21 November 2008

Twilight... more like Midnight

In 15 minutes I will hit midnight. Yikes! I didn't mean to be this late. This post is spurned on by on of the 13 email in my gmail inbox; I arrived home and checked it a little while ago. There was many interesting pieces of electronic mail, but one in particular that caught my attention was from SkyCity cinemas. It announced in the header: "Twilight exclusive preview parties - book your tickets today!". This comes after an email from a friend today talking about a January 9th release of Twilight for NZ.

For those of you that don't know I have read all four books; I got on the band wagon belatedly, but once I was on I read the books insanely fast. The books are good - I mean I am a huge fan of vampires in the media hehe. The writing is simple - its for a teen market after all, and there are things I could criticise but I won't! In the end, I was as hooked as the next person, and found myself in a reading war with another girl at work (ed: a reading war is far less violent than actual war)!

Upon opening the email from SkyCity I did what anyone else in my situation would do - I promptly booked 2 tickets to the December 13th screening (that's way sooner than Jan 9!). I am hoping the friend that got me on to the books and sent me the below exert will be free to come with me, so me can have a huge debriefing session together after the film.

I actually don't need any of the excuses below - I am not ashamed to want to go see the film, but the excuses made me chuckle nonetheless:

From Movie Retriever

Excuse #1: After seeing Let the Right One In* (which is easily one of the coolest and best movies of 2008) and becoming obsessed with HBO's new hit series True Blood** (which has convinced us that there's no word in the English language more fun to say than "Sookie"), you understandably assumed that we're in the middle of some kind of pop culture vampire renaissance, and you didn't want to be left behind like when you refused to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer*** because it sounded lame.

Excuse #2: Thanks to those jerks at Warner Brothers who shifted the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from this Thanksgiving to next July, your deadly-serious J.K. Rowling addiction has you tweaking worse than a junkie on A&E's Intervention, and the only possible cure is pretending that Twilight is about the after-life adventures of Cedric Diggory (Twilight's Robert Pattinson played Diggory in Goblet of Fire) who, after he was murdered by Voldemort, apparently became a vampire and transferred to a marginally less-dangerous high-school in the Pacific Northwest.

Excuse #3: Forget about the kid-vampire stuff. You're just a big fan of Twilight's director Catherine Hardwicke, ranging back to her days as a production designer - she designed Tapeheads, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, and Tombstone! - to her more-recent career as a big-time director, helming movies like Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown. (OK, she's a much better designer than director, but what are you going to do?)

Excuse #4: Right after Hardwicke directed the Oscar-nominated youngster Keisha Castle-Hughes (who so ruled in Whale Rider) in 2006's The Nativity Story, the teenager became pregnant and gave birth to her first child at the age of seventeen. So, as a fan of schaenfreude, you just have to see Twilight because, who knows, maybe Kristen Stewart will go all goth or start dating Marilyn Manson afterwards. (It's probably too much to hope that she actually thinks she's turning into a vampire, right? Sure, it would be great TMZ fodder, but it’s probably looking less like Kate Beckinsale in Underworld and more like Nic Cage in Vampire's Kiss, don't ya think?)

Excuse #5: Either just come out and say that you're a HUGE fan of Stephenie Meyer - possibly qualifying with smaller lies like "I read the books with my teenaged niece" or "I'm trying to start a youth book group at our local library" - or try to convince your more film-literate friends that you just love Twilight's screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who has written for Dexter**** (very cool), The O.C. (less cool), and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman (Oh Dear Lord) and who also wrote the screenplay for 2006's dance-battle epic Step Up, which... OK, just say she wrote for Dexter and leave it at that.

Excuse #6: You're a cougar, and your group of Samantha-from-Sex-in-the-City-worshipping gal-pals are interested in checking out the new Hollywood meat, i.e. sexy vamp 22-year-old Robert Pattinson. WARNING: If you are a dude, this excuse does not work for you. Gathering a group of brohams to go scope out 18-year-old Kristen Stewart - whom you've had a crush on since Zathura - is very, very creepy. Yes, we know that's a double-standard, but we're just trying to keep you off the sex offender list. Please be careful.

Watch the trailer on You Yube here (I admit, it looks FAB!!! I have tingles)

*I got given the book last Xmas and saw 'Let the Right One In' at the film fest this year. Haunting.
**Loving True Blood!! I am a huge fan of the book series and now I am addicted to the show. I watched episode 11 this week - HUGE reveal. I am both excited and sad as I wait for the 12th and final season 1 episode.
***I was there at the beginning. The name is half the fun!
****Fucking cool show. A little bird tells me that we have the first few season 3 episodes of Dexter to watch :)

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