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Reel Reviews: “Instagram is…”

I am someone who believes that social media has magical powers. I know some people believe it makes us all less sociable and that’s true sometimes. But only if you use it for evil.

In fact, I think social media brings the faraway closer to you. It brings different perspectives. I get happy whenever my friends in other cities post their adventures on Instagram. It’s amazing how a little snapshot, taken just moments ago, can make you feel connected to someone at the same time that it reminds you how much you miss them.

Instragram is also a way of reminding me how much I admire the vision and creativity of my friends. I like learning about what captures other people’s attention. And when you truly break it down, Instagram is all about POV and bridging the gap of distances, not creating more space between us. It’s an ideal platform for a visual discussions.

This little film directed by Paul Tellefsen highlights some famous Instagramers and the journeys they took using the program. (Best believe I started following a lot of these people after watching this.) I’ll admit that the movie sometimes comes off as one big ad campaign for Instagram but it also inspires and informs you about how something as silly or tiny as an app can touch millions.

One could see Instagram as just a tool to share photos (or for stupid things like #selfies) but to people like Allison (@allistrange) and Brenton (@brenton_clarke) it’s more about connection, sharing, art, and being amazed at all the friends you can make.

And if a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then let’s start talking.

Instagram Is from technopaul productions on Vimeo.

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Video: Lana Del Rey “Young and Beautiful”

The Great Gatsby released this weekend and had I not been spending time with my family for Mother’s Day festivities I would have been there.  Instead, my cute daughter and handsome husband won out.  So until I can get my in-laws to watch my daughter so my man and I can get to the movies, I’ll just watch Lana Del Rey’s video for Young and Beautiful over and over again.

Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” video has the usual graininess that we’re accustomed to seeing in Lana’s videos but the scenery is more grand as she’s accompanied by a full orchestra.  She looks and sounds lovely as usual and I’m loving her crystal tears – a bit “cholafied” just fancier.


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Video: “Once Upon A Time” Trailer with Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel

The internet has been abuzz with the news that Karl Lagerfeld chose Keira Knightley to play Coco Chanel in an upcoming short fashion film and the trailer is now here! Entitled “Once Upon A Time” the short film features Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel as a young designer at her first boutique in Deauville, France. French film actress Clotilde Hesme is also in “Once Upon A Time” and I’m guessing she plays Coco Chanel’s aunt Adrienne.

The full film will be posted on on May 8th at the same time as its premiere in Singapore, the destination chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for his upcoming Cruise fashion show.

Ah! Finalmente!
Extract from “Tosca”
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Gottfried Hornik, Fernando Corena, José Carreras, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg


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Fashion Meets Film: “Flashdance”

I love spring! Mostly because spring is when I usually decide to give up my New Year’s resolutions for Lent. But this year I am dusting off my running shoes, washing my gym clothes and sticking to my resolution to start working out. But let’s be honest, the real reason for all this fitness enthusiasm is my recent viewing of the Flashdance. Talk about a motivator!

For those of you who have been living under a rock or haven’t checked your Netflix streaming lately, Flashdance is the classic 80’s romance/hero movie about Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals), a rising young dance star. This film is famous for the iconic silhouette of Alex pulling a cord that releases a bucket of water on herself at the climax of a sassy dance number.

In the daytime she runs with the boys, working as a welder. In the evenings, she’s what they call an “exotic dancer.” Don’t call her a stripper because Ms. Owens and her fellow dancing buddies have more class than that. They’re inspired by all types of dance: breakin’, tap, jazz, and especially ballet, because all Alex really wants is to get into her dream dance school where she can study ballet.

Alex is a tomboy with a banging body. So her style is all about that. She can make a welding mask, dirty work boots, and sooty cover overalls look sexy. How many welders can can say that? I guess there’s a reason they make calendars filled with firemen and not welders.

When working out though you need a high-rise body bathing suit preferably in a bright neon color, leg warmers, sexy sweatband, and of course the indispensable baggie off-the-shoulder sweatshirt which Alex puts to great use in the famous scene where she pulls off her bra while still wearing that sweatshirt. In front of a guy. Really, isn’t that what we do the moment we get home at the end of a hard day welding at the gym?


Her dance numbers are where Owens really expresses her true calling with all that very modern dancing, crazy over-dramatic make up, suspenders, pounds of glitter (or sweat), sequins, strobe lights, and, that best friend of every dancing diva, a big fan. (Pun intended)

My favorite part is when sexy Alex appears to be wearing a three-piece suit during a sexy lobster dinner with her sexy guy. But when she takes off her jacket you she that she is wearing shirt cuffs and a halter-top inspired tuxedo number. Sexy!

But, to be fair, this movie has inspired its share of other fashion trends and performances. The Jennifer Lopez music video “I’m Glad” is a tribute to the film and all the sex appeal it created. And who can forget Flashdance The Musical? Well, plenty of people, I suppose. But the next time you want a quick flashback to the 80’s, put Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” on repeat, get up, and get moving. Splash!

(Layout by very talented Feesh)

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Lana Del Rey “Burning Desire” Video

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Lana Del Rey released her video for Burning Desire today and it features the Jaguar F-Type. Burning Desire is also the title track in a special film called ‘Desire’ starring Golden Globe® winner Damian Lewis, which has been created by Jaguar and the award winning producers Ridley Scott Associates.

The ‘Burning Desire’ music video was filmed on location in South East London at the infamous Rivoli Ballroom, a Grade II listed former cinema that was transformed in the 1950’s and is the only remaining intact ballroom from its period in London. The distinctive venue’s eclectic mix of neo-classical, deco style perfectly complements Lana’s original style. In the video she is seen wearing a vintage Ghost floor length silk dress as she performs the track.

Jaguar’s film Desire will come out this Spring.

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