I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
The modern-day story focuses on two beautiful young vampires who are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.
There was a time when filmmaker Amy Heckerling made smart relevant films for a teen audience but those days seem long gone. In many ways that is what her latest, Vamps, is about as a centuries old vampire struggles to adjust to modern life with the over reliance on technology and annoying text speak. Unfortunately, in commenting on the differences between the generations she failed to make a film that was remotely interesting or amusing.
Alicia Silverstone, working once again with Heckerling after Clueless, and Krysten Ritter star as vampires and BFF struggling to come to terms with contemporary life whilst both suffering with romantic problems. Silverstone starts spending time with a former boyfriend she hasn’t seen in forty years…
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What . The . Fuck
I watched this for free and someone owes me money.
Absolutely, spleen tearingly awful. Basically unwatchable.
Krysten Ritter and (a beautifully aged) Alicia Silverstone.
Quirky comedy about "nice" vampires. Charming but not very interesting or funny.
Underused cast. Although Sigourney Weaver at least know what kind of movie she's in.
Call it the squealy-girly, horror-spoof version of Tabu, conflating movie history with romantic yearning for a lost past; guess it takes a middle-aged director to hone in on the poignant aspects of a vampire existence. Don't really know what to make of it, because the lame jokes really thud, plotting is amateurish and it's shot through with clumsy nostalgia and technophobia - yet, in taking a genre degraded by over-exposure and Twilight-mania and using it to muse on mortality and Time passing (meanwhile adjusting its cliches to a chick-flick template), it does something quite beautiful (and funny). Who knew Alicia Silverstone still had the stuff, after all these years?
It's kinda irritating that the director of a film as good and memorable as Clueless couldn't attract more funding for this endearing little project, particularly since most of its flaws could probably have been solved with a larger budget. There's some rather naff-looking CGI throughout, most obviously in the tonally confused beheading scene) at the end, and I feel like some more time in the editing studio might have improved the film's rather haphazard pacing.
But aside from these faults and a few rather heavy-handed critiques of contemporary dependence on modern technology I found this to be a rather charming and refreshingly unambitious film. I liked the way Heckerling used the vampires' extended lifespans to comment on generational changes and…
Amy Heckerling's drops a fun little romp into horror comedy, my favorite genre. Alicia Silverstone, who is herself weirdly ageless, get to play a version of herself stuck at her peak (re: The 90's) while hiding the little secrets that make her great and admirable. Krysten Ritter gets to do a small mix of all the things she's best at (best friend, fashionable New Yorker, weird party girl), plus get's to romance a baby faced Dan Stevens. I don't need the Van Helsing sub-plot so much as I would love to explore the world of 'vegetarian' vampires more, but I enjoyed the conversation on the merits of never aging amongst humanity much more than Only Lover's Left Alive.
It's like a stand up comedian making jokes about vampires when you thought you were going to watch a movie.
Clueless meets vampires. Guilty pleasure.
Writer/director Amy Heckerling is best known for her films Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight (1982), Look Who's Talking (1989) and Clueless (1995). She hit the 'Fast Times' in 1982 and it was her first taste of success; but she played the Hollywood game very cautiously and while she did work steadily her hits were few-and-far-between -- although highly memorable.
Her latest effort, Vamps, is a "vampires are people too flick" about two twenty-something (wink-wink-ahem) vampires who luckily like the nightlife.
Goody (Alicia Silverstone - Clueless) is tasked with showing newbie-vampire, Stacy (Krysten Ritter - 27 Dresses), the ropes as their creator, Cisserus (Sigourney Weaver - Avatar), travels the globe and causes as much trouble as she desires -- she'd eat…
this was actually shit but all the sigourney scenes were pure gold
also this is the 7th sigourney film i've watched today
Sigourney was not in this enough to make it worth it
What a perfectly charming little comedy. Well worth a quick look. Sure, Heckerling's comedy is... let's just call it 'broad' and 'dated' to be polite, but VAMPS has a fair bit of heart and a pair of really winning leads that turns camp into cool.
On one level, nothing about Vamps works. The direction is just above sit-com level, and the script often veers into "iPods, iPads, iDon't even know anymore!" territory (thanks to Scott Auckerman). Worse, the lack of attention or weight given to a few of its key plot points borders on offensive (a subplot about a characters terminal cancer is mind boggling in its thoughtlessness). That being said, Heckerling's skill with actors and in dialogue hasn't faded over time, and the scenes between Rytter and Silverstone are an utter delight (likewise Justin Kirk, Zak Orth, Malcom McDowell, Todd Barry, Wallace Shawn (pant) and Sigourney Weaver). Likewise, although its hammered into the point of meaninglessness, Heckerling's deeper thoughts about getting older and the lasting power of film are undeniably moving.
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…