The photo, which was posted at Digital Spy, shows Bella, presumably getting her hair done before her wedding, while her parents look on, likely imagining Bella as their little girl, rather than a grown teenager about to be married. My how the years fly. Before they know it, she’ll be of legal age to drink alcohol.
[Image description: I… huh. Well. Seems to be a still (rather than a staged publicity photo) from The Dark Knight Rises. The background has pale beige marble walls and floor, not sure what it is. Brightly lit. So here in the middle, coming diagonally towards the camera, pretty close up, is the Batpod. You know, the motorcycle with the monster wheel in front that detached from the Batmobile in the previous movie. And Anne Hathaway is on it. Her hair is pulled back and blowing out, so clearly we’re in motion. She’s got these big black goggles with blue lights at the temples, which—you know, sure. That seems in keeping with the kind of tech in these movies. Then we have… what she’s wearing. I’m concerned. It seems to be a black catsuit, zipping up to the neck, but… it’s kind of baggy, the way she’s leaning over. I’m conflicted because Feminist Me is like, you know, maybe the baggy catsuit is MORE COMFORTABLE, okay, she has MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO than just stand there in a corset and LOOK SEXY. But Aesthetic Me is just kind of sitting here like, but… really? The suit is really plain and kind of doesn’t look like it fits and SERIOUSLY HOW IS A CATSUIT BAGGY? DOES THE DICTIONARY EVEN ALLOW THAT.
I’m wondering if this is the moment where all the fanboys turn on Christopher Nolan. Emphasis on “boys.”]
[Image description: I should probably have a better idea of what’s going on with the live wires shooting sparks and the round, crumpled metal door than I actually do. It is Henry Cavill! In a Superman suit that is closer to the classic red and blue than Brandon Routh’s, IIRC! However it has a funky basketball texture like the new Spider-Suit! There is some partial crouching and leaning forward! Super crouching.]
Additional note: I didn’t really “get” it until I looked at the hi-res. Do this.
If you were on Twitter or reading any blogs, ourself included, during SDCC, you’ll remember that Twixt practically stole the show. People seemed downright intoxicated by Coppola’s presentation. Our own David Ehrlich even mused, “In my eight years of coming to Comic-Con, the Twixt panel was probably the nuttiest and most exciting thing I’ve seen.” But as you can tell from the trailer above, there’s barely even a distant, nougatty cousin of nutty on display. It’s just…huh.
Of course, at Comic-Con Coppola wowed the 6,000 people in Hall H by showing his revolutionary plan to take Twixt on the road and re-edit the film live for every screening thanks to a seemingly futuristic piece of software cooked up for this very purpose. And I think we can all agree that is a legitimately exciting idea. Unfortunately, simply being able to liven up the theatrical experience in unprecedented ways doesn’t compensate for having footage that isn’t, well, lively already.
@cleolinda: Every writer’s nightmare begins at 0:32.
@cleolinda: Also: a movie that dares to show how DESPERATELY BORING THE ACT OF WRITING IS TO WATCH. “The night was… clooouuudy…”
@_abigala: Tom Waits is narrating? Stop making me want to see this movie, Coppola! I’m still apologizing over how much I love Dracula!
@cleolinda: NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR LOVING CRACKTASTIC MOVIES
@Ceilidhann: Preach it!
@Ceilidhann: @cleolinda @_abigala But Coppola’s Dracula is a great movie! Okay, maybe not great but it’s a lot of hammy fun. Oh, the accents!
@cleolinda: I’m sure SOMEONE in that movie is doing their natural accent, but I’m not sure who it is.
@cleolinda: That was my favorite movie when I was 13 years old and NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME.
@cleolinda: Also: apparently no one gave a shit about enforcing MPAA ratings in 1992.
[Image description: Look, I know I keep posting this stuff, but I really feel like this movie is either going to be super awesome or… an entertaining failure, or something. This is the guy who brought us Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Come on. It’ll be pretty to look at. Anyway. If you “like” the Twixt page on Facebook, they let you vote on posters. Here are all four, with quick descriptions:
1) Sickly greenish background; tiny “FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA PRESENTS” at the top; “TWIXT” at the bottom in the leafy red font, with Val Kilmer’s and Bruce Dern’s names above and Elle Fanning’s and Ben Chaplin’s below. Bloody handprints on the lower left and right edges. A shadowy Elle Fanning with braided blonde hair (she’s a Fanning; of course it’s blonde), blood running down her face and neck, pauses with a worried expression: “Did I leave the gas on? NO! I’M A FUCKING GHOST!”
2) Same title treatment, except now the actors’ names are in white (title still in red over the black bottom third of the poster). Elle Fanning’s mouth, nose, and red under-eye makeup are visible; her finger is drawing the letter V (her character’s name) on a fogged window. This is actually my favorite, due to saturated colors that are both warm and spooky, and the simplicity of the image.
3) Same title treatment, red title and white actor names. Elle Fanning is wearing a loose white dress or blouse with a pattern of bloody handprints and red leaves that are similar to the Photoshop brushes used in the title font. Her hair is braided and blood is running down her face and neck and she is PISSED OFF because SHE’S the one in all the posters and SHE’S the only one who’s been in a big-budget movie lately and yet HER NAME IS STILL BELOW THE TITLE.
4) DIFFERENT TITLE TREATMENT NOW, THROWIN’ ME FOR A LOOP. This one’s all sepia-tone with the actors’ names across the top and the title still at the bottom, all in a sepia-compatible beige font, garnished with bloody handprints. Upper left: half of the reverse side of a clock, so that all the numbers are backwards; the minute hand is on 10. There are more small bloody handprints on it, so we’ve met our quota. In the middle, Elle Fanning is in the chemise/corset costume from the movie still, and yes, that is a random braid across her forehead. Upper right: a small disembodied Kilmer head with an expression of terror: “FUCK! We’re in an episode of The Twilight Zone!”] .
[Image description: Movie poster, a few bits of red on a plain white background. Upper left, a smudge of blood. Across the top: a leafy motif that immediately made me wonder if they were using Designfruit brushes. Right side: a bloody handprint, then a second handprint in the lower right corner. Middle, tiny red font: “FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA presents.” Large, plain red font, with leafy/ferny embellishments added: “TWIXT.”]
You know, Coppola’s the better filmmaker and Ben Chaplin’s the better-looking Poe, but I gotta give it to The Raven’s poster on this one. It’s interesting how the both posters have the similar “big white background, classy gore” motif going on, though.
[Image description: a still from Twixt. On the right, Ben Chaplin IS! a pretty creditable Edgar Allan Poe. The picture is desaturated almost entirely to grey, except for the yellow-orange light in the lantern he’s holding. Like Elle Fanning in the other picture, he is also palely glowy. To the left, Val Kilmer IS! a puffy dude in a trenchcoat and a ponytail. Chaplin-Poe seems resignedly sadface about whatever they’re looking at; Kilmer has a slightly more WTF expression.]
Synopsis: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.”
[Image description: a blue-grey toned still from Twist, very possibly a nighttime scene. Val Kilmer (left) is a puffy dude in a trench coat and a ponytail, looking at Elle Fanning (the mysterious V, on the right), who is almost glowing with paleness. To be fair: ghost. She’s wearing a cap-sleeved white chemise, a white underbust corset, a pentacle pendant on a long chain and some kind of choker. Her hair is also in a ponytail but seems to have additional funky things going on with it, possibly a braid going across her forehead, I can’t tell. She has some reddish-pink eye makeup going on, the better to make her look like a Living Dead Doll.]
1) Trufax: Elle Fanning playing a teenage girl playing a detective’s wife in a no-budget zombie movie was the best part of Super 8.