The Vampire Diaries: The End of the Affair

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What’s worse than being horribly tortured?  Being horribly tortured by your father, who you realise hates you with a fiery, burning passion.  Yep.  This was part of this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries.  Hold on to your cups of tea VD fans, it was a helluva episode.

So if you’ve seen the episode, you’ll know it was full of awesome, and if you haven’t you quickly need to check out the re-cap on our fair Kim’s website HERE to get all the juicy episode of The End of the Affair.  And wasn’t this episode full of them!

So I decided to do things a little different and try a list of sorts for this week’s blog on the things I liked this week (lots!), what I didn’t like so much (not so much) and what it means for next week’s episode…

WHAT WORKED:

  • The flashbacks-what’s not to love about the 1920s?  Sure, for the most part women were still oppressed, the Great Depression was going on, alcohol was prohibited throughout America and Rob Pattinson wasn’t alive, but what about their outfits?  Ah-mazing!  And great to look at.  Which is why 20s flashbacks are so great; you get all the good bits  (pretty, shiny dresses) without the cumbersome reality that comes along with it.  Win-win
  • Stefan’s past-does anyone else get excited when they find out what a bad arse Stefan used to be?  I know I do.  He’s spent the majority of the past two seasons being a goody goody and that gets old, really fast.  What doesn’t get old?  Seeing really icky, disgusting torture techniques he used on his victims (that bit where he forces the guy to drink his wife’s blood?  Gold.  Disgusting gold, but gold nevertheless).  Plus, his hair looked far cooler back then than it does now
  • Introduction of new characters-Hello Rebecca, sister of Klaus and ex-lover of Stefan!  Won’t you be a lovely new surprise?  Rebecca, who is also an Original, fell for Stefan, and he fell for her, until Klaus killed her with a special dagger.  Downer.  However, things were easily fixed when he pulled the dagger out and hey! presto, she was alive again.  Only problem?  The special necklace she needs is around Elena’s neck…quite literally.  Uh-oh.  Aside from that, can anyone smell a new romance on the horizon?  Rebefan?  Stefecca?  Thoughts?
  • Tyler playing the hero-last week we said we wanted her to be saved by the always-improving Tyler, and this week the VD writers were actually nice and gave us what we wanted.  Huzzah!  Little side note; also loved that Tyler, the werewolf, and Caroline’s mum, hater of vampires, came to Caroline’s aid despite her being one of the un-dead.  Superstars.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
  • Caroline’s dad torturing her to try and “cure” her of her vampirism.  Yeah douche, like THAT’S gonna work.  Fool.
  • Tyler putting the ring back on Caroline’s hand.  Unnecessary.  Dramatic.  If we wanted to see them get married, we’d at least expect a few more raunchy sex scenes like we saw in episode one.  Speaking of…more raunchy sex scenes please.
  • Damon leaving Elena.  WHY LEAVE ELENA ALONE IN STEFAN’S OLD HAUNT YOU FOOL?!?!  Have they learnt nothing from the countless vampire books, films and television shows that are floating around.  And don’t pretend you don’t know what Twilight is Damon, you referenced it in season one.  Yup.  I remember.
  • Stefan being a Class A A-hole to Elena-breaking up with her and breaking her heart?  Not cool dude.  Particularly after that steamy look you gave each other in your old hidey-hole.  I know you’re probably well meaning, but really?  Can’t you at least give her a tub of ice-cream so she’s prepared after you leave?  Men.  Even as vampires they still don’t learn.
WHAT’S TO COME?
  • Katherine definitely has some involvement; in the necklace, in the Original witch, in the Stefan-Klaus-Rebecca incestuous love triangle, who knows?  But she’s back, and she’s got a few things up her sleeve (at least that’s what I’m assuming).
  • Rebecca and Stefan-it’s going to happen, we know it.  At least she isn’t as pretty as Elena.
  • Damon and Elena?  Perhaps, in due time.  We will wait and see…
  • The guy that’s after Klaus-who is he?  What does he want with them?  What power does he have that makes KLAUS, of everyone, afraid?
  • How will they get the necklace from Elena? Stefan did end things on a bad note after all…(bet you wish you got her that tub of icecream now, don’t you?)
  • AND SOOO MUCH MORE!
What did you think of this week’s episode?  Amazing?  Not so great?  Too much focus on the Holy Trinity?  Let me know!
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Bromance-(image taken from http://www.s3.sidereel.com)


Twilight News

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Two big bits of Twilight news for all you Twihards out there.  First,  Rob Pattinson news (its good for a change!  Nothing about his body odour I swear), and secondly news on the upcoming Breaking Dawn movie.

I know.  I know.  I’m wonderful.  You can thank me later.

So…drumroll please.  RPattz is ACTUALLY, FULLY, DEFINITELY, going to release an album.  Hurray!

Originally he planned on releasing one at the end of 2010, but as we know, that came and went and no album from Rob.  But…many sources are saying that he’s got a few weeks of leisure time, and he wants to get stuck into his album and start recording his music (because, let’s be honest.  What else is he going to do with his free time?  Hang out with Kristen Stewart? Hahahahahaha.  But seriously.).

For those who are curious about his style of music, being the indie art-y “cool dude” that RPatzz is, its definitely not going to be pop.  This is what one source said:

The album Rob will make will be guitar-based and rums, very organic-sounding, nothing pop.  Like stripped down Ray LaMontagne  meets Van Morrison.

Music is his first love!  He’s tortured because he avoids it!  When he’s sitting around jamming in the studio, it’s his favourite moment of life.

OK, OK I agree that it sounds really wanky, what with the whole trying to be Van Morrison (let’s be honest, there is only one Van the Man) and saying he’s tortured because he spends all his time acting instead of singing, but…he does have a lovely style of music.  As you might remember from Twilight, he sang Never Think and Let Me Sign, both songs that I love and have listened to repetitively in the past.

What do you think?  Do you think Rob Pattinson should have been a singer or do you think he’s just jumping the-actor-turn-singer-bandwagon?

And…in Breaking Dawn news, a new trailer was recently released.  And so far I like what I see.  I will even go so far as to say that while watching it I didn’t want to stab KStew’s eyes out with a fork.

We’ve come a long way my friends.

Although saying that, while RPatzz looks as attractive as always (may I say, even MORE so?) what is going on with Carlisle and Alice’s hair?  Interesting, to say the least.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

OUTRAGE!

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A couple of weeks (months?) ago, I ran a post about who was going to play Jeff Buckley in his highly anticipated biopic.  Many thought Rob Pattinson was going to get the role.  I (and many others) wanted James Franco to play the role, considering how amazing an actor he is…oh, and the uncanny resemblance the two share.

Well.  Neither party are going to get their finger in that pie (don’t ask).  Why?  Because the role of Jeff Buckley, one of the most iconic singers of our time (ish), has gone to Penn Badgley…

Yes, as in bumbling, fussy Dan from Gossip Girl.

Now, don’t get me wrong I like Penn.  He has a bit of a quirky charm.  Kinda like the American version of Hugh Grant perhaps (but without the hooker problem on the side…I hope).  But is he Jeff Buckley?  I don’t think so.

What do you think?  Happy?  Disappointed?  Willing to join me in a trip to Hollywood with your favourite throwing chair?  Let me know!

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Jeff Buckley?-(image taken from http://www.2.bp.blogspot.com)

Breaking Dawn Trailer

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Ok.  I kinda suck as a fan girl.  I love Twilight and everything to do with it (except Jacob.  Boo and Hiss!) yet I have failed my fellow friends.  Sorry!  I realise that the Breaking Dawn trailer came out about two weeks ago, and really I should have uploaded it then…but I didn’t.  Please don’t hate me!

So what are you feeling about it?  Amazing!?  Yes.  Hotties galore?  Yes. Rob Pattinson looking deletctable? Yes! Kick-arse wedding/honeymoon. Yes!  And best of all, hopefully Jacob isn’t hanging around for very long!  YES!

What are your thoughts?  What are you most excited for in the upcoming film?

Bel Ami

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For all you Rob Pattinson fans out there, particularly ones who would rather not see him as a sparkly vampire (who knows why) start jumping for joy because he’s got a new film coming out (hopefully) later this year.

Rob is expected to play the “amoral” Georges Duroy in the film Bel Ami, which is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name, written by Guy de Maupassant.  The story follows Duroy, who has returned to Paris after three years in the military, as he uses older, more influential women to ascend the ladder of society.  At the beginning he befriends Forestier, a man he knew during his service, who enables him to start his career as a journalist.  As Duroy, with the help of Mme Forestier, Forestier’s wife, climbs his way up to chief editor, he realises he can manipulate and control older women to get what he wants.  This leads to him eventually marrying Mme Forestier after Forestier himself dies, but their marriage isn’t what he expects so he starts an affair…which just leads to more problems.

From what I’ve taken from the plot, Georges Duroy is NOT a nice guy.  He knows what he wants, which is to look good in society, and he is willing to use anything and anyone to get his way.

Bel Ami will be directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and will also star Uma Thurman, as Mme Forestier, Kristen Scott Thomas as one of Duroy’s lovers and Christina Ricci.

Although George Duroy sounds like a really horrible person I do think that this film could be really interesting.  First off, it will be nice to see Rob Pattinson play someone other than the hero (seriously, Edward) and who doesn’t secretly love a bit of a bad boy?  (Eric, Damon Salvatore, Bad Angel, Spike, Cole, Dexter…I can go on.)

What do you think of Bel Ami?  Would you go see it?  Do you think Rob Pattinson can pull off bad boy?

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Bad Rob? Yes Please!-(image taken form http://www.daemonsmovies.com)

Water For Elephants

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So, the movie adaptation of Water For Elephants finally hit Australian screens and so, being the little book nerd that I am, I dutifully went and saw it.  And was happily surprised by how good it was.

For those who haven’t yet seen or read the book (by Sara Gruen), the story follows Jacob Jankowski, a young man who quits veterinary school at the last minute after his parents die in a car crash.  With no home and no future Jacob becomes a stowaway on a train that ends up being a circus that is continually threatened by bankruptcy.

Jacob is almost immediately drawn to the star act and wife of August (the ring-master, and in the film adaptation, owner of the circus), Marlena.  They are then thrown together, so to speak, when Jacob is given the job of taming new recruit, Rosie, a lovable elephant whom Marlena will ride in the circus.

Of course things don’t go well (do they ever?  Probably not since then there’d be no story).  First off, Rosie is much harder to control than Jacob thought which causes August, who is actually bipolar, to violently turn on her.  On top of that Marlena and Jacob fall for each other…and August finds out.  Whoops!

Of course there is lots more to the story…but one way to find out is to either read the book or see the movie (I suggest both).

What I liked about the film was the style that it was filmed; instead of jumping on the modern technology bandwagon, using 3D and other gimmicks to sell the story, the director (Frances Lawrence) shot the movie so that it felt like we were back in the 1930s (which is the era that the story is set).  Also, because it was set in the 1930s the style of clothing was absolutely beautiful (trust me, Rob Pattinson can pull it off) and the music they used really added to the effect overall.

Rob Pattinson actually surprised me with his acting because he managed to do both anguished (nothing new there) but also loving and playful, particularly with his scenes with Rosie, the elephant.  However, while Reese Witherspoon was also her usual lovely self I didn’t get a great deal of chemistry between them, which I may have felt have been because of their age difference.

However, the stand-out performance was definitely Christopher Waltz, who played August.  This was always going to be a tricky part to play, but Waltz managed to walk the fine line between terrifying and over-the-top.  He plays his bipolar tendencies perfectly, so that by the end of the film you’re on eggshells just waiting for him to do something horrendous (which he does).

Probably the only things I didn’t enjoy about the film?  The old man’s role who tells the story overall.  First off, it wasn’t necessary and if it were then they should have stayed closer to the book and made his relevance known.  Also, he appeared to be Irish even though Jacob in the 1930s was definitely Polish/American.  Hmmm….

On top of that I felt that the ending was ever-so-slightly drawn out.  I felt that the big finale (you’ll know it when you see it) should have concluded the film, but the added 5-10 minutes just lessened the effect instead of adding to it.

If you’ve seen it let me know what you thought.  And if you haven’t and don’t plan on seeing it, well…WHY NOT?

Nothing’s Going In and Nothing’s Coming Out

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As all you twi-hards out there would know, the first instalment of Breaking Dawn is set to be released at the end of the year.  Cue excitement.  This is the beginning of the end…but don’t be sad…when it ends we don’t have to have the burden of paying money to see Kristen Stewart act…

But seriously, all KStew-hating jokes aside I do have real news to tell you.  News from the official Breaking Dawn news desk (I have my sources…) are saying that there is no way IN HELL that the scripts will be leaked.  Which does seem a bit excessive, but did you see the way they reacted to those leaked photos?

Rumours are coming in that the producers have been so hard-core with this that no-one and I mean NO-ONE (not even our beloved trio) are allowed to leave with the script.  Even before production began, Rob Pattinson, KStew and Taylor Lautner had to make do with the previous Twilight scripts (although we’re hoping that there will be some differences since it is an entirely new book…).  And at the end of each day they have to dutifully return the scripts back to the big guys.  Since memorising the scripts isn’t a big concern in the movie industry at all…

While I can understand wanting to keep everything under wraps for such a high-profile film, it does seem like a bit of overkill.  It is based on a book series after all.  A really, REALLY successful book series.  So basically 99% of the audience are going to know what will happen…

Unless they have completely butchered it and changed the storyline.  But we won’t even consider that, will we?

What do you think?  Over the top or justified?

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Jacob who?-(image taken from http://www.3.bp.blogspot.com)

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