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Cat-Dog Dragons and Other Beautiful Things

Ever since I was little, dragons have been a fantastical part of my daydreams. Giant reptilian creatures gliding and battling in the air above me and, if I was extra creative that day, me riding upon their backs. When the first How To Train Your Dragon movie was announced, I found myself super excited by the trailers. I even read the first book to prepare for the movie, even though I was most likely fifteen at the time. Although the films do not really follow the plotline in Cressida Cowell’s books, the imaginative world of Berk brought in audiences with the tale of Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless.

Any sequel trying to follow up fantastic originals are often up to much criteria. Fans do not want to be disappointed and the film company most likely will have a lot of weight on their back. However, How To Train Your Dragon 2 lived up to its expectations as we follow our older heroes on a quest to bring down a dragon warlord.

In Defense of "The Last Airbender"

On Where Pianos Roam

Last weekend, I decided to treat myself to a movie and went to see the brand new film "The Last Airbender" (TLA).  I honestly enjoyed it thoroughly and thought it was well done.

Well, a couple of days later, I went on rottentomatoes(dot)com which is a site that collects reviews from film critics all over the country as well as reviews from regular viewers.  It compiles all of the reactions from the film and assigns a numerical grade (0% to 100%) based on all of the responses.  Each film's page also offers quotes from and links to all major reviews of the films.

I was expecting TLA to fair pretty reasonably, but to my astonishment, it has achieved a consistent grade of 8%.  This number is HORRENDOUS by rottentomatoes' and anyone's standards.  I immediately read several of the reviews to find an explanation.  Well, there seems to be a collective lynch mob mentality against the film's director M. Night Shyamalan.  Many of the reviews seem like a personal attack on him rather than against the actual film.  The interesting thing about all of the reviews is that each one finds a different thing to bash about this film.  In one case, it's the acting.  In another it's the writing, and yet, in another it's the overall film itself.  The critics have ripped this movie to shreds and all agree that no sequels should come of it.

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