Frilling Holiday Movies

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One thing I love about this time of year is the fact that you can always count on great blockbuster hits. What makes this even better is that Austin always has films showing that are only in limited release, making it easy for me catch movies like My Week with Marilyn and The Descendants, which are already generating Oscar buzz. Here are the trailers to the films I am most excited about seeing over the next few weeks. We are going to see Sherlock Holmes tomorrow for my birthday!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

My Week with Marilyn 

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 

The Descendants

What movies are you excited for this holiday season?

- Aurelia

December 19, 2011 1:50 PM | Comments | Categories: Entertainment | Tags:

Which Snow White version is more frilling?

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I’ve been following the making of the two Snow White films for a few months, and now that both trailers are out, I wanted to hear your thoughts! Both versions (which seem to be as different as night and day) are set to come out in 2012. 

Snow White and The Huntsmen stars Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and Chris Hemsworth (of Thor) as the huntsman and seems to be darker, edgier, and action packed. 

Mirror Mirror stars Julia Roberts as the evil queen, Lily Collins (of The Blind Side) as Snow White, and Armie Hammer (of The Social Network) as her love interest and is a light comedy. 

Personally, I’m favoring the SWATH trailer by a long shot. But what about you? Do you have a favorite cast?

- Aurelia

November 16, 2011 9:52 PM | Comments | Categories: Entertainment | Tags:

Upcoming Frills: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Okay, okay. There HAVE been a lot of movie posts lately. But can I help it if all the good movie news is breaking simultaneously? And besides, I just can’t resist when it comes to the Millennium Trilogy. I love, love, love this story. I love the character of Lisbeth. The books made me think about so many things: violence against women, human trafficking, mental health, politics and business, etc.

A lot of people have complained that Hollywood is remaking a film that already has a perfectly good Swedish version (the books were written by a Swedish author, and are naturally set in Sweden as well). Still, as an AVID lover of the book series (and someone who tends to over-indulge in things she loves), I am totally okay with seeing another version of the film. The Swedish version was excellent. Even so, I have my critiques and will be interested to see how Hollywood’s version compares.

But enough of my rambling. Have you read the books? Have you seen the Swedish films? What do you think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments!

P.S: Have you seen the Social Network? Rooney Mara, who plays the girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg, is Lisbeth in this version. Talk about a transformation!

- Aurelia

So Frilling: Hailee Steinfeld is Juliet

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I read an article the other day confirming Academy Award Nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s attachment to a remake of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  You might know her from True Grit in her breakout role as Mattie Ross.

I have said this before, but I seriously LOVE this girl. She’s the new face of Miu Miu and is SO fashion forward. I can’t ever wait to see what she’s going to wear next. But back to the point: What do you think about there being a re-make of R&J? And what do you think about Hailee as Juliet?

I personally love it. If you didn’t already know, Hailee was a serious contender for Katniss in the Hunger Games. I’m glad that opportunity passed her by because Juliet will be perfect for her, and she is filming this summer – same time as the Hunger Games.

Let’s face it, she is totally reminiscent of Olivia Hussey, who played Juliet in the 1968 version. Hussey was only 15 when she starred in the film that was critically acclaimed and took home lots of prestigious awards. There hasn’t been a version as true to Shakespeare’s masterpiece since, so I’m completely FRILLED about the whole thing!

But what do you think? Is Hailee the perfect Juliet? Can a new version hold any water to the 1968 film? Sound off in the comments!

14 year old Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 Academy Awards

15 year old Olivia Hussey in the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet

- Aurelia

Hungry for Hunger Games

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I recently read the Hunger Games trilogy.  I know, I’m late to the bandwagon; but I read all three in a matter of a few days — inhaled them.  Such a crazy, wacked-out, gripping story.  And now I can’t wait for the movie.

When I was visiting in Austin, Aurelia was talking about who had been cast in the movie roles.  She expressed some dismay that a girl named Jennifer Lawrence had been cast as Katniss, mostly because in the book Katniss is portrayed as a dark-skinned, dark-eyed girl from the Seam (the slums of her district), which is a source of identity and pride for her.  Jennifer Lawrence is a blue-eyed white girl.  So I get your beef, Rae.  It kinda seems like Hollywood is selling Katniss out to the Hollywood set.

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But.  If you had seen her in Winter’s Bone, the (excellent) low-budget Indie film in which she earned herself an Oscar nod, you would know that she is perfect for the role.

She IS Katniss Everdeen.  Just you wait and see.  The director says they’ll make her hair dark for the movie, so at least there’s that.

Some kid named Joshua Hutcherson will play Peeta. (I had kindof picture Peeta in my head as more of a beefy, nordic-looking guy.) And some other kid named Liam Hensworth will play Gale.   Frankly I don’t see how either will be able to stand up to Jen Lawrence and not be entirely out-acted.  But, meh, I’ll give em a chance.

I was delighted to find that Haymitch will be played by my Fave and long-time crush Woody Harrellson.  Brilliant.  He’ll play an excellent no-‘count drunken has-been :)

And Stanley Tucci, another Fave, will play Caesar Flickerman.  Again, brilliant.


I guess he’ll have to wear a wig, since Caesar always has crazy-colored hair… Speaking of, it will be fun to see how they portray the crazy fashion shenanigans of the Capitol citizens.

What do you think about the cast? Did you read the books? Did you see Winter’s Bone?

-f

I have a FRILLING it’s gonna be good…

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Girls, I have an absolutely FRILLING announcement. The major motion picture, Jane Eyre, hits theaters THIS Friday. Jane Eyre. JANE EYRE! 

I’ve already re-read the book for the momentous occasion, and if it’s anything as satisfying as the 2005 version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I’ll be simply FRILLED. 

If you’ve never read the book, need to be refreshed on the plot, or are simply waiting in suspense like me, GO! Watch the trailer now, and then entertain yourself with the story in pictures: 

Jane argues with Mrs. Reid.

Jane saves Mr. Rochester. 

Bertha Mason rips Jane’s veil. 

Jane leaves Thornfield. 

Thornfield burns to the ground.

Jane and Mr. Rochester reunite!

(All photos via wikipedia)

- Aurelia

March 8, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Entertainment | Tags: , , , ,

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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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