Greetings movie lovers, it's time to take a look at what the cinema has in store for us this weekend.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Twihard fans everywhere rejoice! The final chapter of your beloved supernatural soap opera has finally arrived.
Teenage girls all around are certain to swoon as Edward will surely stare longingly at Bella and Bella will stare back at Edward, complete with the requisite amount of deep breathing and lip biting. They will melt or perhaps even faint as Jacob once again takes his shirt off and poses like he's in a Guess jeans commercial. They will inevitably be sucked in by the endless melodrama of a melancholic human's co-dependent relationship with a sparkly vampire as the lonely werewolf who pines for her unrequited affections sullenly looks on. *sigh*
Ahem... all mocking aside, there is no denying the incredible popularity of this franchise or the fact that it has grossed billions of dollars at the box office thus far. These films have essentially made author Stephenie Meyer a household name, not to mention launching the careers of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner into the stratosphere.
There is an enormous rabid fan base for these films, not unlike the fans of Harry Potter and even as far back as Star Trek, so the fact that I have zero interest in them and don't intend to ever watch any of them doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Even though I don't really get the public's fascination with such obviously shallow storytelling devoid of any true emotional weight and depth, doesn't mean that I don't respect the level of fervid devotion that the fans have for this series. I distinctly remember lining up for several hours to see the original Star Wars trilogy in the theater, and what a fun communal experience it was chatting with fellow fans and devotees. If that type of experience is what the Twilight films are providing for some, then who am I to quibble with that.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will undoubtedly be a monster smash at the box office this weekend and I hope that it will be a satisfying conclusion for the fans who have spent the past five years completely enamoured with this franchise.
For anyone who is not a devoted Twihard, might I suggest the following alternate vampire tales to watch instead.
Top 5 Vampire films
5. Fright Night (1985) - Equal parts scary, funny, and sexy this is a fun flick from the 80's.
4. Interview with the Vampire (1994) - This Anne Rice adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise is a fabulous interpretation of the vampire mythos that is far more sinister than anything in the Twilight saga.
3. Salem's Lot (1979) - Based on a Stephen King novel, this made for TV movie had some incredibly creepy moments in it. I was seriously freaked out as a child watching this.
2. Nosferatu (1922) - I think that this is the best version of the original Bram Stoker story of Dracula. This silent classic had the creepiest imagery ever presented in any vampire film.
1. Let the Right One In (2008) - This brilliant Swedish film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who befriends a young girl (who is not what she appears to be) and the relationship that develops between them. It's creepy, atmospheric and riveting right until the end. A must see!
Also worth seeing are Horror of Dracula (1958), The Lost Boys (1987), Near Dark (1987), Dracula (1931), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and The Night Stalker (1972).
Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Lincoln is somewhat of a passion project for Spielberg as he's been developing it for almost a decade now and I've been looking forward to it for years, ever since I first heard about it back when Liam Neeson was attached to play the famed POTUS.
Daniel Day-Lewis (who I believe is one of the finest actors working in the world today) ended up with the role and is most certainly a lock to receive yet another Oscar nomination.
The film also features a tremendous supporting cast including Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Tim Blake Nelson and John Hawkes.
Even though this is not a traditional bio-pic of Abraham Lincoln and only deals with the final months of his life, I have every confidence that it will be the most historically accurate depiction of this incredible man that we've ever gotten thus far. I am really looking forward to seeing this portrait of a man who had to overcome an immense amount of adversity in order to achieve so much.
Steven Spielberg rarely lets me down and I have a feeling that Lincoln could be one of the best dramas of the year and a surefire Oscar contender.
Be sure to head down to the Paramount Theatre for the exclusive engagement of this amazing looking film.