Trailers

So I have a couple of new film trailers that made me squeal.

Firstly Perfect Pitch, it looks like fun, the music sounds good, and I love Fat Amy, all the giggles I got from this trailer were caused by her. My favourite scene is the ending scene. Hysterical. Anna Kendrick seems to be working solidly, I hated her in Twilight, but I’ve started to warm up to her, she was quite funny in Scott Pilgrim versus the world, and I really enjoyed her performance in 50/ 50, although I’m still not sure why I watched that film.

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

YES finally a decent trailer! Well looks like a fun, action packed conclusion to the franchise. I can’t remember any vampires being able to manipulate water, so think I may have to read the second half of Breaking Dawn to refresh myself. Really long wait for the conclusion.

Resident Evil Retribution

I’m deathly afraid of zombie films, they give me nightmares. That being said, I love the Resident Evil franchise. It is such fun, and Milla Jovovich is so awesome. I only found the first one scary, the rest I just view as action films. So this trailer is awesome, it looks like all characters who died in previous instalments are alive! YAY Carlos and Alice can get a second chance J and Rains alive, she had such potential.

Monster University

I thought this was a rumour! Monsters Inc is one of my favourite movies and I am very excited for a sequel, what saddens me is that Boo isn’t in this film, but, this trailer shows me that even without Boo Monster University is going to be a wild ride!

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a Jim Henson movie that came out in 1986 starring David Bowie as a glitter covered, spandex wearing Jareth the Goblin King, who kidnaps the baby brother of Sarah, played by jailbait Jennifer Connelly.  It is a strange movie, just because it has puppet doesnt mean its for kids, the puppets are actually kinda creepy, especially this one scene where is on a lack background and they start taking their heads off and throwing them around. seriouslyl creepy,plus theres all this of sexual tension between Jareth and Sarah, which is slightly disturbing since she is only 15.  The movie is one of those classic corny 80’s magic movies, a flop when released, but has a strong cult following.  I watched it often when I was little; it’s actually a bit on the dark side for kids.  So I grew up (well I aged), forgot many of my childhood films, got nostalgic and went looking for all my old favourites so I could re-watch them.

I recently came across a web comic that is a fan comic of sorts for Labyrinth and that’s what brought the film back to my attention.  The web comic is called Girls Next Door, created by a girl on Deviant art who calls herself pika-la-cynique and it’s about Sarah from Labyrinth, who is now in college, and the web comic begins with her new roommate, Christine, moving in.

Turns out that Christine is from The Phantom of the Opera, and both have weird, tortured, supernatural stalkers. Both girls are looking to live normal lives free from their ‘respective stalkers-slash-suitors’, which backfires drastically when the girls discover that their twisted obsessive stalker suitors are living downstairs!  Now the fun begins. I love this web comic; it’s full of angst, neurosis, funny gags, crazy antics, fan service, and guest appearances by other crazy film and book characters.  The writer/ artist seems to love Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp characters, and Legolas often shows up too.  He is portrayed in an unusual light, often the comic relief, plus, who doesn’t want more Legolas in any form.  I particularly enjoy the one or two Twilight crossovers.

There has been Sweeny Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Legolas and a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Star Wars i.e. Leia, some Terry Pratchett, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Howl and Sophie from Howls Moving Castle, Jareth’s parents make an appearance as, I would say, the best two fantasy villains ever.  There is some Narnia, and Danny from Game of Thrones appears as well.  There’s a plethora of movie and book references and character appearances, and it is such fun to read and identify these references and see some of your favourite characters act in different ways and grow in different directions when not confined by the lore of their films.

This is one of my favourite pages because it is an exciting crossover with some of my favourite characters.  I especially love this page because an older version of Chihiro from Spirited Away is in it.  For some reason I find this depiction of her just so appropriate, and if I were to imagine an older Chihiro this is what she would look like.  I also love the little groups mentioned in this pages, the Wibsy’s and the Fangbangers.  It made me laugh;  it’s such a clever idea.

So, a bit out of order but this is the page before the one I’ve just shown, it is another example of how much fun crossovers can be if done cleverly.

I like to try and guess who they are before I cheat and look at the bottom of the blurb under the picture of Pika’s deviant art page, to see who’s actually in the comic that week.

I really love the relationship that has evolved between Sarah and Jareth, its complex and messy and the characters do grow, the writer has taken what was created in the 80 film and pushed it further, and doesn’t let the official film lore prevent further development.

Oh I forgot to mention that the main reason I love this web comic, apart from the great writing, dialogue and comedy, is the art.  I love the style;  I love the fantastic facial expressions that this artist creates.  I admire her style and talent.

http://pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com

Some other examples

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1

Oh ugh, I spent two hours and 3 minutes watching Bella and Edward sucking face.  Well not a full two hours, thank goodness, at least something did happen.  That being said, this Twilight wasn’t so bad.  Cringe worthy as all hell, but the acting was at its best yet.  The film wasn’t so bad if you cut out everything from after the wedding to when Jacob finds out that Bella’s back.  I think what really ticks me off, other than Bella and Edward tonguing each other, is that Bella is the horny one in the relationship.  I just find it embarrassing.  Ok coy Edward was cute, for like a second, and then one begins to wonder whether he isn’t perhaps gay.  I know, I know it’s not how the story goes but it’s what I see.  I’m more interested in the second half of the book / movie, when we get all the excitement, like more vampires, Volturi threat, Bella’s first hunt, but the first part deserves some praise.

Bella’s dress was stunning, I loved the back, and I loved her hair clip, and those shoes were stunning.  One of my favourite little scenes in the book, is when Bella and Edward are waiting to tell Charlie that they’re engaged and Bella tells Edward to wait until Charlie has put away his gun.  I find the scene hilarious and wished they had put it in the film.  Although it doesn’t really fit anywhere the way the movies have been scripted.  *skips over Esme Island and all the smooching*  right onto Jacob and his angst.  I don’t think Jacob can really act, but hey he’s hot and doesn’t really wear much, so who’s complaining.  Come to think of it, Jacob and the rest of the pack have been remarkably clothed in this film.  😦   I also noticed that a lot of the conversations that the wolf pack have are done in human and not in wolf form.  Now I wanted to see them wolf speak more, but it was pointed out to me that the actors would want more face time, which makes sense, so I don’t object too much, they’re all just too gorgeous to waste!  I think the most amazing thing in this move is the special effects, especially how they aged Bella, and made her look like a skinny twig.  That was impressive, but what was absolutely amazing is when they reverse the effects at the end, when Bella is becoming a vampire, it was so natural, special effects have really come along way.  I was very interested to see how they would show Jacob imprinting on Renesmee.  It was nicely handled, not corny at all, unlike the scene in New Moon where Alice shows her vision of Bella being a vampire.  Oh crikey that was a corny scene.  What’s funny is that the director said that when he filmed it he thought it was perfect, and then seeing it in the final product he admitted to finding it extremely corny himself.  Back to the imprinting, nicely handled, and I loved getting an early look at Renesmee as she ages, especially seeing an older version of her, which apparently is a digital aging of the little girl playing Renesmee.  Wow she’s gorgeous.  My biggest question was how were they going to handle Renesmee’s birth, because it’s quite gory in the book.  Well it was impressive, they were very religious to the book, and dealt with it in such a way that it was tense but not too gruesome.  We don’t see much, which is quite the opposite to a lot of films out there.  I’m thinking of horror movies, ones I have and haven’t seen, and considering this is Twilight they couldn’t really be too graphic otherwise they won’t be able to get a low enough age restriction.

At the end of the day, Breaking Dawn is the most ridiculous book I’ve ever read, vampires having ‘gentle’ sex with humans and then producing a half-human half-vampire baby immortal whose mothers’ best friend, who has been totally in love with her, but was in actual fact in love with her ovaries, and is the soul mate of her child.  It must have been very difficult to turn the book into a script without making it look absolutely ridiculous, but it was well handled.

Eclipse

Jacob and Bella are standing on the top of a mountain, waiting for the coming battle between the pack and the Cullen clan versus Victoria’s newborns. Jacob has finally gotten Bella to admit that she is in love with him. They kiss. In the silence of the cinema someone yells “SKANK”. *ahem* what can I say, the opportunity was too good to miss 🙂

So yes I admit I have a love hate relationship with the Twilight Series. I find the books fluffy, the writing bad and the vampire lore just insulting. Sparkling vampires!? Glittery Vampires!? Dear God, I’m from the generation that grew up on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this generation will grow up believing that vampires are meant to sparkle. *gags* as I was saying the Twilight books are fluffy, in what it’s about, in that fact that their poorly written, and yet Stephanie Meyer has managed to brainwash the world! MYSELF INCLUDED! In the books practically nothing happens, and then some action happens in the last 40 pages of the book.

Anyway, the movie is just sop. Even the worst romantic comedy is better than this drivel, and yet it is so addictive. But what made watching the movie fun (apart from getting to watch half naked guys for 2 hrs and 4 min) was the running commentary my friend and I kept up during the movie. What’s more fun than dissing what ur watching? 🙂 The movie, nay the series is incredibly corny. At the moment I’m having such fun reading a message board thread on imdb.com entitled: “Funny things people said in your theatre” go read it, there are some beauties.

P.S. I’m Team Jacob 🙂