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The Amazing Race for The Amazing Race

Wow. This has got to be one of my all time best stories.

On Wednesday night I was talking to my good friend Jonah and was telling him about the show "The Amazing Race", and how I wanted to apply this year. Jonah and I have gone on a lot of trips together and somehow don't grate on each other's nerves at all. I have a lot of respect for him and his abilities, so I thought he'd be a perfect partner for The Amazing Race. For those of you who don't know about this tv-tastic gem, it's basically a race / scavenger hunt around the world.

I meandered to the application site, downloaded the application, and began to check out the requirements. Guess when the due date for the tape was? Friday at 5pm, which meant that we had one day to create a 3 minute video, fill out the two 11 page applications and get some passport sized photos taken. Not one to back down from a challenge due to complete lack of time, I convinced Jonah to get on board.

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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