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F. J.
18 July 2010 @ 02:51 pm
I can’t remember when I last did this but the profile and general look for whatdoeslooking has been given a long overdue overhaul!

It’s a lovely breath of fresh air!
F. J.
The name David Slade conjures, for many people, 30 Days of Night when it comes to associating his name with vampires and their movies. For those who don’t know, 30 Days of Night detailed the events that occurred when an Alaskan town was plunged into darkness for 30 days. The events?

The town was attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

It was a movie filled with horror, gore and vampires acting as ... well. Vampires. So to hear he was signed on for Twilight Saga: Eclipse was an interesting tidbit of news; 30 Days of Night is not an easily forgotten film and if forgotten, the gore is remembered. The blood. The creepiness. The horror.

It was everything the Twilight Saga is not.

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Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Release Dates
Open Australia, Hungary, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovakia & Ukraine July 1 2010
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard & Peter Facinelli
Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay); Stephenie Meyer (novel)
David Slade
F. J.
02 April 2010 @ 04:36 pm
Gosh, it feels like quite a while since I’ve posted to whatdoeslooking! And looking at the calendar, apparently it has!

Last year, I stated that I would commit to doing only a few reviews for the year and that I would revisit the decision at the end of that time. The reason for this was that are demands on my time from something else I’m working on, offline. So, being able to commit to a few film reviews, whether DVD or cinema, wasn’t a problem and it’s still not.

However, I’d intended to write reviews from January onward but my plans hit a snag – I was incurred a personal injury and then got caught up in the recovery. However, for some reason, it didn’t occur to me that I could review DVDs! (This is where we insert the heel of the hand to forehead connecting!) I don’t know why it didn’t but that’s what happened!

Here’s hoping that I’ll remember to review some DVDs and get to the cinema very soon!
F. J.
16 January 2010 @ 11:55 pm

A doctor has taken 100 people into his home. Aid and provisions of many kinds are being sped to Haiti; officials and aid workers are working as fast as they can to get that aid and those provisions to people as quickly as they can.

How can you help?

help_haiti is a LiveJournal community that’s been formed by people banding together to help those who survived that devastating earthquake that hit Haiti not that long ago. What the community is doing is running an auction to raise funds to help Haiti.

What’s for auction?

Fanvideos, fanfic, icons and other assorted graphics of various fandoms, as well as other items, are being put on the bidding block to raise the much needed funds for Haiti. If you don’t feel you can help by offering something for the auction, there are links to many different organisations where you can put in a donation just to help!

To visit the community, just click on the banner above or visit help_haiti for more details on how you can help.
F. J.
25 December 2009 @ 12:36 am
To the readers of whatdoeslooking, I wish a very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year.

May everyone receive hope, love and joy into their lives during the coming year and all thoughts and best wishes are with everyone.

Art: John Kovalic, dorktower.com
F. J.
26 November 2009 @ 05:07 pm
I’m going to be honest: I suck.

I’ve not posted for quite some time aside from reviews – once every few months, if that often – and there’s a reason for that: real life has, once again, interrupted quite rudely. I’ve also been preoccupied with a project that draws my attention away from movies (difficult to believe, isn’t it?) and directly into said project.

But, I’ve made a decision about what I’m going to do.

whatdoeslooking will still do reviews but not as often as it once did which used to be once (sometimes twice – or more) a week, complete with articles, editorials and columns. However, for the next year, I’m going to officially commit myself to doing only a few movie reviews a year (this is both cinema and DVD); if I do more reviews than that, yay! It will mean I’ve been to the cinema more often than anticipated! There will possibly also be other content, such as following particular movies over the course of the year (an idea has been to do ‘special editions’ of From the Corner involving certain movies).

To be completely honest, this is the best I can do for the next year and then revisit this decision next year. I thank everyone who’s stuck with the journal thus far; your patience and support has been very appreciated by myself during what seems to have become a turbulent time for whatdoeslooking.

In brighter news, I’m thinking of revamping the journal and profile layouts – I’ve had them for quite some time!
F. J.
One of the best things in attending an early session of Twilight Saga: New Moon was the distinct lack of screaming fangirls. That isn’t to say that there weren’t fangirls but the fans who attended weren’t screaming every second someone from the Cullen clan, wolf pack or Bella was on screen. It was refreshing walking out of the cinema with my hearing intact this year. An additional delight was the very noticeable absence of author Stephenie Meyer; in Twilight, she’d had a very noticeable cameo that served no purpose to the overall story or even that scene. It had been gratuitous and it could be, and probably was, wondered what the hell had Catherine Hardwicke been thinking when she allowed that part of the scene to make the final cut.

And that was another thing missing from this next instalment of the Twilight saga: Catherine Hardwicke. Last year she had delivered a movie that didn’t compel strong feelings for the story or the characters. The primary cast had done a good job overall but there was nothing within the movie to make the audience care about the movie in general. Missing also was the faded blue tint that pervaded Twilight; it made the film look pale and washed out. It provided a good sense of atmosphere but it washed everything into tones of pale blue and grey that gave the movie a pallor that carried over from the palette of the overall look to the heart of the film itself. It truly wasn’t a good look.

And now, into Twilight Saga: New Moon itself.

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Twilight Saga: New Moon
Release Dates
Open Australia November 19 2009
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke & Graham Greene
Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay); Stephenie Meyer (novel)
Chris Weitz
F. J.
Walking back into the cinema was like coming home. Watching Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince was the equivalent of inviting old friends into your life which is what the actors of the franchise are by now: old friends.

Since 2001, the entire world have watched the three actors at the centre of the maelstrom that surrounds them grow from children on the cusp of pre-adolescence to young adults who can handle themselves capably on the screen. Other films and productions have been done during the life-span of the franchise and Emma Watson is attending Brown in the American fall. They’ve fared well.

But, it needs to be asked, has the franchise fared as well as the three young leads? Has it been like that fine wine or matured cheese that only get better with age? Can it be brought to conclusion under the skilled hand of director David Yates or will it merely deteriorate like everything that goes past its prime and jump that proverbial shark?

These are valid questions to ask oneself when entering the cinema to view the sixth instalment of a franchise that’s been in cinemas since 2001 and will come to an end with eight films instead of seven (the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was deemed to be best served to audiences as two films instead of one due to the sheer amount of content in the novel).

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Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
Release Dates
Open Greece August 25 2009
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Jessie Cave, Bonnie Wright, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith & Michael Gambon
Steve Kloves (screenplay) & JK Rowling (novel)
David Yates
F. J.
24 February 2009 @ 01:50 pm
2009 was the year not to be inundated with Oscar. After last year and the question of whether the Awards would happen and the year before with Americans being seat-fillers and no Godzilla, I decided to take a break from my annual affair; Oscar, it’s been swell. And that, as they say, would be that.

In order to avoid Oscar, I didn’t follow the nominations aside from knowing Heath Ledger had been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, didn’t keep up with the news and my only concession to the fact they were on was to answer questions about Heath Ledger’s Oscar chances with ‘he’ll win’ and leave it at that. Oh! I knew The Boy from Oz, good ol’ Hugh!, was hosting the event.

Wouldn’t I miss Oscar, even a little? There was always the gowns to follow, star-spot (I heard Rob Pattinson, now known as the HeartThrob of Twilight, was going to present), the food, the gossip! Didn’t I want in on the betting that’d occur with the various nominations?


Today, I’ve heard about Heath’s win, that Hugh was a success and that Slumdog Millionaire had won 8 Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was snubbed (it only won two technical awards), Kate Winslet finally won an Award for Best Actress, Sean Penn was Sean Penn and Penélope Cruz gushed over Woody Allen. WALL-E ran away with Best Animated Feature but it was taken down by Milk in Best Original Screenplay. I’ve seen pictures of the party frocks worn by various stars and that one actor who was to present, Kristen Stewart, wasn’t at the Awards because she’d only be there if there was a decent film to want to present for. Let’s not forget how the cameras rolled onto Angelina when Jen was presenting.

Did I miss anything? No?

All this was gathered through various news outlets – print, TV and online – but I didn’t lose anything by waiting until this morning to find any of the above out. I don’t feel deprived by not having watched the Academy Awards or by not having been involved in the media blitz, either by contributing or keeping abreast. Does this mean that my annual affair with Oscar is over!? That nothing is gained by not following the Academy Awards each year? Not dally with Oscar next year? Play it cool and pretend to Oscar I needed that presence in my life?

Sufferin’ succotash! Whatever should I do!?

For a complete list of winners, see The Hollywood News.
F. J.
25 January 2009 @ 05:11 pm
For whatdoeslooking readers –

In the past, when I’ve written DVD reviews, I’ve linked to the item in question on four retailers websites: amazon in the US and UK, JB Hi-Fi and EzyDVD. The thought behind this was to ensure a wide range of places for people to get the DVDs from.

However, EzyDVD has to be struck from the list.

A few weeks ago, I heard rumours that EzyDVD was bankrupt and closing down. Today, I’ve read the news that the company was sold and had a $18 million debt, depending on news source. Jobs are being lost and stores and offices of the chain are closing; EzyDVD was a company that offered a chance to run franchise stores in the company’s name.

This news has prompted a decision I’d held off making until I had more news.

Due to this news, I’ve decided I will no longer provide links to EzyDVD services as I have done in the past. If the situation changes, I might reverse this but the company would have to be stable and looking healthy once more before I did that.

I hope no one’s been affected by the change in EzyDVD’s fortunes.