“Remember Me” — Actually I Just Want to Forget

I have to say that the first time I saw a preview for Remember Me, I was completely under the impression that the movie was going to be one of those love-changes-your-life kind of movies.  The movie that teaches the audience that two lovers can meet in life’s most awkward, tragic, and happy moments.

Did I enjoy it?  Just a mediocre love story, if you even want to call it a love story.  Remember Me was clearly marketed as a romance/love film, and while there certainly were parts of the movie that showed love developing between Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) and Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson), the movie still managed to fall short.  The focus seemed to be more on Hawkins’ life, and love just seemed like a minor addition to the story line.  What seemed like a movie with all the aspects of a drama/love just weren’t pulled together as nicely as it probably was in thought.

For me, the real turnoff had to have been the whole mood of the movie.  Flat out depressing. From the beginning to end, I wasn’t sure if the movie was about two people finding love, or if it was to make a point that life is rough with bad things happening to everyone all the time.  I swear I found myself unintentionally anticipating something bad happening with every new scene.  It was just hardship after hardship.  There is a very fine line between empowering a love story through traumatic events and the overuse of traumatic events.  Remember Me definitely tried to build up the love story around some of life’s harder moments, but it was a little excessive to where it just made the movie depressing.  Let’s just put it this way, I left the movie theatre that day feeling like I had stepped out of a black hole.

HBO’s True Blood: All Talk, No Bite?

True Blood is a new HBO drama series that premiered on September 7 of this year. It is based off of the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris. The setting takes place in the deep South and stars Anna Paquin as the main character, Sookie. True Blood tells a story about vampires and humans co-existing with each other in society; however, the two groups remain much more separate in their own areas of town by their own preference. Although they live among each other, there is tension and trust issues between both groups. So far, the main plot revolves around a love story between Sookie and an age-old vampire, Bill (played by Stephen Moyer). The show has also taken a focus on an unknown killer murdering people in the town — someone who sees a new target in Sookie. There are a bunch of other characters engaging in their own story lines as well. In a series where vampires exist, there are bound to be other strange mysterious characters to come in the story ahead.

This show has been renewed for a second season and appears to be getting a good fan base. Some people just love this show. I’ve always been interested in anything vampire-related. When I first saw True Blood, I just thought it was a little cheesy. I mean the story doesn’t seem bad, but I don’t think it translates well on TV. It can really come across as a silly show, and I can’t figure out if the script is making actors seem like bad actors or if it’s the actors’ own doing. In my opinion, this show could be a lot better than what it is.

Since there were some nights where I couldn’t find anything to watch, I’d end up giving the show another shot. I became patient to see the story unfold, and I actually began to look forward to watching a new episode. I still can’t shake the feeling though that sometimes the show is painfully cheesy. Some people will only watch about three minutes of it and laugh hysterically — either at the story line or the actors — and they’ll get this are-you-serious look on their face and plainly say, “This show is so stupid.” I know how they feel though because that was me before and I’m still a little hesitant about the show’s quality.

Nonetheless, True Blood has reached a lot of people and made fans out of them. Check it out for yourself and be your own judge. True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9pm on HBO.