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Posts Tagged ‘ Robert Pattinson ’

News in Brief – Nuns Robbed While Keating Lands Postman Pat Gig

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In the week that’s seen ’Danny Boy’ reach 100 and Cork 10,000, well, not much else has been going on.

There has been some “interesting” research into office party politics answering one of life’s greatest questions, when is the optimum time to take pictures at the office Christmas party? Well that would be 10.02 (with the average party beginning at 7pm, so 182 minutes in, fact) though they can be a bone of contention for some. Women complained the party picture didn’t show them at their best, with twenty percent citing their make-up coming off had crushed their hopes of looking like *insert name of celebrity* in *insert name of film*. One in one hundred men complained of the same dilemma and similarly one in one hundred claimed seeing snaps of the office do caused them to look for a new job, the same one in one hundred perhaps? Continue reading

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Bel Ami Not So Seductive

Based on the novel By Guy de Maupassant Bel Ami is the story of poverty, greed, lust and jealousy.

Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) returns back to Paris after serving his time in an ongoing French war. With no means to support himself or any notable abilities to change his situation his life seems dire with only cockroaches to keep him company. A chance meeting with an ex comrade Forestier changes his life when he is introduced to his wife Madeline (Uma Thurman). From there on Duroy ruthlessly climes the social ladder, using his looks and charm to seduce the women behind the mighty men, each woman a new step on the ladder upward. As Georges preys on these beautiful, influential women, he grows colder and crueller using them for his selfish purposes with no regards to their feelings. Yet his peers, the men only see him as “Bel Ami”, the women’s plaything.

While the film is epic, the story is not and although the costumes and the sets are beautiful the acting is often flat. Robert Pattinson is not terrible, but he can’t shake his “Twilight” demeanour, which makes him unbelievable in the process. And sadly the many, many close-ups his fans will love seeing don’t do him any favours, as the mouth twitching and nostril flaring is all he seems to do in form acting.

Pattinson’s three main female counterparts are Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Each in their own right strong actresses but only Ricci is convincing in her role as the naïve and lovable Clothilde. She not only looks the part of a woman of the late 19th century but also is believable in her understanding and love for George. Thurman as Madeline is too modern, too masculine and also seems to have done something slightly odd(and very irritating) to her voice. Of the three the biggest let down is Scott-Thomas as the weak, infatuated Virginie. This actress normally always delivers yet in Bel Ami she can’t sell the part, which makes the weaknesses of the script all the more apparent.

Bel Ami is a costume drama that solely relies on big names to lure fans to watch it. With not much happening and only a few saucy scenes it is just not enough to be on par with Dangerous Liaisons. Of course the film will still be a box office hit as there are too many Twilight fans out there, who will not let the opportunity pass to see Pattinson.

By Jensine-Bethna Wall

Breaking Dawn Part 1: A review of the latest installment in the Twilight Saga

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The most anticipated wedding (and sex scenes) of the year has finally arrived this weekend, as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan finally marry in the fourth installment of the Twilight movie saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1.
The movie, which is the first part of Myer’s final book, Breaking Dawn, focuses on Bella and Edward’s wedding, honeymoon and subsequent pregnancy. The film opens with Jacob tearing off his shirt, as he seems to do a -lot- throughout the entire movie saga, Edward’s comment in Eclipse seems somewhat appropriate. “Doesn’t he own a shirt?”
We see the normal marriage preparations. Venue, dress, shoes, bachelor party, pre wedding jitters; before the unconventional couple finally exchange vows and tie the knot, before leaving for their honeymoon on Isle Esme, off the coast of Rio de Janerio. Finally able to comsummate their relationship, the couple do so. After their first time, the furniture has been ruined and Bella is bruised. Edward worries about having hurt her and is reluctant to bed her a second time for this reason, and the couple end up spending their time playing chess instead. However, they end up doing the deed again, and Bella falls pregnant, much to the disgust of Jacob and the werewolf pack. But they aren’t the only party worried. The Cullen family are worried too, a vampire impregnating a human has never happened before and Bella’s body seems “incompatible” with the fetus. To add to their worries, Alice can no longer see a future for Bella.
This movie catered to it’s long term fans perfectly, giving them everything they have expected; a moody Jacob, a glowering, brooding Edward and a sulking Bella. But for fans of the movie, this installment was actually quite enjoyable. It contained the perfect mix of drama, action and humour, and complemented the book perfectly.
The acting was as expected, and the actors stuck to their moody, broody, sulky roles that have come to be expected of them. Taylor Lautner (Jacob) really stood out, to me, in this film. His acting skills have improved and there are some really convincing scenes between him and Kirsten Steward (Bella Swan) as he tries to convince her firstly not to sleep with Edward, not to keep the baby, etc. Robert Pattison is a good actor and he did deliver, but I felt his performance has grown rather predictable. We had expected him to be moody, glowering and brooding and he gave us this on a plate, almost.
This being said, it’s not necessarily the fault of the actors, Lautner, Stewart and Pattison are all good actors, but as far as script and dialogue goes, there’s not much to work on. The dialogue was predictable and, at points, almost laughable. The characters aren’t allowed to move up or to develop. from their expected moods and roles.
This is not a movie to watch if you have not followed the series from the first tale. If you are not familiar with the characters and the plots this movie will end up as a rather big dissappointment.

That being said, if you are a Twilight fan you will love this movie. It delivers what is promised and ends the movie just as you want more. It complements the book perfectly, as I’ve said. It’s accurate and very well put together. People who have followed this from the first book and/or movie will enjoy Breaking Dawn Part 1.
My verdict: Predictable.
I am a Twilight fan, but putting aside the books and remaining objective about this, it was very predictable, as I’ve pointed out. Dialogue, acting, plot. We knew how they’d react, what they’d do next. This was obvious even to people who may not have read the book before seeing the movie. Predictable sums up the movie for me completely.

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