I am not a Shyamalan apologist by any means, but I am a huge fan of THE LADY IN THE WATER. I love that movie to the point that I think some day I will do a blog post dedicated just to it. Love it! (See also: Michael Bamberger - The Man Who Heard Voices -- a GREAT book ~ yes...I do read as well). I was also super duper stoked for The Happening and I think we all remember how that ended. Badly. There was no excuse for The Happening, but given Night's sterling track record in the past, I forgave The Happening, looked past the poor reviews for Airbender, and I went in with an open mind.
My open mind was met with an extremely...EXTREMELY...lackluster film. There was much net debate about the race choices for the characters. The animated series features a drawn cast that is said to be predominately Asian. Some have posted that the roles in Night's film were mis-cast and skewed towards Caucasian actors. Yes, Dev Patel and Cliff Curtis are among those non-white actors here, but the argument was primarily Katara and Sokka, the side-kicks to Avatar, who are played by Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone (also known as Jasper Hale from Twilight....are you done screeching yet?). Here is my take on the race issue: white, non-white, purple, red, or blue....I would have taken anyone who in fact could act, regardless of where they were from or what they looked like.
Katara: Weeeeeeee'vvvvveeee got toooooooo gooooooooo (slow motion dialogue implied)
Had they just shut up and rolled out, they'd of been on a flight to Rio by now!
It has been around 2 weeks since my last post and so I think The Reel Rhino Recap is in order:
6/25 - Knight and Day - 3.5 horns
Very watchable summer action romance comedy fare...Tom Cruises best role since Les Grossman since....well since who knows...
6/26 - Toy Story 3-D - 5 horns
A very near perfect animated feature from our friends at PIXAR. Better than Up, maybe their best ever. This is coming from a guy who had not seen TS 1 or TS 2 except for the 3-D re-releases this past October.
7/2 - Twilight: Eclipse - 3 horns
My favorite Twilight feature yet...which I guess isn't a rave review, since I was lukewarm on the first two as well. Too many drawn out schlocky love talks...Oh and re: my above statement about goodie and baddie saying we should be friends, I guess I spoke too soon since (SPOILER: Jacob and Edward have a love-in, be-my-friend moment in this one).
7/3 - Winter's Bone - 4 horns
A great indie flick filmed in Missouri, about Missouri. Even if I didn't live in Missouri, I would be raving on this one. I will hit on this one again in Art House Rhino sometime soon. Look for the lead gal (Jennifer Lawrence), the screenwriter/director (Debra Granik), and the film itself to be all abuzz come Oscar season.
Funny story...on Friday Night, I was dead set intent on going to see Winter's Bone rather than Twilight. I was making a statement that Indies have their place and that we need to reward small GREAT pictures rather than blindly fire cash at blow out "Blockbusters" like Twilight. I misread the start time on Winter's Bone, which all day around the office, I was saying in a nasally British like voice. This made Winter's Bone seem either very pretentious or very much a porno flick.
Well I ended up having to SETTLE for Twilight. As it turned out, Gil Birmingham, also known as Jacob's papa Billy Black, was visiting AMC Barrywoods on a promo for the hour in which I arrived at the theater. I walked over among the shriek and screams just to check things out. Given my affinity for following all things movie, I reached up and snapped a cell-phone shot to document this wonderful, knee-buckling experience. Of course, being the Reel Rhino, I am not overly embarrassed to being tied to anything related to the movies, but, did I really need this:
Yep, that super tall dude snapping a cell-phone shot...that's the Reel Rhino.
Till next time...