by Lauren

at the movies: skyfall

October 28, 2012 in movies by Lauren

I’m a Bond fan from way back so I was really excited to check out the latest instalment in the franchise.

Let me start by saying Skyfall is spectacular, and you should see it. If you don’t want to know anything else, stop reading and just go see it.

Still here? Thanks for sticking around! Daniel Craig is brilliant in his third outing as MI6’s top agent (even if he does seem to be getting on a bit), but the real star of the show is my favourite Bond girl – Judy Dench as M. They make a dynamic duo as they battle a demon from her past in the deliciously deranged hacker Silva (Javier Bardem).

The film is beautifully made, with some gorgeous cinematic moments (my personal favourite was when Silva made his first appearance – you’ll see what I mean). I’m happy to note that I didn’t really notice the product placements either – I actually walked out thinking that Heineken hadn’t appeared once (although the boy did point out that it appeared in a fairly nothing scene, with the label obscured).

This is the first Bond film I’ve seen where I felt he was human – and the story tied to the title of the film is a big reason for that (although watching Bond deal with Ben Whishaw’s young, new Q, may also have contributed). I understand where all The Dark Knight references spring from, and I agree that they are warranted. Skyfall takes a character we know and love to a deeper level, and we can help but fall for it.

Rating: ****1/2

by Lauren

what’s on: the scribe’s house

October 5, 2012 in entertainment by Lauren

Anthropologie is proud to debut The Scribe’s House by Argentinean artist Pablo Lehmann. The installation — vestiges of an imaginary living space crafted from the pages of discarded books — explores the power of language and comprehension. It captures the tension between words, shape, meaning and space in a complex and intimate alternative world.

The space is filled with writing – walls, floor, furniture are covered with words – but devoid of a meta- language. The words on the pages of the books cannot be read or assembled into sentences, so the viewer is left to generate new meaning based on their personal experience.

Keith Johnson, Anthropologie’s curator-at-large, explains, “I was overwhelmed by his complex and complete alternative world. His use of found material gives the work a warmth and timelessness that is at once familiar and entirely new.”

A limited-edition art box created by Lehmann for Anthropologie presents another moment in time. It contains 12 photographs of The Scribe’s House’s rooms in perfect form. They are evidence of what was lost yet provide no answers. Instead they create a dialectical tension between installation and photography, before and after that the viewer is unable to resolve.

The Scribe’s House will be on view at Anthropologie at 50 Rockefeller Plaza from today until 7 November 2012. During Art Basel Miami, (6-9 December 2012), it will be on exhibit at Black Square Gallery.

If you have the chance to check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

by Lauren

in the news: anne hathaway’s wedding dress

October 4, 2012 in fashion by Lauren

Congratulations to the gorgeous Anne Hathaway and Adam Schulman, who married in Big Sur on Saturday.

We don’t have any official photos of the happy couple yet, but Valentino has released a sketch of the wedding dress – and it’s divine (those paparazzi shots don’t do it justice!)

According to People magazine, a rep for Valentino said the design team created a strapless ivory silk point d’esprit tulle dress, which includes a pink hand-painted shaded train embroidered with satin flowers. The 1920s-inspired veil consists of a lace ribbon with a large flower, adorned with small crystal beads.

I have to say I’m a big fan of the romantic look for Anne. What do you think?