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IGAKattack

The Last Airbender...

... what the hell? Dear god in heaven (and I'm basically an atheist!), what... the hell?

I can tell, without the need for my brief scan of the internet after watching Shyamalan's movie, that I'm not the only one to have been horrified at how spectacularly bad it was.

Forgive me for living under a rock, but... what the hell?! D8<


... if Shyamalan can get away with writing, directing and producing something that god-awful, why the hell am I so afraid of finishing ANYTHING that I myself write, draw, or dream of creating?!


Maybe they just should have spent a little longer fine-tuning the script, and the acting... or maybe it was just some idiot (Shyamalan himself, perhaps...?) editing it together so badly, like the night before it premiered, or something... and then there was the problem with the camera shots... damn it... that's an hour and a half I'll never get back... curse you Shyamalan, give me back those 90 minutes! D8

Ahh, I'd only waste them anyway. I mean, before I actually put the DVD on, I was only writing smutty nonsense, myself... heh. Can't go wrong with smut. X3


I mean, I didn't go see it at the cinema because... well, wow 3D, so what? The cartoon series told the story a hell of a lot better than Shyamalan's movie adaptation.

As far as hearing people say "it was pretty bad" though, I've noticed everyone tends to overreact and exaggerate and so on. And... people do have different tastes when it comes to movies.
For example, I went to see The Hunger Games (damned if I know why, all I could think of throughout was: "Where is the crew of the Enterprise? I'd love to see their Prime Directive in a situation like this! Ha!", due to watching Star Trek and playing STO), Dark Shadows and MIB3, all with my brother. (perhaps Hunger Games was his idea to go watch...?).

-- We both had slight misgivings about The Hunger Games, but I could honestly find no fault with the movie. I have not, and do not intend to, read the books, however.
-- I sort of enjoyed Dark Shadows, although it wasn't what I expected. In fact, I'm not even sure what I expected. It did seem a little roughly put together or arranged or something, but I certainly enjoyed it a whole hell of a lot more than my brother. I would buy it on DVD, long before I'd buy The Hunger Games.
-- MIB3... what can I say? I thoroughly enjoyed it! My brother did not. I don't think he "got it".

-- Prometheus: I went to that without my brother. He would not have enjoyed it. Seriously, I'm glad he wasn't there. I myself was more than a little disappointed. It just seemed, sometimes, to be a little over-the-top, just for the sake of being over-the-top. The story also seemed a little incomplete. I might still buy it on DVD (if, you know, everything wasn't so damned expensive. I mean, Airbender was a 2010 movie, and I only just watched it! Frankly, I wish I hadn't. At least I got the DVD in a 3-for-the-price-of-one at special. Along with SUPER and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.)
-- Incidentally, I was a little thrown by SUPER. It has certainly earned it's place in that dark corner of the cupboard shelf, along with Black Death and Pathfinder... or it would, if I could find my copy of Pathfinder... aside from the unnecessarily graphic violence, though, all three have far better plots than Shyamalan's The Last Airbender.

Seriously, though, I try to be a reasonable guy, I really do, but... if he was writer, producer and director, can we really blame anyone else for how bad the movie was? Is it really anyone else's fault? >=|


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Damn it all! In the time it took me to compose this Journal I could have finished writing that smut!
Or a picture... most likely pornographic...
Heh. Smut. X3
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Added: 6 years, 2 months ago
 
JakeSilverwing
6 years, 2 months ago
Yeah....sitting through that movie was probably one of the most painful things I've put myself through>.< especially since I've seen the animated series before hand.  
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
I've watched the animated series two or three times from start to finish... and that's not counting the times it was on tv, although I don't remember them showing the last season...

I haven't seen a movie that bad, and painful to watch, in a very long time... and certainly nothing in the time between the movie's release and watching it yesterday was anywhere near as bad.
In fact, it was so bad that I can't even remember what the last horribly bad movie I watched was! XD
Razrien
6 years, 2 months ago
I haven't seen the Airbender yet,  but eh.. I never really expect much from Shamalamalamalan in the first place.

Hunger games was the first movie I ever walked out on.  It was just.. really, really bad.  I got to the part where the girl finds that guy by the river, dressed up as a rock and he's dying or something.  It just got a little too sappy.

Prometheus was pretty cool.  As long as you don't directly think of it as being related to the Alien movies or anything in any way.. its acceptable as a standalone scifi horror.
I was hearing the words 'sequel' and 'prequel' being tossed around,  and thats.. really not the case, and I think thats why people were disappointed.  Its really its own movie,  just 'inspired by'  the Alien universe.

The last 'good' movie I've seen was VHS.
Its kinda like this collection of short horror movies bundled up in 'shakey cam' format.  

The last movie i'm looking forward to this year is the Hobbit.
...thats about it.
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Yeah, I didn't really expect it to be anything spectacular, or I'd have seen it sooner... even if I had done my research beforehand, I'm too much of a reasonable kind of guy, who is forgiving of mistakes, to have believed all those negative comments and reviews.

Oh hell, I thought I had blissfulyl forgotten, and expunged it from my memory but now I remember everything! Admiral Zhao's dialogue... "I believe..." god damn it, I don't know how many times he used those two words at the start of his sentences when talking to the firelord. Damn some of the dialogue was pretty bad. >_<

I have never walked out on a movie. If I had seen Airbender at the cinema, I might have, and demanded my money back. Perhaps thinking of Hunger Games as a star trek episode made it at least bearable for me. I don't know (humans; Earth?; time travel?; so many possibilities! X3). I wasn't sure how violent it was going to be, but I was surprised when some parents took their kids to go see it. I don't think it was a movie meant for kids. No.

I agree, Prometheus does stand alone fine by itself, but that wasn't really what I took issue with. There seemed to be too many loopholes in the story, and they didn't answer questions and explain things. Almost as if they left them that way deliberately, as a ploy to give themself material for a sequel... who knows? It might even work.

You know, I almost forgot, I actually found myself thinking during Dark Knight Rises that it dragged on a little bit. My exact thought was: "How long has this movie been going?". And I didn't have a watch, or phone, so I couldn't even check. XP

I am also looking forward to The Hobbit. ^_^
Razrien
6 years, 2 months ago
I think my main problem with the Hunger Games was that it sort of assumed that you've already read the book, and know whats going on.  ...which I didn't.  We get some giant wall of text at the very beginning of the movie  (which is bad form to begin with) and thats all you've got to go on.
I've heard that in the book, most of the stuff and dialouge that happens is inside the girls' head.  Thats fine.  I usually love those sort of stories.  ...but they don't tend to work out on the big screen.
I felt no attachment to any of the characters at all.
I tried to watch it and like it.  I honestly tried.  ..I just couldn't do it.  The dialogue was stiff as hell,  and there was no 'chemistry' between any of the characters.  It just sorta felt like they stuck two random people together and said  "NOW KISS!!  :D"

With Prometheus.. I think they left those gaping plotholes and questions on purpose, to fill in later with another movie.
..I hope, anyways.  I have faith in Ridley Scott.
If not,  you have permission to throw tomatoes and other rotten fruit at me.

The Dark Knight Rises was okay.
...just 'okay'.  
I wasn't blown away by it.  ..then again, i'm not a big fan of Nolans' Batman movies in the first place.
Glad I saw it though.  Its one of those movies that can only 'really' be enjoyed in the theaters,  with the popcorn and soda by your side.


IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Ahh, popcorn and soft drink makes everything better... maybe that's what I was missing with The Last Airb...? Nnnooo, I don't think... Nope. That wouldn't have helped it. XD
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
You want my rule of thumb? If it was a cartoon and they make a movie out of it (or vice versa) 90% of the time it will suck. XD
Too bad about Promethius though. My mom is dying to see it. >.<
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Prometheus was ok, it was just hyped up a bit too much as something it didn't quite turn out as. For all my complaints, I still enjoyed it, though... at least until the point where my decision to not get a drink at the counter gave me a headache. I think it was the dehydration that caused it, and not the 3D, because it has happened before on movies without 3D. Incidentally, isn't the ticket supposed to be cheap to get you into the cinema, so they can stiff you with the price of food and drinks? Why the hell are movie tickets so expensive?! D8
Admittedly, my headache may have been the only thing making me think the movie wasn't as awesome as it should have been. XP

I generally try not to expect too much from movies (...and after Airbender...! D8<), so that I won't be so catastrophically disappointed when it turns out crap after all the hype. I mean, I'm quite fond of more than a few movies that most people considered to be bad, so I try to reserve my judgement until I've seen it with my own eyes, for good or ill. They usually don't turn out as bad as Airbender, though. XD
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
Ah okay. lol I made it a life decision not to see it just based on the previews. XD A friend on facebook had told me they tried to squeeze 4 seasons into 2 1/2 hours and failed miserably. Yeah their tickets are too expensive. And I stopped getting their popcorn after their butter machine had "Genuine Imitation Butter" on the side. Sorry you had to go through the headache. I hope you feel better soon. :D
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Real butter, imitation butter, I don't care. I gots to have my popcorn! XD ... can't seem to figure out how they make it taste so good, though. When I make it at home it just seems to be missing something. X3
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
Here's what you do. You walk in all cool and calm. Buy your ticket, walk up to the concession stand, sit a variable amount of money on the counter and in a really cool/sexy voice say, "So I heard you know what's in the butter..." It'll work. XD Sorry for the double post, my phone acts weird on Inkbunny it'll show that I hit reply but it won't make it a reply but a new comment. >.<
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Lol, phones. XP
And I'm sure that'll work, but... I don't think I can do a good enough cool/sexy voice to pull it off. XD
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
I'm sure you can do it. Everyone can. I do it so good people laugh with me. XD
But I do have another idea. You ever see the movie 30 Minutes or Less?
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Nope, never heard of it.
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
Oh. I never saw it either. Came out like a year more or ess ago. Well that kills the momentum of my next joke. Pretty much a movie about 2 guys who try to rob a bank with a fake bomb strapped to their chest. Even had fake guns. Looked funny. Anywho I was gonna say try that route. Or since I ran out of funny stupid ideas google. I got a ticket to the movis this Friday. I'll ask for you. XD
renerechie79
6 years, 2 months ago
i did not mind the movie i seen a flew eps of the cartoon and the players seem too fit  there roles a bit
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Well, I don't know what they were thinking, trying to trim the first season down enough to cram it into a 90 minute movie. I think someone just wanted to make a quick buck off the popularity of the series, and it backfired.

I mean, I was going to buy a Planet of the Apes box set instead, that came with all 5 original films, plus the 2001 film and Rise, but they had just been on tv recently anyway, (except Rise) so I decided to grab Rise, SUPER and Airbender seemed like a good enough choice to round out the 3 for one deal... but now, I mean I'm seriously considering returning all three and swapping them for the Apes box set, because I am most certainly never going to watch Airbender again, and probably won't watch SUPER again either.

Come to think of it, I should probably start renting movies, before I buy them. But I swear out of the 5 weeklies I used to rent there was always one that was scratched beyond watchability. And it was always one of the movies I wanted to watch the most. Why can't people take proper care of DVDs? I mean, it's not rocket science: Don't Touch The Shiny Side! >=|
renerechie79
6 years, 2 months ago
is he doing the book two and three?
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
I don't know. My research tells me there's nothing planned, yet.
biggerstaff
6 years, 2 months ago
Oh, god. I've never seen that movie, and I never want to. The earliest pre-production news was enough to give me hives - especially the blatant new-age racism (they made Sokka and Katara white and Zuko arabic for no reason other than to capitalize on terrorist fears). But the worst thing - that movie will stop others from discovering the series.
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Heh. It failed. Pretty damn hard. I mean looking at some of the movies he's been involved with, it seems to me that he's the kind of guy that says: "Yeah, ok, that's good enough.", when considering how it all turns out, he needs to be they guy that says: "No. It's not good enough. Go back and do it again. We don't even start filming until you can make me cry tears of joy at how good your acting is."

It is a real damn shame that the movie is going to end up associated with the series. =(
PrysmTKitsune
6 years, 2 months ago
I'm not even gonna read the journal, i haven't seen the whole movie but i have watched the whole series and whatever bad you have to say, i can say worse the movie is a piss poor attempt to shove the ENTIRE avatar TLA series into one 2 hour block, and it doesn't fucking work at all, the actors tried so hard to keep true the the characters they were portraying but for the love of the spirits it just-doesn't-work!
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
I know. I agree. I never expected it to be anything spectacularly good OR bad but... There are just so many things wrong with the movie...

The cartoon had all that character development, too, and gave you all the time you needed to connect with and learn about the characters. =(

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to trim down and cram the entire 20 episode first season into a 90 minute movie?! Seriously!? I swear, the DVD I have goes for 99 minutes, the last 9 of which are the end credits, never mind the opening narrative! D8<
PrysmTKitsune
6 years, 2 months ago
yeah, i understand why they picked shamalan for the work, hes known for F*ed up stuff and the avatar TLA story does have some seriously fucked up moments [blood bending 101 for example]

but understanding, and acepting...2 diffrent things.
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
They never really established that the firebenders couldn't create fire from nothing, until towards the end where Iro turned against Zhao and one of the soldiers said "He's creating fire from nothing...!". They just expected you to notice and figure out that they needed an existing source of fire... a restriction that I do not recall ever being in the cartoon.

The movie seemed to be full of loopholes and things like that. Loose threads that nobody seemed bothered to notice. If any of them had actually been doing their job though, it could have turned out to be a good movie... but they failed. Miserably. >_<
PrysmTKitsune
6 years, 2 months ago
Fire bending works best in dry, arid environments but its source is the fire of ones heart, air benders and fire benders do not require any sort of outside element to use there gifts, water benders and earth benders however are dependent on an outside source, though i imagine, though it never came up in the series, a master water bender could probably condense the water in the air around them [and as katara learned, the bodies of there enemies, though a technique filled with ethical issues]

well technically an air bender does need 'air' but if there was no air the air bender would be 'dead' so...um...yeah
DragonPen
6 years, 2 months ago
It is indeed quite the horrible movie. I personally could not get past the first 20 minutes of viewing that crap fest. I just hit the stop button, ejected the dvd, and returned it. It...was...the most disgusting thing in all of cinema history, and i lived through several bad years of bad movies including Batman And Robin.
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
I'm seriously considering taking it back to exchange it for something else. I was going to buy a box set of Planet of the Apes instead, but... damn it, what was I thinking?! Probably something about it being an impulse buy... and then the impulse to buy movies I hadn't actually seen yet hit me... should have stuck with my first impulse. X3
DragonPen
6 years, 2 months ago
Yes..you should have.
IGAKattack
6 years, 2 months ago
Hehe, it's not too late! There's still time...! D8
DragonPen
6 years, 2 months ago
Then do it! Do it before its too late!
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
Here's what you do. You walk in all cool and calm. Buy your ticket, walk up to the concession stand, sit a variable amount of money on the counter and in a really cool/sexy voice say, "So I heard you knw what's in the butter..." It'll work. XD
King30
6 years, 2 months ago
Oh. I never saw it either. Came out like a year more or ess ago. Well that kills the momentum of my next joke. Pretty much a movie about 2 guys who try to rob a bank with a fake bomb strapped to their chest. Even had fake guns. Looked funny. Anywho I was gonna say try that route. Or since I ran out of funny stupid ideas google. I got a ticket to the movis this Friday. I'll ask for you. XD
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