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
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.