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Movie Mania

Walter, Mary, and Gary travel to Hollywood.

During the long Thanksgiving weekend, we really gave our AMC Stubs card a workout. We saw four movies . . . but only one together. That one, “The Muppets,” was everyone’s favorite.

I especially liked seeing the Muppets together once again, because I have such great memories of the “Muppet Show,” which originally aired on TV in the late 1970s and early ’80s. So corny and cute! In the movie, the gang reunites to stop an evil oilman, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), from tearing down the long-abandoned Muppet Theater to drill for oil.

Helping the Muppets are Walter, his brother Gary (Jason Segal), and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), who live in Smalltown. Even though Walter and Gary are related, Walter is a muppet (genetics gone rogue!) who yearns to be part of the “Muppet Show.” Can dreams come true? As long as you can sing about them, they can!

Two thumbs up!

“The Descendants”

The King family: Dad Matt and daughters Alex and Scottie

While “The Muppets” was marvelous, “The Descendants,” which the Mister and I saw, was meh. Even though it starred my second husband, George Clooney, I didn’t enjoy this family drama. George plays Matt King, an emotionally absent husband and father, who has to step up the parenting when his wife suffers a severe injury in a boating accident.

As usual, the foul language turned me off, especially when it came from the girls playing Matt’s daughters, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller. Really, Hollywood moguls, just because a movie is rated R doesn’t mean the f-bomb is necessary in the majority of its scenes. How about working on good plot and character development instead?

“The Descendants” definitely is Netflixable.

“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”

Bella and Edward pose for an unusual wedding portrait.

My final flick was “Breaking Dawn Part 1.” I’m an admitted Twihard, really enjoying the Stephenie Meyer’s books. For the fourth time, my older son accompanied me; he so enjoys making snarky remarks about the movie in my ear.

Meyer’s fourth book is divided into two movies, just like the final Harry Potter novel (although there truly is no comparison in terms of writing and filming). In Part 1, human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and hunky vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get married and, amazingly, are able to consummate the deal. Which, of course, improbably results in Bella becoming pregnant with what could be a vampire child.

I truly enjoyed “Breaking Dawn,” despite the wooden acting of  Stewart and Pattinson. The last 20 minutes or so when Edward delivers his daughter and then tries to save Bella’s life had me on the edge of my seat . . . even though I knew what would happen. And the absolute final scene? Wow!

I was surprised to see so many young girls in the audience, by the way. “Breaking Dawn” definitely is not for young teens; the birth scene is too graphic. And be sure to stay for the credits, because there’s a creepy teaser for part two.

By the way, my guys saw “Jack and Jill,” with both my sons thinking it was a hoot and a half, while the Mister was mildly amused. Why did I stay home? Two words: Adam Sandler. Ugh!

“Eclipsing” Stephenie Meyer + “The Karate Kid”

Will Bella continue to choose Edward over Jacob?

Facebook friends were in agreement: “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer, was the best one so far (the final book will be two films). Of course, the #1 son and I had to see for ourselves.

Sidebar: Once again, I give you fair warning that if you’re not a Twihard, you might want to skip this part of the blog post and move down to the next movie review. The Mister, who hasn’t read the books nor seen the first two flicks, wanted to see “Eclipse” with us, but I, mercifully, spared him the utter confusion he would’ve suffered.

My short review of the movie? Two thumbs up! “Eclipse” absolutely rocked. For the most part, the screenplay (by Melissa Rosenberg) did a great job of melding Meyer’s prose with scenes and “information” that only could be imagined (e.g., the birth of Riley, Victoria’s right-hand vampire). I especially liked the fight scene among the newborns, werewolves, and vampires. And, of course, when Edward bit Victoria’s head off . . . so satisfying!

The vampire and werewolf clans . . . plus Bella

I’m especially glad that Rosenberg kept in the back stories of Rosalie and Jasper, which made it easier to understand their actions in the book. The scene where Rosalie is about to pay back her former fiancé was hilarious (if not a bit morbid).

I will pick some nits, though: Only Twihards would understand that Edward (Robert Pattinson) couldn’t be near Bella (Kristen Stewart) when she was freezing in the tent, because his skin is so cold. Jacob (the very buff Taylor Lautner) came in to warm her up, because his wolf temperature is so high. That wasn’t explained at all in the movie. And I don’t think the acting by the love triangle stars is all that great; they’ll probably have to prove their worth in other films.

Like with “New Moon” before it, “Eclipse” nicely paves the way for the two-part “Breaking Dawn.” The first installment of the final flicks won’t be out until November of 2011, which leaves Twihards loads of time wondering how in the world the Cullen baby will be depicted!

The new “Karate Kid”

"Karate Kid": Old vs. new

The entire family recently saw “The Karate Kid” remake, starring Will Smith’s son, Jaden. Two thumbs and a high leg kick up for this endearing movie that had me teary-eyed right from the start (I love movies that make me cry).

The new version puts its own spin on the 1984 flick that starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. Jaden looks like he’s going to become a fine actor, while Jackie Chan, who plays his reluctant teacher, was outstanding. Plus the scenes on the Great Wall of China were breathtaking.

Go see this movie, but be sure to carry a Kleenex or two.

Movie Review: “New Moon”

Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Fair warning: If you’re not a “Twilight” series fan, you probably should move along to your next-favorite blog. The movie I’m about to review, “New Moon,” is best viewed by Twihards.

Sidebar: I fervently wish that I had been the one to coin the name “Twihards.” It’s so punny!

Yes, I count myself among not only the Twihards but also the Twimoms. And I can thank not only my #1 son but also my friends Kathy L. and Paula D. for that. The #1 son started to read the “Twilight” series based on the recommendation of another pal, Katrina, who owns a local bookstore in our small community. I had wanted a book for him that would take the sting out of the impending end of our beloved “Harry Potter” series, and Katrina recommended “Twilight.” She noted that it was really a young adult chick book, but she said that boys loved the vampires. I was sold and bought the paperback.

Really, which one? Team Edward or Team Jacob?

The #1 son enjoyed “Twilight” so much that he asked me to buy “New Moon” for him. Which, of course, I did. Then when the “Twilight” movie was about to come out last year, Kathy and Paula told me I had to read the book. Both of them were Twihard Twimoms; I almost noted a golden topaz gleam to their eyes.

In essence, those two became my book crack dealers. I read “Twilight,” and I was hooked.

Sidebar: And, of course, I mean “book crack” in the nicest way. When I was finishing up “New Moon,” #1 had already read “Eclipse.” I was flying through book two while lying on the couch. As I got to the final page, I said to #1 in an urgent, do-this-or-you’re-grounded tone, “Please get me the ‘Eclipse’ book right now!” I just had to see what happened next!

Gotta love Jacob's abs.

The #1 son and I saw “New Moon” yesterday at the $5 show, of course. It was packed. The short version of the review? Thumbs up! It was much better than the “Twilight” movie. Jacob and his pack turning into werewolves was wonderful computer-generated imagery. They did look a little more cuddly than scary at times, but that works for me, a stuffed animal lover.

Edward's abs "pale" in comparison.

Here’s what I liked about the movie:

Favorite line: Said by Jacob to Bella, who obviously still preferred vampire Edward: “Am I the wrong kind of monster?”

Alice Cullen

Favorite character: Alice Cullen, as played by Ashley Greene. Gotta love a perky, upbeat vampire!

Favorite theme: I like the compare and contrast to “Romeo and Juliet,” which Bella just happens to be studying for senior English. Bella and Edward definitely are star-crossed lovers!

Favorite part of the movie: The ending! No, not because I was glad the flick was over, but because I like how it segues nicely to the third movie.

The Cullen vampire clan and Bella

Here’s what bugged me about the movie:

Soul train of thought: Even though the discussion about whether or not vampires have souls was interesting, they never said that the reason they’re damned is because most of them have murdered humans for their blood. An important point.

Here’s your change: The movie starts out with Bella begging Edward to “change her.” If you haven’t read the books, you probably wouldn’t know that she means to change her to a vampire. That’s not made clear until near the end.

Otherwise, I thought the film did a good job of dealing with all the material in the book. Didn’t Dakota Fanning, who plays the torturing vampire Jane, look innocently evil? The Volturi were especially well-cast. In fact, the entire Italy sequence was well-done.

Edward says goodbye "forever" to Bella.

You’re probably wondering one important question: Whose side am I on—Team Edward or Team Jacob? Having two sons means that I try to never take sides (I usually just send both to their room for a dual timeout). I must say that Taylor Lautner, who plays best friend/werewolf Jacob, does have a set of abs on him. He’s buffer than the thinner Edward whose abs “pale” in comparison.

Here’s a fact that helped me make my final decision . . . for now: Lautner is a mere eight days younger than my #1 son!

Team Jacob all the way for this Twihard Twimom!