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Director Spotlight: Panic Room

Panic Room, the 2002 film by David Finch, is a prime example of a close-quarters thriller. Now I am biased in favor of this type of movie—limited set and location, small cast, tight focus—to begin with; Sleuth, from 1972 and again in 2007, is another excellent example. It forces the filmmakers to focus more than usual on their craft, storytelling, acting, etc., and less on spectacle. Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Lonely Devil Review)

My name is Paul Allan Colbourne, and I have seen all the Twilight films. I didn’t get forced to watch them by a Twilight-obsessed wife or girlfriend. I made the conscious decision to sit down and watch the films, by myself, out of curiosity. Why was this much-mocked film series, based on a collection of also mocked books, so popular and loved, I wondered. So I watched them myself to find out.

Phew. I feel better now I’ve got that off my chest.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Twilight has released its 3rd movie of the series and continues to show the struggle Bella (Kristen Stewart) has to face while living in a dead-end town of Forks, Washington and is stuck between two very good looking boys: a pale-skinned Vampire, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and a Native-decent Werewolf, Jacob (Taylor Lautner). All the actors are reprising their roles, with the exception of a few new replacements. One is the ever-persistent Vampire Victoria, who was previously played by Rachelle Lefevre is now played by Bryce Dallas Howard. And one of the insignificant Volturi members was replaced to my dismay (I liked the first actor because he was in Sweeney Todd and will be in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2). Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Twilight has released its 3rd movie of the series and continues to show the struggle Bella (Kristen Stewart) has to face while living in a dead-end town of Forks, Washington and is stuck between two very good looking boys: a pale-skinned Vampire, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and a Native-decent Werewolf, Jacob (Taylor Lautner). All the actors are reprising their roles, with the exception of a few new replacements. One is the ever-persistent Vampire Victoria, who was previously played by Rachelle Lefevre is now played by Bryce Dallas Howard. And one of the insignificant Volturi members was replaced to my dismay (I liked the first actor because he was in Sweeney Todd and will be in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2). Read the rest of this entry

Kristen Stewart Hits The Road With Jack

Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, a story based in the Jazz era,  is finally getting its big screen debut.  After years of failed attempts, The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles, will bring his and Kerouac’s vision to the film.  It was recently announced that Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has been cast in the film as a character named Marylou.  

Being that the that the cross country epic is in its early stages, details are sparse.  It is currently scheduled for a 2011 release.   

The Runaways

For all the hoopla made of Kristen Stewart, Joan Jett, and The Runaways, it is much ado about nothing. Her role is severely limited in scope and screen time, allowing for two of her co-stars to shine through all of the misplaced hype. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

So I finally bit the bullet and watched The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I have to say, it was a decent enough film. A bit over dramatic, but still better than the first. It’s a simple romance story of an obsessed teenage girl abandoned by her lover and trying to cope with an all too mundane real world. Once you have a taste of the extraordinary, how can you go back to the lame real world? Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Devil’s Advocate Review)

So I finally bit the bullet and watched The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I have to say, it was a decent enough film. A bit over dramatic, but still better than the first. It’s a simple romance story of an obsessed teenage girl abandoned by her lover and trying to cope with an all too mundane real world. Once you have a taste of the extraordinary, how can you go back to the lame real world? Read the rest of this entry

Adventureland DVD

I had been looking forward to seeing Adventureland for a while now.  I missed it in theaters, so I had been waiting with heavy anticipation for the DVD release.  And now it’s out and I got to say…worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry