Yesterday was rainy and grey (what’s new in New England) so Andrew and I went to the movies to see Wes Anderson’s newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my top 10 favorite movies and truly is what made me fall head over heels for Wes’s amazing work- the sets, the dry humor mixed with serious moments, the incredible cameos. But since then I haven’t been quite as charmed by his newer films like Moonrise Kingdom (I know, I know- so many people loved it- and it had it’s moments- but it’s not one I want to watch over and over).
This film however, was AWESOME. Seriously, AWESOME.
It’s hysterically funny, a visual feat for the eyes and a truly and thoroughly fun escape from the world. Of course, in true Wes Anderson style, the sets, costumes and details are all amazing. I cannot even fathom how wild it would be to have a brain as creative as his. Magical. Here are some still from the film to help convince you to go see it.
I was reminded by a little picture posted by Into the Gloss of one of my favorite movies from my college years…Great Expectations, the 1998 version, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, Anne Bancroft and Robert DeNiro. Anyone else remember this movie??? I recall it being slightly creepy, visually stunning and one I watched over and over for the scenery, decor, fashion and art.
The divine Anne Bancroft as Ms. Dinsmoor aka Miss Havisham. Her crazy ass outfits, wigs and makeup were fascinating!
The famous Francesco Clemente did all the art work for the film…
Gwyneth’s wardrobe in this movie was one of my first film wardrobe crushes ever.
Oh that house…
The movie was actually filmed at the Ringling Brothers historic Florida mansion Ca’ d’Zan.
The trailer brings me right back such a specific time…. I need to watch this again!
I think of kelly green and gold when I think of this film… and layers and layers of luxury clouded by the mustiness of a long vintage. Ok, we can skip the mustiness, but the vintage, not a chance. And while I tend to be less dramatic (visually, at least), I really could eat up this kind of decor and way of dressing.
So over the weekend we went to see This Means War, which is meh… not terrible, not great but lots of eye candy for me (Tom Hardy) and Andrew (Reese looks AWESOME). But before the movie there was a preview that had me all sorts of flipping out. Watch it.
Let me preface this by saying that I feel about monkeys/chimpanzees the way that Kristen Bell feels about sloths. I have wanted one FOREVER- in fact the first gift Andrew ever gave me only a couple weeks of dating was a stuffed monkey with velcro arms I could fasten about my neck. Most girls would have been horrified, but I was ecstatic and wanted to bring it out to dinner with us. Clearly I am not ashamed of my obsession. One of the happiest moments of my life was when a little monkey sat on my head in Nevis.
So this is pretty much how it went down at the Saturday matinee….
Me: Oh my God. OH. MY. GOD.
Me: HIS NAME IS OSCAR?!?!
Me: OH MY GOD! LOOK AT HIM!!! AWWWW!!! (squealing and clapping hands)
Andrew: I see him. I am sitting right here.
Me: OMMMGEEEEE- he has a branch in his mouth! Andrew, do you see that? Look how cute! Hiiiiiiiii Oscar!!!! (waving)
Me: Oh no! He looks SO SAD! Something bad is coming!
Andrew: Seriously, shhhhhh.
Me: (slaps hands over eyes) I can’t deal with this. He’s all alone. He misses his mom. WHAT’S HAPPENING???
Andrew: Honey, you have to calm down.
Me: He found a new daddy! Thank GOD! But he must still miss his mom! This is terrible!
Me: (with steely gaze) Andrew, I have to save the chimps!
Me: They are playing like people! (hitting Andrew’s arm) Andrew, we need to save the chimps!
(Chuckles from the row behind us.)
Me: THEY’RE HUGGING??!?!? I’m going to DIE! I’m dead right now! OMG OMG OMG.Why is no one else freaking OOOOUUUTTT???!!!
Andrew: (head in hands)
I literally want to give up my whole world to go help Jane Goodall save these beautiful things. In fact halfway through Reese’s new rom-com I leaned over and whispered to Andrew “Um, I’m serious about the chimps”. Nothing upsets me more than animal cruelty. NOTHING. I can’t even handle fake animal cruelty/sadness/ death in movies. Shoot up a bar full of humans and I won’t flinch, but hurt a dog/horse/monkey/lion/mouse and I will absolutely LOSE MY SHIT. When that Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial comes on with the beaten dog I dive behind the sofa like I’m taking on sniper fire. So while I think of ways to parlay my mediocre internet success into a way to contribute in some way to help the chimpanzees I can just encourage you ALL to go see this movie the opening week because if you do Disney will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute ! Maybe I’ll organize a group outing! Cocktails and chimpanzees and lots of squealing.
Last weekend I went to see Bridesmaids after hearing SO much hype about it. I was so freakin’ delighted that it actually lived up to all the reviews and comments I’ve read about it. Here’s my review for those who might be interested (without giving too much away!)
1.) Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest women on the planet. I used to think I’d want Karen Walker from Will & Grace as my wacky best friend, but Kriten just kicked her butt to the curb. I love her subtle delivery and obvious comfort in her skin. I was doing the ugly “cry-laugh” through the whole film because of her.
2) Kristen’s Outfits- Such cute ensembles of blazers over short dresses, fitted pencil skirts with cute blouses and even sweatshirts that made me go “I need new clothes”. Not over the top either, they kept her look very “real girl” even though her body is amazing and she looks fabulous in anything. I need that striped top, like, yesterday.
3) Nice Guy vs. Cocky Guy – Jon Hamm is so perfect in the role of a total douchebag who is fully aware of how hot he is. Some of the lines he has are so brutal but so true (kind of like when one of my ex’s told me I was “too fat to be Daisy Duke for Halloween”– yet I kept dating him?!?) But even better than Jon is the unknown (now known- Chris O’Dowd) guy who plays the ADORABLE Irish cop who made the audience go “awwwwwww” like 10 times (including Andrew the guys). He also happened to live in the cutest little bungalow which of course, got me hot and bothered because I’m a Real Estate Nerd like that.
4) The Reality of Female Friendships- I love that this film made it clear that girls can be just as raunchy as guys. But we also have friendships that run crazy deep- so deep that we get upset when one of us is moving onward and upward (marriage/baby/career) while the other one is perhaps not on the same trajectory. While Kristen takes it to an extreme, I’m sure quite a few of us have wanted to have an absolute shit fit when someone’s luck seems to be astronomically good and they are changing with it and our lives leave a bit to be desired. Or you walk into a room and friend looks SO freaking gorgeous that you want to skulk out the back door in your $25 Forever 21 dress and go eat Ben And Jerry’s until you go into a coma. It’s not flattering, but it’s true.
5) The Reality that Life Ain’t Fair– Shit happens. You gamble and lose or maybe wallow in a pity party for yourself longer than you should. It’s a crapshoot, but you gotta fight for your life because it’s the only one you have. And while the grass may seem greener everywhere you look, that friend who has the loaded husband may never see him because he’s so busy, or the super-mom you know might cry is the closet once a day out of frustration. You don’t know other people’s stories, you can only work on your own. So once your done wiping away the laughter tears from the plane scene or the bridal store scene, you’ll realize that there are really poignant statements and moments that will stick with you long after you’ve left the movie. Funny AND heartwarming? I can’t remember the last time a film accomplished both with such style.
Just my two cents before the holiday weekend in case you planned on hitting the Cineplex!
I have a thing for elephants. I really would like one (along with a seal, miniature horse, penguin and apparently an excellent head doctor). Having read Water for Elephants (and Modoc, which I daresay is better and apparently true-read it) I am planning to go see the movie this weekend. What’s that? Robert Pattinson looking his best? Oh yes, I must have forgotten about that… :)
Can you even stand this cuteness???
I seem to be drawn to things for home and self that have an elephant theme without decking myself and my living room in Disney prints. I also like that in Hindu and Buddhist culture the elephant god Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles. Who doesn’t need a little help removing obstacles from their path?
In celebration of the movie release here are some of my favorite elephant items in fashion and home decor: