Graphic Novel Review: Blue Is The Warmest Color (2010) – Differences & Similarities Between Julie Maroh’s Bande Dessinée and Abdelatif Kechiche’s Film
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Emma has had a rough day. Her girlfriend Clémentine aka Clém just died. She’s now hanging out at Clém’s parents house, where Clém’s father, a raging homophobe isn’t exactly welcoming her staying. Reading through Clém’s personal diary Emma journeys through Clém’s memories: The first time they met, the first time they went out together, their first kiss, the first time they had sex. Where did it all go wrong? How did their relationship fall apart? How did it come to this? Emma tries to make sense of the past, dealing with her own regrets and contradictions, but sometimes life just happens and there’s nothing you can do about it. Continue reading
Get Me Some Lobster: I’ve Just Been Nominated for a Liebster Award
This is incredible. I was just nominated for a Liebster Award. If I didn’t know better I would think that Anna at Film Grimoire is in love with me or something. This is the third time she has nominated me for an award. I would say that I’m speechless, but I’m not. I have a lot to say, but first of all: Thank you, Anna! For those of you who don’t know who Anna is: She is a fellow film fanatic, who writes thoughtful reviews and always answers people’s comments, which I think is really cool. She has a boyfriend, so I was just kidding about what I said before, in case you don’t get my weird sense of humor. Continue reading
Music Video Review: Now (There Is No Tomorrow) by Trouble Maker – My Favorite Video Clip of 2013
Ever since MTV stopped playing music (making you question the M in MTV), my annual video clip watch has dropped significantly. I mostly check out the artists I like or the latest commercial hits on YouTube out of curiosity. Every year however there’s still one music video that really stands out and resonates with me. In 2013 I started getting into KPOP, as a function of my fascination with South Korean cinema and youth culture. As a marketing student I’ve always been fascinated by bands that are conceived like commercial products, though I think they’re never without artistic merits (in their own ways). Continue reading
Meet Newcomer Stacy Martin: The Up-and-Coming Star of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac
What actress wouldn’t want their first film to be with Danish auteur Lars von Trier? Right? Even if it involved wearing a prosthetic vagina and being mostly in the buff with Shia LaBeouf? At 23 year of age, Stacy Martin a beautiful, fresh-faced actress got her first acting gig in Nymphomaniac Volume I & II. Like you, I had no idea she existed before, but now I am intrigued to know more about her. How did that happen? What did Lars see in her? And what will she do next? Continue reading
Hey, ‘I’m Not Featured On Freshly Pressed’ So I Get An Award?
This reminds me of that time in school where I had to participate in a ski race and my friend came in last (I was second last) and he won 20 CHF (circa $20). Why am I telling you this story? I was just nominated for the I’m Not Featured On Freshly Pressed Award by Film Grimoire. At this point, I didn’t even want to blog about these nominations, because I don’t want to annoy people by constantly patting myself on the back, but the name of the award is just so funny. Continue reading
Versatile Blogger Award Nomination: What an Honor!
Film Grimoire, one of my new favorite film blogs, just nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I am humbled and honored, because as I said I enjoy reading her blog and am a big fan of her logo and page design. Very much recommending her blog and not just because she nominated me, although if you want me to praise your work that always helps. Continue reading
Album Review: 4Minute’s 4th Mini-Album ‘Name is 4Minute’ (2013)
Sorry if the title is confusing, but let me explain. This is a review of KPOP artist 4Minute, an all girl band composed by five members (Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, Kwon So-hyun). Their 4th mini-album happens to be called Name is 4Minute. So when you combine all those things together there’s a lot of fours and minutes and that’s why it might get a bit difficult to keep up. Oddly enough even though they’re called 4Minute none of their songs actually lasts exactly four minutes (yes, I looked it up) and they’re a five piece formation, so the name remains a mystery to me. However the lovely ladies you can see in the pretty picture above are one of the hottest bands in South Korea right now, getting a lot of attention and selling a lot of records. Don’t let that picture fool you, they might look sweet and innocent, but most of their videos are very sexy and not just for Korean standards. Continue reading
What Are Your Most Anticipated Films of 2014?
2013 is coming to an end. We’ve had some great movies. Some have not yet been released for wide audiences or in foreign territories. That always happens. So before I get into my most anticipated films of 2014, I’d like to mention the 2013 films that I’ll only get to see next year at this point. Some of these will be (or are already) available for my American friends by the end of the year, but not in sad and small Switzerland. Here it goes: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Spike Jonze’s Her, Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius, Alexandre Payne’s Nebraska, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best, Sono Sion’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. As you can tell from this list I base my anticipations for a film mostly on the director. Now then, let’s see what 2014 has in store for us. Continue reading
First Look at Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs’ Final Louis Vuitton Ad Campaign
Time to say goodbye to Marc Jacobs. Back in October (2013) the iconic fashion designer announced the end of his longtime collaboration with French fashion brand Louis Vuitton. Now, we are getting a first glimpse at the last thing he worked on before leaving the luxury brand to focus on his own label. The protagonists of Jacobs’ last campaign are no small names themselves. Among the designer’s muses are actress and historical Louis Vuitton testimonial Catherine Deneuve, Chinese actress and singer Fan Bingbing, supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell and a personal favorite of mine: Writer, director and bag designer extraordinaire Sofia Coppola. Continue reading
Blog of the Year Award 2013 Nomination
This is incredible! Once again I’m very humbled to announce that this very blog has been nominated for the Blog of the Year Award 2013. I’m even more stoked that once more it’s my blogger amigo Thomas J. Ford of Music & Movies Cafe who nominated me. If you recall he nominated me my very first award ever, The Sunshine Award, not so long ago. This time, since there are no rules against it (that I know of) I’m going to nominate him as well and not just because he thought of me twice, but because I actually truly enjoy reading his blog and he seems like a really nice guy. He’s currently on a Christmas movie marathon. God bless you, Tom! Continue reading