Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (2011)


It’s no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with the Twilight Saga. When I was younger, I was an avid fan. Years later I admit I’m still a fan, but a small part of me is ashamed because… well, it’s Twilight. Book-wise, I admire Meyer’s poetic prose but abhor the way she made her characters a different version of Mary Sue. Movie-wise, I suppose I loved each and every one when they came out, but I have to say I won’t go rushing to watch them immediately. They were full of bad acting, cringe-worthy dialogue and why on earth do they linger on the kissing scenes/shirtless men?! (Sorry, that’s the prude in me talking xD)

Anyway, I watched Breaking Dawn, Part 1 yesterday with my girls. I was tapping into the fan-girl in me and was completely hyped up and excited for some Jasper love *ahem* Bella/Edward love. If I’m to be honest with myself, I wasn’t putting much hope on the technicalities of the movie. I promised myself that I like Twilight simply for the fan-girl moments, not the ahh-mazing acting or the epic-tastic dialogue… but you know what? The second I laid eyes on that huge screen in the cinema, I was floored.

Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.

  1. First and foremost, I found Kristen Stewart‘s acting more believable. She was wide-eyes and smiling and she rarely stuttered or looked down — and I swear I only saw her mouth open a few times. (And please don’t be harsh to me, I’m a fan of KStew!)
  2. Secondly, the wedding scenes… In the words of Angela Weber all the way back in Twilight: Oh. My. God. I completely loved it! I was afraid that it would be super romantic and so cheesy (and it was in a way), but I just fell in love with — no, not Bella and Edward, but Renée and Charlie. The former was completely harebrained and the latter so dry-humoured, they were just… wow, to me.
  3. The cinematography was amazing. There were parallels with Twilight, such as the bird’s eye view of the forests and stuff, and parallels with New Moon with the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. The various use of camera shots, the one that comes to mind is the boat shot when Bella and Edward were travelling to Isle Esme, definitely kept the movie interesting as well.
  4. Lastly, there was the dialogue. The entire film did not focus on the ‘woe is me, I’m in love with a vampire/in love with a human/in love with a human in love with a vampire’ crap. Because of this, I felt the characters to be more believable. Shocking, right? I mean, Rosalie was actually acting human (in the loosest sense of the word).

Of course, I can’t just shout praises for the movie. It’s wonderful and all, but it’s not perfect. (The horrible, non-Twilight fan part of me is saying “It’s still Twilight, after all… hahaha.)

  • For one thing, I can’t help but wonder that the scene after Bella and Edward’s first night together, when it is revealed to the audience the bruises Edward gave Bella, was slightly promoting abuse. Bella was all “it’s fine” and “they don’t hurt, not compared to the awesome, awesome sex we had last night”. Am I the only one who sees this?
  • And then there’s Edward wanting to abort baby Renesmee. I know it’s for the sake of the plot and everything, but WHOA. I am pro-life, so bad Eddie!
  • Then there’s also Bella’s transformation into a vampire. Could they promote perfection even more?! I mean, I’m happy with the way I am and could not ask for anything better but… even I took a hit for my self-esteem. Damn.
  • Finally, there’s the whole “I’ve imprinted on your vampire-human baby” — some say it’s pedophilia, and the argument there is that the werewolf doesn’t have to be the imprintee’s lover immediately: they could be a friend, a brother, or whatever she wants him to be. But my rebuttal to that is “isn’t that a tad incestuous if you first become her brother and then her lover?” But hey, that’s just my view on things. A plot is a plot, after all.

Overall, I found the movie riveting because if it were otherwise, I won’t still be on this Breaking Dawn high I seem to be on right now. If you’re not a Twilight fan before this movie then perhaps it’s too late for you to convert, but I strongly believe this particular movie has a chance to do so. I’m not putting my hopes up, but that’s just my opinione. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 totally surprised me… but in a good way.

By the way: is it just me or does Peter Facinelli look a bit like Tom Cruise?? o_O Oh, and was it just me or was Stephenie Meyer in the crowd of wedding guests?? Huh…

NEW Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Movie Trailer


Here it is, what Twi-hards all over the world are waiting for…

*drum roll*

…the new BREAKING DAWN, PART 1 theatrical trailer!! This is no measly teaser trailer, but a full on two minutes and thirty seconds preview. To be honest, it pretty much covers the first half of the book so even non-Twilight fans can get the gist of the plot — what’s the point of the movie?

Okay, that was a joke. I didn’t mean that. (Not completely, anyway ^__^)

Random thought: If the Cullens are supposed to be vampires and therefore never-changing, how come their hairstyles change every time there’s a new film out? I understand it’s impossible to keep the same hairstyle over three or four years, but at least let them be the same colour.

2011 MTV Movie Awards


I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time (at least a week). When the day finally came, my brother woke me up from my much needed sleep, only to realize that it was just a commercial playing and not the actual Awards show. So, after having only about six hours of sleep, I dutifully kept awake until 8 o’clock came and the show aired. Through the very funny moments, the excitement and my grandmother’s reprimands to turn the volume down, I came to this conclusion:

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Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Movie Poster


Yes, what you’re seeing is correct. That image up there ^^ is the official movie poster for the next installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, Part 1. At this point in time, I can’t say whether I like the poster or not. Compared to the previous three posters, this one does not feature any of the three main characters — Bella, Edward and Jacob.

  

I have to say though, that the poster has a somewhat peaceful look to it, symbolizing surely the ending that is to come: Bella and Edward’s union, the birth of their half-human/half-vampire child, and finally Bella becoming a vampire herself. I can’t say more without ruining the entire story. (LOL — see what I did there?)

Anyway, if you want to catch the teaser trailer, tune in to the MTV Movie Awards on June 5th. If you don’t have the MTV channel, then you can see it also on IMDb.com after the show ends. Or, if you’re too lazy, just check the thing out on YouTube a day or so later — that’s what I’d do, anyway. ;D

Want to see stills from the movie? Check out this post.

#17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently


What can I say, I love me some Cherry Bomb. ^_^ Though it didn’t click with me well enough to be my anthem — that still goes to Bruno’s The Lazy Song – but it somehow spoke to me in that ‘wild child’ sort of way. I didn’t know what I was expecting when I decided to watch The Runaways starring Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. I doubt I’d be in a hurry to watch it again, but to listen to the music one more time?

Cherry bomb!

Teresa and Kristen: Twins?


Is it just me or do these two ladies look like they could pass off as twins?

While Kristen is not a natural blonde, Teresa Palmer looks a lot like her… or I suppose Kristen looks a lot like Teresa. I’ve watched two movies that star Teresa, I Am Number Four and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and I can’t help but notice that at certain angles, she looks very much like a certain Twilight star.  Maybe it’s the facial structure, the hair, or maybe it’s just the way she uses her eyes to convey her acting, but Teresa really could be Kristen’s long lost twin. Or vice versa.

Oh, I give up. This is confusing. =S

#8 – A picture that makes you laugh


I have a very strange sense of humour. Some of the things my friends find funny, I find utterly ridiculous and find absolutely no humour in it. The things I find funny, however, my friends find confusing. Most likely because my sense of humour revolves around shared understanding… like this:

Or this:

Since no one is my class is as avid a fan as me (of both Harry Potter and Twilight), no one really understand why I find the aforementioned pictures funny. I just do, okay?

#6 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day


I really do try not to revel in discontent. I accept who I am, I accept the circumstances I’m in, I accept the blessings God has given me, and even the hardships I accept. But I’m only human, and humans aren’t infallible. To be someone else for a day would mean a release from the everyday humdrum of my life.

So… who would I choose? Well, that’s easy. I want to be someone famous. However, here comes the not-quite-easy part: which famous person do I want to be for a day? The first people who came to mind were:

  1. Emma Watson (who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise) because she gets to be a wonderful actress and model, hang out with Daniel Radcliffe and still she’s smart enough to be accepted to Brown University.
  2. Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga) because, unlike other girls, she has a devil-may-care attitude with how she looks. She’s like a rocker inspiration for me.
  3. Dakota Fanning, just in principle because she’s roughly my age and already successful.

It’s very difficult to choose, I know. And quite selfish, actually. I know it’s just going to be for a day and everything, but there’s a selfish part of me that wants more. All those people I’ve listed above were famous and successful from a very young age. I see a good role model in Emma, a good fashion guru in Kristen, and I see what I could’ve been in another universe (I doubt it, but humor me) in Dakota.

Yes, I want to be successful someday, but wouldn’t it have been better if I come to that myself? Just me and plain ol’ elbow grease.

So in conclusion, if given the chance to be someone else for a day, I’d like to be myself. Albeit, an older, richer, more well-known and successful version of myself.

Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Movie


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I’m an avid fan of the Twilight Saga. I haven’t really been quiet about it with my friends, with my family — or with just random people, I guess. I love Twilight. I think that the love Bella and Edward share, though unconventional, is the kind of love that will last for eternity. Yes, he can be quite controlling. Yes, Bella ought to make her mind up and take charge for a change. But those quirks and imperfections are what makes them special.

The fourth installment of the movie is coming up. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is due to be released on the 18th of November, 2011. That’s about seven months from now. It’s still a long way to go, but that doesn’t stop us Twi-hards from getting as much juicy information about the movie as possible. I’ve scoured the web and compiled these pictures. I’m not entirely sure if they’re all official, but they’re pretty good and I like them.

 

The part I’m really looking forward to in the movie is, of course, the big wedding. After huge amounts of asking (read: pleading) on Edward’s part, Bella finally agreed to his proposal. In return, she is turned into a vampire, something she really wanted to be. Due to all the danger she and the Cullen family get, from the Volturi and Victoria, I suppose her request was reasonable. Another vampire in the family just means more manpower on their side.

Speaking of weddings, here are some pictures of their honeymoon in Isle Esme. Oh, to be ridiculously rich… I could own myself an island!

I really don’t understand why they call these pictures ‘stills’ because every time I look at them, I can’t sit still. I jump up and down and squeal like some hyper tween… erg, don’t tell anyone I said that. *face palm*