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Movie of the Week: Sunset Boulevard

As a member of LOVEFiLM, my movie intake in recent times has been quite high. And although I have seen films that I thought brilliant, such as The Piano and La Vie en Rose, it takes a lot for me to be completely blown away by a movie – but that happened last night while watching Sunset Boulevard:

Even though it has long been touted as a classic, there are many ‘classic’ films that I do not care for, yes I mean you ‘The Godfather Trilogy’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’….

Made in 1950 and written and directed by the superb Billy Wilder it stars lesser known Hollywood talent, Gloria Swanson and William Holden and it tells the story of a 1920’s screen star (Swanson) who is trying to make a return (not comeback…) to acting in the harsh landscape of 1950’s Hollywood.

The casting is brilliant as Gloria Swanson actually was a huge 1920’s silent movie star who fell to obscurity following the introduction of the ‘talkie’ movies. So her role has a biographical tinge. The plot is damning of the Hollywood industry and was the first of it’s time to show the darker side of the industry. There are cameo’s by famed director Cecil B. DeMille and silent movie star Buster Keaton, there are fantastic costumes by the legendary Edith Head…it just has everything.

It claims it’s place officially in Top 5 territory.

Filed under: 1950's, Billy Wilder, cinema, classic movie, Edith Head, fashion, films, Gloria Swanson, LOVEFiLM, movies, Sunset Boulevard

Snakes on a Plane – For Real!

It’s brilliant when real life mimics the plot line of crazy films. Sadly this just does not happen often enough. Happily, when it does, it’s the plot of Snakes on a Plane that comes to life!
Apparently an internal Australian flight was transporting Pythons to Melbourne and four of them escaped – Snakes on a Plane! They were only baby Pythons but let’s not let reality taint the joy of this story. I imagine the scenes did resemble this:

Filed under: films, movies, real life, snakes, snakes on a plane

Tilda goes GaGa

Here’s a still of the fabulous Tilda Swinton, from the new film ‘The Limits of Control.’ I was drawn to the brilliant Lady GaGa inspired look she is sporting. The movie is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and also stars Bill Murray and Gael Garcia Bernal. It has the tagline, ‘For every way in, there is another way out,’ it’s of the crime thriller genre and looks pretty good. So I’m guessing the wig and hat are in aid of disguise rather than channelling a certain pop star. Still, she looks fantastic.

Filed under: fashion, films, Lady Gaga, movies, The limits of control, Tilda Swinton


Drew Barrymore attended the premiere of her new film ‘Grey Gardens’ in this 20’s-era inspired Alberta Ferretti A/W 09 nude dress:
And she looks fabulous and the addition of the netted fascinator is a bold fashion move, which she carries off superbly. Drew seems to be on a fashion roll at the moment, however, her filmography states that she is rumored to be providing a voice for the upcoming film, ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel’…….uummm, let’s hope this one isn’t true.

Filed under: Alberta Ferretti, Drew Barrymore, fashion, films

Where The Wild Things Are

We seem to be on an unintentional childhood kick with recent posts, so why stop now:

EVERYONE read this book when they were little and now it’s been imagined for the screen by Spike Jonze. The danger with taking such a classic book and making it a film is that it won’t live up to expectations – but judging by this trailer, we have nothing to worry about.
Using such a creative and daring director like Spike Jonze to bring the Wild Things to life was a good call, his past work as a music video director saw him create brilliant things for Bjork, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk and his film Being John Malkovich showcases his sideways take on life. Perfect for bringing a childrens book to the screen.
And if you needed anymore confirmation that this film will be good – Karen O (lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) provides the music.

Filed under: book, films, Karen O, Spike Jonze, Where the wild things are, yeah yeah yeahs

Steven Meisel is TOTALLY Devine




Filed under: 80s, fashion, fashion photographer, films, movies, paulina kurkova, portfolio, steven meisel, vogue