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Summer Heat

While most of the US is roasting in triple digits, good old San Francisco is cool and overcast.  My google toolbar says it’s 55 degrees (fahrenheit) at the moment.  We may get swallowed up by an earthquake at any moment, but I’m still grateful to be here!  Still, I don’t mind a little summer warmth, so here is my first annual list of Guys Who Are Heating Up Summer 2010 (in no particular order).

Alex O'Loughlin barechested

Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O’Loughlin:  I love this Australian actor, and I sure hope his third CBS series will stick around.  The reboot of Hawaii Five-0 begins in fall, and the trailers look promising.  This summer, both his cancelled CBS series have been airing, Moonlight (vampire in LA) and Three Rivers (transplant hospital).  I’d watch this guy in old reruns over stupid reality shows any day.  I didn’t see The Back-Up Plan in the theatres, so I’m waiting for the DVD release on August 24th. 

Matthew Goode:  Today A Single Man was released on DVD, and I was at the redbox at 8:20am to rent my copy.  I will be happily watching it tonight, as a reward for a full day of errands.  It’s awfully tough sitting here and not watching it right-this-very-minute.  I know Goode’s role in the film is small, but I just love him and Colin Firth (who probably deserves his own place on this list!), and I understand from friends that I will adore Nicholas Hoult after seeing this movie.

Zac Efron:  This cutie’s movie, Charlie St Cloud, opens at the end of this month.  Efron looks great in the trailers.  I read the book this film is based on, and it’s sweet and predictable and unchallenging, so the movie should allow me to sit back and enjoy the sights. 

Taylor Lautner:  See my last post for my impressions of Eclipse, but Lautner is the reason I bothered to see the movie, and he didn’t disappoint. 

Jonathan Jackson:  Not a lot is happening with his character, Lucky Spencer, on ABC’s General Hospital, but that gives me a chance to catch up on his character’s background.  As I said in a recent post, I just started watching GH and listening to Jackson’s band.  I’m responding to his GH character’s sensitivity, not to mention his delicate good looks.

 Joseph Gordon-LevittInception is opening soon, and I’m delighted to see this guy in a big film.  Well, I’m delighted to see him anywhere.  I’m a little worried about his haircut in Inception, but I know I can count on his performance being excellent.  He has never disappointed me. 

Russell Brand:  I’ve read My Booky Wook, and I love Brand’s unique way with language.  He cracks me up, too.  This is a guy who doesn’t have many filters, and he’s excellent at pushing boundaries too far.  I’m watching him with fascination wondering when he’s going to alienate everyone.  He reminds me of Pee Wee Herman, a twisted character created for a certain adult audience who became a mainstream hit, was given a real children’s show (which I never understood!) and then…well, you know the rest.  I’m not saying I want Russell Brand to blow it, I’m just not sure he can resist it.

So, who’s on your list?

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Twilight: Eclipse

I saw The Twilight Saga: Eclipse today.  I’m not going to write a formal review, since there are plenty of those online already.  This will just be my very personal opinion with random observations.  It seems silly to warn anybody about plot spoilers, so perhaps it’s more accurate to say this contains movie spoilers. 

I’d better state where I’m coming from first.  I read the Twilight trilogy after the first three books came out, before any movies were made, and before Breaking Dawn was released.  I am not a Twilight Mom, because I have no kids.  I’m certainly no teenager, either!  And I’m not a Twi-hard.  I guess you could say I’m a Twi-feather-light (or how about a Twi-light-weight?).   I certainly caught the addiction while reading the first book, but I didn’t love the sequels and I pretty much hate Breaking Dawn.  I didn’t like the first movie, except for Bella’s dad and Jacob.  I tolerated the second movie because of Jacob, especially with all those shirtless scenes.  (Yeah, I’m old but I’m still breathing.)

How do I explain my attraction to Twilight?  I tell everyone who’ll listen, especially those who are seriously considering reading the books for the first time out of curiosity, that the first books is a drug.  It’s a potent drug that causes an endorphin rush in your brain, the one you get when you’re falling in love.  I don’t know how or why exactly the book works so well, since it’s not particularly well written.  All I can say is that it works, and it keeps on working.  The endorphin rush will happen again when you re-read the book.  I think it’s a real shame that it is so effective, because so many fans keep re-reading it, when there are so many other good books to read.  The endorphin rush doesn’t happen when you read the sequels, but you read them anyway hoping for another fix.

Eclipse left me more satisfied than the first two movies, but I didn’t love it.  I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that I don’t like Robert Pattinson, and I really like Taylor Lautner.  When I read the books, I was on Team Edward.  When I watch the movies, I’m on Team Jacob.  It’s just too damn confusing. 

Okay, so here’s some random impressions:

I thought the engagement ring was ugly.  My friend thought the ring looked like a vampire’s sparkling skin, which is the best excuse I’ve heard for such a strange design.

I was surprised by how much I liked the young actor playing Riley, Xavier Samuel.  I will be adding him to my “watch list.”

Daddy Swan was delightful again.  Loved him.

My favorite line was from Jacob to Edward: “…I’m hotter than you.”

I cracked up when they showed the Cullens at the beginning of the climactic battle scene, all standing in a row frozen, looking exactly like action figure dolls.  Talk about a shameless merchandising ploy!

All the stuff about Sam the wolf’s love triangle was odd and underdeveloped.  I recognized that it was being used as a parallel to the main love triangle and setting things up for Breaking Dawn with the imprinting business, but it was unsatisfying.

I feel sooo sorry for Elizabeth Reaser.  She’s waited through three movies to do something, and she had one line.  She’s a really good actress who could have been doing much more interesting work instead of standing around as a background extra in these films.

I love Dakota Fanning.  I don’t understand why during her crucial scenes in the clearing after the battle, she’s got a bright white light behind her when everybody else just has trees. 

So, now we wait until November 2011 for part one of Breaking Dawn, which I may just have to skip.  This whole business of splitting movies into two parts is ridiculous.  (Imagine if they’d done that with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.)  We don’t mind a longer movie, and we all know it’s just about making more money at the box office.

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Silly Toys and Elephants

I really like Taylor Lautner.  He was the only thing that saved Twilight from being a total waste of my time.  If he hadn’t been cast as the beefier Jacob in New Moon I would have skipped it altogether.  It’s nice to see that his star is on the rise, but I have one important question.  Is there really anyone on the planet who wants to see a movie about Stretch Armstrong?   It seems like the biggest waste of money, time and talent since….oh, I don’t know, Speed Racer?  No, at least Speed Racer sounded kind of interesting before it was released.  

In other casting news, I’m rather disgusted by Robert Pattinson getting the lead in Water for Elephants.  I don’t have any respect for his acting skills, and I simply find him creepy.  The young man in Water for Elephants is a depression-era veterinary student who’s the son of Polish immigrants.  Pattinson mumbles his way through the Twilight movies, so I cringe to think what he’ll do with this accent.  The only thing that will save this casting nightmare will be if Peter Dinklage plays the dwarf.  He’s too old for the part as written in the book, but that’s not important.  I would watch Peter Dinklage read the phone book.  I became a fan watching The Station Agent, which is such a lovely film.

Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent

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