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Carter Burwell’s Music = amazing February 24, 2009

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To know I am a fan of Twilight, you must know that I am a fan of the music. Some people may disagree but I thought the music in the film fit perfectly with the characters and so on.

The score was composed by Carter Burwell. Burwell has worked on many movies including A Knight’s Tale and The Big Loebowski. But this is very different for him, I feel. 

Today in my History of Musical Theatre class, we talked about music like we do a lot. My teacher said, “If you want to know people, you listen to their music.”  And I swear like falling apple, it hit me. Another reason why Twilight is something the draws me like no other. Carter Burwell writes music that is strikingly beautiful. If you listen to it, who do you feel. Listen to it without the movie and you can feel every emotion that is going on. Mostly: Love. Love and fear of the future, but mostly LOVE. I am drawn to this. Why? I do not know. Maybe because I long for it. I long for a love like no other. 

I listen to Carter Burwell’s music for Twilight and wonder how he captured such beauty. I wish I could meet him and ask him. What inspired you?  I know what would inspire me…the beauty and mystery of Edward. How eager Bella is. The tenderness and care Edward takes with the one he loves, as do all the Cullens. The fear of other’s finding out. The danger that Bella presents to Edward and so on. The music is not eerie and scary. It was very much classical victorian vampirish to an extent. But how BEAUTIFUL! How precious. Shhhh listen. Tell me, what do you hear?

I love it. I simply love it. What do you guys thing?


A Love Like That February 18, 2009

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So I have been bothered by the whole Twilight Series over one simple fact. Since I have to be at class soon I will try to sum it up quickly on here.

I cannot comprehend Edward’s love for Bella. It has bothered me so much. However, in finishing the books and seeing the film many times over this past weekend, I am finding that I am beginning to compare the love of vampires as Eternal Love. At least in the Cullen’s sense. When you look at it: Carlise’s love for Esme, Emmett’s for Rosalie or rather Rosalie’s for Emmett, Alice’s love for Jasper…..they are these super strong bonds. Eternal love.

One thing that is sticking out to me is two scenes from the movie:

The first is when we first are introduced to the Cullen children…When Alice is introduced Jasper lightly twirls her as if showing her off. What a big statement about their relationship. We see that they are comfortable with each other. We also see how each of them look at each other. With such love and care and knowing. It’s amazing.

The next scene is when they are in the car taking Bella out of Forks, Alice places her hand out at the same time that Jasper grabs to reach it. It’s not a grab motion at all. In fact, it’s as if they were fitting two pieces of a puzzle together. It’s crazy.

I just cannot fathom this eternal, everlasting, unbreaking love that the Cullen family has.

I can sort of fathom it if it relate it to God’s everlasting love for us. And maybe that’s how I am supposed to see it. As a sign, a huge note. But to see it in a real fiction character….It makes me want to believe that it’s real when everything I have experienced tells me it’s not. What does one do? This unbelievable sense of love. What does one do with it?


Watching February 16, 2009

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So I saw Twilight 3 times this weekend. Thursday, Saturday, and tonight. Each night I noticed something different each time.

For example: I noticed that James says to Waylen “Nice Jacket” and after Waylen is dead, James wears the jacket for the rest of the movie.

I noticed small things: things on Bella’s walls, Edwards moment of vulnerability, and so on. 

It was interesting. While I think the movie is horrible in the technical sense, like the book, I still love the story and the characters are played well. Bella could be a little more dynamic, but K Stew is K Stew and well not that great.

I love Rob though. I think he does a good Edward. Especially because he chooses to use facial expressions to convey Edward’s feelings. Edward is not very good at expressing his real feelings. It’s interesting. Edward’s character is something I would like to encounter in real life. I want to be amazed at his mere personality. There’s a line in the movie that sticks with me. Bella has just revealed the fact that she realizes he’s a vampire. He shows her all the things that make him the world’s greatest predator. Bella tells him she’s not afraid. The following conversation ensues:

Edward: I can’t read your mind. You have to tell me what you’re thinking.

Bella: Now I’m afraid.

Edward: Good.

Bella: I’m not afraid of you. I’m afraid of losing you. I, I just feel like you’re going to disappear again.

Edward: You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you.

Unreal. I can’t fathom it. And it happens. I have friends who can prove that something like this happens! Not vampire human love, but love in the purest sense. Love at first sight. Love love love. 

And I wonder…How long will I have to wait? How many decades? I’m not immortal. So how long?


What a Day. February 14, 2009

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I’m watching Casino Royal right now and the opening sequences are amazing! They did such a great job with it. I really like this movie for that reason. I have to keep from commenting on it because I am watching it with her friend and he beau. But it really is sheer genius. 

Today was better than yesterday. I was productive in my outside of school activities. I finished Breaking Dawn, was a bit disappointed but that’s life I suppose. It was a good series though, bad writing, good story. I also did a lot of writing with my story. I wrote another two-three pages because I was so inspired. I really have to get other opinions on this story. I need to make sure it flows and that it works. I edit a lot. That’s good I think.

I need to get my school work done but it’s really boring. It doesn’t interest me. I’m sure tired of it. Maybe something will become interesting I’m not sure. I am noticing a lot of things in movies now that I have two film and lit classes. For example the filmography for Casino Royal is unbelievable. The filmography for Twilight is not so good. I hope the new director is better. 

So my dad is better. I’ve had a lot of reflection time, thinking time. I have been able to reevaluate things. I know I am going to be just fine. It’s just hard.

I have to go and relax. I am singing the National Anthem tomorrow at an ice hockey game here at school.


It hits hard December 20, 2008

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“True love was forever lost. The prince was never coming back to kiss me awake from my enchanted sleep. I was not a princess, after all. So what was the fairy-tale protocol for other kisses? The mundane kind that didn’t break any spells?”  Pg 411 New Moon


This struck the biggest chord in me last night when I read it. Suddenly I could not stop thinking about it. Then suddenly it hit me. The reason why this entire book bothers me and why this quote struck a chord in me was because this is like my life. This is how I feel. This is my fear…fear of being alone, fear of nothingness. 

I have felt like this before. Like I had lost true love. Like I was not a princess. I have good guy friends, and I’ve wondered what the protocol for random kisses was. Would it ruin things? Would my true love mind, even if he wasn’t here? It’s strange how I thought about this. 

I found it so funny how much I related to Bella. How much someone I know relates to Edward. It’s eerie. Like someone was watching us. I suppose a lot of people are saying that these days. “Oh I’m like Bella and my best guy friend is like Edward or Jacob.”  But it’s weird. 

I never was into Twilight until I went to see the movie. As I sat there, I almost dropped my jaw. It was strange. Of course, it would only happen to me. 


*sigh*, just had to write about it!