Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fast & Furious 7 TV Spot #4, Dior and I

I can't even wait for April 3, this movie is going to be so cool. As they say, "WAR IS COMING."
And you know what? He's right.
He IS the cavalry. Why?
If "war is coming," then the people fighting that war tell us what that war is about; Dwayne Johnson is a (politically speaking, according to the Left, but I would never dare say this to his face) a minority. The cavalry is always used in expression as the sure force that will "win the day" and route the enemy. So, for Hobbs to admit that he is the cavalry, is to admit that, much like his role in GI Joe Retaliation, it is up to those who are being "fought over" in the political wars right now to make a last stand.
Speaking of which,...
Ms. Rodriguez has said that minorities should stop stealing white superhero roles, and, as you can imagine, she's getting quite the slack for saying publicly what I said a couple of days ago, regarding a black or Hispanic male lead for the new Sony-Marvel Spiderman. Rodriguez knows the situation first hand as she herself was "being considered to play Green Lantern," who, in the comic books, is a white male.
Way to go, girl!
On a very different note,...
Art and fashion reveal their business side. It's not so much that the film is a big deal, as what the film documents is a big deal, which means the film is, actually, kind of a big deal. As we have discussed in various degrees of generality in the past, film is like a dream a culture has, and like the dreams we ourselves have, it needs to be interpreted so as to be understood; fashion is the opposite end of that, it's the individual making themselves a work of art through their style and choice of clothing. The "fashion house" enters like a film director preparing his movie and gathering material. Fashion designers, such as Raf Simmons, interpret a living, uncensored mass of people and try to tease out individual expressions, showcasing how real people understand their day-to-day identities and express it, or don't express it:
That there are only two traditional houses of fashion left, the other one is Chanel, which poses an interesting business position: haute couture, by definition, is extreme attention to detail, and elaborate materials or design; if the clothing can even be purchased at all, it's extremely expensive. The free market, then, has dwindled the haute couture industry down and Simmons is now the Creative Director of 50% of that industry. Being so elite and specialized, however, creates an aura of perfection and mystery, allowing both Chanel and Dior to survive in spite of artistic and business challenges. Even the description, haute couture, is actually a legal status in Paris, and only certain companies and individuals can claim to properly be practicing haute couture. Here is a clip from the film to provide you with one example of the elaborate care, diligence and cost of producing one outfit, in this case, one that has to be done by the next morning:
Having seen the clip above, we might be in a better position to understand what is being discussed in this general trailer: namely, the stress of, not only following in the master's footsteps, but freeing his imagination to design clothing worthy of the prestige of haute couture:
Now, throw in the artistry of the director presenting the story to us, because that is its own feat! The film opens April 10 (probably to limited locations, but I hope,...) and stars Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence and Sharon Stone, with an appearance by Anna Wintour.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner
Oh, you know Eddie Redmayne, who just won the Oscar for Best Performance? This is his next project, The Danish Girl, and, yea, that's Eddie.