I saw Grace of Monaco tonight as part of the Atlantic Film Festival, and I really enjoyed it.
I know it’s getting a lot of criticism — a lot valid — but I still thought it was good. It’s a highly fictionalized story of the events of 1962, when French President Charles de Galle tried to force Prince Rainier and Monaco to pay income taxes to France. At the same time, Hitchcock sent Grace a script for Marnie, hoping to lure her back to Hollywood.
I’ll admit, when it was first announced that Nicole Kidman was going to play Grace Kelly I was highly sceptical. Aside from the fact that they’re both blonde and elegant, Nicole doesn’t really look like Grace. But then there were scenes where I could really see Grace instead of Nicole.
And then there’s the accent. Try as she might, Nicole will never be able to get rid of that Australian accent completely. Sometimes she spoke with a slightly Australian accent, other times it sounded like she was trying out her Bewitched accent. Thing is, Grace Kelly worked hard to transform her nasally Philadelphia accent (I’ve never actually heard it and I don’t think she would’ve ever been recorded using it) into a refined mid-Atlantic accent, but Nicole never achieves it.
For the fictionalized story it tells, I liked it. Nicole was the acting highlight, but it was a treat to see the woman who played Lily Potter in the Harry Potter movies as Princess Antoinette, Grace’s surprising rival (not fictionalized, unfortunately). As for the cinematography: it looked like a long perfume commercial, or maybe a Vogue photoshoot. It was really beautiful to look at, and the costumes were gorgeous — especially the Cartier-replicated Bains de Mer tiara and three-strand necklace that Grace once owned.
It’s not going to win any awards, and it’s not going to go down as the most factual of biopics, but it’s a good story.
All photos found via Google Image search.
1 week agoSeptember 14, 2014 Reblog
I decided to blend my love of Golden Hollywood and baked goods and used Katharine Hepburn’s apparently famous brownies recipe to make a delicious snack.
They’re super easy to make, even for a rube like myself. They’re moist and chewy — almost more like a fudge than a brownie.
What are some other recipes I should try?
1 week agoSeptember 10, 2014 5 notes Reblog
It’s been a long, long, long, long, lonnnnnnnnnng ten months but Sons of Anarchy finally starts its seventh and final season tonight. If you’re like me, you’ve been heartbroken since last season ended and you’ve been impatiently waiting for this day to come.
To prepare, here are some things that need to happen this season (and there are spoilers and I don’t care because you’ve had almost a year to catch up and I think it’s annoying that we whine about spoilers anyways.):
1. Gemma needs to die. Like a lot.
Listen, if the series ends and Gemma isn’t punished for what she’s done — chief among them killing an innocent Tara — I’m going to riot in the streets. I was always willing to give Gemma the benefit of the doubt because she seemed to be operating from a place of love and blind loyalty, but she crossed a line last season. Even if she isn’t killed, as long as Jax knows what she did and makes her suffer for it I’ll be happy.
2. Tig needs a happy ending.
Tig, for all his mettle, has been through the ringer in the last few seasons. From being chained feet away from his daughter being burned alive to believing that he’d been sold out and hand delivered to Damon Pope, SAMCRO has broken him. I want him to reconcile with Fawn, adopt a bunch of resue dogs, and ride off on his motorcycle into the sunset. He needs a happy ending.
3. Chibs needs to stay alive, no matter what
Chibs, I don’t care what you have to do in order to stay alive just as long as you do it. You understand me?
4. Jax needs to get the hell out
This seems the most unlikely at this point. Kurt Sutter’s been talking nontop about how, without his moral compass (Tara) to guide him, it’s all about revenge and retribution this season, I hope Jax comes to realize that he does need to get out of SAMCRO and out of Charming. Hand the gavel over to Bobby — who also is under strict orders to stay alive (you hear me, Bobby Elvis?) — like you’ve attempted to twice, pack up Abel and Thomas, and get them away from this life.
5. Keep on keepin’ on, Happy
Guys, remember when the Chinese took Happy as collateral last year and then we didn’t see him again for the rest of that episode (until it cut to him at the end montage watching anime and eating Chinese food)? I was more worked up at that point than I had been all season. Sure, he’s a psychotic murderer, but he’s also wickedly weird and grotesquely lovable. I need him waving Jax off and offering up gruff advice as he promises Jax that SAMCRO’s going legit and not to worry any more.
Other things that need to happen:
- Juicey, I’m sorry but I’ve given up on you. I was hoping you’d get out of the rat trap Jax had placed for you but now I’m waiting for him to find you.
- Unser needs to put two and two together, if he hasn’t already, about Gemma killing Tara, and then he needs to go straight to Jax. I don’t care if you harbour feelings for her, Unser, she’s never going to return them. And if he’s caught keeping Gemma’s secrets, you can bet that when Jax puts it all together, he’ll send some vengence Unser’s way.
- Venus. God, Venus, please stay forever. Move to Charming, set up a housewares store, and live happily ever after.
Finally, to Kurt Sutter: please, I beg of you: no fade-to-black. No lingering questions that you’ll coyly avoid answering in interviews for years to come. No “draw your own conclusions.” No Tony Soprano is-he-dead-isn’t-he-dead speculating for years to come.
I trust you. Don’t make me lose that trust.
What do you hope happens tonight?
I own none of these pictures, they were found via Google Image search.
1 week agoSeptember 9, 2014 3 notes Reblog
I am over-the-moon excited that Kate’s expecting her second child, guys.
Over the friggin’ moon.
Get ready for lots of discussion of maternity fashions, potential names, and excessive door-watching (once we get down to the wire).
To celebrate the wonderful news, here are some of my favourite pictures from Kate’s last pregnancy.
I own none of these images, but my God I’d love to be a royal photographer.
2 weeks agoSeptember 8, 2014 16 notes Reblog
My best friend Liz and I have started a tradition of treating each other to dinner for our birthdays; the birthday girl either choosing a new place or a places she loves.
For Liz’s birthday last month, we went to a place we both love: 2 Doors Down. We’d both been before separately and loved what we’d tried, so when Liz requested it this time, I was game.
What I love about 2 Doors Down is the wide variety of food available. There are meat, seafood, and vegetable menus with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The drink menu also pays tribute to Nova Scotia with local beers, wines, and spirits.
I ordered the Bangers ‘N’ Mac — Getaway Farm sausages, caramelized onion gravy, seasonal veggies, and deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese. It was delicious. I’ve never tried deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese before, but it was so good. And the sausages, onion gravy, and seasonal veggies complemented each other perfectly.
Liz ordered the Free Range Picnic Chicken — bone-in crispy fried chicken, smokey bacon potato salad, cheddar corn bread, coleslaw, and hot honey.
For dessert I tried the Peanut Butter and Jam cheesecake and it was perfectly rich.
2 Doors Down is a must-try restaurant. If you’re in Halifax make plans to go. You won’t be dissapointed.
2 Doors Down — 1533 Barrington Street
2 weeks agoSeptember 7, 2014 Reblog
I love living in Downtown Halifax and that this is my evening commute. The mixture of modern and historical architecture is one of my favourite things about living here.
These were all taken on Citadel Hill tonight.
2 weeks agoSeptember 4, 2014 5 notes Reblog
Black Swan is one of my all-time favourite movies. I think Natalie Portman is brilliant, and so so vulnerable as Nina Sayers. But even beyond her amazing performance, it’s such a beautiful movie to watch with its gritty minimalism and gothic-inspired costumes.
Check out some of my favourite Black Swan pictures:
Natalie is so frail, graceful, vulnerable and enchanting in Black Swan. You want to hope she’s strong enough to take on the role of Odile but the descent into madness is masterfully acted.
Natalie won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Black Swan, and I think Mila Kunis should’ve been a lock for the Best Supporting Actress category.
I own none of these images, all were found on Pinterest or Google Images.
3 weeks agoAugust 31, 2014 6 notes Reblog
I was in Maitland this weekend to watch my little brother’s acting debut, and we stopped in South Maitland to look out over the historic Shubenacadie River.
4 weeks agoAugust 25, 2014 Reblog
I’m back in Halifax and enjoying the beautiful sunset.
4 weeks agoAugust 24, 2014 6 notes Reblog
It’s also been a very Audrey vacation week. I enjoyed watching these movies, all of which I hadn’t seen in a while (except Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel like I watch that monthly). I’ve developed a new appreciation for Love in the Afternoon and Wait Until Dark.
What’s your favourite Audrey Hepburn movie?
1 month agoAugust 22, 2014 3 notes Reblog