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Film Review: Anna Karenina

14 Nov

Film: Anna Karenina

Review:  In this mind-blowing, picturesque, sensual, and highly creative film, Joe Wright has created a MASTERPIECE!  The film is so visually stunning, I was captivated from beginning to end. It’s hard to believe that the majority of the film was shot on a single soundstage at Shepperton Studios in a dilapidated theatre outside of London. The call to set the entire film in a theater was brilliant!

The love story which was adapted from Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina unfolds in the late 19th century Russia. Anna played by Keira Knightley is married to Alexi Karenin who is played by Jude Law.  Alexi is a senior Russian government official and lacking in emotion. Their marriage is loveless and the only fruit it bears is a beautiful son that Anna adores. Starving for affection, Anna is bewitched by Count Vornsky. It’s love at first sight! Neither Anna nor the Count will deny themselves the love they so desire from each other, thus igniting their tumultuous love affair. That’s what happens when you’re forced into a loveless marriage, you try to escape even through “sin.” Princess Kitty also has her eyes set on Count Vorknsy but the feeling is not mutual. He only has eyes for the beautiful and mysterious Anna. Poor Princess Kitty, she never saw it coming. Anna swooped in and stole her man (Count Vorknsy) in 10 seconds flat. Anna is unapologetic about her love for the Count. She considers her love for him to be punishment and torture… for which she will not retreat. The path of forbidden love will surely lead Anna to a life of abandonment – outcast by Russian high society. Alexi (Anna’s husband) does very little to prevent the inevitable. Anna is left to her own self-destruction and in the end there is no saving grace for her. A tragic but epic love story.

The costumes are out of this world. I want them all! The rich colors and luxurious fabric speaks to the great opulence of old world Russia. Keira Knightly had access to $2.2 million dollars of Chanel diamonds while filming. The always talented Jacqueline Durran was the costume designer for this grand movie. Durran is also responsible for the iconic emerald green dress in Atonement. Wright and Durran have worked on several films together, so it was a no brainer that she would curate the costumes for Anna Karenina.

Someone get (cinematographer) Seamus McGarvey an Oscar. The cinematography in this film was beyond magical. It was like watching a Michelangelo painting in motion. Every scene was casted in the most elaborate decorative walls, enormous chandeliers, and glorious tapestry. One of the most epic scenes in the film is the live horse race inside the theater. I’m still trying to figure out how they choreographed “live horses” running at maximum speed on a theater stage, its unreal. This film is as funny as it is beautiful. I’m a HUGE fan of Joe Wright since he’s the brain child behind some of my favorite films, Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. I love Directors who direct a film, leaving traces of their creative DNA during the process. Wright is known for having some of the most exquisite scenery in his films. If you look at all his films Pride & Prejudice and Atonement being the most popular. Both films are peppered with breathtaking scenery. If I had to suggest one film to see before the end of the year Anna Karenina would be my pick. If only for the visual stimulation! This film is a MASTERPIECE!!!

Best line in the movie: You can’t ask Why about love!  – Count Vorknsy

Banana Republic: Anna Karenina-Inspired Collection

6 Nov

Banana Republic has launched an Anna Karenina -Inspired Collection for the holidays. The collection is classic with a spot of lovely! Although its not quite the Russian opulence I was looking for…..it will have to do. I’m loving the black dress with the lace overlay! Check out the full collection at BananaRepbulic.com.

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Fall’s Must See Films (My Picks for Oscar Contenders)

4 Oct

Oh wee! It’s going to one good film season for Fall! I’m already lining up the movies I want to see before the end of the year. Here are my picks for the films that I think have an excellent shot at an Oscar!

I’m not a film critic, so these picks are based solely off my love for film and nothing less. I generally pick a great film based off of great writing. If the writing of the film is awful then I really don’t care who is starring in it. I’m not interested. The seven films I’ve selected below have brilliant writers along with phenomenal actors. What more could you ask for?! I will be posting reviews on the films I listed below.

Which film are you most excited about seeing?

WON’T BACK DOWN (in Theaters Now)

 THE MASTER (in Theaters Now)

THE PAPERBOY (in Theaters October 5th)

CLOUD ATLAS (in Theaters October 26th)

LINCOLN (in Theaters November 9th)

ANNA KARENINA (in Theaters November 16th)

DJANGO UNCHAINED (in Theaters Christmas Day)

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Fashion in Film: Anna Karenina (2012)

19 Jun

Anyone who knows me knows I BIG RED HEART period films!!! It’s an obsession that developed in my adolscents years, when I watched Sense & Sensibility with my Mom and Sissy. So imagine my surprise to learn that another legendary period film is in the works for this fall. It’s like Christmas has come early! The net is all a buzz with the recent movie photos for the upcoming film Anna Karenina. Which will star Keira Knightley and Jude Law. The film will be directed by the brilliant Joe Wright , who is one of my favorite Directors. Joe Wright has directed beautiful films such as Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Love him truly! I can’t wait to see what kind of magic he works in the EPIC Russian love story of Anna Karenina. The film will hit theaters September 7th!!! I have less than 90 days to locate “Snookums” exact whereabouts so he can escort me to this amazing movie!

p.s. The costumes look insane!

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina


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