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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hello All! And some movie reviews...

Hello everyone! Sorry I have not posted. I don't know what is keeping me from posting, but I have procrastinated posts on our CALM adventure and Shannon's graduation among other things. They are still in the works, I will likely have them up soon!

I will, however post about movies!



OK, I finally saw "Twilight" and it wasn't that great. It was actually pretty blah and over dramatic. What was I expecting? I have read the books and they are enjoyable, lite fiction. The movie, took the teenage drama to a melodramatic and underwhelming level. I struggled to find some real semblance of character development. There was far too much staring into each others' eyes and saying whispery and slightly cryptic lines. It was not torture to watch or anything, but it didn't have the "this is really silly" guilty pleasure feel to it like the books have for me. It was just silly.

One thing that really got me was Jasper's pierced look and fluffy hair, I couldn't help laughing each time he came on screen. I am sure that annoyed Nate! It also just looked to filtered and overly contrasted. The "look" of the film was also greatly distracting. Not to mention Edward riding the invisible unicycle carrying Bella though the woods. Now that was riot worthy. Shoestring budgets are great, eh?

Ah, well, what can you do? I will probably continue my sheepy behavior and see the next movie too, I can't help it.



The other movie I recently saw was "The Boy In the Striped Pajamas"

I hesitated renting this because I thought it would be yet another really depressing Holocaust movie. Yes, it was very depressing and about the Holocaust, but it was intriguing. Well acted, well written and different.

The story surrounds an 8 year old boy, Bruno, and his family as they move to the country. His father, a Nazi commandant, has new duties overlooking a prison camp. Bruno sees this camp, which he mistakes as a farm through his window. He is curious about the farm and the strange people there wearing striped pajamas. He manages to get out of his house compound and befriends another 8 year old boy, Shmuel, in the camp. Bruno tries to figure out the purpose of this camp and to determine whether his father is a good man or not.

The ending is a bit of a surprise and is quite sad, so be prepared.

One thing that I suppose bothers me is that everyone has British accents. They are GERMAN! At any rate, I found the performances of Bruno and his mother to be very subtle but stirring. Great film!


More soon everyone!

3 remarks:

Bewildertrix March 25, 2009 at 10:49 PM  

Okay, haven't seen Twilight and don't intend to but "The Boy In the Striped Pajamas" looks very intriguing. I googled a trailer and you are right the collection of British accents does make it rather strange. It has David Thewlis in it though which is a bonus for me.

I wasn't aware of this film so thank you :)

Kathryn March 26, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

Yeah, it was different than I expected, but I really enjoyed it.

Cristin March 26, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

Maybe I will rent the "Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Sometimes depressing movies can be rewarding. I'm glad you reviewed this because I never know what to watch anymore.

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