Thursday, January 22, 2015

My new blogging escapade

Hello readers!
I'm sorry I've been quiet so long, but as I've mentioned in earlier posts, this semester, I'm studying abroad at the American University of Rome in ITALY!! It's been one of my life dreams to live in Rome and its being realized at this very moment as I sit in my new apartment off the Via Trastavere.
I can't really promise any posts in the next few months... at least, not on this blog. That's because I've started a new travelogue of my time in bella Roma... creatively titled... "when in... Rome." I've included the link below in the rare chance that you love my prosaic posts and have always wanted them to have a bit more international flair.
I've also included my friend's new blog. She is studying in Cape Town, South Africa and I'm sure (knowing Nicole), that she'll have some amazing stories to share. I've included the link to "South African Escapades" below as well for your reading pleasure.

So, beloved readers and followers, if you could please follow our travel-blogs, we would appreciate it so much! I promise (at least mine) won't disappoint!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Art in Film to look forward to in 2015!

Happy New Year readers!
I'm really looking forward to 2015, though I'm not exactly sure how much I will be blogging. In two weeks, I'm off to bella Roma to start my own Roman holiday! But 2015 is looking like a great year for the art of film. That is, I'm finding a lot of films that are centered around artists and works of art. Some, I'll be writing about, but I just wanted to do a brief overview of the films to get you interested.

Mr Turner (released December 19, 2014)
Starring Timothy Spall and Marion Bailey

This biopic looks mildly promising. My feelings on Mr. J.M.W. Turner have certainly risen since the time I began writing this blog. If you'll remember, when I first wrote about Turner's famous The Fighting Temeraire in the Bond flick Skyfall, I was rather lukewarm about Turner's work. But, since that time, I've actually written two more piece's about Turner. Turner's Reichenbach Falls was central in the BBC's Sherlock and the good old Temeraire appeared in the background of a Seinfeld episode.
Turner's bold, expressive canvases are now some of my favorite. To paraphrase the sentiment of one of the characters in the trailer, Turner's paintings capture the chaos and movement of actual moments. His work was innovative and impressive and it seems about time that his life and work was chronicled. While the trailer doesn't exactly promise the most exciting film, it certainly looks like a beautiful period film, which can always be a delight itself.

Big Eyes (released December 25, 2014)
Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz
I wrote about the work of Margaret Keane in a recent post about one of Joan Crawford's favorite portraits of herself. But the Big Eyes story looks absolutely fascinating. And Director Tim Burton certainly looks like he captured his love for Keane's iconic kitsch pieces in the film. And the talent: my word. I'm a huge Waltz fan, but my admiration for Herr Christoph doesn't come close to my adoration of Amy Adams. Keane looks like a role she can certainly sink her teeth into and will certainly be one of the year's top biopics.

Effie Gray (released 2014)
Starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, and David Suchet
I found this film quite by chance and I can't wait to get a glimpse of it. It's a biopic about the titular Effie Gray who was married to two incredible artists: John Ruskin and John Everett Millais. Ruskin and Gray parted ways after he didn't consummate the marriage and she turned to his protege, the legendary Pre-Raphelite  Millais.
The film looks beautiful and very quickly moving, if not a little... artsy. Emma Thompson's performance looks incredibly strong as does Fanning's. In addition, I never knew anything about this incredible woman who was a muse to two absolutely fabulous artists.

Mortdecai (January 23, 2015)
Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Olivia Munn

Out of the four films I've featured here, Mortdecai is certainly the most exuberant and most out of place. The Johnny Depp vehicle looks like a perfectly delightful romp and a throwback to the fun heist films of the 60s. Based on a series of novels, Mortdecai is focused on the titular British nobleman's attempt to retrieve a precious Goya painting with a Nazi history.

Woman in Gold (release date: April 3, 2015)
Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds
I'll have to wait longest for Woman in Gold which is also, my most anticipated film of 2015. Starring Dame Helen and Ryan Reynolds, the film captures the story of a Holocaust survivor's attempt to regain ownership of a precious Gustav Klimt painting that belonged in her family prior to the war.
Last year, there was another story about a trove of Nazi art discovered in some derelict apartment. In the trailer, Helen Mirren looks completely at ease in role of a survivor attempting to gain back a beautiful painting of her beloved aunt. Of course, the titular woman in gold in the famous Portrait of Adele Bauer-Bloch I, one of the most famous portraits of all time, not to mention the most famous of all Klimt's work. This portrait is one of the most notable pieces in art history- it's almost as iconic as Starry Night or Mona Lisa. It's troubled history is one which deserves a film and the topic is one which people ought to know more about.

Pardon the brevity of the post, dear readers, but I just wanted to get these recommendations out there in case anyone was interested. As I said, all the films look very promising, so expect to hear more about them in the future.
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