Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Starring: Grace Coddington, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Marc Jacobs, Jennifer Lawrence, Raf Simons, Sharon Stone, Allegra Versace, Donatella Versace, Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour
My thoughts on this film: This is a documentary film about acclaimed fashion designer Raf Simons; and his work as the creative director for Christian Dior S.A. (better known as Dior). The movie also features cameos by Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Sharon Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. Although the movie is consistently beautiful to look at, it is also extremely boring.
The film focuses on Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons. It begins in 2012, when he first replaced Bill Gaytten, as the creative director for Dior, and it follows him around as he passionately directs the French fashion house's employees. The film-makers interview Simons, as well as several other Dior fashion artists. It all leads up to the debut of Simons' first 'haute couture' collection.
The movie is somewhat interesting, but really slow-paced, and mostly a bore (at least in my opinion). I do like fashion and glamorous clothes, but I am not that interested in the 'behind the scenes' of how the fashion industry functions. This should be an interesting movie for those that are, though.
Simply not my cup of tea!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I even remember going to England on one of my usual holidays and coming back with so many Jackie Collins books that I actually had to get a bag to carry it all.
I was also fortunate enough to have a few words with Jackie Collins through her Facebook Page about her books and the Bobby Santangelo character (Jackie always found time for her fans), and it breaks my heart to know there will be no more.
Thank you for keeping me company through the good and the bad!
My condolences to her family and friends at such a hard time, and may you R.I.P. Jackie.
Monday, September 14, 2015
A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jorge Cordova, Benjamin Kanes
My thoughts on this film: I am one who has grown to hate the found footage filming style. But I must say that M. Night does a fantastic job behind the camera. Although this style of filming has become stale (to me anyways), Shyamalan makes it feel refreshing and new. There are also some truly beautiful and impressive shots throughout the film. The performances were also amazing, particularly those of the two kids. The little boy comes off as annoying at first, but he grows on you. And he ends up being hysterical. Both the grandparents were good as well, but the grandma stole the show between the pair.
In the end, I very much enjoyed The Visit. It was an absolute blast, as well as creepy. It kept me on my toes the whole time.
And yes, there is a twist, but I will not spoil it for you, so go and see it!
Monday, September 07, 2015
Starring: Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald
My thoughts on this film: Ricki is no rock star, although she clearly chased the dream. We learn of this when we see her working as a checker at the local supermarket, and then again when her ex-husband calls her home to Indianapolis in a desperate attempt to pull their daughter Julie out of a suicidal depressive state brought on by her husband leaving for another woman.
The movie's peak occurs with the family dinner scene, as Ricki is united with her three kids, including sons Josh and Adam. It does not take long before true emotions are bubbling over causing much discomfort throughout the restaurant. See, Ricki left her family to chase her music dream, leaving Kline and his second wife Maureen to provide a sense of normal family life.
The band does a nice job with the familiar songs, and Meryl Streep is effective as the lead singer and audience favourite. However, it is difficult to understand why so much time is devoted to the musical performances with such an the extensive family drama set-up. A perfect example is that once the final act hits, Julie is given no more dialogue. It is a strange turn.
The script does make a couple of very interesting points. The first involves the repercussions of a mother in chasing her dream. Ricki compares herself and perception to that of Mick Jagger. The second involves addressing the 'job' of a parent to love their kids. Either of these could be the central theme of a very interesting film, but as with other topics, the surface is barely scratched here. Despite the odd choices in the plot, it is clear that Streep is loving her time on stage.
Worth seeing for a good time, but nothing out of the ordinary!