Min mening om McQueen-dokumentaren

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Dokumentaren McQueen (2018) av Ian Bonhôte tar for seg livet til Lee Alexander McQueen og hans reise fra ung arbeiderklassegutt fra London til revolusjonerende motedesigner i verdensklassen.

Dokumentaren i seg selv tar ingen grep for å imitere den bombastiske og unike stilen McQueen hadde. Men i tradisjonell stil ser vi venner og familie fortelle hans historie med arkivklipp som dokumenterer det hele. Det virker som om det er lagt mye jobb i de grafiske pauseovergangene som prøver å imitere stilen til McQueen selv.

Men det virkelig spektakulære med denne filmen er selve historien til McQueen. For selv om dokumentaren fremstiller den på en ganske tradisjonell måte, kan man ikke hjelpe å bli fullstendig bergtatt av historien om McQueens liv, hans vei til berømmelse og til og med hans personlige tragedier. Hvis man ikke kjenner til hans historie fra før kan man forvente seg flere overraskelser her.

Høydepunktene i filmen vil jeg si er moteshowene. De gjør en god jobb i å reflektere hvordan de var unike og provoserende på den tiden. De kunne med fordel gått litt mer i dybden av hans depresjon og hans narkotikamisbruk, noe som visstnok definerte den siste delen av karrieren og livet hans. Filmen kunne ha utforsket litt mer hvordan motebransjen kan være en tøff og ødeleggende bransje, i tillegg til at hans bakgrunn også definerte vanskelighetene hans.

Personlig likte jeg denne filmen ganske godt, men som sagt mest på grunn av McQueens unike historie. Jeg visste ikke så mye om hans liv før jeg så denne filmen og kjente kun til hans design fra motemagasiner.

Hvis du er interessert i motehistorie, eller hvis du bare er interessert i en kunstner som var en av de største provokatørene på 90- og tidlig 2000- tallet så vil jeg virkelig anbefale denne filmen.


4/5

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Wishes and predictions for the Oscars

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The Oscars is coming up this Sunday and I plan to stay awake all night to watch the ceremony (it stars at 1 am in the UK). This year seems to be VERY unpredictable, whereas previous years have had a clear race between two or three films, this year have NINE Best Picture nominees in total which are all very diverse in terms of stories. I’m very excited for this years Oscars since I personally love so many of the films and the people that are nominated. My wishes and my predictions are a bit different to each other so I chose to make two lists and post them here. Mostly for myself so that I can go back and see what I got right (or very wrong). So yeah, here you have my lists for this years Oscars:

MY WISHES:

Best Picture: Call Me By Your Name

Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan

Best Supporting Actor: Richard Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro/Christopher Nolan (I can’t decide!)


Best Original Screenplay: Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name


Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)

Costume Design: Phantom Thread

Sound Mixing: Baby Driver

Film Editing: Dunkirk

Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049

Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour


Original Song: Call Me By Your Name (Sufjan Stevens, Mystery of Love)

Original Score: Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)


Animated Short Film: (Haven’t seen enough to make a judgement)

Live Action Short Film: (Haven’t seen enough to make a judgement)

Documentary Short Subject: (Haven’t seen enough to make a judgement)

Documentary Feature: (Haven’t seen enough to make a judgement)

Best Foreign Language Film: The Square (Sweden)

Animated Feature Film: (Haven’t seen enough to make a judgement)

Production Design: Dunkirk


MY PREDICTIONS:

Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Actor: Gary Oldman

Best Actress: Frances McDormand

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro


Best Original Screenplay: The Shape of Water

Best Adapted Screenplay: Molly’s Game


Cinematography: The Shape of Water (Dan Lausten)

Costume Design: The Shape of Water

Sound Mixing: Dunkirk

Film Editing: The Shape of Water

Sound Editing: Dunkirk

Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes

Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour


Original Song: Call Me By Your Name (Sufjan Stevens, Mystery of Love)

Original Score: The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)


Animated Short Film: LOU

Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child

Documentary Short Subject: Edith + Eddie

Documentary Feature: Icarus

Best Foreign Language Film: Una Mujer Fantástica

Animated Feature Film: Coco

Production Design: The Shape of Water

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Thelma

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Yesterday I went to the Embankment Garden Cinema in London. This is actually a pop-up cinema for the BFI London Film Festival. I didn’t get the chance to see a lot of films at this years festival, but i managed to catch the showing of Thelma on the last day.

The film is directed by Joachim Trier (you can see him in the picture above). In my opinion he is one of Norway’s few auteurs. So many Norwegian filmmakers strive to make “Hollywood Blockbusters” which I think is a shame. Because what the essens of Norwegian films (for me) are the more darker and story-driven films.

Thelma is really hard to describe, and Joachim Trier himself had a hard time when trying to explain what we were about to see. Don’t expect a horror film, even though this film has horror elements to it. It has a lot of religious allagories in it, as well as a soul-searching theme as the core of the film.

I always enjoy the feeling after seeing a film that I’ve seen something I’ve never seen before. And I think that this films qualifies for that. I really liked the imagery and the way the film was shot. I may be a bit biased since it really shows the core of Norwegian nature and aesthetic. Eili Harboe was very strong and I really felt her distress and emotions. Overall I think it was a horrifying yet beautiful film.

Fingers crossed that this film gets an Oscar Nomination, because I really think it deserves it.

 

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London Life

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Hi, and welcome to my blog. Currently I’m doing my Masters at City, University of London in (you guessed it) London. I’ve lived in London for a year earlier while I was doing my undergrad studies. It’s a great city, but can be awfully large for a girl from a small country (Norway). But the city hosts some of my favourite things like football matches, art + history museums and film festivals. So for sure there is a lot more I can do here compared to what I can back home.So let me just tell you what I’ve been up to in my first few weeks in London.

My friend Christina and I at the Tate Britain

London Eye and Hampstead Heath

Tate Britain: My favourite museum! Mostly because it contains works from some of my favourite British Painters.

My personal favourite is The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse. It’s feels very cliché trying to describe how you feel about art, but what I really like about this painting is the mood, the colours and her expression. Also, if you read the poem you will also see the tragedy behind the painting. I don’t know why but I just like depressing art.

I’m also a big fan of Ophelia by John Everett Millais. The Lady of Shalott was actually inspired by this painting.

In addition to this I went to an exhibition called Queer British Art. I really fell in love with Laura Knight’s Self Portrait with Nude and Henry Scott Tuke’s A Bathing Group.

Food: There are a lot of great restaurants in London. My new favourite is called The Real Greek and is (as you can guess by the name) a Greek restaurant in Soho. I think there might be a few other The Real Greek restaurants elsewhere in London as well.

Sightseeing: One of my favourite things to do once in a while is to actually go sightseeing. Even though you live in a city, it’s actually quite rare that you go and see the tourist sights. And for sure there are a lot of great places to see in London. Even though I’ve seen them before I think it’s always fun to go and have a look again.

Life: I guess I’ll be quite busy with uni in the weeks to come. But up until now I’ve manages to go for some runs in different parks, go to the cinema and been out and about with some friends.

Do you have some London must-do’s?

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