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Kate Winslet

This week’s hottie is the wonderful English actress Kate Elizabeth Winslet (1975- ).

At the age of 12 Winslet starred in a commercial for Coco Puffs, and she later got a role in a children’s series called Dark Season. She comes from a family filled with actors so there is no wonder her brilliant career began so early. Her talent was obvious from the start and she has received multiple awards and nominations.

Some of her amazing acting can be seen in

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind – with Jim Carrey

 

Hamlet – with Kenneth Branagh

 

The Reader

 

Revolutionary Road

 

Romance and Cigarettes

 

Sense and Sensibility – with Emma Thompson

Not only is Kate Winslet very talented, she is also very cool. One of the things she’s been criticized for over the years is her weight (because, as everyone can see, she’s, like, so fat!), but she refuses to let the unrealistic standards in Hollywood dictate her appearance. She believes that women should be proud of the way they look no matter size. Cudos to her!

Here are some more  lovely photos:

Love, Elin


1910s

My plan for this Wednesday Vintage was basically to introduce you to one of the great dressers of yore, American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937). However, as I scoured the internet for pictures of her, not many was to be found. So, I had to broaden my concept, and decided that this Vintage day should be about the 1910s – a period often overlooked, I feel, but with great stuff for both inspiration and emulation.

Edith Wharton, looking smashing

Edith with fabulous skirt

Fabulous skirt again. I need to make myself one of those.

And that’s sadly all I could find of Edith, except for portraits and stuff. But who cares about portraits? Clothes, people. That’s what we want. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, though, that there are some cool pictures in Edith’s memoir, A Backward Glance, which are a good reason in themselves to check out the book at your nearest library. And, of course, once you’ve already borrowed it, you might as well read it too.

I degress. Back to the clothes of the 1910s. Ready?

Kind of makes you long for some glamour, doesn’t it?

Love, Hanna


Roberto Cavalli

Hello again, wondrous Flik’ers! Today’s designer is the divine Italian fashion guru Roberto Cavalli (1944).

Cavalli has studied art, specialized in textile print and presented his first collection at the age of 30. (Which gives me about five more years to prepare…)

There are many reasons why Cavalli’s clothes are awesome, but one, for me, very important reason, is that he is not afraid to use color. At all. And color is important, people. Banish the black! (Or at least add on some color to go with it).

 

His designs tend to be wild and fun and scrumptiously glamourous. The man is simply a genius. ‘Nough said. Picture time.

Maybe not the most subtle you’ll ever wear, but who wants to blend in anyway?

Love, Hanna


Living Lars

So, this Monday I would like to present to you the brand new music video for the song Far Away, by Living Lars (my baby brother, yes I’m quite proud of him):

Not only is Living Lars (Lars Erik Fjøsne) my brother, he is also a Norwegian music producer, working with several people, including an upcoming norwegian rap group. His musical experiences varies from Techno to movie scores. He is focusing on house-tracks at the moment and is working solo as well as a duo with his American budd “Brian Hardisty”. Together they’re known as “BLARSA”. Living Lars has currently entered the stage as a new and fresh DJ, and is expected to grow on that area as well as on the production part. For the past years he has also done russemusic for several buses like “Olympen, Madhouse, Entertainer and Barnslig”, stretching from 2006 to present and is still going strong (This is quoted shamelessly from his facebook).

You can find out more about him here: http://www.livinglars.com/

Enjoy the music:)

Love, Elin


Vili Flik Design

Dress: Read! by Hanna Marie Volle

 


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

In later years, holding forth to an interviewer  or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier’s greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.

Welcome, dear readers, to another great flik. This week I have chosen to present to you one of my more resent favorite books, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) by the equally amazing author, Michael Chabon. As I am way too lazy (it is, after all, Saturday, the day of pre-rest) to invent my own plot summary, I will quote from the international fountain of wisdom that is Wikipedia:

“The novel begins in 1939 with the arrival of 19-year-old Josef “Joe” Kavalier as a refugee in New York City, where he comes to live with his 17-year-old cousin Sammy Klayman. Joe escaped from Prague by hiding in a coffin along with the inanimate Golem of Prague. Besides having a shared interest in drawing, the two share several connections to Jewish stage magician Harry Houdini: Kavalier studied magic and escapology in Prague,  which aided him in his departure from Europe, and Klayman is the son of the Mighty Molecule, a strongman on the vaudeville circuit.

Klayman gets Kavalier a job as an illustrator for a novelty products company, which, due to the recent success of Superman, is attempting to get into the comic-book business. Renaming himself Sam Clay, Klayman starts writing adventure stories with Kavalier illustrating them, and the two recruit several other Brooklyn teenagers to produce Amazing Midget Radio Comics (named to promote one of the company’s novelty items). The magazine features their character The Escapist, an anti-fascist superhero. The Escapist becomes tremendously popular, but, in a similar vein as the story of Superman’s creators, the writers and artists get a minimal share of the publisher’s success. Kavalier and Clay are slow to realize that they are being exploited, as they have private concerns: Kavalier is trying to help his family escape from Nazi-occupied Prague…” and then there’s some stuff I think you need to find out for yourself.

There is also a part where Kavalier enlists in the Navy and ends up in Antartica – but the main part of the story takes place in New York City. It is a truly wonderful story of the crazy adventures of the Jewish cousins, and it left me wanting to read the comic books they created. Alas, I thought, they don’t exist – but they actually do! People have been inspired by this awesome novel to create comic books such as The Escapist. I haven’t read those yet, but believe me, I will.

Enjoy! Believe me, you will. 😉

Love, Hanna


A Clockwork Orange

Hello dear readers, and welcome to another Friday Film. Today, we’re going back to the early seventies with Stanley Kubrick’s sensational and controversial A Clockwork Orange (1971).

The film is based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel of the same name, and stars Malcolm McDowell as delinquent Alex DeLarge. Alex’s passions in life are Beethoven, rape and “ultra-violence”, and he narrates the film in his own special language, which is an amalgamation of Slavic, English and Cockney rhyming slang. Alex and his “droogs” (his equally violent buddies) run around wreaking havoc upon a dystopian future England until the former is caught and is forced to participate in an experimental psychological trial which is supposed to “cure him” of his violent tendencies. Things don’t always work out according to plan though…

The film is a social commentary on youth gangs and their violence, as well as psychiatry. It questions morality and the concept of “goodness”, and is critical towards behavioural psychology. It features quite a lot of nudity and some very disturbing violence, and is as such not suitable to the exceedingly squeemish. It is however, a wonderful and extremely interesting film, because of the plot and themes as well as the innovative and now iconic costumes, the visually stylised cinematography and the technical innovation employed by director Kubrick.

A Clockwork Orange was critically praised upon release, but it simultaneously sparked a lot of controversy due to its heavy use of violent images and nudity – which some reviewers said to be there just for titilation. Some also commented on changes made in transition from novel to film, but that is criticism every film adaptation of a plot from another media is bound to face. It continues to be one of the world’s most famous and popular film titles, currently residing at number 55 on imdb’s Top 250-list. As I’ve said, it may not be a film suitable for all audiences, but luckily, the trailer is!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you could do worse than to check out this Kubrick classic!

Love, Mari