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Avatar: The Last Airbender – Review

05 Jul 2010

The Last Airbender is a live version of the  first season of the animation Avatar: The Last Airbender that premiered and aired on Nickelodeon .  The live action version of is a little dark but visually breathtaking however it lacks a bit with story even though I did appreciated some points of it. Most reviews I have read gave it negative reviews. Matter of fact they were down right nasty on some. Honestly it was not that bad. But it was not that great either. You have to make it through the first 1/2 hour or so then it picks up and draws you in. I remember saying to myself in the opening moments this is going to painful. Oh well at least the 3D is kind of cool. But as the film progressed so did the story plot and to some part the acting which I thought could of used a bit of help.

I think like most films this one tried to hard to capture the visual of the world much like another film with a similar name had done.  The 3D and scenery was dead on and pleasing. Problem with films of this nature is that they skimp on the plot and performance. Films relying on effects alone generally tank and never get past the first movie. I think if it was not for the climatic ending which actually caught my attention this film would of been a horrid attempt on good idea.

Here is how I break the film up for you

Acting 3 out of 5 . Not great but there has been worse

Plot 3 out of 5 .  Good plot sadly the script did not support it

Effects 5 out of 5. On the money especially if you see it in 3D

Script 2 out 5. Some people confuse this with plot but not that is not true. As this film shows you can have a good plot and butcher it up with a poor script,

Bottom line this film gets 3 out of 5 stars. The film is not for everybody. Kids and fans of the american animated series will like it and those that just like special effects and really do not care to much about anything else will also like it. Those looking for mind stimulating ( even though some of the concepts about elemental spirits may hit home to some ) will be very disappointed.

*****

Plot summery from the free and open source encyclopedia WIKIPEDIA

One hundred years ago, a twelve-year-old Airbender named Aang learns he is the new Avatar, the only person in his generation capable of controlling and manipulating all four elements to his will and the one tasked with maintaining peace between the Four Nations of the world. Fearful of the heavy responsibilities of being the Avatar, Aang flees from home on his animal guide, a flying bison called Appa. Caught by a fierce storm, they crash into the ocean, and Aang's protective Avatar State freezes them in a state of suspended animation inside an iceberg. Right after his disappearance, Fire Lord Sozin launches a genocidal campaign against the Air Nomads in hopes of wiping out the Avatar so he can achieve his plot for the Fire Nation to rule the world.
In the present, Aang becomes unfrozen by a fourteen-year-old Waterbender girl named Katara, and her older warrior brother, Sokka from the Southern Water Tribe. This attracts the attention of Zuko, the Prince of the Fire Nation who was exiled by his father: The current Fire Lord Ozai. Arriving to Southern Water Tribe, Zuko demands the elderly under the impression that Avatar is an old person until Aang is found. Aang surrenders himself to Zuko as long as he agrees to leave the village alone. Aboard Zuko's ship, Aang is at Zuko's mercy, but he eventually manages to maneuver away from the guards before Katara and Sokka arrive on Appa, making their escape. Aang and friends visit the Southern Air Temple where the Avatar learns that he was in the ice for a century and the Fire Nation wiped out every on he knew there, entering the Avatar State and meeting a dragon spirit. It was there Aang meets up with the only known remaining "winged lemurbat", naming it "Momo" as it joins Aang's group. Meanwhile, Zuko and his uncle, the military genius Iroh, run into Commander Zhao, who belittles the exiled prince.
Arriving in a small Earth Kingdom town that is controlled by the Fire Nation, Aang's group are arrested while helping a boy named Haru. They then incite a rebellion with an inspiring speech. Soon after, Katara finds a waterbending scroll that she uses to perfect her skills while helping Aang master waterbending as they make their way to the Northen Water Tribe and liberate more Earth Kingdom villages in the process. During a side track to the Northern Air Temple on his own, Aang is captured by a group of Fire Nation Yuu Yan archers, commanded by Admiral Zhao. However, a masked marauder, the "Blue Spirit," rescues Aang from Zhao before being knocked unconscious during the escape. Discovering that his rescuer is Zuko, Aang takes him to safety under a cloak of fog before leaving him to continue his journey. Aware that Zuko is the "Blue Spirit," Zhao arranges the prince's demise. But Zuko survives the attempt on his life and, with Iroh's help, sneaks aboard Zhao's lead ship as his fleet departs for the Northern Water Tribe to execute the plan he and Ozai set up with the scrolls from the Library detailing the spirits there.
Upon arriving, Aang's group is welcomed warmly by the citizens of the Northern Water Tribe as Sokka falls in love with princess Yue while Aang and Katara master their waterbending skills under Pakku. Once the Fire Nation armada arrives, Zhao begins his attack while Zuko infiltrates the tribe on his own, capturing Aang while he entered the spirit world to find the dragon spirit to give him the wisdom to defeat the Fire Nation. Coming to, Aang battles Zuko before Katara freezes him. As the battles escalates, Iroh is unable to stop Zhao's plan to slay the moon spirit Tui, causing the waterbenders to lose their ability to waterbend. However, Yue, who was imbued with some of the energy of the Moon spirit when she was a newborn, sacrifices her life to revive the Moon spirit. As Zhao is drowned by Waterbenders after Zuko and Iroh leave him to his fate, Aang uses the ocean to drive the armada back. When news of Zhao's death and Iroh's betrayal reaches him, Ozai appoints his daughter Azula to pursue Aang and hinder him in any way before Sozin's Comet makes its return in three years' time.
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Matt Smith is hit as Dr Who

19 Apr 2010

OK so I finally got to see the new Dr Who and the debut of Matt Smith as the Dr and I got to say. I want more.  At first when looking at the pics your first impression was huh? Why replace Tennant ? He was the best Dr ever. Probably will still hold that title for a bit but my first impressions of Matt Smith and writer  Steven Moffat is that they are a hit. It was hard to phantom a replacement for David but BBC and the Whovian powers to be did a fine job with the transition and a better job in the direction of the Dr. The Episode that kicked it off The 11th Hour was brilliant. I kind of like how they changed the Tardis around and the way they explain the magic away.

SYNOPSIS from BBC America

Opening scene form Dr Who

The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just twenty minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.

There are some subtle differences like Amy Pond seems to be a great action hero in her own right a fiery red head with looks and attitude . You can also feel the attraction between the two characters that you felt with Rose and the Dr. Also this Dr already establishes his uniqueness  as a more of head on type of character  . He knows he has a certain power of defeating evil as the closing scene of the 11th Hour showed where he stood in front of an alien about to incinerate the planet and told them to run after they scanned him and saw all the Drs flash backs with every alien he ever met.  You get the sense from that scene that this is going to be the pace and the feel of this character. He also brought some humor and some craziness of old Drs . It might be me but in one scene when he was trying to find what foods he liked I saw a little draw from Tom Baker's impulsiveness .  All in all this is going to be a great series if the premiere is the template of shows to come.

New opening theme

And just for kicks here are all the other ones from every single Dr before Matt Smith all in order. Enjoy !

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New interactive Iron Man 2 trailer

13 Apr 2010

Saw this on Sci Fi Wire and it was way to cool to pass up. This is the future of movie trailers.

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How to Train Your Dragon (Review)

27 Mar 2010

5 Stars out of  5
How to Train Your Dragon is one of those movies that is done just right. Even though I thought the plot  in many ways and the characters were very similar if not modeled after another animated movie "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs". (which made the movie very predictable)  it did not make the movie any less enjoyable and by no means took away the movies charm. It was one of those few movies I could take the kids to and enjoy myself  without feeling guilty about some of the content. It was a fun time for all movie that had a little everything for everybody. Action for the big boys like me and humor and lovable characters for the kids.  It is a must see in 2D and 3D.

(Plot source  from Wikipedia)

How to Train Your Dragon  a computer animated fantasy  film by Dreamorks , directed by Chris Sanders and Dean  DeBlios  with the voices of  Jay BaruchelAmerica FerreraJonah HillGerard ButlerChristopher Mintz-PlasseCraig Ferguson, and David Tennant.

Plot

In the village of Berk, fighting dragons is a way of life. When a herd of dragons attack, the Vikings fight back under the command of their chief, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). Hiccup, Stoick's son, is not strong like the other vikings, instead he has a weird sense of humor and thinks things through. In order to prove himself to the other vikings, Hiccup decides to try and capture a dragon, and not just any dragon. Hiccup sets his sights on the rare and dangerous Night Fury: a breed of dragon that has never even been seen. Hiccup manages to shoot one down but is unable to convince the other vikings that he has.

Following this, Hiccup is enrolled in a dragon fighting class taught by Gobber the Belch (Craig Ferguson), whom Hiccup is apprentice to, with other teenage vikings, Astrid (America Ferrera), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and Ruffnut and Tuffnut (Kristen Wiig and T. J. Miller), while Stoick takes a search party to find the dragons' nest. While taking these classes, Hiccup sneaks off and finds the Night Fury he shot down, but cannot bear himself to kill it. He releases the Night Fury and it leaves.

As Hiccup learns more about dragons, he finds the Night Fury trapped within a small canyon, unable to fly out of it. As Hiccup slowly gains the Night Fury's trust, Hiccup now naming him "Toothless", he discovers that half of Toothless' tail wing has been ripped off, grounding him. So, Hiccup constructs a saddle and artificial tail for Toothless, and the two fly together.

Stoick's search party returns, suffering light damage and having no luck finding the nest. He discovers his son's natural talent with the dragons and congratulates him by giving him a helmet made from his mother's breastplate, like his own. Hiccup eventually becomes the top student in his class using everything he has learned about dragons from observing Toothless and gets the chance to slay a Monstrous Nightmare, one of the most dangerous dragons. However, Hiccup doesn't think he can do it, so he plans to leave Berk with Toothless. However, Astrid follows him to their hideout and discovers Hiccup's friendship with Toothless. She runs back to the village, but Toothless kidnaps her and Hiccup asks for a chance to explain. They take her for a ride and Astrid begins to see how amazing dragons really are. During their flight, they get caught in a herd of dragons carrying food and follow them to their nest.

There, they discover that the dragons steal food to feed a much larger and more threatening dragon that eats them if they do not provide enough food. After they leave, Astrid wants to inform the village of the nest's location, but Hiccup decides against it in order to protect Toothless from the other vikings.

The next day, during Hiccup's battle with the Nightmare, he throws down his weapons, saying he's not one of them and tries to show everyone that dragons are not as bad as they seem. Stoick shouts to stop the battle before Hiccup can continue, and the Nightmare attacks in reaction to Stoick's rage. Meanwhile, Toothless senses that Hiccup is in danger and races off to Berk. Just before the Nightmare can finish Hiccup off, Toothless comes in and defeats the Nightmare.

Hiccup pleads Toothless to flee, but he ignores him, fearing that the other vikings pose a threat to Hiccup. Toothless is quickly overpowered and captured. Stoick confronts his son angrily at learning about his son's friendship with a dragon. Hiccup accidentally tells him that he has been to the nest, and Stoick decides to use Toothless to lead them there. Hiccup begs him not to hurt Toothless and warns them of the giant dragon that they likely stand no chance against.

The vikings set sail with Toothless, chained, to finish off the dragons for good. Astrid comforts Hiccup and asks him what he is going to do. Hiccup decides to use the dragons that the vikings use for dragon fighting practice to fly to the nest. Meanwhile, Astrid has gathered Ruffnut, Tuffnut, Fishlegs and Snotlout to help. Each mount on the dragons and set off after the vikings.

As the other vikings arrive, they prepare for battle, but all the dragons flee the island. Stoick discovers the even bigger dragon, which sets all of the boat on fire, including the one Toothless is chained up on. Hiccup and the others arrive and while he goes to free Toothless, the others try to learn of any blind spots or shot limits of the giant dragon.

The boat collapses and Toothless sinks, still chained. Hiccup tries to free him but nearly drowns. Stoick saves his son and jumps back in to save Toothless. Hiccup and Toothless then lead the giant dragon into the air and shoot at its wings. They then dive into the ground and set fire to the dragon's insides. The giant dragon tries to pull up, but the shots fired previously have torn holes in his wings, sending him crashing into the ground. Hiccup falls off Toothless, falls into the fire and Toothless tries to save him, despite his saddle damaged and artificial tail destroyed.

Stoick searches the rubble for his son and only finds Toothless, who had wrapped Hiccup up in his wings to shield him. Hiccup reawakens in his home and finds Toothless by his bedside. He also finds that his left foot had been lost in the battle with the giant dragon. With Toothless' help, Hiccup slowly makes his way outside and sees that vikings have invited dragons into the village and are constructing shelters and giant feeding bowls for them. Everyone welcomes Hiccup back as a hero. Astrid then appears and kisses Hiccup and is given new equipment for Toothless built by Gobber. Hiccup and Astrid ride their dragons through the newly reformed Berk as the long war between Vikings and dragons is put to an end.

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