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One To Watch: Claire Julien

5 Jun

In her first big role in this month’s The Bling Ring, Claire Julien is modern Hollywood glamour on and off the red carpet:

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The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Bling Ring' Premiere

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The Top 5 Movies/TV Shows About Valley Girls

28 May

Throughout my life, for some reason I’ve always been drawn to movies and television shows that focused on the supposed “valley girl”. I guess because they say things out loud that most people are thinking. Or maybe it’s because they are always the lead character, so it’s natural to be under their spell of entitlement and unlimited cash flow. I always liked them because of the clothes but that’s just me.

Here are my top Valley Girl-centric films and TV shows:

 

1) Valley Girl:

Valley Girl is the movie that depicts teenagers from the San Fernando Valley. It’s also a terrific romantic comedy where Nicolas Cage plays the “boy from the city” and probably says the most memorable and funniest quotes in an 80’s comedy. I think the soundtrack totally makes the movie, especially the scene featuring “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs.

 

2) Fast Times at Ridgemont High:

This is the American Pie of the 80’s. The film follows the lives of a group of teenagers who spend a majority of their time in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Sean Penn plays stoner Jeff Spicoli brilliantly and Linda Barrett wears a denim jacket and red bandanna effortlessly.

 

3) Clueless:

This movie started all of the fashion trends that were relevant in the mid 90’s. I was in love with the plush backpacks that Cher and Dionne wore in this movie as well as the baby tees. This is one of my favorite movies of all time….

 

4) Sweet Valley High:

 

This TV show was a spinoff of the famous 80’s book series. Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were classic blonde California twins who lived in the fictional town of Sweet Valley, California. This show epitomized high school mean girl stereotypes.

 

5) Girls Just Want to Have Fun:

 

Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) enters a dance contest which will broadcasted live on national television. But rich girl Natalie Sands gets jealous and attempts to ring the contest. She also drives a mean cherry red Mercedes convertible.

Must See Movie: The Bling Ring

20 May

Director Sofia Coppola’s new film, The Bling Ring, her first since 2010’s Somewhere, chronicles the real-life group of teens that robbed the L.A. homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

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The teen’s blatant disregard for authority and their sheer arrogance is met with an almost sad desperation to be among the “A-Listers” of Hollywood. The obvious star of the movie is Emma Watson, who plays a aspiring reality t.v. wannabe, but I also have high hopes for Israel Broussard, an up and coming actor who’s confidence off-screen may be a foreshadowing of a promising career. The highly stylized film beautifully depicts a paparazzi ridden, modern-day California with cameo appearances by Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst. Also, any soundtrack with Azealia Banks is a winner in my book. The Bling Ring should not be dismissed as just another teen movie but rather a depiction of the dangers of Hollywood acceptance and the cliche spoiled youth culture.

 

Obsessed With….The 90’s

9 Sep

Lately I’ve been loving the 90’s again. Not the washed up 80’s kind but the gritty Biggie era.

I remember it perfectly. I used to think that magazine subscriptions were free so I called every single one and ordered away. “Bill me later” was my catch phrase. There was one particular magazine that caught my eye. It was called Mouth 2 Mouth and although I was only 10 at the time, I was eager to read more about Cindy Crawford, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and of course, “69 Cool Things”! The subtlety was certainly out the door (not much different than magazine cover lines these days) but it was hip, cool and indie enough where you weren’t a cliche.

This also led to my obsession with Salt-N-Pepa’s Very Necessary which is still quite an amazing album if you listen to it now. Fun but socially conscious, I wore the cassette out completely and along with Madonna’s Erotica, it was my first cassette which had a Parental Advisory sticker. Also on my playlist was TLC’s CrazySexyCool, which came out a year later.

If you want to get a better idea of what NYC was like in the early 90’s, I highly suggest watching The Wackness, a terrific movie about Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck), a teenager who starts dealing drugs to support his family. The movie has an excellent soundtrack and even the clothing is reminincent of what teenagers wore back then.

What were your favorite things from the 90’s?

V.I.P. Status: Lauren Miller

27 Jul

From left: Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor star in For a Good Time, Call… which hits theaters this summer.

I suggest to keep your eye on Lauren Miller. Not only is she Seth Rogen’s wife, she is the star and producer of the upcoming racy comedy For a Good Time, Call…which was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival.  The movie is about two roommates who start a sex hotline in order to pay the rent. Previously in other comedies (50/50, Observe and Report and Superbad), Miller is sure to become a breakout star. And with Ari Graynor as her co-star (yes, she was the one throwing up at Penn Station in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), this movie will surely be side-splitting hysterical.

For a Good Time, Call will be released in theaters nationwide on August 31st.

The Muppets Take 2011

27 Aug

I’ve written about the Muppets plenty of times before, but now there is more Muppet news besides the current exhibit going on at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

The new Muppet movie simply titled The Muppets is being released on November 23rd and has a superstar cast line-up of Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis and Katy Perry.

I can’t wait, considering that one of my favorite movies of all time just happens to be The Muppet Take Manhattan. In my opinion, it is one of the most sincere love letters to New York City that I’ve ever seen on film. Not only does Miss Piggy take a job selling perfume with Joan Rivers at Bergdorf Goodman she then gets mugged in Central Park. Former mayor Ed Koch is also in the film as well as Liza Minelli, when she is dining at Sardi’s, a legendary haunt in the city. Another interesting fact that label whores will appreciate;  Gonzo is seen toting around a luxe Gucci bag in the beginning of the film when they are walking through a terminal (Port Authority?).

The three videos I posted are of The Muppets 2011 trailer, a 5 minute interview with Frank Oz about the making of The Muppets Take Manhattan, and the scene with Joan Rivers

Cinema Style: Linda Barrett from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1 Jul

If you have never seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it’s a must-see especially if you love southern California and fun 80’s teen flicks. Although I love all of the characters, the seemingly experienced Linda Barrett is my favorite fashion wise:

 

 

Get the Look:

Works very well with red, Linda's favorite color. Current Elliot Denim Top, $182, Stylehop.com

Very Valley Girl and it works when having a spa night with your best friend. Sun Drenched Sweatshirt, $52, Jcrew.com

What can I say, the Native American look was huge in the early 80's. Feather Hair Clip, $50, Pinkmascara.com

Linda was never without her bandana. Bandana, $18, Urbanoutfitters.com

She wasn't one to wear her heart on her sleeve, except when writing long distance love letters. Red Heart Stud Earrings, $8, Missselfridge.com

The bikini that started it all. Heidi Klein Bandeau Bikini, about $180, Matchesfashion.com

 

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