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Bob Gutowski - November 21, 2008 04:35 PM (GMT)
Okay, who saw it?

I was underwhelmed at the interview skills of the pretty but wan star Robert Pattinson on the "Today" show yesterday. Plus, his matted, dirty, perhaps bug-infested hair was a real turn-off.

Terry Barhorst, Jr. - November 21, 2008 04:51 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Bob Gutowski @ Nov 21 2008, 10:35 AM)
... perhaps bug-infested hair was a real turn-off.

Where's a Renfield when you need one?

William S. Wilson - November 21, 2008 05:42 PM (GMT)
I thought that only 16-year-old girls were interested in this one?

Marshall Crist - November 21, 2008 07:22 PM (GMT)
And my wife, apparently. She likes pastey guys, which works out pretty good for me.

As for the "movie," f that s in the a.

William S. Wilson - November 22, 2008 07:47 PM (GMT)
My God...this movie made $35 million dollars yesterday alone!

Mark Tinta - November 22, 2008 07:50 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (William S. Wilson @ Nov 22 2008, 07:47 PM)
My God...

Will, I think the correct term is like, OMG!

William S. Wilson - November 22, 2008 08:29 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Mark Tinta @ Nov 22 2008, 01:50 PM)
Will, I think the correct term is like, OMG!


Terry Barhorst, Jr. - November 22, 2008 08:56 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (William S. Wilson @ Nov 22 2008, 02:29 PM)


Michael Wells - November 23, 2008 09:07 PM (GMT)
I see lots of sober-looking adults reading these books in the NYC subways. And two of my thirtysomething professional friends are devouring them, with much protestation about how guilty they feel about this particular pleasure.

(The subways offer a fascinating index of what people are reading, if you keep your eyes open. More often than not, the trends I notice are linked to what's in movie theaters. When I moved here in '96, I saw lots of Trainspotting. In the early '00s, it was Lord of the Rings. Now it's the Twilight series. And of course, Harry Potter has been a perennial for several years.)

The NY Times review of the movie on Friday was fairly cruel, in an entertaining way.

Brian Camp - November 24, 2008 04:05 AM (GMT)
My daughter went to see this tonight with eleven friends as part of their "Drunken Movie Club" where they drink before and, to my surprise, during the movie! She says they laughed all through it and made a drinking game out of something the vampire character does which she told me but I forgot. They kept getting shushed by all the Twilight fanatics around them. (I'd warned her she was playing a dangerous game there.)

I have a co-worker, a 30-something Orthodox Jewish New Jersey suburban wife and mother, who's part of the "Twilight Moms" cult who've devoured the books and will see the movie. I'll hear her report tomorrow. (Fortunately, she didn't go to the same theater my daughter and her friends went to.)

BTW, TWILIGHT grossed $70 million over the weekend while the new animated film, BOLT, which got much better reviews, opened 3rd to results considered disappointing. I guess all the "Twilight Moms" were too busy with vampires to take their kids to BOLT. :P

Craig Blamer - November 24, 2008 04:25 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Brian Camp @ Nov 23 2008, 09:05 PM)
She says they laughed all through it and made a drinking game out of something the vampire character does which she told me but I forgot.

Meaningful stares?

Not sure I'm down with the entertainment value of crashing someone's part just to deliberately spoil other people's fun.

Wait for the DVD, call the friends and go for it, though.

William S. Wilson - November 24, 2008 04:41 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Craig Blamer @ Nov 23 2008, 10:25 PM)
Meaningful stares?

I'm gonna go with seductive, come hither stares.

Bill Picard - November 24, 2008 05:30 AM (GMT)
BTW, TWILIGHT grossed $70 million over the weekend

And LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has made half a million. :(

Yves Gendron - November 24, 2008 05:42 AM (GMT)
LET THE RIGHT ON IN actually opened in Canada the same day TWILIGHT did. Been an Hollywood mainstream movie TWILIGHT got bigger, more numerous reviews, but LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is more deeply praised. While TWILIGHT may have the coverage and money it's LET THE RIGHT OFE that'S getting the respect. Having seen the movie at Fantasia last July, I thinks the movie's awesome.


William D'Annucci - November 24, 2008 12:18 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Brian Camp @ Nov 23 2008, 11:05 PM)
My daughter went to see this tonight with eleven friends as part of their "Drunken Movie Club" where they drink before and, to my surprise, during the movie! She says they laughed all through it and made a drinking game out of something the vampire character does which she told me but I forgot. They kept getting shushed by all the Twilight fanatics around them. (I'd warned her she was playing a dangerous game there.)

Yeah, a faction of this club took up the whole row behind me when I first saw Princess Mononoke. Laughing their asses off at the whole movie. Charming. <_<

Brian Camp - November 24, 2008 01:15 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (William D'Annucci @ Nov 24 2008, 06:18 AM)
Yeah, a faction of this club took up the whole row behind me when I first saw Princess Mononoke.  Laughing their asses off at the whole movie.  Charming.   <_<

My intent in doing the post was to point out that not everyone in the book/movie's demographic (my daughter and her friends have read the books) was responding to this movie with the same kind of cultish devotion and girlish squeals that have been widely reported in the media. But...yeah, your points are well taken, Craig and William. I certainly would have been mightily pissed if someone had behaved that way when I saw MONONOKE. :( TWILIGHT fans deserve the same courtesy MONONOKE fans do.

(To be fair to my daughter--and I should have included this in my account--she did get her friends to stop--except for the occasional giggle--after a woman in front of them turned around and pointedly asked them to be quiet. I'm not a complete failure as a father.)

Lisa Larkin - November 26, 2008 12:14 PM (GMT)
I just saw LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and while I liked it a lot, I think it's being seriously overpraised. Perhaps I would have liked it even more if I managed to see it before reading any reviews.

I have a sort of morbid curiosity about TWILIGHT. I suspect it's just a Harlequin romance for teen girls, but there are enough grownups singing its praises for me to wonder. Maybe I'll catch a bargain matinee during the holidays after I've seen everything else I want to see. It can't be any worse than TITANIC -- another sappy romance that I was dragged to against my will during the Christmas holidays.

Aleck Bennett - November 26, 2008 05:22 PM (GMT)
I have never walked out on a movie in my life.

...Until TWILIGHT.

My wife, who has read all of the books in this series *twice*, was actually the one who suggested we go. If she didn't feel as badly about it as I did, then I'd say that she owes me big time. None of the leads have any chemistry whatsoever, Kristen Stewart delivers some of the worst line readings I've seen in a major motion picture, changes to the plot and timeline of the novel (which made perfect sense on the page, according to my wife) rendered things incoherent on-screen, one of the major setpieces of the novel is filmed in a stupendously blah fashion (despite the director choosing to cover the scene from *every conceivable angle*), the score is insanely overblown and inappropriate, and then there's the baseball scene, which typifies just how misguided and wrong-headed this thing is...


Now, I'd argue that just the concept of having a "family" of vampires go outside to play baseball is silly in itself (they have to play during a thunderstorm because their hits are *so powerful* that the thunder disguises the sound...yet baseballs and bats remain intact). It's an extraordinarily dumb thing to have a clan of vamps do under any circumstances. But then to have the vamps DON BASEBALL UNIFORMS??? Do we really need that? It was like watching an undead version of the Brady Bunch -- I half-expected them to suggest a potato-sack race.

I think we left about 10 minutes before the movie was over. We just couldn't take it any more.

Bob Gutowski - November 26, 2008 05:53 PM (GMT)
Oh, my.

Nice pic of Ms. Stewart this morn in the Daily News sitting on a stoop and smoking a hash pipe. Idiot.

Marshall Crist - November 26, 2008 07:08 PM (GMT)
Had the misfortune of seeing a panel on this at the San Diego Comic Convention and many of the lead actors seemed to be wasted on stage. In fact, based on personal observations and promotional materials for this film and LORDS OF DOGTOWN, I suspect the director thinks of herself as a "party mom" and gets high with her young actors.

Tom Kessler - November 26, 2008 10:08 PM (GMT)
Young actors and aging filmmakers get high?

I'm shocked. <_<

Marshall Crist - November 27, 2008 02:22 AM (GMT)
I'd settle for disgusted.

Bob Gutowski - December 1, 2008 07:15 PM (GMT)
Just remember, Monty and Liz were fighting hangovers during the shooting of one of their most intense scenes in RAINTREE COUNTY.

The more things change...

William S. Wilson - December 8, 2008 05:22 PM (GMT)
In interesting news, TWILIGHT director Catherine Hardwicke has been booted from the franchise.

Brian Camp - December 8, 2008 06:48 PM (GMT)
Anne Thompson offers her take on Hardwicke's departure from the franchise:

Bob Gutowski - December 8, 2008 07:41 PM (GMT)
GOD, that picture of her! Predator's mother!

Doran Gaston - December 19, 2008 07:33 PM (GMT)
I would have preferred a 30-second Bunny version, but I thought that this 3 minute reenactment of Twilight with puppets was pretty funny. It might even have better acting than the real version. :lol:

(via Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine):

EDIT: Apparently, there is a 30-second bunny version of Twilight in the works:

SECOND EDIT: Is there any chance that the vampire baseball in Twilight was inspired by the baseball playing scene from the 1985 Hong Kong movie Hello Dracula? Probably not (especially considering that Twilight was probably not made for anyone who has ever heard of, let alone seen, an HK hopping vampire flick), but it's still fun to imagine.

William S. Wilson - November 18, 2011 07:21 PM (GMT)
So this series continues to break its own records. Last night it made $30 million from just the midnight showings, right behind a HARRY POTTER movie for the highest gross of all-time for midnight showings. That is insane. I'm not even sure how many of these films there are. Is any Mobian willing to admit they have seen them all?

Terry Barhorst, Jr. - November 18, 2011 07:49 PM (GMT)
I'm thinking about watching them once the cycle is compleat. Might be a case of crappy start and strong finish. The only way to know is to sit through them. Don't know if I'll rent them or pick up the nice box set that is to come.

Bob Cashill - November 18, 2011 09:04 PM (GMT)
Yes, I have. And it's more of a case of a strong(er) start, then rapid decline...TWILIGHT is head and shoulders above the mostly dismal sequels, not that it's any great shakes, just a little more deeply felt. I'm not bothering with this two-part finish (GROAN) until cable, or maybe just glacing at the Wiki summary.

The "horror" elements take a backseat to the mopey, CW-level romance throughout. They're really slim pickings for Mobians. I take back every bad word I ever said about HARRY POTTER--this is the dullest franchise ever.

Domenick Fraumeni - November 20, 2011 05:17 AM (GMT)
Part one of BREAKING DAWN is a bit better. Sloooowwww at first, but picks up once the last third kicks in, with vampire babies, pissy shape shifters and during the credits the EAL vampires finally show up. This must be the first vampire series since Franco's FEMALE VAMPIRE that takes place largely in daylight. Strange.

But yeah. Overall, the dullest franchise that's ever taken in SO much money. Kids today...we just may HAVE reason to fear for the future....

Kim Greene - November 24, 2011 05:21 AM (GMT)

Wow---just watched that HELLO DRACULA clip---pretty amazing stunts there,especially by the lead and the main vampire! First jiang shi flick I've seen where where the vampire kicks a hell of lot of @#$ for a change! That was fun as hell to watch! Is this still not on DVD? I'd rather watch this than any of the Twilight films, of which I am in no way enamored of!

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