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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Movie Review – Featuring Twilight Actress Anna Kendrick

I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World last night after many good recommendations from friends, and it did not disappoint. What a visually dynamic movie that had a lot of originality (hard to imagine based on movies that come out today). As many of you probably know it was adapted to film from a graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley so the visuals are very graphic-novel style and the content is very story-like in terms of transitions and progression. I also went to see this for Twilight Connection purposes as our lovely Anna Kendrick has a role in the movie playing Scott Pilgrim’s (Michael Cera) sister Stacey Pilgrim. The movie is a wild ride of quick quips, memorable characters and bold bright graphic-novel style music performances and battles.

The storyline of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the lives of Scott (Cera), his lovable roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin), Scott’s high school girlfriend Knives (Ellen Wong), Scott’s band mates and of course the highly coveted Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Scott falls hard for Ramona and goes through a series of hilarious run-ins with her including bad pick up lines at a house party, ordering something on Amazon.ca (because she works there) so she’ll deliver it to his house and finally their awkward first date on a snowy night in Toronto. You can’t help but like the main characters – Scott with his complete lack of understanding of the dating world, and Ramona with her edgy blue hair but soft spot for her dorky admirer.

The story takes shape when Scott finds Ramona has a past he didn’t necessarily account for including seven evil exes that he must defeat in order to continue dating Ramona. This of course gets complicated with Scott’s high school “girlfriend” Knives Chau on the scene as well as the arrival of Scott’s ex Envy Adams (Brie Larson) who is back in town to perform with her own band. To make matters worse, one of Envy’s band mates is also one of Ramona’s exes. The characters start to get embroiled in emotional turmoil and the battles begin.

This is where the story delves more into graphic novel/gamer land as the movie screen lights up with power bars, points, gold coins, blasts and descriptive sound effects. It’s a really cool movie just on a visual level, especially when they do split-screen style shots to create a “gaming” feel for certain moments. Amidst all of the crazy of the evil exes debacle, Scott is also trying to forge a future with his band mates of “Sex Bob-omb” – a rock band that is trying to break out onto the music scene but also trying to retain their integrity as an indie band.

We also get a Twilight Connection with Anna Kendrick‘s appearance in the movie as Scott’s social scene savvy older sister Stacey Pilgrim. She provides Scott with advice on the trials and tribulations of his love life in a sassy manner reminiscent of some of her moments as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga. We get some quiet moments between brother and sister as Scott opens up to her about his love life, as well as snarky banter in scenes where she mocks his ridiculous choices and behaviour. She always seems to bring something different to the table for each of her roles will still remaining recognizable and constant as an actress working with various genres. From Twilight to Up In The Air to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Anna’s movies suggest she has a really bright career ahead of her.

There’s a bit of something in this movie for everyone which is why I’d recommend it to all of my friends. If you love Michael Cera (which many people seem to already from films such as Superbad, Juno and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) then this is a must see. He’s so good at playing these goofy guys who just sort of bumble their way through dating and social awkwardness yet make no apologies for just being themselves. He is such a lovable guy that you can’t help but like him. Of course there’s Anna Kendrick‘s appearance for Twilighters to check out and support, and there is tons of good music and graphic-style visuals in the movie. Add in plenty of humour, diverse actors, original plot and good music and what’s not to like? Go see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you won’t regret it!

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September 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why Kristen Stewart Sould Star In If I Stay

The Twilight Connection to If I Stay

If I Stay is a teen fiction novel that has been making the rounds amongst young adult readers since its publication in 2009. Word of mouth began to make Gayle Forman‘s novel popular sometime last fall and this interest began to spread throughout the Twilight fandom. So what does the book If I Stay have to do with Twilight or Kristen Stewart? Nothing implicitly, except that the book has been well received by Twilight fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s writing style, as well as fans of the Bella Swan type of character and narrator as executed by Kristen Stewart.

Catherine Hardwicke to Direct If I Stay

Now in 2010 there is a substantial connection being formed between If I Stay and Twilight. Catherine Hardwicke, Director of Twilight, will be piloting If I Stay’s adaptation from book to film as director of the movie. With Hardwicke on board, many fans of both If I Stay and Twilight are wondering if there’s a chance Kristen Stewart may be at all interested in the project. There has been no public mention on Kristen’s part (or her people’s) about this happening but the idea is alive and well within the respective fandoms. Read on to find out a bit more about If I Stay and why Kristen would be amazing in this new film project coming in 2011…

The Story of If I Stay

If I Stay tells the story of 17-year-old Mia who’s life is thrown into disarray when she suddenly loses her family in a tragic car accident. Her life is so beautifully serene and put together that the juxtaposition of this Christmas-time tragedy strikes hard. The story is visceral as Mia watches her own body being taken away from the scene of the wreckage as her presence enters a kind of out-of-body experience. We instantly care about what happens to Mia, and how she will pull through this ordeal. While Mia survives the accident that claims the lives of her loved ones, she is left in a kind of limbo state of consciousness where her body, mind, and soul are ultimately trying to decide where to go. While her body enters a coma, the rest of her struggles to piece together what happened and decide whether to go back to life without her family, or leave the world and join them.

Throughout this story we get to know Mia’s boyfriend Adam, and the close bond they have forged through their shared love for music. It is music that ties them together, and what describes so many of the emotional and dramatic moments in this book when words cannot fully speak for themselves. It is simply put – a beautiful story about the choices we make for ourselves, whether we choose to stay or go, and how those decisions affect the rest of our lives. Forman’s writing flips between past and present so that we get to know Mia before the accident as well as her altered state of being after the crash.

Kristen Stewart as Mia

It is through Twilight fans on Twitter that I came to read If I Stay by recommendation and I instantly fell in love with the story’s simplistic beauty. The story is somewhat ordinary in terms of subject matter, but it is executed in a way that is extraordinary. Mia pulled at my heartstrings with her loving nature, passion for music, and drive to succeed in life. You will probably have to read the story for yourself to understand why Kristen would be a wonderful match for the character of Mia, but here’s some of my insights into why she should play this role:

Mia is described as being musically driven – a cellist – with hopes of attending Julliard. Music is her life and it inhabits everything she does. Her boyfriend, Adam, has his own band which unites them in a similar devotion to all things musical. Mia is presented to the reader as a quiet, strong, loving, and devoted individual. She cares for the people in her lives deeply, and is passionate about her musical aspirations. What stands out the most about her character is her unwavering strength in the face of tragedy.

I think Kristen has the right kind of emotional sensibilities to step into Mia‘s shoes and embody her complicated state of being. Kristen, to me, seems like a complex person who has undoubtedly dealt with pressure and adversity. It is her relentless strength and stability in who she is that would make her the perfect Mia. Kristen handles the difficult aspects of her life with poise and grace, and it is this same kind of approach to life that Mia has in If I Stay. The way Kristen described bringing a bit of herself to the role of Bella in Twilight is the same kind of experience I could imagine taking place with If I Stay. Kristen could become Mia flawlessly and bring that strong sense of self, love for others, and quiet understanding to the role.

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This song by Ivana XL kind of reminds me of If I Stay, check it out below:

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To read more about If I Stay, check out author Gayle Forman‘s website:

Amazon.com also has reader reviews and more info on the book:

IMDB has the film details for If I Stay:

[Book covers belong to Gayle Forman | 2nd Kristen photo belongs to twilightfan_14]

July 29, 2010 Posted by | KStew, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Twilight Connection Links For Blog, Suite101, Twitter And Flickr

Hey all!

This is just a quick post to let you know what goes on here at my Twilight Connection blog and where else you can read my writing. My name is Amy and I am a prospective grad school student for 2011 in the field of Media/Communications. I’m based out of Vancouver and love to get involved in all things “Twilight” here.

I live to write and love to share writing with others. All written content you find on Twilight Connection has been written by me unless otherwise specified or sourced, same goes for photos. My content is Twilight based/related as well as Kristen Stewart focused (because she is amazing).

I followed the filming of New Moon and Eclipse when they were in town but didn’t start up my blog until 2010. Hopefully you can get some Breaking Dawn info here in the fall! In the meantime, I plan to post my set photos from New Moon and Eclipse on here in the near future as well as stories from my trip to Forks, WA.

In preparation for grad school I also do freelance writing for various companies, one of those being Suite101 which you may have heard of. You can find some Twilight and Kristen related content on my Suite 101 page too. I cannot duplicate content that I write for Suite101 on my Twilight Connection blog so the content differs between my blog and Suite.

Thanks everyone so much for all of your support and for reading my blog, tweets, articles, etc. It’s nice to get feedback to become a better writer and it’s awesome to interact with other Twilight fans.

Here’s where you can find Amy:

Twilight Connection – Twilight Blog <– you’re here.

Suite101 – Contributing Writer

Twitter – @theamytweets

Flickr – New Moon and Eclipse Set Photos

IMDB – My article posted on Kristen Stewart and On The Road pages. <– thanks for sharing on there!

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twi Music Monday

Twilight Music Monday

So every Monday, if I can remember to, I’m going to put up a few songs that I think Twilight fans will like. My iPod is a huge mish mash of emo, pop, indie rock and electro, but I hope you’ll find something to listen to from my selections. These songs remind me of Twilight characters, the books, scenes from the movies, and sometimes just the actors based on what they seem to listen to.

We know Rob listens to the likes of Van Morrison and Tokio Hotel, and that Kristen loves stuff like Bon Iver and Band of Horses, but they’ve yet to release celebrity playlists on iTunes so for now you’re stuck with what I’ve got. I can’t promise that RPattz and KStew listen to any of this, but who knows 🙂

Here are some Twilight tunes for your Monday evening:

  • The Weepies – “Can’t Go Back Now”
  • Way Out West – “We Love Machine”
  • The Temper Trap – “Fader”
  • The Weepies – “World Spins Madly On”
  • South – “Paint The Silence”
  • Way Out West – “Melt”
  • Barcelona – “Come Back When You Can”
  • Pearl Jam – “The Fixer”
  • Youth Group – “Forever Young”
  • Tyler Hilton – “Missing You”

Ok so a lot of those turned out to be kind of sad/emo/depressing but they are good songs and when I listen to them I just feel like they fit well with Twilight. Anyways have a listen to them and decide for yourself, I’ll have more music for Twilight fans again next Monday and possibly a separate KStew playlist 🙂

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment