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Hottie of the Week

Patti Smith

I’ve followed the trend set by Mari last Thursday, and chosen another singer- songwriter and artist as this week’s Hottie: the godmother of punk, the fantastic Patti Smith (1946 – )

Patti Smith spent the first part of the 70s painting, writing and performing, before finally appearing on the rock scene in 1974. The first album, Horses, came a year later, and mixed punk rock and spoken poetry.

Other studio albums include: Radio Ethiopia (1976), Easter (1978), Wave (1979), Dream of Life (1988), Gone Again (1996: which was a tribute to the friends and family of Smith’s who had passed away, including her husband, brother Todd, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Sohl and Kurt Cobain.), Peace and Noise (1997), Gung Ho (2000), Trampin (2004) and Twelve (2007). One of the tracks on Twelve is Smith’s amazing cover version of Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Check it out.

But it is her song, “Because the Night”, co-written with Bruce Springsteen, that stands as her most famous one.

But in addition to great music and lyrics (not to be confused with the not so great movie), Smith is also a writer, having published poetry and other writings since 1972.  In 2010 she published the memoir Just Kids, which went on the win the National Book Award for non-fiction the same year.

Expect that one to be Flik of the Week sometime in the near future.

Patti Smith, people. Listen and read and enjoy.

Love, Hanna


Leonard Cohen

I assume most of our readers are familiar with Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, musician and writer Leonard Cohen (1934-), at least through numerous cover versions of his amazing song “Hallelujah” (1984). Jeff Buckley’s version in particular comes to mind, but Cohen himself has done amazing version of the song – both studio and live.

Between the release of his debut album Song of Leonard Cohen in 1967 and his most recent studio recording Dear Heather in 2004, Cohen has released nine other studio albums, with a twelfth (Old Ideas) due 31 January of this year. In addition, there are live albums and tribute albums – most notably Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2006) which features artists such as Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Linda Thompson, Antony, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle. I urge you all to check it out on Spotify or on a similar service. But he’s not just a great songwriter – he’s also a very stylish man.

Cohen is also a poet of note. His first collection, Let Us Compare Mythologies, came out in 1956, and he has continued to produce poetry to this day, with 14 collections published so far (although some of them are collections of song lyrics). In addition, he has published two novels – The Favorite Game in 1963 and Beautiful Losers in 1966.

Cohen is one of these rare people who seem to grow more and more handsome and attractive the older he gets. Not that he wasn’t handsome in his younger days…

he really was!

…but there is something in his distinguished look now that is really attractive as well.

Check out the man, check out his style and check out his music!

Love, Mari


Chuck Bass

So there is a reason to watch Gossip Girl besides the awesome clothes. That reason is, of course, the villain of the story, the brilliant Chuck Bass.

Filthy rich bad boy Chuck Bass, portrayed by Ed Westwick, is, if you ask me, what makes the show interesting. And he does it with a great personal style. Have some photos.

Love, Hanna


Cate Blanchett

Catherine Elisé Blanchett (1969- ) is a renowned Australian actress.

Her brilliant carrier began in 1993 when she played opposite Geoffrey Rush in the play Oleanna, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Best Newcomer Award. She then appeared in various TV series. However, she became internationally known with the movie Paradise Road in which she stars opposite Glenn Close.

She has later gone on to star in films like The Lord of the Rings, Elizabeth, The Aviator and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Cate has been nominated to, and won, several awards, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Also, she is very beautiful.

 

 

Love, Elin


Theda Bara

From the early 1900s I give you The Vamp, one of the most popular silent film actresses of her era, Theodosia Burr Goodman, aka Theda Bara (1885-1955).

Theda Bara is recognized as one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols, and it was her many femme fatale roles that earned her the nickname The Vamp.

After attending the University of Cincinatti for two years, she moved to New York in 1908, where she started her acting career in the Broadway show The Devil (1908).

In the time span of 1914-26, Bara starred in more than 40 films, but, sadly, most of these were destroyed forever during the fire at Fox Studios’ film storage vault in 1937. Tragic, I know, I would love to have seen Cleopatra (1917) for instance, one of her biggest hits, but no known copies exist today.

However, six of her films have survived: The Stain (1914), A Fool There Was (1914), East Lynne (1915), The Unchastened Woman (1925), Madame Mystery (1925) and 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). A Fool There Was, became a huge success and gave its producer, William Fox,  enough money to found Fox Film Corporation.

Theda Bara was well-known for wearing very revealing costumes in her films, and I think that’s part of why she’s still an icon, she looks stylish and risque in a way that’s very unusual for her time. That, together with the large amount of lost films creates an interesting and somewhat mysterious figure. And, I mean, just about every photo I see of her is art – she looks awesome.

Love, Hanna


Ralph Fiennes

I think we’re overdue for a hottie here at Vili Flik, and who better to scratch our itch than the gorgeous Ralph Fiennes.

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (1962-) is a successful English actor and film director, and a very good looking man indeed.

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, like so many other talented actors, began his career at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, and the National Theatre. He later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Fiennes made his film debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and has gone on to have a successful career staring in all sorts of different films, from comedy to biblical epics.

He is also a UK ambassador for UNICEF. Good man.

 

 

 

Love, Elin


Bjørk

It’s been oh, so quiet here at Vili Flik this week, so I thought we’d break the silence with one of my favorite singers, Bjørk Guðmundsdóttir (1965 – ) from Iceland.

She’s recorded nine albums: Bjørk (1977), Gling-Glo (1990), Debut (1993), Post (1995), Homogenic (1997), Vespertine (2001), Medulla (2004), Volta (2007) and Biophilia (2011). Good old wikipedia tells us that “She has embraced many genres throughout her career, creating a varied range of pieces, from big band music to sound art. Björk’s lyrical themes range from personal matters to scientific, natural, or social topics.”

In addition to being a musician, Bjørk has actually done some acting, and was awarded the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 for her role as Selma in Dancer in the Dark.

Bjørk is also known for her unique sense of style when it comes to fashion – she’s playful and often more than a little over the top, but somehow she tends to look awesome anyway. The famous swan dress of hers, designed by Marjan Pejoski, has been voted the ninth most iconic red carpet dress of all time. And, the lady managed to make time to contribute to an Alexander McQueen tribute last year. You get some Vili Flik Hottie points for that.

Now, I hope you’re all violently happy.

Love, Hanna