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Binky International Film Festival: Day Nine

Hello and welcome to Day Nine of “Binky International Film Festival”! We’ve made it, only one day more to go before we end this series and the year 2011 as well. I’ve had a blast doing this, so I hope you all have enjoyed this as much as I have. Today we are going to take a look at my “mistake” movies, aka “Romance That Makes Me Want To Stick A Fork In My Eye”. The genre romance and I have never really gotten along to begin with, but this year the only three movies in this genre that I saw were all torturous. They really do want to make me stick a fork in my eye. Seriously, Hollywood, if romance is this tedious… Maybe the whole celibacy thing is the right way to go after all. ­čśë

So what are these three movies that make me wish I could ge those combined six hours of my life back? Read on…

Romance That Makes Me Want To Stick A Fork In My Eye

Water For Elephants

Opening Weekend: April 22, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 12o min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Francis Lawrence & Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz

I watched this movie out of curiosity, and because of it I now fully understand why curiosity kills the cat. I thought I was going to die from boredom watching this movie, and if it weren’t for the divine Christoph Waltz, I would’ve turned it off after 30 minutes. I don’t know exactly what made me hate this movie, maybe it’s Robert Pattinson and the Twilight of it all, or maybe it’s just because it took too damn long to get to the friggin point or because it isn’t a story about animal cruelty in the circus as much as it is about the love affair between an older married woman with a young impressionable ex-veterinary student. And how cruel her husband is. Or something. I don’t know, I stopped paying attention about the time when Pattinson first made googly eyes with Witherspoon and got distracted by other things until that scene where Waltz strangled Witherspoon because it brought me memories of Inglourious Basterds (Christoph Waltz loves to strangle pretty blonds on screen, it seems). Maybe I just don’t have a romantic bone in my body, but dear god this movie was painful to watch, and not just because of the animal abuse.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The Adjustment Bureau

Opening Weekend: March 4, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 106 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Geoff Nolfi
Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly

Three movies disappointed me so deeply this year, and they’re all “sci-fi”: Super 8, Attack The Block and The Adjustment Bureau. But at least in the case of Super 8 and Attack The Block, there are aliens involved. Adjustment Bureau is just a romance masquerading as sci-fi and that is the worst of the worst. I feel cheated. You see, this movie started out cool and promising – there’s Matt Damon, running for Congress, and there are these mysterious men in suits and fedoras that are kind of like The Observers in Fringe, who act as some kind of guardian angels – making sure humans are all in their right path. Problem is, their only concern in this movie is Matt Damon’s love life. They go through so much trouble just to make sure Matt Damon and Emily Blunt don’t hook up, because if they do, Damon won’t be president. And if he doesn’t become president.. Someone else will. And… that’s it. Arrghh!! There are children dying all over the world and that’s all they care about? Really?? I mean, I get if Blunt’s character turns out to be evil or if Damon doesn’t become president, the Antichrist will rise to power or something, but no. They just are so against these two attractive people schtupping and Damon spends the whole movie trying to convince them otherwise (because you can’t stop attractive people from having sex with each other, weird men in suits!). At the end I couldn’t take it anymore and turned it off before the movie ended because it made me want to blow my brains out. That was 106 minutes of my life (well, a little less because I didn’t finish it) I could never get back, Matt Damon. I hope you’re happy.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

One Day

Opening Weekend: August 19, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 107 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Lone Scherfig & David Nicholls
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson

The last romance in this list is no better than the other two, but the good thing is, I already know it was bad before I saw it – from the scathing reviews to the many disappointed comments in NY Magazine’s Vulture comment section – so I knew exactly what I was getting going in and therefore I can enjoy this movie more. First, it was just too much fun making fun of Anne Hathaway’s fake British accent. I mean, dear god, it was atrocious! She slipped on and off and halfway through the movie, she even sounded Irish. It was hilarious. She’s a good actress, but she really needs a better dialect coach. Even Reese Witherspoon in Vanity Fair put her to shame! Dear Producers, hire British actresses to play British roles next time. Problem solved. Second, I don’t really get the point of the movie. I haven’t read the book but even I know the premise isn’t something that translates to film easily. It’d take a group effort of incredible director, screenwriters and actors – and this one just fell short, despite the author of the book adapting it to screenplay himself. Dan Humphrey, take note. It’s always better if someone else adapts your book. Luckily though, Jim Sturgess is just so darn cute that I didn’t mind having to stare at him for two hours, even if Hathaway’s accent gets in the way of enjoying his gorgeousness every now and then.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

And there you have it, Day Nine of Binky International Film Festival. We only have one more day left so I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for our final day, where we’ll be taking a look back at some “Cool Dudes Flicks” to end the series. I’ll see you soon!

xoxo

Binky Bee

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My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Eleventh Day

Sorry for the delay, but as you can read in the post below, I really had to get some rest otherwise I’d go completely insane. I love being 31 and all, but sometimes I do miss the stamina of my twenties. You can fool everyone into thinking you’re younger than you actually are but you can’t fool your own body. ­čÖé

Anyway, since I postponed the eleventh day of this series, I’m going to do Eleventh & Twelfth days back-to-back. I’m all rejuvenated, you see, and I need to start working on my new book. The holidays are over, friends. So here it is:

My Top 10 Style Stars of 2010

1/ Olivia Wilde.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing Thirteen, one of House’s underlings in Fox’s House.

Recently seen in: Tron Legacy.

Why she’s a style star: Aside from being a total knock-out, she also always nails it when it comes to fashion. Whether she glams it up on the red carpet, or toning it down for a coffee run, she knows what works for her, what looks good on her and at the same time, she’s not afraid to experiment and take risks. For someone who is only on her way to super stardom, I think she does a good job at making sure people notice her for all the right reason.

2/ Rachel Bilson.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing Summer Roberts, Seth Cohen’s love interest/soulmate in Fox’s 2003 hit The OC.

Recently seen in: How I Met Your Mother.

Why she’s a style star: She may not be mega famous and considered a serious actress like Natalie Portman, but she is definitely famous for one thing: her style. She is always photographed looking fabulous in various events, and is considered a style icon by many. Teen Vogue just dubbed her the style icon of the year or something, and I have to agree. She always looks good, whether she’s just going to lunch with friends or at a red carpet event. Always so polished, put together and chic. Not to mention, she has the best taste in fashion. I want every single thing she’s ever been photographed in.

3/ Dianna Agron.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing Quinn Fabray in Fox’s mega hit show Glee.

Recently seen in: Glee.

Why she’s a style star: Let’s see, she’s young, beautiful, talented and she always looks amazing. When she walked down the Emmy red carpet last year in that gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown, I literally gasped. She looked so beautiful, elegant and demure, it’s just hard not to love her. Lea Michele usually gets all the attention when it comes to these rising stars o Glee, but she hasn’t always gotten it right like her co-star and real-life BFF has. Dianna Agron just knows what works for her, what kind of image she wants to portray and how she wants to be viewed. It’s rare to see a young star getting it right this early in her career, and Agron may be the only exception.

4/ Carey Mulligan.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing the lead role in the critically-acclaimed British movie An Education, a role that earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Recently seen in: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Why she’s a style star: She’s so adorable. I mean, so adorable that you just want to pick her up and put her in your pocket. And aside from being that adorable, she also seems to know how to have fun with fashion. Her choices range from flirty to chic, from quirky to fabulous. No wonder Shia LaBeouf, her co-star in Wall Street, couldn’t help but fall for her while working in that movie, though they’ve since called it quits. I’m sure he’s probably kicking himself for letting this babe go, because I’m pretty sure she’s a keeper.

5/ Emma Watson.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing Hermione Granger in the unstoppable franchise Harry Potter.

Recently seen in: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part One.

Why she’s a style star: She practically grew up on Harry Potter and in the public eye, but she seems to be able to handle it quite well, and it shows in her fashion sense. She always looks amazing, whether in the Brown University campus, in the pages of glossy fashion magazines or on the red carpet. She’s also never afraid of taking fashion risks, as she proves in the London Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. The pixie cut and that feather dress were surprising, but alas, they were fabulous surprises. There’s really no question as to why she’s chosen as the face of Burberry, is there?

6/ Zooey Deschanel.

Day job: Actress/Musician.

Most famous role: Playing Summer Finn in the sleeper hit (500) Days of Summer.

Recently seen in: Bones.

Why she’s a style star: I love her, she’s my muse and style icon and I just can’t get enough of her quirky, vintage sensibility. Whenever she gets dressed up, whether for the red carpet or performing on stage as one-half of the cutesy retro duo She & Him, she always brings a lot of fun into her choice of outfits. She doesn’t seem to take fashion too seriously, which I love, and she wears what she likes whenever she feels like wearing them, which I love even more. And with those big eyes and adorable bangs, could she be any cuter?

7/ Alexa Chung.

Day job: Model, TV personality.

Most famous role: Presenter in MTV’s It’s On With Alexa Chung.

Recently seen in: Gonzo With Alexa Chung, a show in British channel T4.

Why she’s a style star: Despite denouncing the label “It Girl”, Alexa Chung just can’t help but looking fabulous whenever she hits the town. This former model has an indie sensibility when it comes to fashion, she would be seen wearing the latest IT bag with a top she got from a thrift store. A master in mix-and-match, she’s not afraid to “not look perfect”, with her disheveled hair and minimal makeup, and yet she never fails to impress fashionistas the world over.

8/ Diane Kruger.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing the German actress/spy Bridget Von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Recently seen in: Mark Ronson and The Business Intl’s music video “Somebody To Love Me”.

Why she’s a style star: One thing this actress and Joshua Jackson’s lady love is known for: she’s not afraid to take risks on the red carpet. Sure there are misses as well as hits, but through it all she continues to impress because she’s daring and she’s not afraid to just have fun with fashion. Whether on the Best Dressed or Worst Dressed, she never fails to flash that contagious smile of hers, which makes her unbelievably cool. Plus, having the oh-so-handsome Joshua Jackson on her arms can’t exactly hurt either!

9/ Emily Blunt.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing the fabulously bitchy Emily Carlton, assistant to Merryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in the 2006’s hit The Devil Wears Prada.

Recently seen in: Gulliver’s Travels.

Why she’s a style star: She’s gorgeous and has a bangin’ body, there’s that. And there’s also the fact that she seems to have picked up a few things while working in The Devil Wears Prada because she always nails it on the red carpet (or otherwise) since then. She’s glamorous and sometimes sexy on the red carpet and relaxed, casual and effortlessly chic in real life, a balance that not many women in Hollywood can achieve as easily as she has. And now that she’s Mrs. John Krasinski, I’m betting she’ll look even more perfect standing next to her hunky man on the red carpet.

10/ Zoe Saldana.

Day job: Actress.

Most famous role: Playing one of the blue people (whatever they’re called) Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar.

Recently seen in: Death At A Funeral.

Why she’s a style star: Okay, forget about the fact that she’s drop dead gorgeous and has the kind of body that designers would kill to dress, she’s also instinctively good at making herself look amazing all the time, whether she’s on her downtime, dressing all casual and relaxed with very little makeup or glam-ing it up on the carpet. I think I love her most for her ability to accessorize just right. It’s never too over the top, but it always brings out her best features. Now that is what I call a style star.

And there you have it, ladies and gents, My Top 10 Style Stars of 2010. Who are your favorites of 2010?

Okay, I’m going to grab something to eat and I’ll be back later with the very last “day” of the countdown series. Since it’s the very last countdown, I’ll be listing my top 10 favorite New Year Resolutions.

Till then,

xoxo

Binky Bee