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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson. To me, he is an impeccable filmmaker who brings the opulence and charm theater and cinema used to embody back to film.  You know, before CGI and sound mixing were huge and Oscar-worthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a blockbuster as much as the next person, but every once in a while you want to see a movie that is considered a “film”. Last night was one of those times.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” finally opened here in Denver and I got to experience it after months and months of IMDB stalking and trying to get my hands (or eyes, rather) on any clips, photos, and behind the scenes information I could.  (Told you I was obsessed. Wes, in the off, off-chance you are reading this, marry me?)

In typical Anderson fashion, the movie was quirky and over the top, but in the ‘opulence of days past’ kind of way. His set design, frames, costumes, soundtrack, and dialogue always meld together to form an extremely detailed picture. I get so wrapped up in the detail that must have gone into every frame that I often forget to pay attention to the big picture (see what I did there?). Luckily this movie is lighthearted and fast paced so I couldn’t stay fixated for long.

Each time I watch an Anderson film I swear it is my new favorite, but I truly believe he knocked it out of the park with this one. The plot, the slew of odd and comical characters, and the realistic (yet also hilarious and whimsical) dialogue set this one apart from his other films. If you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and go now. And in case you are not as Anderson-obsessed as I am and have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer below.

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Also, how killer are these movie posters??

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson. To me, he is an impeccable filmmaker who brings the opulence and charm theater and cinema used to embody back to film.  You know, before CGI and sound mixing were huge and Oscar-worthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a blockbuster as much as the next person, but every once in a while you want to see a movie that is considered a “film”. Last night was one of those times.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” finally opened here in Denver and I got to experience it after months and months of IMDB stalking and trying to get my hands (or eyes, rather) on any clips, photos, and behind the scenes information I could.  (Told you I was obsessed. Wes, in the off, off-chance you are reading this, marry me?)

In typical Anderson fashion, the movie was quirky and over the top, but in the ‘opulence of days past’ kind of way. His set design, frames, costumes, soundtrack, and dialogue always meld together to form an extremely detailed picture. I get so wrapped up in the detail that must have gone into every frame that I often forget to pay attention to the big picture (see what I did there?). Luckily this movie is lighthearted and fast paced so I couldn’t stay fixated for long.

Each time I watch an Anderson film I swear it is my new favorite, but I truly believe he knocked it out of the park with this one. The plot, the slew of odd and comical characters, and the realistic (yet also hilarious and whimsical) dialogue set this one apart from his other films. If you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and go now. And in case you are not as Anderson-obsessed as I am and have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer below.

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Also, how killer are these movie posters??

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Oscars Recap: 2015

The biggest night in fashion, the Oscars, is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. It was a night of nudes and classic black and white for me (with the exception of Anna Kendrick). Without further ado, here are my picks for best dressed.

Zoe Saldana  Kerry Washington    Naomi Watts  Anna KendrickMarion Cotillard  Reese Witherspoon  Margot Robbie  87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals  Jennifer Aniston  Jennifer Lopez

And my absolute favorite:
Lupita Nyong'o

Congrats to J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Emmanuel Lubezki, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, and Birdman for all of the well deserved wins!!

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Golden Globes Recap

It’s no secret that I love awards season, fashion, films, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. When all are combined into one evening for the Golden Globes, it makes for some solid entertainment. First, I am beyond excited that Whiplash, Birdman, and Grand Budapest Hotel all took home awards! It is so great seeing these indie films finally getting the credit they deserve. J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton both delivered incredible performances in their respective films and if we’ve met you know how I feel about Wes Anderson!

Next, let’s move on to the best dressed of the night. My vote is with Emma Stone, but all of these other ladies came pretty close.

Jumpsuit perfection:
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My fashion icon:
Lupita Nyong'o
The world’s most envied woman:
George Clooney, Amal Clooney
Metallic beauties:
Jessica Chastain  72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals
All images from people.com

Here’s to awards season 2015.

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Birdman

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It isn’t often that I see a film and leave the theater completely elated and inspired. The last time this happened was after I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel…until last week. I had seen the trailer to Birdman and was intrigued, but still skeptical. I’m not a huge fan of Michael Keaton because much like his character in this film, I thought he was a blockbuster one note. But, after seeing this performance I take everything back.

Keaton, Ed Norton, and Zach Galifianakis are all wonderful, hilarious, yet complex. Aside from the actors, the cinematography is unbelievable. The entire movie is filmed to look as if it was one take. This had to be grueling for the cast to remember so many cues, but it comes off as completely organic. The film is also scored by a jazz beat maintaining the story’s pulse and building your anticipation throughout.

If you are looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening out of the cold, Birdman will not disappoint. I would not be surprised to see it pick up a few nominations (and hopefully awards) by the time the Oscars roll around. See the trailer below and tell me it doesn’t pique your interest!

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