August 2017 in Films
This month was mostly filled with Summer Under The Stars, but I also caught up on a bunch of Sam Shepard films, and went to Noir City Chicago. As always, everything I watched is under the cut.
Movie Quote of the Day – Twilight, 2008 (dir. Catherine Hardwicke)
Edward Cullen: What’s in Jacksonville?
Bella Swan: How did you know about that?
Edward Cullen: I. . . You didn’t answer my question.
Bella Swan: Look, You haven’t answered any of mine, so. . . You don’t even say hi to me.
Edward Cullen: Hi.
Bella Swan: Are you gonna to tell me how you stopped the van?
Edward Cullen: Yeah.I had an adrenaline rush. It’s very common. You can Google it.
Movie Quote of the Day – Cosmopolis, 2012 (dir. David Cronenberg)
Movie Quote of the Day – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 2010 (dir. David Slade)
In Defense of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (and the series in general)
I wasn’t going to write a review of this movie, mostly because the focus of this site is Oscar-winning and/or nominated films and contenders, but I got several requests to do a proper review. I also wanted to write on the movie because I’ve noticed that a lot of the reviewers for this chapter, as well as the previous two, have had a negative bias whether they realize it or not (Richard Roeper, this time around, however said he liked the film and was entertained). This pre-disposition is something I don’t understand at all, as part of being a reviewer is to try to stand back and approach a film objectively. That being said, I have read the books and seen all the films, and although I realize that the writing in the books is less than stellar, there is something about them that I just love. What I think it is, is that they are entertaining. They are a form of escapism, and whether they are written well or no, they are enjoyable. Same goes for the films. They are made to ENTERTAIN, not to enlighten, enrich or inspire us. Fans of the film series already know this. The books never claimed, nor tried to be, Pulitzer Prize quality and the films never tried to be Oscar worthy. What they did was entertain and from the sheer amount of money they’ve made, clearly they have done just that.