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Why (500) Days of Summer is the Geekiest Film You’ve Never Seen or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Excited About Spider-Man

By Matt Peters

After much convincing by my friend John Castro, I finally sat down and watched the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer. I’m not a big fan of romcoms, and I was determined to avoid yet another film that features the typical formula: the guy is a bumbling, macho fool who changes his ways thanks to a strong-willed independent woman who softens her man-hatin’ stance and eventually swoons for the still rough-around-the-edges schlub. Why would I waste my time watching that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun fall in love with a girl with cartoonishly huge eyes?

Mark Webb directed the film who, at the time, didn’t have much feature-length directing experience under his belt. The movie feels a little like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World without all of the game and comic references in the sense that the characters are very well spoken and have depth beyond what’s immediately shown on the surface. Webb’s directing style, combined with various slapstick elements and a witty script make for a comedic experience that may surprise some viewers. He even went so far as to direct a short to accompany one throwaway line featuring the stars in a Sid & Nancy parody. (more…)

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Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 1 Collector’s Edition

Format: 7-Disc DVD

Producer: Nickelodeon, Paramount Home Entertainment

Season Rating: ★★★★☆

DVD Set Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Review by: Chris Park

Tying into M. Night Shyamalan’s film adaptation, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 1 Collector’s Edition is a repackaging of the first boxed set of the series, “Water,” with a couple of new additions. Inside this set is a preview of “The Art of the Animated Series” book that is being released through Dark Horse Comics, as well as a new behind-the-scenes documentary of the show’s three seasons. It’s interesting, because the extra bonus disc isn’t like anything else found in the boxed set, and actually feels much more professional than any of the other extras. (more…)