Titanic (AFI #83)

“Didnt actually intend on watching Titanic tonight for two reasons 1) Im trying to space out the movies I’ve seen before and b) wasn’t exactly in the mood for a 3 hour epic. But when I came home from Up In The Air, the roomie wanted to order a pizza. Usually when we order food, she’ll eat in my room where there’s inevitably a movie on. As mentioned before, I had SNL going in the background, which she didnt approve of. I said I was still blogging so it didnt matter what was on, so I let her choose from my pile, thinking she’d go for something recent. Instead she got all giddy when she saw Titanic in the stack. I figured we’d watch a little bit of it, then I’d switch to something else when I was done. She ended up watching for an hour until the fact that the captain looks like her boss bothered her enough to go back to work. Finished my previous write ups another half hour later, and seeing as how I was already halfway thru, it made sense to just continue.

I was in junior high when Titanic came out, making me a prime demographical target for it. Yes, I did see it in the theater–once at the dollar theater at the mall with my mom. No, I didnt cry at the end. I was just laughing because Rose said “”I’ll never let go”” then promptly let go off and dropped Jack (oops spoiler). I think I watched it once more after that. With all the hype, I couldnt even stand Leonardo Dicaprio at the time. I liked him in Romeo & Juliet and thought he was fantastic in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, but I otherwise hated him for some unknown reason. Wasn’t until I saw Catch Me If You Can that he got back on my good side, and was cemented there with The Departed. But this time, the roomie and I were just sighing and swooning anytime he was on the nice big high def screen.

The two things distracting me this time around. One is during the opening stuff before we get to Rose telling her story, all I could think about was Hanson’s video for their song “”River””. I could only find the intro on YouTube. From there it cut to just concert footage, and then it ended by going back to Gloria Stuart (yes that was actually her…and that was Weird Al with her) dropping a Middle Of Nowhere cd into the ocean. The other thing throwing off my groove with the movie tonight is that every time the theme music played, I could picture Bob Saget vocalizing it. He was doing that constantly during his show last week.

Distractions aside, and previous judgement of the movie aside, this actually is a fantastic piece of cinema. Its one of those something for everyone types–romance, humor, action, suspense, drama, (sorta) history. Its no wonder virtually every person on the planet went out and saw it. And by the time the ship started sinking (oops spoiler again) I could feel my heart thumping so fast, totally panic attacking about what was going to happen, even though I knew \m/ well what was gonna go down (absolutely no pun intended). Even if the love story isnt the type of thing to pull at your heart strings, there’s so much more to get you teary by the end of the film. Two things that got me (well nearly got me since there werent any actual waterworks…again no pun). One was the montage of people who knew they were going to die and accepted it–the old couple in bed, the mother telling the kids a bedtime story, etc. The other was the Daddy saying goodbye to his little girls, saying there’d be another boat for the daddies and that they were only saying goodbye for a short little while.

On the cast side, as previously mentioned absolutely \m/ adore Leonardo DiCaprio. He is one of those actors who is as talented as he is gorgeous. Maybe not his greatest display of acting skill (that would be …Gilbert Grape or Blood Diamond, in my opinion without thinking about it too hard) but it was definitely a great display of charisma. No wonder the world fell in love with him. Kate Winslet is just stunning as the strongwilled and steadfast Rose. Points for Kathy Bates as well.

Going thru the IMDB trivia, post movie took a while, but I found a few interesting things worth sharing
-They only built one side of the boat set, so to film things on the other side, they’d reverse the image. In order to make that work, they had to create reverse image costumes and props and stuff.
-The Daddy scene I mentioned earlier was something that actually happened. One of the girls recounted the story after being rescued.
-James Cameron created the names for the main characters, but later found out that there was a J. Dawson on the Titanic although in this case J stood for Joseph. They were able to recover his body and it was buried at a cemetary with other survivors. His stone is apparently the most visited one at the site.
-The movie was shown so much in theaters that they had to keep replacing the reels because they were so worn out.

Guess that does it for tonight. Tomorrow’s plans include Princess and the Frog with MTG social. The goal is to bookend it with two more AFI’s. Here’s hoping I can get my total to 40 before going home for Xmas. Completely arbitrary deadline, but I do love the sound those make as they go whooshing past.”

Up in the Air

“Got another Oscar front runner out of the way, and really stoked about it. I hafta say, right off the bat, that from those front runners (in this case Im referring to Precious and The Hurt Locker as well) Up in the Air is my fave. Wasn’t exactly blown away by it, as is usually a good sign with Oscar pix and as was the case with Slumdog for me last year, but still thoroughly enjoyed it. Im actually glad that this type of quirky film is getting the good feedback and attention from award gurus. Gives me hope that we really have progressed past the point where the “”best”” movies of the year are boring art pieces that no one actually sees.

The premise is just so creative and original–guy who’s job it is to go around firing people. Turned out being so timely too, although apparently that was by accident. Reitman had originally started work on this in 2002, but it got pushed back. Except for the recognizable stars, namely J K Simmons and Zach Galifianakis, none of the people who were fired in the film were actors. They got actual people who’d been recently terminated and gave them their chance to say what they wished they had, which added such a sincere touch of realism.

Ultimately, its really a character piece, and one that was carried quite well by the always dashing and debonair George Clooney. However, this time, he had a rare vulnerability that was just so striking.

Clooney wasnt the only impressive cast member. Anna Kendrick is getting lots of supporting actress buzz, and I couldnt agree more. She was so tough and intense and quick (which always makes for an awesome kick ass chick), but she too had a vulnerable side. And I can now see Vera Farminga as more than just “”the chick from The Departed””. The only possible miscast, according to me, would be Danny McBride. Its just way too hard to take him seriously, and while his role was supposed to be somewhat comedic, I think he pushed that a bit over the edge. Not by anything specific he did, just by being Danny McBride.

Up In The Air can also boast that it has some epic dialogue, and a couple of great and out of nowhere “”oh no (s)he didnt!”” moments. I very enthusiastically recommend this one.

Up in the Air – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

The Deer Hunter (AFI #53)

“Yes, I am back, oh my readers (if you’re out there) after a Lost-watching hiatus. It kills me that Im the last person to ever find out what happens on that island, but I think its worth it to get it all at once. Okay getting distracted now by what is supposed to be my backgroud noise: NPH’s episode of SNL from last year–“”I turned to my girlfriend and said ‘what is this guy allergic to timing’ and she said ‘why wont you kiss me’ and I said ‘later. look at this guy’…””

I decided to jump in with a film I’d been curious about for a long while–The Deer Hunter. I guess it first landed on my radar when I saw Jarhead. One of the marines gets a video from his wife that’s labeled as The Deer Hunter, and all the guys gather around the tv really excited to watch it. And it turns out to be a tape of his wife banging the next door neighbor and then saying that she knows what he’s up to overseas. Yeah, not exactly what they were expecting. For some reason the movie title stuck with me and I just had to know hat it was about. Although, finding out it was a war film (Vietnam specifically) turned out to be a bit anticlimactic for me, but I guess it was a sensical choice to use in Jarhead.

Impressions once I finally got to see it? Love the cast (I say that a lot dont I?) But for real: Christopher Walken (in his Academy Award winning role), Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro both of whom also scored Oscar nods. I think you’ll take my “”I heart the cast”” thing seriously this time with those big names on the list. I very much fell in love with 1978 Christopher Walken. Not used to seeing him in such a serious role, but he did a damn fine job of it. Although, I still prefer zany Chris Walken. He first landed on my radar in Fatboy Slim’s “”Weapon of Choice”” video. There were some goofball moments in this flick, though. His rendition of “”Cant Take My Eyes Off of You”” sure gives Heath Ledger’s performance of that song a run for its money as the best one. Heath still wins of course, but this scene was still classic.

The three hour movie basically went thru three stages: fun, effed, \m/ depressing. I ended up having to watch it in chunks too. Fell asleep right at the transition from fun to effed (I’d stayed up late wrapping X-mas pressies last night). Watched the next bit. New I was gonna cut it really close to the showing of Up In the Air I was aiming for, so I paused to shower. Watched more. Then still had about 10 minutes once it was time to run off to the theater.

The first third had me completing bonding with and falling in love with (thats another phrase I tend to overuse here) the characters. Just the camraderie they all had with each other, in particularly on their way to the wedding, I just wanted to be part of that group. And of course, when we first got to the Vietnam scenes (section 2 of the film) my first thoughts went to Tropic Thunder. That quickly changed when we got to the Russian Roulette stuff. Oh yeah, very edge of your seat. The last section was the one that was most broken up for me given my outside distractions, so I wasn’t quite as focused on it. I was mostly just waiting on edge to see what happened to Walken’s character.

Anyhoo, thats not all the blogging I gotsta to do tonight, so that should suffice on this one.”

Everybody

“Yep, not my usual flick, but I couldnt resist the cast. Sam Rockwell has been one of my absolute faves since Choke (also, I dare you to see The Green Mile and not think he’s awesome), pretty much to the point where I’ll see him in just about anything. Hell, I even saw G-Force this summer and all he did was voice a guinea pig. Dont know that I’d follow him to a rom-com but most everything else should be fair game. Have nothing but mad respect for Robert DeNiro. And like I said about Sandra Bullock yesterday, I also love Drew Barrymore but rarely get to see her because of her affinity for girly films.

I’d only caught the trailer once, but between that and the smiling happy poster with the X-mas tree in the background, I expected it to be your typical warm fuzzy family fodder. Boy was I wrong. About 90% of it was \m/ depressing. DeNiro’s character was such a sad little man, I just felt so bad for him as he kept on getting blown off by offspring after offspring. Also, while I’d never actually admit this to the ‘rents (even though there’s a non-zero chance my dad is reading this…Hi Daddy) Ive actually been getting a bit homesick lately, and this movie totally set me over the edge. If I wasnt less than two weeks away from going home for Christmas, I dont know if I coulda gotten thru that flick.

But yes, the cast was as good as I expected. DeNiro was totally sympathetic and carried the movie quite well (as if there was any doubt). Didnt like Kate Beckinsale, but moreso I think it was that I just didnt like her character. She was quite the bitch, and I think she treated her dad the worst outta the kids. Loved Sam Rockwell (duh) but coulda definitely used more of him. Really impressed with Drew Barrymore. She ended up being my fave from the kids, especially because her scenes were the lightest out of this blind sidingly heavy film.

Well I’ve got cats crying for dinner. As previously mentioned, Im taking most of the week (or however long it takes) off from movie watching so I can go thru Lost season 5 this week. Thats the only show thats made me be known to hurt people for giving away spoilers. Anything else, I dont so much care.

Everybody’s Fine – \m/ \m/ \m/

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (AFI #38)

“I’d hoped to get in two AFI movies tonight, but ended up crashing part way through this one, with a kitty on each side of me. As cute as that must’ve been, it really disrupted the flow of the flick. I took this opportunity to try out Amazon on Demand thru my Blu-Ray player instead of having to watch on my computer. Yay technology.

I was actually a bit spoilt for this one because of an episode of Bones I saw the other day. Bones and Booth were discussing something, and this movie came up, and Bones gives away the ending. Although, I think Booth actually meant to bring up Maltese Falcon, not Tresure… but thats beside the point.

The biggest thing that caught me off guard on this one, after having seen Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, is how evil he ends up getting. Apparently Bogie’s known for both villains and heroes, but for me that turn came outta nowhere. He played it quite well though. The other thing that was kinda off for me is that Walter Huston won an Oscar for his role as Howard. I found him very annoying.

Similarly to Falcon, the title, little bit of plot I knew, and movie poster made me think there would be much more adventure in this. I guess there kinda was eventually, but it wasnt the Indianna Jones-esque movie I’d expected.

Also, the Mexicans annoyed me. Little too much of an unfavorable reminder of home. Is there supposed to be that much Spanish without subtitles? Or was my digital rental flawed? Didnt really matter to me, cause I can understand Spanish. Just seemed odd.

Kinda cool to finally get the context for the infamous “”stinking badges”” line. And the bad movie it reminds me of? Meet The Deedles. When the boys get their park ranger badges, they (in unison) cheer “”Alright, stinkin’ badges””. It finally makes sense. Oh and dont bother with Meet The Deedles unless you’re done with all your brain cells.

Im jonesing for a pre-bedtime snack and Im sure the kitties are starved as well, so I suppose that does it for now. This is likely to be the last AFI movie until the weekend. Planning to go see Everybody’s Fine tomorrow (heart Sam Rockwell!) and then Lost season 5 is out on Tuesday, and i know I wont wanna watch anything else until I tear thru that.”

The Blind Side

“I have gotten waaaay too comfortable with going to the Fenway. I must seriously seem like a crazy person. Today I walked in wearing big black snowboots, blue pj’s with polar bears on them, a slightly too big brown (instead of my usual black) shirt that says “”I wish I knew how to quit you””, and oversize gray and pink sweatshirt that I sleep in but rarely wear outta the apt cause its ugly, and my big army green coat. Its one of those laundry day type outfits. And while yes, today is laundry day and I did wear that same ensemble to the laundromat around the corner, I woulda worn the same outfit if it was a non-laundry Sunday. Found my seat, pulled off the boots, yup my socks didnt match, put my feet on the seat in front me and then pulled out a lemon flavored Sour Patch Kids candy cane that I’d snuck in (Im a rebel, I know). Sometimes Im surprised they let me in that place.

I’d put The Blind Side a bit low on my priority list, as you can prolly guess by the fact that the movie’s been out a few weeks and Im just now getting to it. It seemed like that type of sappy, feel good family movie that always comes out around the holidays that I usually prefer to ignore. However, there was something about Sandra Bullock and her character Leigh Anne that just drew me to it. Leigh Anne is the type of person that if she wants you to do something, well goddammit you better \m/ do it, and Bullock as Leigh Anne wanted me to go see this movie. So I did.

I do love Sandra Bullock, but her tendancy to do chick flicks means that I dont often see her films. She was just such a strong woman and completely sure of herself. There’s talk that this may finally be Sandy’s chance at an Oscar nod, and I wholeheartedly agree with that.

But Leigh Anne was just one of many fantastic characters. The first I fell in love with was her (bio) son, SJ, played by Jae Head. That sweet little kid was just so energetic and full of life, and his joy was contageous. Not sure how I feel about Tim McGraw as an actor in principle, but he def held his own against that strong independant woman. Quinton Aaron was also mesmerizing as Michael Oher. He played the role with such heart, that you had to pull for him through the whole thing.

Story wise, it was a bit on the long side. Almost knocked off half a point for that, but it really did hold me through pretty much the whole thing. Though it kinda felt like two separate movies. First half is family accepting the outsider kid. Second half is kind of a Mighty Ducks story focusing on one player. But the whole thing was just so powerful, and there was something incredibly moving about the real family pictures that were shown during the credits.

Pop culture side note, I totally didnt realize whenever they were talking about Lawrence Taylor and the impact he had on the NFL that its the same LT that was on DWTS last season. Kinda glad I didnt catch that, cause I prolly woulda been giggling too much about it.

Hafta run and grab my laundry, but if you are the type that likes those sweet family movies this time of year, The Blind Side is a pretty good choice

The Blind Side – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

The Hurt Locker

“Its gotta have been two years since I last went to LSC. For those not in the know, LSC stands for Lecture Series Committee. Its a student group that, among other things shows movies on campus. I think the last one I went to was Shooter. They showed Annie Hall a few weeks ago (which is on the AFI list) and I was so pissed that I found out a day too late. There are few other places where admission, a small Sprite, and a bag of Twizzlers only costs you 5.75 Makes it worth dealing with the uncomfortable seats. Back in the day, when I lived in a dorm two buildings over from the screening room, it was not uncommon for me to come in pj’s and slippers, with a blanket to snuggle in and a pillow to sit on. Although this time, besides the unpleasantness of the seat, there was this creepy old man who sad down right next to me. Seriously, people, movie theater etiquette. If there’s plenty of seats, always leave at least a one seat buffer between you and the stranger beside you. I was scared he was gonna start asking me for my number, saying that the back of my head is ridiculous.

Now Im in an Athena cluster, waiting for a buddy, typing up this review that I expected would hafta wait til morning. And I really like this keyboard. The keys are really bouncy. Moving on.

Normally, I dont particularly care for war films. In principle, I dont necessarily have a problem with war. I just dont care to pay attention to politics (we’re not gonna have the why argument about that now), and these types of movies tend to be uber politcally preachy. Im not informed enough (by choice) to take a stand on one side or the other, but the one thing I damn well know for sure is that I am completely behind our troops themselves. I feel that reguardless of your politics, every American should be able to say that. But lately, something is just drawing me to these films. With Brothers this afternoon and The Messenger last week Im really rackin’ them up. And I’ve been dying to get my hands on Stop-loss, but haven’t had any luck. I was actually looking foward to this one all week, since I’d heard so many good things. It made me a little sad that I didnt go last night as originally planned, but I think Bob Saget was a worthy replacement.

I def enjoyed the film, but I think it mighta been built up too much. I’ve heard a lot of best picture talk, and while I’d support the nod, I dont know that I’d support a win. There wasn’t much story (and we’ve been over this many times, I like narrative), which made the scenes feel a bit disconnected from each other. However, individually each one of those scenes was fantastic. So the movie centers around a bomb squad team in the army, which means that most of the scenes are these really intense and nerve wracking things where the dude’s trying to diffuse a bomb. Needless to say, edge of my seat the whole time.

Great characters, as well. Man guy, Sg james, was played by Jeremy Renner. If your knowledge of the Buffyverse is comparable to mine, you’ll know him as Angel’s sire Penn. He was a good combination of reckless, badass, and admirable soldier. Although his obligatory big self revelatory breakthrough wasn’t quite as epic as they tend to be in these films. Yes, Im actually disappointed in the lack of a cliche. The one I really felt for was Spc Eldridge played by Brian Geraghty. I spent the whole movie trying to figure out where I knew him from. Something told me Jarhead, which IMDB confirmed, but I dont specifically remember him there. He also looked a bit like Corey Feldman in Stand By me, which may have been what threw me. He was the more, for lack of a better word, sensitive soldier. He’s really the one I held my breath for whenever they were in a tight spot. Also brief appearances by Guy Pearce, Evangeline Lilly, David Morse (who I so didnt recognize), and Christian Camargo (Dexter’s big “”ice truck killer”” bro), and Ralph Fiennes.

The film was shot documentary style, which was a nice touch (added another level of realism) but there was a lot of shakey cameras. Not quite Blair Witch level of shakey, but enough to annoy my headache-y head. Very happy I did get to see this well before Oscar season, so now I know what all that buzz is about. We’ll see what its competition looks like over the next few months

The Hurt Locker – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n

Brothers

“””Does anyone here have a blog? Dont answer that, cause I’m about to shit all over it. I think that all blog entries can be summed up in one sentance ‘Somebody please call me to hang out’ “” – Bob Saget, last night at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. That feels sadly accurate.

Watching the trailer for Brothers the first time, my thoughts went something like this “”Yay Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire…I’d see that…nah, its getting kinda sappy…WTF?!…Can I see this now?!”” I will admit that I was starting to get a bit annoyed with how often I saw the trailer after that, but it didnt make me wanna watch the movie any less. Musta been the pretty boy eye candy.

So I finally got to see it today. Did I enjoy it? Um, yeah! And not just because of the aforementioned pretty boy eye candy. The characters were great. As cheesey as this sounds, I actually felt like I wanted to be a part of their family, which wouldnt have happened if it wasn’t so well cast. I’ve adored Jake Gyllenhaal since the first time I saw Donnie Darko. I left Brothers on such a high Jake kick that I now got Blu-Ray Donnie Darko playing in the background as I write this. I’d also forgotten how good Natalie Portman can be. I can’t quite figure out why I usually dont think much of her when I hear her name. Musta been the whole SW prequels thing. But she’s actually really good, and she fit this role quite well despite my initial doubts.

By far, the best on the acting side, was Tobey Maguire. Between the first half and the second half of the movie, his character went thru such a \m/ huge transformation, and I completely and utterly believed both sides of him. I was in love with him during the first half, and terrified of him during the second.

On another note, does Clifton Collins Jr hafta be in every movie this year? Seriously, that’s like the 6th one. I dont have any problem with him, its just weird that he shows up so often. Points for Ethan Suplee showing up. Also loved the older of the two little girls, played by Bailee Madison. Such an intense role for such a young thing, but she did beautifully. As Abigail Breslin and Dakota Fanning have grown up a bit, maybe she’ll be the next cute little girl actress that everyone loves? I hope not, for her sake.

Guess there isnt really much else to say. I’ve noticed that the more often I write, the less clever I am, which makes me a sad panda. Isnt practice supposta make perfect? Anyways, decided to skip today’s AFI plans (I coulda squeezed in two if I really tried) in favor of knocking down my newly acquired movies queue. Then heading over to LSC for The Hurt Locker tonight, although there’s a non-zero chance that write up will hafta wait til tomorrow.

Brothers – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n

A Clockwork Orange (AFI #70)

“Today’s method of picking a movie: find the largest gap on the list and grab a DVD from there. The biggest gap I found (not counting the intentionally skipped top ten, of course) was between #64 Network and #71 Saving Private Ryan. Okay so picking #70 didnt exactly split the gap like I intended, but I’ve been really stoked to viddy this movie.

My single favorite element of the movie has to be the language. I’ve mentioned before how Im very dialogue driven. And I particularly love clever dialogue and slang (which is why I adore Joss Whedon and Diablo Cody). I keep on trying to figure out how to fit Orange words into my vocab, oh my readers. I’d seriously love to govoreet like that, and I rather like being able to slooshy such choodessny slovo from that moodge’s goloss.

I read the book about a year and a half ago and loved it as well. The slovo was tough to pony at first (makes you feel quite gloopy), but once you got into the flow of it, it wasn’t too hard on the mozg to figure out. It actually felt like quite the accomplishment getting to the end of it. Such a zammerchat book.

It shouldnt come as a big shock that this flick is a fave of mine. Im kinda known for liking effed up movies. My favorite scene has to be the “”Singing in the Rain”” bit. I like it almost as much as the “”Stuck in the Middle”” scene in Reservoir Dogs, for similar messed up reasons, though Orange had less kroovy and guttiwuts. Although half of what makes the …Rain scene so special is that it was improved, which supports my theory that brilliance comes from collaboration. Its so intense, Im never sure whether Im gonna smeck or get bolnoy when I viddy it.

Totally love Malcom McDowell in this film as well. The expressions that chelloveck prods on his litso are priceless. And Stanley Kubrick one oomny director. That makes dva movies of his I’ve viddied so far for the AFI project, and they wont be the last. I also love the way that he uses classical music. I was trying to recall in what recently watched film I slooshied some veshch similar, realized it was his 2001. My world made sense for a whole tree minootas.

I hope this entry wasnt total chepooka to you, oh my readers. I just messeled that this would be a fun change of pace. But its a malenky bit hard rabbit to write this way, so I think its time for me to itty.

Horrorshow nochy, my droogs. Off to spatchka.”

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

“What? I waited a week and a half to go see a vampire movie? Um, yeah I wanted to avoid the Twi-hards. Although as I was entering the auditorium, the girl in front of me was squealing. I quickly ran in ahead of her to supress the desire to punch her.

Clarification: where do I stand in the whole Twilight madness? No secret that I love vamps. For \m/ sake my cats are Lestat and Nosferatu. (If you pay really close attention to the background of the photo, you’ll see Robert Pattison, half of a True Blood ad, and 2/3 of David Boreanaz) I saw the first Twilight movie in the theater. Halfway paid attention to it when I got it on DVD and slept thru half of another DVD viewing. I do enjoy the movies and plan on reading the books at some point, that point being once I stop secretly making fun of everyone I see on T reading it. There’s also a high probability that timing will coincide with all the movies being release. In other words, def not a Twi-Hard. A bit of a Fangbanger (those True Blood novels are quite addicting) but ultimately my vamp loyalties lie in the Buffyverse, given that Angel was the first one to bring me over. I guess you could consider him my sire. However, Lestat (as in Anne Rice’s character, not necessarily my cat) is my number one. While Tom Cruise (Interview With the Vampire) had the attitude and Stewart Townsend (Queen of the Damned) had the look, the best portrayal, according to me of course, is Hugh Panero who played Lestat on broadway. Supposedly Anne Rice even went up to him and said that he just was Lestat.

Starting to digress. Twilight. Yes. Moderate fan. Team Edward vs Team Jacob? I’ll take the same type of stance I usually do when it comes to politics: I dont feel informed enough to make a decision, but I find that both have merits and drawbacks. I think Jacob treats her better, but Edward is more devoted…and more smoldering.

All this and I still haven’t even talked about the movie? Yeah I’ve found my posts tend to be far more personal than anything else. Deal with it.

As much as I want to avoid doing the comparison type of review (Twilight vs New Moon) its inevitable. Overall, I enjoyed New Moon far more. While both kept on repeating the same thing over and over–“”I love you”” “”We can’t be together”” “”\m/ that”” “”Okay””–at least this time I didnt find myself sitting there going “”Conflict? Cooonflict? Where’s the conflict? Conflict, please? Conflict! Oh there it is, and the movie’s over””.

I also understand the whole Robsession thing. Edward Cullen is written as such a “”perfect”” character. I found myself holding my breath whenever he was on screen, and part of me wanted to cry with Bella when he left her. But if it weren’t for vamps and werewolves in the story, there’s no way I would have ever bothered with it. Its teen melodrama–Dawson’s creek set in Forks Washington. Not that I have anything against Dawson. I was quite addicted to that in junior high. So yeah, some flaws in the story, but I expected that going in.

Was happy about the new additions to the cast. Enjoyed Michael Sheen’s performance and could see how much fun he was having. And I much prefer Dakota Fanning all growed up over the precocious child actress. There’s a reason Abigail Breslin was the one who managed an Oscar nod. Anyways, thought she was an interesting casting choice, that ended up working quite well.

Prolly the biggest complaint I have is the BAD cgi. It wasnt the sparkly vampire thing. I could handle that. Well, Im not sure how I feel about it as a concept, but it looked fine. It was the poorly done heightened senses and abilities effects (ie, the pizza catch) and the cheap werewolves.

Anyways, mostly positive experience overall, but I can’t understand how these movies managed to stretch out to over two hours. Surely that wasnt all necessary? And odds are that tonight, I will likely be dreaming of Edward Cullen

The Twilight Saga: New Moon – \m/ \m/ \m/