Saturday, December 11th 2010
Georgia Jagger: All This & Heaven Too - Vogue UK by Alasdair McLellan, January 2011
Natalie Portman - Black Swan behind-the-scenes by Autumn de Wilde
Natalie Portman - Premiere by Norman Jean Roy, March 2005
Friday, December 10th 2010
Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In was #1 on Bloody Disgusting’s list of the Top 20 Horror Movies of the decade, and with good reason. It is in a class all it’s own. Never have I seen or read such a visually stunning vampire story. The two 11 year old leads Kåre Hedebrant & Lina Leandersson owned their roles, they commanded the screen. Kåre played Oskar, the 12-year old lead, with a sweet fragility & a subtly played strong moral center. Lina is brilliant as Eli, the quiet contemplative young vampire, her tiny frame & wide eyes simultaneously portray a vulnerable child & a ruthless monster.
Set in a suburb of Stockholm in the 1980s, the quiet white countryside looks especially brutal when marred by crimson ribbons of blood. A group of working class friends are tortured by the horror that accompanies Eli & her caretaker Håkan’s arrival & the book especially describes delicious scenes of revulsion. I always know I’m experiencing truly fantastic horror when I find myself eliciting a disgusted groan or feel my muscles tense in anticipation, like I’m in the scene, viewing the terror.
Watching Oskar & Eli’s relationship evolve is exciting. Through Eli’s advice & support, Oskar finds strength within himself to fight back against bullies, parents & his own fears & sheds his own share of blood. Oskar also holds Eli accountable for her actions, remains so assuredly a young human boy - lonely, clever, frightened & solitary that I believe he helps Eli remember being young & being human. Eli’s beautiful androgyny also lends a wonderful depth to the story.
I recommend watching the film & reading the book - both were stunning. The book is written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Lindgvist also wrote the screenplay. I have not had a chance to watch this year’s American remake Let Me In, but I have heard enough positive reviews that I plan to check it out. It really is an exquisitely terrifying vampire story & coming-of-age tale.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Media, culture and people who awed me in 2010
#9 Frida Gustavsson at McQueen Spring/Summer 2011
This dress may be one of my favorite garments ever created. Modeled by a woman as lovely as Frida, it makes this single moment during the McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 show the single best moment of the season for me. A dress based on the design of the wings of monarch butterflies, such a thing doesn’t seem possible it’s so fanciful. The butterflies look almost real they’ve been made with such skill. From the landing-in-flight ones dancing about her neck to the ones landing upon her toes, it’s like a moment taken right out of a fairy tale. Frida is the perfect model for this fairyland dress, looking like an other worldly vision herself.
The only way to describe Frida is as classically beautiful in a Pre-Raphaelite way. The arch of her brow, the curve of her lips, the straight line of her jaw, it’s a perfect combination. But it’s her wide blue eyes that keep her firmly in the here and now. This isn’t Helen of Troy as painted by Rossetti. This is a lovely 17 year old girl from Sweden peering out from above a dress of butterflies in 2010, reminding us that this moment has never happened before. This dress might have a touch of whimsy, but it’s also a vision of things that are to come.
Zooey Deschanel’s band She and Him perform ‘I Put A Spell on You’ on Conan last night