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Movie Reviews: Little Ashes and Robsessed

Posted on | February 10, 2010 | 10 Comments

I (finally) got to watch two Rob focused films today (thanks, blizzard!), Little Ashes and Robsessed, so I thought I’d give a quick review.

Little Ashes (See official movie website)

Probably one of Rob’s least relate-able roles for Twilight fans, Little Ashes is a love story spanning two decades between real-life poet Federico García Lorc (Javier Beltrán) and painter Salvador Dalí (Robert Pattinson) that starts during their college days in post WWI Spain.

Truthfully, I was expecting to like Little Ashes more than I did. It isn’t a good film. It starts slow and doesn’t provide enough explanation of what is happening. Kudos to Rob for throwing himself into the part, but Dali is very tough character to play. And here is why (as explained by Wikipedia): “Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself.” Translation: Dali was weird genius and always caused a scene.  Not someone who is easy to relate to.  Also the craft of painting never translates well in film  (exception given to  Stephen Dorff and painting with his woman in Backbeat, FTW!).

I am Dali! Love me!

Robsessed (See movie website on myspace)
With Robsessed, a Robert Pattinson documentary, the opposite is true: I liked this movie more than I expected, though I had low expectations. All the reviews had said it was a rehash of many interviews and photos of him, which is true. But I liked most of the experts (Rob isn’t interviewed at all for this documentary). It is a bit icky that they were mostly British taloid press (not the most credible journalists). But they were interesting and well-informed. The film uses some paparazzi photos and even interviewed a Vancouver-based one. The other people who appear include a Renasty Award Winner and “superfans” of Twilight/Rob, and of course, they came off nutty (can’t we Twilight fans ever catch a break in the media?). There was even an interview with the girl who was in the infamous boy-ploit photos of Rob from his teen modeling days:

I have those boots too!

Sorry...I had to post it! Just look away and go to your happy place.

But overall, i thought it was a decent summary of his career so far. I totally agree that no matter how many pairs of bottle glasses and Cosby sweaters you put on a Rob (as in the Bad Mother’s Handbook), you just can’t hide the pretty girl within:

I feel sad about that outfit too, Rob.


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10 Responses to “Movie Reviews: Little Ashes and Robsessed”

  1. Luxie
    February 11th, 2010 @ 4:12 am

    Oh Gahhh!– The pic from his zygote modeling days! — Ahh! Why’d you do it? Why? LOL! I don’t want to look..but ..I..I can’t look away!

    I think you’re pretty much right on ’bout ‘Little Ashes.’ It happened to be on IFC. Its apparent that he delved head first into Dali. But you’re right, it just wasn’t a very good movie… There’s many snore, yawn worthy parts throughout the film. But there are a couple of weird moments to where you don’t want to look but you can’t help but stare.. like the part where Dali’s bawling and simultaneously doing the ‘hand job workout’ to himself while he watches Federico get busy with his gf.

    Oh and btw…
    Saw Haunted Airman .. even worse than Little Ashes IMO. Its slow, Bizarre, and the storyline itself is just strange. He’s in love with his Aunt (non blood related, but still..), he has technophobic nightmares, and the ending is nonsensical. I won’t go any further since y’all haven’t seen it yet… Would love to hear your guys’ review on it. I’m sure you guys would have a lot to say, lol.

  2. Luxie
    February 11th, 2010 @ 4:15 am

    oops sorry meant ..
    arachnophobic nightmares NOT technophobic

  3. Leann
    February 11th, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    So, you finally bit the bullet and watched “the Tuck” huh? You didn’t mention it so I had to bring it up.

  4. Melissa
    February 11th, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    Leann–**My eyes!!** LOL The Tuck was frightening up-close. I can’t deny that I watched that scene twice. Freaky!

  5. Melissa
    February 11th, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    thanks, luxie. i agree about your thoughts on Little Ashes. That whole scene with Dali watching Federico with a girl….most disturbing. I also had trouble understanding the dialogue at some points in the film…though that could just be me. I might need a little bit of break before i check out The Haunted Airman. I doubt i could get Christen to watch it. She’s not really into Art Films 😀

  6. lexxykat
    February 18th, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    You should seriously not post that pic of rpattz again. Its scary. 🙁

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  8. Lara
    February 22nd, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    I agree with Luxy, The Haunted Airman was way to bizarro and sick to enjoy RPatz in. I even like art house films, but this was trying to be artsy and just came off creepy. I don’t blame Rob, he was new to acting and he was pretty decent, but the directing, script, editing and other actors (ahem, Julian Sands) were just gawd-awful!! I say we just put the past behind us (including Little Ashes) and move on to Remember Me, Bel Ami, Eclipse and BD!!

  9. Melissa
    February 25th, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    sorry, lexxykat 🙁 won’t happen again.

  10. Lavonne Trevino
    December 29th, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    You should seriously not post that pic of rpattz again. Its scary. 🙁

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