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The Best & Worst of M. Night Shyamalan – Part 2


Yesterday we took a look at some of our favorite Shyamalan scenes, but today we’re going to be looking at some of his worst scenes. Get ready, because you’d never believe the same guy that made the scenes from yesterday made these as well.

Film: Lady in the Water | Scene: The Ending

John said: First off I have to say, I didn’t hate Lady in the Water. I realize Shyamalan was trying to create an adult fairy tale but WOW does this movie really take a nose dive into weird territory. I mean, it was always rooted in oddness since it’s about a man discovering a sea nymph and trying to get her back to the “blue world”. But the end is just “out there” man. I think he is just trying too hard. Tree monkeys are fighting grass wolves. There’s a guy with only one huge bicep for whatever reason. And then a giant Eagle swoops in to take the girl away with that famous out of focus non-reveal that M. Night loves. Taken out of context, this scene is ridiculous, but when you watch the whole movie it’s a decent pay off. The music is pretty damn good too. But this is nowhere near the quality Shyamalan was hitting with other flicks. And so the downfall began….

Film: Lady in the Water | Scene: Film Critic Dies

Phil said: This whole film is a turning point in Shyamalan’s career. I’m with John in that I believe it marks the beginning of his downfall as a director and story teller. One of the major problems with this film is that Shyamalan is starting to reveal that he’s a bit narcissistic. Not only does he cast himself as essentially the central character of the whole film, the one who is so important that his book will change the course of history, but he also puts a film critic in the movie as a side character. At first, it’s a sort of funny jab at the critics that panned his previous films (mainly the Village, lesser would be Signs), but eventually he turns into a big baby and kills the critic. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film (only saw it in theaters) but I believe the critic is the only character to die.

Not only does he kill the critic, but it’s just an awful scene. The critic is standing there facing the beast, but likening the situation to a horror movie. Instead of running for his life, he sits there and goes over all the movie cliches as to what will happen to him and how he’ll end up safe and sound. Instead, he gets eaten. I don’t know what Night was trying to prove here. Was he trying to show us that he does what other film makers don’t do? Was this his revenge against all of his critics? Whatever it was, it’s an amateur way of getting back at the people that have panned his films. Here’s a tip, silence your critics by making a great film.

Film: The Happening | Scene: What? NO!!!

John said: I had SUCH high hopes for The Happening. SUCH HIGH HOPES! I watched the trailer multiple times before seeing the movie and it looked like an awesome R-rated M. Night production. Plus I thought it had to have a good twist at the end. It just had to! But no, goddamn wind was killing people. Plants and wind and nature. Yeah! I spoiled it, big deal. I was so mad that the movie wasn’t great, or even good for that matter. And Mark Wahlberg, a guy that plays a badass to perfection, played a friggin’ laid back science teacher. One of his worst roles ever, filled with some ridiculous acting. At least if a tough guy Marky Mark punched a giant wind monster in the face, saving all mankind, then we could have laughed. But instead we just get this. WHAAAAAT?! NOOOOOO! Nonsense.

Film: The Happening | Scene: Lion Terrorists

Phil said: I’m probably one of the few people that found The Happening… slightly acceptable. I’m aware that it is not a good movie, but I thought it was largely watchable. Unlike John, I didn’t really have much beef with the whole “plants are killing everyone!” reveal. What I do have a problem with is how Shyamalan handled the entire event. I guess it wouldn’t have been any fun if people were just dropping like flies thanks to the toxins, so Shyamalan decides to make the human race go a little bat shit insane before they die. As a result, they start doing all sorts of stupid shit in an attempt to make the audience gasp. One guy crashes his car into a tree and flies out. Another dude starts his giant industrial lawn mower and then lays in front of it. The worst scene though, is the terrorist Lion attack.

In a nod to Signs, a woman receives video footage from a friend of a zoo keeper from the Philadelphia Zoo that gets mauled by lions and she shares it with the people around her. We’re watching the footage through the phone, much like the alien reveal scene in Signs. The premise isn’t bad, the guy goes in there and starts petting some lions, but the lions start to eat him and all of a sudden it turns into a Monty Python segment. It’s terrible. How are we not supposed to laugh at this? Night finally goes R rating and instead of making mature use of the rating, he starts playing around like a little kid making their first Flash video. The lions literally rip this guys arms off as if they were made of mashed potatoes. What was he thinking? This isn’t even including the ridiculous reactions the people watching the video have. “Mother of god what kind of terrorists are these?” They’re lion terrorists honey, and don’t you forget it.

Film: The Last Airbender | Scene: Princess Yue’s Death

John said: This is the worst movie I saw in 2010 but luckily my hopes weren’t too high so its not as big of a letdown as The Happening was. This movie really lacked character development. In this scene, Princess Yue (Seychelle Gabriel) accepts her fate as she gives her life for her people. The only problem was she was only in the movie for 20 minutes at this point so no one really gave a crap. This coupled with the fact that Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) fell in love with her within 5 minutes of knowing her and reacts like he is losing someone he has known his entire life. It didn’t give chills, pull at the heartstrings, or elicit any kind of emotion from me. It just fell flat. Pretty much like the rest of the movie.

Film: The Last Airbender | Scene: Earth Bender Battle

Phil said: This scene shows that maybe Night isn’t cut out for big budget effects movies. His more simple and sensible approach to action (see the fights from Signs and Unbreakable) doesn’t lend itself well to the sort of action audiences expected out of Airbender. The scene is directly from the TV series, Aang and the gang have come to set free a bunch of Earthbenders from the Fire Nation. After a bit of convincing, Aang gets the Earthbenders to fight back and insanity SHOULD ensue, but it doesn’t.

Night daringly makes this action sequence one of his long cuts. The issue here is that his long cuts are usually the focus of a handful of characters, but here it feels like nothing is happening. As the camera moves around we basically just see a bunch of people standing around being bored. When someone does finally attack, it takes them forever to even do anything. I don’t know why the Earthbenders are making these giant walls to protect themselves when they clearly have a 10 second window of jumping out of the way from an oncoming fireball. Then the preposterous happens. We see a shot of about 7 Earthbenders cooking up something huge. These guys clearly mean business with moves like that. What do they conjure? A fucking pebble. In fact, the pebble is so worthless that another Earthbender has to come in to throw it forward at one of the Firebenders. The pebble reveal is one of the worst things I’ve seen in film. Seriously. At least it makes me laugh.

This doesn’t even factor in all of the poor acting that’s going on in this scene either. It is kind of amazing that our first taste of real action in Airbender is such a poorly directed piece as this. At least he slightly makes up for this action scene in the Blue Spirit sequence and the ending, but boy is this rough. Shyamalan is clearly out of his league in working with large amounts of cast members and effects. His strength is clearly is character dramas, not summer blockbusters.

Wrap Up

So Night has had some strong points, and he’s certainly had his low points. Can Night ever make a come back at this point? I feel like his career is so tarnished that even if he did somehow make a great film that no one would even believe it. Hell, when I posted a link to our first part of this feature on Facebook yesterday someone commented with the question “Night has made great films? Plural?” Yes, yes he has, but I guess his one two punch of The Happening and Airbender, combined with the huge let down that was Lady In the Water that it’s tough to take him seriously.

As a long time fan of his, and even as someone that has gotten at least some fraction of enjoyment out of all of his films, even I don’t know if I have faith in a comeback at this point. Night is a talented guy, and he’s still got some good ideas rolling around in his head, but his ego has inflated since The Sixth Sense, and the critcal backlash of his films has affected his film making regardless of what he might say.

I wonder where his career will head next. Will he continue on with Airbender’s Part 2 and 3? He was supposed to do the entire trilogy, and the film did well enough to warrant a sequel, but after the fan and critcal outcry from the original Airbender, I can’t see him sticking with the franchise. To be honest, I can’t see Nickelodeon putting the franchise back into his hands after that. Maybe Night will get back to making smaller more focused stories and get back into his groove, but only time will tell.

Missed Part 1? Check out our favorite M. Night scenes!

The Best & Worst of M. Night Shyamalan


In the span of a decade M. Night Shyamalan has managed to go from an amazing up and coming director to such a joke that people actually laugh at his name when it’s revealed in a trailer. How could someone with such a promising career take such a nose dive? It’s debatable where M. Night’s first stumbling block was, but whatever the case may be, Night has done some great work over the course of his career. He’s also done some mind numbingly awful work as well. With that said, John and I are going to share with you some of our favorite M. Night scenes, along with some of his worst scenes. Before we dig into the bad, we’ll look at some of M. Night’s best moments. You know, before he became a complete joke.

Before we begin, sorry for the poor quality of some of these clips, we didn’t upload them! Also, some of them were not able to be embedded, so we’ll link to them instead. You can find those links in the “Scene” description next to the movie title. Thanks!

Film: The Sixth Sense | Scene: The Beginning

Donnie Walberg The Sixth Sense
John said: The Sixth Sense is what really broke M. Night Shyamalan onto the scene in Hollywood. He would forever be associated with twist endings because he wrote one of the best of all time. The scene that really gets me is when an emaciated looking Donnie Wahlberg breaks into Bruce Willis’ house. Holy Hell, what a creepy scene! Who would have thought Wahlberg would have this kind of acting range? This scene still creeps me out today. So disturbing. The conclusion with the gun shot and the camera sliding to the side is just awesome. It was so surprising and a great way to start the movie. Only later do we find out that the scene was very pivotal to the rest of the movie.

Film: The Sixth Sense | Scene: Believing Cole

The Sixth Sense - Cole in the car
Phil said: Haley Joel Osment was once as promising an actor as Night was a director. In this touching scene we get the most out of Haley Joel’s performance as Cole, in which he finally convinces his mother that he does in fact see dead people. After the camera sweeps through a street full of traffic, it settles on the car with both Cole and his mother. He tells his mother that he knows for a fact that a woman has died in the accident up ahead. His mother still believes Cole is crazy, and so Cole finally decides to fire off the big guns in an effort to get her to believe in him. He begins to tell her about visits from his deceased grandmother. At first his mother finds it insulting but then after saying things he would have no idea about, Cole finally convinces her of his ability. It’s a great scene on several different levels. The nearly two minute no-cut pan from the accident to the car sets the tone of the scene. Haley Joel gives it his all and we as an audience feel completely terrible for this poor kid at this point. Finally convincing his mother breaks her down completely, because not only has Cole proved that there has been nothing wrong with him this entire time, but he also puts his mother at peace with her mom, filling in the blanks of their relationship.

Film: Unbreakable | Scene: Visions

John said: Unbreakable is a very underrated movie. Not many people talk about the greatness of this flick. It is some of Shyamalan’s best work. Quite possibly his best overall. The whole film is build up to the moment in this scene. Once you find out Bruce Willis can’t be hurt, you’re waiting to see what he will do with this newfound power. At first he’s hesitant but soon realizes, much like a superhero, he must harness his power for good. He simply goes out into a crowded area and lets his new heightened senses find the most evil person around. I love this scene because it shows his decision process. He runs into some real scumbags, a thief, a racist and even a rapist. But once the janitor walks into him, he sees murder and kidnapping and can’t let it stand. The music is a great composition by James Newton Howard with some awesome beats added in. Bruce doesn’t even speak in this scene but its edge of your seat suspense the whole time.

Film: Unbreakable | Scene: Taking down The Orange Man

Phil said: My favorite scene from Unbreakable is soon after the scene John described. In the midst of taking down The Orange Man, David (Willis) is thrown out a window and into a pool. After struggling with the water, he makes his way out of the pool and back into the home. David sneaks up on The Orange Man, whom is about to do unspeakable things to this newly widowed woman. It is then where David proceeds to strangle The Orange Man to death. It’s such a simple scene really, there’s no real fight choreography. Instead we simply watch two men brawling. We watch the Orange Man try to escape the grasp of David by slamming him into walls and elbowing David’s side. Night uses one of his famous long takes here, with the camera settled down low as David enters the room at the start of the scene. By the time the fight is over, the camera is hovering up above looking down on the carnage left by both David and The Orange Man. Up to this point the film has had very little in the way of action, but this simple, amazingly shot sequence packs more emotion than fully charged CGI sequence in a standard summer blockbuster. We earned this moment as much as David has, and the pay off is worth it. Of course, James Newton Howard’s score just elevates the entire scene and adds that much more to the tension and drama. This was the scene where I realized I was watching a classic.

Film: Signs | Scene: The alien reveal on home video

John said: I remember when I first saw Signs, this scene gave me chills. It’s actually more the scene on the television than the actual scene with Joaquin Phoenix. Although, Joaquin adds in some comedy and has some great reactions as he watches the hidden television in the closet. But the scene of the Mexican birthday party with the alien walking by freaked me out. Just because of the realism of the shaky cam and just madness happening at this party. Then the camera goes out of focus and back in right when the alien makes his first appearance in the movie. And the music just adds to the big reveal. M. Night really knows (or knew) how to build suspense.

Film: Sign | Scene: Alien Confrontation

Phil said: At this point in the film the alien invasion has already happened. All Graham (Mel Gibson) and his family know at this point is that the aliens have left. They’ve apparently been defeated by primitive means, and were said to have left behind their wounded. It is at this point where a hostile alien that Graham encountered earlier in the film takes a bit of revenge upon the family by threatening to kill Graham’s son. A stunned Graham orders his equally stunned brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) to “swing away” at the alien using his cherished baseball bat. The alien gases Graham’s son and turns his back to the family in which Merrill proceeds to pound on the alien’s back. Upon dropping the child, the Alien is smacked against a table where his weakness, water, is reveal. Graham snatches his son and makes for the doorway while Merrill continues to fight the monster.

What I love about this whole sequence is how despite finally seeing the alien, Night still decides to not show much of him to the audience. After Graham and his family leave the house, the camera follow’s his daughter Bo over to a broken window. We’re seeing what Bo is seeing, we’re not right up there in the action yet. When we’re finally able to part of the action, we’re now seeing what the alien is seeing and we take his final blow with him. After that we’re treated to some fantastic shots of aftermath of the fight with slow pans across the fallen glasses, the broken bat, and the TV on the floor with the reflection of the alien breathing his final gasp of air. It’s interesting that the TV has almost been a character throughout this film. It is what gave us our first glance of the alien (see John’s clip above) and also provides the final look at the alien. And again, James Network Howard’s score just sweetens the whole deal.

Film: The Village | Scene: Monster Attack

John said: I actually don’t remember a lot of The Village as I’ve only seen it a couple times and the last time was quite a while ago. But again, it’s a creepy premise and another scene that might freak you out. Its not as good as the alien scene from Signs but its very similar. But then it extends on that shock scene by showing a couple more freaky scenes. It also resembles Signs because you never get that perfect look at the creatures. Its always out of focus or off to the side of the camera, really building up the audience to wonder what the hell is going on. The final part when the slow motion hits and the James Newton Howard Oscar nominated music, you’re already fully captivated. Before this scene you weren’t even sure the creatures were real but now you just don’t know what to think. M. Night really threw the audience for a loop on this one with lots of twists and turns.

Film: The Last Airbender | Scene: The Ending

Phil said: I really debated including this scene in this list, because there are many other M. Night scenes deserving of being written about. The Last Airbender is not a good movie, but after a second viewing of it (yeah, I put myself through it twice) I still find the final scene to be the best part of the entire film. I truly believe that if the rest of the movie was actually any good, many more people would remember this sequence too. It’s classic M. Night at work here, taking a simple approach to something that could have been a spastic over the top moment.

Aang is still on the fence about this whole Avatar business, but it’s here he decides that he has a responsibility to take on and makes short work of the Fire Nation as a result. He does this by water bending an enormous tidal wave to wash away the Fire Nation’s armada of ships. It’s a beautifully shot sequence, once again backed by James Newton’s Howard’s awesome score. Despite the fact that we don’t give a crap about these characters, for this brief moment you actually feel the weight of Aang’s burden as the Avatar. Proof that even though Night may have lost his touch, but he’s still capable of shooting some genuinely great scenes.

Now, let us move onto M. Night’s worst scenes in Part 2 of our feature.

Movie Info of the Week (Nov 15-19 2010)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

The Last AirbenderM. Night Shyamalan was supposed to come back with a vengeance directing a big budget adaptation of a popular cartoon series. The fan base is pretty big and it would be a hard feat for the struggling director. But critics panned it on a consistent basis and the majority of the fans were disappointed (not including Phil).

My Theater Pick
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – the long awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter series is finally upon us. But unfortunately for the impatient, it is broken up into 2 Parts with the second one coming out in Summer 2011. But fortunately for the lovers of the series, it will most likely be better put together with this much time concentrated on it. Since I never read the books and have no idea how it ends, I couldn’t be more excited.

Box Office Results

Megamind was the big winner yet again at the box office raking in another $30 Million to bring the total to just under $90 Million. I can’t help but think it was #1 again all because of the 3D price hike. Unstoppable did pretty well but couldn’t stop the 3D animation train for Dreamworks. Skyline apparently cost $10 Million to make and made close to $12 Million on opening weekend so its already a success. More directors might start trying low budget features focused all on special effects if they continue to be profitable.

Also coming out in stores this week is a really entertaining dysfunctional family dramedy called The Kids Are All Right, the Bow Wow crapfest called Lottery Ticket, the Robert Zemeckis motion capture holiday tale A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey and Avatar Extended Collection Edition to further fill James Cameron’s pockets.

Also hitting theaters this weekend is The Next Three Days which has the Crash director Paul Haggis getting Russell Crowe to break his wife Elizabeth Banks out of prison.

Probably Not The Last Airbender


The Last Airbender, which opened Thursday, is officially a success. Yeah, you read that right.

It might be one of the most critically panned films of all time, but M. Night Shyamalan‘s first non-original picture racked up a huge 70 million dollar figure since it’s debut. Even if bad word of mouth comes from the people that walked away, the film will break 100 million domestically, and that’s not to mention what it’ll do overseas. Airbender, for better or worse, is a hit.

Having seen Airbender on Saturday night, I for one can say I’m happy about this. I’m sure most of you that hate the film and Shyamalan with a passion will now consider my opinion invalid, but hear me out first before you judge me.

I can completely understand why critics wouldn’t like this movie. Yet at the same time, I can sort of understand why a fan of the show wouldn’t like this movie either. With that being said, well, who is it good enough for then? That means no one in their right mind should like this film then, right?

Night had a huge task in front of him when it came to converting an entire season of a television series into a 90 minute movie. Think about that for a second, the guy needed to condense probably over 10 hours worth of material into an hour and a half. It’s a pretty epic undertaking if I do say so myself. The result is that Night came up with a script that feels more like a Cliff Notes version of season one of Airbender than an actual film. He managed to hit all the mythology and major key points of the season. Unfortunately this came at a huge cost, and that’s in the the area of character development.

We never get to really see Aang, Sokka and Katara warm up to each other as a group of friends. Because the film needs to rush through all of its key points, there is never a chance for the audience to really get to know any of these characters. Of all the major characters introduced in this movie, the only one we sort of care about by the end is Dev Patel’s troubled Prince Zuko. And forget about minor characters like Aang’s pet Momo (whom shows up for a total of 10 seconds) and his flying Bison Appa, which has essentially turned into their living and breathing car. I found it strange that Night was willing to sacrifice character development in his movie, since his films are generally about the characters first and foremost (Sixth Sense being more about Bruce Willis’ marriage to his wife, not ghosts, and Signs truly being about family, not aliens, ect). Night claims he was drawn to the show because of it’s mythology, not its characters. This doesn’t excuse him, but it helps understand the point of view he was coming from. Still, it’s strange to see him make characters take a back seat in the story department. Ashame too, because that ending shot of Aang in the Avatar state would have been amazing had the right context been around it.

As a result of Night’s constant need to explain exactly what is going on and cramming in all of the Avatar mythos, we end up with a movie that runs at maybe too quick of a pace, and a jumbled adventure on the whole. If I knew nothing of the show, I would have been completely lost on all of the different locations that the crew visit for a handful of minutes for the duration of the film. So if I were coming at the movie as a person that has never seen Avatar the series, I would probably hate this film.

Then there is the fan side of things. Like I said above, I suppose I can understand why a fan wouldn’t like the movie either. Fans hate change. Fans hate when things are cut. Sometimes, fans just want to hate something just because in their head it somehow ruins their image of the original vision. I talked to my 17 year old nephew, who grew up loving the show, and he hated the movie. I asked him why he hated it, and he went on and on about how much stuff they cut (with a few legit complaints thrown in). I on the other hand, feel like in Night’s effort to please fans by cramming in as much as he could is what actually ended up hurting the overall film. It goes to show that when you handle something like this, you can’t really think about the fans. For example, Night could have, and probably should have, cut Momo from the film completely. It is a cut that would have worked better for the film, yet it’s something the fans would have been up in arms about. Yet, even though he managed to cram Momo in, it still doesn’t please the fans. If I wanted to see Avatar as it’s intended, I’ll watch the cartoon, otherwise, what is the point in making a feature film if it doesn’t have it’s own unique vision?

As a big fan of the series, of course I’m let down that this movie wasn’t the unforgettable adventure we were all hoping it would be. Night made some huge mistakes, there is no denying that. At the same time though, being a fan of the original, how could people not love certain elements from this movie? The opening of the film (including the introduction of the different benders, and even the discovery of Aang) is literally shot for shot out of the cartoon. I’ve never seen a big budget Hollywood picture that has stayed so completely true to the original source material in that respect. Aside from a few bending mishaps (like when 6 Earth Benders are powering up for what looks to be this amazing move and they only end up throwing a pebble across the air) I thought the fight scenes were amazing. Say what you will about Night as a writer, I think the guy is a fantastic director. It’s something I believe many people forget about when they talk about Night’s work. Being able to see his always cool long takes during a battle scene truly was a treat, especially when backed by James Newton Howard‘s score. There are several moments I’m mulling over in my head where I seriously thought “Wow, this is awesome” like the entire scene with the Blue Spirit and Aang taking on all of those Fire Nation soldiers. Again, as a fan of the show, I really don’t understand how someone couldn’t like those scenes. They were true to the spirit of the show, and outside of a few poorly rendered effects, they were the life of the movie. People really hated everything around it so much they couldn’t see any of the good stuff that was hiding in here?

I guess it didn’t help that the acting was rather crummy across the board. I’ll give Noah Ringer’s Aang a pass because he’s the youngest of the group and the kid isn’t really an actor, but damn does he have some cool moves. Jackson Rathbone, who I had the “pleasure” of seeing in Twilight the other night, was a dud. The girl that played Katara, while she sounded the part, was a bit of an over actor. Though I almost wonder, did the actors do the most of what they could do with the script? Most of the lines were pretty heavy handed, and occassionally eye rolling. I feel like maybe as an actor, especially a young one, there is only so much you can do. But it’s still a let down because Night is pretty well known in casting believable child actors.

Oh and let’s not forget about the group of people claiming this movie was “white washed” with white actors. The movie is based on a show that happens to have a very Asian influenced world and story line, that doesn’t mean that every single character in the movie should have been played by an asian actor. Actually, when you look at the way Night handled all the different nations, I’d be willing to say he had a rather culturally diverse cast. I only bring this point up because so many people have wasted countless hours of their life arguing about this. In fact, my sister in law refused to go see the movie with us on Saturday because she thought the casting was “white washed” despite never watching an episode of the show. We’re really getting that picky? I mean, at least the casting was no where near as insulting as Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

As a film Airbender has more issues than I can count, but I feel like as an adaptation is extremely loyal to the source material. Like I said, Night sticking to the source material was his weakness. I wish that he decided to take more creative freedoms and not follow the season as close as he had. He really should have made this his own, narrowed down the plot to really just being about Aang mastering water bending (it is all about water) and just cut whatever he didn’t have to show.

When you get down to it, what other cartoon turned movie are so closely realted to their original? The movie is getting panned, but I think stuff like Dragon Ball Evolution, Transformers 1 and 2 (and most likely that Smurf’s movie when it comes out) are worse films than this one from a pure entertainment stand point and honoring their original material. There is so much extra hate around this movie it’s ridiculous. It is by no means a great movie, but it is far from being one of the worst movies of all time.

So why am I happy this film was a success? Because it means there is the slightest possible chance that they could get it right the second time around. Night already established the whole backstory in this first film, we don’t need any more Avatar history lessons. Since it was panned so badly, there is even that chance Night might be removed from the picture completely, maybe leaving room open for a team that’s had more experience working on a film this big (Night hasn’t made it a secret that at one point he was so in over his head with this movie that he ended up depressed during the creation of it, another thing that shows). Then again, maybe Night will have learned some lessons during the creation of the film and he’ll be a bit more comfortable the next go round (probably not). Oh, and injecting a bit of the series humor back into the films wouldn’t hurt either.

In the end though, the big winner this weekend is somehow Jackson Rathbone. How many actors can claim that two of the movies they appeared in were both number 1 and number 2 at the box office during the July 4th weekend? The guy’s films have made over 225 million dollars this weekend. If only he was a good actor and knew how to blink, he’d be the next big thing!