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Notice anything important missing from this picture?

The Last Failbender display at B&N )
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
My subject line is a lie, the movie was terrible.

(If you haven't heard of the whitewashing casting fail, check out racebending.com for more info. I also recently read this article, which has both thoughtful analyses of current and historical fail AND awesome pictures from the show.)

Last Friday, my sister and I bought tickets for a heartwarming children's tale. That was Toy Story 3. Unfortunately, we watched The Last Failbender instead. )
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
M. Night Shyamalan is on the Preston and Steve Show. Besides the fact that Preston and Steve are huge fans of Avatar (Preston is a Fire Nation fanboy, FTW), MNS just revealed he wanted to direct the Harry Potter movies.

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POR QUE NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO AWESOME AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO SIT THROUGH CHRIS COLUMBUS AND STEVE KLOVES, UGH, AND NOW WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH ALL THIS FAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLL

Other stuff from the interview )

Coping with macros )
shadydave: (...en fuego?)
Bah. There's a new trailer for The Last Failbender. On the plus side, it appears to have been cut by the people who did the last Clash of the Titans trailer, right down to the random metal "Unleash the Guitars of War" soundtrack. On the down side, it actually looks pretty cool, which just makes me mad they were such bastards about the casting and ruined the whole thing.

Here, have some screencaps if you don't want to watch it )
shadydave: (Do not set yourself on fire)
So I seriously spent an embarrassingly long time seeing all these posts mentioning [livejournal.com profile] ibarw and thinking "Cool, I wonder if that's Welsh for something?"

In case you, too, are brainfully challenged, it is International Blog Against Racism Week and thus I have posted to say that this blog is AGAINST RACISM. Also, you should follow the link above because many people have said much more enlightening things about the subject than I have!

However, if there is one area where I feel I can be relatively eloquent, it is talking about how things FAIL and then making fun of them. As I have said before, The Last Failbender is the EXTREMELY racefaily adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Asian-Inspired Fantasy Cartoon of Awesome and WIN. The roles of the four leads, who are Tibetan-ish, Inuit-ish, also Inuit-ish, and Japanese-ish, resulted in the initial casting of, respectively, an unknown white dude from Texas*, a random white actress, a white actor from Twilight, and a white teenybopper. I'm sure you've spotted the flaw here. (Actually, several flaws. Hint: they involve the words "Twilight" and "teenybopper".)

* It's not ACTUALLY this dude, but it might as well be.

Subsequent uproar by fans and people with good taste resulted in the replacement of Jesse McCartney (::headdesk::) with Dev Patel (YAY), meaning that the leads were now only 75% whiter than they should've been. However, this also meant that the only lead actor of color was also the BAD GUY.

In conclusion: EPIC FAIL.


Depress your actors with RACE!FAIL! Coming next summer to a theater near you.

And yet, everyone involved with the movie maintains that it's not racist and upholds the original show's spirit o' diversity. Right. [livejournal.com profile] aang_aint_white has more information, as well as links to online petitions and addresses to encourage your urge to write angry letters. At the very least, don't spend money on this movie, please.

And this is the part where I make fun of it for being lamesauce in addition to whitewashy. )
shadydave: (DEEP HURTING!)
So you know what was one of the many awesome things about Hero (besides my subject line)? The way it was about Asian countries and thus starred actual Asian people! And that is why The Last Failbender can never really be awesome.

That, and the teaser is all kinds of special. Mocking it so you don't have to! )

I dunno about you guys, but I, for one, cannot wait to not pay any money for this movie whatsoever.
shadydave: (DEEP HURTING!)
I mock because it FAILS )
shadydave: (It stinks!)
So, casting for the upcoming Avatar movie has basically been a whole load of white-washing racial FAIL headdeskery. Which is why it is SO. AWESOME. that Jessie McCartney (yes, the teenybopper singer, SEE WHAT I MEAN?!) is DROPPING OUT and being replaced by DEV PATEL, most famous for being TOTALLY AWESOME in Slumdog Millionaire.

Of course, now we have the problem that the main antagonist is so far the only person of color in the cast, which is obviously a whole 'nother area of racial FAIL headdeskery.

But it's a tiny bit of progress, and so if M. Night Shyamalan can keep from going more crazy and they stop failing so hard at casting, this movie might possibly have a chance at being awesome. Maybe. A bit, anyway.

BUT YAY DEV PATEL. AT LEAST WE CAN HAVE AWESOME ZUKO.

ETA: MORE FAIL. GOOD GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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