June 30, 2010 |
Anyone worried about the fate of Bella, Edward, Jacob and the rest of the "Twilight" gang after the moody blues of movie No. 2 can breathe a sigh of relief. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is back with all of the lethal and loving bite it was meant to have: The kiss of the vampire is cooler, the werewolf is hotter, the battles are bigger and the choices are, as everyone with a pulse knows by now, life-changing. It's really all because the kids are growing up. Not just Bella, Edward and Jacob, though they're doing their share of hitting major milestones what with their love triangle more fraught than ever, but Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner who finally, finally have figured out how to breathe life into the characters first created by publishing phenom Stephenie Meyer.
February 5, 2012 |
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I Summit, $30.99; Blu-ray, $33.99 The "Twilight" saga's supernatural soap opera reaches a ludicrously high pitch in the first half of concluding volume "Breaking Dawn," which includes a wedding, an accelerated pregnancy and a major transformation for a major character. All that would be fine if the franchise's creative team had any sense of fun about what they're making (a la "True Blood"). Instead, new "Twilight" director Bill Condon continues what his predecessors started, making a movie that's dreary and self-serious.
March 14, 2010 |
The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$44.99 Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to traditional hand-drawn animation with "The Princess and the Frog," an update of the fairy tale classic that has the royalty turning amphibian instead of vice versa. The story lurches to a start, but once "princess" Tiana (who's actually a waitress in 1920s New Orleans) undergoes her transformation and joins her "prince" in the bayou, the movie livens up considerably, aided by jaunty Randy Newman songs and a vivid color palette.
February 16, 2010 |
A surprise awaited the faithful in Tween Nation on Monday when the nominees for the 2010 Kids Choice Awards were announced. Actress/pop star Miley Cyrus pulled ahead of the "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" for most nods in this year's crop; the 17-year-old was nominated for favorite TV actress, female singer and movie actress, with her song "Party in the USA" giving her the edge over the juggernaut that is "Twilight." The Gothic-lite romance received three nominations for its second installment, "New Moon," including Taylor Lautner as favorite male actor and for favorite movie.
November 18, 2011 |
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken. The movie that's carved out of the first half of the last book of Stephenie Meyer's vampires-in-love series, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, is weighted down by more than its title, to say nothing of the expectations. For the record, it's called "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," as if 5 billion insanely attentive Twihards wouldn't be able to find it. Maybe the studio suits have begun to believe the franchise, like the classy Cullen clan, is immortal, that almost nothing can kill it. They'd better hope that last bit is true, because "Breaking Dawn" kinda sucks, in the metaphoric rather than the vampiric sense.
November 9, 2012 |
Even after all this time, author Stephenie Meyer, the Mormon mother of three who became an overnight literary sensation with the 2005 publication of her young-adult novel "Twilight," can't explain the phenomenon that surrounds the grand romance between vampire Edward Cullen and human teenager Bella Swan, characters played on-screen by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. "I don't know what makes people love it, I don't know what makes people hate it," said Meyer, seated comfortably in a suite of a Beverly Hills hotel.