Candi's Corner: The Immortal Intruments: City of Bones

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Keeping the Trend of Strong Females Going: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

by Candice Cordelia

Ever since Twilight made its entree into movie theaters six years ago, audiences, especially of the female variety, have been seeking stronger female characters on film. Television had Buffy, Dana Scully, and Khaleesi, but where on film was the next Ellen Ripley for young girls to model themselves after?  The answer to Bella Swan’s swooning, was Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Katniss, without superpowers, used her common sense and intelligence to best her competition under a totalitarian government. The second installment of The Hunger Games movie trilogy, Catching Fire, won’t be out until November, but in the meantime, Hollywood has served us the world within The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, as seen through the eyes of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a strong female character who shares Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) similar looks and Katniss' determination and loyalty to her loved ones. In the movie version of Cassandra Clare’s book, Clary possesses a healthy dollop of humor and self-awareness. Not only must she deal with a male best friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan) worshiping the ground she walks on, while she loves him like a brother; she has a missing mother who never told her about her true identity and a biological father who she'd rather not know. 

Full of werewolves, vampires, and shadowhunters, City of Bones is a mix of both the familiar and whimsical. In watching this film, I was immediately reminded of how much I missed Buffy and Angel on television. Both were staples of my teenage and young adult years and both taught me to revel in my weirdness and hyper-awareness about the world. It was great to get that same feeling from watching this movie.  I really liked that it filtered lightheartedness throughout and that the actors got it. They really understood their characters and ran away with the humor and drama, juggling both with expert panache.

Jace, (Jamie Campbell Bower) who, in my opinion, was expertly cast, has the characteristics of  most "bad boys" you were told not to date - broody, sarcastic, charming and wears a lot of black and leather.

Back to Simon, I wrote about this on my own blog, but I have to say it again - Robert Sheehan was magnificent. He chewed up the scenery as a non-annoying sidekick and best friend you kept rooting for! He took all of the humor that made him famous during his stint on the oft-praised UK television show, Misfits and inverted it into a more subtle, toned down method of comedic acting.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as a baddie no less! Yes, there are a few corny moments, even for a romantic like me. But all in all, this young adult fantasy movie is a respectable summer flick, leaving me wanting more. Especially now that I know Sigourney Weaver and Lily Cole will be starring in the sequel. Unfortunately, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes won’t be out in theaters until next year, but that gives me more time to read the whole trilogy. I’m curious to see if there’s as much wit exposed in the books as there is in the film.

 LAMB Score 3.5 out of 5 

Other Candi's Corner posts -
Candi's Corner: The Spectacular Now
Candi's Corner - Ahhhhhh! Zombies!!! Surviving World War Z
Candi's Corner: 18th Annual Critics Choice Awards Round Up
Be sure to visit Candace Cordelia's Blog - A Confederation of Travelers  -A black hole of entertainment, fashion, arts, culture, & current event news

Also see Tinsel & Tine interview with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower & Cassandra Clare - Clary & Jace in Philly

Philly Film Blog

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP