The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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The teen sensation New Moon  get’s a massive step down from it’s first outing Twilight, as the love tween-love posed starts Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson go at it again. Let’s start from the very beginning on the film.

The film begins with Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) go to Bella’s eighteenth birthday party, held at Edwards “mansion”, with all his bloodsucker family members there. What they didn’t expect to happen was Bella’s cutting herself accidentally with paper and thus bleeding, setting off an alarm in one of the vampire’s minds, making them want to attack. The First thing I didn’t like about this movie was how less photogenic it appears to be when compared to the first film. A lot of the nice lighting ffects and shady gloom was taken out of this film, maybe to give it a more up-lifitng feel? Well, this doesn’t work. The film’s plot was meant to be dark and gloomy, but I think the actors and directors tried their best to divert from such a gloomy persona, and that was their first of many mistakes.

Another aspect of the film that went wrong was the acting. Of couse, Stewart and Pattinson put on a remarkable performance, but putting them aside leaves the film with a bittersweet cast that just barely proves to be satisfying enough. One of the most famous actors, and one that many critics expected to be very promising, was Taylor Lautner himself, and hey, he even got his own spot on the poster! Great! So that means he’s a new “major” character right? Yes! That means he’s a good actor, right? No. Sadly enough, Taylor Lautner puts on a mediocre performance that falls short of OK. He seems like the kind of actor that should just stick to television performances or maybe even being recruited to Disney Channel (becuase we all know Miley Cyrus is such a good actress right?).  The rest of cast leaves more to be said, but I want this review to be as short as possible.

Overall, I’m going to sum up more of the film. The plot is derived from a good book, and the plot is good as well, but the variations from the book cannot be avoided, and although sometimes for the better, there are just some things you can’t leave out. The acting could have been loads better, but at the same time, Stewart and Pattinson save the film with their graceful performances…but with such little chemistry together in the film, you can’t help but realize that without enough Cullen, the movie series is going down the drain, and this movie had nowhere near enough Cullen. The mood of the film leaves more to be desired, with a movie that tries too hard not be gloomy.  Overall, the movie really was a disappointment, it could have been loads better, but at the same time, it couldn’t have been any worse. This movie is for die-hard fans, I mean, DIE-HARD ONLY. If you didn’t read the book, or if your not a regular Twilight/New Moon fanatic, I suggest not seeing this movie.

  • Sound: 5/10
  • Acting: 3/10
  • Action: 4.5/10
  • Story: 6/10
  • Humor: 4/10
  • Visuals: 3/10
  • Unique Taste: 3/10
  • Tilt: 2/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 7/10

Overall Score:     37.5/90    =    41%  (Bad)

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Gallows: Grey Britain

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Could this be possible? A modern-day punk band actually achieveing a masterpiece? Ladies and Gentlemen, this is more true than anything else in the world. Gallows have delivered a near-perfect record that almost improves upon their first one in every aspect, and the great thing is, there weren’t even that many things bad with the first one! In fact, it’s currently one of my favorite records! So with this one being better, you can only expect what I’m about to say.

This punk band and record is perfect.

The record starts of with the song,  The Riverbank, which starts off with a nice fade-in and leads to a ballad to will make your ear-drums explode with angst! The next song, and probably the best song on the record itself, is London is The Reason. It’s a great song that starts off with a nice drum solo and leads to a brutal intro that will leave you speechless, with Frank Carter and his amazing way to get you pumped on and off the stage.

I recently had a chance to go see Gallows when they opened up for AFI back on November 7th, here at the Rivera Theater in Chicago, Illinois. It was probably one of the craziest and most energetic shows I had ever been to in my life. Gallows knew all the right things to do to get the crowd pumped, by starting a circle pit, to crowd surfing, and the band themselves getting in the crowd to taste a piece of the action. There was even an instance where Frank Carter, the singer, dived into the crowd off of a balcony. A balcony!

So it’s quite evident that Gallows are a very raw and energetic band, which makes them stand out in a way. Their first album, Orchestra of Wolves, was a sure-fire hit, with loads of angst and rebellion, but it didn’t really stand out when compared to other hardcore punk records ot just punk bands in general. But this record puts Gallows in a position where tey can either embrace heir new, more edgy punk sound, or they can continue down the path of becoming another scene-punk band. I’m sure glad Gallows chose the first option.

In all actuality, Gallows could create a full acoustic record, and it’d still be filled with angst and energy.

Some other choice picks off of this damn good record is Leeches, which is just a great song to headbang to, or mosh to if you ever have the privelege to see them live. The Vulture (Acts I&II)  is a slow acoutic number that just seems so right, and it’s placing on the middle of the record wasa good choice. It was sort of like a heavenly break from all the madness before it, and a prelude to all the madness that would follow it. A great song is The Great Forgiver, which is probably the most melodic rock song on the album, and it’s a great one at that. The albums closer, Crucifucks, is a great way to end the album with a great, angsty closing which leads to a soft fade-out…7 minutes of pure magic.

So what do I think of the album overall? I think the album is so close to perfect, you can taste the blood you’ll find on your body after seeing these guys live. It’s a contender for my Album of the Year award, and if it wins, it will have deserved it. If you don’t own this album, pick it up now!

Tracks listing with Scores:

  • The Riverbank: 10/10
  • London is the Reason: 10/10
  • Leeches: 10/10
  • Black Eyes: 9/10
  • I Dread the Night: 9.5/10
  • Death Voices: 9/10
  • The Vulture (Acts I&II): 10/10
  • The Riverbed: 10/10
  • The Great Forgiver: 10/10
  • Graves: 8/10
  • Queensberry Rules: 9.5/10
  • Misery: 10/10
  • Crucifucks: 10/10

Total Score:  125/130  =   97%   (Excellence!)