Picture of the week - part 12.

A shot from Last Tango In Paris - my favourite movie ever and this particular photo has been my favourite for a long, long time. It says all that has to be said - without words.


Little Ashes, some words.

I had mixed feelings when I finally had the opportunity to watch Little Ashes. First, I was extremely interested since I like biopics and it was about artists I admire - Dalí, García Lorca, Buñuel... Yet, I also feared it would turn out to be a movie that wants to be so artistic it goes wrong (like Klimt with John Malkovich - not only it was boring, it was also confusing and, quite simply, a terrible waste of time). Unfortunately, I was more or less right - it could have been way better, more dynamic and less overwrought. I especially disliked the portrayal of Dalí - I understand it's hard to bring to life a man so extraordinary, revolutionary and weird, but it simply left me unimpressed. As for the actor playing Buñuel, I would say he was alright, nothing special though.
However, I do recommend this movie because of the depiction of García Lorca - Javier Beltrán was exquisite! With basically no experience in the film industry (prior to the film he only starred in one series), he managed to conquer all and played his teen idol co-star off the screen without making any efforts. You might say here that García Lorca is an "easier" character but then again, you should not forget he is a national hero in Spain.
Beltrán reminds me very much of Nacho Martínez; I hope he will get the roles he deserves because believe me, a talent like this does not come around too often.


Picture of the week - part 11.

Rachel Zoe's studio. All I can say is, if I had this amount of shoes I would definitely store them in a more safe place and way - then again, she maybe just likes seeing them around her...

Source: Huffington Post


Picture of the week - part 10.

It's not really the picture, it's the man - Hitchcock's birthday was this week (yesterday, to be exact). It would have been his 110th.


One plus one.

Many people seem to be reluctant to read classics - they are afraid the book might turn out to be hard-to-digest or they find it too long (think Russian classics or Joyce's Ulysses...). Yet, here are two classics everyone should read and I assure you they will be easy to read - and enjoy.

1. Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms

This wartime novel by the cultic author is extremely entertaining - my personal favourite is Rinaldi but the other characters and their thoughts are beautiful, thought provoking and witty as well. No wonder Hemingway is beloved all over the world thanks to this masterpiece, amongst others. Of course there were movie adaptations, too (the more famous one with Gary Cooper) and many consider this book an all-time favourite. It might not be a good choice for a casual beachside day, but it surely is a wonderful choice to read when the snow is falling outside.

2. Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights

I don't think I exaggerate when I say this is the most famous work by a Brontë sister and it's uncanny that this is Emily's only novel. Again, I recommend it for lazy winter days when you have nothing else to do, especially because the characters and the astonishingly exciting writing will bewitch you so much you won't be able to put it down. One of the strange yet excellently working things about this book is the way the story is told - first, you have Lockwood, who is somehow the frame of it but he only has a minor role when it comes to the actual events - more than most of the time it's Ellen Dean who tells us what happened (and sometimes even her tells us what someone else told her) and this is what Lockwood is interpreting to us, readers. Yet, it's not only not confusing but it's quite simply phenomenal.


Just a minute.

I like references in general, especially when someone references an art piece. This is why I like this Audi commercial that references the best of the best - The Godfather. Not only because it's this film but also because it's this particular scene it references. I remember watching the film when I was little (the strange thing, I was not allowed to watch The Exorcist but I was allowed to watch The Godfather...) and this scene was the one I remembered the most. And even now, when I know all three movies by heart, I can't help but smile looking at this commercial since it makes me recall one of my dear childhood memories (regardless to the actual content of the scene).


Horror of the day.

Even if some consider this stylish (but admittedly a bit too much), I think this instead is the proof that no matter how much money you have if you don't have a good taste when it comes to style. I think an outfit like this can not be saved by the cliché-like "this is her personal, unique style" brand, this is, quite simply, tasteless, ridiculous and a no-go.

Photo by The Sartorialist


Picture of the week - part 8.

Robert Capa in Spain. Photo by Gerda Taro (1937)

I couldn't tell you why I love this photo but I can tell you why I love Robert Capa - he was a genious, an outstanding personality in photojournalism and photography, not to mention the fact that he was Hungarian.
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