MirrorMask (2005) is the brainchild of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, which in itself should be enough to make you want to watch it. It is about Helena who works with her parents at a circus. After a heated argument with her mother, her mother falls ill and Helena naturally blames herself. Soon after she wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers that she has entered a different world, the City of Light, which is being consumed by shadows. She agrees to help restore the city by finding the Mirrormask, together with Valentine the juggler.
The cast consists of, among others, Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry and Stephen Fry. The visual art is designed by McKean, and as such is weird, magical and beautiful, and makes up for the fact that the story and dialogue is not as brilliant as it could have been.
Still, if you want a visually beautiful experience I recommend this film.
And please don’t let this terrible trailer put you off…
With the risk of turning this into an “oh-look-how-great-everything-was-before,-modern-life-sucks”-blog, we once again go vintage in our search for a worthy Vili Flik Hottie. The time has come to present the amazing Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) (although introductions may stricly be unnecessary).
The fantastic Ms Hepburn grew up with parents who encouraged her to both develop and speak her mind – not overly common for the time. As an actress, her career began on Broadway before she moved on to Hollywood.
Despite talent, intelligence and good looks, the gorgeous star didn’t have it too easy in Hollywood. After some initial success, she was labelled “box-office poison” due to her unconventional behaviour off screen. For instance, she wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so, she rarely wore make-up, and she often refused to pose for photographs. Instead of celebrating her courage, originality and personality, audiences found her shocking (stupid people).
However, when she bought the movie rights to The Philadelphia Story (1940), she cast herself, and also had full control of director and co-star. Who, you ask? Why, Cary Grant of course!
As time went by, and society progressed, the public embraced her, and she is now remembered as one of the greatest screen icons of all time. And rightly so! She is truly one of those actresses you cannot help but fall utterly in love with, no matter the role. (And she admitted herself that most of her roles were very similar to her own personality.) Throughout her career she starred in such films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), The African Queen (1951), Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), to mention a few.
She also received twelve Oscar-nominations (with four wins), as well as five BAFTA-nominations, six from the Emmys, eight Golden Globe-nominations and countless other awards. Brains, looks and talent – a true hottie!
The subculture of Teddy Boys began in London in the 1950s and rapidly spread across the UK. The style is typified by clothes inspired by dandies of the Edwardian period, and includes drape jackets, sometimes with a velvet trim collar and pocket flaps, high waist “drainpipe” trousers, often exposing the socks, high-necked loose-collared white shirts, narrow ties and brocade waistcoats. For the feet, one preferres highly polished Oxfords, chunky brogues or suede crepe-soled shoes, and the hair is worn greased up with a quiff at the front and the sides combed back to form a “duck’s arse” at the rear.
For the Teddy Girls (or Judies) there are drape jackets, pencil skirts, hobble skirts, long plaits, rolled up jeans, flat shoes, tailored jackets with velvet collars, straw boater hats, cameo brooches, espadrilles, coolie hats and long elegant clutch bags.
The Teddy Boy has had several revivals since the 50s, not least with regard to the popularity of Rockabilly music. In 2007 The Edwardian Teddy Boy Association was formed and it continues to work for a revival of the original Teddy Boy style and ethos.
Due to, believe it or not, busy days and nights for all of us, we didn’t have the chance to make this announcement yesterday, but yesterday was our blog’s birthday. It has now been exactly 1 year and 1 day since our very first post here at Vili Flik. Yay us! And yay you! During the past year we have had 81 170 visits, which is simply amazing. So thank you all for visiting us! We really appreciate it.
Love, Vili Flik