Eclipse: The Epic Film that puts the Predecessors to Shame.

Yes, you read that correctly. No, I am not bipolar.
That is in fact what happens when you put your inhibitions to the side and go see Eclipse 23 more times…or two [more] so far.  Hey I saw New Moon six times, but who’s counting, nothing to be proud of. NM stuck closer to the book, BUT Eclipse was made with more quality. So that is a better excuse to go an extra 20 more times, according to LTT.com, that’s Normal! 

So after ranting on what I did not like about Eclipse, I thought it was time to give credit where it is due,  and compliment Summit for casting Rob and the cast and crew for what really IS good about the movie. Because I found when I went into the theater again [and again] to actually ENJOY the movie and not compare, then i really did ENJOY it. A. Whole. Lot. 

 

  

 

  1. Bella’s cat eye sunglasses she wears when she visits Renee in Jacksonville. They really are Tom Ford Anouks that sell for around ONLY $300…hmm I think I’ll get one in every color since they are soo “cheap.” Seriously I do want a pair! Obvs. It was the only apparel that Alice picked out for Bella in the movie since they were chic and fab-since she would not have picked them out herself.

    Bella's Tom Fords that Alice obviously picked out.

  

  1. LEG HITCH!!!! Yes it made it into the movie even though it was one second long meshed into the engagement scene.
  2. Claire de Lune! Remember in the first movie (ahem, namely Twilight) when Bella goes to the Cullens’ for the first time, and she turns on his stereo. He makes her dance with him. The song was Claire de Lune. And this is what Edward has playing when Bella comes over at the beginning of the engagement scene. My Favorite Scene. Edward talks about if they lived in his time he would “court” her, and “take her on chaperoned walks,” and “steal a kiss only after he asks permission from her father for her hand.” And this is when he does get on his knee, flashes Elizabeth Masen’s (his mother’s) early 1900’s wedding ring, she says yes, and literally jumps into his arms. How ROMANTICAL. Yes gentlemen, this is exactly what a lady wants to hear. TAKE NOTES.
  3. Rosalie’s story…so “movie only’’ may now see why she is the way that she is. But for a Twi-hards like myself, it is a chance for her to shine and show her “theatrical” side. Also I love the 1930’s setting of Rose’s human life-just that time period in general greatly interests me.
  4. Howard Shore. Period. Oscar winning composer (for The Lord of the Rings) brings his brilliance to the Twilight Saga with a beautiful symposium of pieces that are astounding and steps up the movie a few notches.
  5. The scenery of the mountaintops during the battle sequences and around the tent scene are simply breathtaking with the rich palette of gorgeous blues. Honestly the whole sequence where it cuts between the newborns coming up from the water, Shore’s marvelous background music, and the back of a literally dazzling Edward by the campsite looking out on the mountain view is a grand scale of scenery genius. Thank you David Slade. Slade also brought to us the wide close up shots of actors-which is what he is famous for.
  6. Renee’s Graduation gift to Bella. This is one of two additions to the film that made up for the deletion of Many book points. Renee actually made a quilt from all of the baseball shirts they got when they traveled with Phil on his minor league ball tours until Bella moved to Forks. It was extremely sweet and touching especially for Bella’s current circumstance where she is having to choose her future soon, and does not know how Renee and Charlie will fit into that picture.
  7. The second addition that was a positive was the camaraderie. It happens two different time and includes a vamp and wolf working together. First it is with Emmett and Paul who have a disagreement over the boundary lines at the beginning. Then during the big battle the pretty much tag team to beat down an unruly newborn, and at the end look in each others’ eye to quickly say “Teamwork.” Then after Jacob’s fateful bone breaking experience, Carlisle attends his rapidly healing wounds so he won’t have to go to the hospital. (he’s a wolf currently in human form with the temp. of 109, bad idea to go to the hospital.) Then before Dr. Cullen leaves the Black residents he shakes Billy Black’s hand. Seriously GROUNDBREAKING. Bella was happy about that.
  8. Jasper’s backstory. He finally let his Texan accent slip as he tells of his bloodthirsty newborn days, and how Alice saved him that one fateful day in Philly (though sadly as already discussed, Philly did not make the cut.) But most importantly Jazz and Alice’s shining moment when they kiss after his story. Jackson Rathbone (Actor who plays Jasper) actually admitted to bribing Rosenberg into writing in their much needed kiss. Thank you Jackson, it was Yummy. Alice and Jasper were M.F.E.O.’s.
  9. Alice’s outfits. Of Course. Alice is a Fashion Genius. She should seriously start her own haute couture clothing line. The great part about it would be that she would KNOW if each season’s line would be a hit or miss before she started it. Of course it would always be a hit though. She gets Best Dressed Award always. I especially loved her graduation party attire with the cute black ribbon headband.
  10. The wolf boys teasing Jake about his internal monologue of Bella. “Should I call Bella?” “Should I answer when she calls?” “Should I call her and hang up?” I have to say that they bromance teasing was pretty entertaining.
  11. “You’ll always be my Bella” scene hints to more of a real foundation to their relationship, and not just some physical teen love as it usually seems during most of this movie.
  12. “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” One of Edward’s funny lines (about an always half naked Jacob.) And pretty amazing when Rob Pattinson’s American English almost slips to his native British when he says “shirt.”
  13. Speaking of Rob Pattinson, Did I mention he plays Edward. That is a good enough reason to watch the movie. Just to drool at him and his chiseled jaw James Dean-like sexiness. Every red blooded American girl would do that.That’s normal too. Did I also mention he would absolutely make an incredible James Bond in say 10 years? Well I haven’t said it today yet at least. I wonder how that would be if he and Ashley Greene were reunited in 10 years for James Bond, since she wants to be a Bond Girl. Would they again DAZZLE on the screen? As a couple?? More importantly, would K-Stew be jealous??? (I think so..to all of the above.)
  14. The Fight Training sequence. Jasper: “Don’t hold back.” Emmett: “Not in my nature!” Great music.
  15. Bella’s ending monologue explaining to Edward that she has made her choice, and knows it is the best choice since she can let everyone know that she got to choose and keep Edward. Edward had a good monologue when he was coaxing Victoria to stay for a fight after she had found them along with Seth the wolf. (Kudos to Rob’s acting there.)
  16. Edward’s patience. An unending element in both the book and film. He is not some random inexperienced and dramatic 17 year old boy. He is 109 years old and is dealing with his hand the best way he can, but what is most important to him is Bella’s happiness. Not his own. And that makes their love more real and strong.
  17. !!!! Yes it made it into the movie even though it was one second long meshed into the engagement scene.

 

Bottom Line: EPIC, best movie of the Saga so far giving all the credit to it being a better quality film. Music, scenery, cinematography, and possibly better acting all around. Still a few cheesy lines and facial expressions (i.e.- Riley and the Cullen’s pre-battle game face), but overlooking those it really is a work cinema art. 

Eclipse: the Glorious Book vs. the Crappy Adaptation

Is Eclipse in fact the “old-school action movie of the summer”?
What do you think?
 
 

For any Team Jacobs out there...remember this resemblance..so you WILL realize that Edward DOES INFACT brood sexiness.

I know you have been wondering where I have been and where my movie review is posted, and my gushing about Robert Pattinson’s sexiness-since it HAS to be out there since the movie has been out for seven days!!!  Well we will get to that-including Rob’s good looking-ness in a timely manner…. I honestly had been avoiding this for a few days after first seeing it at the midnight premiere in IMAX no less…and with my Cullen Clan outfit, ohh yes lots of blues shades in the wardrobe. Being the typical obsessed fan without a doubt-that scary.  Even my Partner In Crime.Non (nicknames ALWAYS used in posted blogs!), was dressed to impress with her Team Cullen/Team Husband that we painstakingly made for the New Moon premiere last November when The Three Twi-migas tore up the Mall of Georgia…yes[sadly] only Non and myself were able to claim the theater territory this midnight premiere around. Since the third member of our party (Twi-Mama L) was MIA–occupational hazard– she was missed greatly.
 
So building up to the event of Epic-ness at midnight of Movie Premiere eve…the day I’ve been waiting for, for who knows how long. And then it happens…the point of the story for which I have been avoiding to write this infamous movie review blog….wait for it…..
You know Bella and Edward are stealing the scene being all cutesy..”Marry me” “Change me!” And then from the near distance- elaborately acclaimed screenwriter- famous for transforming the Twilight Saga books into movies- Melissa Rosenberg- and her disgustingly envious supermodel body-type frame literally charges onto camera view with a rusty machete in both arms swinging away as if they were nunchucks, but much more intense, starts hacking aways at EVERYTHING-from the tent, to the Cullen house, to everyone’s dialogue, to everyone’s hair–err wigs. Needless to say Bella-ward along with the rest of the Cullens start heading for the hills as Mel is chopping up someone’s script. And then she screamed out with an evil shrill laugh straight from The Shining, and she squalled out “Now thesseee are MYYY writings!” The cameramen were pretty shaken up because we see that the camera is violently dropped and now on its side though still focused on Melissa’s madness as if she were standing on the wall..
THAT REALLY DID HAPPEN…okay, figuratively speaking it did. Okay, now it is out in the open that Melissa Rosenberg is OFFICIALLY a “Book Butcherer.” I’ve said it..and I won’t take it back.
 

 
Rosenberg…whose story is it anyway ??”]

The wonderful Stephenie and the "Book Butcherer".. I mean Melissa.

Now I’ve said before that you have to give screenwriters credit with any script because they only have two hours to give so much info, then it is going to be lacking.  But it’s a whole different ball of wax when they write a Different story of their own, make character’s have new characteristics that were not seen before, make the movie have a different movie from the book,scenes being meshed, no Clogged together so in the end we cannot see the impact of each, and my personal fav- inventing characters that don’t even exist initially (remember  Charlie’s mental state being SHATTERED when she introduced some of the life and DEATH of his good ol’ pal “Butt-Crack Santa Waylon” in the first movie?!? [since his REAL friend Harry Clearwater passes in NM too.])
Remember that old saying…DON’T FIX WHAT’s NOT BROKEN.
 
Needless to say, when we left at 2:30 AM i did not know what to think, much less what i saw. Since this was Melissa’s story, NOT Stephenie’s masterpiece.
Thinking back- it’s almost depressing. So here is an ode to the items of this film that I did not like after seeing it for the first time:
 
-Melissa Rosenberg as a screenwriter (DUH!) Who would have thought?
-Bella’s character and reactions. Kristen Stewart really IS an amazing actress, but she is ALWAYS always the screen Bella, and never really the book Bella. Screen Bella keeps on yelling at Edward when she is SUPPOSED to be in love with him and in harmony. Also Book Bella is usually the one always wanting to make out with  Book Edward while he is in fact the grown-up and knows when to stomp on the brakes since her safety is his priority. Screen Bella keeps pushing Screen Edward off of her when he is kissing her- what is your problem Screen Bella, the sexiest man in the world is kissing you, and you don’t even care! So in the same light their relationship seems more physical (IF YOU HAVEN”T READ THE BOOKS), and doesn’t seem to have a real foundation even though it really does.
-Actor’s hair, I mean wigs. Yes sometimes Bella’s hair looks a little off and her forehead is as big as Texas. Speaking of Texas and wigs, Jasper’s wig was a little off too. The hair style was accurate since he was a Major in the Civil War, but the actual wig itself looked almost cheap (come on Summit you had a 68 Mil budget this time)…Good News- Bella will NOT be wearing a wig for Breaking Dawn-she said so herself No more Major Forehead Attack for married Bella and Vamp Bella since K-Stew’s hair will be grown back by the fall.
-Bella’s wardrobe. Period. Okay for New Moon she got a bit of a makeover, then for Eclipse she gets a.. makeunder? Seriously I know that she could care less about wearing anything but jeans, but ALiCE sure does. Alice usually gives her clothes to make her wear, and tortures her by painting her toe nails. Where was Alice when Bella was getting ready for graduation day (she was supposed to come through her window with a blue sweater and skirt.) So Bella looked pretty sad and underdressed at HER OWN graduation partay when everyone else was dressed to the nines!
-Alice and Jasper’s crucial meeting scene at the diner in Philly. Or lack there of. Yes, after Jasper’s back story, they say what they said to each other when they met, but i was SO hoping against hope that that scene would have made the cut…I think it’s because even though i do like Bella and her courage to stand up for what she wants, in the end i really do like Alice a little better. OHH- and lack of continuity with these two: In New Moon we found that Alice & Jazz had finished school, and had visited just to give Bella her bday gift. Then in Eclipse, lo and behold, they too are in caps and gowns ready to graduate with B & E. Maybe i misunderstood their role in NM, but their purposes with school were made confusing.
 
Okay so those were the main things i did not like about the movie adaptation (basically the first point where nothing came close to the book.)  But after the major disappointment (and phone call with an equally mad Twi-Mama L where we basically demoted Mel Rosenberg’s name even more for sullying Stephenie’s own name)  I had to have that reality check to think about how high my expectations really were. I had to grasp that this IS the movie version, which is always different and apart from the original story version.  And as much as i did not want to admit–since i am unhealthily obsessed with sparkly vegetarian vampires and luscious meadows that Stephenie Meyer dreams up hense the scrutiny of it having to be 100% word-for-word– Eclipse was indeed an EPIC film. Because it is the film version, not the book version.

 Book Bella Vs. Crappy Adaptation Bella:
And that also gets me to thinking about the film Bella, and though she has absolutely NO excuse to be so terribly harsh to Edward when she says time and time again that he is completely self-less, and she should be thanking her lucky stars that the song “Possibility” is not playing anymore since she is in fact not in her Zombie state since he is back with her.
Though I would prefer movie Bella to be more like book Bella, Kristen brings her own characteristics to the protagonist. I’ve said before that Kristen brings fierceness to Bella that she never had-since she says she makes the Cowardly Lion look like the Terminator. But it seems like with the addition there, this Bella’s emotion is completely stripped. And let’s face it, Bella IS emotional! Her anger is connected to her tearducts, and she gets mad at the world a lot.
But at the same time I think I’ve finally figured out that Kristen Stewart’s Bella does not draw from her Book Bella characteristics, yet from the literary components that Stephenie Meyer so famously laced through each book of the saga-well it is really Bella and Edward’s relationship that reflects from the classics. Namely, Twilight was loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, so Bella and Edward would get along one second, and then Edward would put his guard up again and they would fight. Then in the end his guard comes crumbling down and they are inseparable in a sense (taking James out of the picture that is.)So Bella in a sense was played like a very confused Elizabeth Bennet.
New Moon was like Romeo and Juliet-remember them reading/watching it in Mr. Berty’s class? And the story line was also a lot like R and J when Edward thinks she is dead, he goes off and tries to get himself killed. But she in fact goes to get him and saves the day. Basically in NM, Bella extremely melodramatic when it comes to Edward..and when he is gone she is the opposite of meladramatic…a self-described Zombie.
(Hmm, do you see the pattern yet…YOU WOULD IF YOU READ THE BOOKS SILLY!)
So here we are now at Eclipse. This one Steph loosely based off of Wuthering Heights, and which similarities may be seen with this love triangle, and selfishness vs. selflessness. Bella end the end of the book sees herself as Catherine Henshaw AND the worst monster of them all (worse than both a vamp and wolf) when she sees that she hurts both Edward and Jacob without knowing that she is. So I am slowly beginning to think that Movie Bella-with her fierceness absorbs more of those Cathy attributions than Book Bella could even conjour.

Valedictorian: Is this some kind of Graduation Prank?
In the BOOK, the Forks High School valedictorian is the brainy Eric Yorky-which makes sense right?  And Eric did make the cut into the movies- unlike so many like Tyler Crowely who in the first one almost pancaked Bella with his van, but suddenly disappeared in New Moon..who does that?
Oscar Nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) plays Jessica who is the valedictorian in the movie.  I think it is fitting that the actress, Kendrick, plays the most intelligent student in the class what with her acclamations in real life. But not really this specific character. JESSICA STANLEY- Highest GPA at Forks High School class of 2006?!?
Jessica Stanley, daughter of Mrs. Stanley, Fork’s biggest Gossiper?
Jessica “Drama Follows ME Everywhere” Stanley because to Jessica, Its ALL about JESSICA.
Needless to say, I found that one hard to believe, and unfitting…especially that she would have a higher GPA than the Cullens.

 

 

So then after these conclusions, I did in fact go see it again. Twice in fact. And when I let go of my inhibitions I REALLY enjoyed the movie more- like i should have the first go around. Believe it.
 

Up next:  What I DID love about the film. Stay tuned.

NOTE: The Alpaca/Jacob resemblance photo was from LetterstoTwilight.com and LetterstoRob.com. It is their photo, but hilarity ensues whenever they post it and whenever i see it.

It’s time to Choose.

More like the “You’ll Always be my Bella” scene.  Direct book quote.

  

“Eclipse” feels the most cinematic of the series so far, taking scenes out of the lunchroom and Swan house as much as possible. Slade shares Hardwicke’s aesthetic of using dramatic aerial photography to give the otherwise intimate tale a more epic sweep, and expands on it by repeatedly lining up the various clans like the subjects of a Vanity Fair cover shoot, their iconic group poses helping to make the movie seem as big as its following. Though Slade inherits “New Moon” d.p. Javier Aguirresarobe, his choice of lenses and shooting style (including a fair amount of handheld camerawork) gives things a more dynamic energy. 

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117943068.html?categoryid=4032&cs=1

wowww.. i cannot believe that after over a years’ worth of unhealthy obsession is finally paying off when the best book of the series debuts at midnight for the little people like us[who aren’t special enough to walk the red carpet or catch special screenings.]
 It’s bittersweet..knowing that the wait is almost over for the biggest movie of the season, and possibly the year.. Only two more movies from one more book.

Quotes of the Day:

All our attempts at subterfuge had been in vain. With ice in my heart, I watched him prepare to defend me. His intense concentration betrayed no hint of doubt, though he was outnumbered. I knew that we could expect no help–at this moment, his family was fighting for their lives just as surely as he was for ours.  Would i ever learn the outcome of that other fight? Find out who the winners and losers were? Would i live long enough for that?  The odds of that didn’t look so great.  Black eyes, wild with their fierce craving for my death, watched for the moment when my protector’s attention would be diverted. The moment when i would surely die. Somewhere, far, far away in the cold forest, a wolf howled.  Eclipse pg.1-2. PREFACE.

“…And the sound of your heart..It’s the most significant sound in my world.  I’m so attuned to it now, I swear I could pick it out from miles away. But neither of these things matter. This,” he said, taking my face in his hands. “You. That’s what I’m keeping. You’ll always be my Bella, you’ll just be a little more durable.”  Eclipse pg 274. Edward to Bella about what she will be like after becoming one of them.

What in the wild wild world of sports is goin’ on here?

I would like to wish a special birthday to the genious-idiot[isn’t that an oxymoron?!]  of comedy, Mel Brooks. 84 years young and still dancin!  

GIVE THE GOVERNOR A HARRUMPHH!!

 

There is nobody as creative and as dumb enough in show biz to come up with such farce comedies including a psychotic psychiatrist who works at the institute for the very very nervous, a dutch grandmother, Jews in space, a Drewish princess, character names for Harvey Korman that no one else can pronounce, the sheriff is near, orchestras playing in the middle of the desert, ect…Made some like Dom Deluise a star of his own kind, and was still lucky enough to marry Mrs. Robinson!  …they say opposites attract.  

He is the only one to make fun of everyone and get away with it- he even makes fun of his own kind…The likes of Leslie Nelson, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Charlie Chaplin, and even slap stick teams such as The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel Hardy could measure up to his universal slap stick humor, but they would all fall pitifully short lacking the creative script know how.  

So here’s to you Mr. Brooks…when is your next film coming out? History of the World Part 88?

Thirsty days of Twilight

2 1/2 more days…and it could not be anymore agonizing!!!
 
 
Dear Toy Story 3,
 I hope you are enjoying your consecutive spot at number 1 in the Box Office.. Because as of Wednesday you won’t be there anymore!!

 

Woody and Buzz won't be too happy when they aren't the 'shiny new toys' anymore.

 
Yes, you read that correctly..and Yes i purposely made Thirty into Thirsty for my Subject line.
Thank you for putting up with almost 30 blog style emails all about one subject.
And thank you to all that have suggested that i start blog-along with blog site recommendations for all of my rantings…whether it was because they found yet annoying vegetarian vampire in their inbox too many times in June and got tired of it, or actually somehow found those rantings somehow entertaining..the world may never know.
So I have said all of that to say this: Thanks to Blee, I am looking into WordPress.com to start my own “blog site.” So if it crumbles faster than the Wall of Jericho due to lack of readers, we will STORM Brooklyn with vengeance. ; ]

Blee & On- bringing awesomeness to underground nyc, one subway @ a time.

 

If you are [actually]”Thirsty” for more…i will be one mouse click away.
Also I friend of mine at work is working on getting his own collaborative fashion blog together, and has asked me to help out and be responsible for specific areas including trends and art [ageless fashion and film that is] because he actually thinks i exude trends of yesteryear=finally someone else sees that my style and taste lean more toward pre-1965…which is probably where i belong also.    More Info Soon.
 
So as a treat for all you Twi-in the closet-fans, and the other In-Denial-so-they-think-they-hate-it-Haters,
I am not going to write a 25 page blog today about why vege vampires are more kosher and organic than werewolves [..only 24 maybe..]
I am giving you the day off to enlighten yourself from your computer chair. Go dancing…dance because these type emails are just about expired.
I’ve got soo many other topics to type about that i have been putting off including movie reviews for Robin Hood, The A-Team [did Billy as for too much money to be in the movie??]. Or the constant thorn in my side about MGM such having ‘money problems’ that they cannot put the new 007 film together yet. Ohhh My Gravyyy (My current favorite quote by Abby Leigh) maybe if you had not put out tons of money for average flicks in the first place instead of saving in for real beefy franchise movies that bring in a whole lotta dough…and show a sexy Daniel Craig. Maybe if you had your act together we would not be in this mess. If they wait too long to film the new James Bond than Craig might get too old to play the part without wearing some MadTV’s “Opps I Crapped My Pants” pants and then they will have to shorten his 007 career too soon by replacing him with another young talented British actor-WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED since I silently vowed not to talk about that Saga that is Harry Potter-like and centers around a clutz prown girl who is in love with a “bloodsucker.” Did i say too much??  Well the 007 replacement part is more than okay in the future, but i still want Craig as Bond a few more years  before he retires his Whalter PPK, and lets Money Penny flirt with a brunette, green-eyed sexy younger 007 who once played Cedric Diggory in HP and the Goblet of Fire.
 
Looking over what all I had just typed up, it seems that it was a good trade to not talk about the biggest movie of the year…and talk all about myself. (sarcasm)
I wasn’t meaning for that to happen since that subject is just as boring as reading Great Expectations in 9th grade.  I was going more for the James Bond obsession. Because believe it or not I am still obsessed with James Bond even though I’ve had other larger obsessions-or just one- for the past year or so…I’m just not crazy about the cheap looking 007 shirt we have at Old Navy that looks handmade and is way overpriced for a “Collectabilitee” shirt. Sean Connery would not be caught dead in THAT rag.

Chow fellow 007-hards and the like.