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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"
 
 
 
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.