Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I love Fellini!

Tonight I am watching (probably for the 900th time) 8 1/2 which I have always adored.  I never get tired of watching it, the cinematography and visuals are still beautiful.  The thing I  love about Fellini films is this: the plot is always based around the central character who is clearly experiencing inner turmoil, or doubt, perhaps it is religious guilt.  Marcello Mastroianni and Anouk Aimee were amazing in the film and the ensemble cast give the movie a whimsical, human depth.

I love foreign film, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Fellini!

And last but not least...make yourself beautiful!

Have a glass of Champagne, it makes all women beautiful (please refer to my blog about "I'm drinking stars")! Ladies, make yourselves beautiful today and everyday!

I want to age like Catherine Deneuve!!!!!

She is amazingly stunning!  I want to be an old lady like Deneuve someday!

I Love Amy Winehouse and I am not afraid to admit it!

Amy Winehouse....what a sad story! I love her music...I played Back to Black the other day and I have to say it sounded poignant, funny, funky, beautiful and sad.  If you listen to her first album, "Frank," what you hear is a lovely, talented young jazzy singer in the making.  Those of us who were/are fans of her music (not her lifestyle per se) will undoubtedly wonder what any forthcoming albums may have sounded like...oh yes, 46 year old Grrrrls like me never apologize for liking things outside of age-related convention.  If Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane died, I would be writing this about her instead of Amy Winehouse.  Given that Gracie was born in 1939, I could be writing a similar blog about her in the near future.  I sincerely hope not! Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Thing of Beauty.....James Dean

He died 10 years before I was born but from a very early age I knew who James Dean Mom kept him alive as she discussed the personal and societal impacts of his films.  Every generation has it's "bad boy," the guy your parents warned you about and told you to stay away from.  James Dean was the "Rebel Without A Cause," he met and exceeded Edna Ferber's Jet-Texas character of Jet Rink in the 1950's classic film, Giant, which also starred Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.  Besides "Rebel" and "Giant", Dean also starred in "East of Eden", but it was during production of "Giant" that Dean was killed in a car accident in California.  He made three films, only three, but it is those three films that form the basis for the legend who still lives and influences our culture today, some 56 years after his untimely demise behind the wheel of his beloved Porsche Spyder.  Three films:  in 2011, it is unthinkable to call one's self a star or actor or celebrity after having only three films on their resume...not so for Jimmy...James Dean was here for a short time, he blazed across the big screen; he influenced fashion and culture, he unknowingly (and perhaps) unwittingly came to represent the Rebel, that individual who dares to chart their own path, to forge an identity based upon their own personal reality instead of the conjured reality of others.  He was amazing, he amazes us still.......