Thursday, June 7, 2012

What I Wore: Berries, Apples and Flowers to a Film

Lately, I've been to the movies a lot! Here are my thoughts. I've linked the film titles to Rotten Tomatoes if you're interested in the reviews from 'real' critics).

I wore this a couple of weeks ago to see Iron Sky with a bunch of guys I used to work with. It was a fun night, there was a mixed reaction to the film, but we mostly agreed it was pretty average. That said... nobody really expects a film about Nazis on the dark side of the moon to be up there with Citizen Kane do they? I enjoyed it, for the silliness factor.

I suppose while I'm sharing movies recently enjoyed, I'll tell you about the others. Dark Shadows. I posted about this here, but didn't say what I thought. I enjoyed the movie, even though it is a distant cry from the original TV series. I love Tim Burton's early work and I'm scared at how far he has drifted from that place. As much as I enjoy watching films with Johnny Depp in them, I always feel a bit hesitant to see the Burton/Depp combo these days. Since I work in TV, I understand that the best plans can be undermined by a producer at any point. So your creative vision can quickly become a steaming pile.

Dark Shadows 'the film' butchered the TV show, it was a completely different tone. But it had some of the old Tim Burton fun leaking through and was fun to watch. It's the best Burton movie since Sweeney Todd (that's not saying a lot). Which was the best since Sleepy Hollow. Anything between, lets not discuss it. My favorite is still Beetlejuice! And I love Depp as Ed Wood too...

Another movie I saw recently was The Avengers. I'm going to go against everyone else I know (except C, we usually agree on these things) and say. Buh-baow. That's like the sound a buzzer on a game show makes when you get the answer WRONG. Self indulgent, naff, boring, cringe-worthy. Is that too harsh? I really felt like everybody who made this movie was just going through the motions. It had NO love inside. Not that I could see anyway. Lazy. Except the poor VFX guys, I know they always work hard.

In anticipation of Prometheus' release, I've been watching the Alien movies again. I realised I've never actually seen the first Alien movie before. The shame. I've remedied that now, and look forward to cramming an imax 3d visit for Prometheus into my schedule soon.

Finally, I have found a moment to watch Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. I really wanted to see it in the cinema, but somehow missed the boat. I watched it at home and almost gave up to be honest, the camera work was a hand-held vomit-fest. (A friend actually puked in the theatre watching this!) But I stuck with it and it was wonderful. It is not a happy movie (duh, it's called Melancholia, and doubly, it's by Lars Von Trier, the king of doom) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was shot beautifully, and was obviously inspired by the work of one of my favorite directors, Andrei Tarkovsky. The story was also well written and the characters had meaning. Kirsten Dunst was brilliant.

I've also been caught watching:
Escape from New York
Arrietty (watch this!)
Big Trouble In Little China

In the next two weeks, we're going to see:
Moonlrise Kingdom
Beasts of the Southern Wild
at the Sydney Film Festival.

May has been a movie fest and it continues into June! Have you seen any great films lately? I love cinema, it's such a great escape, and especially wonderful if it can make you feel and learn.

Skirt // Zara
Peter Pan Collar Bodysuit // Urban Outfitters (old)
Cardigan // Dangerfield
Tights // Dangerfield
Booties // Diesel (old)
Necklace // c/o Jessica-t
Apple Brooch // Vintage 70's Iron-On Patch (pinned, not ironed!)
Ring // Local Markets


  1. I refuse to see The Avengers. If a movie can't even catch my interest in a TV commercial for it, why the hell would I go see it? I am glad it's dying off now and I don't have to hear about it anymore. Everything you said about it is what I would expect it to be if I wasted 2 hours of my life to go see it. LOL I will see Dark Shadows because of Johnny Depp. I also love Ed Wood, so many people have never even heard of it. I haven't gone to see a movie in a very long time. I am interested in the Snow White movie because I think I am one of the only people on the planet who actually LIKES Kristen Stewart! :) Thanks for sharing. Very cute outfit by the way.

    1. Thanks Jessie! I thought Avengers would be mind-numbing and fun. It was only one of those. Live and learn huh?

      Ed Wood is great! One of my favorite Burton films :)

  2. By the way I loved Avengers. I didn't had illusion of going to see something that would change my life, a meaningful and deep movie. I knew it was an action film and to me it was the best super-hero action movie ever made. There were fights and nice eye-candies everywhere. Perfect! :D
    I saw recently... I think nothing else June is my studying month. Shame I know. I want to see some of the winners of the Cannes and I don't have time damn it!

    1. Sure Debbie, pretty much everyone loved this film except for me! I'm definitely taking the minority opinion on that one ;)

      Good luck with your studying for June... I hope it's not too painful!

  3. Oh no, the one thing we're going to have to disagree on is the avengers :o(
    I'm a massive fan of the comic books and was really pessimistic about the film, thinking there is no way they will be able to provide good and equal coverage to all the main characters...I just thought it was going to be awful.
    To my surprise I loved it, they managed to give each character their chance to shine and I found myself laughing much more than I thought I would. Then again, I was probably just geeking out on all the lovely little nods to the comic books, I just thought the script writers were so clever - they must of been fans of the books, otherwise they wouldn't of been able to of written what they did.
    Other than that - love your outfit, LOVE those shoes i've been looking for little booties with a slash down the front for some time now (for some reason I keep calling them pixie boots but thats just me!) and love reading about your views on films, even if I may disagree - if everyone agreed on everything, the world would be a boring place.
    Have a good weekend xxx

    1. haha, thanks for sharing your opinion on The Avengers... yep, I'm pretty sure C and I were the only people who didn't enjoy it. I'm glad we can still be friends ;)