Friday, 22 June 2012

I'm Bad, She's Worse

I've been terrible this month, keeping up on all my movie-goings. I've got some reveiws and outfits to share in the next week, but for today let's bask in the glory of the first photos of Angelina Jolie in Disney's 'Maleficent.'

Devilishly devine. Loving the smokey look and bold lips. I can see some cosmetic lines jumping on this for a winter 2013 collection, and I'm already dreaming up my outfit.

The film, directed by Robert Stromberg, began production this week and is slated to hit theatres in March 2014. Not to mention it will be in Disney 3D. NBD.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Preview Perfection: The Gosling Effect

After brushing my teeth, my favourite thing to do before bed is put on my Front Row and peruse previews. Here are a couple of films I can't wait to see:

1) Gangster Squad - October 2012 (Warner Bros.)

If you haven't seen this, prepare to be blown away. Literally. The cast is ridiculous: Penn, Brolin, Stone, Nolte and yes ladies, GOSLING. Nuff said. 

2) The Sound of my Voice - Selected theatres now (Skyscraper Films)

I'm still in awe of Brit Marling's haunting performance in Another Earth, and hoping to get out this week to see her in this sci-fi flick (Marling also doubles as a writer). 

3) Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap - June 15 

Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey through the birth and evolution of hip hop. Hearing from influential artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Bun B, KRS-One, Common, Kanye West and Eminem. 

4) Rise of the Guardian - November 2012 (Dreamworks)

Tooth Fairy + Easter Bunny + Sandman + Santa = the Dream Team. What more can I say? Except, why didn't anyone think of this sooner!

5) Ruby Sparks - July 2012 (Fox)

Paul Dano stars as a struggling novelist who wills the love of his life into existence. This makes my heart swell. I love love. 


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Marvelled by The Avengers

This film had so many unique visuals to choose from - but I decided to take the patriotic approach with a Captain America inspired colour-blocked ensemble. 
Jeans, blouse and purse - thrifted
 Ankle Booties - ASOS 
 Blazer - Urban Outfitters
Necklace & Bracelet - F21

Marvel's The Avengers sees iconic superheroes the Hulk, Thor, Captain American, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye team-up when an unexpected enemy threatens earth.

Joss Whedon masterfully weaves together the stories of the six heroes into a quick-witted, fantastical action-packed adventure.

What is more impressive is that the characters don't overshadow each other's glory -although they start off with a ‘my hammer is bigger than yours’ attitude - instead their interactions and relationships make this everything a movie of this genre should be and more. 

Let's break it down: 

Nick Fury - Samuel L. Jackson is a badass. Period. I pretty much want to channel my inner-Aaliyah and bring the eye-patch back in a big way.

Captain America - Chris Evans earns stars as the strategy-based, ever-idealistic soldier who struggles to understand the world he only wants to protect.

Black Widow - Props to Scarlett Johansson for playing in the boys club and actually being cool, instead of the over-sexed playmate that we're accustomed to seeing in female action roles. 

Hawk Eye - I generally love Jeremy Renner and he doesn't disappoint, but Hawkeye certainly isn't the selling feature of this film. 

Thor - I've never been the hugest fan of Thor, but I could definitely listen to Chris Hemsworth say "impenetrable" until the world ends.

Iron Man - And then there's Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Stark, with his ignorant confidence and genius is the Kanye West of superheroes. He's the producer. He injects the team with the confidence they need to reach success. He makes the bigger man (literally) worth his sweat. 

You can't deny he's a cocky mother sucker, but either can you that greatness could not be achieved without it (yes, I’m a HUGE Kanye and RDJ fan). 

The Hulk - Outside of RDJ, I was most impressed with Mark Ruffalo's smashing portrayal of Bruce Banner's conflicted genius. I expected it to be far beyond that of Eric Bana’s, but was not expecting him to surpass Ed Norton. 

The Avengers was marvelous – it exposed what I love most about superheroes movies:

That perhaps war is not won on sentiment, but humanity is. 

What makes us uniquely human is the belief that if we conquer our differences and unite our strengths we can be great -it's also what makes us worth saving.

There will likely be a sequel, and in that case I’m hoping a few more soldiers join the roster. Namely, Spider Man (I’m thinking the upcoming origin film is setting him up as a shoe-in) and a little Wolverine action would also be appreciated.

I'm looking forward to a superhero-inspired summer with The Amazing Spider Man and The Dark 
Knight Rises (sick trailers) hitting the screens this July. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Thinking Like a Man

Based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four men whose relationships take a turn when their ladies buy Harvey's book and put his words to action. Realizing they've been betrayed by one of their own, the fellas attempt to use the book to teach the ladies a lesson. 

Cast: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara


Kevin Hart gave the film heart and humour, but otherwise ugghh. Typical cast, typical stereotypes, typically predictable. And the fashion SOOO typical (Meagan, that belt was not good.. you should know better). 

Essentially it was every other black film with a rotated cast and akwardly-inserted excepts of chiclet-mouth himself (Harvey) telling women how they should behave and what they should be... thanks, but no thanks. 
Basically it was a two-hour book promo...thanks, but no thanks. 

My beef with this whole book/movie is this: you tell women not to settle, but then thats the advice you give. The "Women Who's a Man" aka successful, has her stuff together, has to temper her expectations, and essentially lower her standards. Why? Answer me that Steve. 

However, the men in this film were fiiiiiiinnnee and it was mildly entertaining, but the cast lacked depth and it was certainly not cinematic excellence. 

Speaking of fiiiiiinnee, my favourite part of the film was the soundtrack and most notably John Legend's Tonight (although it probably played 10 times): 

The title track by Jennifer Hudson, Neyo and Rick Ross is also far more entertaining than the film:

Thankfully I have something more realistic to look forward to - the Avengers hits theatres this Friday. 

Monday, 23 April 2012

Girl on Fire

Friday, March 23 was the day. Yes friends I witnessed the Hunger Games. 
To prepare for the Reaping, I decided to don something District 12 to silver sequence shorts, my thrifted denim top and the always sturdy combat boots. 

And to add a little flame - my brand new Marni for H&M earrings. 
Enough about me - let's get to the film. 

For anyone who's enjoyed Suzanne Collins' incredible trilogy, I hope you are as thrilled with Gary Ross' adaptation as I am. 

Set in a dystopian North America known as Panam, what sets this story apart from its Twilight and Potter counterparts is its human element. Real people, living, fighting, surviving in districts haunted by poverty and under the oppressive political rule of President Snow, juxtaposed against the flagrant glutony and want-for-nothing ignorance of the decadent Capital. 

Every year, each of the 12 districts must send 2 children (one boy and one girl) to fight in the televised Games - aka Gladiator-style child slaughter - with only one victor being crowned. 

As the district 12 tribute, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen.
Lawrence - who has proven her ability to play a physical role, as young Mystique in X-Men: First Class, puts in work in the Games.

Lawrence captures Katniss to a T - the hunger in her eyes, on the verge of desperation, yet deeply compassionate. I may have developed a sinus infection from her heartbreaking scene with Rue.

Speaking of - Amandla Stenberg was adorably accurate as Rue. Despite my apprehension Josh Hutcherson played a perfect Pita and Liam Hemsworth was a noteworthy Gale. Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson also added flame to the film and Stanley Tucci in a blue wig can never be a bad thing.

Besides Lawrence, for me the film belonged to Snow. And who better to capture the poisonous President than Donald Sutherland. It's that VOICE. He was wicked (literally and figuratively) and in my opinion had some of the most powerful lines:

"There are a lot of underdogs - and I think if you saw them, you wouldn't like them either." 

As with many adaptations, the only trouble I have with the Hunger Games is it sometimes became a check list of covering off the novel instead of building on the relationships and showcasing the emotion the book exudes. 

I'm waiting for Catching Fire to see if Cinna (Lenny Kravits) and Lawrence's relationship will blossom to all it was in the novel.

That said - The Hunger Games will definitely be on the favourite shelf, nestled next to all of my Potters.

Side Reel:

On my way out I ran into a mother/daughter duo who were working their own movie-inspired ensembles. (R-L) Janet and Thée appliqued their Mockinjays (Thée has her own sewing machine too - an old one, she says). 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Ringing in Spring: Film, Music & Macarons

Yesterday not only marked the first day of Spring, but also National Macaron Day in Paris. Toronto was definitely up to the challenge, serving up a beautiful 19 degrees of sunny weather and Nadege Patisserie served up its usual delicious delicacies:

Along with this wonderful weather and parisian delights, this week is also Canadian Music Week, accompanied by CMW's Film Fest 12 beginning today until March 24th. Check out the lineup of music-inspired special screenings and documentaries from some of the industry's hottest new artists, directors and composers. 

The event kicks-off tonight with: 


(Canadian Premiere)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Music: Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and more.
2012 | 102 minutes | U.S.A.
@ TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)BUY ADVANCE TICKETS


Toronto Premiere
Director: Xan Aranda
Music: Andrew Bird
2011 | 81 minutes | U.S.A.
@ TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Box Office, Reviews: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favour

Depends are on. Tickets booked. Yes, folks i'm so excited I could pee my pants - ONE WEEK until the Hunger Games. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard all about the books, the story, the trilogy and now the movies. 

With 80 weeks atop the NY Times Bestseller's list, the first instalment of Suzanne Collins' trilogy is set to do big numbers at the box office - selling more pre-sale tickets than any other movie in U.S. movie-ticket site's 12-year history

I'm a huge fan of the novels so my fingers are crossed that the film does the book justice and thus far the buzz has been good, it looks promising... So check out the Hunger Games in theatres March 23. 

On another note, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has been keeping my hopes alive with her gorgeous premier garbs. She looked stunning in the Prabal Gurung gold cut-out gown at the LA Premier. 

The Oscar-Nominee and semi-newby to the red carpets has been doing it right since her 2011 Oscar apprance. She always looks gorgeous, but still fun and age-appropriate something that many young starlets don't seem to get. 

May the odds continue to be in her favour!

Lawrence in Calvin Klein at the 2011 Oscars