Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Film Review: Beastly (2011)

I was really looking forward to watching this when I had first read about the concept about a year ago - new, modern take on Beauty & the Beast - I am a real sucker for fairytale remakes! 
Instead of a Prince, Alex Pettyfer plays Kyle who is an arrogant high school student and the film kicks off with him giving a speech about how 'looking good' is important etc etc and is rude to one of his classmates, who is a witch - played by Mary-Kate Olsen.If you know the story of Beauty & the Beast, you can predict the rest of the film...but I was definitely too old to really enjoy it.

I would have preferred a much darker storyline and Mary-Kate's portrayal of a witch was laughable. I can't tell if it was her acting or the costumes, maybe both. I just couldn't take the film seriously at all. I'm sure if I read or watched Disney's Beauty & the Beast again, I would find that much more darker and serious....regardless of there being dancing and singing household objects or not!
Great film to watch if you are under 14, and female...I hope there will be a better adaptation in the future.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Film Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)

My sister and I were going to watch Cowboys & Aliens but due to missing the showing, we decided to watch The Skin I Live In instead. I had read a bit about it and it was on my mental list of films to watch, but not necessarily at the cinema. Anyway, it was a really excellent film! I'd forgotten how good of an actor Antonio Banderas really was...this film truly showcases how brilliant he is in a thriller....and before I go on, I must stress that the rest of my review will have spoilers, so please do not continue reading if you really intend on watching it!!
The film is directed by Pedro Almodovar and is in Spanish with subtitles, which isn't an issue with me...although I was very amused when a lady at the cinema said to her friend 'I don't know French'...which shortly lead to them leaving after about 10 minutes into the film...they really missed out!
Antonio Banderas plays a surgeon called Robert who creates a skin that cannot burn. His obsession with this came from his wife being in a car accident and is severely burnt. He manages to keep her alive but upon seeing her reflection, she kills herself. Although he claims that he tested this new 'skin' on mice, he has actually been illegally testing it on a person he kidnapped. Not only is he using this person as a guinea pig, but they also become something else... something much more personal to him. I wanted to say what it was, but just incase someone misses my spoiler alert above (in red), I'm going to hold back! You will be amazed by what actually happens as it is revealed in quite an amusing way, literally in a sentence - well, it made the audience chuckle anyway - although I must say that I had already worked it out myself prior to this! 
The film is set in 2012, but often jumps back to different times, which unwraps and reveals what is happening in the present...this may seem a bit confusing at first (to my sister anyway) but you end up quickly piecing everything together and it is all actually pretty twisted! I would totally describe this film as a 'sophisticated horror'. The music used is also well chosen and adds to the drama. 
Another thing I wanted to add, something very small and something only someone in Fashion may spot, was the bodysuit the 'patient' had to wear. I had noticed how detailed the design was, in regards to the stitching detail and how it highlighted contours of the body... the style looked so familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it! So, naturally, I had to do a bit of Googling and discovered that it was indeed designed by Jean Paul Gaultier! It is totally his handwriting and I can't believe I spotted something so unimportant to the film!
Anyway, back to the actual film ....the ending could have been better, but is it because it wasn't as annoying as how other films sometimes end? I couldn't decide. However, the cast was just brilliant, I wouldn't have changed anyone! The funny thing though, was the irony. How the 'patient' becomes free by using the skill they were not born with, and didn't ask for. Sorry, cryptic, I know....final word though, don't ever piss off a surgeon.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Thai Festival - Milford, Surrey.

My sister and I attended a Thai Festival in Milford, Surrey which was held at Secretts Garden Centre and presented by the Mudita Trust Charity...we quite simply went for the food, which truly shows our dedication as it is an hour outside of London! I wanted to use it as a way to try out Thai food without having to buy a huge portion of it at a restaurant...when I may not even like it! However, when we got there, we realised that there was so much more to see and to do...not just stuffing our faces!
My first 'wow, look at that' moment was at this carved watermelon! I'd seen these before but I am still always fascinated by the skill of it all!
I love fun fairs so when we had spotted the Ferris Wheel, we just had to go on! Also, I thought it was a good opportunity for my sister to get some good photos as she is a budding photographer! As you can see from my photos, the event is huge, and there are two lakes within the area...this is used for the last day of the event on Monday where lit flower floats are put into the water at night...which I'm sure is a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, I am missing this but hopefully I can watch it next time!
There were also many stalls at the festival selling furniture and other pieces suitable for the home...I just loved the 'hand' and 'foot' stools...something I will definitely have one day!!
And now coming onto the food, of course! There was so much of it! We didn't know where to start!! Everything smelt amazing and we quickly noticed that many other people clearly also went for the food as the food stalls seemed to be the busiest areas!
One of my most favourite parts of the festival was definitely at the stage area where there was Thai dancing (there is something quite hypnotic about this with the music and how the dancers are so in-sync), Martial Arts (this was super entertaining!!), singing and most interesting of all, Thai puppetry! It just looked so complicated and it didn't look like anyone had stepped on any toes! It was also quite amusing when a young girl ran right up to the stage and watched it all up close, she must have been completely amazed!
My sister and I loved the festival and will definitely be attending the next one! I would totally recommend this to everyone, in particularly for families as there are many activities for children such as face painting and decorating flower floats for the last event. 
The only thing I wanted to do, but didn't (we forgot to go back), was to see the fortune teller. I am always intrigued about what they will say or know about me!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Menswear - James Hamilton Butler x Georgie Ichikawa

A few months ago (or maybe a year?!), I mentioned that I would be publishing more blog entries on Menswear, but apart from some of my favourite catwalks, I never really got any further! So when I received an email from JHB/GI a.ka. James Hamilton Butler x Georgie Ichikawa - a new, collaborative fashion brand with a completed Menswear range for Spring/Summer 2012, I was very excited, especially as I am not so exposed to Menswear as I am with Womenswear!
I had no idea what to expect but the sight of Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Doraemon, Spirited Away characters, Pacman, Totoro and Astroboy (to name a few) featured in their campaign was enough to capture my attention!
These are my favourite looks and I would happily wear the t-shirts myself! I mostly adore the illustrative aspect of it as it is so visual and memorable and I am super excited to see what they have in store for their Womenswear collection now!

Friday, 26 August 2011

ASOS ASPEN.

I've been buying a lot of shoes lately but only because it is SALE season...so this may be the last 'shoe' entry for a while! My latest purchase are these ASOS ASPEN Duck boots! They were only £35 and although I haven't worn them yet, I just know they will be super comfortable! It feels as though I am wearing slippers and I am sure the crepe sole will provide me with protection from rainy days in London and from slipping!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (1989)

Continuing on from my current obsession with Depeche Mode, is another one of their songs that I love, Personal Jesus! I think I love it more because it reminds me of the theme tune for True Blood.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Facebook.

I've succumbed to using this... you can see my page here!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Taurus.

My ribbon-bound notebooks take ages to make so whenever I finish one, it is always a 'wow I did it!' moment! This is my latest one, a Taurus horoscope book which lists out all the traits...so far they have all been pretty accurate!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Depeche Mode - Lie to Me (1984)

I am going through a serious Depeche Mode phase at the moment...I can't believe I didn't pay more attention to them! However (huge confession)...I loved the Spice Girls as a teenager so it is evident that my taste in music has shifted slightly!
'Lie to Me' is such a great song, I've listened to it about 100 times now and I'm still not fed up with it yet!!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Film Review: 13 - Game of Death.

If I had read the plot summary for this film and did not know it was not in English, I think I would have just passed on watching it. I don't know what it is but no matter how predictable films may sound, when it is not in English, it actually seems much more exciting to watch!
This is a Thai film about Phuchit, who is having a truly awful day! He works in Sales but is really struggling to seal any deals, his girlfriend has dumped him and he has absolutely no money. So when a mystery caller tells him that he can win a tonne of money by completing a series of tasks, he feels he has nothing to lose and proceeds with them.
The first task is to kill a fly which obviously lures him into the game as it seems so easy at first, but they become harder and much more challenging and also humiliating...there is a scene where he is to eat poo in a restaurant! In our minds, we know he isn't really doing that but you still can't help but squirm!! Good acting I guess!
The film runs along the same thread as the SAW films, but it's much more interesting because the 'participant' is out in the open and 'creating' his own tasks, rather than being locked up in a room.
The ending was quite surprising and I didn't necessarily feel that I had wasted my time watching the film. I would recommend watching it with a group of friends!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Depeche Mode - Precious (2005)

I have only heard this song since last week while making my way through the entire Smallville series with my sister (I will post about that later!)...it was playing very quietly in the background of a scene in one of the episodes but I seemed to just zone into the song - god knows what important information I may have missed!! I just loved the melody and have been listening to it non-stop since! Apparently it was #4 in the UK charts back in 2005 too but I have no recollection of it at all!