I was first introduced to Twilight by a friend from the office. She was quite the rabid reader of serious novels so the day she came to me touting a book called Twilight I was quite surprised. I know, she says almost apologetically, it’s a book about teen angst, high school and…VAMPIRES! She gave me the book and, well, I gobbled it up in two days flat and wanted more! I loved the books and with great agony waited for Twilight the movie to be released. We went as a group from the office the day it premiered. At the conclusion of the movie we found we were split 50/50 as to who liked it and who didn’t. I was in the I LOVED IT camp although to be honest I really cut Robert Pattinson's acting a lot of slack because he was so darn cute.
I waited like most Twi-hards for the return of Bella, Edward and Jacob with baited breath. The fact that the best I can say about the movie is that it is…Ok…kills me. Listen, I am not a professional film critic and though there is a lot to like about New Moon for me it was as flat as a pancake. There were great visuals, loved the wolves, the scene in Bella’s bedroom as she watches time pass is great, the Volturi (kind of aristocratic, ruling class vampires) were pretty interesting and it’s no contest that Dakota Fanning (wearing red contacts yet) can out emote Robert Pattinson any day. There is a great supporting cast which we see too little of, maybe that was the problem for me. Go see the movie if you are a Twilight fan, I promise Taylor Lautner’s six-pack is worth it! Apologies for being sexist!
The Volturi (Dakota Fanning in foreground)
Team Jacob - yummylicious
A clip from New Moon
A far better movie to recommend is the life affirming, Precious. There is a great story going around that Oprah had contacted Mo’Nique and asked her if she has picked out her dress for the Oscars yet. Yes, she is that good and equally stunning is Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe as Precious. Everyone associated with Precious should go home with an Oscar, the film is that worthy. This is Gabby Sidibe’s awesome fledgling debut and Mo’Nique is better known for her comedy but her gritty portrayal will leave you breathless and her final monologue in the film will stun you. The film is literally and figuratively dark and I winced, grimaced and gasped out loud and surprisingly even laughed a few times. This movie will break your heart but is essentially about the triumph of the human spirit and trust me you will fall in love with it. The film is dedicated to precious girls everywhere.
Gabby Sidibe as Precious
Mariah Carey as the social worker
Lenny Kravitz as Nurse John
Paula Patton as teacher Miss Rain
The Mother of all mothers, and not in a good way, Mo'Nique as Mary Jones
Clip from Precious