Film

Great Expectations

i have been thinking about the 1998 film Great Expectations all day after posting about artist Kim McCarty earlier this morning. something about her work reminded me of the beautiful artwork created for the film by Italian artist Francesco Clemente.

this was one of my favourite movies as a teen – it was released when i was 15. going hand in hand with other bittersweet overly dramatic romantic films of my teen years like Romeo and Juliet and Cruel Intentions. especially at a time when we discovered a lot of our music via movie soundtracks – Life in Mono was one of my FAVOURITE songs after seeing this movie.

i have also spoken about the anomaly of Gwnyeth Paltrow often on twitter. i have loved her in so many movies (Sliding Doors, Emma, Tenenbaums, etc etc) but she is somehow kind of annoying these days. conscious uncoupling.

anyway, great film – and one to be reconsidered, and rewatched.

Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

last night i was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel as part of the Design Indaba Film Festival. now, i must admit that i was pretty disappointed by his last film Moonrise Kingdom, so i didn’t get too psyched about this one. in fact, the trailer made me doubt the film just a little bit (another reason not to watch trailers, ever!) so i went in pretty excited – because it IS Wes Anderson after all – but wasn’t about to get my hopes up.

and now i can tell you: this is his BEST movie since The Royal Tenenbaums (one of my favourite films ever). in my humble opinion, of course. it is absolutely beautiful to watch, i don’t think that any of his films has impressed me as much on a visual scale. the setting is unique. the story is just wonderful, and i was actually on the edge of my seat at many moments as it unfolded (what’s going to happen!) the actors are brilliantly cast: Ralph Fiennes made me forget that he was ever Voldemort. Tony Revelori is a delight, Willem Dafoe is menacing, Tilda Swinton is unrecognisable, Jeff Golblum is Jeff Golblum. but above all, it’s dark in parts – so dark in fact that i was quite surprised. some moments elicited audible gasps from the audience.

i walked out grinning from ear to ear, and i wanted to watch it again. again, again! that hasn’t happened in a while. so, go see it when it comes out near you. it is releasing in the US on 7 March and in SA on 20 March.

also be sure to travel through the interactive website for the film, it is a dream. and the film’s dedicated tumblr.


 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Runners

i just want you to please watch this short film.

Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes. Liberated from responsibilities, their guards drop dramatically, releasing funny and brutally frank confessions, and weaving a powerful narrative behind the anonymous masses. A film by Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley.

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Drama on the Streets

i felt like these deserved a re-post! you see, i have been going through my archives and i rediscovered these Period Drama vs Street Style colour comparisons that I did way back in 2011 for Hila (you can see the original posts here and here). i never actually posted them all here so i thought i’d share. and, damn, i did pretty well if i do say so myself! Hila and I share a great appreciation for period dramas, she even wrote a book about screen adaptations of classic literature. she also wrote this marvellous post for me in 2012 about the locations of some of her favourite period films.

i haven’t watched a really awesome period drama in a long time. i sort of dabbled in Mr. Selfridge which i found average at best, and completely gave up on Downton Abbey (they really should have stopped while they were ahead). i have also heard of The Paradise, but i haven’t watched it yet. any period movies / series you can recommend?

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

The Piano // Street Peeper

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Marie Antoinette // Peter Stigter

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Atonement // Citizen Couture

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Cranford // Mr. Newton

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Downton Abbey // Vanessa Jackman

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Sense & Sensibility // Style Sightings

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Emma // Facehunter

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Pride & Prejudice // Citizen Couture

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Brideshead Revisited // Citizen Couture

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

King’s Speech // Refinery 29

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

The Duchess // Café Mode

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Shakespeare in Love // Café Mode

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Upstairs Downstairs // The Locals

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Out of Africa // Sartorialist

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Lark Rise to Candleford // Jou Jou Villeroy

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Little Women // NY mag

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Cold Mountain // Vanessa Jackman

Miss Moss // Drama on the Streets

Boardwalk Empire // All the Pretty Birds

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Her

if there is one movie you need to see right now, it is Her. i knew the vague premise of the film before i watched it, i might even have been a little skeptical, but i chose not to watch any trailers or read anything about it before viewing. that is why i’m not going to tell you anything about the story or give you my opinion on the characters or what develops – i just want you to watch it. Her is visually stunning, the art direction and styling is wonderful. it is just an absolute joy for the eyeballs. go see it!

all images from Her written & directed by Spike Jonze

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Missy Prince

i’m doing this thing now where i’m picking random dates in my archives and looking up people i posted about years ago. Missy Prince is a Portland based photographer, originally from Mississippi, who i have followed on flickr since, well, i discovered flickr. i posted about her 3 years ago – and her work still amazes me. in between her more personal work and some beautiful landscape imagery she also captures a world that, in my head, i only know through american road trip movies, or shows like friday night lights. bits and pieces of middle america, vignettes that remind me of the work of Stephen Shore or William Eggleston.

I’m usually drawn to scenes that lean toward the peculiar or askew. My interest in them is like my interest in, say, Tom Waits’ album Small Change or some old blues lyrics. Hard times are doorways to the unknown. People go to weird places through them, and you wonder how they got there. It’s more interesting than joy or contentment.*

*taken from this interview. as you can probably tell Missy works in film, and she develops and prints everything herself. you can see more of her work on her website, tumblr, flickr and buy prints from her shop.

photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince

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Heidi Swanson

i am a huge fan of Heidi Swanson’s amazing food blog 101 Cookbooks - and i’m sure you are too – but i only recently discovered her beautiful photography (other than her food photography, of course). she is a super talented lady, with a new york times bestselling cookbook and wonderfully curated online shop Quitokeeto. check out more of her photos at flickr.

all photos by Heidi Swanson

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Love Music Wine & Revolution

love music wine and revolution is a great source for vintage lovers and visual aesthetes alike. the author shares screencaps from her favourite old movies, which is pretty handy for those of us who need vintage film recommendations (i for one haven’t seen any of the films featured on the blog) and, you know, they’re pretty great to look at. she runs a very attractive similarly themed tumblr too.

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