Sunday, 7 March 2010

Films & Fashion & Stuff

So it’s the Oscars tonight and I’m excited.  It’s got all the ingredients of a good year.  Some of the categories actually seem pretty close which always makes it more fun to watch.  Plus the Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin hosting team HAS to be funny right?  We’ll see.  As long ass Avatar doesn’t win one of the big two then I’m a happy woman.

I’ve watched 2 great films in the last week, the first being The Hurt Locker.  I figured I should see what all the fuss is about and I wasn’t disappointed.  All the performances are excellent and the random, brief, star cameos didn’t distract from the central characters.  The odd thing about it is that, if you try to explain the plot to someone else, it’s a really difficult task.  Things happen, but not in the usual ‘exciting bit, followed by exposition, followed by exciting but’ kind of way we’ve come to expect.  The stakes are as high as they can be at the start, and stay that way until the credits roll.   It’s all about the people and not the action, which seems odd for what you assume, from the trailer, is an action movie.  And all this is a long-winded way of saying I really hope Kathryn Bigelow wins the Best Director award.  None of the reason I think that is because she’s a woman.  She’s simply the best director in the category, based on these films.  (In my humble, not actually seen all the films, opinion of course!)

The second film I watched was Moon.  It’s just wonderful.  I’ve been excited to see it since it came out but seeing Duncan Jones’ acceptance speech at the Baftas reminded me to buy it.  It’s extraordinary.  Everyone should watch it.  I can’t begin to understand how Sam Rockwell hasn’t been nominated for his amazing performance.  He’s brilliant in everything but this should have brought him the recognition he deserves.  I think the Academy are a bit allergic to sci-fi films… unless they cost $500 million to make of course!

The fashion weeks are coming to an end and I’ve kept up with just some of the millions of column inches that have been written on the subject and there seem to have been some great shows.  And then I saw this picture. 

Isn't this just the most bored looking bunch of women who need a sandwich you've ever seen?  Fashion should be about art and fun and beauty and this sort of scene just perpetuates it's reputation as being pretentious and silly.  Of course, some of it is pretentious and silly but not this.

Or this.

Or even this.

This is walking art that should make us smile and laugh and sometimes think.  It should never be boring.

2 more things. I knew John Mayer was an arse but oh my god, this interview is hilariously bad.  Do you guys think he knows how he sounds?  Is this an act or how he really speaks?

Last, an image for the ladies that made me happy, but then I have slightly odd taste!

  Sorry the picture is so small.  Better than nothing!


PEH said...
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TheUnwashedMass said...

Is that Jemaine and Eddie Izzard? I don't have my Holmes-style magnifying glass.

Sam Rockwell should've been best actor and best supporting actor for Moon.

Jess said...

It is indeed. Yummy.

He really should have been. It makes no sense!

Yolanda Barker said...

Hey Jess,

Love your blog! I'm not an 'Avatar' fan either - I just wrote a review of it on my blog:

I'm a director, and I've been told my reviews offer interesting insights. Feel like contesting or challenging me? Go for it!