Goodfellas, The Departed, Fight Club, There Will Be Blood, Almost Famous, Sin City, Memento, The Big Lebowski, Clerks I-II, The Shining, The Dark Knight, Lock Stock, Snatch, A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Rings, Untouchables, Full Metal Jacket, Holy Grail, Usual Suspects, almost any Apatow comedy, The Saw series (guilty pleasure), and etc.
All Time Worst Movies:
Anything with Aaron Seltzer or Jason Friedberg in the credits.
Scorcese, Ritchie, Kubrick, DePaulma, Apatow, Smith
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Jake Sully being pressured to be the one -- Even though we're told that all PRIOR efforts have been met with no results and he's sent in to SCOUT the area/set-up for future use?
Fire working perfectly normally despite the supposed lack of oxygen. -- Enough Oxygen to burn, not enough to breath? Self-Oxidizing weapons like Thermite, that produce their own oxygen and are extremely hard to put out because of it?
The Navi emphasizing the lifelong bond between those dragon creatures --
Which he releases, and we don't see the first one doesn't mean it isn't still around, or no longer connected.
The Navi spirit marking Jake Sully as a "chosen one" to save him from being killed, which is never explained. -- Agreed. There should have been a bit more focus on "why him".
Quaritch having enough time to leisurely get into his mech-suit, brush off his shoulders, and drop out of his gunship just before it explodes. --
Logical, no it's not. Good for the movie to build tension, yes it is.
Quaritch in a mech-suit fighting Jake's avatar --
Didn't see the building until already in the knife fight AFTER loosing his firearm? Heading towards the building would open him up to attack from Jake, and he didn't want to risk that?
Quaritch long enough to let Neytiri conveniently get out from underneath the animal --
Didn't see her? Again, too busy fighting Jake to take the time to go over to kill her? Too busy trying to defend himself from Jake's attacks to take the time to make sure everyone else around him is dead first?
Jake not being able to reach one more centimeter -- Your reach is 24 inches, the cure to your poison is 25 inches away, let's see how much YOU struggle for it.
Neytiri magically knowing that Jake was in that building --
Maybe she had a Gut-feeling? Logically saw human gasping for air while the "Fake" Na'Vi gasping for air? Oh, maybe she could SMELL him since they share DNA information?
A generic, cliche, predictable, ripped-off story -- Colonialism is always cliched.
Bad acting -- Not that I saw, some not "Oscar" worthy, but none that I would call bad.
Bad dialogue -- Some parts, but Cameron's never been "great" as a writers.
Characters like Quaritch that are walking cliches. -- Lot of military people are.
Jake is working for the mercenaries but the second he is put into the Navi culture he accepts it immediately. -- Except he DOESN'T. He states in one of his video blogs, that he is approaching just like basic training, repetition, repetition, repetition... that isn't "Accepting". Plus, if he was so "immediately" accepting their culture, why was HE the one that informed the of the structure of the tree and which supporting "columns/roots" were vital?
The humans don't have one good quality and are made out to be nothing but bad --
Uh, because they were the BAD GUYS OF THE FILM, and therefore didn't NEED to be seen as "Good"?
Navi don't exhibit one bad quality and are made out to be perfect and decent people ---
Uh, because they are the GOOD GUYS OF THE FILM, and therefore didn't NEED to be seen as "Bad"?
(their god is even real while the humans' god apparently isn't)
Okay, THAT I do have a problem with.
the humans are perfectly willing to kill the peaceful Navi to get what they want --
Uh, because humans (People) have been willing to kill ANYONE (Peaceful or not) to get what they want? From oil, gold, diamonds, to the shoes that you wear... it's part of our nature if we like it or not. .
(God, I hate these new limits on how big a comment can be now)
Taken, Coraline, Monsters Vs Aliens (although not as much as I hoped), Crank 2 (for cheese factor), Earth, Star Trek (Again, not as much as I hoped), Drag Me To Hell, Up, Taking of Pelhem 123, Public Enemies (Again, not as much as I hoped), 9, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Informant, The Invention of Lying (Again, not as much as I hoped), and The Road....
Those were the movies that I did like for 2009, even though some weren't what I was hopeful for. As far as the ones that I missed? Well, who really goes to every movie every year? Plus, some are cued up in Netflix when I get the time for them.