Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Here are some recent purchases I have made:

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest movie from studio Ghibli, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is inspired by The Little Mermaid, but slightly different. 

Only Yesterday, another studio Ghibli movie, but directed by Isao Takahata. This is slightly more grown up than Ponyo.

I discovered studio Ghibli when Spirited Away got released, and I was amazed. Since then, I have been trying to see as many animes from them as possible, and also collecting them. Studio Ghibli creates these wonderful, magical worlds, even in the more realistic movies. They are filled with wonderful details, great stories, lovable characters and pure magic.

The Polaroid Book, from Taschen. This is a book with polaroids from different photographers, like Helmut Newton, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, plus many more. It´s a decent book, not overwhelming, but not bad either. It is fun to have if polaroid photography is an interest, and it´s not expensive.

I love your style, by Amanda Brooks. This book is a tool if one is in search of a style, more exactly to define one´s personal style. The writer gives some useful tips and tricks for that purpose, and also writes about her own style. It is filled with inspiration, and photographs of style icons, such as Françoise  Hardy, Catherine Deneuve, Jackie Onassis, Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss, Carine Roitfeldt, Chloë Sevigny and many others. There are inspirational sections for different styles, and what defines them. I bought this mainly because of the photographs, but also as an inspiration. I like that it´s not focusing on what not to do, but more on experimenting and that a lot of things can work as an inspiration, like art, films, music or whatever one takes fancy in. On the other hand there was a lot of focus on the writer, and she clearly loves fur. And by that I mean she really loves it. I don´t know if this will help anyone finding their own style, but it is a fun read, and the photos are a huge plus.

Vogue Paris. I don´t buy as much magazines as I used to, but sometimes I just have to.

Also, while I was at this consignment shop, I spotted something in their window. It was a chocolate Mulberry Baby Roxanne. I asked about the price, which was very good. I also asked if it was authentic, which they said it was. For five minutes I was trying to decide on if I should buy it, but after a while I took a closer look at it and started to think that it might be fake. So, I finally decided on not to buy it. When I got home, I did a little research and it turns out I might have been wrong, and that the bag actually may have been the real deal. Now I am thinking that I should have bought it. Which is weird, since I would have chosen something else If I could pick whichever bag I wanted.  Not that I don´t like the Baby Roxanne, I do, but it´s not on my wishlist and I would prefer something else. I guess it is probably better that I save my money, and spend it on something that I really do want.


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In 1977 Roman Polanski raped a 13-year old girl. He pleaded guilty, and then fled the USA. He has never returned since, so he could avoid getting arrested. A few days ago he got arrested at the Zürich Airport.

After that happened, many directors, actors and other has signed a petition for Roman Polanski, that he should be set free. How anyone could do such a thing is beyond me. I do love Polanski´s movies, but what he did has nothing to do with his skills as a director. What he did was appalling, and unforgivable. I do not care that he has had lots of hardships in his life, I have had that too, but I do not rape people. It is NOT an excuse. Not only did he rape a child, he fled his punishment and in that way he raped her over and over again, and should face a long time in prison.

This list of celebs that have signed the petition is quite puzzling. Some of the names are not surprising, like Woody Allen. We all remember him and Soon-Yi. But Wes Anderson? Sam Mendes (who has daughters btw)? Monica Bellucci? What on earth are they thinking? Quite frankly all of the names surprizes me (except Woody), and makes me like those people a lot less.

The list:

Fatih Akin, Stephane Allagnon, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alexandre Arcady, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Alexander Astruc, Gabriel Auer, Luc Barnier , Christophe Barratier, Xavier Beauvois , Liria Begeja , Gilles Behat, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Marco Bellochio, Monica Bellucci, Djamel Bennecib, Giuseppe Bertolucci , Patrick Bouchitey, Paul Boujenah, Jacques Bral, Patrick Braoudé, André Buytaers, Christian Carion, Henning Carlsen, Jean-michel Carre, Mathieu Celary, Patrice Chéreau, Elie Chouraqui, Souleymane Cissé, Alain Corneau, Jérôme Cornuau, Miguel Courtois, Dominique Crevecoeur, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Alexandre Desplat, Rosalinde et Michel Deville, Georges Dybman, Jacques Fansten, Joël Farges, Gianluca Farinelli (Cinémathèque de de Bologne), Etienne Faure, Michel Ferry, Scott Foundas, Stephen Frears, Thierry Frémaux, Sam Gabarski, René Gainville, Tony Gatlif, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Ghanassia, Terry Gilliam, Christian Gion, Marc Guidoni, Buck Henry, David Heyman, Laurent Heynemann, Robert Hossein, Jean-Loup Hubert, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gilles Jacob, Just Jaeckin, Alain Jessua, Pierre Jolivet, Kent Jones (World Cinema Foundation), Roger Kahane, Nelly Kaplan, Wong Kar Waï, Ladislas Kijno, Harmony Korinne, Jan Kounen, Diane Kurys, Emir Kusturica, John Landis, Claude Lanzmann, André Larquié, Vinciane Lecocq, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lenne, David Lynch, Michael Mann, François Margolin, Jean-PierreMarois, Tonie Marshall, Mario Martone, Nicolas Mauvernay, Radu Mihaileanu, Claude Miller, Mario Monicelli, Jeanne Moreau, Sandra Nicolier, Michel Ocelot, Alexander Payne, Richard Pena (Directeur Festival de NY), Michele Placido, Philippe Radault, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Raphael Rebibo, Yasmina Reza, Jacques Richard, Laurence Roulet, Walter Salles, Jean-Paul Salomé, Marc Sandberg, Jerry Schatzberg, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Martin Scorsese, Charlotte Silvera, Abderrahmane Sissako, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillaume Stirn, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Radovan Tadic, Danis Tanovic, Bertrand Tavernier, Cécile Telerman, Alain Terzian, Pascal Thomas, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Nadine Trintignant, Tom Tykwer, Alexandre Tylski, Betrand Van Effenterre, Wim Wenders,.

Isabelle Adjani
Antoine Aronin
Paul Auster
Morgane Beauverger
Candice Belaisch-Goldchmit
Yamina Benguigui
Pascal Bruckner
Jessika Cohen
Philippe Corbé
Jean-Paul Dayan
Katarina De Meulder
Arielle Dombasle
Nathalie Faucheux
Corinne Figuet
Pierre Forciniti
Louis Garrel
Albert Gauvin
Johanna Gozlan
Davide Homitsu Riboli
Taylor Hackford
Isabelle Huppert
Neil Jordan
Thierry Kamami
Milan Kundera
Gaelle Lancien
Claude Lanzmann
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Sam Mendes
Camille Meyer
Patrick Mimouni
Yann Moix
Mike Nichols
Sandra Nicolier
Marie Nieves Perez Neël
Salman Rushdie
Carine Sarna
Ysabelle Saura Del Pan
William Shawcross
Olivier Soares Barbosa
Steven Soderbergh
Nil Symchowicz
Danièle Thompson
Eugenia Varela Navarro
Diane von Furstenberg
Margaret Walker
Elsa Zylberstein


l’Académie des César
– l’API (Association des producteurs Indépendants)
– l’ARP
– l’ARRF – Association des Réalisateurs et réalisatrices de Films – Belgique
– la Cinémathèque Française
– le Festival de Cannes
– le Fonds Culturel Franco Américain
– le Groupe 25 images
– la SACD
– le SPI
– l’Union des producteurs de films
– L’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski « Ghost »
– Pathé
– Scott Foundas (LA Weekly)
Source: ONTD

Here you can view a list of people who on the other hand are supporting the arrest:


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This lack of inspiration is quite frustrating. Everything seems dull, but all I long for is something, anything, that will awaken me from this slumber. It might help me figure out what to do, how to proceed with this never-ending quest for the right career. A career that will make me happy, and keep my mind stimulated. But for now I will settle for a good book, or a movie, that will keep me company while I wait for this to happen.

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I have a fondness for a certain type of films. Usually they have a melancholic veil over them, that haunts me and makes me get quite obsessed. Often there is a female character that somehow enthralls me, and that I identify myself with on a certain level.











The Virgin suicides was a true obsession for me. There was a period when I could watch it every day. The feeling I got when I watched it, used to linger on, and somehow I needed it. I wanted every day to have that faded colouring, that 1970´s patina and the sun gleaming through leaf-covered branches while the soundtrack accompanied me. The girls felt like friends that I connected to, and the boys obsession with them was something I could identify with. Marie Antoinette on the other hand, was not love at first sight, not in the same way as The Viring suicides. I liked it, but the haunting didn´t come at once. When it came, it hit hard though. Marie Antoinette´s fate moved me, while Kirstens expressions told me everything I needed to know. My days were filled with New Order, peonies and pastel colours.













I read the book, Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in) and really loved it, so when the movie came I had to see it. Afterwards, it haunted me for days. The atmosphere lingered, while my mind was filled with thoughts of vampires and memories of growing up in Sweden in the 1980´s. I almost wished that I was a vampire, just like the fantasies I had as  a child. Almost Famous is the odd one in the group. It isn´t really gloomy or melancholic, so it doesn´t fit into the the same category. It does have a nostalgic feel, like an old memory from one´s childhood, and so does The Virgin suicides. Although, Almost Famous is more like those memories you treasure, memories of happy times;  ice-cream, strawberries, swimming in the lake at summer, and staying up all night talking about boys. It gives the same warm feeling in the belly, and the same comfort. Since it is memories I never had, and things I never experienced, it makes me wish otherwise. For days after watching it, the 1970´s and rock & roll is all I care of. I dream of being in William´s situation, travelling with the band, living in hotel rooms all while the perfect soundtrack is playing in the background.


This is what I love about films, that you can experience a whole new world, and that is available to all. It awakens the imagination, and let´s one dream freely. I have always been a dreamer, ever since I was a child, and I still am. Maybe a bit too much, because reality can be somewhat disapointing, which is why I keep on dreaming. Ofcourse, when you´re almost 30 years old like I am, that can seem a bit strange to people. The world of daydreams and imagination is only for children, it seems. This quote from the film “Amélie” (Le fabuleux destin d´Amélie Poulain): ” Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs” (These are hard times for dreamers), is quite accurate, and one of my favourite. A dreamer is often misunderstood, and often perceived in the wrong way. I used to care, but I don´t anymore. One´s thoughts are the only thing that is truelly private, so therefore, if dreaming is what makes someone happy, it´s no one elses business.


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I recently rewatched “À bout de souffle”, and got reminded of how amazing Jean Seberg looked in it. A truly classical and timeless look in my opinion. I even got my hair cut like that when I was 14 years old.

























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