Ahead of the UK premiere for Breaking Dawn (which is literally just about to kick off) we thought we’d re-cap on the Twilight Saga and make some predictions on the latest instalment.
It all started with Twilight – a story based around Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a teenage girl. Bella relocates to live with her dad in a tiny town called Forks and, after attending the local high school, meets Edward Cullen – a seemingly arrogant and miserable soul. Bella discovers that Edward is in fact a vampire who desperately lusts after her blood. Cue hours of teen-angst, sexual tension and blood-sucking fight scenes.
Based on Stephenie Meyers book series, the story was brought to the screen in 2008 – and no one could have predicted its success. Three years after the original release the world is now full of ‘Twihards’ who are obsessed with the central love stories of Bella, Edward and werewolf ‘third wheel’ Jacob.
New Moon, the second in the series, created some on screen surprises and was a definite departure from the first movie. The original dark and amateur feel of Twilight was gone and replaced by CGI, Hollywood looking actors and intricate fight scenes. It was, of course, a sign of Twilight’s success. Budgets went up and the leading actors were thrown into the media spotlight (can you remember a world without R Patz and K Stew? Exactly).
But what we felt was so interesting about the original Catherine Hardwicke version was the simplicity. Bella was a clumsy plain Jane, just how she was meant to be. Now Kristen Stewart looks ultra glam on screen as Bella Swan and we can’t help but feel she, along with the vampire crew, have been ‘hollywooded’ a bit too much.
Eclipse, the third movie, was released in 2010 and seemed to have an even bigger budget although it fused together the story well. The love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob was explored perfectly and had us all wanting to take another bite out of the popular franchise.
Now we’re finally here. Part one of the final instalment is set to hit cinemas all over the UK this weekend and Twilight fever is undoubtedly all around. But with so many surprises in the previous offerings, just what will Breaking Dawn bring? How will they tackle the wedding scene? What about the honeymoon? And how about that vampire caesarean? One thing’s for sure – we can’t wait to sink our teeth into it.
Ryan Gosling has been dominating our screens of late. Blue Valentine, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love…the list continues. So, in tribute to the actor, here’s a compilation of some of his best moments on-screen.
THAT scene in The Notebook
Crazy Stupid Love (in his pants)
Upcoming movie Gangster Squad – look at that dog!
It’s no secret. Marty McFly is one of the best characters in film history. And when we first watched Back to the Future over a decade ago we probably thought the same as most people – where did he get his shoes from?!
Well, luckily for us, manufacturer Nike has just released his future/trendy sneakers. The Air Mag shoes, which Marty wears in Back to the Future 2, will be auctioned off on ebay, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox foundation.
In the film Marty gets the shoes in 2015 (we are horrified at how ‘futuristic’ and ‘far away’ that year seemed when we first watched the trilogy. Now we’re so close!)
Here’s three reasons why these shoes are going right to the top of our wish list:
They Look Good
Because It Means We Might Fly a Hovercraft
Will these ever be released???
Because There’s Always The Chance We Might Time Travel
Although it was first released in 1989, The ‘Burbs is still as exciting and watch-able as ever. Over two decades later, the film still confronts current issues, albeit slightly dramatised. A black comedy/thriller, The ‘Burbs is set in a small suburban town, Hinkley Hills, and follows suburbanite Ray Petersen as he and his friends investigate the strange, new next door neighbours. Ray (Tom Hanks) starts to hear weird noises from The Klopeks’ house at night and, seeing as they never appear in the daytime, begins to investigate. Ray and his trusted friends start to believe they might be up to something untoward – cue 102 minutes of adventure that takes place simply in a cul-de-sac.
The cast line-up goes a long way in helping to make this movie so special. Tom Hanks is his usual self, bringing a healthy mix of sarcasm and charisma to the screen. His chemistry with on-screen wife Carrie Fisher is brilliant and they play a realistic, agitated married couple. She is pre-occupied with getting away from the suburbs for a holiday; he is completely enthralled and focused on what’s happening in his own backyard.
Bruce Dern plays the eccentric Lt. Mark Rumsfield, who is constantly dressed in his army gear and spends his days trying to keep his lawn pristine and safe from dog poop. Rick Ducommon is Ray’s slightly chubby best friend Art and Corey Feldman (The Goonies) is ‘rock wannabe’ Ricky Butler. The casting is so good because it is so awkwardly realistic. If we were to open our front door right now and look outside, we would see very similar characters trundling along with their daily lives. Taking out the rubbish, walking the dog or mowing the lawn – mundane daily chores are all covered throughout the movie. The mixture of personalities is just pure entertainment too. Ray is sensible but easily led astray, Art is simple, Mark is slightly mad and Ricky is just, well, Ricky.
There’s a good mix of light and shade during the film, with the Klopeks creating most of the shade. The family is quite spooky and made up of a doctor, a grumpy uncle and a pale, buck-toothed teen.
The movie is not only brilliant because of the cast but also because it manages to be highly entertaining despite its limited setting. The most adventurous shot in the movie is when Ray and Dr Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson) battle it out in a moving ambulance while their helpless neighbours watch on is disbelief. There are also some major action shots, including one of the last scenes where Ray and Art accidentally blow up a house. The majority of the film takes place within the cul-de-sac, on the street and in backyards. The scene inside the Klopek house is a rare insight into the strange neighbours. Despite the repetitive setting, the film has a way of making you want to join in with the conspiracies and uncover the truth.
The reason we love The ‘Burbs is not only because it makes us chuckle, it’s because it tackles so many endless themes. Normality, territorial threats, suspicion, paranoia and friendship are all explored. While there have been other movies based on suburban life (American Beauty, Neighbors, Moving) none of them do it as well. Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs is laced with intricacy, humour and is slightly spooky – so for us it pushes all the right buttons.
We’re not sure about you, but when we watched Mark Wahlberg flirt about with a hairy faced Helena Bonham Carter back in 2001, we weren’t very impressed. So, understandably, we were a little cautious when we sat down to watch the latest offering of the Planet of the Apes series. But Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a triumph and is a huge departure from what we have seen before. In fact the only thing these two films have in common is their name.
James Franco plays the lead character Will Rodman, a scientist obsessed with trying to cure his father’s premature alzheimer’s. In his quest to cure his father (which is actually very touching and worthy of a few tears here and there) Will begins a series of experiments on apes. His chemical formula works and Will ends up taking his work home with him in the form of baby chimp Ceaser. Ceaser, armed with superior intelligence, lives a semi-human life before being put into captivity and setting his ape friends free.
The special effects throughout the film were impressive. There were a few moments where Ceaser resembled a real, talking Ape and the action scenes throughout satisfy the eye. The way Ceaser uses his intelligence to help his kind is clever and we genuinely felt for him during the horrendous captivity scenes. Harry Potter’s Tom Felton lives up to his Draco Malfoy counterpart and plays a good baddie.
The chemistry between James Franco and Freida Pinto, who plays Will’s girlfriend Caroline, is believable albeit a tad boring. But what we really enjoyed is the on screen relationship between father and son. John Lithgow gives a stunning performance as Will’s father. Struggling to cope with his disease, he also shares some touching on screen moments with pet/friend Ceaser.
Although we were bored at the idea of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was an easy and enjoyable watch. We’re just hoping they don’t try and release another one any time soon.
Following the successful release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes we couldn’t help but think of all the animals (real or not) that have helped to make some of our most loved movies a triumph. We’ve picked out five of our favourite furry friends:
An absolute classic. Thora Birch stars alongside Harvey Keitel in the 1994 release Monkey Trouble. The kids’ flick follows Eva and her (surprisingly good pick-pocket) pet monkey Dodger – who are both on the run from gangster Azro.
Troubled teen Jesse be-friends a captive and endangered whale, Willy, and helps to set him free in the ocean. Massive tear jerker. Enough said.
Dunston Checks In
We’re not quite sure whether it’s Eric Llyod’s bowl shaped haircut, Jason Alexander’s grumpy expressions or the cuteness of the Orangutan but Dunston Checks In is a must watch.
A 1993 family adventure movie based on three pets that go missing in the wild. Cue an hour and a half of action including bears, mountain cats and porkupines.
Marley & Me
Although we weren’t overly excited about watching this one, we had to include it. The entire movie (based on John Grogan’s original novel) is about the crazy, energetic dog Marley and how he helps to shape a family’s life and relationships.
Hagrid: HP would not be the same without our bearded, over-sized friend. Hagrid has been a central character throughout the entire series and was the first person from Hogwarts to meet Harry and to introduce him to the wonderful world of Wizardry. Robbie Coltrane has been amazing on screen too.
Quotes: Whether it’s flicking through the pages or glaring at the screen, Harry Potter has supplied us with some seriously great quotes that we shan’t be forgetting:
“Brilliant! It’s Potions last thing on Friday! Snape won’t have the time to poison us all!”
“You can’t give a Dementor the old one-two!”
“This is night, Diddykins. That’s what we call it when it goes all dark like this.”
The introduction of the word ‘Muggle’:
J K Rowling is a master of words. And one particular word stands out from the crowd – muggle. Just where did she get it from? What does it actually mean? Could it have originated from ‘muggers’ and that’s why wizards don’t like them very much? It will remain a mystery
Teaching us valuable lessons (that will probably never be used in real life) and protecting Harry Potter. Dumbledore played a key role throughout the story and will never be forgotten.
Harry and the gang:
Needless to say, we absolutely adore the three main characters. The books illustrate a strong bond between all three but the movies really highlight this, with great on-screen chemistry. Harry Potter fans have seen Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint mature throughout their Hogwarts journey. Check out the pictures to see how far they have come! We’re slightly shocked there won’t be a new movie to look forward to next year. Oh well, thank god for DVD’s and the rewind button.