Sunday, 28 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
Welcome to my double review on the Twilight book and film. I'll warn you now that it's going to be pretty long with lots of spoilers. Also, it's taken me days to get this finished, I think I had typed about two pages of my blog before thinking that it was better to split it all into sections and edit down!
The Main Characters
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. I thought the chemistry between both actors was perfect and I truly couldn't think of other people playing their roles. However, there are moments in the film where they both seem genuinely embarrassed about something. I didn't think this was part of the acting at all but I liked it because from reading the book, there is a bit of awkwardness between the two characters at first. I instantly took a shine to Kristen Stewart (who plays Bella) because I thought she was a brilliant when she played Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter in 'Panic Room' in 2002.I have often read in other reviews that Kristen Stewart's portrayal of Bella in the film was 'dead and dull', but I really disagree because I felt that her personality wasn't supposed to be upbeat or happy-happy. Her voice was quite monotone, but it completely suited the character. I also thought she looked like the Bella I had in my head, she wasn't the conventional beauty, but I found her quite striking.Robert Pattinson played Edward Cullen, the 'vegetarian' vampire who falls in love with Bella. He can hear the thoughts of everyone around him, apart from Bella's. I see this as the foundation that makes Edward curious and the reasons why he asks her so many questions about her life (mainly in the book), so he can at least predict what she is thinking, rather then trying to hear them! - If you are interested in Edward's version, check out Midnight Sun, the fifth installment which is 'Twilight' told again but from Edward Cullen's point of view. You can read the first (very rough) 12 chapters on Stephenie Meyer's website and reasons for why it's available to read.
I was glad that Stephenie Meyer did not fall under the typical cliches of vampire characteristics. There was no sign of any garlic, or Cross allergy, or death by sunlight... this was all explained in the book. It was also mentioned and mocked at by Edward Cullen in the film, which does remind the viewer that they are watching a modern vampire film. However, another part of my mind then wonders if avoiding the cliche, is a cliche in itself? Anyway, I wanted to mention that instead of exploding or melting in sunlight, the Twilight vampires simply, sparkle. I loved reading Stephenie Meyer's description of this, so I was a bit disappointed when it looked like they sprinkled glitter on Robert Pattinson's face and shone light at it from all angles. I suppose this is something I can forget, because it was a low budget film... but I was expecting something so much more amazing. This part of the film is also part of the meadow scene, which is such a crucial part of the story as it truly shows the blossoming of the relationship...there were several pages of this in the book but it was cut very short in the film and with extended, unneccessary cinematography.
Edward Cullen's ability to read minds comes from his human ability of empathy. I loved how Stephenie Meyer continued a certain flair from each character, which makes each one very individual, whether it is an advanced ability, or an emphasis in personality. As a human, Alice was put in an asylum for having premonitions, which is the reason why she is able to see the future as a vampire, Carlisle is compassionate, Esme is motherly, Rosalie is outrageously beautiful, Emmett is the strongest vampire in the family and Jasper has the ability to manipulate emotions.
There was quite a lot of scenes from the book that I really wanted to see on screen... and would have also given the film more depth and substance. For example, the film did not include the blood typing lesson, which Bella attends alone after having a very informative lunch with Edward (another missing scene). She passes out after seeing Mike's pricked finger to which he then takes her to the Nurse. Bella stops to rest on an outside bench and Edward appears. There is some chit chat between him and Mike, and he promptly picks her up and carries her to the Nurse. I felt this was a part of the book that would further emphasize Bella's fragility, Edward's protectiveness and Mike's fascination with Bella. In the book, it is clear that Mike is extremely fascinated with Bella, but I didn't really get the same feeling watching the film.
Another part that I would have liked to see is when they are in the dark classroom, having to sit through an hour watching a video and there is clearly a lot of sexual tension arising. I think that would have been as funny as the part when Edward first smells Bella which was a very humorous scene!
Just a small thing I noticed in the film that I don't remember in the book - Edward is talking to Bella in the canteen, an apple rolls off the counter, Edward kicks it up with his foot and holds it in the palm of both hands - thus making reference to the book cover. I quite liked that!
By the time the film reaches the end, there is finally some vampire action, and the film suddenly felt 'darker', because admittedly, I giggled the whole way through. For the 12A movie rating, I could understand why they couldn't necessarily show the vampires ripping James apart and burning his remains but then I think back to programs such as Angel, where fight scenes are great and convincing without being too gruesome for a younger audience. I also think James (played by Cam Gigandet) got defeated a bit too easily in the film. Because the book is narrated by Bella, we don't really know what happened in detail, so this scene didn't have many limits. Laurent describes James as being “absolutely lethal…with a brilliant mind and unparalleled senses...", so I expected the fight to last a lot longer. He doesn't seem to have a brilliant mind being beaten after 2 minutes but he does get what he wants - to bite Bella. Which leads me on to when Edward has to suck the venom out of her to stop her from becoming a vampire, but to also stop himself from biting her afterwards! The audience was in hysterics.However, despite James being defeated so quickly, I really liked the whole set up of the ballet studio. I also loved the prom scene when they are dancing alone, it was when I really started to take the film a bit more seriously as you can almost see that they are really in love! I wasn't impressed with what Bella was wearing though (an unflattering, un-waisted, royal blue tiered dress), but her vintage-looking cardigan made up for it.Final Note
I think everyone needs to remember (especially myself!) that the film was low budget with no expectations, no CGI, and no amazing stylists or hair and make up teams! So I think they did a pretty good job! The first vampire book-translated-on-screen that I think of is 'Interview with a Vampire'. I never read the book but it was a big budget film with established actors, so I have high hopes for the Twilight sequel, 'New Moon', to be really, really, good and to hopefully feature more of the Cullen family and the stories behind each one.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
I actually first read about Twilight (the film) in a newspaper way back in August, the advertisement caught my eye and I knew it would be something dark and wonderful! I then skimmed through the paragraph and as soon as I saw the word 'vampire', I was very very interested. They also mentioned the book, so I thought I would read the book first as it was still quite a while until the film was released. I bought the book, and even blogged about it here... but then I forgot about it. A while later, I saw the film trailer, and it provoked me to finally start reading my book... and when I started, I was annoyed I'd left it for so long! Here is the film trailer being shown in the UK!
Having seen the trailer, I had an idea of what the characters looked like, so as I read the book, I could easily put faces to them... although some I am not so keen on. However, I will leave all of that for my film review, where I will not be holding back at all! Also, I remember my little sister going on about a band called Paramore being absolutely amazing a few months back but I never really paid attention... until I heard their song 'Decode' which is on the official soundtrack for Twilight. It is so damn good! I love their video too, which shows other scenes from the film... although at this rate, I think I am spoiling the film for myself but I really can't wait!
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
If you clicked on that link (and read my entry), you will know that the December artwork was my favourite, and of course, here we are in December with an illustration by George Barbier in 1924. I always get this style of wall calendars (artwork on the top, dates on the bottom) because it gives me room to write things and the artwork is big, clear and beautiful! ... but, there is a huge, massive, colossal, gigantic, enormous, calendar design fault. The hole that is used to hang off a nail, is going right through the artwork, it drives me bonkers. (...I've also just realised while typing this that it seems like my December girl is embracing the fault!)
If I wasn't in the creative field, I probably wouldn't even notice it, but don't you hate noticing things you wish you didn't?! I will still keep the artwork regardless, though. (Which is what I usually do with all my old calendars.)
So, it's coming up to 2009 and there's no way I'm getting it almost half way through the year again so I have bought myself another Erté one!
It's in the exact same wall calendar style but this time with different artwork. I don't think I would've bought it if it was the same and would've gone for the much desired Gil Evren Pin-Ups one instead, which is what I've wanted for the past three years but I am obsessively loyal to all things 1920s... and one last thing, I can't wait to reach the October one!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
I'm really hoping I can go to it and get some Christmas presents sorted! To see previews of the designers, you can visit the We Make London Blog. I would also like to introduce fellow Etsy seller Ei!kumpel, who is also a Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Team-mate and will be participating at the event! She creates the most delicious felt items, my most favourite must be her pretend food!I wish her all the luck at the event and possibly even bring her a hot cup of tea... I can't describe how cold it has been in London!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
So, I decided to spend my weekends concentrating mainly on the clothing sector of my Etsy shop, which was becoming a bit neglected, and to at least finish one garment each time.
So far, it has been going quite well, and the 'Womenswear' section of my Etsy Shop, has now grown from 1 to 4! The weekend just gone, I finished this blue, plaid georgette tunic dress. It's short enough to be a top, but just about long enough to be a dress, which you would need to wear with thick tights or leggings! This one was quite easy to do as I had already made one for myself and it is quite a simple shape which is what I love so much about it, because I can wear it loose, or with a belt/piece of ribbon.
Unfortunately, I am away from home this weekend so won't be able to finish anything... which is such a shame as I recently bought some beautiful black crushed velvet fabric, and black polka dot tulle! I wanted to make some 'little black dresses', which I know is such a cliche, but I always end up wearing one when I can't find anything else to wear. So, because I only make things that I would use myself, I thought it would be important to include some in my shop, which is pretty much a reflection of my own, personal taste.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
I've also always loved the theme songs and for Quantum of Solace, it's a song called 'Another way to die' and is written by Jack White from The White Stripes which he performs with Alicia Keyes, I thought it was great, and really edgy, with a great video, which you can watch below! (Don't have your volume on too loud, because it's quite a loud start!)
I'm not going to write much about the film, I think you just have to watch it, I don't need to convince you! The new Bond Girl, Olga Kurylenko was perfect for the role, and it was refreshing that she wasn't such a cliche. It was almost as if she had a story of her own in the film, she wasn't just a 'Bond Girl'. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a spin-off film about her.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
The dress below is made from a hot pink crepe-de-chine fabric. The longest part of it was actually the bow, I played around with so many different ideas as I didn't want a traditionally tied bow.
So, I decided to incorporate my amazing button covering skills and embellished the bow with self-covered ones!
I was so happy with this dress design, which has a very deep scoop back (1920's influenced) that I attempted another with champagne coloured crushed velvet...
... and although it was tricky to sew, completely setting of my hayfever and sparking off a series of sneezes and a runny nose, I adored the outcome! I intend to do a black crushed velvet version too. I'd also love to read your suggestions for other colours this dress could look pretty in, maybe contrasting bow and contrasting buttons?!
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Sunday, 2 November 2008
I also love the majority of the carved subjects; usually Greek or Roman mythology... which is actually where a lot of cameos originally derived from. Here are some of my Roman soldier cameos! Some are also called intaglios, where the image is literally carved into the material, so that the background is raised higher.
Instead of just collecting the cabs (which I have been designing jewellery around and hopefully my father can make it all up for me one day!)...I've also been looking at other things that have cameos, and my most recent purchase has been this little trinket box with Athena at the front. (Well, I like to think it's Athena!)
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Sorry, forgot to publish this blog entry sooner!... along with one of my favourite Moschino perfume advertisements that I always found so striking!
Sunday, 26 October 2008
...but then, a film I'd wanted to watch at the cinema was posted to me. August Rush. I'm glad I didn't watch it at the cinema, because it definitely falls under my 'too-cosy-to-watch-at-the-cinema' category.
I was quite impressed at how good it was... it was almost, magical... and I highly recommend it.
It stars Freddie Highmore, who is a really really good child actor. You may know him as Charlie, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
He plays an orphan who believes his parents are still alive and are communicating with him through music. This is what I mean about it being 'magical' but without it being far-fetched. Well, some people could see it as being outrageously far-fetched, but I completely believed it all until the credits came rolling up and I snapped back into reality.
The film also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell. I found it a bit strange seeing Jonathan Rhys Meyers speaking in his own Irish accent, when I had previously been watching him a lot as King Henry VIII in The Tudors. I haven't seen many films with Keri Russell but I find her so beautiful and endearing to watch.
I have decided to hang on a bit longer to my subscription as I still have a few more films I'd really love to watch.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
From shabby, on a horrible, weird-busted adjustable dummy (that I couldn't even pin anything on to) that I bought when I first started my Fashion Design degree 4 years ago and thought it was amazing at the time...
My aim however, is to one day own a Kennett & Lindsell stand, they are the Kings and Queens of tailor's dummy's... and also, just a little fact, you can get your own measurements made as a dummy. I found this out at a Fashion internship I was at (today was my last day there actually) and thought it was amazing, and hilarious when I saw an example in the studio, it even had a bottom, and stand's are usually bottomless!
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Anyway, I had bought a black, Victorian-esque coat many months ago when it was on sale at a Miss Selfridge shop. It was on the rail for £18/$36, discounted from £38/$76... but when I took it to the till, it ended up just being £10/$20. Now don't you LOVE when that happens! I instantly noticed that the buttons needed to go, but as I didn't need to wear it (it was still Summer), it quickly got buried away.. now I am freezing in the UK, I have popped it out!
I have been interning at various Fashion Design companies now, and my most recent one was happy to give me some of the beautiful buttons I was working with, to use on my coat! Besides gaining experience that I would never have learnt about at University, this must be the second best thing about internships, all the freebies! I have always got lovely things, I even got my mother about 10 dresses, 6 skirts, 12 tops and a pair of trousers when interning at a multiple retail Womenswear brand. It was amazing! They had a special rail that you could take from, so first come first serve!
I loved how they looked when I finished sewing them on, and actually, I've decided to have it as my 'night time coat' where it can shimmer and flicker in the dark! I don't think it's glamourous enough to be called an 'evening coat', but it will have to do for now!
Saturday, 18 October 2008
I had always made a mess of the colour when photographing, until I found the White Balance option I thought I didn't have on my camera! Also, I would get my little sister to help hold the handles up while I took the photos, but now, I actually much prefer them sitting in their natural position.
Getting a photo of the inside of the bags were a pain, and I wonder what I was thinking when I used my own handmade books to act as a point of scale, which obviously wouldn't, as nobody knows what size my books are! My new one now shows actual novels in the inside pockets.
I wanted to show how much you could put in the bag, and using my handmade books was not exactly the best way! So I put my big Fashion books in, which in comparison to the novels, should make size very clear.
... and of course, an inside shot is important, which I didn't originally have at all. Overall, I think there is a bit of tweaking I could still do, but I'm glad I've managed to find a way of taking good photos of my bags now, it makes me want to make more! Also, I can photograph them all by myself, I don't have to rely on my sister being here to help hold the handles, which I'm sure she's happy with too! The only thing I have left that I want to include, is a photo of it being modelled, that's going to be a tricky one!