Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Musique Monday...dang, a day late again

Arg, once again I am late with my Musique Monday post. However, this is a super fun song so you should just enjoy it! I found this song when looking for new music two weeks ago (although it is from 2010!). Then I heard it playing on Girls on Sunday night. It is a great summer song so go ahead and just add it to your playlist.

Mark Ronson & The Business International (feat. Q-Tip and Amanda Warner of MDNR)- Bang Bang Bang

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Musique Monday...a day late

It was along weekend here in Canada and I totally forgot to post yesterday, so here is my Musique Monday selection, Empire of the Sun- Walking on a Dream. We listened to this a bunch of times over the weekend. The video is totally weird and uber-hipster.

I think Empire of the Sun might be MGMT in disguise.

Empire of the Sun

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fantastic Film Friday

Another film that I am really looking forward to is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. This film just debuted at Cannes and is receiving rave reviews. Anderson is one of my favorite directors, which I have attested to in a previous post here. Thus, I will not go into too much detail about his film history since it is well documented in my previous post.

Moonrise definitely appears to have the typical Anderson aesthetic with fabulous set designs, costumes, and Andersonian quirkiness. I am also excited to see the new additions to his cast of actors as well the appearance of some absolute favorites. I feel a Wes Anderson movie would be incomplete without Bill Murray and Jason Schwarzman. Two newcomers, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman play the mains in this and are said to be fantastic. Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton and Francis McDormand round out the cast and I am delighted. This film is chalked full of amazing actors which should make for a fabulous and highly entertaining feature.

The Premise:  Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
-From the official Moonrise Kingdom site

This film opens on May 25th. I can't wait!!

Check out the trailer and fall in love...

Here are some brilliant stills of the film to hold you over until the 25th:

I just came across this awesome tour of Moonrise Kingdom led by Bill Murray. Check it out:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Aspen 1971

I came across a fabulous post today on adventure journal about a series of photos shot in Aspen in 1971 by Life Magazine photographer, John Dominis. Dominis's focus was on an awesome scene of (hot) girls living in Aspen. Their style is amazing both on and off the ski hill.

Check them out:

Check out more great pics after the jump.

Musique Monday

One of my favorite bands is The Smiths. One of my favorite songs in the world and that ends up in almost all of my mixes is The Smith's, This Charming Man. From the first little guitar solo at the start I am hooked. It is arguably one of their most peppy songs however, the lyrics still capture The Smith's moody vibe.

Enjoy Morrisey's sparkly necklace in the video!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fantastic Film Friday

Since I saw the trailer a couple months ago, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Tim Burton's latest film, an adaptation of the British soap series, Dark Shadows. This film features some of Burton's acting staples including his favorite leading man, Johnny Depp, and Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter.

The premise: Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Hopefully Will and I will have a chance to see this on the weekend and I will add my own review.

Check out the trailer below and get pumped!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Musique Monday

Theophilus London is probably my favorite hip-hop artist right now. I admit, I am not huge into hip-hop, but London casually blends this genre with amazing old school and new school sounds (see Maximum Balloon's Groove Me).

The track featured today, Why Even Try includes Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara doing beautiful vocals in his chorus, however she is not featured in the video.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fantastic Film Friday

One of my all time favorites is Sophia Coppola's 2003 film, Lost in Translation. It has so many elements that appeal to me:
  • Bill Murray (my favorite funny-man)
  • Scarlett Johansson (my favorite smart-sexy actress)
  • An exotic locale (I have never been to Japan so it is exotic and foreign to me) 
  • Awesome music (this is where I first discovered the band Phoenix...download 'Too Young') 
There is a quiet subtlety to the film that makes you connect with the characters and feel their experience in such a foreign culture. There are so many funny little differences between Japanese and North American life that prove amusing and confusing for both the protagonists and the viewer. The relationship that develops between the protagonists is one of understanding and familiarity with their feelings of being lost. I find this age-defying relationship charming especially in comparison to those is other films such as, Harold and Maude, which honestly I found rather unsettling. So, check out Lost in Translation if you haven't previously or watch it again (as I will for probably the 25th time). It isn't fast paced or action packed, but it is an interesting and sincere portrayal of two troubled people at very different stages in their lives.

Don't you just love her stylish pink bob??!!

Check out more great stills after the jump.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Look I Love: Denim

There are so many amazing choices for denim these days that you can wear anything from super skinny legs to huge flares, gorgeous patterns and jeans in every colour of the rainbow. Here are a few of my favorites this week:

 Blogger Shea Marie of Cheyenne meets Chanel in 7 for All Mankind's The Skinny Second Skin Legging in Garden Party.

Fabulous bell bottoms from the Fall 2012 Denimocracy Lookbook. I love that the large flare has returned. Done well, they can look amazing.

From the True Religion Fall 2012 lookbook. I love the awesome late-fifties retro vibe in this whole outfit. I also really like that True Religion is making a departure from overly bedazzled denim.

Look I Love: Celebrities

Scarlett Johansson was given a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. She looked amazing (as usual) in a skirt and top from Preen, Louboutins and a gorgeous retro-glam updo. I love the combination of the two different patterns on the skirt and top.