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The Last Airbender Movie Review

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This movie was based on the popular cartoon called “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. I’m sure that if the movie “Avatar” had not been thought up by James Cameron then the Last Airbender movie would have been called “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Issues about the name aside, the movie was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and that alone should have sounded alarm bells in many people. “Oh, he’s a famous movie director!” exclaimed many, but with his recent films tanking, I was worried. There’s also the fact that it was suddenly announced it would be 3D, which I’m sure only came about as a result of Avatar’s (the one with blue aliens) success. A movie that was supposed to be 2D, suddenly turning 3D… hmmmm. Weighing heavily on my mind was the controversy surrounding the casting of this film as well. They completely changed the race of certain characters, in some cases entire nations, from the original. It had left many feeling angry as the movie wasn’t being loyal to the original. People went as far as to say the casting was discriminatory and racist and backed up sites such as Racebending. With so much stuff already going sour for the film before hitting theatres, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, when I went to watch it, I thought “Okay, let’s forget about everything people were saying about the film, any rumours and/or controversies surrounding it, and let’s go in with an open mind.” And so I did.

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Maundy Thursday/Our Happy Time (movie)

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I’ve been feeling sick these past couple of days so I’ve been stuck in one place just watching movies. I’ve managed to get my hands on the Korean movie Maundy Thursday also called Our Happy Time. Let me tell you, its one hell of a tearjerker, or maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for romance stories that aren’t all fluff and rainbows.

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 Maundy Thursday is about a suicidal professor, Yu-Jung, who is coerced by her Aunt Monica to help her councel a death row inmate in an attempt to distract her niece. She meets the convict, Yun-Soo, charged with killing three women and raping one of them and who happens to spend each day hoping for his death to come. These two who had given up on life find something to wake up for each day and await the coming week with hope and fear.

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I found out about this movie through reading Sahara Mizu’s version of the original novel which was Korean by the author Gong Ji-young. Fresh off reading the manga I was pretty much already teary eyed, so when I started watching the movie I knew what I was in for. Near the end, even though things are implied but not yet happening ,I was already crying waterfalls. I think that the movie pretty much overwhelmed me, especially those final moments. While Sahara Mizu’s version was praise worthy, I think that seeing live people go through it (albeit it’s only a movie) just struck my tear glands hard.

Kang Dong-won, who plays Yun-Soo, gets a hard time about his acting just because he started off as a model and has a rather androgynous look going on as a style (though he has a rather boyish face for the most part in the movie), but I feel that he’s done an amiable job with Yun-Soo’s character. There’s scenes where he acts like a jerk and times when it seems like he’s truly happy for the first time in his life though expresses it awkwardly, and there’s those hard to watch moments when he’s down right the most pitiable character there is. There’s range, but I guess he still has room to grow as an actor. As for Lee Na-young, who plays Yu-Jung, she’s a pretty good actress. There’s a scene where she’s crying and laughing like a crazy women at the same time and I’m like “Wow…” She has an almighty attitude for a lot of the movie which suits the character, though its a pity that we didn’t get to hear her sing despite the fact that’s what attracted the young Yun-Soo to her character in the past. These two each had their moments where they stand alone and made me go reach for that tissue box.

I think the director did a good job with the film. It’s a very talky film, not much action, but those moments where they just sit and talk are the “happy times.” The movie had started off with Chopin’s Tristesse and I was already o-m-g-ing. Probably the most perfect song for this not to mention scores extra points since its one of my favourites. I feel that while this is a romance film that will probably attract the girly girls in general, others can be drawn in by the topic of death sentences, which is a big, big part of this film and its pros and cons are explored a bit not only through the eyes of the main characters but also the people connected to the process. In my part, its a pretty weighty subject and the movie has done a good job with creating a situation where its just plain wrong (though of course there might be people out there who think otherwise).

Now if you love a good non-fluffy, tearjerker romance film go for this. However, as a caution if you don’t like blood then probably skip this. The film’s about a suicidal chick and a death row inmate, there’s scenes of blood here.

From Wizards to Vampires

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Yes, you’ve heard right Potter fans and Twilight fans: The 6th Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was bumped off its fall timeslot and is being released on July 17 2009, while the newest and first film of the Twilight series is replacing its November 21 timeslot.

Good or Bad?

Well to hardcore Potter fans probably pretty bad. That’s a whole year without Harry Potter! I see lots of angry people.

However, I fret not. Because besides being a Harry Potter fan (no long hardcore though, ’cause it has disappointed me in many ways), I also happen to be a Twilight fan. Yes, the blood, the catchy book covers, the romance, the emo-ness, and the sexy vampires have ensnared me and my friends along with thousands (millions?) of people.

No, I have not converted, cause I was never an avid follower starting book 5 of Potter’s life so please, no rocks or spiteful comments. I’m just trying to view the world with a wider lense? I still love the Harry Potter series mind you.

While many people will be disapponted (and possibly outrage) at Harry Potter’s no-show, I’m sure many people instead will be happy that the highly anticipated Twilight movie will be coming to us earlier. Woohoo!!

Once the 6th Harry Potter movie comes on summer 2009, I shall judge whether or not the change was a good thing or bad thing, because the 5th movie wasn’t exactly blockbuster material in my opinion (even though the movie goers determined it was).

Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Movie: Sink or Swim?

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Okay so its official. According to iF Magazine, Cowboy Bebop will get a live-action movie and the man FOX made in charge of the whole project is Erwin Stoff, who by the way totally kicks ass; he’s behind some of my most favourite movies like The Lake House and I Am Legend. Now the question is will it sink or swim? Right now its up for questioning since the deal went down quite recently so we won’t be seeing this movie for a couple more years. Now as we all know, Cowboy Bebop is one of those great classics. Live-action doesn’t really do anything for any series in my opinion. They’re either okay or are so ridiculous it can make you cry just by looking at an advertisement for it. However, seeing as the big kahuna is someone that can handle big stuff, I hope he knows what he’s doing when he’s taking on such a project that has quite a loyal following. I’ll probably go and watch it when it comes out, just to see what they’ve done. Past experiences with live-action have made me realize its pointless to have very high expectations. Let’s atleast hope they don’t butcher the franchise.

Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows + Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix (movie)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows review (well duh SPOILERS)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie review (it’s late, I know).

All undercut (complete with a few SPOILERS)! It’s been awhile once again. Relatives came and took over my house and thus, I lost my bedroom and computer. I just recently got back my room and I’m still getting used to sleeping on a bed instead of the floor. School list came also, reminding me of my impending doom. Reviews will become almost non-existent (I might schedule my time) during the school year. For some reason, I actually plan on working hard this year (strange isn’t it?).

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