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18 March 2009 @ 09:03 am
Twilight (no spoilers)  
K. and I watched Twilight last night and it was hugely better than I expected. I guess I figured I was in for the typical slick, pop-song-filled, popcorn melodrama full of pretty kids who can't act. I'm happy to say I was way off. This was more like a little arthouse film with occasional special effects. Director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and her usual cinematographer Elliot Davis made just about every velvety-textured shot look gorgeous. The acting ranged from good to fine. The script mostly worked for me, although there were a few moments that only made sense to me in a "well, the writers clearly want these character to be over here now" sort of way. And the music by the prolific Carter Burwell seemed perfect at least 90% of the time.

I'd say that I'm definitely looking forward to the next film in the series (there will be werewolves!), but sadly Hardwicke won't be directing it. Not that I have anything against Twilight 2 director Chris Weitz, but I don't expect the same visual sumptuousness from him.

Listening to: Elvis Costello - "Oliver's Army"
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on March 18th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Speaking of visually sumptious, I suddenly find myself more interested in skiing than I have ever been before in my life...

As for Twilight, it's rather sad how much I'm anticipating owning it this Saturday. On the one hand, it's still a bad film--but on the other it's a very good film.

At the very least it manages to be what every adaptation of a book should be. It stays true to the original story, but also improves it greatly. Once I get my copy I intend to examine the ways it improves on the book in full detail on my journal.

One of those ways, though, is in the bad vampires. In the book, they're briefly hinted at, maybe 200 pages in. They don't even actually show up until maybe all of 70 pages before the end of the book, and they're dealt with--"off screen"--maybe all of 50 pages after they first show up. And, unlike in the film, they never kill anyone.
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on March 18th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I always feel kind of bad for the gals in these snow pictures. Baby, it's cold outside!
The Mud Puppy: Damn That's Coldmudpuppy83 on March 18th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
And yet, they never seem to mind. This girl really takes it a step further, though, since she appears to be having the time of her life.

Perhaps she prepared for the shoot by knocking back several large mugs of hot chocolate liberally spiked with liquid courage?
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on March 18th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Somehow I think if they seemed to be freezing their butts off (ha ha) it would be a totally different genre of picture.
The Mud Puppy: Martianmudpuppy83 on March 18th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Of the sort that I probably don't want to meet the audience for... :P
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: monkey ballassmonkeydiary on March 18th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I was thinking cocaine.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: library: Esquire (skaters)assmonkeydiary on March 18th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
As long as they don't look too miserable, I enjoy them.
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 18th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
She's cute.

I'm going to try really hard not to make fun of you for liking a movie of a book my mom likes... Really...really...hard.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Parisian Primateassmonkeydiary on March 18th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
No one's more surprised than me. In fact, K. didn't even want me to watch it with her, because she was afraid I would ruin it for her with cynical remarks.
sugar sweet lady: hairjackiesadork on March 18th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
what a hot babe!
- demitrius_talos on March 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jerolj on March 18th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
This one needs to be in "best of 2009". And also straight to my desktop.

And as far as Twilight goes, this pretty much says it all:

everybody hates a tourist.: edward doubts your commitment.dynamine on March 20th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
i made lee watch it with me, and i thought he was going to combust. sigh.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: leopard skinassmonkeydiary on March 20th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)