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why can't michael rosenbaum catch a break?

Why can't Michael Rosenbaum catch a break?

This guy is a good actor. I knew it the moment I first saw him in 'Sorority Boys' and confirmed when I re-watched 'Urban Legend', this time not focusing on Jared Leto. But yes I know, those movies weren't very good.

But seriously! Michael Rosenbaum is way better than James Franco! James Franco is like one step up from Keanu Reeves. And I love James Franco! I loved him in 'Pineapple Express' and I love that he got himself some episodes on General Hospital, and I especially love that he was in '127 Hours' but more because I really dig the Aron Ralston story... but that doesn't mean he's a good actor.

So why is he doing so freakin' well when Michael Rosenbaum looks like he's gonna spend his career like Mark Walhberg (cute but massively unappreciated for his acting)?

I suppose it would help if Mr. Rosenbaum weren't participating in movies like 'Dragonlance: Dragons of the Autumn Twilight'. which, yes, I had the dubious honor of watching last night.

and yes, you caught me, this whole rant is just a sneaky way to back into a movie review for something you never want to see. Dragonlance: DotAT is an animated version of the the Weiss/Hickman fantasy novels from the 80's. Or as the loml comments, "no, i didn't read them. Those books were stupid."

and to which I can now add, "omg. do NOT watch that movie. It was really bad." And normally, I enjoy a bad movie. I even enjoy bad kids movies, like 'the last airbender'. But this, this was seriously horrible. I will now sum up the horrible in three points so that we can never mention it again:

  1. They off-shored the animation. Did you know that India has an animation industry? No? Well, I think I know why. The animation in this movie was so bad, I initially thought that the work had been done in the 80's, left abandoned in a vault, quickly touched up in the 90's, abandoned again, and then was finally released with voice work in 2008. but no. evidently all this stuff was done on purpose sometime around 2007. AND IT SUCKS! If the studio really wanted to save money, they could've just farmed it out to a mass of college students working in computer visual arts programs around the country and then just compiled the work... It would've been so much better.
  2. Confusing violence. A lot of people die in this movie. Women, children, old people, young people, and a fair amount of monsters. but for some reason, not everybody bleeds, and only at odd times in the movie. Was this movie for kids? Cause a lot of them get killed, pretty obviously, in the story. and yet, there is also some weird sexual tension and I don't know what else. the content-level was really just a mess.
  3. That's about it really. The first two points really cover 95% of the bad that was this movie. Of small note, is the fanboy puling that they shouldn't have attempted to jam the plot line of the entire book into one small movie, but really that's small potatoes at this point.

Oh well.. one can only hope that Michael Rosenbaum strikes it lucky with his next movie. whenever he gets one. I promise to watch it!


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