Sunday, 8 April 2018

February & March Favorites

I have always wanted to do a «monthly favorites» type of post on this blog, but I kept putting it off some reason or the other until this year. I will be doing one of these every month (or every two months) and I will include literally everything that I have loved or that has made me happy during that time, be it a film, a song, a book, a TV show or even an item of clothing. These are my February and March favorites. (I know it is April, but life has been busy, so I apologize for being late.)
Favorite film: From the Land of the Moon (2016)
For those who have not heard of it, From the Land of the Moon is a French film (originally titled Mal de Pierres) starring Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel and Àlex Brendemühl. It is post-WWII drama about a woman (Cotillard) who enters a marriage of convenience to a man (Brendemühl) who had shown kindness to her family during the war. Constantly sick, she goes to a spa to recover and falls in love with a veteran (Garrel) she meets there. After they part, she considers whether to build a family with the man who loves her or re-kindle the lost bond with the man she loved while briefly away from home. BUT — there is a twist, which I was not expecting AT ALL, that alters everything. This is without a doubt one of the best films I have ever seen and I totally recommend you watch it. Marion Cotillard is an absolute goddess and as for Louis Garrel... well, I think I have found myself a new actor to stalk.

Favorite TV show: La Casa de Papel [Money Heist] (2017)
The world has been taken over by a little Spanish TV show called La Casa de Papel and so have I. If you have never heard of it (which if you haven't, shame on you), the show follows a gang of eight people who are recruited by a mysterious man named El Professor («The Professor») to carry out the biggest heist ever: enter the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (the Royal Mint of Spain) and print 2.4 billion euros. In order to do this they need eleven days of seclusion inside the building, during which they have to deal with 67 hostages and the elite forces of the police. In between, members of the gang disregard the Professor's orders and make a mess, others fall in love with hostages, and even the Professor finds himself in a trick position after he falls in love the police investigator who is handling the case. So yeah, La Casa de Papel. Go watch it. Now. It is on Netflix under the title Money Heist.


Favorite song: «Come Under the Covers» by Walk the Moon   
and «Everglow» by Coldplay
Throughout February and March, there were two songs that I listened pretty much non-stop: «Come Under the Covers» by Walk the Moon and «Everglow» by Coldplay. They are very different songs, but equally as good.

Favorite album: American Teen by Khalid
Khalid does not exactly make the kind of music I usually listen to, but I really liked his song «Young, Dumb & Broke», I thought I would give his album a try. And as it turned out, I genuinely loved it. Besides «Young, Dumb & Broke, my favorite song on the album is «American Teen

And this is it. These are the things that I have love throughout February and March.
Did I interest you in any of them?

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Top 10 Favorite Best Actress Gowns

As part of my Oscar-related articles, today I bring you my top 10 favorite gowns worn by Best Actress winners from 1929 up until 2017. Be prepared to see a lot of white/nude dresses.

#10: Sally Field (1980) | Dress by Bob Mackie
Won the Oscar for playing Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979)

This dress is kind of the «odd-one-out» of all the gowns in this list. It is definitely not as fancy or embellished as all the others, but I genuinely love it. The floral tulle blouse/bolero adds a beautiful finishing touch. And since it was the 1980s, she had glorious big hair to go with it.

#9: Olivia de Havilland (1950) | Dress by Unknown
Won the Oscar for playing Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (1949)

This dress is so pretty! I love the floral black and white appliqués and the lace detailing on the sleeves. I am not too keen on the gloves, but it was the 1950s so of course there had to be gloves.

#8: Julianne Moore (2015) | Dress by Chanel
Won the Oscar for playing Alice Daly Howland in Still Alice (2014)

I do not think Julianne Moore deserved the Oscar (Rosamund Pike should have won it), but her dress was lovely. It is kind of an updated version of Olivia's dress. She accessorized with Chopard jewels.

#7: Kate Winslet (2009) | Dress by Yves Saint Laurent
Won the Oscar for playing Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008)

I am not usually a massive fan of one-shoulder dresses, but this one I really like. I love the color and the black lace detailing down the side. She complemented her look with Chopard jewelry.

#6: Jennifer Lawrence (2013) | Dress by Christian Dior
Won the Oscar for playing Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This dress may not have been the most comfortable to walk in, but she looked stunning in it. Fun fact: this gown was inspired by a design Christian Dior created for Jackie Kennedy Onassis in 1967.

#5: Brie Larson (2016) | Dress by Gucci
Won the Oscar for playing Joy Newsome in Room (2015)

Some people were quite underwhelmed by this gown, but I loved it. I adore the color of it and the embellished belt is a lovely addition to the whole look. The only thing that I am not really a fan of is the hairdo, but she looked beautiful anyway. She wore Aquazzura shoes and Neil Lane jewelry.

#4: Audrey Hepburn (1954) | Dress by Hubert Givenchy
Won the Oscar for playing Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953)

This is definitely one of the most iconic dress of all time. I absolutely loved it! It is elegant, classy and completely timeless. Audrey Hepburn's pixie cut and radiant smile complement it beautifully.

#3: Marion Cotillard (2008) | Dress by Jean Paul Gaultier
Won the Oscar for playing Édith Piaf La Vie en Rose (2007)

This dress is simply gorgeous and it suited Marion Cotillard perfectly. She looked like a mermaid. Like Julianne Moore and Kate Winslet, she accessorized with Chopard jewelry.

#2: Reese Witherspoon (2006) | Dress by Christian Dior
Won for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005)

This gown is just beautiful and she looked lovely in it. It is a genuine 1955 vintage Christian Dior gown that she apparently found herself in a boutique in Paris.

#1: Cate Blanchett (2014) | Dress by Armani Privé
Won the Oscar for playing Jeanette «Jasmine» Francis in Blue Jasmine (2013)

Cate Blanchett is always the definition of elegance at every award show, but this particular gown is absolutely stunning. She looked ethereal. She also complemented her look with Chopard jewels.

And that is it. These are my top 10 favorite Oscar-winning gowns.
Were you surprised by some of my choices? Did I pick any of your favorites?


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Top 10 Favorite Best Supporting Actress-Winning Performances

Throughout this month, just like I did last year, I have decided to do a series of Oscar-related articles in antecipation to the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, which will be held on March 4. Last week, I told you my top 10 favorite Best Supporting Actor-winning performances, so today I thought I would do the same, but for Best Supporting Actresses. Once again, please bear in mind that this is my own personal opinion, which of course is limited to the films I have seen so far.

#1o: Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash
in A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Alicia Nash: I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.

#9: Teresa Wright as Carol Beldon
in Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Carol Beldon: I know how comfortable it is to curl up with a nice, fat book full of big words and think you're going to solve all the problems in the universe. But you're not, you know. A bit of action is required every now and then.

#8: Anne Baxter as Sophie Nelson-MacDonald
in The Razor's Edge (1946)

Sophie Nelson-MacDonald: [Tipsy] Well, I'd better get back to my boyfriend. He'll raise the roof. He's a sulky brute, but quite a man.

#7: Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly
in Chicago (2002)

Velma Kelly: She'd say, «What's your sister like?» I'd say, «Men.»

#6: Viola Davis as Rose Maxson
in Fences (2016)

Rose Maxson: Your daddy wanted you to be everything he wasn't, and at the same time, he wanted you to be everything he was.

#5: Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey
in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Patsey: Mistress Epps won't even grant me no soap ta clean with. Stink so much I make myself gag. Five hundred pounds 'a cotton day in, day out. More than any man here. And 'fo that I will be clean.

#4: Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson
in The Help (2011)

Minny Jackson: Fried chicken just tends to make you feel better about life.

#3: Anne Hathaway as Fantine
in Les Misérables (2012)

Fantine: I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living!

#2: Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn
in The Aviator (2004)

Katharine Hepburn: You see, Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many... eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.

#1: Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener
in The Danish Girl (2015)

Gerda Wegener: It's hard for a man to be looked at by a woman. Women are used to it, of course, but for a man to submit to a woman's gaze it's unsettling. Although I believe there's some pleasure to be had from it, once you yield.

There you go. These are, as of now, my top 10 favorite Best Supporting Actor-winning performances. Were you surprised by my choices? Did I name any of your favorites?