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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:44 am

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And for the most part it works, thanks to painstaking recreations of hazy disco-era dive bars, faded roller rinks and seedy motels, plus a ballsy performance by Kristen Stewart.

Hunched hungrily over her axe, dirty-sexy and growling her lines, she won’t please the Twi-hards, but it’s a welcome switch-up for anyone suspecting talent does indeed lurk among the vampires.

Michael Shannon also entertains as the manager who sees the bucks to be made from ‘rock bitches’. Meanwhile, Dakota Fanning does her best to move from moppet to maven as lead singer Cherie Currie, but fails to convince fully despite a parade of saucy outfits.

Apart from some evocative scenes of the band performing (with creditable singing from Stewart and Fanning) and being mobbed in Japan, The Runaways is ultimately a familiar song that never quite gets the blood pumping.

Though Jett’s the more interesting character, she plays second fiddle to Cherie (the screenplay’s based on Currie’s memoir), a tease when her story would surely have delivered a more satisfying emotional arc than the tale of one valley girl’s burnout.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:57 am

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...Which means however good Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning might be - and they are both excellent - the movie's got all the rebel spirit of a WI jam-tasting.
There are a handful of decent scenes - lifted from Cherie's autobiography Neon Angel, on which the film's based.
At an early rehearsal, Fowley gets kids to pelt the band with tin cans and dog doo to prepare them for hecklers. And backstage at a gig, after the headliners slag them off, Kristen wees on one of their guitars.
But the memorable bits are few and far between.
The Runaways does confirm a couple of key movie truths though.
Firstly: Kristen Stewart is every bit the talented actress that the Twilight movies suggested.

And secondly: a bog-standard rock biopic is exactly the WRONG place to show that talent off.
Roll on her next non-Twilight project. Or even the next Twilight film. Or anything else, frankly.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:11 am

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Their story is quite a tale and this film, while slipping into familiar rock movie rise-and-fall conventions, does a pretty job of getting to the heart of the matter. Kristen Stewart (confident, driven and a far cry from her Twilight persona) stars as aspiring rocker Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning (confused, defiant and vulnerable as an angry young woman) is Cherie Currie, the band’s singer and jailbait sex symbol, and Michael Shannon is the sleazy impresario Kim Fowley, who manages the novelty of the group to sudden fame and sends them touring without supervision, where they are completely unprepared for the exploitation and mania and slide into drugs and sex (they’ve already got the rock and roll).

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:17 am

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Kristen and Dakota get some Oscar buzz for their performances. This is a good movie that everyone who loves music should watch.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:29 am

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...Not only can she carry a tune and wear Jett’s androgynous outfits credibly, her steely eyes indicate that she’s not going to let smug, sexist buffoons keep her from being the Queen of Rock. At the same time, Stewart gives Jett a nurturing heart, so that it’s easy to hope she’ll get fame on her own terms.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:34 am

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Last, but by no means least, is Kristen Stewart as The Runaways’ bassist, Joan Jett. Both the true heroine of the band - and yet, often, their own worst enemy - Jett lands on the screen as an incredibly complex, impossibly confident young woman.

Stewart thrives on this ever-contradictory character, pointing towards even bigger and better non-Twilight roles in the future.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:40 am

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...Fowley shapes and misuses them but he's never the main character. Fanning and Stewart give the band some core strength, especially Stewart, who makes you believe that for Jett, it was always about the music, not the clothes or the jailbait image.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:43 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:50 am

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...For her part, Stewart has Jett down pat: her strut, her slouch, her sexiness. This is a performance that goes far beyond Jett's shag haircut, and it's great to see Stewart -- who shot "Welcome to the Rileys" in New Orleans in late 2008 -- do her thing in a role that involves neither vampires nor werewolves.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:03 am

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Kristen Stewart's Joan Jett is one of many killer riffs that makes The Runaways
...Stewart is actually really good at capturing Jett's icy, tough-but-cool girl swagger, adding the needed touches of vulnerability that transform it into a pretty terrific performance. I've seen at least two "female Brando" comparisons, and while that may be hyperbole, it's also not ridiculous. Besides, how can one not admire a character whose early stated purpose is to merge Suzi Quatro with Chuck Berry ... and who mentions Elvis within her first few moments onscreen? Yep. Stewart is a genuine rock star here.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:10 am

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...Sigismondi’s first mistake, in fact, is focusing on Currie, a vacuous blond Bowie wannabe, instead of on the Runaways’ most talented and enduring alumna, Joan Jett. The movie’s early scenes depict the fortuitous confrontation between the leather-jacketed young rocker — channeled to perfection by Kristen Stewart

...Stewart has the opposite problem here. She’s completely believable as Jett, but, until its final scene, Sigismondi’s script keeps her on a leash, relegating her to second string and denying her an opportunity to reveal the thunder god it’s fully apparent she’s born to be. Only in the movie’s last moments, which hint at her second coming as the stadium-filling leader of the Blackhearts (with “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” blasting in the background) does she get her close-up. It’s a thrilling couple of minutes against which everything that precedes it unfortunately pales.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:20 am

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Stewart plays a cool and brooding Joan Jett, all black eyeliner and louche leathers. She teaches her bandmates how to achieve orgasm, fills a toy gun with vodka and squirts it into her mouth from time to time and shares a love scene with her co-star Dakota Fanning, who plays Cherie Currie.
If there is a better way of putting some distance between yourself and a pathetic serial character like Bella, I've yet to see it. (Take note, Emma Watson.)
...What was most inspiring about this new film was seeing female characters like Jett on the big screen. Stewart's portrayal of Jett is strong and exciting, a young woman determined to succeed on her own terms.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:26 am

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...Proving once and for all that she’s more than just a wan face, Kristen Stewart gets Jett’s peculiar toughness - we can see she’s a survivor. When the band begins to splinter and Joan starts smashing furniture around the studio, it’s not about ego or bravado, it’s just the frustration of someone who loves what she does and sees it slipping away from her.

...It may be true that most rock dreams end with a dose of harsh cold reality, but Joan Jett’s ongoing love affair with rock n roll is proof that it doesn’t have to be that way. Stewart steals the show here, but they’ve made the movie about the wrong woman. Jett remains the runaway that got away.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:46 am

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Kristen Stewart steals the show in The Runaways
Film of the Week: Twilight star shows she can do gothic and gritty as Joan Jett


...The Runaways focuses on Currie - the film is loosely based on her 1989 memoir, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story - as the vulnerable, jailbait junkie teen whose downfall forms the central thread of the story. But it is Stewart, as the kohl-eyed Jett, who steals the show - proving that she can do sullen and gothic without coming across as bland.

Until now Stewart was best-known for playing Twilight's troubled teenager Bella. But her breakout performance in The Runaways has been widely praised and hailed as a shrewd choice. Serious and self-confident, the role of Jett should ensure that Stewart is no longer typecast as a pale, insipid virgin.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:51 am

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Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning team up in this sexy, sultry, rock 'n' roll chick flick. Dedicated, edgy and thoughtful, their performances are fantastic, a nice reminder that the teen vampire series hasn't sucked the life out of them just yet.

...She is perfectly balanced by Stewart who is the solid backbone of this film, with a performance which is just as intense, but in a quieter, more focused manner.


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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:59 am

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A fascinating exploration of the effects of fame on young people, this true story is sharply directed and acted. It's also great to see a film about girl power that's this realistic and resonant. And packed with such great songs.

...Stewart is also terrific as the quintessential rock 'n' roll chick, with a steely edge that the Twilight movies never even hint at.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:03 pm

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...Stewart is equally good, capturing Jett's look, spirit and attitude, even if the character is frustratingly under-explored by the script.

Sigismondi has the expected photographer's eye for an arresting image (such as Joan mentally composing songs in a milky-white bath) and her direction is suitably stylish throughout.

The main problem is that this is essentially The Runaways: The Cherie Currie Story, meaning that the rest of the band are frustratingly side-lined (poor Alia Shawkat gets just one line, off-camera) and the film ends when Cherie leaves the band, when Jett's story is just as interesting.

Despite a few wobbles, The Runaways is a stylish and enjoyable rock biopic with terrific performances from Fanning, Stewart and Shannon. Recommended.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:11 pm

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Fanning captures Currie’s surly “Cherry Bomb” style effectively, particularly when dolled up in the notorious white basque that Currie is remembered for; Stewart is even better as the furiously smouldering Jett

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:25 pm

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It seems movies about punk rock seem to get the experience right, like, Sid and Nancy, and The Runaways. The bio-pics of the 60′s era musician’s either focus on the addictions or the music, but punk era bio-pics of the band seem to get both right. Not only does The Runaways manage to tell the story of the band, but also manages to translate the existential experience of the times and the music.

...Stewart and Fanning both disappear into their roles. Stewart seems to inhabit Joan Jett, she has the look down, she sounds like Jett, she even has the “hunch” over the microphone that Jett has when singing and playing.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:37 pm

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...Crucial to the film’s success are the performances of Dakota Fanning as Currie and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett. At sixteen, Fanning still looks strikingly young and her performance is affected accordingly. While she is hauntingly on-point as an innocent stumbling into a fog of substance abuse and isolation, she doesn’t have the charisma to convince as a burgeoning rock star. Stewart on the other hand is right on the money as the young Jett. It is a quiet but nuanced performance with just the right combination of cocky swagger and adolescent awkwardness.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:57 am

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For the first time Stewart sizzles with attitude and Fanning is engulfing with her sultry mystique. The duo captivate as much as the soundtrack, stunning in every given situation. How perfectly they channel the emotion and power of Jett and Currie is remarkable. Extremely entertaining and utterly gripping, the performances are fresh and untamed. Lots of little chuckle-worthy moments as the girls cause bedlam everywhere they go with minimal efforts.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:15 am

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"Girls don't play guitar," declares a male teacher as Joan Jett (Stewart) storms out of her music lesson. Maybe they didn't then, but they do now. Driven, ambitious Joan is going to be a rock star, and instead of writing poetry about dead cats and how nobody understands her on MySpace, she teaches herself to play before announcing to record producer Kim Fowley (Shannon) that she wants to form the first all-girl rock band. The otherwise cynical Shannon is hooked. He sees an idea he can sell: sex.

...Out-rocking them all, though, is Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. She brilliantly portrays the rocker as someone who knows what she wants and has the talent and drive to pull it off. Sporting a scarily accurate wig, she truly is the soul of this film; where Fanning’s Cherie is delicate, Stewart’s Joan is hardworking and tough. It’s easy to see the star rapidly shaking off her Twilight persona.

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A run-of-the-mill rock biopic elevated by its quick script and great cast. Forget mopey Bella: Kristen Stewart rocks.

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:27 am

" Sporting a scarily accurate wig" - lol, nice "wig". Love your collection. Thank you very much>
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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:55 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Runaways Reviews   Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:04 pm

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Dakota Fanning is excellent but Kristen Stewart focuses attention. The gestures, gait, attitude is pure Joan Jett, and side and sex appeal lesbian vibe, it has nothing to envy Kate Moennig (Shane on The L Word).
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