Here’s the Friday teaser for the next article I am working on….
Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny? Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh… Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.
Probably the most visually stunning movie of 2011, Snyder’s movie Sucker Punch was both loathed and loved and destined to the Cult Classic tagline. Not surprisingly, the movie did much better internationally than in the USA as most movies with such audience requirement to open-mindedness usually receive a poor reception from the critical elite who review them here. Trust me they get a lashing from foreign critics too, but that usually drives up audience numbers in many other countries.
Snyder has a truly wild imagination, technical expertise and passion that shows in his films that include 300 and the Watchmen. Love it or hate it, the cinematic, styling and score created quite a mesmerizing sensual experience. The issues came when people tried to get a grasp on the plot. Was it thin overtly sexual dribble? Or, was it a complex journey into empowerment, and the mind of a tragic life?
Lots to ponder and as usual I apologize for a brief post on something I wish I had more time for. For now, just enjoy the clip and check the flick out if you haven’t yet. For me, the title set the expectation for low, but I ended up watching it three times on DVD, but still needed to read that the Blue Ray version has all the “missing” scenes that make the plot more fluid. I enjoyed the concept but felt the theatrical release left me a bit lost and I still don’t like the title.
Still, with another favorite stylish movie directors Chris Nolan’s (Dark Knight, Inception) guidance on his next project (Man of Steel 2013), I’m looking forward to the results of that collaboration.