I cannot contain my excitement after watching the trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel (thanks to my dear friend Romy for the share). Grand indeed! Never one to disappoint, the King of awkward quirkiness seems to have done it again with yet another wonderful dose of escapism. The tale of a hotel concierge taking a lobby boy under his wing looks to be full of comedy and mystery as they find themselves caught up in the theft of a famous painting. It's an all-star cast, of course, and the trailer promises numerous random statements, running long distances, glorious set design and script, all coated with Wes's brilliance and weird, whimsical charm. Set for release March 7, 2014. Watch it here and thank me later.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, this movie is touching, exciting and absolutely beautiful. The fact that the set is a circus in the 30s, during the depression, meant that the set and costume designers had a lot to work with, but a slight danger of the result being dull or lacking in glamour. Thankfully, this wasn't the case at all! Whilst still real and raw at times, it is visually stunning at every turn. It captures the torment and exhaustion of the animals and circus workers, and yet still maintains so much 'glitz' and beauty. The tension between the two main characters was also expressed so well, with both personalities far from simple... I felt that Reese was particularly strong in her role, reminding me of the success that was Walk the Line a few years ago.
If you are sensitive to animal cruelty, there are a couple of scenes where you will need to avert your eyes, but it is necessary to build the audience's hatred for the circus owner, who you may all remember from Inglorious Basterds. He too encompasses his role perfectly.
Vogue of course captured the movie so perfectly as you can see in the shoot they did with Reese:
Ok. I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for romance. Phew.... glad that's out in the open. I believe in the stuff that songs, books and poems are written about.. The stuff that we grow up dreaming of experiencing, seeing it in Disney cartoons and classic movies... The stuff that drives us to distraction.
So when I saw this image I had to share it. Dream date much?
Here's to smooshiness this weekend! I doubt any of us will be on futons under a fairy lit tree watching movies with popcorn and candles all around. But still :) Over and out*
Now you all know what a fan I am of the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, so you can imagine my excitement at FINALLY watching the movie staring the incredible Julia Roberts as the main character. Lost and confused in what from the outside appears to be a perfect life, Roberts really captured the character, her angst and frustration with herself and her seeming inability to be happy or satisfied with her life. I just adore tales of self-discovery, especially when they involve exotic places and romance. Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to agree that you can't run away from your issues, but sometimes all one needs is a big distraction and change of scenery to realise that those problems have no substance or ability to make you feel anything. Anywhoodle, I am drifting. The movie. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjay5vgIwt4]
I like. I like very very much. All 3 places, Italy, India and Bali brought new beautiful scenery to the screen and fabulous new characters for us to relate to or just plain ol love. The sweet Sofie in Italy, the cheeky yet kind Richard in India and the inspirational and entertaining medicine man in Bali.
We are taken along with her as she comes to terms with her failed marriage, realises what's important and allows love to enter her life from every angle....friends, Felipe, prayer, life and all its experiences. I love the barber scene, where the local Italians berate her for feeling guilty about eating carbs. They say that Americans (or Westerners I guess) don't know how to enjoy life: il dolce far niente, “the sweetness of doing nothing". Other moments I loved include: the part where she watches the sun rise around her in Italy; when she tells Tulsi how she wishes her a happy marriage in India; when she dances with Felipe; when she goes back the medicine man; the dramatic hand expressions in Italy and many more.
This book/movie fascinates me because people either love it or detest it. It has such mixed reviews with people fussing over western views of Spiritualism being misleading or in the other extreme, fans who love every aspect. Even if you fall in with the fussy peeps, give it a watch because the scenery is stunning and its great to watch something with depth that you aren't guaranteed to cry into your popcron about.
Although I have every intention of reading Anna Karenina, and have heard bits and pieces about War and Peace, I didn't actually know all that much about Leo Tolstoy. So, being a fan of historical dramas myself, I was happy to hear that a great movie about this famous man had come out. Starring James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren no less. I was sold.So I took a friend with me who's equally as fascinated by human relationships, history and Tolstoy and off we went.
The story was far from boring but the actors aided this as there was a thread of humour than ran through the movie. For example; Tolstoy's assistant, Valentin Bulgakov (played by McAvoy), sneezed every time he was nervous. This proved to be especially funny when a romance sparked between him and Masha, a girl on the Tolstoyan commune. McAvoy's portrayal of the innocent and passionate Tolstoy activist was touching and convincing, especially his admiration for Tolstoy. We see how he learns by the end of the movie that one cannot form solid, unmoving opinions and methodology because life and love don't follow a set plan. We need to enjoy the good things in life and sometimes take seemingly risky chances.
Tolstoy encouraged ideals of simplicity, vegetarianism and chastity, and also for the people of Russia to rebel against corruption in the governing power. In the movie he says, "I'm not a very good Tolstoyan".
The love between Leo and his wife Sofya, is turbulent and exhausting and amazing. The main storyline is about Tolstoy's will, his indecision about whom to leave his writings and fortune to: The Russian people or his family. What results is conflict with his wife and drama involving his adviser, Vladimir Chertkov, who asks Valentin to 'keep a diary' and record everything he sees. In a comic twist, Sofya does the same thing and the drama increases as the adviser and wife fight for what they believe is right. Whilst Sofya was extremely melodramatic and hysterical at times, I empathized with her. She felt like Tolstoy's family was being left by the wayside and her place and influence in his life was completely disregarded. As she said to Valentin, "I copied out War and Peace 6 times".
It's based on a novel by Jay Parini and directed by Michael Hoffman. In the end we see how the love between the Tolstoy couple remains through all the angst, emotions and indecision. There was some lovely cinematography and Russia in all its cold and desolation was a great setting for it.I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone, Tolstoy fan or otherwise.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy
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Every girl loves a good makeover in movies. Especially when the heroine involved is cool and cute and totally deserves her chance to shine. Yes OK the feminist in me hates when the guy falls for the gal only AFTER she gets all glammed up.. but hey, sometimes people just need a little nudge... or shove, in the right direction. Some movies don't contain makeovers necessarily but simply a dress that takes your breath away.
1. That yellow dress in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
2. That green dress in 'Atonement'
4. That white dress in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'
5. That black catsuit in 'Grease'
6. The fashion update in 'The Devil Wears Prada'
7. All the girls' dresses in the 'Sex and the City' wedding
8. The ultimate revenge of a scorned woman: Getting HOT like Meg Ryan & designing your own fashion line in 'The Women'
9. The scarlet gown that Scarlet wears to Ashley's party in 'Gone With the Wind'
And they all dressed well ever after *THE END*
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