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Like: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

16 May

click image to link to Breaking Dawn p1’s IMDB page

Acting Chops:

I’ve seen the acting qualities of the cast come a long way as they find their groove together and just develop as actors. In particular I commend Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.  They have really progressed with their acting.

Kristen Stewart:

In the first few movies I really was bothered by Stewart’s acting chops. And yes, I had the bar high from reading the books like a fiend, but really I should be allowed to have the bar high for such a high profile movie. I found her portrayal of Balla as predominantly awkward instead of unsure.  The negatives weren’t balanced with Bella’s other positive qualities (like … hmm okay she was kind of annoying in the books to).  Anyways, to me it came across as if Stewart used to play Bella as a generality “awkward” instead of playing her with specificities. On top of this, her facial expressions were an ever constant lips-separated gaze / pout. Finally I really could not stand her vocals. I just have had a hard time getting past them. She grunts and moans and almost pants throughout the first film. I actually never realized how much Stewart’s voice hindered her performance until I watched the first movie in French; watching it in French made her performance far more enjoyable because there wasn’t all of that unnecessary breath work. 

In this movie however, she’s found her game. She’s less general, and has more intensions in her scenes (i.e. when she chooses to call Rosalie when Edward gets out of the car, you could see her thinking things through). Maybe it’s partially because her character has just developed more, she’s willing to fight against Edward for something she actually wants that doesn’t fully involve him.

… I still can’t get over that she cries over not getting laid, but that’s not Stewart’s fault, it’s the scripts. Also, I still don’t like her and Pattinson’s kissing scenes. They aren’t passionate, they don’t make me want to smooch someone, they’re just kind of uncomfortable to watch.

Taylor Lautner: I have never seen Lautner as a stronger actor throughout these films. Until now. It’s his little expressions that steal the scenes. His looks of poorly disguised disgust as Bella scarfs down some blood seem genuine and make the act that much more believable. His mini snarky look when he’s thinking that the foetus probably wants to eat someone is telling before Pattinson’s explanatory line even comes.
Bella’s Wedding Dress

the back of this dress is stunning, and perhaps reveals a bit of foreshadowing…

I thought that the wedding dress chosen was perfectly suited for Bella’s character. It fit Stewart perfectly and was sexy while still modest. The only thing that initially irked me is that it is such a mature style for someone who is still a teenager. But then I realized that is a reflection of Bella’s character who was always mature for her age (well at least compared to the other teens in Forks).

Make up

I hugely applauded the makeup department. I don’t know how much of Bella’s

the Makeup Department also skilfully created mystically beautiful creatures

transformation was computer generated but there were definite makeup components that need to be credited. Bella’s face looked sunken and sullen. Her chest bones were shadowed to show a cavernous form instead of her usual smooth fleshy build. Finally, her spine was exposed and protruding (reminiscent of  Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance music video) – again I don’t know if this was make up or CGI, but I would guess a minimum of both. Another interesting choice done by the Makeup Department was the specific decision to hire a contact lens technician—this made the vampire eyes believable, frightening, and beautiful in their own rights.

Camera movement

The camera is more kinetic in this film than others. Especially in the final scene where it swoops down along Bella’s body and creeps up to her face. We are in a tight close shot before her red-eyes pop open. The camera’s movements added tension, and even suspense, to the scene. It was silent (obviously) but incredibly powerful.

Cheese
On the whole, I thought that the wolfy scenes were handled pretty well. But the one scene where (spoiler) Jacob rebels against Sam, “I will not! I am the grandson of a Chief…”, was just so aerosol-cheese-bad) that I actually had to pause and look away from the screen while I quietly laughed.

CGI

As Edward’s venom spreads throughout Bella’s body we get a CGI transformation. Kristen goes from a corps to an instant jealousy-inducing beauty.

While we’re talking about the wolves though, let’s give some gentle props to the CGI people, I loved when the wolves snarled, the raising of the skin on either sides of their noses was a realistic touch.

Another thumbs up to the CGI team is during Bella’s vampire transformation. I liked the scene where the venom started to spread through Bella’s body. Furthering this, I liked how once it was going through we saw her hair colour revive, her flesh refill itself, her makeup intensify, and the shadows on her face recede – nicely done!

Give me a little more Continuity

Bella’s body is wasting away yet  and she turns into somewhat of a skelator. Yet her engagement and wedding bands stay snugly on her finger…

Eye Candy

Foy: this 12-year-old is a knock out already. Watch out.

Baby baby baby… So in no particular order:

Taylor Lautner – opening few seconds and BOOM no shirt. They really were anxious to get that out there.

Robert Pattinson – okay there’s a whole gaggle of girls out there as you read who are just hacking away at their computers trying to hunt Edward Rob down.

Kellan Lutz – If I need to explain this or even comment more, you should probably stop reading this blog (only don’t).

Ashley Greene – “that chick from twilight” when coming from the lips of a guy, I am learning, usually does not refer to Kristen Stewart. They love her, and you know what, we all should! Besides the fact that I love how she plays Alice, she’s gorgeous. Koodos to her all around. Maybe it’s the way her eyes twinkle (Greene wears lash extensions), or the overall symmetry of her face; but she’s quickly becoming a much talked about actress.

Mackenzie Foy – the girl who’s the teen of Renesmee.  She is a natural beauty. Even though she was only in frame for a few seconds, she left a startling impact.

Kristen Stewart– both naturally beautiful (pre-knocked up Bella) and mystically beautiful (vampire transformation Bella).  Stewart is beautiful throughout all of the films, she really plays up that mysterious outsider; but when she begins her transformation into vampirhood she becomes painfully beautiful (watch out Rosalie, there’s a new beauty Queen in town).

Stewart is achingly beautiful

<3RL

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Man Candy of 2011

4 Jan

In lieu of the new year I figured it was only appropriate to reflect on the Babes of 2011. So here is my pick for the top 5 hottest men of the past year — wonder if they’ll make the cut next new years.

1)      Ryan Gosling

AND he can lift Emma Stone like Baby in Dirty Dancing.

— Now I realize that this is almost not fair, after all the turn phrase this year has been “the year of Gosling” or “the summer of Gosling”, but really he just kills it and in a very stylish manner. Starring in 3 blockbusters this summer / fall (Crazy Stupid Love; The Ides of March; Drive), our Canadian beauty proved that he’s still worth talking about years after The Notebook.

But lets be honest, we don’t just love Gosling for his acting chops, we also love him for his looks… Ironically Gosling partially got his breakout roll in The Notebook because director, Nic Cassavetes, thought he wasn’t a babe at all.  According to the British magazine Company Cassavetes told Gosling “’I want you to play this role because you’re not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You’re not handsome, you’re not cool, you’re just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts.” HA! Well thank you Cassavets for bringing to light one of the biggest heartthrobs since ‘04.  … Also, every girl would love to be kissed by Gosling — he just makes it look so damn good!

2)      Ian Somerhalder 

this man is stunning, the song “these eyes” was clearly inspired by him — LOVE.

❤ – –because vampires are now their own tv genre and he’s the hottest one around. Somerhalder OWNS every girl’s dreams in his role as Damon on The Vampire Diaries. He perfectly illustrates the badboy with a heart of gold, while never dropping his dangerous edge. Arguably his most heart-jilting physical quality are his penetrating and electric bold blue eyes.  His eyes are two shades of blue, a dark blue ring surrounding a light aquine blue.  They’re almost metaphoric of Damon’s character.  … Honestly I die every time he’s on screen. EVERY TIME. And gladly 😉

3)      James Franco

the crinkles around his eyes, his smile: beautiful.

okay so he’s never really done it for me, but I have to admit there’s this sort of mystique around him. He has this weird balance between rough around the edges and polished. Furthermore, not only did he co-host last year’s Academy Awards, but he was Oscar nominated for “Best Actor” for his performance in 127 Hours; AND he’s the face for Gucci’s men’s fragrance line. … I only wish that someone would please groom his eyebrows a little better?

4)      Kellan Lutz

Everything about him is just so beautiful! His eyes, cheek and jaw bones, hair, skin — Delicious.

– babe; boyish but still manly; beast…Hello, I don’t know where everyone’s been but he’s clearly the hottest of the Cullen Clan…and of the wolf pack.  Actually, I really feel like I shouldn’t have to explain how hot he is so I just won’t. (sexy!)

5)      Matt Damon

drool. (The very sexy dad next door)

— bassically, he’s the sexy dad next door. Yep, I just said it. Turning 42 and he’s aging like a beauty.  Also he did Damon Claus for a Cause how cute is that!

❤ RL