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It’s been a while since I last saw Signs – thank god for HBO. I was lucky enough to watching from the start so I had good memories about the movie. As mentioned in my previous blogs, this movie is one of my favorites from M. Night Shayamalan. Though I heard some comments before that the movie was a but corny, I beg to disagree. The storyline is good, the connection of the aliens with the past is also flawless, the actors were great, a good combination of the suspense, drama and bit of comedy.

Other movies would really dwell on aliens and countless possibilities but this movie depicts the juxtaposition of the aliens with Rev. Graham Hess’ past. I love the connection which turns out to be a great layout for a movie.

The movie also showed the raw talent of the actors with their emotions. The sadness and doubtful emotions from Mel Gibson (Rev Graham Hess). The strength and skeptics from Joaquin Phoenix (Merrill Hess). The innocence and braveness from Rory Culkin (Morgan Hess) and Abigale Breslin (Bo Hess). Let’s also not forget the signature cameo role of M. Night Shayamalan (Ray Reddy). I really appreciate the vulnerabilities of Mel and Joaquin’s acting ability – totally believable. For me, this is the one of Mel’s peak of his career. He still looks great and it’s very unfortunate with whatever is happening to him now.

Though I do not consider this a feel good movie but it has a happy ending still but if you want to find yourself at the edge of your seat, then this movie will not disappoint you.


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I was really glad my partner invited me to watch Devil. Though I’m not a fan of horror and suspense films, M. Night Shyamalan got me intrigued once more. I must admit that I like some of his movies because some we’re just too hanging – not sure if it was intentional or he’s really being sadistic. As the movie started, I was bracing myself for what’s to come.

I was blown away with the movie. I did like it very much despite the horror and suspense factor. It has a good storyline and the twists were so crazy good. If the narrator (Shyamalan) is telling the story that is true to life, then his grandmother is a genius. I was just thinking that if his grandmother tells this story to her grandchildren, it’s morbid and traumatic but then again those stories made him who he is – a genius as well. Just imagine that the story took place in one office building, specifically in an elevator and the security control room. For a limited venue, it all boils down to the plot and script and it was perfectly executed.

One of the good things he did was selecting not so popular actors for this it makes you focus on the story more than the actors. Chris Messina (Det. Bowden), Jenny O’Hara (Old Woman), Bojana Novakovic (Young Woman), Bokeem Woodbine (Guard), Geoffrey Arend (Salesman), Logan Marshall-Green (Mechanic). Even the roles of Ramirez (Jacob Vargas) and Lustig (Matt Craven) were also commendable.

The suspense and horror factor, admittedly, was done well and needed to support the story so as I was shocked, I was pleased as well (and for the record, that is very rare for me). It’s always been M. Night’s reputation to challenge the mind and probably personal beliefs in all his masterpieces and this one is no exception. It raises so many questions that we could only ask ourselves about the bad things we’ve done before.

In the beginning I was surprised to see, “The Night Chronicles: Devil”. If this is just the first installment of his great stories, I cannot wait for the next one and will wait anxiously.

TheĀ LastĀ Airbender

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There has been a lot of discussion about this movie and how it was made compared to the original Nickelodeon TV series. Aside from my partner’s research over the web on several critics and with my family’s opinion on this. Though the saying, “Let’s agree to disagree” applies here but still I just can’t get the idea that some just can dismiss the idea that’s a good-enough movie or at least it stayed true to the original series.

The director, M. Night Shyamalan, for me did a good job with the movie. Though I am not an avid fan of his movies. But I did like The Sixth Sense and Lady in the Water and that’s it. The others did feel short for me. Some people would judge the movie solely because of the director or a personal preference and not the actual work that they did.

If you are a true, authentic fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender in Nickelodeon, you should have some understand or appreciate the transition from the TV series to the big screen. I have not seen a movie that was sourced from a book or a TV series that was true or exact to the original format. Just imagine, the movie was sourced from the Book 1 (Water) of the TV series. The series has 20 episodes. I’ve heard some comments that there were a lot of episodes that were not in the movie. Obviously they cannot convert all 20 episodes into a movie otherwise, it will be a 1-day movie so you can just imagine how much that would cost. In fairness to the movie, there were some episodes that can do without and it does not compromise the stroyline. So I think there are some expectations out there that are a tad bit outrageous and unreasonable.

The special effects are very commendable and believable. That was one of the things I liked about the movie, not to mention the martial arts are exquisite. This is one movie that 3D format was an added bonus and enjoyment. This is worth the additional cost for a movie ticket.

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Though I like the movie, I must admit that I was hoping that the actors would take heart the characters of the original series. The role of Aang (Noah Ringer) and the role of Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) fell short in capturing the essence of the role. Both character injects humor and personability. Those personalities, I believe, added to the enticement of the series. The unpredictable punchlines and awkwardness are very appealing to the series, unlike the movie. There were uptight from the very beginning. I know that the moment the Avatar was awoken they have a big obstacle to overcome but this doesn’t excuse a little giggle here and there. It would have been more interesting to see those attributes in the big screen.

Also the role of Prince Zuko (Dav Patel) would be better with a little more dialogue. Though both characters are basically mad and evil in pursuit of Aang, in the series Prince Zuko verbalize his feelings unlike in the movie he just looks mad all the time. It does lack a bit of connection to the viewers or at least to me.

Despite my comments, I look forward to the next installment, Book 2 (Earth) and my expectations is reasonable, basing it solely on the series. And that is what I suggest to those who plan to watch the next installment. This way you’ll have a better appreciation of the transition from the small to the big screen.

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