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A fun film for fans and non-fans alike.
I loved this movie, granted I'm a very loyal fan of Stephenie Meyer and have read the Twilight series as well as "The Host" which was an excellent novel as well. I went into this movie planning to grade it on several key points.
The first being adaption quality. I feel that they did an excellent job of bringing the pages of the story to life, going as far as to actually use whole passages of dialog. The atmosphere was exactly the way i saw it as I read the "Twilight" way back in 2005 when it was first released. Everything about the sets and story pleased me as a movie goer. I did find that the relationship between Edward and Bella was slightly rushed and found that, while this was understandable because of the confines of the movies length, it took away from the extreme bond they were portraying towards the end of the film when the crisis involving James takes place.
Secondly I looked at casting and was for the most part blown away. the Cullens were casted wonderfully and of course Bella and her parents were perfect as well. the only character that I don't care for is that of Jacob and this is not due to his acting ability, but mainly because he doesn't fit the picture I painted in my head when reading the book. This however, is my own personal issue, so moving on...
Finally I waited for the end of the film to arrive. i knew to expect some form of cliff hanger and I must say I have mixed feelings about the one that was presented to me. I loved the way Victoria was shown watching them from above at the prom, however i do worry that they are planning to move up her story line and that bugs me. I would like to see the films run in line with the novels, not branch off now that the first one has established the characters. Also, while I loved the look of the tear smeared mascara(did I even spell that right?) on Victoria, I don't think vampires cry do they? lol Over-all i found that the film lived up to my expectations, if not surpassing them on certain respects. While it certainly won't please every audience member, there are more than enough references to the book to please the hard core fans and general readers alike. The cast is great and the effects are above average for this type of teen fare. Quick note, you can find an author cameo at the diner the second time Bella and Charlie are there. the camera starts on her as she is presented her meal, a salad.
Saw IV (2007)
They just keep making them get better and better...
I marked this as having spoilers because it might accidentally happen, don't expect anything big though ;-). Let me start by saying that the entire premise of this installment into the series is excellent. the way the film makers mis-lead the audience repeatedly even going as far as to use prior tricks again, is amazing. I saw an advanced midnight screening earlier and most of the audience consisted of college kids. the movie had our attention the entire time, leaving little to no bored groups quietly chatting under the harsh score. The film as far as plot dives into the history of our leading man giving him new life even in death. As I said the way they trick the audience into seeing something and then explaining that it is in fact something entirely different is a gigantic plus. Not being able to figure out the plot ten minutes into the film is what has made this series so successful, that and the gore both of which are plentiful in this third sequel. If you are a fan of the other films you will undoubtedly love this one as well. It shows improvement from the previous films and guides the series in a direction fitting for the obligatory sequel...next Halloween, expect part V.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
Manos: The Hands of Boredom
This has to be one of the worst films ever made. It's like watching nothing for an hour. Literally, nothing happens at all, there really aren't any elements that could classify it as a horror film. If you were to take a movie trailer for a film that only slightly interested you and expand on that until it was 70 some minutes long, you'd have this movie. There's an endless amount of driving at it's start and the score doesn't match up with the film at all it doesn't set any kind of real mood. I'd say avoid this even if it meant your own death. I can't even say that watching it with the MST3 helped because they even have moments of long pause where it seems the film is just too much for them to bare. Utter craziness.