Book of Water . . .

This is the movie adaptation of Nickelodeon's action-packed animated series.

The Last Airbender — Book 1 : Water

Aang is the last living Airbender and he is destined to be the Avatar, the chosen one who will maintain peace towards the four nations - Air, Water, Earth, and Fire.

Aang ran away from the Air Temple when he was told that the Avatar cannot live a normal life. Caught in a storm, he became frozen and was trapped in a state of suspended animation (I am uncertain if this was explained in the movie). It was a hundred years later when Katara (a Waterbender) and her brother, Sokka, discovered him.

The presence of the Avatar alarmed the Fire Nation. They know that killing the Avatar will be useless since he will just be reborn. They resolved on capturing him alive so he will not interfere with their plans of conquest.

Aang has not yet mastered the four elements. Katara felt that Aang is her responsibility so she and Sokka traveled with him in search of masters who can teach him the other bending skills he needs to fulfill his role as the Avatar.

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Reactions when we saw the teaser trailer for the first time — way back in August 2009…

Dada: It's another Shyamalan film!
Me: Shyamalan is doing Kung Fu???
Dada: If it's him then it's worth watching.
Me: (seeing a gust of wind and the stick) OH MY GOD!!!
Dada: … Why?
Me: OH MY GOD!! IS THAT AANG?!?!
(the boy finally removes his hood and i saw the signature tattoo on his head)
Dada & Me: OH-MY-GOD!!!

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Reaction after seeing the movie …

Dada: It's about ZUKO, not Aang!
Me: What just happened? I thought you said Shyamalan's good..? Even though I didn't like "The Happening"
Dada: Well, his books are okay. Maybe he's just not good at being a director.

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The animated series is well-received by its fans due to the story, awesome kung-fu moves and other influences from the rich Asian culture.

I was very disappointed with the film because of the screenplay and casting. Shyamalan proved to be an epic fail.

The original characters are either of Chinese, Japanese or Inuit descents. Unfortunately, Shyamalan opted to cast Caucasians for the lead roles and an Indian guy as Prince Zuko. Naturally, since Zuko's now an angst-driven-and-deranged Indian dude, then the rest of the Fire Nation must also be Indians. WTF?! As if inaccurate portrayals are not enough, most of them are horrible actors and actresses! They mispronounced Aang's name! Sheesh! I am not a racist but since Shyamalan butchered the characters' intended ethnicity then I can't help reacting.

Also, Shyamalan stayed true to the story but he squeezed an entire season into a 1.5-hour film!! Those who're not familiar with the animated series will surely be lost somewhere in the middle. There's not much room for character development, apart from Zuko's retarded dilemma.

As sarcastically stated by a movie critic, "Wow, this makes Dragonball Evolution look like a masterpiece."

My experience here is reminiscent to an earlier trip to the movie house. i don't think I will be watching the sequel. Even if I do watch the sequel, it's just gonna be for the sake of not being left out.

I give it :

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Animation that is not for kids . . .

"Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late." – Yahoo! Movies

Disney's "A Christmas Carol" is something that I anticipated considering that 1) it's a Disney film, 2) it's got top-notch animation and 3) it stars Jim Carrey!

Unfortunately, how the story was told and how some of the actors mimic the British accent killed everything.

Visual effects are stunning than their previous ones. The story is old but I don't know it. Nonetheless, I wasn't able to appreciate it. Rendition is boring and sometimes scary. There's nothing fresh here.

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Better not read out loud . . .

"Mo Folchart possesses a secret ability to bring characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But when Mo accidentally brings a power-hungry villain from a rare children's fable to life, the villain kidnaps Mo's daughter and demands Mo bring other evil fictional characters to life. In an attempt to rescue his daughter, Mo assembles a disparate group of friends –both real and magic–and embarks on a journey to save her and set things right. " – Yahoo Movies

Hmmm, I dunno… Dada wanted to watch it so we did, as part of our movie house raid (3 movies in 1 day). CGI is good. Plot is good. Acting is so-so. I dunno, there's just something I didn't like about the film… I dunno exactly what it is.. Is it the overall "audience impact" ??? Dunno… Gah, I just didn't like it.

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It’s Because She Screams a Lot ! ! !

"For a reality TV show about people who work while the rest of the world is asleep, reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman, Scott, are assigned to cover a night shift with a pair of firemen at a Los Angeles fire station. After an uneventful evening, a 911 distress call in the middle of the night takes them to a small apartment building downtown. Police officers are already on the scene in response to bloodcurdling screams coming from an apartment on the third floor. Having stumbled onto a breaking story, Angela and Scott are determined to get it all on tape. Entering the apartment unit to investigate, they find an old woman in a nightgown, standing alone in the dark. She's covered in blood, her breathing erratic and raspy. She seems sick. And when a policeman approaches to help her, she suddenly attacks–with her teeth. The group subdues the woman and tries to get help for the injured policeman. But when they attempt to leave the complex, they find that the CDC has quarantined the building. All exits are sealed and guarded by heavily armed men. Telephone, internet, TV, and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials won't give any explanation to those locked inside. The apartment complex and its residents quickly descend into panic. Trying to make sense of what's happening, the inhabitants are forced to look to each other for help. Then there's another scream from above. In the atrium lobby where everyone is gathered, a body falls to the ground from the third floor. And the attacks begin again. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the cameraman's videotape." — Yahoo Movies

I can't decide whether I like the film or not.

Well, I like the plot — it's really intriguing. The idea that it's a mutated kind of "rabies" made me think that this might actually happen many years from now. I remember watching a documentary on a local channel about rabies victims and they're also put in solitary confinement because they were uncontrollably violent. One victim said to the reporter "Stay away from me, I am no longer a human." and that gave me the chills!

The movie was presented as a documentary and as an "actual evidence" of what transpired during the outbreak of the doomsday virus. Since it's like that, they used a shaky camera technique to make it look like a real person was taping every scene. I don't think they used CG here. Prosthetic LOL! Most of the takes were too dark. My eyes became stressed and I got a headache while watching.

Some questions also remained in my head ..
1) Why did they have to cut the power and communications for those inside the complex? Wouldn't it be much easier if there were lights on? I don't think that that's what the authorities would do if this happens IRL.
2) Why did they send firefighters in the infected area if it would be quarantined in the first place? Those poor men!
3) Why does the main girl have to shout every now and then? That only reveals her location to the zombies! Stupid!


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He lives, the story dies ! ! !

"Renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When forces beyond Helen’s control treat the extraterrestrial as a hostile and deny his request to address the world’s leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu’s claim that he is “a friend to the Earth.” Now Helen must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving–but it may be too late. The process has begun." — Yahoo Movies

"…………………………………………………………………………………………."

Oh yeah. We did stand still.

I was really excited to see Keanu Reeves because he's one of my fave actors and I've watched most of his films - may they be sci-fi or just an ordinary love story. This is the worst movie he's starred in. I don't blame him. He's good! He was in character the whole time. It was also good seeing Kyle Chandler (the "Early Edition" guy) on the big screen! It's just that the story lacked so much CONVINCING power and the other actors were not helping at all. This is worse than Hancock.

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Egad ..! They GLOW ? ? !

"Bella Swan has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for — a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires — James, Laurent and Victoria — come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?" Yahoo Movies

*reaction before watching the film*
Everyone's been talking about it and they seem to agree that it's a good film. Though, I've reviewed Rotten Tomatoes and they gave it a 43% rating. I am not addicted with vampire flicks. I also read somewhere about a synopsis of the film and I got reminded of Fushigi Yuugi [link] because of the similar idea (damsel in distress takes center stage, her lover plus their minions get rid of evil). I thought of watching this just for the sake of watching.

*reaction while watching the film*
Not much on the special effects but I liked the concept on how they played baseball. Bella (the normal girl) is more blank-faced than Edward (the main vampire)! The film focuses more on the love story than the whole vampire thing. I was actually waiting for these two to shout "Miaka!!!" and "Tamahome~!!! LoL! I was thinking that a vampire would be calm, reserved and COOL but IMHO, Edward lacked all three. I liked Carlisle and Jasper better.

*reaction after watching the film*
That's it?

I give it :

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Though I hate the film, I was very hooked into the soundtrack. The credits theme was so "emo" that I liked it! When I got back home, I searched the Internet for the OST. Lo and behold! The song "Leave Out All the Rest" was actually performed by Linkin Park! OMG! I am so happy~~~ The other songs I like are "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse and "Decode" by Paramore.

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Payne in teeh Pocket . . .

"Max Payne is a maverick cop–a mythic anti-hero–determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal." - Yahoo Movies

I never played this game nor do I know the actors on the film. At first, I was thinking that the lead actor was Matt Damon, but we later found out that he's different. LoL!

Max Payne is fine, a lot of mind-puzzling situations and awesome CGI but it doesn't give justice to The Matrix's "bullet time." At first, I thought it was completely a mythological / fantasy film but later on it was explained what the "winged beings" were.

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