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Ruby Sparks is a charming indie film about Calvin (Paul Dano) a shy, self-absorbed writer suffering from a writer block. Calvins therapist set him a task, “to writer something bad”. So he begins to write about a girl in his dream and falls in love with the character (his dream girl) his writing about and who then somehow becomes real? It might sound dull, but believe me, it is not!.

Ruby sparks directed by the husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine – that already gives you an idea what to expect in this film. However, in its own way, the film is very charming, romantic, funny and with some seriousness. The love between Calvin and Ruby is so undeniably pure and honest and really fun to watch.

The film has a great style, great shots and I love the soundtrack too. Ruby sparks oozes with tenderness, and vulnerability. The film is bursting of energy one moment and suddenly it comes to dark and quite serious moments. It’s impetuous, superbly written by Zoe Karzan, who dazzles with talent and style. So, did Ruby spark in the film? I say, she certainly did and I think you would love here too. Watch the trailer below.:

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The Colosseum

Woody Allen on the set in magical Rome directing his latest movie, To Rome With Love

Trevi Fountain, aaaw my favourite fountain to hang out and dream away…

Love the backdrop here with the lovely Alessandra Mastronardi (Milly)


The Spanish Steps

Reading the Writing on Pomeii´s Walls

I find Jesse Eisenberg (Jack) a perfect fit for Woody Allen’s film. His like the younger modern version of Woody Allen.

[ Images via virtual history ]

After my love for Woody Allens film Midnight in Paris – on the contrary – I had absolutely no expectations for his latest film To Rome With Love. I went to see the movie with the idea of wanting to listen to some Italian, see and experience Italy all over again. The cast is great, but it was Penelope Cruz that made it easy for me to decide to see this film.

Although the film is somewhat predictable and silly at times, still, it made me laugh and enjoy my night out. I know I was not the only one. It also took me back to my first time in Italy, the year of 1993. I was seventeen then, travelling with my brother and his girlfriend (at the time, who remains a very close friend of mine) all through Italy, and I feel in love, with the Renaissance art.

If you want to enjoy the film, I suggest you don’t compare it to Midnight in Paris. Instead, just enjoy the scenery, the iconic backdrops of magical Rome. Escape from reality while you enjoy watching Woody Allen back on the big screen again….If you have seen the film, did it also make you want to hop on the next plane and go to Rome, Italy?

With some films there is no need to write a movie review, except to say, “you should just see it and enjoy it”. Moonrise Kingdom is one of those films that I need to see it again because I simply love Wes Anderson´s divine world and visionary storytelling; it is very unique and he has an easily recognizable style: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

“I prefer stories with magic powers in them. Either in Kingdoms on earth or foreign planets. Usually, I prefer a girl heron, but not always.”  – Suzy

See it, enjoy it, step back in time – the 1960´s, relive your childhood memories and laugh a little. I hope you also fall in love with the young runaway lovers, Suzy and Sam.

[ Posters by: The Rushmore Academy, found via: Indie Wire ]

Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator has been making films since the mid-’60s and i’m only just discovering the marvelous weirdness of Jan Švankmajer.

At the film house in Delft they had a special screening last night. Six short films of Jan Švankmaje early work – a mix between motion animation, puppets and live-action. His stories are fantastic, unpredictable, with a mix of weird and funny moments. Perhaps it’s not for everyone but i really appreciate the painstaking process of stop-motion animation and Švankmajer certainly didn’t disappoint.

There was one that stood out from the rest, Byt (The Flat) 1968. This film is crazy, black and white stop-motion masterpiece about a man trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature. There was one scene that made me feel like i was watching René Magritte’s painting Not to be Reproduced come to life. Just like the painting the man looks into the mirror and only sees the back of his own head, a backwards image.

Not to be Reproduced (La reproduction interdite, 1937) by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, located at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

{Source, puppet image The Last Tricky and Byt and René Magritte}

 

I just came back from the Film house and i watched this movie, specially for Valentine ’s Day! Medianeras (Sidewalls) and i LOVE it!!! It’s a sweet, romantic comedy that will keep you smiling all the way to the end… Martin and Mariana live in Argentina, on the same street, in opposite building and would make the perfect couple. But of course they haven’t meet, so it’s inevitable that they will meet, but how and when?…

It’s a very charming movie to see. At least check out the trailer and enjoy this sweet song by Daniel Johnston, True Love Will Find You In The End…Happy Valentine’s Day!

Stunning photos from the movie Black Swam starring Natalie Portman {source Fashion Telegraph} Costumes by Rodarte’s Mulleavy sistersBy now everyone has heard of the latest film SWAN LAKE starring talented and beautiful Natalie Portman, playing the role of a ballerina. I thought I was going to see it over the weekend since I’ve seen the trailers and heard all the fuss about the film.  Also, it was due out early December in the US. But I forgot that doesn’t mean everywhere else in the world! Apparently, I need to wait till who know when because no Cinema in Holland will be showing this film any time soon (not happy about that). Instead, I’ll continue to envy everyone else who’s seeing it and will continue to believe it’s that good of a film! It does look good. Have you seen this film?

Black Swan inspiration..: Stylish upholstered haute couture inspired, ribbon sitting cushion by Asshoff & Brogård, Stockholm based design studio focused on functional products…: Dark lilac sitting cushion {on the right} by She Design Studio based in Oslo.

Meet Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Photography…: by Mikael Jansson for Interview Magazine, April 2010

Robert Redford & Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby (1974)

It’s official! Another remake of The Great Gatsby is in the work…One of my favourite (Australian) directors, Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet) has announced today that Carey Mulligan will play the starring role as Daisy Buchanan in his adaptation of the Great Gatsby.

Lurhmann says: “I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting,” Luhrmann told Deadline. “However, specific to this particular production of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’”

We know the story is good, acting should be very good and WITHOUT A DOUBT the costumes and the sets will make this film exciting to see…and the fact that beautiful and talented Carey Mulligan will play the role of Daisy Buchanan together with Leonardo DiCaprio (who has worked with Luhrmann before in Romeo & Juliet). Though I’m not certain if DiCaprio has been ‘officially’ cast for this role? However, I think it’s going to be a brilliant film and I’m really looking forward to it…till next year I guess? Do  you think you’ll be going to see this film in the cinema?

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