Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

First off, Fantastic Movie. I thought it had an excellent plot, it was filmed well and it kept me totally absorbed. I haven't read the book (because I'm lazy) but mum did say that most of the elements were retained so kudos to Søren Stærmose.

What I liked the most about this movie is that it wasn't sugar coated like American movies. I don't mean this in just a violence sense, but the characters weren't "perfected" as we see so often in blockbuster movies. Firstly, our male protagonist was Michael Blomkvist; in no way could be be considered handsome. Nonetheless, he appears more attractive as the movie progresses once we get to know his dedicated and honorable personality. He will never be like Hollywood stars, he looks just like any other man on the street and this adds to the plausibility of the movie.

Our heroine Lisbeth Salander is attractive, but I can still see her flaws. I can see the pores on her cheek, the very faint cellulite on her thighs but I like this. Why? Because it helps me connect with her as a person. These days I can't stand movies at the cinema because I always walk out wondering why everyone has to look so phenomenally good all the time.

The same applies when a movie comes out and the main actors turn out to be the usual red-carpet types like Angelina Jolie. When I know the sordid history of A-listers I can't stand them because they are so fake, cheap and soulless--all that matters to them is money. The mentality is Quantity opposed to Quality. My general thought on Hollywood/American actors is: incestuous. Why? Because they date/marry/divorce/and date again with eachothers husbands/wives/girlfriends/boyfriends. The fact that they've all been around the block half a dozen times just diminishes the respect I have for them. If they met people outside of their metaphoric gene pool (cesspool) then perhaps some would have happy relationship for once.

This is another point to Søren Stærmose because the actors are fresh, they are untainted by gossip or previous movies.

The next thing I liked was the reality. I could see myself easily interposed into their lifestyles, not the violent side mind you, but the general living aspect. However, I would never fit into the set of Gossip Girl. God help me if I were.
The plot was tight. I absolutely loved the twists and turns. It was complex and stimulating, yet it wasn't confusing nor was I bored by the quieter scenes. Pretty much disgraced journalist Michael Blomkvist is hired by the Vanger family to help solve a 40 year old mystery. What the Vanger family want to know is: what happened to Harriet Vanger who disappeared off their family island and is assumed dead? As Michael goes through old evidence and Harriet's belongings, he discovered that she was on an investigative mission herself which may have been the reason she went missing.

Harriet Vanger

Lisbeth Salander was hired to keep an eye on Michael and in the process becomes involved when she can't resist pointing out her interpretation of the clues. Michael tracks her down and convinces her to join and together, they uncover a whole multitude of answers that reveal how dark and twisted the Vanger family are. This is the bare bones of the story because there are minor plots in the background related to Lisbeth and her personal hell.

EDIT: I hear America is considering doing an english version. Freaking out. They've chosen Daniel Craig to play Michael. Noooo!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Coffee Art!

A few weeks ago I entered a coffee art competition and I won! The requirements for the competition was to use the tWist cups. Let me tell you, its harder to do free pour art in those deep containers, but I managed. Here are my entries (enjoy!):

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Hair Competition Continued

Here are the photos I took after the Hair Competition. I love them! What happened was this: after the competition finished at midnight, we took a taxi to school and had a photo shoot in the studio at 1 in the morning. Needless to say I was so tired at work the next day.

I set up the lighting and took the white Agnes and Geisha photos and Stefanie took photos of me. Since this is my blog I've posted more of myself ^_^. Aren't I vain?

Anyway. My hair doesn't look so good now. In fact, when it gets wet I can just tug it and hunks fall out. *Sigh* I knew this would happen, the hairdresser warned me, but I feel pretty sad about it. I might go and get a full head shave and start again with virgin hair. Still, the photos were worth it!

I love these Geisha photos. They were my favorite to do and look at. She was one of the best models I've ever had. Everything about the event was worth it and fun.

Gotta go now, class starts in four minutes.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Hair Competition

I've been busy with the hair competitions, as I said in my last post. I am a hair model for Head High and I love it! Though this is probably the last time I'll do outrageous colour because I'm finishing Uni this year and I might be getting a bit old...well, maybe not old but it requires so much work to keep it looking good. I'm so excited for my friend, I hope she does well, she's so anxious about it.

She's entering two categories. Me with the colour & cut and my Japanese friend "S" who's in the up-do category. I saw "S" yesterday at the hair dresser where they did a mock run. She looked amazing with her hair elaborately piled on her head and dressed in her kimono that was sent from Japan especially for the event. The style is supposed to be a modern interpretation of a Geisha hairstyle.

For me, I've already had the colour put in, but it will be cut on the day in front of the audience. They're going to remove 70% of the hair, which is cool though I'll miss my bob. Nonetheless, I wouldn't change anything, its been worth it for the fun and experience. Afterward I intend to do a photo shoot of the hair and outfits. I'll post the finished photos when I'm done.

Here's some photos of the colour:

Wanganui Chronicle

Woo-hoo! Nef was in the news paper recently! She was there to promote the Underground Youth Fashion show by providing photos and an interview about one of the outfits she's to enter. It's all very exciting, though Nef was less than ecstatic when she saw herself in the newspaper.

Nef provided the photo of the garment because she wanted the image to be perfect, despite this, they only provided a small spinet of the photo. However, the photo that the Chronicle took of her (much to her horror) was the largest image on the page. Have a giggle:

It was so weird because you'd think they'd put the image of the outfit up. We wonder if its because they weren't so keen to display a photo they didn't take themselves. Same for the web documentation by the Chronicle: they put the picture of her instead of the outfit on display.

Internet article (reference).

Who knows! Maybe we're just being unfair. Anyway, I'm so tired with preparation for the hair competition this Saturday I'm gonna have to terminate this post and go to bed. Talk to you later.