Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight....My movie review.....

So we went to see Twilight last night. It was pretty good for a low budget movie. Bubba liked it even more than I did. Of course, he didn't read the books so he didn't have any expectations and he didn't notice all the things that were wrong and missing.

I liked it enough that I want to watch it again. I won't go back to the movies to watch it but I'll buy the dvd and probably watch it everytime it comes on HBO or Showtime. Not because the movie was amazing but because I'm a loyal fan. And really, who can get enough of the Twilight saga?

I was dissapointed when I first saw who was cast as Edward. He was never MY Edward. However, I think Robert Pattinson pulled it off. It was a bit shakey at the beginning but it got better. James Franco would have been much closer to MY Edward. Alas, he's too old to play the part and I doubt that he would have had the time to play in the low budget teeny bopper movie. They probably couldn't have afforded him anyway.

I wish there would have been more time to build the characters. Two hours wasn't long enough for this movie. The emotions and relationships between the characters are too deep for a two hour time slot. The movie barely scratched the surface.
Alice was adorable, of course even though Ashley's acting was so-so. I was sad that we really didn't get to know her. Jasper, oh gosh, I laughed everytime I looked at him. It was awful. One character that they nailed was Emmett. Kellan WAS Emmett. He had the look and the personality. We even got a glimpse of what a clown he is. I loved Esme even though she only had like 2 lines. Carlisle, ehh, he was kind of bland. Rosalie was what I'd expect Rosalie to be. Charlie was a doll. Billy was right on and Jacob looked like a little kid but you could kind of feel his down to earthness. He's a scrawny little boy though so I'm wondering how they are going to make him grow if they continue with the sequels. And Bella, honestly, she's pretty much how I envisioned her.
All in all, this is a good movie. In one way it's better for those who don't know the story because they can't pick it apart for it's flaws. On the other hand I'm glad I know the story behind the things that were happening because they just didn't or couldn't capture it on screen.
I have lots more thoughts on this movie but I hope you all go out and watch it to see for yourselves. Draw your own conclusions. The things that were important to me may not be the same for you. We at least have to support it so that we can see a "New Moon" in the future. Hopefully they'll have a bigger budget and be able to do more.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I thought I'd share our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with ya'll today. The kids are home today so I'm making them a treat. I had to send them outside first though!

I came across this recipe on the web years ago and it's been a favorite ever since.

1 cup (2 stick) softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. With your fingers, place golf ball sized dough balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or just until edges are light brown.

I prefer the milk chocolate chips, of course the kids like the M&M's. I have both in the picture above. 1 bag of baking M&M's and 1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips. Any flavor chips work well.

Another tip: If you want to give your chocolate chip cookies a more interesting flavor, add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon to your dough. YUM It doesn't taste cinnamony but it gives a nice accent to the chocolate.

What's your favorite cookie?

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