Monday, December 08, 2008

Supermassive Black Heels

If Chanel invented the LBD, Kristen Stewart practically owned the patent for black heels. The sneakers-by-day actress had been photographed wearing black heels for official press appearances even before 'Twilight'. But of course I only want to post the pictures of her wearing her most dazzling arm accessory, Robert.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Keeps Getting Better meets Hard Candy meets Circus

Christina in AMA last November 23, Madonna in her ongoing Sticky and Sweet Tour and Britney in Bambi Awards last December 2.

The two are clearly playing a tribute to the queen of pop. It brings back memories of the liplocking incident in MTV 2003 music awards with Madonna also clad in tophat and leather boots too. A lot of things happened since then. Christina and Britney became real brides and then Madonna and Britney became divorcees.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Spoilers and Review: Twilight Movie

My hubby and I caught the first morning screening yesterday (Wednesday) in Rob Metro East to avoid long lines, screaming fangirls and get a good seats. I was right there we're just more or less 20 people lined up. A group of girls. As expected. Three grannies. Really. One teenage guy. (?). One adult male who kept talking to himself. Yeah he's loud. A teenage couple/ bestfriend. They sat on the very edge near the walls. Two brothers. Methinks.

The movie guy forgot to turn on the audio for dialogues so I missed the narration of Bella until the time she entered her bedroom. Argh! I wanted to scream the first time Edward appeared, but I know my husband will be mortified if I did that. Haha. The crowd is pretty much behaved. No one screamed 'I love you Edward'.

Adaptations are usually inferior to the book it was based on. Not unless they totally changed the story like "Sex and the City". Like the usual film versions they've interchanged the sequences, altered the details and kept some of the lines.

Here are some of things that I hated:

1. Bella's character- Her redeeming, positive qualities to which Edward will fell in love with are not even shown. It just proves how the critics are right that their love is just based on bloodlust. I think Kristen is perfect for the role. She looks ordinary at first, but the more you look at her, her beauty becomes classic and timeless. She would look hot in 'Breaking Dawn'. But acting wise, I think Kristen should read the book.

2. Although it saves time in introducing the characters, Jacob's first appearance should have been in the middle for impact. He will be a major character after all.

3. The mood for the sparkling scene is so wrong. Edward is supposed to be dazzling in full blast and not lunatic, mad.

4. Tyler, Eric, Mike, Angela and Jessica- Their characters are totally different from the book. They were reduced to just wallflowers. I guess it's okay to do that if they gave more screentime to...

5. The Cullens and The Hales- There's a lot of little side stories to each of them. If they have more budget and more running time, The story would have been more interesting. The two couples are also missing in the prom. I was hoping to see their clothes especially Rosalie's.

6. R-13- I thought it will have more sensual scenes as the ratings have warned. Like Edward nuzzling her neck....and more. ;D

7. The actors are fit to their roles except for Victoria. She reminds me of Baby Spice. She only looked menacing in the very ending.

8. The confrontation. In the book, Edward is more exasperated that it seems easy for Bella to accept the truth like it's the most natural thing to happen. Like reading minds. Being vampires. Well, I guess in the movie they need to create a conflict for it.

What I loved....

1. The scenes wherein they're lying in the meadow, the piano scene and on top of tree zooming out to a panoramic view of the forest.

2. The baseball game- It shows off their prowess as well as their individualities and my favorite Twilight track, 'Supermassive Black Hole'.

3. Edward, Bella and Jacob- I felt like a chill run through my spine when they all appeared together in the prom. There's a sense of foreboding of things to come.

4. Edward Cullen- Overall the original is way better than the movie. The only saving grace is Edward Cullen in the flesh. I loved how Robert seems to have a million facial expressions. His acting and accent is flawless except for his swagger. I expected him to be refined since he's from a different era, not like James Dean.

I just wondered how do they explain to the doctors ton how she got he bite on her wrist? And watch out for Meyer's cameo! Will she also appear in the other movies like Stan Lee?

I would still want to rewatch this and I can't wait for the rest of the franchise. After it's box office success I hope they can make 'New Moon' longer and better. It's so weird that after watching the movie, I've dreamed of me asking Rob if I can have a pic with him and again more....LOL! "That was the first night that I've dreamed of Edward".

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"New Moon" spoilers and review

Before I read "New Moon", I accidentally found out about Jacob's secret. I learned the hard way and avoided surfing about "Twilight" until I was finished with the series. This is the only "Twilight" book where I cried. I wasn't bawling but the tears just flowed unconsciously. I felt like I am Bella and Edward is speaking directly to me in the the forest scene. I dreaded reading the whole thing that happened while Edward is away. I was feeling all her pain. The months as chapter titles is also a very clever device. It captures the essence that time just stood still in loneliness. I wanted to skim the chapters to just get over it until Edward appears again. I didn't like the "Romeo and Juliet" tribute at first but Meyer was successful in incorporating it to the story. It also serves us foundation for Jacob's character and "Breaking Dawn"s story. The breakup is essential to the story, it deepens the bond between Edward and Bella and it's so Edward. Although it didn't end like the Shakespearean tragedy, it doesn't mean love is a perfect fairy tale. But it's also anti-climactic to read a book without Edward in almost half the story after all the love in "Twilight". On my second reading, it was less painful and more bearable and it's interesting to take note of the beginnings of Jacob's and Bella's friendship. I'm not sure on how will they be able to translate it into screenplay for viewers who will watch for Edward. Hopefully werewolves will keep them busy. Also don't forget to check the outtakes and extras of New Moon. The thing that Edward broke in the living room when they when the Cullens are voting? That was the brand new sixty-inch plasma TV.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Code Geass R2", "Twilight" and "Midnight Sun" : Review , Spoilers and Obsession over Lelouch and Edward. There's something about their irises.

The second season of "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2" begins one year after the rebellion in the story and in the final culmination the story ends here as well. This is now one of my top favorite animes of all time (I should make another entry about this). I've read somewhere the reason it appeals to everyone is that they were able to catch all the market (or fetishes) by offering all the necessary elements. It has mecha and lots of physical action and mental tactics for the shonen audience. It has just the right romantic undertones that can make the shojo fans active imaginations to run wild. And lastly, the collaboration with character designs with Clamp, catered to all fanboys and fangirls fantasies. Personally I was hooked by all the cliffhanger episodes and the twist of the first season. After every episode of R2 I was always left with my jaw hanging open or saying OMG or WTF! Especially the episode where Zero became the emperor and Suzaku became Knight of Zero. But as I've watched this season I started to fall for Lelouch. He's the anti-hero who has a consience. He's very brilliant and he makes all the hard choices for the sake of Nunally and eventually the greater good. Such a tragic character and to think he's just a highschool kid. I cried over the last episode! The scene with the haunting music and everybody was in slow motion as Zero is about to kill Lulu. But just like Dumbledore-is-not-dead debacle before there's a lot of speculations in the very last scene if CC is talking with Lulu or herself. Check this page for more theories. My take for this is that yes he's alive. Aside from all the logical evidences provided by some I think Sunrise intended an ending that will make people to think and to hope. It will be boring if it was just they live happily ever after. In a true "Code Geass" fashion they ended in a bang messing people's mind if he's dead or not. I wish they create a movie like what "Full Metal Alchemist" did to kick all Lulu's detractors. After feeling raw, sad and in denial but fulfilled from watching the finale I never thought I'll found an antidote or well another addiction all in the same day. I finished "Twilight". All of this happened last September 29 and I only felt like I'm ready to pour out of all this after re-reading "Twilight" and yes I'm about to re-read the other three. Can't you believe after all these years I still haven't reread "Harry Potter" series?

Bella moved in to her Dad from sunny Arizona to rainy small town Forks, Washington as a self-imposed exile all for her mom's new life and happiness. She becomes dazzled by the pale-faced topaz-eyed bronze-haired boy who's actually a vampire. She first caught his attention because he can't seem to read her mind and then found her the most intoxicating food-to-be in his entire eighty years as a vampire. It's a forbidden love story about vampire and mortal, predator and prey, lion and lamb...ooh I love the polarities. I was very nonchalant when I started reading the book. I keep comparing it to Rowling's and Marquez' literary style. But after finishing everything I can say she hit bullseye in the hearts of teenage girls and teenage-girl-at-heart. This is THE love story of this generation and time. The negative reviews are for people who are numb to their feelings. I mean I agree the plot has some weak points but at the end of the day it had left me changed to a hopeless romantic fan. The high and mighty elitist can pick their own noses. I'm so crazy about everything about "Twilight". I highly recommend reading the partial draft of "Midnight Sun" which is "Twilight" from Edward's point of view. You would understand him better and get a kick of the smallest details. It will discredit the critics who are saying that their love is purely based on magic. I have a nagging feeling that the leaked draft is a marketing ploy to heighten the entire franchise especially the movie because it stops right exactly before the meadow scene. I'm also wondering how Rosalie and Emmett and Jasper and Alice were able to pass of as siblings and especially at the prom. And what do they do will all the corpses of the animals? Some hikers will eventually find all the drained animals.

I only watched the trailer after I read the first book so I won't have any idea or prejudices. Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart are perfect for the roles. I've finished the saga in less than two weeks. I would have finished it sooner if I have all the time in the world and if "Eclipse" wasn't painfully out of stock. I scoured and called up all the bookstores for the elusive copy. I even tried to look for leads of people reading the book until against my will I've read the e-book. I swear I will complete the collection. I've already marked my calendars for the soundtrack release and I'm like a walking movie countdown widget. I'm contemplating if I should join a local radio station contest or not (listening to them like 24/7) to catch the premier a day before the worldwide release since I'll have to file a leave for work and sacrifice a day allotted for Christmas break. It's very tempting to join since the premier will be like technically two days ahead the U.S. release. I watch the final trailers almost once or twice everyday and lurk at all "Twilight "official and fan pages and of course anything related to Edward Cullen and Robert Pattison. I am willing to invest money to ensure it becomes a blockbuster and secure a franchise from Summit and for Meyer to be inspired to finish the leaked draft. I'm kind of disappointed that they need to plug it as action-packed and build a superhero/bad guy image to attract the male viewers. They're afraid it will flop with just girls as viewers. I'm going to be furious if they take away all the romantic scenes in favor of action! I clearly remembered watching "Romeo+Juliet" in highschool and I can't understand their dialogues at all because everytime Leonardo pops out all the girls would just scream. I'm kinda afraid that will happen at all Edwards scenes and that I'be one of them too. Utterly and irrevocably in love with Edward. Sigh!

Meyer wrote this book after dreaming of a vampire and a girl. Another reason why I'm such a fan as well as I had an exact dream like this years and years ago! I can't remember when but the vampire was like a really bad guy but he fell for me and he's trying not to bite me. But in that dream I can't see the face. I've been partial to vampries cult like "Bram Stoker's Dracula", Anne Rice's novels and movie versions, anime "Blood+" and my manga favorite "Vampire Knight". Prior to discovering "Twilight" I was waiting for "Vampire Knight Guilty" and watching HBO TV series "True Blood". After watching "True Blood" my husband posed a question what will happen if Sookie has her period. It also dawned to me that in "Twilight" it was only discussed once and it was on Book 4. So I'm wondering how does Edward handles that every month and the entire Cullens when they're at school plagued with teenage girls. I hope it will be covered in "Midnight Sun".

If you're a fan of both then you'd know that their irises are both essential in the stories. Lulu or Zero has the power of Geass in his eyes while Edward's eyes changes colors if he's thirsty or well-fed.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

10,000 hits

I've reached 10,000 hits from my first fansite about reverse harem animes, mangas etc. within 6 months.

But I felt so little compared to the very controversial Brian's blog that has about 523,052 hits for less than a month.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Viva Wayfarers

What do Michelle, Heath and MK have in common? It's the wayfarers! What were you thinking? I'm not talking about Heath being found dead in MK's apartment and that MK also has the same red wayfarers.... (see pic below) I have this urge to do a Heath Ledger movie marathon.