last Airbender - 8% "...a once mesmerizing artist who's lost his way"

  • July 2, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan, where have ye gone?

    by AmericanMovieFan

    I'm going to attempt to analyze why Shyamalan has turned into a hack, a cautionary tale and a joke while Hitchcock is a God and Spielberg's legacy will never tarnish too much. First off, Hitchcock didn't deal in the mystical or mythological. He dealt with murderers, period. So there's point 1. A smart murder mystery yarn can be conjured up no matter what. Also, Hitchcock was all about simplicity above spectacle. He used the same crew from his television series on Psycho and did it on a minimal budget. He relied on story telling and use of scenery and location as much as whatever the film's overriding gimmick was. This provided him space to explore his characters as human beings rather than functions, which is the direction Shyamalan has gone in and then jumped off the cliff. Now on to Spielberg: Spielberg may have lost a lot of the heart he showed us in the 80's with Close Encounters and E.T. but the dude knows how to make a movie and tell a story and more than anything he's given us incredible variety through out his career. He's basically been a jack of all trades with the exception maybe of a full on Horror genre film. He's able to make interesting shots look simple and his films are just never self-aware and almost look like they could have been made by anybody while still remaining special viewing experiences. He's able to be married to the material and leave his mark while allowing the audience to be absorbed into the story rather than a Spielberg Film. Shyamalan's films are always painfully, obviously his creations and he never learns from his own mistakes or deviates from his own style. He doesn't seem to know how to grow. He topped himself with the Sixth Sense and that's it. Shyamalan needs to go watch Close Encounters about 50 million times to understand what he should be doing and how he's failing miserably. Then he should go watch Vertigo 50 million times. Learn how to make an exciting, moving thriller from that. Combine the two lessons and voila, he's no longer a hack!

  • July 2, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    I showed my 8 year old the trailer.

    by gingerella

    And he walked away before it finished. I swear to God, he just sauntered off. Not maliciously, he just went elsewhere in the room. Now, what chance do you have if you can't capture a child's attention for 2 and a half minutes?

  • July 2, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    by Derrida77

    That was a good read, it's funny how condescending Shyamalan is, the critics and the audience don't get that what he is doing is "art"

  • July 2, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Didn't the show air like five years ago?

    by RPLocke

    This is Astro Boy and Speed Racer all over again.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Harry wusses out

    by Tandemar

    Ever mr kiss-ass the fat ginger lad just doesn't want to offend Shyamalan. Gutless wonder!

  • July 2, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    It's worse than "The Happening"?

    by njscribe44

    ...hard to believe.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Harry pities fools

    by AsimovLives

    News at 11.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    HARRY- ARE REALLY SICK YET AFTER 'ECLIPSE' & 'AIRBENDER'??

    by JonChambers

    IF THESE 2 FILMS DON'T SEND YOU BACK TO THE HOSPITAL, NOTHING WILL!!!

  • July 2, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    People really like to demonize this guy.

    by TiVo1138

    Not that he doesn't make it easy for everyone to do so.<br><br>Nonetheless, I get what he's saying when he says approaches filmmaking as an art form. He's merely talking about self-expression and how that plays a role in how you relate to criticism of your work. I go to the Academy of Art University in SF, and over the years I've had to learn the hard way how to take criticism gracefully. <br><br> First M. Night's point in saying he approaches it as an art form isn't some self-absorbed way of calling himself a brilliant artist. His point is that film is subjective, just as painting and photography and any other art form is subjective. 500 people can see a movie in the same auditorium and 250 can hate it and 250 can love it. What happened? They all saw the same the movie. The difference is everyone brings their own life experiences with them. <br><br> Second, if something is your method of self-expression, be it painting or filmmaking or otherwise, the trick is to be true to thine own self. Otherwise, you've sold out. M. Night is lucky enough to have had creative control over his films, and I think that's where a lot of hate comes from. He has so much control, and most people don't think he's earned it. Regardless, I admire that he sticks to his vision. You can hate his films, but I think they're all consistent in their integrity. He seems genuinely humble when he calls himself devoted to being a student of film. I wish people could root for this guy. There almost seems to be a sense of glee when his films fail. That's kind of fucked when people are rooting for a craftsmen or an artist of any kind to fail so they'll be forced to stop creating work. It's the same as wanting to silence someone's voice. It's also the same film industry mindset that burns young people out of the business before they even get started, regardless of how good or bad they are. I'm sure if M. Night continues failing to resonate with audiences and critics alike, he'll continue making movies independently. There's no reason to spread such negativity in the meantime. <br><br>I'm sure I'm alone in thinking there's a lot to admire about a guy who says his only retort is to keep making movies his way, even if it only proves the critics right. That takes balls, and a shit ton of passion for filmmaking.<br><br>There are plenty of actors and screenwriters and directors who look at it simply as a career or a job, and there's nothing wrong with that either.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    HARRY+ECLIPSE+AIRBENDER = DEMENTED 3-WAY!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • July 2, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Recent cracked.com article showed where he

    by V'Shael

    ripped off the idea of the 6th sense. Considering that's what launched his career, it looks like he's a plagiarism loving tool, who has simply run out of good things to copy, and is now making shit film after shit film. <p> We were all fooled, into thinking he might have some talent. He doesn't. We get it. Move on.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Harry-Does this mean we shouldn't even download it at Pirate Bay

    by JonChambers

  • July 2, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Watched Bruce Willis in Fifth Sense & jizzed my pants

    by LargoJr

    just sayin >_<

  • July 2, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Crap story...great visuals...Hmmmm

    by THEBAT

    why do I not find this surprising considering the word Avatar is in the title.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Harry should make his nephew watch ARMAGEDDON

    by AsimovLives

    and see if he cries too. They could cry together watching that shit.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I have a 4 years old nephew...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and his two favorite movies are KING KONG (1933) and THE DARK KNIGHT. I kid you not! That kid is peculiar.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    He also loved TIME BANDITS

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Ronald Raygun

    by AsimovLives

    I already don't give much stock to AICN's reviews, specially if they are unanimous. I trust more the ones which are mixed. THE DARK KNIGHT is a brillant movie and there was mixed reviews, not every one of them were glowing. Shitty crap like TRASHFORMERS 1 and Jar Jar Abrams' latest got universally praising reviews in here (Vern, the only negavite review of TRASHFORMERS, is not a resident reviewer). So, everytime the AICN people have similiar reviews which say basically the same thing, i'm suspicious. Even if they all turn universal praising reviews of INCEPTION, i'll be suspicious.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Sounds Like this generation of kids Just got their Episode One

    by ilander66

    I remember that day. The day of Star Wars Episode One. bad day. Interesting that many other reviews have so much vitriol towards this thing. so much frustration and anger. And then Harry probably the most passionate, heart on his sleeve reviewer is left with just.....emptyness towards it. and that is a truly truly bad sign for this film.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Honestly, the show didn't need a movie.

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    Just watch the series. It's worth it.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    TiVo1138

    by Derrida77

    You can call it art or you can call it masturbation. Did you see Lady in the Water? That was the work of someone believing his own hype. Never seen a film by Kubrick or Lynch where they go "By the way aren't I great and fuck all the critics who dare to criticize me". I know what you're getting at but it's all pretentious bollocks, sorry to burst your bubble

  • July 2, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by The Penultimate Gunslinger

    Surely you'll be hoping Inception is awful? Then you can call it INCRAPTION? We know how much you love those hilarious nicknames!

  • July 2, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST

    M.N.S. Is Dead To Me.

    by DutchRudder

    I don't know man. Enough is enough I guess. I'm not even going to bother with this one, thanks for the heads up AICN. I'm done giving this guy chances. I tried to like "The Village" which wasn't so bad I guess, I tried to like "Lady In The Water", which was damn near Impossible, and I don't want to even get started on "The Happening". Sorry M. Night Shalammlammaalan, but I'm done with you.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    "You just find yourself hitting the accelerator."

    by buggerbugger

    Harry, you make electric wheelchairs sound all kinds of awesome.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST

    At least Shyamalan has a style

    by kwisatzhaderach

    unlike most of The Hack Pack. What is Abrams style? There isn't one, it's just TV-movie level stuff. Shyamalan knows how to stage and edit, most directors these knows don't. <p> Having said that, The Happening was a real howler. And it looks like Airbender is too. But it's going to make plenty money so Shyamalan will be back.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    @ Gibson USA Returns

    by Lemure_v2

    How's the weather over there in PLANT land! Where all the PLANTS live, who are all your friends and, like you, are all PLANTS. You PLANT! PS. I reckon you're secretly a PLANT!

  • July 2, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    your writing style

    by dirk123

    Your analogy doesnt work at all. ten years of writing for the web and you still haven't got the hang of it.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    TiVo1138

    by AsimovLives

    Very well said.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Whoever likes this movie is garranteed a DVD cover review

    by DigitalDong

    I figure this site would jump on it

  • July 2, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Good review Harry.

    by dr sauch

  • July 2, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach

    by AsimovLives

    Abrams's style: lens flares. Lots and lots of lens flares.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach

    by AsimovLives

    And while The Happening was a disapointment from Shyamalan, specially because it's from him, still the movie had many moments of great visual invention and inspiration. Remember the image of the construction workers jumping and falling from the top of th building? That image was spectacular. And remember the scene when various people use the same gun to shoot themselves? Another great single take image. And this is the point about Shyamalan, evne in his bad movies he always come up with great visual and camera moments. This is why i claim the man is still a very talented director. His recent movies just don't work for other motives other then his talent as a director. Which he has no't lost, not as a visualist at least.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    I liked Unbreakable...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...and I thought The Sixth Sense was visually very interesting. <p> There was a lot of compelling material in Signs but as a complete movie experience it ultimately staggered, stumbled and collapsed under the weight of its pretensions and the ending was just...dumb. <p> There were some good shots in The Village but the characters were so dull and one note, the premise so hollow and desperate and the acting so flat and affected that the movie ended up an amateurish looking mess. <p> Lady in the Water should have been a movie I love. Contemporary urban fantasy, a genre I can't get enough of in any form. He used it to make a self aggrandizing, masturbatory movie that was empty of wonder or any real interest in its central premise but was filled with stock characters acting out a skit that I have to believe flickers through Shyamalan's head whenever he's criticized. <p> The Happening. Once again, a movie that was released on third base for me. I love Frogs. I love Day of the Animals. I adore nature strikes back at humankind movies. A quality movie from a real director, and not even produced for a dollar and a dime by William Girdler's ghost? Miscasting, flat, dull characters and a movie that veered into some of the silliest, most self indulgent sequences I have ever seen. <p> Now he's going after my kids, who both love Avatar so absolutely that they were more excited by the prospect of seeing The Last Airbender than they were of seeing Toy Story 3, and they were plenty excited about that. My eleven year old is already a Rotten Tomatoes checker and when she saw Airbender's rating she turned to me and said "But you say sometimes the critics are all wrong, right? So they could be wrong this time." <p> And Asimov, I'm surprised at you. Character is story and Shyamalan abandoned or lost the ability to create convincing, fully realized characters long ago. It doesn't matter if he can compose or frame a beautiful shot if the shot contains nothing that moves you emotionally or stimulates you intellectually.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    John Huston...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...now that drunken old SOB could compose a shot. Just watch the balance in The Maltese Falcon. Every shot leads the eye on this beautiful trip to the exact spot he wants your attention. In black and white. And he could tell a story and make you love the characters he was showing you.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Expect a sequel

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    apparently it made 52.7 million yesterday alone, so odds are we can expect a sequel, now the question should be will they bring back shamalamdong or hire a new director

  • July 2, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by kwisatzhaderach

    All true. There was lots of good stuff in The Happening. His directing skills are still there, he just needs to take a backseat on the writing front.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Hey Asimov....hows it going dude? Sorry I

    by southafricanguy

    missed you in the other talkback. To answer your question, many people here in South Korea were happy to see North Korea (or Bhukhan as its known here) get thrased. Especially considering the bad tension between them lately. That and the fact that a lot of Korean teenagers hate North Korea and Kim jung Il....

  • July 2, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    I'll take Lens flares over masturbation Asimov...

    by quantize

    coz THAT is yo thang...anything that appeals to your grotesquely warped idea that you have a developed intellect and taste.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    And I mention Huston...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ..precisely because he put that ability in the service of the film he was making. I could have used Cutiz, Hawks or a whole list of others. <p> Because if you don't put your visual style in the service of the story you are telling you're not making a great movie. You're making a great demo reel. <p> Really kind of different.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Curtiz...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...damned fingers.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Hey Kwis....how are you doing buddy?

    by southafricanguy

    wow, you guys really hate JJ lol....Im kinda ambivelent myself. Anyhoo....Im quiter dissapointed that this appears to suck, seemed like the mythology and ideas could have made a pretty cool film....

  • July 2, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    At least Shyamalan genuinely cares

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    about his work. He's passionate about his art, even if he's been woefully wide of the mark in recent years. Bay, Ratner, McG and Abrams are purely driven by appealing to a certain market and have a sickening disregard for the material (between them they have fucked over Transformers, Terminator and Star Trek - quite an achievement). Shyamalan felt passionate enough about Airbender that he wrote the script himself. He deserves some respect for that.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    He pulled a George Lucas...

    by Jodo_Kast

    Now all those younger viewers will understand the Star Wars uproar with the prequels. See how it feels when some media you love is marred and raped?

  • July 2, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    I WISH SHAMALAN WOULD JUST DRINK AN ADVIL/ARIZONA COCKTAIL

    by BringingSexyBack

    Go away you hack!!

  • July 2, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Is it possible this is an enormous hoax?

    by JoeD

    The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are just too damn capable. It's almost as if since then, he's intentionally been creating the worst movie he can possibly create while still convincing people that they are not tongue in cheek. Each movie has gotten exponentially worse than the previous. Each one has literally been ten times worse than the one that came before. The guy obviously has talent, he's shown it before. How the hell does this happen?

  • July 2, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    HE DOESN'T DESERVE ANY RESPECT FOR WRITING THE SCREENPLAY

    by BringingSexyBack

    For a couple of reasons, the first of which is it evidently sucks monkey balls. The second being that in an interview one of the original anime creators said he virtually wrote the entire treatment but Shamalan adapted it and gave him zero writing credit, all so apparently he can claim his coveted "written and directed by" credit solo, without having to share it with the people who created the work in the first place. Why anyone gives this narcisisstic scumbag any leeway is beyond me. I mean, Sixth Sense was not THAT good. Crikey.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    This proves you can film POOP coming out of an ASS

    by ricarleite2

    And people will pay millions to see it, because they will go believing it's something they want to see. And on the sequel, people will pay again, because they won't believe they got it wrong twice. Or three times. Or four.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Maybe its just a big studio experiment

    by ilander66

    OK lets see just how bad we can make a film, I mean not accidentally mediocre but purposefully bereft of any artistic merit and see how much money we can pull in. At this rate in 10 years people will be lining up to see Random Lights and Screaming sounds.....in 3D!

  • July 2, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Jon not john

    by ndally

    He's a joo

  • July 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    there should be call for some kind of motion picture guild

    by TheManWhoCan

    There should be call for some kind of motion picture guild type body or standards mark that comes with 3D movies. Like a quality assurance mark and when a movie is released in 3D it must pass certain standards before it get an approval stamp. Especially with these rush job converted movies. So far its only word of mouth and that sucks! How about the National 3D Quality Mark NTDQM (not great but you get the idea!) 3DQ stamp of approval? Thoughts?

  • July 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Ebert rules

    by Foucault

    ...

  • July 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    CAN WE STOP BASHING M. NIGHT FOR A SECOND?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Okay, second's over. <P> heee

  • July 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    "I'm tired of defending you Shyamalan."

    by knowthyself

    Seriously I am.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Rope of Silicon is saying Andrew Garfield is new Spider-Man.

    by CreasyBear

    But then, all of you probably already saw that so I'll shut up.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Part of me kind of wants to see this

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    If it's bad in terms of acting or lame plot then it might be ok, if it's bad because it's boring then thats the worst kind of bad movie

  • July 2, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Enough of the "poor M. Night" talk

    by seasider

    The guy is going to be just fine. He may not ever make a movie that people like but he knows how Hollywood works. He's a talented filmmaker but has an ego that's bigger than Pennsylvania. I never bought into his hype and found the Sixth Sense to be good but vastly overrated. It didn't help when a couple of years later, Newsweek put on the cover and proclaimed him the next Spielberg. No young director should ever have that mantle of expectations placed on them like that. Shyamalan believes in his work and that's fine but after this failure, he will need to swallow his pride a little and go back to the drawing board and figure out how he is going to make himself relevant again with today's moviegoers.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome:

    by Detso_Ritter

    According to Wikipedia: <p> "People with Asperger syndrome often display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. They may stick to inflexible routines, move in stereotyped and repetitive ways, or preoccupy themselves with parts of objects." <p> "Abnormalities include verbosity, abrupt transitions, literal interpretations and miscomprehension of nuance, use of metaphor meaningful only to the speaker, auditory perception deficits, unusually pedantic, formal or idiosyncratic speech, and oddities in loudness, pitch, intonation, prosody, and rhythm." <p> "Speech may convey a sense of incoherence; the conversational style often includes monologues about topics that bore the listener, fails to provide context for comments, or fails to suppress internal thoughts. Individuals with AS may fail to monitor whether the listener is interested or engaged in the conversation. The speaker's conclusion or point may never be made, and attempts by the listener to elaborate on the speech's content or logic, or to shift to related topics, are often unsuccessful." <p> See also: AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    CreasyBear, this site has been saying that, too

    by kevred

    Since last night. I's the most-commented-on story at the moment.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    This review needs more diamond dicking

    by tronknotts

    After reading Harry's review of Eclipse, I expected more ribald comedy here. Boring, by the numbers movies need crazy reviews to stay interesting.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    by AsimovLives

    You said it, brother.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Spielberg has more turkey's under his belt.

    by knowthyself

    The Lost World, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, The Terminal, Catch me if you can, Minority Report, and the last thirty minutes of A.I. Shyamalan isn't doing too bad really. 3 great films, one good film, and two turkeys. (I haven't seen Air Bender yet.)

  • July 2, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Spielberg does? Eh. Disagree.

    by D.Vader

    None of Spielberg's films have been trashed as badly as this and The Happening. Even Spielberg's considered worst movies like HOOK and 1941 are still widely enjoyed by a lot of people.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Pity? It was pity that stayed poor Bilbo's hand

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo?

  • July 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by JamesT

    Those 2 movies were a complete and utter debacle.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    1941 rules

    by ccRider66

    God I'm so ashamed.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Sad to see Aronofsky turning away from genre film making.

    by knowthyself

    Now he's doing movies about wrestlers and now a biopic. I hope Shyamalan continues doing genre work. He's bound to have another good film at some point.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    The Sixth Sense does not equal Jaws <p> Unbreakable does not equal Schindler's List <p> Signs does not equal Close Encounters <p> The Village does not equal Raiders of the Lost Ark <p> Lady in the Water does not equal ET <p> The Happening does not equal Jurassic Park <p> This is a silly comparison. Coppola has made some crap too but he's also made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. <p> So you're making a straw man argument. Nothing that Shyamalan has done reaches the level of being a Great Film. These guys have Great Films under their belts.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I disagree

    by knowthyself

    Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs are great films. The Village less so. He's a master director and a hit or miss writer.

  • July 2, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Catch Me if You Can

    by JoeD

    is not a turkey. It's a damn good and entertaining movie. If you can't enjoy a movie like that, I feel bad for you. Also, The Terminal and Minority Report are entirely capable and well reviewed movies. War of the Worlds as well. None of them have gotten anywhere close to the sort of negative press this movie is getting. Even the others you listed above, which do indeed suck, aren't even in the same league as this movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    RedBull_Werewolf

    by slone13

    What the fuck are you talking about with this 52 million bullshit?

  • July 2, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Wow Harry, what a well written review!

    by Gumbo1

    Your work really shines without the weird curse-combos. Seriously dude, keep it up.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    I used to be ambivalent about Jar Jar Abrams at the time he made MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III. Now, i hav enothing but disgust and disrespect.<br><br>glad to know you guys were sympathetic to our victory against North Korea. Too bad we lost against Spain, but i don't feel too bad about it. We lost against the best team in the whole cup. If we are going to lose, we better lose agaisnt the best, if you know what i mean. Beside,s our team trainer is just an idiot. The dude is an idiot, and everybody here hates him. I hope this defeat, and the screw up he did with the team in the game against Spain spells the end of that assclown's career as the national team trainer.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Is the show really that good? I tried watching it...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...a while back and it didn't to much for me. It certainly didn't have much of interest going on visually.<P> I'll give it another try with my daughter when she's a little older.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...believe me, I feel for you. After Alex Cox made Sid and Repo I was absolutely sure he was the very damned future of the film industry. Even after he made Straight to Hell I wrote a feature length piece championing him as a genius. <p> And to this day you can't get me to say much of a bad word about Hell or Walker or even movies like Revenger's Tragedy or Three Businessmen. <p> I get you.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    WHERE'S OUR SUPERNATURAL TALKBACK?!

    by BlaGyver

  • July 2, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    the reviews of this are cross the board awful

    by tranpkp1

    heard ppl bailing before it finished. not brilliant toons by any means but i enjoyed it and this film doesnt seem to capture ANYTHING that made the toon enjoyable. and as young sage Gio says....it should have been 'fun'

  • July 2, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...it's a great transitional show to move your kid from relatively simple animated fare to shows with more adult themes and complex characterization.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    You will nevr be able to sell the notion that Shyamalan is a bad director. Never. As a writer, that's another matter. As knowthyself said, he's hit or miss in that regard.<br><br>If you want to knock down a bad filmmaker which everybody went gay on him and are now comparing him with Spielberg, go for Jar Jar Abrams. that's the real hack everybody is calling the next Spielberg on the strenghs of a very bad dumbed down Star Trek movie. Knock yourself out, friend.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Good Night M. Night

    by jspidey2k

    Wow, this clown shouldn't be near a set ever again. Bad dialog, bad casting, bad dialog, mostly bad backlot looking sets, and some of the worst directing I've seen in a long time. It was like watching a student film with great F/X.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    ...Red Ned, what age would be ideal?

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 2, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    AsimovLivves...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...it really is this simple. A director of a film is responsible for performances, pacing, tone, and a host of other things that in concert create a great film. <p> And if those elements are not handled competently the director is doing a poor job. I'm a little surprised that you have this rather simplistic, not very film savvy idea that somehow the director's job is to make the pictures look pretty and that's it.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    And for a transitional cartoon, nothing beats FUTURE BOY CONAN.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Flickapoo...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I would say six to seven but then I've sort of maybe overexposed my kids to fictional entertainment sources of all kinds. <p> My basic rule is put something on or stick a book in their hands and if they fall in love they were ready for it. If they don't wait six months and do it again. At eight my daughter didn't want to know from The Princess Bride but she loved Labyrinth. At nine the Princess Bride ruled. <p> But I suspect you know this drill already.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I tired so hard for hope

    by knowledge1027

    I took my six yr old yesterday to see it, I tired everything in my parental powers to talk him out of it and spare him but it didn't work. Half way through the movie he got mad at the way the movie pronounced the name, all the talking, and how the screen looked funny with going in and out of 3d. Poor guy came home went in his home and put on the cartoon dvd of the show, said nothing about the movie and then went to bed. Thanks Mr. Shyamalan for hurting my child as well as countless others, you heartless, hack ass fiend of a director

  • July 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    ...FUTURE BOY CONAN! My all time favorite show...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...grew up on it dubbed in Italian.<P> I watch the whole run from time to time, and sometimes throw on a random episode if I'm feeling crappy.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    M. Night is laughing his ass off right now

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    he's got millions of dollars and he'll keep getting directing jobs, if you were him you wouldn't bother trying either

  • July 2, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    ...I'm learning the drill, Red. PONYO has been...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...#1 for the past few months. Before that it was WALL-E and TOTORO.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    FUBAR, big time...

    by RMPAGNT

    The source material for Airbender built slowly over the course of 3 seasons. Following Aang from carefree kid in the first season who was still running from his future thru his realization and acceptance by the third season, this is a really special show. Night managed to recast the equivalent of Ben-Hur using PeeWee Herman and then jammed it into a third of the time while trying to make sure that all points were covered. Whew! I actually asked for my money back from the manager, he seemed to think I was joking....

  • July 2, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    You know I can take the Ghibli...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...stuff a thousand times in 500 days but for some reason WALL-E started to really grate. After awhile that song on the video was like nails on a chalkboard. <p> But the kids always get me in the room with Howl's. And, sadly, Monsters Inc.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    If you ask me, there has ever been only one weak acting performance in the whole of Shyamalan's career, and that was Marky Mark in THE HAPPENOING, and that's because he's Marky Mark and his solambulist style of acting. other then him, every actor that has worked with him have delivered very good performances, some even the best of their careers.<br><br>My praise of Shyamalan doesn't just go because he makes pretty images. There's much, much more to him then "pretty images". The way he makes his shot compositions and camera movements are very sohpisticated and economical. You shouldn't take that for granted. Any ass can make craneshots and use CGI to shove a camera inside a dog's nostril. What Shyamalan does is far mroe interstining. The way the frames his images and moves his camera already denote great intelligence and artistic ambition. That is not jsut being a maker of "pretty images". That tells a lot of who he is as a filmmaker. and i admire he wants to be artistic in his filmmaking style. that's not pretentious, that's being ambitious, that should be rewarded and praised, not put down. I love that he has the deliberate and slower pacing in his movies then what's mostly seen, that is most common. It gives his movies a greater mood to them, and mnakes audience mor eparticipant in his movie,s inteast of trying to turn them into passive zombies like most hacks do. Shyamalan's style of filmmaking ends up being a very naked of making movie,s because it invites participating and scrutiny from the audiences, while the hacks like Jar Jar Abrams and Mickey Bayass do everything in their power to disguise and obfuscate with their super-fast pacing editing and pseudo-pretty filter-heavy images. And he puts his heart out in his movie,s and he goes for themes and for deeper subjects and deeper characterizations in his genre movies. Shyamalan in all his movies shows ambition, evne in his inferior, bad ones. That and for a lot more i have an enormous respect for the guy. The would need to literally turn into Mickey Bayass or Jar Jar Abrams for me to lose my respect and good will to him. And because that will never happen, there you have it. Believ eme when i sa,y i rhater watch 10 THE HAPPENINGs then one TRASHFORMERS or one JJ's SHIT TREK, and those who can't understand why they can get screwed.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    ...really? The sound and score in WALL-E are so good...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I could listen to that one all day.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    The creative fall of M Night Shymalan is Hollywood's

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    greatest mystery. I almost have to believe that he's planning some huge twist ending on his career. It's not funny. It's depressing. He's obviously a very smart guy who proved early on to have a truely unique style and vision. It's hard to believe that after a string of shrinking averages in personal films that he can fail on this level just as a director-for-hire. I'm completely stumped. Did he succeed too soon and did the resulting ego kill his creative edge? I defended this guy until I couldn't do so anymore with good conscious.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    ...Austinite, agreed. It just makes me sad.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 2, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Harry, Watch the SHOW!!

    by Tim Tringle

    Everything I have read about this movie, and I'll eventually see it for myself screams that they ignored the major tenets of the show, FUN, Character Development, FUN, Great Acting (voice). Just watch the first season and you will NOT be sorry.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    C'mon Red, who are you kidding?

    by RMPAGNT

    The mood you refer to in his outings is a lack of talent to make anything else happen differently. He cannot write a script, even when he has fully fleshed out source material to refer to. It's like he bothered to look at stills but never looked at the show even once. I think most would be relieved if he wasn't allowed to fuck up a hugely anticipated movie EVER AGAIN.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    M. Night = Uwe Boll

    by WickedChicken37

  • July 2, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Harry, don't undersell Aasif Mandvi...

    by herow/1000faces

    I saw him in a play at the Atlantic Theater in the late 90s called The Brave. He played a real badass and was menacing and scary as hell. Afterwards, everyone was talking about how scary he was. As I recall he (in the play) rapes a woman in front of her boyfriend.

  • July 2, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I UNDERSTAND YOU GUYS ARE SAD ABOUT NIGHT'S DOWNWARD SPIRAL

    by BringingSexyBack

    Me, though, I'm positively giddy. The guy's a dick.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by AsimovLives

    Glad to see somebody else also saw FUTURE BOY CONAN. That show was a huge happening in here back when it was shown. Monday at school it was the first thing the kids talked about, because it was aired sunday morning. Ask any of the guys in my country who are now 37-42, and they will all tell with a voice filled with awe how great the show was. And still is. Watched it recently, and couldn't believe how sophisticated it was.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    You are giddy about the same guy who made your beloved Zooey look glorious and luminous. You should be kissing his ass instead.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    HE DID A GREAT INJUSTICE TO ZOOEY

    by BringingSexyBack

    Kiss his ass? I'd as soon shove a rose bush up his anal cavity. In front of his wife and children.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    ...a rose bush! I'm going to borrow that in the future...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...if you don't mind.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    NIGHT WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO BE A DOCTOR

    by BringingSexyBack

    Imagine how many lives were spared that he chose a different path.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    YOU CAN HAVE IT GRATIS, FLICKA

    by BringingSexyBack

    Unlike Shymalan, I enjoy sharing the wealth.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Joely_Boy

    You defend M. Nightson the way I defend Michael "God" Bay... hahaha we all have our guilty pleasures.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    Bow before Shyamalan The Lord Of Night! Zooey comands you so! Obey your godess, you fucking infidel!

  • July 2, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    ...FUTURE BOY...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I remembered it as being this amazing show from my childhood. TV channels were pretty erratic back then, so I although I saw almost all of it several times, I never got to see it sequentially from start to finish.<P> When I finally got the box set as an adult, I was amazed at how well it holds up. Even better than I remembered.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    (500) DAYS OF MANOJ

    by BringingSexyBack

    Manoj: "So ... you're married." <P> Summer: "Fuck off you hack."

  • July 2, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    ...and not many things in life are even better than...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...you remembered.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Joely_Boy

    by AsimovLives

    M. Night Shyamalan is not a guilty pleasur,e the man is a really talented, very good filmmaker. He is the real deal. Mickey Piece Of Shit Bayass is a completly untalent fucking hack who consistently makes the worst movies know to mankind. There's a difference there.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    Obey your goddess, you fucking infidel, or she will go spanish inquisition upn your ass. Repent, you fucking apostate!

  • July 2, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by AsimovLives

    FUTURE BOY CONAN was huge here in Portugal. It's still foundly remembered in awe.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    The Trailers Look So Cool Though

    by BilboRing

    Looked really cool to me. Oh well. I was hoping this was a comeback for M Night. I'll maybe put it in my Netflix que. Sad.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Detso_Ritter...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...but then we've also been responsible for every scientific, technological and cultural advancement since the Stone Age, so there's that. If not for us, you Normals would still be living in caves and sucking the marrow out of the bones of leftover lion kills for sustenance.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    WHAT A TWEEST!

    by LaserPants

    Harry doesn't like a movie! I didn't notice any banner ads, so maybe it isn't much of a tweest at all.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    ...Asi, did you guys have the other big hits from Japan?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...CAPTAIN HARLOCK, MAZINGA, GOLDRAKE (also known as GRANDIZER), LUPIN III, KIMBA THE WHITE LION, CANDI CANDI (for girls, cough...cough...not me!)REMI, etc...?<P> CONAN was the best, though.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Wow.

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    I must have just read 5 PAGES worth of critics' reviews, constituting around 100 separate write-ups, and can't remember ever seeing such negative feedback towards a movie and its director. Then I read that interview with Shammy saying that he doesn't even read them. He must really just be isolated inside a bubble where he doesn't have constructive people around him to tell him NO...or maybe he just won't listen. This guy was in a position to do such great things with his power and success, and it's simply baffling what has gone down with these last four movies. He's made more money than he can probably ever spend, but it's difficult not to feel somewhat saddened by this trajectory...and I was rooting for him.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I'd KILL For A Subbed Box Set of the Original HARLOCK series

    by LaserPants

    Kill for it.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Asimov Lives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that you believe many of the actors in Shyamalan's movies give great performances, even the best performances of their careers, is telling. Let's go with Leguzamo, an actor I've liked quite a bit in other films, miscast and then left to dry by a director who didn't give him anything to work from. Let's go to the shapeless, formless performance of Giamatti in Lady in the Water. This guy is capable of great performances. And there are a ton of other examples, and apparently quite a few more in Airbender. <p> I would, in fact, challenge you to name the performer who gave his or her career best performance in a Shyamalan film (outside of Haley). <p> I have disagreements about the pacing of his films, outside of the first two because pacing and tone should be appropriate to the material and if you're going to end your movie with a shaggy dog joke (Signs), a sophomoric philosophical reflection (Lady) or a scary question mark over The End (Happening) yeah I do have to question your judgment as a director. I'm not a big soccer fan but I am a big basketball fan, and in basketball (and I imagine soccer as well) great coaches design their game plan to the talent they have available, they don't try to force the talent they have available into a preconcieved gameplan. <p> And if you're comparing Shyamalan to Bey you have a lower opionion of him than I do. And that certainly isn't the comparison you use if you want to point out someone is good. That comparison would be with some of the cats I mention up above. You're saying this turd doesn't have maggots on it and therefore it's steak. <p> If Shyamalan isn't supposed to be playing in a different league than Bey I wouldn't even be talking about him.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Asimov, I don't know, three clunkers in a row

    by skimn

    is quite a dry spell. And its not just that the movies were below the standard M Night set by his earlier films (admittedly The Sixth Sense would by a jewel on any directors resume), its that they were/are bad by any standard. As though M Night has no idea, or has forgotten how audiences view his work onscreen.<p> I too, hope he finds his way. Filmmakers with any artistic talent are too few and far between nowadays.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Arcadia of My Youth...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...made me a lifelong anime fan. <p> Nothing more to say on that topic, really.

  • WOW Over 100 people showed up! http://bit.ly/bGb0rx http://www.myfoxla. com/dpp/entertainment/last-airbender-race-protests-20100701

  • July 2, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    RMPAGNT...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I don't think I said what you think I said. <p> I really really hope you're the one who's wrong.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Red Ned

    by skimn

    I have to say that I think Bruce Willis gave two of his best perfromances in Sense and Unbreakable. He was sadly overlooked for an Oscar nom when all around him (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, etc) was nominated for The Sixth Sense. And the opening minutes of Unbreakable, with Willis' character on the train, is like a study in excellent film acting.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    Obviously, you are not a fan of subtle acting. And Bruce Willis and Mel gibson, to name two, gave some of their best performances in Shyamalan movies. Try to deny this, or you just forgot in your eagerness to find flaws in Shyamalan's movies?<br><br>Shyamalan is playing on a league that is so high, for Bay it might as well be in space, he would need a telescope to see it. The Bayass fucker will never even get a glimpse, much less a play.<br><br>And what is the point of comparing the pacing of a basketball game with a movie? What is your point, every fucking movie should be fast paced? I really hope you have not said such a stupid thing, i just hope i completly misunderstood your point, i really do. Basketball games are not movies, and movies ar enot basketball games. The two do not compare.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    And it's football, not soccer

    by AsimovLives

    The english invented the game and called it football, and that's how 6 billion people around the world call it. Deal with it.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    YOU'RE NUTS ASIMOV

    by BringingSexyBack

    Out and out cuckoo!

  • July 2, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    skimn...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...and that would certainly be your logical go to guy. But his character in Sixth Sense and Unbreakable called on largely the same set of muscles he'd already demonstrated in a dozen movies, and in fact I would say performance wise his performance in both most resembled his performance in The Color of Night. Now Color is a terrible film, so terrible it's sort of wonderful, but Color isn't terrible because of Willis' performance. <p> 12 Monkeys pulled Willis out of his comfort range and forced him to utilize a skill set he had not yet demonstrated on screen. Pulp Fiction refined and gave permanent definition to the iconic Willis character. And understand I'm not trashing out Willis' performance in either film. He's a pro and neither film took him far from his comfort zone.

  • July 2, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    I'm not as critical of Shyamalan's last two movies, THE HAPPENING and LADY IN THE WATER (haven't seen LAST AIRBENDER) as many are in here. They do not compare too well with THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE, that's true. But even in his worst i see ocasional moments of brillant filmmaking, which is why i'm going to give leeway and a good many chances to Shyamalan for quite a good number of years to come. For me, his credit is still good.<br><br>And remember, his next movie is with Bruce Willis, the return of the Dynamic Duo of Willis and Shyamalan, which so far have proved good. I have hopes.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    SURE, WILLIS GAVE EXCELLENT AN PERF IN SIXTH SENSE

    by BringingSexyBack

    But now we know it would've been even better with another director. And quite frankly, Unbreakable is annoying to watch. I love subtle performances but Christ the people are barely alive in that movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    Ever heard of irony?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    and no, BringingSexyBack, you do not like....

    by AsimovLives

    ... subtle acting if that is your criticism of UNBREAKABLE's actoing. God only knows what you call subtle.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Asimov

    by JoeD

    Soccer has long been a colloquial term for football. It's short hand for Association Football. "The term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford "-er" abbreviation of the word "association",[5] often credited to former England captain Charles Wreford-Brown." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soccer

  • July 2, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Asimov...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...read the basketball analogy again. Try to understand it. Then we can continue. <p> You know, I try to have discussions with you because I think you sometimes post things that are worth reading and thinking about, but then you go all screwy like you did in this last post, devoting a third of it (yet again) to trashing out Bey and either not having really read or just pretending not to understand what I wrote about shaping your game plan to the material you have to work with. <p> And I'll call soccer whatever I like, Asimov. And I don't mind you or any of those 6 billion other people calling it football. Already answered the Willis thing above and the Gibson one is even easier.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    M Night deserves to be bashed

    by Beezbo

    His resume sucks. Comparing him to great directors who fell from grace later in their careers is silly - he fell almost immediately.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    So technically

    by JoeD

    The English invented the game and called it football first, but also called it soccer.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Airbender? Smells like A$$

    by RMPAGNT

    Just call a turd a turd and lets move on... anyone with the least bit of discerning taste will not want to waste their hard earned money on this. I wouldn't even wait for the rental it was so bad. At least we still have the anime series. Maybe someday a REAL director will do it justice. Night smokes pole.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Willis acting in THE SIXTH SENSE was very good

    by AsimovLives

    In UNBREAKABLE was even better, it was amazing. It's a masterclass of understatment and subtlery. It was in fact his double-wammy in Shyamalan's movies that gave me more good will toward Willis, because i was getting fed up of his typical action man or comedy acting crap he was constantly turning back then. Willis can be an amazing actor, but he needs very good directors to pull those. Terry Gilliam did, Norman Jewison did, and Shyamalan did.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    WILLIS WAS A VIRTUAL ZOMBIE IN UNBREAKABLE

    by BringingSexyBack

    At least in Sixth Sense it was called for.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Red Ned Re: Asimov

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Others have shown that the Asi persona is merely a put-on. He is a performer. So, no matter how sound your argument, he will ignore it because his performance dictates so.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I PREFER THE TERM SOCCER MYSELF

    by BringingSexyBack

    It has more oomph.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    JoeD

    by AsimovLives

    It's called FOOTBALL and football only. Ask any english.<br><br>You know, foreigners had enough respect for the american game called football that they clal it American Football. americans showed their respect for the rest of the world by renaming a game that was already popular and famous around the whole world to something else. Who can understand that shit?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...yes, and it should have been an early warning sign about Shyamalan's inability to handle actors that he had Willis portray what should have been two fairly different characters in ways that were so similar (though not identical, to give credit where it is due).

  • July 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is just Meh

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Lots of fanboys go gaga over it though.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tast es

    by AsimovLives

    Balls and ass, is all ther eis to your post. I respect any post and anything argument there is, as long it makes any sense and is based on good ideas and well thoughout. So, balls and cock to what you said.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    HERE'S THE THING ABOUT UNBREAKABLE

    by BringingSexyBack

    If you never, ever get sick, and you can never ever get hurt, you should be fucking HAPPY. <P> How anyone who is indestructible and ends up emo, mopey and an all-around loser can only come from the mind of Shamalamadingdong.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    And Hey_Kobe...

    by AsimovLives

    ... with oyur last post, you just lost all geek credibility. Your geek card is permanently revoked.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    OH LOOK AT ME I'M INDESCTRUCTIBLE - BOOOO HOOOOO

    by BringingSexyBack

  • July 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    And a happy balls and cock to you too Asi!

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Must be a faux Portuguese saying

  • July 2, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...yeah, I've seen people claim that but I'm just not sure that in this case they're right. <p> Maybe, but Asimov seems to have a more cohesive and varied persona than any of the other performers I've seen here.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Asimov

    by JoeD

    We didn't rename it. We just picked up the slang term labelled by the Oxford fucking dictionary in the 1880's. That's as English as it gets. Talking to you is like shouting at an extremely disturbed wall.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    It's an interesting thing i have seen in anglo-saxon countries..

    by AsimovLives

    ... like Uk and USA in that you first put soembody very high on a pedestal and then throw rocks with fury at him for a slight indiscretion and declare him enemy of the state. It's a curious cultural phenomenum, of which the case of M. night Shyamalan here is aperfect example. Meanwhile, you still praise and give oportunities time and again for veritable proved hacks like Michael Bay, John Moore, Stephen Sommers, Rob Cohen and the like. You are far more harsh to a good filmmaker who suffers a bad spell in his career then to those who always made terrible movies from begining to end? Who can understand this?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    You're gonna make me want to dig up

    by skimn

    In Country, and see if his performance is as good as I remember.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    RED NED

    by BringingSexyBack

    Yep, Night is simply the most one-note director around. He demands the same performance from every actor because he lacks any creativity. God forbid someone crack a smile on his set. Emo is his one and only style.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Harry watch the show, dammit!

    by I am the most horrible

    I'm sick of telling you this. You should have watched it a long time ago. The only thing that tempers my frustration at reading you write that you don't know jack-all about it, is my envy that you get to experience this epic for the first time.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    JoeD

    by AsimovLives

    You could had taken THE REAL FUCKING NAME, couldn't you? It's still telling that you named it after slang! It's even worst!<br><br>Fuck, i don't even like football, and i find that shit insulting!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    It is.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    SOMMERS TOTALLY REDEEMED HIMSELF WITH G.I. JOE

    by BringingSexyBack

    What a great flick!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    skimn...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...damn, I'd forgotten that one.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Red Ned - Re: Asi

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    I am not an Asi expert, but dude has been running with his meme for far too long to just be an annoying trolling prick. Even they give up after a while. No, Asi is playing a game, performing a role. And enjoying the hell out the the attention it gives him. My guess, he is either an AICN editor or a friend of one.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    You are required to surrender your geek card immediatly. It's confiscated for life. Unless you go to Zooey, show total honest repentence, and as contrition you will have kiss M. Night Shyamalan's ass.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    SHAMALAN: "OKAY, YOU'RE INDESTRUCTIBLE, STRONG AS HELL ..."

    by BringingSexyBack

    "... and never get sick. Now act like someone stole your milk money." <P> Bruce: "Okay."

  • July 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    ...I'm still rooting for Shalamanamanamam...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I love SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE. SIGNS has its moments, and THE VILLAGE was nifty.<P> Even LADY IN THE WATER was a fascinating mess. I wish I could have stumbled into it years later late at night...knowing nothing about it or who directed it.<P> I didn't have the heart to see THE HAPPENING.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_

    by AsimovLives

    Adn what meme you run with? The mindless drone who can't understand other's ideas? If i'm a prick, you are a cocksucker motherfucker. Better me then you, pal.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Sommers use of....

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...The Girl From Ipanema in his masterwork Deep Rising is perhaps the greatest use of music in all of modern film. <p> And no one has ever wrung a more heartfelt performance from Treat Williams, who was twice as good as he was in The Substitute 3. And although even I must admit that Famke was a little better in The House on Haunted Hill her performance was stellar too. <p> Also have to mention Sommers' revolutionary use of jet skis. I get chills just thinking about it.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    And a happy cocksucker motherfucker to you too Asi

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    I am not up on the latest faux Portuguese slang, hope I said that correctly.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by AsimovLives

    The Happening has some pretty good isolated moments, but overall it's a pretty forgetable movie with moments of unexpected silliness. But worst, was the casting of Marky Mark for lead. It was just wrong. As such, the movie is soemthign no Shyamalan movie was before: forgetable. Even as a supporter of Shyamalan, i can't wholesomely defend that movie. It's, for the lakc of a better term, a bad movie. It failed. So, if you will never watch it, you will not lose anything. You will lose some good cinematic moments, but is that worthy? I think not.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Hollywood only looks at dollar signs.

    by knowthyself

    So LITW has been his only financial flop. His career is just fine according to them. His fans though, would like to see him succeed in making great films again.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Harry, I'm glad you're optimistic

    by Kremzeek

    about M Night's career, but whether he still makes movies or not is irrelevant to me (and to a lot of us from what I can see). The guys simply has no credibility any more. I LOVED 6th Sense and Unbreakable - M Night was one of my fav directors at one point, but I gave up after Lady In The Water, and I'm not touching Happening or Airbender, not even on Netflix. I hold no hope for any future films - whether they include Bruce Willis or not. Sad, really.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe

    by AsimovLives

    E se fosses levar na peida, paneleiro de merda? Vai-te foder.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...can't argue with your logic. But even if it's true he knows just enough about film to make him kind of fun to play with.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    ...but I'll still laugh when SexyBack shoves that rose...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...bush up his ass.<P> Hell, maybe it'll wake him up...do him some good.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Mark Whalberg is a terrible lead every time.

    by knowthyself

    He can only do "angry cop" or "shirtless guy" in supporting roles. Stop giving him the lead he can't carry a film for his life.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Flickapoo: THE VILLAGE WAS "NIFTY"

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Interesting choice of words. Would you describe No Country For Old Men as "glamorous"? or District 9 as "whimsical"?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    Play with? I was having an educated conversation with you. But what is this, you are going along with that Hey_Kobe trool? You are eating all the shit he says like a tool? Well, why don't you two get a room, them? And leave this place for people who actually want to have an proper conversation. Your choice, pal.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...can't quite agree about Wahlberg though I think it takes a director with a very firm hand to coax a performance out of him. And he has certainly been bad more often than he's been good.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Red Ned - No doubt he has film knowledge

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Which is yet another reason to doubt his 'Asi' persona. No one with as much knowledge as he seems to possess could be as obstinate and assholish without it being a giant put-on. He is performing. Regarding Asi being fun to play with, I have heard tell that goats might think otherwise!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...if posting on a talkboard isn't play... <p> ...what is?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Anything But Tangerines

    by AsimovLives

    The cinematography of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN was glorious! Made rural texas look beautiful.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe

    by AsimovLives

    Vai engulir um caralho.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Anything But Tangerines

    CAN YOU READ?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    For me, an oportunity to talk with cool, smart people about one of my favorite subjects, movies. If for you this is just play, then this conversation serves no porpose anymore. Goodbye.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Whoa Asimov, WE don't hire Bay, Moore, Sommers

    by skimn

    and Cohen. Yes the moviegoing public accepts, at least Bay and Sommers, by their box office reciepts. But Moore and Cohen are as famous for their flops (The Omen, Max Payne, Stealth, etc) as they are for their few hits. And what about the comedy and rom-com hacks? The success of crap is as mystifying to me as it is to most of us. But then I'd like to think that us AICNer's have a bit of a higher standard then your average Joe and Joe-ess, who think Ben Stiller and those slappin' monkeys are sooo funny.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Anything But Tangerines

    by AsimovLives

    Eu consigo ler muito bem. E tú, também consegues ler?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    For God's Sake

    by lagomorph

    Harry, do yourself a favor and watch the animated show from episode one on. You hemmed and hawed about Battlestar Galactica only to have an eleventh hour awakening on that. The same will happen here. Yes, it's still a kids show. But I think you'll realize the characters are fleshed out, the adventures exciting and thoughtful, the action fantastic but best of all; the mythology feels lived in. It's as if the writers of that show had a thinktank for each discipline and the result gives Air, Water, Fire and Earth a unique personality which carries through consistently to the end of the series. There are several emotional highs to be had. Make time for it. Watch it with your nephew.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    ...Tangerines, I stand by "nifty", as in clever...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...pleasing, apt, or stylish.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    now he's just typing in Spanish... fucker is crazy, strap him up and wheel him off

  • July 2, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Apologists

    by lagomorph

    I'm frightened by the lack of apologists for The Last Airbender. This may be the one film to unite us all in hate. Precious...

  • July 2, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...so then this is work? How sad that must be for you.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "Hate* is too weak a word...

    by Powerring

    for such sophomoric and horrible movie making.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    the Voice of Zuko SPEAKS!!!

    by mazuzu

    http://dantebasco.wordpress. com/2010/07/01/the-last-airbender-to-boycott-or-not/

  • July 2, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Asi is fine if you do not take him seriously or kiss his ass

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Some get all twisted up trying to debate him. Wrong answer. Others have figured out he may be a moderator or at least connected so they try and kiss his ass. Wrong answer. Dude is a performance artist on a mission. He drives up interest in TB's and thus post counts. But he is is just acting. I have no roast beef with him, because I see through the charade and I don't need to make friends with him either.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Spielberg

    by Hipshot

    Is a wonderful director, but like all directors, not everyone likes all of his movies (nor should they). He has a genuine style, is absolutely in love with film, and has a powerful voice. I think that Shyamalan's voice is twisted by his need to produce films for an America that would NOT see his films if the actors looked like Shyamalan. No matter how he twists it, that damages an artist. I've had many, many conversations with minority artists who work in white vineyards without being able to express their own culture or ethnicity. Almost without exception, if they were away from whites, they would admit to fear, anger, guilt, and resentment. We all need to fit in, and the most common sense from these folks is the sense that they love America more than America loves them. This MAY not be what has damaged Shyamalan...but it has certainly damaged many others, and it would not be surprising at all. Despite the money he has made, he may have had to sell his soul to make it. I feel sorry for him.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Give "Avatar" a Try, Harry

    by KingKirby

    The original series is so full of fun, life, character, heroes journeys (especially Zuko, who has one of the most redemptive turnarounds since Scrooge). One of the big problems of the film (aside from the dark and muddied 2D to 3D transfer) is that Aang's story takes time to tell...he's a goofy kid (yet a peace loving monk)who likes to have fun...sled on penguins, fly his air glider, ride on the fins of giant coi fish...and he finally grows and accepts his place as Avatar and decides to stop Fire Lord Ozai, who is intent on conquering and ruling the entire world, a world dependent on the balance of earth, water, fire, and air. But everything is so rushed and moved along in the film version. For example, Shyamalan did indeed shoot sequences involving the Kysohi Warriors but cut them because you ended up wanting to actually follow to see where that storyline was going. Then, don't you think it would be helpful when all of the subtitles kept coming up telling you which Air Temple Aang was at to maybe have a superimposed map to show you where they actually were in relation to Zuko and the Fire Nation? Too much exposition brings down the film, but the original series (from beginning to end - NO SKIPPING) is an amazing journey of heroism, friendship, and taking ownership of your destiny (Zukos's is so much different at the end than in the beginning), you are doing yourself a disservice by not watching the whole thing...when you get to season two and the introduction of Toph, you will definitely be hooked! Enjoy!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Kobe, just remember Asi

    by skimn

    is actually Memories-Of-Murder...remember him?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    skimn

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Before my time - but I have heard others say that. Lost Jarv mentioned it. I think they said he has a Blade Runner fixation too.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Zooey Deschanel was NOT good in The Happening

    by D.Vader

    She was pretty bland and pretty bad.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    Oh for fuck's sakes, you too again with that bulslhit? Fuck, i respect you, man, or rather, i respected you. And you came with that shit? OK, if you are going to bring that stupid shit, then i'm goign to ask you what i used to ask to the idiots who used to bering that shit before: prove that. Prove your coment. Or get lost.<br><br>So, how is it going to be? Am i to still treat you with respect, or differently?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Vader - are you trying to provoke BSB?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Cause that's how to do it.

  • July 2, 2010, noon CST

    D.Vader

    by AsimovLives

    To tell you the truth, i realyl didn't understand what was the point of Zooey's acting in that movie. There was moments i though she was supposed to play a woman with some kind of a slight mental problem, like Asperger's Syndrome or something.

  • July 2, 2010, noon CST

    Am I the only one that was laughing with

    by JackSlater4

    Marky Mark in the happening, I've seen enough of the guys work to know he wasn't playing the character like that by accident, he's probably known Shamamalorenzolamas for a while too since his brother was in the 6th Sense

  • July 2, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    BSB is not inlove with Zooey of THE HAPPENING

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    I see no dofference between Marky Mark's performance in THE HAPPENING to his in PLANET OF THE APES to his in SNIPER to his in THE ITALIAN JOB. It is his typical constipated performance. He only woke up in THE DEPARTED because he must had been so in awe of Scorsese he didn't dared pull his usual lazy stitch.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Zooey comes off like that in every movie

    by JackSlater4

    I'll be happy when Katy Perry takes all her roles and she is relegated to TV work.<P> I'm not into agreeing with AsimovLives though, not my thing.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Wioth apologies to...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...BringingSexyBack, who I think is pretty cool...I haven't really liked Zooey in anything. <p> Yes, including 500 Days of Summer, which I thought she kind of ruined. <p> And even my wife loves her. I literally know no one who doesn't like her. <p> I feel very alone on this.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Never understimate the power of Marky Mark's constipation

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Red Ned - do you Like Katy Perry?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    If not, there may be a correlation!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    Personally, i think Zooey's sister is better.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Aasif Mandvi's best role...

    by REDD

    Was a ten second walk on...Miami Vice...5th season.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...but you're leaving out Boogie Nights, which would support my opinion that he simply needs a performance sensitive director with a firm hand to get his best work.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Katy Perry, that bitch?

    by AsimovLives

    Who the fuck likes her, anyway? Redneck neo-con?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe_...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...no I don't. But I'm usually a huge sucker for dark hair and big eyes. I swooned over Winona Ryder when I was a kid.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    First of all

    by JackSlater4

    He's awesome in Boogie Nights, I Heart Huckabees, Shooter, We Own The Night, The Departed, Four Brothers, Fear, The Basketball Diaries, and Three Kings.<P> He's still good in mediocre or bad movies like Max Payne, The Italian Job, Rock Star, Planet of The Apes, The Perfect Storm, The Corruptor, The Big Hit.<P> I don't think he has ever been the problem in his bad movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    BOOGIE NIGHTS is a good point, and frankly, i'm at a lost to understand how the hell he was so good in that movie. He was ALIVE!!! How the hell that happened? I mean, i know that Paul Thomas Anderson is great with actors, but that alone doesn't explain it. It has to be sorcery... or blackmail.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Red Ned

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Moose have big black eyes and dark hair too!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    SHOOTER? that piece of shit?

    by AsimovLives

    That fucking hack Antoine Fuckqua directed piece of this? That movie is not good. And Marky Mark plays his usual constipated self. Nothing remarkable about him in that fucking movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Shamalan doesn't seem to realize

    by Laserhead

    that he has some kind of autism.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I wish I had a red pen that I could draw on the screen with

    by JackSlater4

    To correct AsimovLives grammar.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I've always had a fondness for Wahlberg but I have to disagree about his performances in Three Kings, Four Brothers, Max Payne, The Italian Job, Rock Star, The Corruptor and Planet of the Apes, though I am not sure I can blame him for that last one. <p> I'm with you on the rest, though.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Marky Mark's opening scene in The Happening...

    by D.Vader

    Was like a parody of himself. It could have been an SNL skit. <p>"Scientists say bees are dying all over the place. No one has any answers. Whatsup with that? So what's happening to all these bees? Say hi to your mother for me."

  • July 2, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    No, Aasif Mandvi really is that bad

    by daggor

    He's not funny on the Daily Show. The best on that show play it as if they are serious. Aasif plays it like he knows he's trying to be funny and we should find him funny. Which makes it UNFUNNY!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Hey_Kobe...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...they sure do. And legs that go all the way up. Plus, the racks on some of them...

  • July 2, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Marky Mark was good in MAX PAYNE???

    by AsimovLives

    Nobody was good in that peice of shit. The movie was terrible, the director is terrible, the script is terrible, and everybody was either comatose or dead, and Marky Makr made dead looked alive with this fucking acting. Fucker was terrible! His acting is the stuff that razzies are made of. The fucking movie is bad beyond belief.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Kobe, not trying to piss off BSB

    by D.Vader

    In fact I'm agreeing with him. Zooey's performance in The Happening was so off and out there that it has to be Shyamalan's fault.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I never said Max Payne wasn't bad

    by JackSlater4

    I'm saying Marky Mark wasn't the problem.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by AsimovLives

    Marky Mark playing a science professor is just the kind of thing that taxes suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. It's just... wrong!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Marky Makr made dead looked alive

    by JackSlater4

    If you're going to continue to post from your cell phone, maybe you should get an android with swype, that might help your situation

  • July 2, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    You should correct thatto he wasn't the worst problem. No, that was John Fucking Moore, the fucking hack chosen to "direct" that shit. How i despise that fuck.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    And was that a typo too?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I'll say this about Max Payne

    by JackSlater4

    they cut a helluva trailer

  • July 2, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...yeah, and that would be a dividing line. For instance, he wasn't anything special in Shooter... <p> Wait! I have to stop here to point out that one of my favorite scenes in recent cinema takes place in Shooter. It's near the end, and I won't actively spoil anything, but the two main villains of the piece are actually sitting together, in front of a roaring fire, drinking booze and talking about how their diabolical plans have succeeded. I so wanted to enter the movie and draw little waxed mustaches on them, maybe give them monocles and black hats. It was sublime... <p> ...which was a really pretty bad movie, but his performance really didn't hurt it, either. I thought we were talking about movies where he was actively bad.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    swype, what the fuck is that?

    by AsimovLives

    Some techno bullshit crap that nerds masturbate about?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    Man, you should put that scene in Youtube. It's worth of Youtube infamy, like those scenes of Nick Cage from THE WICKER MAN.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Ok the deal is done. I'm going to see it NOW

    by D.Vader

    Leaving right now to catch a matinee.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Evil guys going Basil Exposition about their evilness

    by AsimovLives

    That shit was cute and amuzing in those James Bond movies of the 60s. But who buys that shit nowdays?<br>*must resist urge to crack joke at the expense of the fans of Jar Jar Abrams' Shit Trek movie, must resist urge, must resist, resist, resist*

  • July 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Asimov, no we're cool

    by skimn

    I used to get into debates/agreements with M-o-M also. It's just that the similarities between you and him are so striking, it seems to be more than just coincidental. No biggie.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by AsimovLives

    Many games from antiquity could be called the precussors of football. But the game itself was invented by the english. They invented it and they named it.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    ..On to Marky Mark..

    by skimn

    I've never seen I heart Huckabess, but have heard he's quite good in that...yes? No?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    I think there must be more thickhead foreigners around then just me and that MOM guy you used to know, don't you think?<br><br>And if you are cool, i'm cool. I love to be cool with you and others here. Contrary to popular opinion, i love to be cool with everybody, i prefer it that way.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Iheard that everybody was great in "I Heart Huckabess"

    by AsimovLives

    For some reason, i never found myself watching that movie, nor i have rented it yet. One day, i'll, i'm sure. I really liked the director's previous movie, THREE KINGS.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    And speaking of THREE KINGS...

    by AsimovLives

    ... Marky Mark was pretty good in that movie. Spike Jonze was suberb. Jonze should be acting more.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    M. Night's biggest problem - EGO...

    by SK229

    Look, every successful artist has it, but it's how you control and channel it that determines the direction and longevity of your career. You have to get out of your own way, almost, and bow to the audience and the demands of the material to make something as great as it can be. The second you are on set and a disagreement, a decision, or whether or not to keep everyone waiting becomes about how you come off as a director or saving face, you're dead in the water. And that's Night's problem, he seems far too worried about his 'name' and how he comes off or what choices he makes rather than making the best possible film and serving the material with his unique vision. Spielberg has had such a long, distinguished career because of everything I've seen of him, he keeps his ego under control... he does not seem to fancy himself 'the rock star as director', he is simply trying to do what he loves and do a great job at it. He is willing to listen to others, willing to try new things, willing to challenge himself, and doesn't cry over it when he fails... he simply gets up and redirects his energy towards a new project without feeling sorry for himself. I think nearly this entire generation of directors has a massive ego problem... and I don't think it's ego in the service of the film, it's ego in the service of the ego. Turd mentioned this in another TB about Fincher and was dead on. You can't tell me David O. Russell's rants on youtube bettered the film... but I can tell you that Ridley Scott's intransigence when being rushed on Blade Runner and Alien certainly helped those movies... same with Kubrick on every film he made. Save the ego for awards night and just try to make the best possible film with what you are given... or demand more if it'll make the film better... not to make yourself feel like a big-name director. <p>And Asimov, you have to agree that a gigantic ego is one thing Abrams lacks or at least does an excellent job of hiding... he is merely extremely competent, which is actually a bit of a dig... his competence bores me to tears.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I Pitty the Fool....

    by D o o d

    who goes to see it!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Harry, you said

    by BERSERKR

    "Nobody in this world has ever lived a day in their lives." Watch the show, its a totally different ballgame my friend, M Night didn't from what i have heard anyway :P do any of the characters justice.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    YES IT'S TRUE, ZOOEY WAS OFF HER GAME IN THE HAPPENING

    by BringingSexyBack

    But man did she ever bounce back with (500) Days of Summer. And she'll win your heart again with Your Highness. Buy your tickets early!!! <P> That said, can anyone who lives in L.A. tell me if the park bench at Angelus Plaza is bolted down? Because I'm thinking of coming over to steal it.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    He'll be back by Hercules Jul 2nd, 2010 01:31:30 AM His supernat

    by BERSERKR

    Seriously? the plot line to that film sounds like typical M Night SHIT! don't get your hopes up pal. AND considering how M Nights movies have fared, i can't see Willis wanting to work with the never was Hak that is Shamalama. :P:

  • July 2, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    CHECK OUT SHAOLIN SOCCER

    by BringingSexyBack

    Confirmation that the Chinese invented it.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    RED CLIFF WAS PRETTY GOOD, BUT WOO'S STYLE ANNOYS ME

    by BringingSexyBack

    I did like the battles and strategy stuff though.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I'm picturing...

    by Chief Joseph

    Fat guy in a Star Wars T-Shirt pointing at a crying kid dressed as Aang shouting, "Now YOU know how it feels, bitch!!"<br> Somebody film my metal image and put it on YouTube, please!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    SK229

    by AsimovLives

    I think that filmmakers need a big enough ego, or else they couldn't achieve what they do. Meek people can't go around marshelling lots of people to do their biding while invoking their own personal vision. You need ego to be a filmmaker, and you need a strong ego to be a filmmaker in Holylwood. That goes without saying. All good or well known filmmakers we know about have egos. no exceptions.<br><br>About Jar Jar Abrams, you got it wrong. If anything, he must have the biggest inflated ego in all of Hollywood, second only to Mickery Bayass. Jar Jar's latest movie is proof definitive of the gigantic blind ego that he has, the way he treated a previously very well established property and tuirned it into an extention of his previous created TV shows, namely, FELICITY and ALIAS, and then call it Star Trek and had the gall to go around selling it as if it was some respectful continuation, instead of the complete reimagining that it is. Hell, the inicial advertizements had been far more sincere, calling it "this is not your dady's Star Trek", which is true. That he dared then turn on his heels and then, shamelessly, claim his movie was to the spirit and tune to Roddenberry's creation, when in all things it is, is a great show of unabashed infinite ego. The giant ego of a shameless salesman specialied in telling colourful sugarcoated lies. Mayeb for some Jar Jar Abrasm disguise his ego with his dorky public persona bullshiot, but his stitch doesn't work for everybody. Some can see through it, some can see through his salesman tricks manipulations. and those can see what a gigantic inflated head egomanical he is. He is the kind of people that give a bad name to people with a strong personality, aka, ego.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Alright, I gotta comment on Bruce in Unbreakable...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    the dude was great in that film. He had spent his entire life since the auto accident completely denying who he was. That was when he first had an inkling that there was something special about himself, but he squashed it because of his love for his special lady. He gave up his dreams to be with her, because she thought football (american football, sorry) was barbaric. <p> So, since then, he'd just been going through the motions, and his entire life was basically just getting through each day. He'd been 'sleepwalking' so long, everything was starting to fall apart. He was in the process of losing the very reason he gave up his dreams (the woman he loved); not to mention he probably subconciously resented her for 'making him' choose her over what he wanted to really do. You can see life coming back into his eyes and how he carries himself after he 'wakes up' and seems to find new purpose at the end. <p> So, in my opinion, the 'dull, lifeless' performance some see as a bad thing is EXACTLY what the part called for. Not John McClane.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    Believe it or not, my favorite parts of RED CLIFF was all those involving the general of the south troops and the north's embassador (the guy who could predict the weather). And i foudn the battle scenes anoying, specially because of the constant explosions bullshit when none should be there (aparently, Woo can't understand the difference between flames and explosions) and the wuxia fighting bulslhit in an historical movie based ON REAL VERY WELL DOCUMENTED EVENTS!<br><br>RED CLIFF frustrated me like hell. Woo is still not welcomed at my cinematic house.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by D o o d

    Only Part of your comment is correct. The Producer is the most powerful person on set. It's his job to get everyone to do their job, including the director. Sure the director has to have some assertive qualities, but having an ego is a very personal quality. You can have an ego and still be a really good person to work with. So long as you remember that each and every person around you has something to offer. Even the runners!<p>I've seen shayamalan in many interviews and he does come across as an arrogant egotistical asshole!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    Excelent point very well made. Great post, man. Kudos. You should post more often, i want to see more insights like this.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    And the Chinese did invent football....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    though I'm pretty sure I once read somewhere that sometimes it weren't no ball they used, but the melons of enemies. Gruesome, no?

  • July 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    RED NED

    by BringingSexyBack

    You're cool too - and to be brutally honest, Summer is not supposed to be a liked character. Glad to know there's a lot of love for Zooey though in your life. I'm sure Your Highness will bring you firmly into Team Deschanel.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Killik...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...all games were originally invented by the Aztecs who played them with human heads. Anything else you may read is only the Man trying to trick you. <p> You should have seen the Aztecs playing jacks.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    That's why some directors also became producers, so they can be the most powerful men on set. This is why Clint Eastwood, for example, is his own producer. And other younger directors do the same, like Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton, for example.<br><br>By the way, actually, only in america that happens. Otherwise, and around the world, directors wield much more power, and that's taken for granted.<br><br>As for the perception that people have of Shyamalan in his interviews, soem might see him as arrogant. Other might see him as a man with convictions and strong personal ideas. What is one man's arrogance might be other's strengh of ideas, and vice-versa, don't you think? And from the interviewws i have read by Shyamalan, i never read him as arrogant. Mickey Bay is arrogant, that's the guy i would use as a perfect example of blind mindless arrogance.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...total love. And I watch what I'm told so I've seen just about everything she's been in. Even the one where the guy is adopting the baby. <p> Even Tin Man.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Thank you for the kind words Asi..

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I've been visiting this site for about a decade, and used to post more in the @$$holes comics section. I'm currently unemployed, so's I gots more time to kill, and I love discussing film. I know I'm about to break your heart, but I actually enjoyed Abram's Trek. I KNOW it has none of the depth of the real Trek, but it was fun. I have no trouble with fun. Hell, I absolutely ADORE Speed Racer. That was a film that delivered exactly what was promised: a live-action anime. And Ms Ricci was super-cutie-hotness in that movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Official! Michael Bay no longer worst moviemaker

    by jtp8000

    <p>And Brannon Braga no longer worst writer in Hollywood(fuck I actually liked Flashforward). </p> <p>I read the NY Mag interview- he is either fucking delusional or too big an egomaniac to admit that no one liked it. He says he is unaware of the reviews? </p> BULLSHIT.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Killik...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I agree. And funny that Asi just brought up Clint Eastwood, because I thought the crawl at the end of Unforgiven was an even worse offender in this regard because it absolutely undercut the impact of what otherwise would have been a devastating ending.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Bay is shooting Transformers in 3D, fuck yeah!

    by JackSlater4

    Suck it AsimovLives!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    I don't know if you are being facticious, because sometimes sarcasm doesn't translate well into writing. But the ballgame that the Aztecs played, the "pitz", was played wioth a rubber ball. The thing was, the winning team would then be flayed alive sacrificed to the gods. Now, you might thing, what a shitty prize for the winners, but the thing is, the game was played by the defeated enemies. And to be sacrificed was considered a great honour, the highest honour a victorious enemy could bestow you. so much so, your blood was then used to paint the temples, the priests used your flayed skin as overcoats, and your skull would be kept at the holy of holies. To be left alive as a prisioner of war was deed a great shame.<br><br>You could say there hasn't been much changes to football since then.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    deed = deemed

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    The joke is on you, man. It's me who's laughing.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Asimov...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...it's my standard joke about the origin of any game and dates back to a zillion years ago when I was in high school and involved in an argument over the origin of basketball. <p> I was very pleased to get a chance to revisit it. <p> Oh, and it is, of course, the absolute truth!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by The Dum Guy

    I completey forgot about those sucky subtitles.<br><br>I did watch Copland not too long ago and it had the same type of crap out ending.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    what's wrong with Copland's ending?

    by JackSlater4

    Fat Deaf Stallone pulls out a shotgun and lays waste. Movie's awesome.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    They tacked on the ending..

    by The Dum Guy

    With the subtitles saying he got his hearing back, making his (hearing) loss, not.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    Never saw SPEED RACER. Though i'm a fan of the Warchoskys and even enjoyed the much maligned Matrix sequels, i found absolutly no interest in SPEED RACER. For me that movie redefined the notion of pointlessness. 5 years without making a movie andthey chosed to do that? Waste for their talents, if you ask me.<br><br>Nothign wrong with fun indeed. This is one of the reasons i love cinema and the reasons i go to the movies. i do have a semly broader definition of fun, in that, i don't necessarily need a movie to be a super-fast edited dumbed down movie to find enjoyable and entertaining. i have been entetaiend by movies which many others would not exactly called entertaining by their own definitions, wacky crazy movies like ICHI THE KILLER or FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, or even darkly moody movies like THE MYST or SEVEN.<<br><br>But Jar Jar Abrams's NOT TREK, i had no fun wahtchingthat movie. No, that movie depressed me. I came out of the theater depressed and listless. I felt my lifeforce and my joie de vivre drained out of me. I felt like i had been sucked dry by a vampyre and got the plague for my troubles. Many a time i have come out of a theater angry because i saw a shitty stupid movie, but Abram's TREK stole my will to live. Thank goodness i was in the company of friends, i don't know i could had dragged myself home by myself otherwise. AQctually, we all felt liekthat, it was mutual support that made us go ahead. God, what a terrible time at the movies that fucking movie was!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    In your teens, you should had told your mates about the winners getting flayed. It would be great to see the sport jocks get their balls shrivel at the notion.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    And I'll throw in some Shayamalan support..

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I KNOW he's capable of making good films. He has had a bad run. I'll defend The Village for the most part, until the reveal. That film is all about the weight of keeping secrets. I mean, you can practically FEEL the weight of the unspoken attraction between Hurt & Weaver; but they know they MUST NEVER acknowledge it. It's part of keeping up the larger charade. And I fell in love a little with Bryce Dallas Howard in that movie. She was absolutely adorable. <p> And the tension and dread of the night-time attack...palpable. When Ms Howard is on the front porch and the 'creature' is slowly coming at her......*shudder*. I can feel the tingles right now. <p> Back on Unbreakable....the scene in the hospital, as the doctor is talking about the amazing fact that Bruce didn't have a scratch...there's that person covered with a sheet out of focus in the foreground. Suddenly, a blood spot appears, and spreads, spreads, spreads. That's awesome staging right there.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Asimov

    by D o o d

    You make a fine point and I do agree with you. However, Bay is no worse than M Night. I don't like Bay movies, but Bad Boys was ok, Armageddon was fun, The Rock was entertaining. Guilty pleasures maybe but it seems that Bay, as much as I loathe him, has a better track record than M Night! So Shayamalan, in my humble opinion, is much worse!<p>As for the argument of one mans arrogance is anothers confidence/strength. Well that really depends who it's coming from, whether it's justified and how it has been presented!

  • July 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    As for Jar Jar Abrams's NOT TREK, that movie was one of my most depressign moment in my life at the movies. I came out of that movie feeling depressed and listless. The movie stole my capacity to enjoy life. I felt like a vampyre had sucked my blood and left me dry clean and with the plague, for my troubles. The movie made me depressed and joyless. Thank goodness i was in the company of friends, or else i don't know how i could had found the energy to return home. In fact we all felt like that, it was mutual group support that allowed us progress. I have seen many bad dumb movies that made me feel angry. Jar Jar's movie made me feel deep depression. Only MARTYRS made me feel more depressed then JarJar's movie, but at leastMARTYRS is amvoei amde to make you feel depressed on porpose, it's deliberate and there's a porpose to that, it's necessary for the story to make impact. Not so with Jar Jar's movie, which was supposed to be the very opposite.<br><br>Jar Jar's movie is the one of recent memory to me that has caused the greatest difference between the intention of entertaiment and the end result of depression and lassitude. That movie was the very polar opposite of what BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT were to me.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I wish HBO would rethink their stance on Preacher

    by JackSlater4

    now that I've seen Bill Compton twist a vampire's head backwards while he grudge fucks her

  • July 2, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Asimov...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I hear ya. Fun does not equal dumb. However, I can sometimes forgive a little dumb if there are other redeeming qualities. And I love Fear and Loathing too. One of the best representations on film of the effects of LSD, and a great adaptation of a great book. "You're not PREJUDICED, ARE YOU?" That small scene may be Tobey Maguire's best performance.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    In all honesty, have you ever seen any of Bay's coment that doesn't make him look like a douchbag all the time? Shyamalan, howeve,r he does seem to realyl care and loves what he does, and he is filled with ambition to the movies he wants to makes and what he wants and how to makes them.<br><br>A track record of guilty pleasures is still a bad track record. It's still a track record made of bad movies. Bad Boys was lame and a copllectionof stuff stolen form other, better movies. Armageddon is the worst, dumbest movie ever made by drugged monkeys, no human was involved in the making of that horrid piece of shit. And The Rock is anothe terrible stupid movie that has been so constantly overrated it's now mistaken for reeality. The ghost qualities of The Rock are a myth with even less substance then Santa Claus.<br><br>Meanwhuile, Shyamalan made, at the very least, TWO PROPER VERY GOOD MOVIES. And that's being very critical and harsh on the movies, because he made mroe then just two good movies in his carrer. And evne if he had only made two good movies, still he would win hands down, because in any random 2 minutes of any scene from any of those two movies there's better filmmaking skill, thoughfulness and intelligence then in the entire combined career of Mickey Bay multiplied by 100.<br><br>Shyamalan deserves credit because he did made good. Bay gets credits because his publicist did good.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Also Asi...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I really feel for you about Trek. And, like most here, I'm very aware of how you hate it. I felt they did a good job of making it palatable for the masses, just at the expense of any depth. It really was the great jobs the actors did with inhabiting the characters so many have known for so many years that won me over. Especially Urban as Bones. THAT was one of the best casting decisions in history. He nailed it.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    The inicial sceens in FEAR AND LOATHINGIN LAS VEGAS are just unbelievably hillarious. My favorite is when Del toro opens a vial of coke and it gets blown by thw wind, and he screams hysterically "Did you just see what God did to us?" It makes me roll inthe floor laughing everytime i watch that scene. The best drug scene, though, it has to be the one when the guys inhale diethyl ether (while already intoxicated with other substances) and go to the Circus Circus Casino. That whole sequence redefines surreal in movies. It's also non-stop hysterical, specialy when they try to get out of the carrousel bar. And Gilliam says he never took drugs in his life. Imagine if he had!

  • July 2, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Asimov

    by D o o d

    Well I'm not going to argue with you because you have some solid points in there. I enjoyed some of bays movies and I enjoyed some of Shayamalan. However, at the end of the day, I hate them both and wish they'd stop making crap!

  • July 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Asimov lives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that list is hardly fair. None of those movies are outright bad and a couple of them are actually really good. <p> Fess up some bad ones.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Shoot the pasties off the nipples of a ten-foot bull-dyke

    by JackSlater4

    and win a cotton-candy goat

  • July 2, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Harry, your nephew is right

    by mooli_mooli

    If there is one thing Aang should do, its have fun. The kid *revels* in his airbending ability, and a major theme of the show is him balancing his need to be a child, with this enormous responsibility he knows he has to live up to. In the cartoon he's almost always got a massive cheesy grin, even in dire situations. In the film - does he even smile once?

  • July 2, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Anyone get a ENCOM postcard in the mail today?

    by RPLocke

    I got one for some weird video game. I assume it's online somewhere.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    THe thing about the actors is Jar Jar movie is that i think all of them are good actors. Each individually are actors i have sen them being good in something else. And i guess the guys did good with what they had to play with, i guess. I do have a few problems with some of the acting in the movie, to wit: Maybe it's just i'm getting fed up of her over-exposure, even before the movie was reklease,d but Zoe Saldana's acting as Uhura rubbed me the wrong way. I think, of all the characters, she got the short stick. She evne let slip, in an interview, that hse character was not defiend at all in the script, and she had to come up herself with the characters traits and attitude. And what she did was turning Uhuran into a ghetto princess as if she had came out of a TLC video singing "No Scrubs". The girl who was always going about wanting to be in the cool kdi's scpaceship, and porking the most important petty officer of the place. Give me a break! Her character was anoying, and her acting was anoying. Poor Chekov guy got served with the movie's worst jokes, and all the crap jokes about his accent just beggers belief. As for the Kirk guy, i really can't tell if the guy did a terrible acting job, of he was jsut very faithful to the script and followed all the directorial instruction of Jar Jar to the letter and thus turn what has to be one of the most irritating soul destroying anoying pestilence of a douchbag-as-the-hero character since TOP GUN. Maybe the actor is not to blame, maybe it's all the fault of Orci, Kurtzman and Jar Jar, i don't find that hard to believ,e but god was that fucking Punk Ass Kirk anoying! And wa snot only a punk ass, he had his ass handled by everybody and his grandmother! Douchbag and lame! If i wanted to create a mean-spirited parody of Kirk, i couldn't had done a more damaging job. The guys who made STAR WREACK didn't go that far, and they were deliberatly making the character a major asshole! When an official Star Trek movie feels more of a parody then a real parody, something is just too wrong!

  • July 2, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    mooli_mooli...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...case in point is even while he's baiting Zhao into destroying the fire nation fleet he seems to be having a good time.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    What list of Bay's movies you think is not fair? You want me to make a real list of Mickey Bay's good movies? Ok, i'll give one:<br><br>Mickey Bay have made good movies except BAD BOYS 1 and 2, THE ROCK, ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR, THE ISLAND, TRANSFORMERS 1 and 2. Other then those, which are completly terrible shitty movies, Bay has made some good movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Star Trek...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...dumbest plot and most likable cast possible. <p> I can't hate the movie. There are a few reasons but maybe the most important one is that Karl Urban made me forget he wasn't DeForest Kelly a few times.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    AsimoveLives...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...no the list of your guilty pleasure "fun" movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    When I read BSB's headers..

    by STLost

    I think he's Owen Meany.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Are you still harping on Michael Bey?

    by RPLocke

    Hey, why don't you go out and direct some action movies so we can slam them. I hate critics. They take all the fun out of everything.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I didn't think it was that bad

    by GornPirate

    I took my kid to it. Is it a great film? No. But I thought it was a decent adaption of a kids cartoon. It might help to see the series first. But I found it to be entertaining. I don't get all of the hate for this. It was far from Battlefield Earth kind of bad. No where near worst movie of the decade or any of that kind of pile on bullshit. It was a good, but not great, adaption of a kids cartoon series.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I'll give you Uhura and Chekhov

    by Fuzzyjefe

    getting short shrift. I'd add Scotty, but I have a soft spot for Simon Pegg, and he did a lot more than it seems was on the page. I'll agree that Kirk was a bit of a douche, but I'm gonna give 'em the benefit of the doubt that since this was his 'origin story', he'll outgrow that and become more of the Kirk we know. C'mon, Kirk has just a little bit of the ol' douche in him, just tempered with maturity, the acceptance of responsibility, and charm. And when you temper 'douchiness' with maturity and charm, we call that 'charisma', and 'self-assurance'. <p> Now, if he's still just a self-absorbed prick in a captain's chair in the next Trek, that'll be a problem. And I wonder if the new Vulcan mind-meld will involve Spock actually peeling off the top of someone's head and poking around.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Scotty got short drafted?

    by RPLocke

    He was in pretty much every scene at the end. He even saved the ship. You people will complain about everything. Everyone had a part in the 2009 movie. What the hell did Chekov do in Star Trek VI? Not much.

  • July 2, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    SOOOO ENTERTAINING!IT BLEW ME AWAY, HONESTLY!

    by caseymcgehee72

    I'm talking about that interview with M. Night. My thoughts:<br><br>M. Night: "I don’t know how Peter Jackson did those three [Lord of the Rings] movies and spent seven years like that."<br><br>I do. Peter Jackson knew he was doing justice to the source material. Say a novelist is writing a book, and is having a miserable time figuring out what happens in the middle, and he's finding himself bored working on it. If you're bored while writiing something, the readers will be even more bored.<br><br>M. Night said: "I always tell my kid, “You should spend your life mastering something.” It doesn’t matter what it is. I chose film to spend my life learning... But sometimes you want to just study something. Instead of a bachelor's, you want a PhD."<br><br>Later, M. Night said: "it creates a very similar pacing in every movie."<br><br>Even later: It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don’t know how to think in another language. I think these are exactly the visions that are in my head, so I don’t know how to adjust it without being me. It would be like asking a painter to change to a completely different style. I don’t know.<br><br>Idiot. One coming of age novel narrated with the voice of a valley girl might come out great--a second in that same voice? annoying. And Does he honestly think the pacing of a movie is a direct result of a writer/director's "style?" I guess to him, "mastering" something = formulaic storytelling. Trying to learn more? Play with narrative structure you dumbass, and then come back and talk about your metaphorical PhD...<br><br>M. Night said: "It’s really just got a bad rap for no reason. It makes the movie more immersive and it has to be handled with great delicacy so that it is invisible. The combination of the CGI, 3-D, and sound effects, it’s just impossible to separate them. It gives you a more immersive experience, and I prefer that.<br><br>This is, without a doubt, the most insanely idiotic thing I have EVER heard a filmmaker say... EVER... I mean, its one thing to say 'well, people don't get my writing style,' or 'some people don't respond to this kind of story' or 'some people think they could have made the story better,' But this guy has the audacity to say that the effect got a 'bad rap for no good reason'??? INSANE! EVERYONE has said the same, exact comments about the visuals... its one thing to question the subjective elements of a movie, but WE ALL HAVE THE SENSE OF VISION. WE ALL THINK ITS DARK. How the hell do you think you can tell people what they did or did not see? unreal.<br><br>M. Night said: "I guess also when I’m constructing the story in the script form, it must be that there’s just an inherent kind of "I need to be at this place in the story" driving me. So maybe that’s where it’s coming from."<br><br>And that solves the mystery of how the movie ended up having so much exposition... clearly he's thinking, while making a piss poor attempt at writing a movie, "well, OK, this needs to happen there... now, there should be scenes that get us there, but no, I can't do that... therefore, I will have the characters say everything that the viewer needs to know so my script doesn't run too long.' That is one of the most telling traits bad writers have... way too concerned about how the first draft will come out as opposed to getting everything down and then working with it... good writers don't revise--they rewrite... like, ALL of them (the good ones). Which relates to:<br><br>M. NIght said: "wrote the first draft of the second movie, and I was really happy with it."<br><br>First drafts are supposed to suck. The moment you fall in love with a first draft is the moment you become too in love with your own words, which makes a properly rewrite impossible.<br><br>

  • July 2, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Well I just saw it

    by D.Vader

    And wow, it really is NOT that bad.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I'm not complaining. I LIKED Star Trek. I loved Pegg as Scotty. Perhaps I mis-remembered his importance to the overall plot, but I've only seen it once. And I'm happy as a pig in poop that Pegg's playing him, 'cause I love me some Mr Scott. Sorry. Didn't mean to rile anyone up. The one thing that really bugged me about Neo-Scotty is that he didn't honestly figure out how to transport from ship-to-ship. He was shown how he had 'already' figured it out. That kinda pissed me off.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Well I just saw it

    by D.Vader

    And wow, it really is NOT that bad.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by RPLocke

    Yeah, I loved the new Trek too. I thought the cast was awesome, and the story was great. It's such a far cry from the bland Voyager and Enterprise. I feel sad for Trek fans that can't enjoy the new movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Better than Clash of the

    by D.Vader

  • July 2, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Better than Clash of the Titans

    by D.Vader

  • July 2, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Used Cars reference

    by JoeSixPack

    Best AICN laugh I've had in a while. Great stuff.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    How did Kick Ass not get these reviews?

    by RPLocke

    Don't get it. Hell, Shutter Island even score better.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Harry, WATCH THE TV SHOW!

    by RickSlamu2

    I have been a fan of TV almost all of my life Harry. I have said this before and will say it again to all who listen. I would without a moment’s hesitation put Avatar: The Last Airbender on a list of the top 10 TV shows of all time. With M*A*S*H*. St. Elsewhere. 24. CSI. Yes it does start out a little slow. But I implore you to read The Enemy’s review and talk to him. Yes he might just be a kid but I as a 30+ year geek, say that he is completely right comparing this TV show to LOTR! Books and or movies. This has what all the great adventure stories should have. Plus something that Sham-a-lamb-a-ding-dong and his awful film cannot possibly compete with. Actual plot and character development! This is worth the investment in time Harry. What are you doing with your 4th?

  • July 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Remakes and Live Action Updates = Butt Rape

    by 77AD

    Stop raping our childhood and our children's childhoods, and our children's children chilhoods.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    PrestigeWorldwide

    by HEADGEEK

    Because my JOB - is to spend inordinate amounts of my life pouring through the entire history of cinema. WHICH tends to take up most of my time. I'm drawn to film. Like water to a divining rod. (ya know, if that sort of thing actually worked)

  • July 2, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    HARRY.......

    by The Aquarian 1

    So basically what you're saying is that M. Night didn't pay you to write this review?

  • July 2, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Can we stop with 3D conversion now?

    by AzulTool

    If it's shot-in or animation, fine! I'll buy into it. Otherwise, just stop.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    casey...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...keep in mind though that there are things you sometimes have to say whether you mean them or not. And here I'm talking about his expressed opinion on the 3D. He can't trash it right before his film comes out. If he does that he may as well open a Hallmark franchise in Phoenix tomorrow. The money men don't forget things like that.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK I call bullshit

    by JackSlater4

    you spend too much time watching the same movie 6 times over a 2 week period.<P> I've come to the conclusion the only way you can be doing that is because you're not really watching it, you just let the movie play while you do other shit.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    3D is the new CGI

    by RPLocke

    Critics find something new to slam.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    RE: Harry: Why are you so ignorant of cool tv

    by caseymcgehee72

    "Seriously, I am shocked by Harry's constant lack of what's awesome on televsion."<br><br>That doesn't bother me at all--like he said, its his job to deal with film.<br><br>Now, HERC, on the other hand, is SOOOO ignorant about what is awesome on TV, and the worst thing is--he has made it clear that he doesn't give a shit and refuses to give any show a chance, unless Joss Whedon is involved: Herc didn't give a shit about The Office, then Joss Whedon directs a show and then what? Well, Herc realized that there was a good show he wasn't watching, and created a weekly Office talkback.<br><br>What's even worse is his multi-day-a-week "HERCVAULT' bullshit, which is essentially him trying to make money by having us buy DVDs of shows he advertises, yet refuses to give talkbacks for:<br><br>"Amazon Associates Earn up to 15% in referral fees by promoting items on your website - choose from the millions listed in our Amazon and Endless online catalog. This is a great way to earn money and add compelling content to your site"<br><br>Please Harry--give us another COAX reporter... talkbackers break stories before Herc and many can do a great job to make Coax better... this site makes money because of the people who come here to talk about geek-related stuff, yet Herc doesn't give a shit about giving the people who make this site money anything they want--and the requests are reasonable: spend the thirty seconds to give us a talkback on a show tons of talkbackers want...

  • July 2, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    SHYAMALAN'S MOVIES ARE LIKE HARRY'S REVIEWS

    by kgerm

    Parts of it interesting, but the whole thing just doesn't hold together.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    just saw this flick

    by lostboytexas

    and it was actually really really good. I dont know where all this negativity is coming from.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    banhammer caseymcgehee72 already

    by lostboytexas

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, theres no Office talkback. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! shut the fuck up. And JackSlater4 is a dumbfuck for saying that. CO-AX4LiFE

  • July 2, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Summer of 2010

    by Quentin_Rodriguez

    ... is shaping up to be the shittiest since they invented the blockbuster system

  • July 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    I don't feel guilty for the movies i love. some of them are crazy, some of them are wacky, some of them beggers description, but i don't feel any guilt about liking them. I don't have guilty pleasures, the movies i love, even the weird ones, i rate them good. Now, what you could ask me is, what are the most strange, weird movies that i love.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    I say it's the hacks that take the fun of watching movies. Hacks like Bay. And anybody can make action better then Bay. He is the worst there is.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Oh well...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I have a positive fetish for bad movies. You don't know what you're missing. Great movies are the best, but second best aren't good movies. Second best are the worst movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    m night called me up cryin....

    by alice133

    hes afraid of water.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    this debacle reminds me of....

    by caseymcgehee72

    this debacle of a movie reminds me of Terminator: Salvation. Both movies could have so easily been epic, but what sucks about both of these movies is that they, in theory, should have not only been epic movies, but epic first movies of an epic trilogy. I'm wondering if T:S will ever have parts two and three, and even if it did get two more movies, the first one was wasted on a character that I didn't give a shit about instead of one of the most compelling characters from movies--John Conner...

  • July 2, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    I never though that the classic kirk of the old series was a douch. He never read like that. sometimes impuslive, yes, sometimes reckless, yes, sometimes he became irritable, yes, but a douch, never. Also, according to the episode "SHORE LEAVE", Kirk was supposed to be a nerd, in his words a "book pile with legs", so, he was a bookworm who manned up. And i'd rather had see that onscreen, to see a young Kirk more of a intelelctual then a man of action who man up during the adventure and became a badass, with the great combination of having the smarts and the intelligence with fighting ability and courage to go to combat and sacrifice his life for the greater good. Instead, what we got was this abnoying juvenile delinguent fuck who only got into the Federation because he knew important people in the business, and then got into the Enteprise because he cheated and lied to get in, not because of merit. and i'm supposed to find this version of Kirk endearing and enjoyable? He's a fucking silver-spoon senator's son lucky fuck who gets by because of conenctions and blind, conniving and blind luck. Seems Jar Jar Abrams just too a little too much of himself into this Kirk, if you ask me.<br><br>One fo the thigns that really puzzles me about the movie is, why is kirk already a captain of the enterprise in the end of the movie? why the hurry? why so soon? couldn't he still be a middleshipman? Or at best a number two to commander pike? why captain already? it doesn't make any sense! who wrote this script, precose ejeculators?<br><br>you see, it's stuff liek this, and much more, then end up making this movies totally despisable and hateful to me. there's no turn in this movie, ther's no corner i look into, that i don't find a major flaw and a major cockup. the movie, for me, is jsut a colelctionof epic fails one after the other. nothing in this movie rings true and fair and smart. and it's sucess and acceptance just puzzles me to no end. because i see absolutly no reason for the movie be so. it's just a bundle of failures and cockups one after the other, entangled and without an end to pull out and rewind and redo. and i see no way the sequel can improve and repair when the foundatiosn are already so shaky and badly constrcuted. It's like trying to make a multistored building in sand terrain where a subterranean river runs through it. the building could look chique and modern, but the foundations are shaky and insecure. i don't bode anythign good for this new star trek franchise under the commando of jar jar abrams. and the way the geeks here and elsewhere in USA have put jar jar abrams so high in a pedestal, i suspect a few years from now he will get the same fate that M. Night Shyamalan is getting today in here. but in Jar Jar's case, it will be deserved.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Remember that in the TOS movies Kirk is older

    by RPLocke

    and more mature thanks to Spock's death. Don't compare the new movie which takes place when Kirk is younger and more impulsive.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Again the movie is not that bad

    by D.Vader

    Clash of the Titans made far many more mistakes.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    i know what it is to laugh at a bad movie. i know what it is to roll inthe floor laughing with the mates by watchigna very bad scene so goofy and stupid one can't help but cough our lungs in laughter. i'm no stranger to such things. the thing is, i don't edn up liking those movies because of that. i laugh of those movies in mockery, not in love. just because a fucking bad mvoei made me laugh due to it's crappiness doesn't make me love them. i don't love commando evne though that movies almost makes me fait with laughter. fuck that movie. makes me laugh because it's a piece of shit, but i still fucking hate that shit.<br><br>let me just ask you this: do you have guuilty pelasures in other things that ar enot movies? you have guilty pleasures in books, in videgames, in politics, in cars, in homes, in teachers, in jobs, in bosses, in wages, in friends, in girlfriends? if you ask me, i think people have double standards about movies, they tend to accept bad movies in a way they wouldn't acept any other thing that would be bad. and that is just not cool. why put such double standards to movies. i don't go for that, friend.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    guilty pleasure religion

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    guilty pleasure torture

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    guilty pleasure wallpaper

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Clash of the Titans

    by lostboytexas

    makes The Last Airbender look like Terminator: Salvation.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    guilty pleasure kitchen appliances

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    lostboytexass

    by AsimovLives

    as in, even worst?

  • July 2, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    it's one thing to be young and impulsive. it's another to be a complete anoying twilight-fan teen douchbag that lucks out into high places.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by lostboytexas

    no idea, i havent seen it. probably wont because of these reviews ;-)

  • July 2, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    lostboy:

    by caseymcgehee72

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, theres no Office talkback. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! shut the fuck up. And JackSlater4 is a dumbfuck for saying that. CO-AX4LiFE"<br><br>I'm impressed how you managed to come off as such a moron with so few words.<br><br>1) I SPECIFICALLY did NOT mention ONE show there's no talkback for that I want.<br><br>2) BECAUSE I didn't mention a show, I'm not whining about what *I* want--this isn't about me--this is about TONS of talkbackers who get pissed because Herc won't give ANY show a chance.<br><br>3) You can't read nor comprehend what I wrote: there IS an Office talkback, and that was my example of Herc actually giving a show a chance and liking it--yet he won't do that for other shows, and he only gave Office a chance because Whedon was attached.<br><br>Furthermore, you are an idiot because you say "Coax4life" yet you don't realize that the office gets a weekly talkback... how can you be such a fan of coax yet not know one of the few shows herc gives talkbacks for gets weekly talkbacks? Douchebag.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by RPLocke

    Kirk didn't luck out. His father died in battle. Kirk didn't want to go to Starfleet. Pike only pursuaded Kirk to go almost at the last minute. Kirk almost never got on the Enterprise, but he did with McCoy's help. I don't see what was wrong with that. Kirk had information that Pike didn't have.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Actually, my wife...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...who is way better than I deserve... <p> ...just told me today that she ordered a copy of an out of print horror novel called The Devil's Kiss. I was on another talkback over the weekend and I and a group of really nice Brits started talking about different pulp horror writers. Well in my opinion The Devil's Kiss is the single worst horror novel ever written, and I've read a few thousand over the course of my life. Owned three copies of it at various times but loaned all of them out and never got them back. So anyway, I was bragging to these guys about how horrible it was and realized I didn't have it anymore so I couldn't whine my wife (who is a voracious reader) into having to read it. She found a used copy on-line for eleven dollars plus postage and got it for me. <p> And don't even get me started on music. I could make you cry.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    there would be onething i'd love to see the new Spock do, and that would be to do a Scanners like result of a mindmelt, Spock going full Sylar. Which he almost did, when he beat the shit out of that kirk bitch so hard he could had kill a whole heard of oxes. actually, spock going sylar, i wouldn't like that. that was one of the prioblems with the new spock. the casting was create, i loved the actor chosen, i cna't think of another person who could make a better spock this days. but what they had to make him go though,a ndthe dialogue he had to say, was beyond belief. and they turned spock into an emo mommy boy. many people have used to excuse that spock is still young and he is a semi-human hybrid (as if he's a toyota prius!) and he thus he still can't control his emotions, blabla bla. but the thing i always got form the star trek shows,a nd soemthign even the movie does goes for, is that it's the older vuilcans who are the more emotional ones, because they are now experience with life enough to deal with and can give mor fredom to their emotional side, the young vulcans, however, coming right after vulcan school, they are all hyper-logical. the yougner the vulcan is, the more logical they are,a ndthey soften up with age. sarek, spock's dad in the jar jar's movie does make a case for that, as does older spock played by nimoy. but younger spock as played by quint should had been a machine of logic, evne the destruction of vulcan shouldn't had perturbed him, so much so that it would established his alieness. his humanism would came after, and not before. i think filmmakers of jar jar's movie are putting the cart before the oxes.<br><br>and i don't evne want to think about the destruction of vulcan.it's toally a stolen moment from star wars, it's a total steam from the destruction of leia's planet, it even happens at the same dramtic beat. it's one of the many, many mometns where abrams goes direct pillaging of star wars... while making a star trek movie. what is the point of going for star wars for inspirating if you ae making a star trek? i don't get it! if star trek now looks like star wars, what's the difference then? what's the point of both became alike? why rob star trek of what made it uniqeuandit's own thing? i just don't get the midnof jar jar abrams and the two clowns who co-wrote the script for the movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    uniqeuandit's own thing = unique and it's own thing

    by AsimovLives

  • July 2, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    And Commando...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...is a long way from the kind of film I'm talking about. Try Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary or Chosen Survivors, Bloody Pit of Horror or Pigs. <p> I think what you're thinking of as bad I think of as mediocre. And I don't much care for mediocre movies either.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    caseymcgehee72

    by lostboytexas

    i didnt read what you wrote this time either. know why? because you are a tool. kthxbi

  • July 2, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    mediocrity is the worst thing a movie can be, isn't it? nobody cares about mediocrity. at least very bad movies can provoke passions, even if negative and critical.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Yes indeed.

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Complete agreement there.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    The Last Airbender- Getting a Bum Rap

    by D.Vader

    *copied and pasted from another talkback, so feel free to ignore the opening paragraphs*<p>So I saw The Last Airbender today and it felt soooo good to be back in a dark movie theater doing what I love. I was annoyed at first, however, because I rushed to the theater and didn't have time to get lunch. I saw the snack stand had a meal combo with a buffalo chicken flatbread sandwich, so I ordered that. They didn't tell me it would take 7-10 minutes to cook, so I'm standing there for 10 minutes knowing I'm missing some cool previews (I really wanted to see Harry Potter on the bigscreen), and I was afraid I'd miss the beginning of the movie. <p> Luckily, it seems I caught most of the trailers. Got to see the one for "Rango" again, and I'm really digging the look of that movie, moreso than any other recent CGI flick. Love the shot of the guys riding roadrunners in slow motion across the setting sun. <p> Anyway, also saw The Green Hornet trailer. For some reason it reminds me of the trailer for the "Shaft" remake all those years ago. <p> So the movie starts, and it starts with the exact same opening that the cartoon does- a full body shot of a different bender bending the elements. Here, however, it looked kind of hokey and very staged... like someone on a stage performing, the light just giving the performer enough edge so you can see their faces and costumes. I think it would have worked much better Sin City total silhouette style. Also, it didn't have the same narration as the cartoon and didn't make mention that the Fire Nation had started a war. They just mention War and its up to us later to discover who the bad guys are. Also, there is no map of the world shown, so we never get a full idea of just where all these Nations are situated. <p> I don't really want to go into a plot summary, so I'll just address what most critics have complained about. <p> First off, this isn't a fun movie. The cartoon had a lot of fun moments, lots of light-heartedness next to serious epic moments. This could have used the skilled touch of someone used to making family movies. <p>Pacing- Definitely, this had a very weird pacing to it. Things moved by too fast. You had the Grand Moff Tarkin character constantly ending up back at the Fire Nation's capital to talk to the Emperor (The Fire Lord), which made it seem like the locations were too conveniently close together. <p> Also, there was a LOT of voiceover narration, and that's always a bad choice. You don't need voiceover to explain shit. Just SHOW US. Don't tell us that Sokka, the narrator's brother, is spending lots of time with the Water Tribe's princess. SHOW us them flirting. Show us that instant attraction. <p>ACTING- Not that bad either. I really do blame Shyamalan for the performances, but they're not terrible. They're just... average. The new kids do well enough. Aang, when he first arrives, shows hints of that fun-loving kid from the series, happy, excited, ready to play. But once he finds out his people are dead, its all deadly serious from then on out. Pretty emo. But we know he has the capacity to play Aang as he was in the tv show. Shyamalan just didn't let it happen. <p> Dev Patel and Shaun Taub get the best parts and act the best as well. Taub's character in the cartoon is a favorite. The well-meaning, balanced, good-natured "villain" from the evil Fire Nation who is the only one thinking clearly in the whole story. <p> the Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi does a serviceable job as the Grand Moff Tarkin character. He's not funny. He didn't remind me of The Daily Show and how funny he can be. I don't understand criticisms lobbied against him. He's not a very menacing villain, that's for sure. We never see him do anything evil until the fabled "fish-punching" scene. What he is, however, is a DICK. An UBER-dick. A total douchebag. The entire movie, he's a prick. He's the kind of guy who passive-agressively insults you to your face, in front of all the soldiers, knowing its pissing you off, but also knowing you can't do anything about it because he's the one in charge. <p>So, he doesn't play a scary villain. He just plays a mean-spirited asshole. I don't blame him for that; its how the part was written. <p> The Special Effects- Pretty awesome. <p> The Music- Not James Newton Howard's best, but pretty great all the same, *especially* during the climactic moment when Aang takes on the Fire Nation all by himself at the end. <p> The End- Aang doesn't go bugnuts insane in the Avatar State the way he does in the cartoon, which is incredibly disappointing, because its such an epic and cinematic moment in the source material. Here, its still an epic moment, but man, knowing what it COULD have been (not spoiling unless you ask), is a disappointment. <p>On the whole, it was just an average movie. The voiceover is annoying. The first battles are kind of "meh", because they are treated as being very "meh" by the characters. Aang and his friends liberate an Earth Nation prison, and all the characters act like its no big deal. We then get a montage of them liberating other imprisoned villages, but it never feels like it has real weight. <p> Then there's the bizarre dialogue and shot choices. In one scene, we see Sokka and Katara shot with a closeup two-shot of their faces as they engage in conversation with Aang. Aang meanwhile is shot in an extreme closeup, his face dominating the screen. For the WHOLE conversation. Why? Its stifling to only see that onscreen during such an inconsequential dialogue scene. What they discussed wasn't THAT important. Did Shyamalan not shoot enough coverage and that's all he had? <p> And since when do people constantly use other people's names in conversation? I can't tell you how many times the girl, Katara, says "Aang" when she's already talking to him. I know I've never faced someone and said "What is it (enter name here)" if it wasn't the first thing I said to them. We get a scene like this: <p> Sokka- "What's going on?" <p> Aang (looking worried)- "We have to go." <p> Katara- "What is it, Aang?" <p> It just feels weird. <p> The Fight Scenes- They were okay. M Night used a LOT of the same types of shots from 300, the overcranked slow-motion tracking shots, then the speedups and the zoom-ins all in the same take. Sometimes it worked very well. Other times it was just okay. With one on one fights, I could tell he needs some more practice in shooting martial arts. One shot was a waist up shot the entire time as a character fought off a group on his own. Made it hard to see what was going on, really. <p> In the end, though, this did NOT feel like a Shyamalan movie at all. No signature Shyamalan long-takes or creative camera angles. There was one or two that were kinda cool, the camera following a fire attack on Katara, moving and swaying towards her like the serpentine flame. But that's all. <p> As it ended, I thought about how maybe Chris Columbus should have taken this. Well, not HIM because he has major problems with pacing sometimes too, and for having really childish scenes (I am glad most of this was serious), but I feel he would have at least brought some *fun* to the picture. <p> But its not a total wash. I don't get the critics bashing this. As others have suggested, maybe they're getting their anger out because Twilight Eclipse isn't as bad as they hoped it was. Or maybe its lingering resentment towards M. Night Shyamalan (who I never noticed in the film, though he must have a cameo somewhere). <p> But the bashing is undeserved. Other than some aspects of bad dialogue and bad shot choice, some awkward pacing, and voice over narration, its not a *bad* flick. In Clash of the Titans, you had characters contradicting themselves with actions scene after scene. You had relationships that made zero sense, characters and settings that made zero sense, and overall it was extremely schizophrenic and poor. <p> At least in this movie, everyone acts as they've been set up and have consistent motivations. That for me makes it the better movie. <p> And one more thing, by the end of the film, I really did feel for the kid, Aang the Avatar. In the end, I did feel the crushing weight on his shoulders as he accepts his responsibility as the Avatar, that he must save the world and never have a normal life. I felt that. That's a success for Shyamalan and it has to be said. <p> But still, why the hell would he mispronounce everyone's name? I still don't get that. <p> End credits are pretty freakin' cool too.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Never seen the show,

    by Chief Joseph

    But seriously, "better than M*A*S*H... better than every anime ever made... better than every Miyazaki movie".<br> It's great that you like the cartoon, but that kind of hyperbole is really a turn-off.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    "Pike only pursuaded Kirk to go almost at the last minute"<br><br>nepotism<br><br>"Kirk almost never got on the Enterprise, but he did with McCoy's help"<br><br>cheatting and conspiracy to disaboy direct orders, a very grave crime in the military.<br><br>"I don't see what was wrong with that."<br><br>the military do, you go to court martial for less.<br><br>"Kirk had information that Pike didn't have"<br><br>the writers cheatted there. in fact, pike had all the information he needed, because the wrtoe the book about the event caused by nero's ship and the destruction of the uss kevin. uhura was ther,e and she would had by her own voluntary chocie tell about pike the pecular thign that happeend to the klingons at about that region. the writers cheatted by having kirk say the collect the ideas that should had come naturally to pike and which uhura wouldn't ned kirk to remind her to tell the captain. it's pure narrative cheatting to make a dumb useless hero look more important and active then it truly would be. the whole movie if filld with such cheattings to advance the plot and make characters act in ways they wouldn't logically would given their until then characterization, the scripts cheats right and left to make kirk be able to go from a to b and result problem 1 to 2. the script is a masterpiec eof deuz ex machinas, contrived coincidences and cheattings from the writers to get out of a narrative or a characterization ded end. that kind of crap doesn't impress me in the slightest. if the writers had spent as much time coming with creative ideas instead of creative cheats, the movie might had worked as a proper story instead of an advertizement oportunity.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Lucas must be laughing his ass off today

    by RPLocke

    at least he knows how to direct action.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Saw it...

    by Spursfanjd

    Took some kids to see it today, went with 2-D since I knew it wasn't originally shot in 3-D. So the bottom line is... IT IS NOT THAT BAD! The biggest problem this movie faces is in it's direction... The fight scenes last between 10 and 45 seconds at most, then it returns back to one of the many other characters. It's just poorly done in that regard. The kids I took to the movie were lost for much of it and because of the lack of action were uninterested by the end of the first hour. I have never watched the TV show, but as a whole I hope this movie does well enough to warrant a sequel written and directed by someone other than Shamalan... he kinda sucks here..

  • July 2, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    BTW, Momo WAS mentioned

    by D.Vader

    If anyone listened, Aang does refer to Momo by name once they get to the Moon and Ocean Spirits sanctuary.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    lostboytexass

    by caseymcgehee72

    "i didnt read what you wrote this time either. know why? because you are a tool. kthxbi"<br><br>if anyone's a tool, its you--know why? Because YOU attacked ME and YOU weren't the person I was taking a shot at and YOU didn't even understand what I was saying, yet you attack me. You're just a claasic, immature tool.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    maybe,

    by lostboytexas

    but I DO know how to spell 'classic'. enough of your faggotry, its the weekend

  • July 2, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Summer Movies this year BLOW!

    by JimmyPasta

    I read the bad reviews but saw it anyway. I was dozing off through most of it. Sucked as did "Grown-Ups",the day before.I hope Salt & The Expendables can rescue this summer. I'm taking a brake for awhile. ASSBender also had NO FUCKING 3-D. WHY am I wearing the Fuckin' glasses??? RIPOFF,that's why. M NIGHT SHITALON,thanks!

  • July 2, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Chief Joseph, IT is only hyperbole if it is not TRUE!

    by RickSlamu2

    This TV Show Actually makes you Feel emotion like all great entertainment works. I have said this before and will say it again to all who listen. Avatar: The Last Airbender belongs on a list of the top 10 TV shows of all time.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    So Shamwowalon said he's doing 2 more

    by JackSlater4

    Airbender movies, I wonder what this one needs to make this weekend

  • July 2, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    (Hit the post button early)

    by RickSlamu2

    cont. Comparisons are absolutely deserved with M*A*S*H or LOTR. Or any of the shows that follow a Beginning Middle and End type story set up. Anyone who only watches episodes out of order and only goes “mech” is doing themselves a great disservice

  • July 2, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I love how some TB's

    by D o o d

    are comparing one shit movie with another. Why Compare Bender to Clash. Is Clash some kind of masterpiece crap movie that we need to say,"Oh, at least it's not as bad as Clash"<p>A crap movie is a crap movie! end of! I'm not giving Shayamalan any slack as he's done it one too many times!

  • July 2, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Because I thought Clash was the worst of the year

    by D.Vader

    And I think this is getting a bum rap as the worst of the year, that's why Dood.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Asimov...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    last couple of thoughts & then I'll be done (this is an Airbender talkback after all)...I do believe there were a couple of mentions regarding Kirk's intelligence in New Trek; I believe Pike mentioned it, and he surprised Uhura when he rattled off the definition of xeno-something-or-other. Also, I KNOW a fan like you knows it's Trek canon that Kirk 'cheated' on the kobiyashi-maru. Sorry if I misspelled that. <p> Anyway, as for this film....if nothing else good can be said for it, I did just pick up book 1 of the show based on all the love it's gotten on these tb's.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Why did so many of you see this?

    by Dapper Swindler

    This makes you part of the problem. What's the point in making good movies if you'll see this shit anyway?

  • July 2, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I wanted to see a supposed trainwreck

    by D.Vader

    And I needed to get out of the house for personal reasons.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by D o o d

    I appreciate your point and even though I didn't see it, I'm reliably informed by people I know that Clash was a serious train crash of a movie. I also remember a lot of people laying into it justifiably.<p>However, this does not let shayamalan off the hook. He deserves this panning and he should learn from it. He may make a lot of money, but there is a limit to how much turgid work you can put out before people start turning. He has most certainly reached his limit!

  • July 2, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by AsimovLives

    I will also end this Trek talk because indeed, as you said, this is an Airbender talkback. But about the supposed kirk intelligence in the abrams' movie, they used that nonsensical says-nothing "you are off the charts" bullshit. I tell you, whenever is ee soembody say "off the charts" in a movie, i know i'm seeing the result of lazy writing, it's a coup out. but worst, kirk is never seen doing anything rereally intelligent inthe movie. it's a typical bad movie strategy of having others saying one is good instead of showing. it's bad writing. to make continious claim a character is smart by others and then you have him act like apunkass and an idiot time and again, that's bad writing. it's bad storytelling. and it's easy to catch up on it. really, this movie does nothing right.<br><br>ok, with tha,t i'm finished aobutthis subjec,t because, as you said, this ia about the last airbender movie. so, enjoy, adn i'm glad you decided to return to AICN. keep posting, brother, glad to have you here.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Bad 3D is the new bad 3D. Let the critics inform us.

    by Flip63Hole

    let's hope they do it right or don't do it at all. I hope if a movie is 3D-centric that reviews cover whether it is worth the extra money or not. If I can't verify it's an Avatar-like 3D experience they aren't getting my extra cash...

  • July 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Comparing Last Airbender to Clash...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...is like comparing Warriors of Virtue to Street Fighter. They both made me want to kill myself. It's just while Warriors made me want to cut my wrists, Street Fighter made me want to cut my wrists, sit in the bath, and toss my radio in for good measure.<p> I'm dead either way.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Dood

    by D.Vader

    I'm not letting Shyamalan off the hook. He made some serious mistakes and errors here. I just don't think its the trainwreck that Clash was. Here we've got some bad dialogue and some bad pacing and some so-so acting, but its not an incompetent mess the way Clash was. My opinion anyway.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    haha this asian chick sums it up

    by wayev

    http://tinyurl.com/2btjwc3 I so mad at you M. Night!!!!

  • July 2, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    CLASH OF THE TITANS remake

    by AsimovLives

    now that's a movie that just doesn't know what it wants to be. that's a movie that changes gears not only within a scene, but even during a dialogue. to call that movie a mess is charitable.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK

    by Phategod2

    Do you understand after talking to nephew how a fan of any particualr franchise regardless of age, will be disappointed when you stray so far from the Subject matter that the characters, personality, and plot, seem alien to the product there licensed from. Sounds like your Nephew got his childhood raped before it's even over.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    at this point...

    by robertplant

    ...who is still paying money to watch this hacky fuck's films??? Unbreakable is NOT very good. At. All.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Sorry your Summer is sucking...

    by Hipshot

    Mine is great. Loved "Karate Kid", loved "Toy Story." Having a great time, wish you were here.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by D o o d

    Wow, I really did save money this year so far. I didn't go see Clash and I'm not going to see Bender.<p>I accept your point of view and feel good that I never went to see it! :o)

  • July 2, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I SAW CHILDREN CRYING IN THE STREETS

    by BringingSexyBack

    My God what has M. Night wrought.

  • July 2, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Do yourself a favor, Dood

    by D.Vader

    Only watch Clash if its for free. That movie makes no fucking sense whatsoever, it pissed me off so much. Thank you for not giving it any money.<p>Characters were contradictory the entire movie, saying one thing, doing another, acting completely different than how they'd been setup. Subplots and characters go nowhere, relationships are nonexistent. One cursed character gets cursed again by the end, cursed in the exact same way as before, but now its a happy ending? Ridiculous (I'll explain/spoil if you want). <p> I expect the Director's Cut to be better, but only inso that its less confusing. We'll see!

  • July 2, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    HOPES DASHED, DREAMS CRUSHED.

    by BringingSexyBack

    I haven't seen this much despair in the streets since 9/11.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Future Boy Conan

    by Chief Joseph

    I've always wanted to see that show. We'll never get it here in the States. We don't seem to get any vintage anime, and if we did get it, it would be due to Miyazaki's involvement with it. And its name would be changed. (They changed Detective Conan to "Cased Closed" here.)

  • July 2, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    director's cut of CLASH OF THE TITANS improving it?

    by AsimovLives

    Yeah, right!!! That will happen, sure! *sarcasm*

  • July 2, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Chief Joseph

    by AsimovLives

    FUTURE BOY CONAN is awesomeness personified. you will be bewildered that it is a show designed for kids, it's so sophisticated and mature (though some of the humour is quite juvenile, but hey, it's a show for kids!). But otherwise, it's quite a challenging show. but with so much imagination! one of the best SF stories i ever seen in my whole life. i was spoiled indeed by that show. i think it was th show that made me picky with the movies and TV shows, and made me seek excelence in my entertaiment,and accept only good and nothing else. when i was a kid, i had a double dietry of FUTURE BOY CONAN and COSMOS. helped shape a lot of things in me, those two great shows.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    YEARS AGO....

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    Quite a while back, I remember seeing some type at the top of either a NEWSWEEK or TIME cover proclaiming Shyamalan to be "the next Spielberg", or some shit like that. It made me want to puke! This fucker is a one-trick pony, not a ground-breaking filmmaker, and anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know much about films. I refuse to see another film directed by this clown. When I rad he was directing an adaptation of AIRBENDER, I just sighed and shook my head. He is a lost cause. How Bruce Willis could have any faith in this chump is beyond me.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    You could tell from the first trailer...

    by MajorFrontbum

    ...that this movie was going to be a steaming Rhino turd.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    THE TRUE PINBACK

    by AsimovLives

    Last year they proclaimed Jar Jar Abrams as the new Spielberg. The puking continues.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    you guys have so much vitrol agaisnt Shyamalan...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and yet you kiss the ass of Mickey Bay. Who can understand that shit?

  • July 2, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Movie was fine, not deserving of all this hipster hate

    by gad

    I went to see this movie today in the 3D version and it was exactly what I thought it would be - a live action rendering of the anime/cartoon show. I don't know what the heck everyone's problem is with it being what it is. Perhaps a desire for the mythical wonderment you all had as children but that ship sailed a long time ago for most of us. There was a lot of mythology and story to fit in to a short amount of time and it does that. If the cartoon situations don't seem real to you and the cartoon characters don't seem 'real' to you, it's because they come from a cartoon universe and the situations are resolved in a simple cartoon universe fashion and the cartoon characters have fairly simple, straight forward motivations. A simple story, simply laid out with cool effects. A lot like the 1977 Star Wars movie. The difference being that you were young and saw that movie first and were enthralled by it and then when you grew up you infused that sense of joy in so your children love it (for the same reason your children happen to be whatever religion you are - cause they love you and want your approval). The difference with a movie like this today is you'll take your children to it, hate it cause that's the hip thing to do, your kids will hate it cause they see the movie with you and follow your lead and so the circle of stupid is complete. Feel free to go back to your circle jerk of hate. (cause it's the cool thing to do right?)

  • July 2, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by D o o d

    It really confuses me how something like this can happen. I mean why would a studio make something like Clash or Bender and not make sure that it's done with some justice. That at the least they're coherent and entertaining. I don't ask much from movies, hell I don't even care if the effects aren't AAA. I just want to be engaged and come out feeling good (even if the subject matter is depressing). And if the movie wasn't that good, I want to feel that at least they gave it a good effort.<p>I mean how can you completely fuck up a movie...?

  • July 2, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    Mickey Bay can answer that question easily, he made a whole carrer doing just that.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Asimov

    by D o o d

    Bay gets his fare share of bashing. I don't think you'll find any of his supporters in here. All that has been said, including myself, is that I have enjoyed some of his movies and that's just me. Transformers 2 is something that is completely unforgivable. I don't care how much money it made, I just wanted kill any aliens that were thinking of visiting our planet in peace!<p>However, right now it's Shayamalans turn. I have despised this guys movies for a while. This Bender movie just goes to prove that he is not capable of creating anything coherent. I actually really loved Sixth Sense, however, after seeing all the crap he's made, I can't even watch that movie anymore!

  • July 2, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    Bay never gets enough bashing. a fucking hack like that should get universal bashing, which is isbnt getting. as such, he's still over-praised, needlessly. aand there are many bay apologists in here indeeed, this place teems with gays for bay.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    You know, I see these all...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...but in most cases a movie that sucks, even one that sucks like Clash, is just a movie that sucks. And even when the original subject matter is near and dear to your heart and the folks who made the film completely disregarded and disrespected it (in my case The Avengers, Wild, Wild West and Godzilla spring immediately to mind) it shouldn't rape your childhood or ruin your summer. <p> Although I will admit that Godzilla partly ruined a birthday. The premiere of Godzilla fell on my birthday and a bunch of my friends sprang a huge drive-in party for me. The party and the surprise overcame the horrible movie but it did bum everyone out a little while it was going on. <p> My advice? When you see a bad movie at the theater go home and watch two you love.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I fucking love Michael Bay movies

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    fdggb

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  • July 2, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by AsimovLives

    "Bay does not think that he is the next God of cinema"<br><br>You couldn't be more wrong about him.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4

    by AsimovLives

    It figures.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    KilliK...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...my future wife was there and even when she was my girlfriend she would have beaten me to death over even one hot stripper. <p> On the other hand there were party favors that led to a lessening of the pain. <p> But you're right, of the three I listed Godzilla is still the one that can get me worked up. WWW was really bad but I only had a vague love for the original based on a couple years of UHF reruns. You know from another talkback how much I loved the Avengers but deep down I think they were trying to make a good movie there, they had just never seen a real movie before (Asimov, that original series reference is my gift to you). But with Godzilla the contempt was so open there really wasn't any doubt about Emmerich's intent. That was no boating accident.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I hate Michael Bay more than any director..

    by TheNewDirector

    ... in the history of cinema. M night on the other hand, I don't hate, just feeling a little frustrated in his last few efforts.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    ghtyej

    by everybody

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  • July 2, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I don't hate AsimovLives, I pity him.

    by JackSlater4

  • July 2, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    No, it's Emmerich for me...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...because every movie he's made should have been a movie I loved and he's ruined them all. Bay just makes really bad, empty movies. <p> Although I can probably tolerate Independence Day more than I can tolerate any of Bay's movies. I am among those who can't stand Bad Boys and I really don't like The Rock very much.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I hate Uwe Boll

    by JackSlater4

    I probably wouldn't like Woody Allen, but I've never wasted the time watching a Woody Allen movie.

  • And I never will.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    JackSlater4...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Uwe Boll is another species of creature entirely. And I am a proud owner of House of the Dead, a movie so deliciously bad that you have to watch it once every year or so (maybe on a double bill with Stay Alive, another modern horror classic) just to remind yourself of the heights to which cinema can aspire.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    INCEPTION will save us from this horrid summer

    by strosmer

    It truly has been a dry season so far. Seeing Inception should be comparable to taking that long draft of water after crossing the desert.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    The Airbender cartoon has the lead smiling & laughing

    by Orionsangels

    You'll see Airbender posters if you google; he's got a big smile. The kid in the movie on the other hand, always looks serious and pissed off.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Clash of The Titans might have sucked but... Kick Ass

    by BetterCallSaul

    also kind of sucked

  • July 2, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Happy boy http://tinyurl.com/22lt4jv

    by Orionsangels

  • July 2, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Airbender isn't anime

    by Chief Joseph

    Jesus Fuck, people! Would those of you that keep saying that please stop?

  • July 2, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Dave Filoni of Clone Wars worked on Airbender

    by RPLocke

    And he's doing a great job on Clone Wars. So, check it out.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I guess I saw a different movie because

    by Darkart1999

    I liked it. I think “eff M. Night” is the new “insert name here’s gotta eat”. The kids in the movie were all far better actors than those whiny Harry Potter kids. I fell asleep during every single HP movie. This movie was shot beautifully and remained faithful to the show as far as sets, wardrobe, and story. One thing I was concerned about was the distinct voices the characters had on the show. I thought they were perfectly cast. I hope the second book gets made and I hope M. Night does it.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I too must have seen a different movie. Not that bad.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    It was quite somber compared to the cartoon, I guess. And because I saw the series all the way through, maybe I was projecting my knowledge of the characters, plot, etc. onto the film that someone who hasn't seen the series just wouldn't pick up on. There were obvious problems, I was shocked to see Aasif as the General (he grew on me in time, but wasn't the imposing villain the film needed), there were bad bits of dialog, and overuse of the voiceover, but none of these things seemed to warrant the kind of outcry this is getting. I don't get it. There were some great scenes and Aang's facing up to the consequences of his rejection of his destiny was the dramatic theme that kept me interested.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Remember when someone INSISTED you watch Firefly?

    by Squashua

    This is the same thing. Watch the cartoon Avatar the Last Airbender. It is 100% available on Netflix streaming.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    that said

    by BillboeFett

    that said

  • July 2, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    last airbender deserves better than this---- reboot??

    by DioxholsterReturns

    seriously do it again instead

  • July 2, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Get ready for the sequel

    by RadioPat

    If the Thursday night box office is any indication, there will be at least one. Pray for us. http://tinyurl.com/2chyxeu

  • July 2, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Oh jee, he lashed out at film critics?

    by RPLocke

    All 1 billion of them?

  • July 2, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Yes he did lash out at film critics

    by D o o d

    worse of all he did it in the lamest movie ever made. Guess what happened..?!! They destroyed him!

  • July 2, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    you mean he lashed at critics in that swimming pool film?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i didnt get it. i just thought it was boring and pointless.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Performances in MNS Movies

    by Anton_Sirius

    I didn't see this mentioned in amongst all the sad AL sycophancy of Shyamalan, but the question came up earlier as to whether MNS had ever gotten a career-best performance out of any of his actors. The answer is yes, he did it exactly once: Toni Collete in Sixth Sense. You're welcome.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    M. Night career is over officially

    by DioxholsterReturns

    no one will be willing to risk it with this guy.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    ScriptGirl has returned!

    by Dasinfogod

    The Rack is back! Harry, I know you never posted her non-scriptment "reports", but it's been a year since she last heaved outta her blouse on YouTube, so thought you may wanna alert the troops. Great to see her again...

  • July 3, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    First movie disappointment: Batman and Robin

    by George Newman

    I was eleven, went to see it opening night. I had read the novelization and liked it. I love Batman and was looking forward to the film. And it was bizarrely awful. I walked out feeling wildly disappointed and frustrated and such a goofy, campy rendition of a Batman story. Ice skating and swirling broadway lights. A Bat Credit Card, Eskimo henchmen gnawing on frozen tv dinners. Polar bear slippers. More terrible neon lighting. Alicia Silverstone.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I don't think he'll be back

    by GhostDad

    Really, he's really far gone. I think his Willis flick will be more of the same, except critics will be rooting for him again and more leniant.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I don't think he'll be back

    by GhostDad

    Really, he's really far gone. I think his Willis flick will be more of the same, except critics will be rooting for him again and more leniant.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    reading about B&R production was the first thing I ever used int

    by George Newman

    I checked some (don't remember which) website daily for production information and photos. and then I saw the movie. And I think that at about that time of wallowing and disappointment I discovered the second application of the internet.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Asimov....hows it going dude. Looks like you

    by southafricanguy

    are having some good arguments. Just want to clarify though, its arrogant to claim that 6 billion people in the world call Soccer Football. South Africans dont, North America does nt, Australia does nt, the Irish dont, Koreans dont, the Japanese dont etc....So please be careful making such a claim. And its debatable who actually invented it isnt it Asimov, no-one has been able to actually prove it beyond doubt....

  • but he has sucked since Signs..maybe Unbreakable too

  • July 3, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I dropped out after Batman Forever

    by RPLocke

    That was enough for me, so I passed on Batman and Robin. Shit, I was ready to throw it in after Batman Returns. Thankfully Batman Begins was good.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    For me....

    by Crosshair386

    M Night has been dead to me for a long time. I do miss the awesome director who created such memorable films, but I have moved on and after this one I think everyone else will too.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for the Rifftrax

    by wash

    The Happening Rifftrax was awesome, and I happen to think Rifftrax is usually very hit and miss.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one

    by tensticks

    Who was never impressed by him to BEGIN with? Is M. Night over now? please?

  • July 3, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    OK

    by Colin62

    The movie is not good. But it's not on the level of terrible that Harry would have you believe. M Night needs to quit writing, that much is obvious. But the movie isn't worse than say, Transformers 2. Movie critics have a gang rape/pyranna/human sacrifice mentality and the pack sensed an easy kill. Once again, the movie was not good. But it wasn't Happening bad. And Harry, I could beat up your nephew. I'm almost 90% sure.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    KilliK

    by AsimovLives

    Every fucking intervew that fucking Bayass hack gave are masterpieces of blind pure arrogance and self-love for his own "awesomeness". As a geek, should you spend more time, energies and though to a true filmaker instead of a fucking untalented hack like Bay?

  • July 3, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    Actually, it is call football in the world, only not in the north america, where for some very weird mysterious reason a different name stuck. I'll never understand why. It's logical to cvall it football, because it's a game that's played by kcikkng a ball with the feet. Soccer, that makes no sense,i mean, what the fuck the word even means?

  • July 3, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy

    by AsimovLives

    I mean, why you think the organzation is called FIFA? It means "Fédération Internationale de Football Association" = "International Federation of Association Football". Notice Football in the name of the world organization that deals with the FOOTBALL sport. It's football, man, not soccer. Soccer is just a regional name, and a silly one at that.

  • July 3, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    I udnerstand your opinion of emerich, because i share it too. Ememrich should be making this great gerne movies, he always come up with interesting concepts, but then he always fucks them up with stupid cliched stories and terrible execution. The only thing i can say positive about Emmerich over Bay is that at least Emmerich still films his movies in this classic style, which is far less harder to suffer form then the typical over-edited ADD/orange filters cinematography/badly used shaky-cam bulslhit that Bay does. At elast in an emmerich movie i know what i'm watching,e ven though the rest is just a whole bunch of ass and shit.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Future Boy Conan

    by Chief Joseph

    I've looked into it and some fansubbers have done up to episode #17. I had no idea it was based on an American novel. You Europeans (especially the Italians) should feel lucky you got so much good anime in the 70s and 80s. We hardly got any at all in the US, and what we did get was edited, censored, and hacked to ridiculousness. I think that may be why anime has a bad rep in some circles here. (Just check out an anime talkback here and see all the ignorant remarks made.)

  • July 3, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    I took a girl to see Batman & Robin

    by Chief Joseph

    And she was from a country that laps up Hollywood schlock like butter. She didn't speak to me for three days afterwords and the relationship crumbled. I kid you not. The fact Joel Schumacher is still working in the industry means Shyamalan is probably still safe.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    the origin of soccer . . .

    by WickedJacob

    Football (soccer) and "American football" both developed into the sports they are today during the 1800s. Ivy league colleges in New England took a form of rugby (back when it was called "rugby-style football") and developed it into American football. The term Soccer was actually coined in England. It was the form of football officially sanctioned by the British football association (Soccer was kind of a slang term for "association"). It only stopped being called soccer in England as other forms of football died out. In America, other variations continued to exist so it makes sense that is would retain the old term. The real problem is not that Americans call football soccer. Its that they insist on calling American football "real football." To be entirely accurate, they should call it "Ivy League Style Football," but since those schools are not exactly known for their athletics any longer, I doubt that would ever catch on. Now you know what to say next time someone asks you why Americans call it soccer.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    good history lesson Wicked

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    I agree, I think people saying soccer is no issue, its arrogance when you call your sport "real football", I am from Australia and hear it here as well. Am a fan of most sport,in particular all the different sports under the banner of "football"<br />As someone who played Rugby, at time I enjoy the talent and skill of soccer players, at other times I am embarassed for them with their softness and playing for a free kick or penalty

  • July 3, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    FIFA's handball rule & M Night

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    both of them need to go back to the drawing board as neither is working well at the moment. <br />With M Night, I would suggest directing for a while and let someone else write the script<br />For FIFA have a look at intentional v unintentional handball. When a player is hit on the arm by the ball unintentionally and he is in front of the goal, that is a yellow card, but deserves either a penalty or allowing the goal. When a player sticks out their hands to stop a certain goal, and the goal was certain, goal should be allowed and a red card handed out

  • July 3, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Chief Joseph

    by AsimovLives

    Batman & Robin fucked up your relationship with a girl? I'm sorry, but that is just too funny! I can understand why you would have a grunge against Shummaker, though. If it is any consolation, he did appologised for the movie in the B&R DVD audio comentary. This is why i can never hate Shummaker, however shiity movie he might make, the guy actually has the stones to appologise in public for his mistakes. You will never see Mickey Bayass, Jar Jar Abrams or Roland Emmerich do that. Those 3 are actually bigger pussies then the openly gay Shummaker (actually, Ememrich is gay too, but so is Bay, only he doesn't have the courage to admit. Bayass is a collection of cowardices one after the other).

  • July 3, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    WickedJacob

    by AsimovLives

    It's still dumb to call it soccer, though. american sshould just call it fooball. They coudlc all it world Football, to distinguish it from their precious american football. Becasue, regardles sof what the origins of the sport is, the international name for the game is football. to go against the rest of the world and decide to call a game with a different name looks like deep arrogance. it's things like this that makes americans look like they live in a different world.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Miyamoto_Musashi

    by AsimovLives

    there's nothing soft about playing football. both rugby and football are though sports, if a player takes it seriously.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Chief Joseph

    by AsimovLives

    Future Boy Conan is indeed based on the american SF novel "The Incredible Tide". It's not uncommon to see anime based on western literature, including mclassics. for wexample, two of the biggest most sucesssful adn popular anime shown in my country Portugal during the late 70s/early 80s was TOM SAWYER and HEIDI. Both were based on classic novels, respectively american and swiss. As a fun fact, Hayao Miyazaki worked both in HEIDI and FUTURE BOY CONAN, in the later in a director/creator capacity. FUTURE BOY CONAN is Hayao Miyazaki's baby, and for me, probably his masterpiece (not to diminish his anime movies, which are great).

  • July 3, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    harry you amateur!

    by 1st and only

    how can you review ths movie honestly without watching at least half of the season 1 animation? it must be hard to find the time for a cult classic with all that weight and cardio training huh?

  • July 3, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    TOTALLY AGREE, MIYAMOTO-SAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    Ghana was absolutely robbed yesterday. That fucker blatantly slapped the ball out of the goal, knowing Uraquay had nothing to lose. That ball was INSIDE the goal line in any case. So what if he gets red carded, he took one for the team and will be getting financially rewarded for his minor sacrifice. Ghana should be advancing. Now I know why Americans don't care much for soccer. The rules are stupid, unfair, arbitrary and the fact that you have only one ref on the field and prohibit instant replays is dumb beyond relief. A lot of teams got robbed in the last few weeks, not the least of all the U.S. I quite like the game and continuous gameplay but as it stands it's severely flawed. Your suggestions would go a long way to improving the fairness of it.

  • July 3, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    AND NOT ONLY A RED CARD BUT AN IMMEDIATE LASHING ON THE FIELD

    by BringingSexyBack

    Say, 3 lashes by the opposing team's coach. That would be awesome.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    LAST NIGHT I SAW A DESPERATE FATHER TRYING TO KEEP HIS SON

    by BringingSexyBack

    from deliberately running into traffic, after they had come out of Last Airbender. It was heart-wrenching.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    ASIMOV, CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION

    by BringingSexyBack

    Are you aware of how attack-dog you get when you make your arguments? I think you make valid points but, accompanied by insults and a total disregard for the other person's opinion, it just sours your whole argument. Maybe just tone down the insults. A lot of people obviously show you great respect by engaging you in a post back-and-forth. I think it would be nice to acknowledge their efforts by dropping the insults. Peace.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I'M NOT CRAZY ABOUT B&R BUT I HAVE A CRUSH ON ALICIA SILVERSTONE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Still do. She's such a sweetie.

  • July 3, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    mainstream filmmakers have no concept of art

    by alienindisguise

    Some of them use to but as with all things, when arrogance and greed take over all the work turns into pretentious shit.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    HARRY READ THIS PLEASE!!!

    by turtletaub12

    Just wanted to comment quickly on the current advertising on the site. I'm looking forward to Predators as much as the next guy...probably more than the next guy. But your current run of advertising on the site has a predators tv spot that plays automatically almost EVERY TIME that you navigate back to the main page. Love the site, love predators, but man its wearing me thin. Anything that can be done about that?

  • July 3, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Asimov

    by rogueleader66

    Look up the origin of the word soccer....a dude from Oxford, England ...." the man who stands at the origin of the word soccer is Charles Wreford Brown, an Oxford student who always preferred shortened versions of words, such as brekkers for breakfast, or rugger for rugby."

  • July 3, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Zack Snyder

    by Quentin_Rodriguez

    stated that he doesn't want Sucker Punch to be converted to 3D. Does that mean that integrity still exists in Hollywood?

  • July 3, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    M -Shats Last U-Bender

    by moosetutters

    we let M-Shat take a dump in our cinemas, and its clogged us a back-up, fucking shit-water everywhere

  • July 3, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Harry wont write a bad review because of the Willis/M NIght team

    by Harry_Knowles_Here_for_Benadryl

    and all the amazing set visits and phone calls he;ll from Bruce..100% garanteed

  • July 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Noah Ringer

    by Boborci

    Haven't seen the movie, but I've been watching Noah on the set of C&A, and he is not only an amazingly sweet person, but he is also a really good actor. Wish him all the best.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    This has made over 16M thursday alone...

    by Quentin_Rodriguez

    so don't expect Shya to contemplate retirement or re-evaluate his attitude towards filmmaking anytime soon

  • July 3, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    M Night is one of the very few auteurs working in the studio sys

    by Quentin_Rodriguez

    It's frustrating that he uses his status only to keep making half-assed crap like this. But as long as audiences keep flocking to his movies, he'll churn out his misguided screenplays believing he's the second coming of Spielberg.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Two Movies that cost me sex...

    by Hipshot

    1) Battlestar Galactica. Released in Sensoround, I thought it might make a decent date movie. My date fell asleep, and never got back to the hot energy we'd started the evening with. 2) "Monty Python's the Meaning of Life." I didn't realize my date was Catholic. Oops.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    A Message to all TB's

    by D o o d

    I just wanted to express how fantastic this thread has been to read. Most of the times these threads get reduced to people calling each other names and hurling abuse (because it's easy to do that with anonymity).<p>However, this TB has been a pleasure to read and to be a part of. I guess we all pretty much agree that M Night is rubbish!

  • July 3, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Advice on how to watch the show:

    by the_box_drone

    If you pop in the first disc, without a child present, you will give up without watching the rest. The show starts off very silly and childish... it's fun if you're watching it with a kid, but hard to sit through alone. However, it seems like somewhere along the production they realized that the show had the potential to be something greater, and they ran with it. It pretty much just gets better and better as it goes, as if it's growing up with it's audience. So yeah, the first bit isn't BAD, it's just well aimed at it's targeted demographic, and having a kid around will help you get to the good parts. IMO, anyways.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    It made 30 mil in one day

    by RPLocke

    That's not bad. Should do pretty well this weekend.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    I'm quite aware of how attack-dog i am when i make my arguments. Specially when i do them against stupidity. It's on porpose. I have total respect for intelligent, well though out opinions. for stupid opinions with foundations on bulslhit, i shit on them. Life is too important and too short gfor stupidity to exist, and whenever i can insult stupidity, i do. Stupidity is what makes the world bad, in the little and the big things. So there you have it.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    D o o d

    by AsimovLives

    Wrong on the last remark. But thanks to the complement you gave about everybody in here, mighty gentlemanly of you. Salut.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Hipshot

    by AsimovLives

    Many catholics live THE LIFE OF BRIAN. Your date was a humourless thighass, you were better off without her. You ended up lucky in that regard. Without you realizing, fate was kind to you.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66

    by AsimovLives

    People who perfer to use shorted expressions for everything are idiots.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    In the words of Joe Morgenstern,

    by skimn

    critic for The Wall Street Journal, summing up what I think of lot of TB'ers have expressed on this topic. "Purists might argue that his last film was less dreadful than his penultimate one, but the hallmarks were the same: stilted language, robotized acting, glacial pace, ponderous style, dramatic ineptitude and negligible energy. I never meant to make this review an exercise in career assassination, but I can't help thinking of all the lavishly talented filmmakers who have earned and never gotten a shot at big-budget success. What's the secret of this guy's failure?<p>Geez, Joe. I couldn't have said it better myself.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    The Box Drone speaks truth

    by FeralAngel

    He's exactly right on how to approach the Avatar tv series. It does start out simply, with light-hearted intros to Aang, Katara, Sokka etc. But then, we're seeing the world as Aang sees it: a wonderful place in which to play and explore and learn his powers. At that point, he's not really aware and not really serious about the fearsome destiny that awaits him. As the series progresses, he - and we - learn more and more about the stakes and struggle that's ahead for him. And the show grows more and more serious - and more and more immersive and intriguing. No other show has ever pulled me in the way Avatar did. Again, Harry, rent or buy the series DVDs and give it the look-see it deserves. I guarantee you'll be entranced, and I don't make guarantees lightly, what with everyone's tastes being different and all. Avatar hooked people of all demographics. Again, don't deprive yourself, dude. You don't know mythos until you watch Avatar.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    LAST AIRBENDER is perceived as a HIT

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    Regardless of what you think of M. Night, TLA will be considered a hit, even if it doesn't make back it's original investment in its domestic theatrical release (though it's looking like it's going to). In Hollywood, you fail upward, which is why M. Night will be given the chance to work with Willis on his supernatural TAKEN project. Sorry, guys, but he'll be back. And I'm betting his Bruce Willis flick will be a legitimate hit.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    It made more than Kick Ass did in it's whole run

    by RPLocke

    Lol.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    fantastic

    by plantman

    This was the greatest movie of the last century. What is wrong with you people? Fantastic dialouge, story, special effects and cinematography. A masterpeice!

  • July 3, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    yo plantman, give me a break

    by DioxholsterReturns

    tell your boss that he got a small dick and he shouldnt direct anymore more movies

  • July 3, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Sadly M Night will continue to make films

    by Isotherm

  • July 3, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Prrof that JJ Abrams knows how to direct movies

    by RPLocke

    that are successful.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    scarlett johansson is ugly

    by DioxholsterReturns

    but i dont mind filling my cereal with her breast milk. yum.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Lol, oh yeah, that guy hates JJ

    by RPLocke

    But hey, you have to admit JJ knows how to direct good movies.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    "scarlett johansson is ugly"

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, you'll never be taken seriously again Diox (if ever you were).

  • July 3, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    shes fugly dude

    by DioxholsterReturns

    if you wanna marry here that hideous cow, youve got my permission. shish.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Asimov......uh, my friend did you actually read

    by southafricanguy

    what I wrote? It is NOT only North America that calls its Soccer. So too does Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Korea, Japan etc...Hardly the entire world Asimov. Us South Africans call it Soccer, and thus I find it very arrogant when Europeans insist we "must" call it football. And there is a perfectly good/logical reason why mnay countries call it Soccer, to differentiate it from their local footballs (American football, Canadian football, Irish football, Australian football etc...) Geez, you realize that technically Rugby's full name is Rugby football right? Hence the reason we South Africans call it Soccer as Rugby is a favourite sport....

  • July 3, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Speaking of arrogance

    by WickedJacob

    Its only called "football" throughout the world because the European colonial empires shoved the name (and the sport) down the throat of all its colonies. So while American is arrogant, don't go implying Europe (especially Britain) is any better.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    And we wish to be clear which sport is being

    by southafricanguy

    spoken about, as for most of the English speaking world (Australia, Canada, Ireland, America, South Africa) football simply means a completely different sport...Its really that simple Asi. And its not those of us that call it Soccer that are having hissy fits about others calling it football, its always those that call it football that throw little fits because in some parts of the world we call it Soccer. It would seem that you guys need to get over it.

  • July 3, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    worst world cup is this one

    by DioxholsterReturns

    wat a disaster, whos the idiot who suggested south africa? what a mess of a country, its fu

  • July 3, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I dont know Diox...whos the retard that sugge

    by southafricanguy

    sted Stargate? What a mess of a shitty tv show....

  • July 3, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I never thought id live in a world where Stargate

    by RPLocke

    has lasted longer than Star Wars.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    southafricanguy...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...well played.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    But all wars must pass...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the Stargate is eternal. Only the Richard Dean Andersons change.

  • July 3, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Did you know that...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...American football was originally played by the Aztecs... <p> ...with a human head for the ball?!?! <p> They called it the Arnold.

  • July 3, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Airbender and soccer have something in common

    by andrew coleman

    They both suck but people will still watch it. Was at my local theater catching the only showing of Splice and heard kids talking about how bad ass Airbender was... If stupid kids like it, the movie will make money, sorry to bash soccer btw it's just so easy. This world cup has been interesting. Looked like S. America would dominate and then suddenly only one team remains. Germany looks to dominate again. While here in the US all we care about is where millionaire basketball players will end up going.

  • July 3, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Splice is still playing?

    by RPLocke

    That fucker bombed harder than MacGrubber,

  • July 4, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Harry, sounds like your steroid high is waning

    by Arch Nemesis

    Sort of a peaceful clarity, eh?

  • July 4, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Arch

    by HEADGEEK

    That's cuz I've been off 'roids for about 5 days now. And back to life. Woo hoo. I am watching the first season of AVATAR right now. It is really great. So much more character and story. Outstanding.

  • July 4, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, hope you are having a good 4th of

    by southafricanguy

    July your side of the world. Btw Headgeek, what happened with that email to Cameron about an update on Battle Angel Alita?

  • July 4, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    After suffering through this last night, I've decided that M. Ni

    by dexter cornell

    By the that I mean a talented filmmaker (he does have moments of brilliance) that started off showing the world what he could do, starting listening only to himself and coasting off the hype, leading to the gradual falling off of his work. He has even mimicked Carpenter's obsession with having his name over every title. I don't 'hate' M. Night, but - unlike a Tarantino or Scorsese - he has failed to continually demonstrate why we got all excited about him in the first place.

  • July 4, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    My above post ^

    by dexter cornell

    the subject cut off. after suffering through this last night, I've decided M. Night has taken over the role of John Carpenter.

  • July 4, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by Arch Nemesis

    I was on the same prescribed steroid regimen last year when I was ill with a massive sinus infection. They hit the ball out of the park as far as that was concerned, but the extra added benefit was that feeling that you put well into words the other day/week of feeling like all receptors in the brain were firing at 100%. It's kinda like having multi-tasking/thinking super powers. Reading your posts lately have made me long for that again, haha! Too bad steroids are otherwise longterm awful for the body, eh?

  • July 4, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    everything after unreakable was garbage

    by FleshMachine

    like Tobe Hooper, a mildly talented guy who has some luck with a film or two. 6th sense...was ok. Unbreakable, pretty cool...signs/village/lady/happening...all levels of amatureish crap.

  • July 4, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Well, it's a box-office hit.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Box-office Guru shows "The Last Airbender" having a pretty good weekend, Shyamalan's biggest hit in years, despite a Rotten Tomatoes rating of only 8%. Picking a subject audiences are interested in seems to be more important than the actual execution of that subject, at least for the first weekend. This means Shyamalan's theatrical career isn't over. He won't be making movies fot the SyFy Channel next month.

  • July 4, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    If this is what makes for a hit

    by RMPAGNT

    then there is little hope for movies in the future. When the collective voice of the majority call it a turd and no one at the studios listens, that is just bad business. Remember the days when the customer was always right and not the cut-rate hack in the back? Its no wonder that people would rather pirate than pay for crap like this. I personally may just change back to straight reading and keep my movie dollars at home where they don't feel unappreciated.

  • July 4, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Austinite

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    It'll drop by 65% by next weekend. it blew it's entire wad on the first weekend. Word-of-mouth will slaughter this film in the coming weeks.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Word-of-mouth slaughter

    by RMPAGNT

    I hope it dies faster than that... it is my hope that it doesn't make the production costs. Everyone please, bow your heads and lets pray to the movies gods...

  • July 4, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    It's a HIT!!!

    by RPLocke

    Proof that RT doesn't mean a damn thing. Eat my dust Ebert.

  • July 4, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    ... taking "hits" off the bong.

  • July 4, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Is it really fair to criticize this movie...

    by WarrenSmooth

    when the source material was crap to begin with? 99% of anime is just re-hashed, derivative, sophomoric horseshit. It's damn near impossible to make a watchable movie when there are no interesting characters and very little plot to base it on. Don't blame Sham-Wow... blame the Japanese hacks that inspired this garbage.

  • July 4, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I hate anime

    by RPLocke

    Ever try to watch an anime? They scream to loud, and the background never moves.

  • July 4, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    POOR NOT TERRIBLE

    by bythehairofsanjaya

    Just got back from a 4th of July screening in Houston. The theatre was full, but no lines. Let's face it the movie has serious problems -- agreed. But It's not the worst movie of all time as some seem to think. Biggest problem: MNS lost it from the get-go by taking a totally serious track. There is absolutely no humor like in the cartoon. I thought Katara was fine. Don't get the hate there. It was the actor playing Aang that really sucked. Yes, you can tear this movie apart, but again it wasn't the total disaster many are saying it is. I'm like Harry sort of. My emotion is sorrow more than anger. Perhaps it will make enough money to continue with the next one and they will get a new director/writer.

  • July 4, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    katara, Aang, acting

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    Katara was a fine actress. The problem was the 1st-year film student dialogue M Night wrote for her character. The script was just horrid. The actor for Aang was just atrocious, no matter how you slice it. He couldn't act his way out of a paper bag, but part of that could be M Night's fault as a director. The editing of the film, with some really weird camera angles (what was with the weird close-ups?) was nonsensical. Was this film rushed? I heard MNS had all the time in the world to complete this thing. Please tell me I'm wrong so I can assume MNS isn't really a hack.

  • July 4, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Bad, yeah...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ..but now that I've seen it I am a little surprised by the vehemence of the critics. Shyamalan either missed the point of the source material or, and this is the more depressing thought, simply can't do anything other than what he has now shown us a half dozen times. <p> He has tried to drive the square peg of a joyous and mythology driven serial into the well worn circle of his standard joyless and pedantic tome. He distanced the audience from the characters in the manner which has become sadly familiar in his work. Shyamalan's inability to connect to the characters in his films has lessened every movie he's made. In Sixth audiences were distracted enough by the novelty of the film's construction to overlook this failing and in Unbreakable it could be argued that this stylistic choice was justified by the material. Since then it has become increasingly obvious that Shyamalan as a director is unable to create or uninterested in creating characters that draw an audience into the story he's trying to tell. <p> That aside, however, the movie he's made is hardly the worst of the decade. I would watch it again before I would watch either of the Transformers movies, for instance, or a whole host of other crash and burns that have come out since 2000. Mind you, that isn't to say that I ever want to see it again, and given the reaction of my kids I suspect I won't have to. <p> And that may be the worst flaw in what Shyamalan's done. To be a success this movie had to appeal to the core demographic of the series, which, incidentally, is also the demographic that can most reliably insure that the movies they like become enormous hits. <p> This movie will be a failure if it pulls in 120 million or less domestically unless it does extraordinarily well internationally, and will be kissing its sister at 150-160. The franchise on which it was based all but guaranteed 100 million, but if it drops 60% next weekend (and that is probably optimistic) it may not get much more. <p> Not the worst movie of the decade, but bad enough to do. And a real shame, both for the property Shyamalan either couldn't or wouldn't understand and for Shyamalan himself, because this was a marvelous low risk chance for him to show the world that he had range as a director.

  • July 4, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I loved it

    by angelopoulos

    I love movies like Superman Returns and Airbender. I loved the cartoon. It was different, but loved the score, the sadness of the Avatar, the cinematography. I don't generally like newer movies with the MTV quick cut editing, shaky cams, so maybe that's why I prefer Airbender with it's slow movement, great musical cues, it takes it's time. The acting was OK for kid's acting, it wasn't Morentz level, but it wasn't the worst. I didn't think it was going to be as great as the cartoon, because there's no way it could be. Souka should have been more like Xander, Aang should have been pronounced correctly, but besides that, I enjoyed and thought it was visually stunning, and a lot of fun. My 8 year old daughter, who has worn out her DVD box sets, loved it. But thank all you fuckers for lowering our expectations. You soulless ass leaches don't like anything, so reading your reviews, I was ready for my mother's grave to be desecrated by this film. I thought M Ks last few films have blown, but I thought this was great, and would like to see more.

  • July 4, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Glad if it it disappointing, so kids of today

    by Dingbatty

    will know how we feel about our beloved properties being exploited and ruined for a change, instead of coming here to tell us to shut up or that the latest abomination is a "fun popcorn movie."

  • July 4, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    The critics problem is that they're comparing it

    by RPLocke

    to every M Knight movie he ever made like Signs, etc. Come on people. It's a kids movie. Critics suck.

  • July 4, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Is this any surprise?

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • July 4, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Hard to take your point serious about critics & artists

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    when you keep calling the director your defending Shamalamadingdong, but if it's any consequences, I'm laughing my balls off!

  • July 4, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by Darth_Tarantino

    That was one of the most well written reviews I've ever read of yours. But I should point out that you mixed up 2 figures of speech - it's "hide nor hair" and "head nor tail". For future reference, like. Personally, I'll be giving this movie a miss - never watched the cartoon and I've lost faith in Shyamalan's abilities as a director. 'Signs' was the last Shyamalan movie to genuinely deliver (at least in terms of creepiness) and I doubt that he can easily claw his way back to the top now, after a trio of bad movies.

  • July 4, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Hipshot

    You may be right about the chick. I ran into her on the street maybe six years later, and she was pretty much a Moonie. Sad.

  • July 4, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Thanks to M. Knight's latest sack of shit...

    by Powerring

    I decided to look up some indie films and quality documentaries instead of wasting my time and money. Thanks M. Knight: by producing such substandard garbage it made me look elsewhere and discover GOOD movies.

  • July 4, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Saw the 3D version of this today ..

    by the_raftaman

    We wanted to see the 2D version of the film, but at the theater we saw it at .. we'd had to wait 4 hours for the 2nd 2D showing .. so we took the plunge into the big 3D world. I'll agree with the viewer, it was quite dark at times with the 3D .. and my wife and I wished we had saw it in 2D. The movie itself was very entertaining. We've never seen the anime so all the recent controversy on the casting was lost on us. If you have a child under the age of 10, they'll probably love the movie. A small boy in front of us summed it all up in one sentence "Awesome Dad, thanks for bringing us" My wife and I liked it .. and we'll be checking out the Anime .. [Will definately not be seeing any 3D movies though]

  • July 4, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    angelopoulos .. made me chuckle ..

    by the_raftaman

    "soulless ass leaches" hah hah, I couldnt agree more.

  • July 4, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Again... this not anime...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    Anime has a lot of Japanese cultural baggage and a very different style of storytelling from Western media, especially when compared directly to most US cartoons. Sometimes I think even folks who like anime but don't speak Japanese are missing out on a lot, but that's maybe because for me the language and the medium are so intertwined.<p>But anyway, while Avatar is not anime - scripted in America, animated in Korea! - its actually something better than translated anime, for US audiences; it is what watching anime is like if you speak Japanese. It is "US anime," something that hasn't just been crammed horribly into English but made from the ground up to suit US sensibilites and culture.

  • July 4, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Sham-a-lamer....Shamming liar....

    by Powerring

    woah Black Betty, Sham-a-lam....Just looking for shorter and simpler alternatives to shamalamadingdong.

  • July 5, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I just bent some air if you know what I mean

    by RPLocke

    Too many hot dogs.

  • July 5, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    The series is super keen

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I just completed the first book (season) and was amazed about how involved I got into the story and characters. It's a real shame that the movie doesn't seem to follow suit. <p> Joyless Aang just doesn't sound right. It nearly ranks right up there with "silent" Deadpool in Wolverine.

  • July 5, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I do like "ShamWow". It's towel and a sponge!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • July 5, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Why the hate??

    by AJD_1

    Just saw it today and sure it wasn't the best of the year but it sure as hell isn't Transformers bad! It's a kid's movie - nothing more. Either way, it was still better than Phantom Menace (For which i remember Harry giving a rather glowing review!)

  • July 5, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah, AJD, but Lucas has a better ranch than M.Night

    by WickedJacob

    For those keeping score, that was only a joke.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    OKAY, I WAS TOTALLY WRONG AND BIG ENOUGH TO ADMIT IT

    by BringingSexyBack

    Not about Shamalamadingdong, of course. He'll suck unto eternity. <P> But about Twilight: Eclipse. I loved it. It was engaging and the story was a good one. Granted, it needed more action but the climax didn't disappoint. And I found myself drawn into the Bella/Edward/Jacob triangle. I found myself caring, which is more than I can say about any character of Shamofadirector's. <P> And dare I say it? Kristin Stewart is looking attractive, less boyish. I haven't decided whether I'm Team Edward or Jacob, but clearly both would be a fine man for Bella. <P> The dialogue was good, natural and flowed well, the performances engaging and convincing, the story well executed. And guess what, the cinematography and composition were very well done too. At least one movie delivered this weekend.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    THE PART WHERE BELLA AND CHARLIE TALKED ABOUT SEX AND VIRGINITY

    by BringingSexyBack

    was refreshingly innocent and sweet. And I admire Edward's honorable actions towards Bella. More than anything, you can FEEL the love he and Jacob have for her, make it believable.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Have you lost your mind?

  • July 5, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    KWIS

    by BringingSexyBack

    All's I can say is I went in with an open mind, owing my wife to do so. I can tell you the first one did nothing for me, the second one bored me to sleep ... but she did say this book was much better and lo and behold, the movie reflected that. I can't say I would recommend it to guys here, but I can say that I did love it because I had a good time watching it. Maybe I lost my mind I don't know!!!!

  • July 5, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Personally, I loved this film. SPOILER!

    by mukhtabi

    I can see where it went wrong, and Mandvi is thoroughly mis-cast as Zhao, and the pacing is a little weird, as if Shyamalan is only learning how to shoot an epic as he does it, but the central story of accepting the loss of his fellow Air Nomad monks, and coming to terms with his grief, thus enabling him to successfully bend water, is just amazing. I will watch this film a second time, and look forward to Volume 2: Earth Kingdom.

  • July 5, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I cant believe Airbender has made $70 mil domestic BO

    by SkinJob69

    Budget was $150 mil, estimated. With foreign BO and DVD, this could actually make a profit. Amazing.

  • July 5, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    RottenTomaotes has it at $40.6 million

    by CountryBoy

  • July 5, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Hey Squirrel Girl....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I'd put the characterization of Wolverine a bit above silent Deadpool on the WTF-o-meter. The only time Logan would look up in the sky and wail like a baby would be after he looked in the fridge and saw there was no beer in it. He mourns quietly; it's his rages that are noisy (and messy). <p> It's good to read another positive regarding the 'toon though. I just started book one myself Friday. Haven't gotten back to it 'cause of all my festivities this weekend. Really looking forward to diving back in.

  • July 5, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Well, I preferred Last Airbender over Toy Story 3

    by Chishu_Ryu

    I personally don't understand the universal love for that movie. Okay, I understand. The love and goodwill is inherent in the franchise, but the rejected toy theme has been rehashed for for two sequels now. I found it all a bit boring. <p> At least with Shyamalan's latest, I had no idea of the source material, and really the only reason I went to see it is cuz my 6-year-old nephew wouldn't shut up about it. The movie is flawed certainly, but it had some decent moments, and the acting by every Indian actor known to Hollywood was fine. <p> While I never saw "Happening", my theory behind the hate is that the wunderkid Shyamalan didn't live up to his billing of "the next Spielberg" and now everyone has turned on him, kinda like the Wachowskis.

  • July 5, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    If you don't know why this is grouped in with anime

    by kolchak

    all hope is lose for you.

  • July 5, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    M. Knight is D-O-N-E

    by Onin Solstice

    Dude shot his thickest wad in 6th Sense and has been fapping water thin boy juice ever since. Hang it up Knight. The jig is up.

  • July 5, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Wasn't that bad

    by Toonol

    Not great, the dialogue was weak and it felt very rushed, but the story was good, effects were excellent, sets beautiful, and fights were well done.<p> It was a lot better than some of the other summer hits, and I would certainly take it over transformers 1/2, and over 90% of 'family films'. Seems like there was a predisposition to hate this one on a lot of people's part.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Movie was horrible but this has already avoided the bomb label

    by andrew coleman

    It just made too much this weekend. I agree with some here that the movie wasn't that bad but still it could have been better. MKnight is not done he's already working on his next project.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Airbender vs Toy Story 3

    by the_box_drone

    I promised my kid I would take him to see Airbender as soon as it came out. Actually, I was fucking stoked about it myself until I saw the near unanimous panning it got. Anyways, luckily he's a smart kid, and it wasn't too hard to convince him our time & money would be better invested in TS3 (which was amazing). But the sad thing is, he was the ONLY kid in the theater - while meanwhile there was a huge mob of kids down the street waiting to get into Avat-err-sorry, The Last Airbender.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    As someone who's never been a big Shamylan fan...

    by the_box_drone

    I gotta say... I think he could probably make a really sweet fucked-up Lynchian art house film. He's not an entirely untalented film maker, he just can't hold up a traditional narrative for the life of him. He needs to take lots of acid and go independent.

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  • July 6, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

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    by Fuzzyjefe

    The casting has me excited; the fact it's Matthew Vaughn even more so. Then I remember it's still at Fox.......'cautiously optimistic' is an understatement. Like the man said: Fool me once, shame on you..fool me 15 times and I'm just a dumb-ass. But we'll see. <p> I just hope Vaughn can maintain control. Then we may be in for a treat. Maybe Avatar was a bit of a lesson, in that they'll let a director with some talent just make a film the way he wants. And then the skies will open and the hordes of flying monkeys will attack.

  • July 6, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    So Odd...

    by Uninformed

    Went to the movie with my daughter, a huge Avatar fan. I think it is unfair to conclusorily brand it "teh suck" but yes, quite quite flat. More on par with something you might see on the Syfy channel. I just can't figure out how he got the characters wrong. They were spoon fed to him along with the plot, etc. I actually thought when I heard M. Night was the director on this thing that he would prove the critics wrong by showing a true transition of the animation to live action. What he was trying to get at I just don't know. But yes, quite disappointing.

  • July 6, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

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    by Hipshot

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  • July 6, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Paramount aint getting AWAY this easy.They deserve blame too!

    by The Founder

    I can't belive Paramount let this shit happen???? I'm truly baffled that the suits didn't see the bad sh!t coming a mile away when they read the script. Maybe it looked beeter on paper. Maybe like Transformers 2 they thought the popularity of the name would make good box office despite a shitty script and directed movie and miscast actors and terriably mediocre acting. I don't get what Paramount was thinking.

  • July 6, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Airbender couldv'e been your Harry Potter or Twilight Paramount.

    by The Founder

    You did you suits let this happen? why did you think it was a good idea to get this man who last several films have been flops and hated on by the fans. Surly you people saw this coming.

  • July 6, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Sadly this crap has made too much cash to be considered a bomb.

    by The Founder

    Was looking at the box office like others here and while it's not gonna make the cash that Paramount hoped for they won't lose any money on it, heck they may even make a small profit.

  • July 6, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

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    by SkinJob69

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  • July 6, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Quality

    by Toonol

    Airbender was nowhere near the quality of Toy Story 3, obviously. However, I do think it was better than many, or even the majority of, comparable recent films. I'd rather see Airbender ten times than watch, say, "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thieves" again.<p> I think the trouble is that Airbender is nowhere near a GREAT film, like Unbreakable, and M. Night Shyamalan SHOULD be working on that level. Having him come out with a movie that's, oh, better than WOLVERINE but worse than KUNG FU PANDA feels like a huge disappointment.<p> And, by the way, anybody that calls the Avatar series Anime is prima facie ignorant of either the show or the genre.

  • July 7, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    by Sane_Man

    I don't read comic books (except Hustler Humor) so I have no idea about the mythology of this movie and no interest in finding out. Anyway, what a ridiculous fucking name for a movie - The Last Airbender. Sounds like movie about 10 year old kids on BMX bikes foiling some jewel thieves or some shit. Then I watched the trailer - goddamnit it's even more awful than I imagined. WHo wants to waste a fragment of their life watching bald headed ninja kids doing slow motion somersaults and freezing bad guys in some uninteresting sterile-looking CGI fantasy world? And Shyamalan is a talentless cunt. Thanks.

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  • July 7, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    If you give M Night your money

    by smackfu

    he's just going to spend it on booze. Also, I just started watching the cartoon last weekend to see what all the fuss was about. It is indeed a show of extremely high quality that deserves a Harry Potter-level cinematic treatment. Also to the guy above who just admitted to reading Hustler, I don't even know what to say to you. The words required to explain to you just how sad and pathetic that is simply don't exist yet. I mean it would be kind of pathetic if you're actually buying a magazine just to look at tits, especially when you can do that online at any time. Though if your need to look at tits actually requires you to have a mobile book filled with tits that you can carry around with you, that in itself is pretty fucked up. But if you're actually READING THE MAGAZINE that is just a whole other level of pathetic. What books and magazines you read kind of sum up who you are as a person. So basically on your resume, in the section for 'Hobbies and Interests' it should just say "I like looking at tits"

  • July 7, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Wanted to like this ...

    by bigcced

    I went to see this movie hoping the reviews were wrong ...they were not. While not a GREAT movie, and while not a GOOD movie, The Last Airbender is not an AWFUL movie. The Last Airbender is an OKAY movie, nothing more, nothing less ... just OKAY...4 out of a possible 10.In my opinion for a Summer Blockbuster movie, with a budget like this one had ~ that is a colossal failure to deliver. Some people take up for The Last Airbender by saying "It’s a kid’s movie." To that I say "So what?" Being a kid’s movie is no excuse for it to suck the way it does. I say it sucked due to the fact that with all the material M.Knight had available to him there is no way this movie should have been less than great. I make a point of going to the theater to see every Harry Potter movie that comes out, so it’s not like I disliked The Last Airbender due to its being a kid’s movie. With The Last Airbender M.Knight has done the film equivalent of freezing Hell over; everyone knows that Hell is supposed to be hot…now Satan is pissed at M.Knight because his domain is not what its supposed to be and it’s the same for The Avatar: The Last Air Bender fans … M.Knight has fucked up their magical world with this non-filling, unexciting, movie which is almost totally lacking character development and fails on several different levels. I recommend this movie for sheep or people regardless of age who are easily satisfied and have been trained in one way or another to not expect much out of anything in life. You have the ability to stare at a block of wood for hours on end? This is your movie. If “you” or “your” child liked this movie that’s fine and dandy … some guys prefer obese women too … but that still does not make my points about The Last Air Bender any less factual.

  • July 7, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The vile about Lady In The Water is 90% hype-hate.

    by BASEMENT_CHEETOH_EATER

    <p>I'm sorry but it's true. Almost everyone I know who shits on the film never saw it...they got swept up in the anti-MKS wave of hysteria and just shit on the concept (without having seen the film). If you are among those people - try and realize your opinion means exactly dick and you're a conniving hype-hate sheep who needs a life. If you saw it and it wasn't your cup of tea, fair enough. I can respect that.</p> <p>Having actually watched it, I can honestly say it isn't nearly as bad as people have said. Is it flawed? Certainly....it's an imperfect attempt to bring to screen a fairytale he concocted for his kids. But is it an honest attempt? Yes....the film had problems; but at least it tried to do something unique which is more than I can say for a lot of shit that comes out nowadays (unwatchable shit like 'Cop Out').</p> <p>My guess is that The Last Airbender is also flawed; and largely imperfect but nearly as bad as the hype-hate reviews that have been spammed everywhere (and feel as if they'd been written before the film's release). Here's an idea for critics: if you don't like 3D, go see it in 2D you fucking morons...they show it in 2D as well (and supposedly, much like 'Clash', it's far more watchable that way).</p>

  • July 7, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

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  • July 7, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    On the pronunciation of names

    by Queela

    <p>A few folks have mentioned the different way Shymalan has changed the pronunciation of some names. Here are some facts in his favor</p> <p><li>Aang with the doubles 'a's should be pronounced similar to ahng</li> <li>Iroh, like Iraq, and Iran should be pronounced ee-roh, ee-raq, ee-ran</li> <li>Avatar is from Sanskrit, so I am guessing that an Indian-American does know the proper way to pronounce it as well</li></p> <p>Now with all that said, it was still stupid of Shylaman to change the pronunciations after they had been established in the series. It probably annoyed him when he first watched it--as it did me--but to a much lesser extent. He should have realized, in the words Walt Disney told the author of the Mary Poppins book after she objected to some of the things in the movie: "That ship has sailed, my dear."</p> <p>Hell they could've changed it for the dubbed international versions if it was that much of a concern</p>

  • July 7, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    1 more thing

    by Queela

    <p>Sorry about the punctuation in the 2nd paragraph of the previous post--apparently I messed up the html list tags.</p><p>I should add that the movie was a big dissapointment to me and my family as fans of the series. I didn't hate it, but was extemely frustrated by the missed opportunities: I think it is Massrym's review (along with a detailed review by a commenter -- Gleas? I believe) that summed it up well, so I won't repeat</p>

  • July 7, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Not great, but not as horrible as I was led to believe

    by Gherkin

    Having seen it, I think most of the criticisms are justified, in their specifics - the wooden acting, the lack of childish fun in the Aang character, the bizarre pacing at times, the mispronunciation of the names, Sokka's non-existence as comic relief, the general miscasting (with a few exceptions) <br> <br> However, while all the criticisms are valid, the level of grousing is not. Yes, I do wish it had been directed by someone else, and hopefully the sequel will be. I do lay the shortcomings at M. Night's feet. <br> <br> In all, though, it was watchable. Not great, and it really hurt to see some of the failures, being a fan of the cartoon, but watchable. My main gripe is that it was so blasted short. Some of the shortcomings could have been remedied by simply taking more time and letting things develop rather than resorting to canned exposition. It's a struggle to cram so much cartoon into a single film, so why limit the time so drastically?

  • July 8, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

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    by redkamel

    listen, I know there is surely some definition of Anime as Japanese Animation. However, any animation that even looks remotely japanese and is lumped in with anime to the general public. I am sorry if you disagree with that. <p> Also M. Night Shymalan sucks. His movies are all boring and slow. I honestly used to have some respect for Asi's opinion, but his constant defense of someone whose movies suck critically, are boring to watch, and have shitty stories is not conducive. I almost think someone jacked his account. <p> Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were great. He lost me at signs when there was a giant plot hole that aliens whose weakness was water wanted to invade a planet mostly made of water. Then he made a movie about god know what, but it turned out the twist was old men in a costume. Then he made a movie about "The happening" (is this the 60's? Is that even grammatically correct?) which sounded so dumb and the trailer was so boring I didnt even bother to see it...and it was panned AGAIN. Then he made Airbender...which apparently sucks and the fans hate it. These are the same kids who accepted Transformers as a movie. If the kids hate it, it must be crap...kids like most about everything.<p>That story up top about the 6 year old who went home and watched Avatar until bedtime without saying a word really drives the point home.

  • July 8, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

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    by redkamel

    Listen, I know there is surely some definition of Anime as Japanese Animation. However, any animation that even looks remotely japanese is lumped in with anime to the general public. I am sorry if you disagree with that.<p> M. Night Shymalan sucks. His movies are boring, make no sense and are slow. I honestly used to have some respect for Asi's opinion, but his constant defense of someone whose movies suck critically, are boring to watch, and have shitty stories is not conducive to that. I almost think someone jacked his account. <p> Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were great. He lost me at Signs when there was a giant plot hole that aliens whose weakness was water wanted to invade a planet mostly made of water. Then he made a movie about a village or something, but it turned out the twist was old men in a costume.There was also one about a magic apartment pool. Then he made a movie about "The happening" (is this the 60's? Is the title even grammatically correct?) which sounded so dumb and the trailer was so boring I didnt even bother to see it...and it was panned AGAIN. Then he made Airbender...which apparently sucks and the fans hate it. These are the same kids who accepted Transformers as a movie. If the kids hate it, it must be crap...kids like most about everything. <p> Am I critiquing MNS without seeing the movies I hated? Sure. But I have a pretty good crap-movie detecor and all of the above set off my sensors. The fact the highest rating I heard from anyone I knew who saw those movies, whether I resepected their opinion or not, was "meh". Not exactly something I would want to spend 12 dollars and night off to check out for myself. If everyone tells me theres a turd in the toilet, I dont need to check myself. <p> That story up top about the 6 year old who went home and watched Avatar until bedtime without saying a word really drives the point home. I mean, this was given to him on a SILVER platter and he ruined it. Can I think of another director who did the same? Oh yeah..BAY with TRASHFORMERS. Yes that was a purposeful dig.

  • July 8, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    AmericanMovieFan: Spielberg made a true horror film

    by jsarnold513

    It was called "Poltergeist." <p> On paper he was only the producer, but all the stories about production say he pretty much directed and oversaw everything because Tobe Hooper was too strung out to do anything the whole time. <p> "Jaws" and "Duel" were horror films in their own ways, too.

  • July 8, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

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  • July 9, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Very Late, but I FINALLY Got to See It...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    It wasn't the massive shitfest everyone seems to be talking about. I did miss Roku, Bumi, the Cabbage merchant (now THERE would've been a cameo spot for M. Night), Teo and his dad, Koh, Jet and his team, and a few others I'm certainly missing. M. Night gave us the Readers Digest version of the first season. I did close my eyes at the end with the REAL embarassing Princess Yue death scene, and the fish punch was as awful as I'd heard. Zhao's death was a bit ridiculous as well, and I REALLY wanted to see Zuko and Zhao have their fight. I REALLY, REALLY wanted to see Koizilla! Azula looks sinister enought to be Daddy's little psycho bitch. Still hopeful Season 2 will be made. Hopefully not by M. Night.

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  • July 10, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Shamalamadingdong blows

    by Luscious.868

    I've been saying it since that cinematic abortion that was The Village. He was a two trick pony. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were brilliant, Signs was flawed but Gibson and the cast carried it and everything he has done since has been complete and utter crap.

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  • July 11, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    M. Night needs to go!

    by Weapon M

    regardless of how Avatar the Last Airbender does in movie theatres, they really should get a new Director for the sequels. Even though M Knight loves the franchise and is enthusiastic. I saw the movie and it is abysmal!!!! It is terrible. I couldn't even finish watching the damn thing! A series that was THAT amazing, shouldnt be that bad a movie. the acting was horrendous, and the story had no rhythm to it at all. It was mis mashed together. Really bad film. He needs to go! The franchise will make more money in a sequel with or without M. Night

  • July 11, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Man this is ridiculous BTW

    by Weapon M

    OH BTW! BAD CASTING! There were some actors in the film that I thought would have been much better playing other actors in the film! AND TOO MUCH NARATIVES! Let the audience experience it WITH you!

  • July 11, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Just finished the cartoon series

    by smackfu

    and it was bar none the most fulfilling tv experience I've had since Lost. Anyone who dismissed the show and never watched it are really robbing themselves of a great experience.

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  • July 13, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

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    watching the entire Avatar Series. Seriously it's that beautiful and epic. Too bad you're an apparent film snob, who looks down on serials.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

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    by BetterCallSaul

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  • July 14, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    saw this movie yesterday

    by SirBiatchReturns

    and I was so offended at how garbage it was. It's Max Payne bad, maybe even worse.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    next Spielberg

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    is still think he's the next Spielberg

  • July 17, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

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  • July 19, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

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    by JAMF

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  • July 19, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    That was painful to watch.

    by Violator90

    Wow. That was one pitiful movie. Everything that many people were complaining about, was right. Again, why Shyamalan? He was simply the worse person for this movie. From the casting, the dialogue, and direction of the film Shyamalan blew it. For some one that stated that watching the series at home was a family affair, it looked like just another stripped-down version of a very rich and popular source material. <p> But the thing that really drove me fucking nuts was the mispronouncing of the characters names! HOW THE FUCK DO YOU MISPRONOUNCE THE CHARATERS NAME IF YOU WATCHED THE SERIES!!!! Sorry but that just made me cringe through out the whole movie. Sokka was pronounced as Sooka, Aang as Ong and Eee-row instead of Iroh! If Shyamalan is going to have control for the last 2 movies. I’ll just stick to the series.

  • July 20, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Oh, the arrogance of M. Night

    by Chief Joseph

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    ...is right here: "The Last Airbender sucked more ass than The Human Centipede." Now to be clear, I love the series. I have two boys, 8 and 6, who also love the show. My wife even likes it, and she doesn't usually go for cartoons or martial arts. That Shamalamadingdong fucked this up so bad is pure tragedy. This could have been a great movie. It should have been a great movie. Night is almost a savant-retard for being able to fuck up such good source material, kind of like a reverse Rain Man. Someone in an early comment said all he did was keep the character names. Wrong. He fucking changed them. It grated my nerves every time someone said Ahhng instead of Aang. Which was only like 5,000 times. As I watched it that "what" scene from Pulp Fiction kept playing in my head: "Say Ahhng one more time, motherfucker. I dare you. I double dare you..." Only I don't have the satisfaction of shooting M. Night in his Shamalamadingdong. I saw the movie in 2D, but the image was so bad I am pretty sure the theater was projecting the 3D version but just stopped handing out the glasses. The extended shots in the battle sequences were laughable. I can imagine the direction: "Ahhng, you stay still while Soaka throws his boomerahhng. Soaka, after you catch your boomerahhhng you stay still and Ahhng will move. Then a firebender and an earthbender will fight at half-speed in the background. Whatever you do, don't all act at the same time! That would look like a real battle." Also: WTF was up with the extended slow dance waterbending tai-chi WITHOUT ANY BENDING? For Christ's sake, there were two of them trying, at least make one drop of water float. And I'll end it by echoing an excellent observation by Roger Ebert: The Last Airbender? We can only pray that it is.

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