Have a good International Women’s Day, Tumblr. You’re always reminding me of how much we still need to challenge and change.
Tilda Swinton underwent hours in the makeup chair to play the 84-year-old dowager Madame D. “We’re not usually working with a vast, Bruckheimer-type budget on my films, so often we’re trying a work-around,” says director Wes Anderson. “But for the old-age makeup I just said, ‘Let’s get the most expensive people we can.’”
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
I love this picture. Seeing the movie tomorrow! =D
"Girl You Look Amazing"
Girl, this video is amazing. It reminds me of Army Navy’s video for Ode to Janice Melt (starring Jason Ritter) and the adorable TV show Moone Boy.
I’ve added the DVD of Enlightened season 2 (region 2) as an item I want to be alerted about almost a year ago. It’s almost a year ago since the final episode aired in the US. I asked HBO UK about it a few weeks ago and they said the DVD would be out in the summer - 1,5 years after the fact! I want to pay for my shows but it seems impossible sometimes.
On my photostream lately: sad, sad balloons that want to get out but can’t.
Source: Flickr / emmerrrrrrr
Today’s reading material (well.. it’s for Monday but I read it today) for the course I’m following was surprisingly readable. Full reference:
Nussbaum, Martha. 2000. ‘Women’s Capabilities and Social Justice’. Journal of Human Development: 1(2).
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9 TV reasons to look forward to week 9
There will be new episodes of Mr. Selfridge, Moone Boy, My Mad Fat Diary, New Girl, The Americans (season 2 premiere), Parks and Recreation, Parenthood and Call the Midwife. And I’ll throw in a Mad Men episode as well (I’m watching it for the first time - be jealous). <3
Seven days until the second season premieres! In case you’re worried that it won’t be as good as last year, take a look at what the critics have been tweeting lately:
I’ve seen the first two episodes of the second season of #TheAmericans and they are excellent. -Amy Amatangelo (@AmyTVGal)
The Americans: EXCELLENT. Also, borderline unwatchably stressful. -Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum)
Watching THE AMERICANS S2 Eps 1 & 2. Crisp, densely packed storytelling; double lives abound, more family emphasis. -Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz)
Really liked “The Americans” in s1, but starting to feel evangelical based on early s2 episode. SO good. -Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall)
#TheAmericans, one of last year’s best new shows that kicks off another very strong season next month -Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch)
#Americans is up now. I’ve seen two episodes and really liked them. -Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti)
Watching the new season of #TheAmericans and getting enraged over the lack of awards attention it got all over again. -Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg)
I guess what I’m saying is: watch this show.
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It was interesting to hear how the producers [of Enlightened] ended up with such a formidable line-up of directors. Especially after Seasons 1 and 2, directors were approaching THEM. Mike White credited Laura Dern for drawing them in. She revealed that Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze had both spoken to her about directing episodes if there was a third season, and that every time she runs into HBO execs, she happily relays the latest directors who will never be working for HBO because they canceled her show.
Worldwide, we’re currently producing plenty of food to feed everyone. I’d argue we’re also producing plenty of clothes. Maybe too many. I’d be interested to see what would happen if clothes production was shut down for a year. I doubt it would be a big problem.
It’s something I wonder about whenever I see so many streets with so many stores with so. many. clothes. Who the hell buys all this stuff? How much is sold at its full price, how much in sale and how much is shipped to the ‘developing world’? I guess I’d have to get a job at a clothing store to find out, but I’m just using this as an introduction to talk about vintage fashion.
From what I’ve seen, there’s a bit of a division over here between high-end and truly cheap second-hand fashion with the former being labeled as “vintage” and the latter just being called “second-hand”. Some people are tempted by the possibility to own a designer piece for the price of a new ZARA item, whereas others just don’t want to (or aren’t able to) spend a lot of money on clothes. I think both are great because they’re based on the same principle: we don’t need brand new, straight-out-of-the-factory fashion to be happy.
My concerns for sustainability and fairness are the main reason I don’t want to give my money to the big brands anymore. Since the summer of 2012, it’s been either fair/sustainable new or second-hand. But apart from that reason, I’ve discovered there are other things I like about shopping second-hand. For instance: letting go of the idea that you need one specific piece of clothing. I guess this will come up sometime in the future when there’s a dress-code for something. But it’s so nice to just see what’s on offer. If something looks nice (and fits), then great. If it doesn’t, better luck next time. You never know what someone will bring to the store tomorrow, and there’s no way to check. Bye to the endless comparisons on websites.
It reminds me of sneak preview screenings in cinemas. Usually, when I go to see a movie, I’ve read the reviews and I expect it to be good. The delay compared to the US means that everyone already has an opinion about the movie. But in a sneak preview, the movie is picked for you.
It can be refreshing sometimes. I’m not saying it’s bad to have expectations and goals, but I’m also not saying you should make “30 before 30” lists. I’m in the process of deciding what courses I want to take in September, and I need to fill in a motivation form to go along with it. They ask me where I see myself in X years (10 I think). How should I know? Why would I want to know? Wouldn’t it be really creepy if I had an entire scenario planned out? If I get it right, do I get a reward in 2024? I’m glad it’s still up in the air. That’s what makes it so exciting to start a new day or a new year. No one knows.
I was going to say this text went completely off the rails but of course there weren’t any rails, I was going to write something about second-hand clothing and this happened.
Weird is liberating. You can just give up trying to fit in. Because you never will.
And yet in a way, now you will. There’s something going on in our culture that’s allowing people to let their freak flags fly. We live in an individualistic, selfie world. There’s more room for different kinds of people now. It’s not like the fifties. Once the toothpaste of weirdness gets out of the tube, you can’t put it back in, you know?
I’ve always liked movies that say, “There’s another way to live. There’s another way to be happy,” because those feelings stay with you your whole life. That’s true about weird people, too. They’re seekers. They stay with you. There is something about them that lingers.
Mike White, creator of Enlightened, in Esquire Magazine. (via sleeplessghost)
Mike White, ladies and gentlemen:
There are two kinds of weird. There’s weird that comes out of a lack of consciousness about the world. I’ve seen that with kids in high school, where they don’t fit in, so they become goths. They exude this Be afraid of me vibe. But I’m swimming toward a different weird. A weird that has clarity of mind, that is more about seeing through things and wanting to make sure the choices I’m making are true to something I think is important. I want to live in a way that’s free and liberated and creative, but also positive and hopefully liberating for others—as opposed to putting out something that creates darkness or chaos. I don’t want to be scary. I want people to be like, “Oh, he seems like he’s having a good time. Maybe he has the secret to something that I haven’t figured out.”
So, while I just sort of ramble on here, I also have a Dutch blog that I’m much more self-concious about in the sense that I actually try to have a good build-up and a reason for writing and a story and ughhh so difficult right? The thing is, I used to blog really actively a few years back on a platform that has since disappeared and I loved the comments there. I totally blogged for the conversation, I think. I helped me to keep doing it so long (once every week, no exceptions). Now on the other one, I’m almost thinking of turning the comments off because they’re just fucking weird, like I make a TV top 10 and someone seriously feels the need to tell me they don’t watch much TV - WHAT THE HELL? Okay just needed to vent, sorry.
"Just something new we’re trying @jasonritter"
"Just messing around with some fashion looks @jasonritter"
-Mae Whitman (@maebirdwing) on Twitter
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-You’ve almost passed by unnoticed.
-I’ve now reached the halfway point of my Bsc education. 1,5 years to go. After which a 2 years Msc will probably follow, so it’s not like I’m going to be done very soon (right? right?! oh this is terrifying)
-I was hoping there’d be snow but I’m going to look at February for that. The sun was beautiful today though. I got up at 6:30am today. Arrived at the University at like 7:50am. The first hints of sunrise were really pretty. Then I took a test that I think went well. Left at 10:30 to feel the winter cold and the sunlight at the same time. All was right. Then I watched Fargo for the first time, a movie with lots of snow. Seems appropriate.
-I learned some stuff about economists and sociologists these past 4 weeks. I hope I can remember some of it.
-We had to write 4 essays in total and I just love it. Not that I’m not stressed about it, but it’s rewarding.
-Ran into that one friend that I only get to talk to at the train station these days. Note to self for February: mail her.
-2014 should not look like a future number anymore.
-2014. 2014. 2014.
-Oh, yeah, besides all the sociology and economics stuff, I read an Actual Book this month (it was an eBook, that counts, right?): Stoner. It was nice. I’ll try to pick another one soon.
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