Showing posts with label Ryerson. Show all posts
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Thursday, July 17, 2014


Claudia: "My style is very simple. I like having a pop of something like big earrings, sunglasses or a cool jacket. Actress Zoë Kravitz is a big influence of mine. I just love her. Her style is effortless. She wears distressed clothing, but it still looks good. It's homeless chic."

TorontoVerve: "What's your biggest regret in life?"

Claudia: "I guess associating myself with negative people. It's important to stay positive because positively attracts healthy people."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Kate: Culturally & Historically Eclectic

"My style is culturally and historically eclectic. I definitely look to the history books for inspiration. As a stylist, you need to learn the rules in order to break the rules and for me the rules come from art or fashion history so that I can look to the future and evolve with the coming trends."

Click here to check out Kate's stylist portfolio.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jennifer: Those Were the Days

"I'm really into 50's Hollywood stars so I like to go vintage casual. Marilyn Monroe inspires me because she's so fun-loving and loved style."

Jennifer has a Tumblr website interestingly called Archie Bunker, which features photos of her life in the spirit of vintage.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tuyaara: Style in the Rain

"I get my inspiration from male fashion, but I add a few girly things. This particular outfit was sewn together by my mother whom I look up to."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

TIFF 2012: James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez & Rachel Korine at "Spring Breakers" Premiere

When writer/director Harmony Korine's name is attached to a project (Kids, Gummo), you know you're not going to get your usual teen angst film. Korine's kids are vicious, sexually-obsessed, drug-fueled, unruly and self-destructive. And, as you would expect, this familiar cocktail is served up again in his latest teen feature, Spring Breakers.

It's Spring Break and 4 Floridian college friends (Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez & Rachel Korine) are bored to tears on their deserted campus. Desperate and broke, they steal a car, don ski-masks and savagely rob the patrons of a fast food joint with heavy hammers and squirt guns. With cash in hand, they race to a party town to begin their wicked revelry, but the fun quickly comes to an end after they are arrested at a cocaine party. Unable to pay their high fine, they are sentenced to spend two days in jail, but a local wannabe rapper/drug dealer (James Franco) comes to their rescue and bails them out. That's when their adventure really begins.

Suddenly their world is introduced to automatic weapons, infinite cash, more drugs, gangsters, strippers and unadulterated sex. Half of them are scared off. The other half become gun-toting mob-girls and join the dealer's drug war against his rival. It's all a recipe for disaster, but that's just typical in a Harmony Korine movie.

Spring Breakers is destined to be Korine's first commercially successful film as a writer-director. Predominately because it stars some of today's most popular actresses -- specifically, Disney's Selena Gomez, High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and Dirty Little Liars' Ashley Benson. Throw in Franco (Spider-Man, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and you've nearly cornered the market of every high school in North America. But star power is the only thing that Spring Breakers has got going for it.

Its myriad of scenes of drug use, innocuous girl talk and topless drunken beach dancing excruciatingly slow the pace down. Unlike the gritty reality of Kids, you get the sense that Korine is pushing the envelop less to reveal the struggle of youth and more to shock for the sake of shock value.

The film's only saving grace is Franco's overly-exaggerated and hilarious performance as a wigger gangster. It's so obvious that the actor is having fun in the role, and when he does, it's enough for us to regain consciousness. His most memorable scene comes when he sings a Britney Spears ballad to the girls by piano.

It's likely that Korine wanted the film's bloody climax to be epic because it's shot in slow motion to loud music, but its poor choreography and bad direction leave us empty. There's not much to like about Spring Breakers. More importantly, it's particularly unfortunate that a huge youth market will be subjected to its many shameful images of Black stereotypes.  And that's probably the only thing I didn't expect from this Harmony Korine movie.

Last night at the Ryerson Theatre, during the film's Q&A on stage, Korine shared that he wanted the film to be a cross between a Britney Spears video and a Gasper Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) film, which I think he reasonably achieved visually. Once again, Franco charmed the audience with his ultra-cool attitude and Selena Gomez noted that the film was a huge departure from her squeaky clean image and urged her young Disney fans to avoid seeing the mature film. How much you wanna bet they'll want to see it more now?

Monday, September 12, 2011

TIFF 2011: The Women of "You're Next" Midnight Madness World Premiere

I'll be shunned by my festival friends when I admit this, but the one film that I've been most anticipating at this year's festival was You're Next.  What can I say...I have a soft spot for an axe-wielding killer wearing a sheep mask.

Produced by the guys responsible for last year's TIFF sleeper, A Horrible Way to Die, writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard successfully breathe new life to the slasher genre.

Deep in cottage country, when a family and their partners sit down for dinner, a series of deadly arrows come crashing through the windows, killing one of the guests.  After panic ensues and the family scrambles to take cover, the family daughter gets her head nearly severed and the mother (played wonderfully by Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton) gets sliced and diced in bed.  More family members get offed viciously and it becomes very apparent that there are killers both in and out of the house.  But there's one saviour: Erin (Sharni Vinson) -- the middle son's new girlfriend, who just happens to be the daughter of a survivalist dad.  She's not going down without a fight.

You wouldn't think from the description that You're Next is a hilarious film that pokes fun at the horror genre, but that's precisely what it does.  Director Adam Wingard shared with the Midnight Madness crowd that his inspiration for the film was the opening death scene of Scream, and like that film, You're Next is laced with physical comedy (one of the killers has a Wile E. Coyote moment when he thinks he's going to avoid a nail to the foot) and funny dialogue (Dad yells: "who's the fastest runner?" Competitive oldest son: "I am, but I got an arrow in my back!"). 

There's a lot of buzz about You're Next at the festival so it's very likely to find a buyer, and that's good news for horror fans because it's a must-see.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

TIFF 2011: Alexander Skarsgård, Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland & Udo Kier at the "Melancholia" Premiere

Celebrated director Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Anti-Christ) never fails at delivering trippy films that over-stimulate our eyes and brain.  And his recent opus, Melancholia is no exception.

In recent memory, I can't remember another film that was so awe-inspiring within the first 6 minutes.  von Trier blows us away with his collage of slo-mo visuals that are both beautiful and disturbing (I won't ruin the experience by attempting to describe it to you).

The film is told in two chapters -- the first focussing on the spoiled Justine (Dunst) and the second centering on her sensible sister Claire (hauntingly played by Charlotte Gainsbourg).  In both chapters, the characters notice that a blue planet (named Melancholia) appears to be getting closer and closer to Earth. While everyone appears to be embarrassed by Justine's strange and ungrateful attitude, they are oblivious to the fact that humanity is at stake with the collision of both planets.  Makes it seem that our self-important lives are meaningless in the long run.

Like von Trier's other films, Melancholia's storyline runs at a snail's pace.  While there's nothing wrong with a filmmaker taking the time to tell their story, the pacing of von Triers' Melancholia is excruciatingly languid (compelling me to check my watch on numerous occasions).

Dunst and Sutherland give superb performances, but it's the incomparable Udo Kier who steals the show. von Trier's direction is impeccable and he will likely get the best director nom at the Academy Awards.

Melancholia is not a perfect film, but it's definitely one to behold on the big screen.

TIFF 2011: Freida Pinto at the "Trishna" 2nd Screening

Trishna tells the story of a young Indian girl (Pinto) from the village of Rajasthan, who captures the eye of Jay (Riz Ahmed), a hotel magnate's son, at a nearby resort.  After a car accident injures her father, Trishna becomes the primary bread winner for her family and is offered a full time job at a hotel, courtesy of Jay.   There, he attempts to woe Trishna with his charms, and his persistence eventually pays off - whisking her away to Mumbai to discover a more liberal lifestyle. But when his family obligations get the better of him, it threatens Trishna's new found freedom - not to mention - her life.

There isn't any doubt that Trishna will capture a lot of attention at the next Academy Awards.  It has all the makings of an Oscar contender: an outstanding leading lady, great direction, an impressive adapted screenplay, excellent cinematography and colourful costume design.

Trishna is one of those cinematic gems that will move you until the very end.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

TIFF 2011: Director/Actress Jennifer Westfeldt, Megan Fox, Jon Hamm & Adam Scott at the "Friends with Kids" Premiere

Can having a child actually improve your chances of finding a hotter sexual partner?  Writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt answers that burning question with the heart-felt comedy Friends with Kids.

Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) have been lifelong pals who have dreamed of finding their significant other and having kids, but their relentless search has always ended in failure.  In fact, their idyllic views of marriage with kids eventually fade after observing their friends' deteriorating family and sex life.  Desperate to have a baby without all the emotional hang ups and convinced that having a child would improve their prospects for sexual partners, the two BFFs have a drunken hook up, resulting in the birth of their son.

All goes well with their platonic parental arrangement -- that is until Megan Fox and Ed Burns enter the picture.  Suddenly, the two friends must come to terms with their true feelings for each other or risk losing whatever chance they have together.

Friends with Kids is at its funniest when the couples (Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig & Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph) share their peeves and sometimes contempt for each other.  Indeed, Westfeldt's frankness in her script will hit close to home for many married audience members.  However, the film goes off track when Westfeldt focuses on Jason and Julie's separate relationships.  When Adam Scott and Megan Fox's characters first meet in the park, it's awkward and unconvincing.  Moreover, Westfeldt and Burns have very little chemistry together.

But Westfeldt's biggest faux-pas is under-utilizing Kristen Wiig, who truly shines in the movie. Audiences fell in love with Wiig in her summer hit Bridesmaids and considering most of that cast is in Friends with Kids, they'll definitely come with high expectations.  Unfortunately, for them, they'll be disappointed.

Friends with Kids is a good film, but not worth hiring a babysitter for.  Keep it on your DVD wish list.

Friday, September 9, 2011

TIFF 2011: Martial Arts Sensation Iko Uwais at "The Raid" Midnight Madness Premiere

TIFF is back! This year, I'm excited to see 32 movies in 10 days.

In addition to street style, I'll be treating you to film reviews and celebrity photos. So be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get the inside scoop.

Don't be fooled by Iko Uwais' sweet demeanour.  This gentleman's mortal combat skills are to be reckoned with.  In the Indonesian action film The Raid, he delivers brutal blows to his opponents with the velocity of a fully-automatic weapon.

Uwais plays Rama, a dedicated cop who leads a task force in bringing down a drug cartel protected in a fortress-like apartment building.  After their stealth operation is compromised, the swat team quickly find themselves in a war zone -- not only against the cartel but also the local residents.

The Raid is short on story but big on action, which wasn't disappointing to the screaming midnight madness crowd.  Writer/Editor/Director Gareth Huw Evans gives us wall to wall gun and machete play, but it's the film's bone-crunching and bloody martial arts (brilliantly choreographed by Uwais and fellow actor Yayan Ruhian) that take centre stage.

If you're a fan of the genre then do yourself a favour and see The Raid when it comes to your local theatre.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

TIFF 2010: Connor Paolo, Sean Nelson & Danielle Harris at the Stake Land World Premiere

In Stake Land, newly orphaned Martin (Paolo) joins a mysterious loner (Nick Damici) in his journey to New Eden (otherwise known as Canada), a safe haven from blood-thirsty vampires. Along the way, they team up with a nun (Kelly McGillis), an ex-soldier (Nelson) and a pregnant songstress (Harris) to not only battle the night creatures but a merciless cult as well.

Stake Land is a gory action-packed film that is thoroughly entertaining. Vampire enthusiasts who are bored of the sparkly vampire trend (or Twilight films) won't be disappointed. The vampires in this film are creepy and vicious. Inevitably, when some of the cast meet their demise, you genuinely feel empathy, which is a credit to Dacimi and Jim Mickle's script writing.

At this time, Stake Land does not have a release date yet.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TIFF 2010: Carrie Ng at the "Red Nights" North American Premiere

Last night Hong Kong actress Carrie Ng made a huge splash at her premiere of Red Nights, an erotic thriller that isn't for the faint of heart. In the film, she plays a femme fatale who dons 5-inch jade claws to peel the skin off her victims -- an act that she feels is expertly romanticized by French directors Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud.

Currently, Red Nights has no North American release dates.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TIFF 2010: Director Richard Ayoade, Craig Roberts & Yasmin Paige at the "Submarine" Screening

There are few actors who have transitioned from the small screen to the big screen as director. Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, George Clooney and Zack Braff have done it. Now, The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade has joined the exclusive club with the hugely entertaining Submarine, a romantic teen comedy starring Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.

If you're a fan of Wes Anderson's Rushmore, then you're going to also love Submarine, which follows the exploits of 15 year old Oliver Tate who labours to win the love of his life while keeping his parents from separating. Ayoade's script brilliantly marries comedy and gravitas to create a complicated and heartwarming story of teen angst. John Hughes would be proud.

TIFF 2010: Patrick Wilson at the "Insidious" World Premiere

Patrick Wilson appeared at the Insidious World Premiere at the Ryerson theatre last night. In the film, Wilson stars as a tormented father who must come to terms with his wife (Rose Byrne) that their son is haunted by a vengeful ghost. Directed and produced by the Saw and Paranormal Activity team, the film is a wonderful scare-fest that is sure to win the hearts of horror fans.

Sony Pictures picked up Insidious just hours after its TIFF screening.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TIFF 2010: Kodi Smit-McPhee at the "Let Me In" Premiere

If the name Kodi Smit-McPhee doesn't ring a bell...well, it's only a matter of time. This young man co-stars in Let Me In, the controversial remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In. Based on the bestselling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the movie is about a 12 year old boy who befriends a young girl (Kick-Ass' Chloe Moretz) in his apartment building, but little does he know that underneath the shy girl exterior is a blood-thirsty vampire. After her secret is revealed and the body count steadily rises in the neighbourhood, the young man must finally decide where his loyalties lie.

I'm a fan of Let the Right One In and I was also in the camp that an American remake was unnecessary; however, after seeing the film, I'm glad that this update exists. As the original, Let Me In is tense-filled and engaging throughout. Director Matt Reeves does a fantastic job delivering a fresh perspective on the story. Fans of the original will not be disappointed and new audiences will fall in love with it. Both McPhee and Moretz are sensational in the 2 lead roles. I'm certain that we'll be seeing more fabulous work from both of them well into their adulthood.

Oh yeah...Kodi is quite the snappy dresser too.

Let Me In opens on October 1st.

TIFF 2010: Amber Heard at "John Carpenter's The Ward" Premiere

Sadly, director John Carpenter was called to jury duty and was not available to attend his premiere of The Ward at the Ryerson Theatre last night, but much to the delight of her male fans, Amber Heard did arrive. She stars as the psycho ward patient who may or may not be seeing a hideous ghost roaming the halls killing her fellow inmates. The film has a few scares to satisfy horror enthusiasts, but ultimately the payoff comes up short.

The Ward opens in October.

Monday, September 13, 2010

TIFF 2010: Gemma Arterton at the "Tamara Drewe" Premiere

Gemma Arterton looked gorgeous in a chic black jumper at the Tamara Drewe screening at the Ryerson Theatre last night. The talented actress stars as the title character who returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where she becomes the object of desire of a pompous auteur, a jealous rocker and a handsome groundskeeper. Arterton holds her own well with the film's great ensemble cast. The breakout role will undoubtedly secure her leading lady status for years to come.

Rich with clever dialogue and plot twists, Tamara Drewe is an amusing romantic comedy that is sure to please.

The film opens wide on October 8th.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

TIFF 2010: Josh Hartnett at the "Bunraku" World Premiere

Bunraku is a Samurai/Western pop-up comic book movie about a drifter who walks into town looking to kill Nicola the evil crime boss (Ron Perlman). At his side is a comic bartender played magnificently by Woody Harrelson and a Samurai warrior. The film is action packed and includes several elaborate fight sequences and dance numbers. Japan pop singer/actor Gackt steals the show in his North American screen debut as the Samurai Warrior. Not a small feat considering he's acting opposite Harrelson. Fans of the genre will love it -- others will find the 2 hour running time too long.

Bunraku does not have a release date yet, but will likely pop up in theatres next year.

TIFF 2010: Woody Harrelson at the "Bunraku" World Premiere