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“If you won’t say a few words, I will.”

In Director, Fashion, Film, Life on 2011/01/01 at 10:09 pm


Thought I’d be clever and do a summary when the year just started, not when it just finished. But the idea doesn’t strike me as that bright now that I think about it.
Oh well, let’s begin shall we?

Eventwise

It’s been an interesting year, and I’m referring to my personal experiences which come to think of it sounds ridiculously pretentious, and sort of is, really. But for the moment being, let’s roll with it and be realistically aware next time. So, what’s happened? I graduated. It was the only thing I could think about in the entire spring semester (so I didn’t have to deal with school anymore and could relax on Sundays instead of worrying sick of how many irregular verbs there are in French for the exam on Monday). So that was a big deal. And I said goodbye to a lot of people, greeted many new as well, and also formed stronger relationships with old friends while watching other friendships fade out bit by bit. I realised that I wasn’t in the same place anymore, that I had changed and it felt like these people hadn’t. I could’t look at them in the same way anymore. So in the end, it felt like the right thing to do. I decided then also to take a sabbatical [year] and not start school right away. The motivation was gone, as you could tell, and I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea. This coming from a straight A student (well, almost anyway). So for the last six months I’ve been traveling, socializing while being perfectly comfortable with it, working (kinda) and you guessed it – relaxing. And to tell you the truth? It’s been fucking great.

Filmwise

Oh, it’s been a good year indeed. Or at least, not a year with too many disappointments. Actors and directors that are dear to me have done exceptionally well and had wonderful successes. Mr Nolan dazzeled us all with his dreamproject Inception which I may add was his first ever film to make, but with technology not well-advanced and no money backing him up ten years ago he decided to “practise” as he called it with other works in the meantime. And what works they were. I just checked the list of most successful films (compared in profit) and Inception made a whopping 825 million dollars worldwide and ranked in at fourth place, beating even that Twilight-nonsense! And as for Mr Bale, he had a stumble with critics over Terminator Salvation, but has had the chance now to redeem himself with the boxing-epic The Fighter, which I didn’t see coming at all. I watched the trailer (mistake, as always) and was not exactly encouraged. But nominations are rolling in and it’s looking good at the The Golden Globes, possibly The Emmy’s – and dare we say it – The Oscar’s as well. People, this guy’s been in the biz for almost 30 years (and been a fine actor throughout) and not had any recognition of this sort whatsoever. It’s about damn time. Okey, I just realised that I’ve only talked about my two favorite men in showbusiness but these times call for celebration, or in this case, appreciation of the best sort! I’ll probably do a more proper review of 2010’s films sooner or later.

Fashionwise

Everyone went dissing on the ’80s for fifteen years or so and then in 2010 it made a monster comeback. We all realised color isn’t such a bad thing after all. Even I, who wear black most of the time, widened my gaze a bit and started embracing reds, blues and mustard-yellows like never before. Alright, now it sounds like I dressed in a different color every day but that would be taking a tad too far. For inspiration we watched films like Heathers and Desperately Seeking Susan. But this happened in early 2010, if not a continuum from late 2009.  So by the time we’d seen every color of the rainbow there is, history repeated itself and we went back to basics, just like twenty years ago. Yes, the decade I was born in and that has a special place in my heart (corny but true) – the ’90s were all over the place. Now we looked for inspiration in shows like Beverly Hills – 90210 and Twin Peaks. Suddenly minimalism was coveted and the brand Céline was leading the way. I found myself cutting away armsleeves (wait, isn’t that ’80s ?) and rediscovering Wayne’s World, but if anything I went back to my roots regarding music. All of a sudden shredding was awesome again and grungebands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and The Breeders became favorites. And they still are. But I wouldn’t say that I left one trend and went for the other, instead I understood that I could wear whatever I want basically and ended up with different kinds of combinations. I’d have big hair and wear a t-shirt one day and be elegant and neutral the other. But I wasn’t going to give up my body-hugging dresses and close-fitting skirts for anything, and that’s how we end up at the third (and most welcoming) trend of the year: Mad Men (which is late ’50s/early ’60s basically). Thank God for Joan Holloway and those curves. While the other two trends were bright or nostalgic, I have to be honest and say that I enjoyed this one the most.

Riddler gets a veto

In Director, Film on 2010/10/29 at 1:11 pm

I know I said I’d (that’s a lot of I’s…) post a review of Fincher’s latest, but other news have been brought forth, and this needed a crucial update! But the review will come soon, despite the personal snail’s pace.

Anyway. According to an article on The LA Times – Hero Complex,  which included an interview with Chris Nolan, the director dropped two bombs. ONE – “The Dark Knight Rises” i.e the title of the third Batmanfilm and TWO – The Riddler will not appear in the film. I’d previously done a post about my approval of Joseph Gordon-Levitt to take on the role of The Riddler (Edward Nigma‘s alter ego), while many others rooted for the Inception star Tom Hardy. It seems however that we’ve all been carried away by rumors and gossip. Never again I say. I’d been expecting the announcement of the Riddler character for so long now that I honestly don’t know how to deal with these news at this point. What an issue, I know.

In any case, the overall response and comments this article has recieved is “disappointing title” and “OMG, how the f*ck can there be no Riddler?”. The first statement is less of importance to me personally, even if I were to be perfervid enough to call the new title uninspiring. But then again, I can see the potential when the first trailer comes out and spits out the words THE DARK – KNIGHT – RISES at our faces, leaving us all to blow up the hype out of proportion once more. As for the second statement, well, I kinda feel the same way. Let’s face it, The Riddler is a great character and villain, but let us also remember that there are many other great villains  in the comic (excluding Mr. Freeze, Penguin and dare I say Robin as well) so honestly, we needn’t worry.

Also. I’m above happy that Nolan’s staying true to IMAX, and not becoming Cameronized by switching to 3-D. Although, I’m PRETTY bummed that my hometown doesn’t own an IMAX theatre. Actually,  here’s a fact for ya: did you know that there exists only one IMAX theatre in our entire country? The one we indeed do have is located in Stockholm and does, wait for it… not show actual cinema, but merely educational docs that by no means aren’t interesting… it’s just knowing that with IMAX we could have, no – we could experience so much more. It’s like every excited cineast out there runs to the ticket booth and asks for The Dark Knight but ends up with Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure instead. Not cool.

Okey, long post this time. I’m making up for the recent amateuresque ones. As for now I need to clean the apartment, go work out and buy some makeup for the halloween/mascerade party tomorrow. We have a love-hate relationship, stress and I.

Can lightning strike twice?

In Actor, Film on 2010/09/25 at 5:04 pm

Word on the street is, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to play the part of The Riddler in the upcoming third installment of the revived Batman franchise. Chris Nolan, the man of the hour and my personal household god,  is directing of course (if he didn’t, no one would have jumped on board in the first place). For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Nolan directed the two previous installments as well.

So the question is, can JGL actually pull it off? My opinion is: yes, absolutely. Remember all those doubts and fears that surrounded people when the now late Heath Ledger first announced that he’d landed the part of The Joker? I, however, was not one of those people. Sure, I didn’t know what to expect of Ledger, BUT – I was confident that he would come up with something we hadn’t seen before, and I mean that in the best way possible. So basically, it comes down to this: can lightning strike twice? Will this be Gordon-Levitt’s role of a lifetime, just like it was Ledger’s? For all our sakes, let us hope so.

(If you need to be a bit more reassured, watch Inception500 Days of SummerThe Lookout and you’ll see what the fuss is all about.)

Well then… I’m off to a farewell-party with people I hardly know. Should be fun.