Manolo – The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is a new Michael Roberts directed documentary about Manolo Blahnik, the man regarded by those who know as ‘the best shoe-maker of the 20th and 21st centuries’. Roberts’s film offers an in-depth portrait of Blahnik, the self confessed ‘cobbler’ whose work is adored by the likes of Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Iman – to name just a few…
To say that I’m shoe obsessed would be a lie, but I am ever curious about creative people and I’ll watch this to take in the beauty and art of Blahnik’s designs.
There are three key reasons to see director Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the planning and organisation of 2015’s MET Gala,a.k.a. one of fashion’s most prestigious annual events. Reason one is the beautiful pieces of clothing designed by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Jean-Paul Gaultier. If like myself you have an appreciation for the art and dedication that goes into creating extraordinarily beautiful clothing, plus you adore the sensory experience of it all, Watch The First Monday In May.
Reason number two is Anna Wintour. Who cannot be impressed by her? She’s arguably one of the most influential individuals in fashion; editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine (for the last 28 years) and the woman responsible for overseeing the planning and organisation of the MET Gala. My curiosity about Wintour isn’t just because The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is based on her. I wanted to see her operate as I did in The September Issue (2009) and reflect on all it must have taken to reach her goals and maintain her position.
As for reason number three, I’ve never enjoyed event planning. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a good time watching other people do all the work and handle all the stresses, politics and deadlines that come with it. The First Monday In May has all of that, plus it’s well-paced, edited and accompanied by fitting tension building music.
I went into this documentary expecting a sizeable chunk of it to focus on Wintour, when in fact, the person whose ideas and overall vision form the theme and content of the exhibition – plus the overall look and feel is Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Fret not however, for there’s still focus on Wintour as she goes about delegating, praising and calling out mediocre efforts where necessary.
To fashion, Anna Wintour, style, costume, MET Gala and art fans, etc. you know you have to watch. Plus there’s interesting conversation about whether fashion can really be taken seriously as art.
I’ve seen the 1961 Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s once and I have to say that I found it somewhat sleep inducing. Nevertheless, as someone ever curious about the magic that makes brands hugely successful, the new ‘past to present’ documentary about Tiffany & Co. –Crazy About Tiffany’s appealed.
Directed by Matthew Miele and featuring the likes of Katy Couric, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Tilly, I was excited for a behind the scenes look at the brand, some of the challenges it has faced and any of the perhaps, ‘colourful’ stories that led to the company’s continued iconic status.
Truth be told, I thoroughly enjoyed the initial introductory violin music. It’s just unfortunate that said music also happens to be my favourite moment of the entire film.
The key issue I found with Crazy About Tiffany’s is that it feels more like an internal corporate video about the brand’s history/ achievements than a balanced documentary. Where’s all the talk of ethics, blood diamonds, other issues or controversies pertinent to the industry and business? All I heard was plenty of self praise and very little thorough analysis.
There was a momentary glimmer of hope when one of the talking heads used the word ‘dated’ and ‘old’ to describe their feelings about the brand. Sadly though, that thread went absolutely nowhere. Crazy About Tiffany’sis apparently fully authorised by Tiffany & Co. That therein explains the lack of balance. I’m still surprised that the brand approved the documentary considering the low quality animated graphics.
Overall, if you’re after a great, balanced documentary about Tiffany & Co., I’d have to say this isn’t it. But if you’re after something along the lines of an internal self-praising corporate video that may or may not be shown to new hires at the business, why not start here?
For those like myself who are often too curious for their own good as well as those unlike myself who are jewellery / Tiffany obsessed, see Crazy About Tiffany’s on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand… Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The first thing I noticed and immediately loved about Crimson Peak is the cinematography. Particularly the rich colours, beautiful period fashion and the use of light and shadow.
Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a visual feast of a gothic romance. One that features a gifted author, Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who is a young lady faced with the choice between two potential suiters.
One of Edith’s suiters is her childhood friend Alan, (Charlie Hunnam) and the other is a dark, mysterious and mesmerising newcomer called Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston).
I’d like to think that faced with Edith’s predicament I might be wise enough to make the ‘healthiest’ choice. But considering how much I find myself mesmerised by Hiddleston’s character’s voice, words and presence, I’m thinking absolutely not.
A feast for the eyeballs is one way to describe Guillermo del Toro’s movie. I also like the beautiful romance which just happens to be a great reminder for how truly blinding love can be.
It crossed my mind that perhaps some of the ghostly special effects could have done with a little extra financial investment. But overall, I like Crimson Peak.
Lastly, what a wonderfully meaty role Jessica Chastain was blessed to play.
Watch it for the story, romance, and visual beauty. As you do that, I’ll I continue dreaming about having full access to the beautiful contents of Edith’s wardrobe.
Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie finally has a trailer I can get excited about…
I didn’t realise how much I’d missed the antics of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone until now. I already love the Kate Moss story. Now I can’t wait for a taste of the sense of humour of some of British and international fashion’s best known. Namely, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West, Cara Delevigne, Stella McCartney, etc.
Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson and Gwendoline Christie also star.
Nicolas Winding Refn, celebrated director of Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013)has a new movie. Starring Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks and Bella Heathcote, what we have is a thriller / horror coming…
I haven’t watched Refn’s previous movie Only God Forgives (2013) but it’s clear to me that the man loves neon. This time round neon is not just part of the cinematography / mis en scene, but it’s in the movie’s title.
I’ll be watching because drive was good, as is Fanning. I just need to get brave first. You know, for the horror.
Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone Desmond Harrington and Charles Baker also star…
Truth be told, Hail, Caesar! proved to be quite the bore. Regrettably I have to confess that I found the trailer far more entertaining than the movie.
The trailer is funny, filled with the glamour, colours and seemingly odd characters of 1950s Hollywood; all good things. I liked the fact that it didn’t give much away in terms of where the story was going or even who the key protagonist might be and it moved at a good pace.
Unfortunately however, a slow pace and inadequately intriguing story that never really goes anywhere are my biggest issues with Hail, Caesar! Part of the problem might be that there were too many stories trying to happen at the same time.
On the positive side, in addition to the humorous moments (the best of which you see in the trailer) what I do like aboutHail, Caesar! is the makeup, glamour and colourful attire worn by the film’s main female characters; the characters played far too briefly by Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Veronica Osorio. Had it not been for this highlights, I’m not sure I’d have made it through to the end.
Overall, I think I’d have much preferred to see only the funny moments in the movie; something like the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch format. Basically a feature length version of the scenes such as the funny moments in the trailer. Outrageous suggestion, I’m sure but I really was hoping for more from a Coen brothers written and directed movie. Needless to say, Hail, Caesar! is not my favourite film by the Coens. That title will probably always belong to the excellent No Country For Old Men (2007), a movie I continue to recommend.
The Dressmaker is a fun revenge drama set in a rural small town in Australia. I use the word ‘fun’ because of the dialogue, characters, cinematography and the haute couture fashion and colours of the 1950s.
The character played by Hugo Weaving is the source of several laughs and a definite highlight. As always, the film’s star, Kate Winslet delivers a wonderful performance. The movie’s beautiful soundtrack, courtesy of composer, David Hirschfelder is also another plus.
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, watch The Dressmaker because it’s good and you probably won’t be able to guess how things are going to unfold until they do.
Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, and Liam Hemsworth also star. Here’s the trailer for a taster.