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Total Recall

Totall Recall: Remade.

I saw the big budget remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sharon Stone scifi actioner, Total Recall. This new version stars Colin Farrell (taking over from Arnie), Kate Beckinsale as his wife/watcher (originally played by the Mars hating Sharon Stone), and Jessica Biel in the rebel/lover role (originally played by the sleazy but demure Rachel Ticotin).

The plot for this “remake” > and its predecessor is very loosely derived from a short story by Philip K Dick. In this version of the story, Farrell’s Douglas Quaid is a lowly factory worker with a beautiful, devoted wife (Beckinsale) who lives in the oppressive confines of The Colony but commutes to work (via a world spanning train tunnel) to the seemingly utopian Britain to work. He feels a deep dissatisfaction with his daily life and has dreams about being trapped in a place, trying to escape with the aid of an equally beautiful mystery woman (Biel).

One of the things that I like most about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is that it has a sense of humor; it’s a wild romp and had a “damn, doesn’t that make you grin at the shittiness of it all” kind of pluck to it. It took itself just seriously enough to carry you along for the ride. The fact that at the end of it you, as the viewer, we’re left to decide if it was real or all in Quaid’s head was icing on the cake.

This version is humorless, joyless and filled with hard, ruthless people who aren’t even enjoying being hard and ruthless. It doesn’t help at all that the script and direction don’t bring anything new to the table as far as ideas are concerned. You’re left realizing at the end of it all that you just watched a fairly standard chase movie with a lot of special effects thrown in purely for the sake of spectacle. Themes of identity and purpose are present but so eclipsed by visual bombast that you just don’t care whether Quaid finds out who he is or isnt.

I was disappointed by this effort in the extreme. I will take the Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger version over this one every time because as cheesy as it is, it has a heart. Wiseman/Farrell and Co? Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

I really think that instead of rehashing movies that were pretty great in their original versions (Footloose and Spiderman, anyone?) Hollywood should focus on taking a chance on creating something new and different. There are some great scifi stories out there that could be crafted into the next big thing. I’d rather have somebody try and fail at that than get served another helping of “been there, done that”.

Final recommendation? Skip it. Go see The Dark Knight Rises again.

Breaking Dawn Part 1

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Yes, I was one of the ravening hordes that madly scrambled to a 7pm showing of the highly anticipated fourth entry to the Twilight Saga. I was going to wait until after I’d seen the movie again to make commentary about it but I decided that a fresh take was the best.

I’m one of those people that gets caught up in a movie even when it’s not the best film. This movie was no exception! I was immediately swept up into the emotional, weepy wedding scenes at the beginning of the movie. From the Bella’s pre-wedding jitters, to the vows, to the embarrassing roundup of post wedding speeches… I wish I’d bought a hanky for it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Many reviewers have written that they thought it all went on a bit too long but it was everything fans could have hoped for.

After the wedding things dragged a bit. Though the honeymoon had some funny bits, the bid to keep these movies firmly in PG-land put any hope for sexiness out the window. Plus, as any reader of the series knows, the honeymoon is the beginning of one of the creepiest and arguably, most graphic, parts of the whole saga begins.

Once the couple are aware of imminent danger and make their way back home, the movie starts picking up steam, though it still remains the most talky of the series so far. There are some graphic bits towards the end but again nothing that’d be too much for most tweens. The movie ends with a perfect cliffhanger… but make sure you hang out past the closing credits: Aro has something to add to the proceedings.

I felt, overall, that the movie was faithful to the book in a way that the previous movies weren’t, while adding some signature touches that could only come from these particular actors (Billy Burke especially). I’m looking forward to the next installment, mostly because I’ve felt all along that the film version of Bella is stronger and more interesting than her written counterpart and she really gets to come into and understand her own strengths. Plus, who doesn’t want to see a hundred vampires squared off for battle? Should be fun!

The movies of these books have all been bad but also totally enjoyable, increasingly so, actually. I would totally recommend it… though I probably don’t need to. 🙂

Have a Friday-like Monday, y’all. I’ll catch you tomorrow with a totally inspiring room!

Best of the Week

This week’s roundup:

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‘Circus’ from the Geometric Collection by Cole & Son at Lee Jofa.

This lovely Cole & Son wallpaper was recently featured in Elle Decoration UK covering a plain Jane two door armoire. It enlived that piece from blah to wow with ease so, I can only imagine what it would do for a feature wall.

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Alphabet paperweights and pig speaker at West Elm.

The retro look paperweights from West Elm would make a nice gift for a friend that likes to stay organized. The speaker is a cute and less utilatarian way to pump the jams from your smartphone or mp3 player when headphones just won’t do. Bonus feature: this ceramic pig shaped speaker can also be monogrammed for a small fee.

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Driscoll bar cart by Desiron.

This is hands down one of the most gorgeous bar carts I’ve ever seen. It is by the furniture brand Desiron. The cart, which is named Driscoll, is a sleek combo of walnut and brass. It is made to order and can be customized qith a variety of metal and wood finish options. Classy, no?

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Trashion inspiration from the Outsapop Blog.

Lastly… not really a product but a photo that I’m really loving: dark, yet bright and saturated with color, this pic is from “trashionista” blog Outsapop. It features recycled clothes and edgy runway fashions, as well as some cool DIY tutorials. I’ve recently started reading it again. Check it out.

I’m on my way to go see Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I’ll let you know what I think of it next time! Have an awesome weekend peeps!