As the holidays are upon us, and we migrate back to our ports of origin, we here at Vili Flik may not be blessed with internet access every day. Due to this, there may not be as many updates each week as you are used to. There will probably be some posts during Christmas, although not as frequent. We apologise for this, but rest assured that we will be back with daily posts again in January!
Until then, enjoy your Christmas (and/or other holiday you may be celebrating) and please feel free to keep checking in on us.
As it’s almost Christmas, this week’s flik is the wonderful animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
The previously featured hottie Tim Burton is the brains behind this brilliant piece of animation, and his frequent collaborator Danny Elfman has written the music, and even sings the part of Jack Skellington (although actor Chris Sarandon does the character’s speaking voice). The film is directed by Henry Selick.
Basically, it is the story of Jack Skellington: the Pumpkin-King and ruler of Halloween Town (and my first animated-character-crush…). He accidentally discovers Christmas Town and decides to make Christmas his own for the year, though he fails to completely grasp the concept. Hilarity ensues.
Other characters include Sally, a girl sewn together by Professor Finklestein; Lock, Shock and Barrel: Halloween Town’s favourite trick-or-treaters; the Mayor and Oogie-Boogie.
Great story, great characters, great animation and great music. What more can you ask for? It will also get you in a christmassy mood (and, because it also deals with Halloween, there are two seasons of the year when you can legally watch it)!
If you’ve missed this gem, get hold of a copy right away! If you’ve seen it, why not rewatch it for the holidays?
This week’s hottie is the actor Alan Rickman, full name: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman. First of all, I have to say that I am in this moment amazed to find out that this wonderful man is actually 64 years old. Talk about aging gracefully!
Anyway, Rickman actually began his working career as a graphic designer, however, he soon realized that acting was the way to go and requested an audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which he was granted. The academy, being of good sense, accepted him into the school and magic began to happen.
After a few years working with various theatre groups, Rickman landed his first big film role: Hans Gruber, the villain in Die Hard II. This character made him one of the world’s favorite villains, and I’m sure you all agree, he makes a wonderful villain indeed.
And here are some other famous characters he has played:
Rickman is really a versatile actor and he has had success as a director. But what really dots the i, so to speak, is his deep, dark voice, and his ability to express enourmous amounts of contempt with just one single word or look. He truly is worthy of the honorable hottie-title.
Enjoy some more pictures of him:
Christmas is upon us, and since Elin already took the time to give you a little bit of a creepy Christmas feeling, I will now venture to give you a vintage Christmas. And so I picked out the concept of Yuletide Caroling. Does anyone still do that by the way? To me, the concept seems vintage indeed. In my close to 25 years on this earth I have not once had an encounter with a Yuletide caroler, nor their Norwegian close to equivalent: julebukk.
Obviously, people do still Yuletide carol. I googled the concept, and several organized Yuletide caroling groups appeard. Isn’t a bit like cheating, though, being an organized Yuletide caroler? I mean, half the charm (I would imagine) is being forced to listen to the random selection of people singing slightly off key outside your door. No? Am I wrong?
Yuletide caroling is, as it turns out, very vintage though. The first record of someone walking around singing outside other people’s homes is from England in 1426 – where so-called wassailers went from house to house singing. They didn’t do it just at Christmas time though, no, to dust off their voices they started around harvest time, and could keep it going till Christmas. And the record shows a selection of 25 songs. Imagine being just a tiny bit sick of those come December, huh?
The tradition has lived a long life since 1426 – although luckily, in recent times people usually go caroling only once each year, if I have understood correctly.
The carolers would often sing for their supper, or maybe more likely some candy or cake or sometimes even money. In Norway the tradition of julebukk has been mostly about the free candy. (which doesn’t quite explain why I never did that).
What I seem to detect from looking at all these pictures of carol singers, though, is that there is a vast opportunity for wearing great clothes. I will look into this…
Will we at Vili Flik go Yuletide caroling? Probably not. Do we think you should? Indeed.
Have a marvelous pre-Christmas time and don’t stress yourself out! Hang out here instead 😉
As the wintery weather is still going strong here in Norway, I thought it best that we stay in Italy. At least for another Designer Day. And therefore I have chosen the high fashion house Fendi to be the main character in this post.
The amazing woman above is Adele Casagrande – founder of Fendi. Ms. Casagrande started out in Rome in 1918 by opening a fur and leather goods shop. In 1925 she married the man above, Edoardo Fendi, and changed the name of the business to Fendi. The couple had five daughters, who all took part in the family business, and in the 1950’s Fendi was fast becoming a name connected to haute couture.
In 1965 someone new joined the Fendi business. You might have heard of him, his name is Karl Lagerfeld. He actually invented the Fendi logo, along with developing new and different ways to use fur. For the first time, they created a lighter and more fitted coat for women, for which we all are very grateful – are we not?
Don’t you just love the background? I know the use of fur is very widely discussed right now, and you probably have an opinion of it too, but, in the case of Fendi – the use of fur lead to something fabulous. The Fendi sisters couldn’t seem to find clothes they liked for their models to wear under their furs at fashion shows. So what happened? Fendi started designing clothes! Yes, yes.
And my, what clothes…
And the clothes lead to, why, yes, the accessories of course! Among them the Fendi Queen of Accessories – the baguette handbag – a Fendi trademark.
Today it is Adele Grandecasa’s grandaughter, Maria Silvia Venturini Fendi, who is head of Fendi’s style department, and the creative director? Well, it’s no other than Karl Lagerfeld. It can’t go wrong.
What do you think? I know I adore it.
Another week is upon us and Christmas is fast approaching. Everything is about being jolly-wolly with hearts and holly, so I thought you all needed a little reminder of the creepiness the world has to offer (and perhaps also ideas for Christmas presents to that special someone), and that is why I want to introduce you to the dolls of Shain Erin.
Shain Erin is a Norwegian artist who has achieved success in many different types of media such as painting, sculpture and digital media. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his work has been shown throughout the US.
He draws on a wide range of influences when making his dolls, including mythology, popular culture and world art.
His dolls are amazingly creepy and fabulous, don’t you agree?
You can find Erin’s homepage here: http://www.shainerin.com/index.html.
This week’s flik is for our Scandinavian audience only, I’m afraid: the magnificent little book called *FRYS – vellyket nedfrysning av herr Moro. This book is a collection of curious and unique photographies from the 20th century together with excerpts and quotes from 2000 years of literary history, including Dostoevsky, Pound, Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, Seneca and Freud.
It presents us with the best and worst of human lives and history, and is both shocking and heart-warming, tragic and joyful.
I highly recommend this little treat of a book!