Monday, July 21, 2008

Twilight: The Movie

The purpose of this post is two-part:

1) I couldn't stand staring at a picture of Tom Cruise at the top of my blog, and

2) The new "Twilight" trailer debuted a few days ago and it looks AWFUL. I don't understand, the concept art that has been released so far looks amazing, and funding certainly isn't a problem because of the massive fan-base the book has.

I'm only slight embarrassed to admit that I have indeed read the book, and while I didn't particularly care for the writing, I was struck by how good the story is and especially how visual and filmic it is. That is, it's that rare case where the book it only mediocre, but it has the potential to make a great film.

However, as the new trailer and the clips released at the MTV Movie Awards show, the action scenes look extremely hokey (like it was done by an amateur film class and a flying machine), and many of the sets look ridiculous (especially the climax).

So far, I am really disappointed in what I thought would be a really good movie. But hey, low expectations are easy to surpass.

This is how we know Tom Cruise is REALLY in trouble

In the wake of a very public falling out with Paramount (he got fired by Sumner Redstone) and some recent box office disasters, Tom Cruise decided to hook up (in the Biblical sense) with Bryan Singer to try to revive his career. The result, the many-times delayed "Valkyrie," has been by all accounts pretty much a disaster (it was supposed to be released this summer, but has now been pushed back until FEBRUARY).

Now, it is being reported that Cruise is in negotiations to reprise his role as Maverick in a sequel to "Top Gun!"

Is this his way of coming out, or is he really just that desperate?

I hope they cast Katie Holmes as Kelly McGillis' god-child or something. That would just be the icing on the cake of the glorious descent of Tom Cruise turning himself into a nobody. It's the least he could do for her after forcing Holmes to make one of the worst decisions in entertainment history when she accepted a role in "Mad Money" rather than reprising her role as Rachael Dawes in "The Dark Knight."

This is how someone who used to be the most powerful actor in Hollywood hits rock bottom. And boy is it painful to watch.

Love the Journey

In keeping with the literature theme...

For all those who have just graduated college or are searching for something new in your lives, this is a poem that I have been thinking about a lot lately.


by C.P. Cavafy 

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon - 
don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops, wild Poseidon - 
you won't encounter them unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one. 
May there be many summer mornings when, 
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind - 
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. 
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Summer Days

Isn't life always better with a good book? Even more so with the lack of good movies coming out. 

I'm now at the beach and reading I, Claudius... It's fantastic so far.

P.S. Congratulations to "The Dark Knight" for having the best opening weekend ever. I certainly have my issues with the movie (sonar? really??), but it was INFINITELY better than that piece of shit "Spiderman III." Ugh...

I had had a few drinks before seeing "Spiderman III" and still thought it was awful.