Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Please Don't Hold it Against Me But When I Was 16 I Really Liked...

................... Twilight.

There, I've admitted it! I used to like Twilight when I was but a young, impressionable teenager. Well okay, let's be specific and say that I liked the first book in the series. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I was sad and dorky (like every other person going through adolescence, huh? So stop all this moping) and just wanted a guy to like me, and it gave me hope that maybe teenage romance and all that can actually happen. If not in a vampiric way that is.

But you know what? I don't think it's bad that I can admit that I used to like this, simply because the key phrase here is "used to".
Even in the initial reading of the series I was starting to turn on it, and by the time Breaking Dawn came around, I really really hated the whole story. I won't get into that now.
Also, don't get me started on the Twilight movies and the constipated acting there within (though I would say Robert Pattinson doesn't seem all that bad in films outside of this franchise).

But let's be honest with ourselves: All teenagers like some weird and sub-quality things in popular culture. Why do you think certain boybands are/were so popular? And frankly, all teenagers are stupid and do stupid things and like stupid things. Even the amazing-- however, fictional-- Miss Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games reminds us how annoying and idiotic teens can be, hence the falling apart of the last novel of the series.

At least I grew out of this phase of my silly teenage life and can now look at Twilight and acknowledge how silly it all is. We all have our slips in taste, after all. I mean, even when I liked these terrible books I was also reading stuff like Ray Bradbury and Joseph Heller, so it's not like it dominated my literary likings, you know?

All I know is that looking back on yourself and cringing at how silly and dumb you used to be is a part of growing up. If you can't look back and laugh at the idiotic things you did, liked, or said, then maybe you haven't grown up, because you are probably still just like your younger self. 
Hey, it's not about hating who you used to be, it's about realizing how you have grown, and that maybe not everything you thought about life and the world back then was all that correct.
Though yes, I'll admit that sometimes teenagers aren't so naive and can be very awesome... It's just very rare, is all.

Learning and growing and being "Sooo changeable!" It is a weakness of us as humans, to be fickle little things. But to be fair to ourselves, it is only one of our 17 803 329 weaknesses...

Monday, July 16, 2012

To Some Shame is a Stranger: Colin Firth Loves "Mamma Mia!" and Doesn't Care Who Knows It

Every actor has had their share of movie flops and bad films, especially when starting out, it seems. It is likely an actors way to work their way to the top of the casting pile, but hey, what do I know about all that?
Even well established actors need to work, and nowadays with the countless actors and actresses out there vying for jobs, it's easy to see why someone might just snap up some fun, but not necessarily profound work.

As I always say, the quality of an actor is not based on the amount of crappy movies he has been in: it is based on how well he performs within these aforementioned crappy films.

But more to the point: What I love about Colin Firth is that he constantly brings up in interviews the fact that he was in Mamma Mia! which many considered to be a terrible and campy piece of cinema (even with the goddess Meryl Streep singing up a storm in it!). It makes him seem humble, and like he has no shame in being in stinkers of films every now and again because we all know what a fantastic actor he is. It just goes to show that anyone can have ups and downs in their career performances.
It's obvious that Colin Firth had fun making this film and wants people to know that. And don't get me wrong, it may have been cheesy to the nines, but I actually really enjoy Mamma Mia!. Yes, I said it. Indulgences, indulgences.

I just kind of hate when actors scorn work that they have been in in the past, especially those roles that they had to do in order to get to where they are now. Some people get to where they are by using some pretty silly things as stepping stones, but when you examine that, it seems like pretty much everyone in the acting business has had to do that to work their way up. It just seems wrong to spit on the work you did when you were a "nobody," just because you are a "somebody" now. 

So thank you, Colin Firth, for being such a charming gentleman, with no shame in your work, and for making it seem like you love every second of it. It really makes me want to love it too.
Also Will Smith, really embraces his "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" roots, and I think that's wonderful! So good on you lads. 

Sometimes, making shame your stranger really can be a positive thing.
Keyword: Sometimes, but that's another story altogether.