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Movie of the Week: Bright Star

16 Aug

Movie of the Week: Bright Star

Review: Bright Star, the love story between the insanely talented poet John Keats and the lovely Fanny Brawne. This film is one big poem, spoken through the eyes of the director to her audience. Visually this film is a masterpiece, the cinematography is similar to that of a beautiful Monet painting. There are so many breathtaking scenes in this film that I had to pause it for greater appreciation. I love, I adore, I heart this movie and not because it’s a period film. The depth of this film is much more than your average period film. Like how two seemingly unattached people deal with the love they have for one another when life circumstances prevents them from capturing their happiness. Or how about when you struggle to succeed in your profession that’s also your passion. Throw in the challenges of life and how they don’t improve but get worse. This might sound like a depressing movie but it far from that. Bright Star is a testament to love and its weight. The stronghold that love has on your heart and emotions. Whether its painful or joyful you can’t let it go because once you discover true love it’s inevitable. The dedication that John shows to Fanny and Fanny show to John is so inspiring. They have a connection that transcends physicality. Their love for each other has a way of convincing you that life would be meaningless without the prospect of living and breathing the same air as your soul mate. I have yet to cross paths with the love of my life but I hope when I do I am wise enough to recognize it and never it let it go.

If you’re in the mood for an inspiring love story rich in poetry then definitely check out Bright Star.

Best line in the movie:there is a holiness to the heart’s affection, you know nothing of that.”

Bright Star by: John Keats
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–
No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,

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Movie of The Week: “Bill Cunningham New York”

9 Aug

Movie of the Week: “Bill Cunningham New York”

Review: Love, love, love this documentary, its a must see! This documentary features the legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. The film provides a fascinating look into Mr. Cunningham’s work/life balance, what he deems important, and his regular Sunday attendance to church. It’s another side of the fashion world that’s rarely seen. I got such a thrill watching this 83-year-old man ride his bike through the streets of New York City, searching for the perfect fashion photo. He’s like a ninja with his camera. He snaps a picture and then poof he’s gone. It’s amazing to watch how quickly he moves and his dedication to his job. Bill spends hours capturing everyday women rocking their individual style interpretation of runway fashions. He attends up to 8 events in one night. I was exhausted just by watching him. I can barely attend one event after working a 10 hour day. Mr. Cunningham’s amazing photos are chronicled in his weekly article  “On the Street” in the New York Times style section. His photos are visual treat for any fashion enthusiast. This is an insprational film for anyone seeking a career in fashion, photography ……or just pursuing your dream.

I am a true fan of Bill Cunningham! He will always be the “original street fashion photographer, The Satorlist ain’t got nothin’ on this man. Keep doing your thang Bill!

Favorite Lines:  “I’m not interested in celebrities with their free dresses, I’m interested in clothes.”

“See if you don’t take money they can’t tell you what to do, that’s the key to the whole thing”


Bill Cunningham

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