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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dior and I (Frédéric Tcheng)

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director - a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colourful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.

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

R.I.P. Jackie Collins

I still remember 'The Hollywood Kids' as the first Jackie Collins book I ever read. For a girl who had this dream of going to Hollywood and making movies, but knew how impossible that would be, it seemed enough to read fiction about it. Miss Collins fulfilled my everyday life. When reality seemed too much, she was there with me, wherever I would be.
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

The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan)

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

Ricki and the Flash (Directed by Jonathan Demme; Written by Diablo Cody)

Ricki is a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but she is now returning home to make things right with her family. Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who also plays her fictional daughter.

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!