This week's two big releases couldn't be more different -- even though both were directed by women. Catherine Hardwicke's pop-culture phenomenon Twilight thrilled romance-obsessed young girls everywhere, while Lexi Alexander's hyper-violent take on the Marvel character Punisher simply mauled viewers into submission, to their horror OR delight.
Twilight fans will be thrilled to hear the teen-vampire simperfest is coming out this week with a special midnight release on Friday, March 20. From 10 p.m. -midnight, participating stores will open to fans who just can't wait to get their paws on the so-called epic romance. Visit http://www.twilightthemovie.com/ for a list of participating stores near you. The 2-disc special edition includes extended/deleted scenes, music videos, actor commentaries, and a seven-part documentary.
If you're less a fan of sensitive drama and more into over-the-top gore, scenery-chewing comic characters and all-guns-blazing action, then the revenge-is-sweet Punisher: War Zone, complete with the requisite appropriately absurd comic book-y plot and dialogue, is tailor-made for you.
In it, some guy plays a vigilante who takes out the baddies by blowing them out of the air with his handy bazooka as they leap from building to building, or jumping off the building himself and landing on a guy's head after he's already been impaled on a spike fence. It's just that good, folks. Would you guess a female director was behind the camera? Not for a minute.