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Updates: Been quiet, but been busy. \m/ is still in the editing phase, but, it’s looking REAL good! I will be writing a ‘wastin’ away the year in review’ soon, in which I have a LOT to write about. And there is a good chance I will be making a return to MovieFreak.com soon. It has been two years since I wrote a review for that site, so I am pretty damn excited. 8-)
I am also still planning on tackling the three writing projects next year.
To this day, I still don’t understand the ‘Twilight’ fad. After watching the remaining films last week, I am left with so many questions.
Why was there a TEAM JACOB and a TEAM EDWARD when the fan-base already knew the outcome of the series, and who would end up winning Bella’s heart?
Why was JACOB/EDWARD fighting over Bella in the first place, when the girl had no depth/personality, or substance, other than wanting a boyfriend?
Why didn’t the CGI wolves look proportioned throughout the series?
In ‘Breaking Dawn: Part One,’ what the hell was the filmmakers thinking of filming the honeymoon scenes in a CGI-looking lake?
What was going through the minds of the filmmakers when they thought it was a good choice making Bella’s/Edward’s baby CGI? Follow up question: why was their child CGI throughout the WHOLE MOVIE?!?
Did the filmmakers even pay attention to the inconsistency editing of ‘Breaking Dawn: Part Two,’ in which during the lack-luster battle tail-end of the movie, the camera does close up shots, focusing on what appears to be hundreds of blood-thirsty vampires from Italy, ready for battle - but kills the vibe in the scene with long angle shots of maybe ten vampires in the same group?
During all of this, the one question I still kept asking myself - people actually think this is good?
All and all, I had a good laugh with the ‘Twilight’ series. I didn’t think it could get any worse than vampire baseball. The CGI kid during the last ‘Twilight’ tops it all of WTF moments.
When I started developing the \m/ story, I already had in mind what the fictitious band, Outsider’s Vengeance, would be like. I didn’t want to write the SEX/DRUGS/ROCK cliche MOST rock bios fall under. I’ve read my share of rock memoirs, and all of that shit bores me.
Instead, I lifted the likeness of bands such as Yes/Rush/and Dream Theater.
'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage' has a lot of influence to how I mapped out \m/. One key element that 99.9 percent of successful rock bands have in common (and Rush is no exception) is how one occurrence leads into another…
I also used Rush (and this wonderfully made documentary) as inspiration to how the band is one of a few in the history of the music biz, that has the freedom they have to make whatever album they want to make. That’s a running theme throughout the \m/ story, and it even goes beyond the story to my own writing.
The author of RAISE YOUR GLASS is starting to finally get a chance to sit down, relax, and LOL to the remaining ‘Twilight’ films I’ve haven’t seen yet (only has taken me a few years). I’ve been thinking about having a ‘Twilight’ marathon for some time now, but I don’t think me (or my wife) could handle that. We might die from being exposed to glimmering vampires and forced dumbed-down dialogue.
We could’ve re-watched the first two movies, but I didn’t want to stomach vampire baseball and a ten-minute montage of an empty chair in a classroom, so we started things off with the unnecessary filler movie: ‘Eclipse.’ The film was 40 minutes too long (could’ve trimmed down the repetitive exposition, which was over-explained at least five times in the film), decrease how many times TEAM JACOB says the word FEEL, and toned down Bella/Edward blank stares. What I did enjoy from the film was the back-stories of the vampires in the Cullen clang, but ‘True Blood’ does a better job with those kind of scenes. Then again, ‘True Blood’ is better made trash. This is just…trash!
Majority of the film is bad. Very bad. Not only is the dialogue horrible (and the acting, just as ugh), but the pacing/editing/and CGI - almost looks fan-made.
Forget the whole ‘chick-flick’ argument, I’ve seen rom-com’s that are better executed/directed/presented than ‘Eclipse.’ Usually, when filmmakers cut one scene into another scene, they would pay attention to how it flows coherently. There’s no flow to this film. It’s sad that none of the ‘Twilight’ fans noticed that.
As for me, I had one hell of a good LOL-fest (my wife and I should’ve recorded our commentary of the experience!)
Will be seeing the final film(s) within the week. Wish me luck!
I lifted the wonderful introduction of this film, where Johnny Cash reflects upon his entire life at a concert, and used it for my own story. Also borrowed the film’s narrative advancement storytelling, jumping from one time period to another.
It seems that every decade is in need of a ‘Carrie’ adaptation. First there was the 1999 sequel called ‘The Rage.’ Then there was a 2002 made for TV movie (which was intended as a pilot for a potential TV series, but didn’t had enough telekinetic powers to pull in the ratings). Now, an updated 2013 film unleashes itself, all with social media references and a bloody CGI climax. Why the constant interest in modernizing Carrie White for every other generation? The 1976 original is nearly perfect as is, what’s the point of recycling the same song and dance?
How many countless reports (and countless more unreported) incidents of bullying? How often have we heard of suicides with teenagers as a result of being picked on? The appeal of ‘Carrie’ might have something to do with the terrifying climax that always ends with a fatal prom night, but the real horrors that reside in Stephen King’s cautionary tale of bullying, comes from the first ten minutes of the film (and any incarnation of the story), with a young girl that unexpectedly gets her period, and a group of her peers that starts throwing tampons at her, picking on her for how ignorant Carrie White is about herself. The bullying continues throughout the story (including bullying from Carrie’s own mother), which pushes Carrie to her limit. The chaos during the prom scene might be terrifyingly exciting to see unfold onscreen (and a bit on the fictional silly side of life), but let’s come back to reality where school shootings happen, ‘Carrie’ is as much of a horror film as it’s a character study of bullying, and the affects of it.
As far as a remake goes, this updated film is very good. There’s things I like about the original this film doesn’t offer, and vice-verse. I can’t say one is better than the other. They are both good on their own merits.
Chloë Grace Moretz is perfect as Carrie White. I think any critic that bashes her performance are bullies themselves. I really felt Moretz’s emotions throughout the film, and the climax actually left me a little sad for her fate.
Julianne Moore was ruthless as Carrie’s mom. She walked away from any of the campier versions of the character, and portrayed her as realistic as possible. She made me cringe a few times.
Everyone else in the film were strong, the characters are believable, though, not fleshed out (so to speak). I kept on thinking throughout the film, that there must have been a lot of cut scenes, because the film seems a bit condensed than it should be. The running time is only 92 minutes, yet I had the impression the filmmakers were going to be more true to the book, not that the film doesn’t steer from its source material. There’s a little bit of back story to Carrie White’s ‘gift’ that was hinted upon through this film’s marketing online, but none of it was in the film I saw.
Throughout the book, the story pauses with interviews with witnesses that leads up to the climax. I was hoping the movie would attempt to replicate that same style, but the narrative was straight-forward, just like the original movie. Tail end of this film, there is a snippet from a hearing, but it really doesn’t go anywhere (and there’s no pay-off from it). I was also a little disappointed that the filmmakers didn’t fulfill that promise of Carrie White’s destruction in town, which goes more in-depth in the book.
I still really liked the film, and view it in three ways: it’s a good horror film, it’s a solid remake, and it’s a GREAT allegory to the high school experience. I am noticing a LOT of reviews from critics, asking, ‘what’s the point?’ For majority of remakes, I do agree with them. But ‘Carrie’ is an exception to the rule. And as far as I am concern, I will start asking ‘what’s the point of remaking ‘Carrie’ every other decade?’ when I stop reading/hearing about school shootings/suicides/and how awful kids treat other kids at school.
Oddly enough, it was bullying Stephen King witnessed when he used to teach English in high school before he made it big, that inspired him to write about Carrie White’s own hellish experience in school.
There’s a really good documentary called ‘Bully,’ which is as horrifying as Carrie White’s story. The sad thing is - ‘Bully’ isn’t fiction.
Given the amount of horror remakes over the years, it’s nice to see at least one franchise that stood the test of time and resisted the reboot fad. ‘Curse of Chucky’ is the newest installment of the Chucky franchise (making it the sixth film in the series). It erases the mediocre mess that was ‘Seed of Chucky,’ and goes back to its roots: slow-moving rip-off of every other horror movie that has ever slashed its way into theaters.
The Chucky series is not my all-time favorite, but I do have admiration for the first two ‘Child’s Play,’ and ‘Bride of Chucky’ is a gem of a cult classic.
In other words, I love to hate on the Chucky flicks, but I do enjoy them more than they are worth. ‘Curse of Chucky’ is really dumb with some bad acting on the side. However, it’s also a lot of fun to watch. Wasn’t sure where the film was going (other than recycling shit it has already done before), but the tail end left me chuckling with respect to the writers/filmmakers for making that attempt majority of movie franchises forget to do: getting the continuity right. There is a nice-pay off the last five minutes of the movie, that ties ‘Child’s Play’ to ‘Bride of Chucky.’