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Destroy, Annihilate, Burn! Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” Unlocked . . .

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“Fahrenheit 451” is a classic of contemporary American literature, and is one of the most widely read and popular novels of all time.

Written by the late great Ray Bradbury (author of some of favourite reads including “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Halloween Tree”), this story warns of a society where original thought and ideas are deemed dangerous, reading obsolete, and knowledge is kept under wraps.

Farenheit 451 - Truffaut Film- Vintage

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Julie Christie in the 1966 film directed by Francois Truffaut

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Farenehit 451 Vintage Film Poster - Julie Christie

It is a nightmare of a world brilliant captured by Bradbury’s precise prose. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, no shame (although we do recommend it), but do make a point to check out this cool breakdown of the book and its themes provided by Academic Earth, who provide some great insight into the film’s plot and themes.

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And make sure to check out our other articles (nearly 1,000)  to inspire the imagination, and massage your intellect; after all, we don’t want Bradbury’s vision to become real life.

We’re well on our way , so KEEP READING!

Farenheit 451 - Truffaut Film

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Naomie Harris is a Bad Ass!

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One of this Holiday’s biggest movie attractions to come to theaters is the 23rd installment of the James Bond 007 spy series “Skyfall“, and it’s not just Sam Mendes’ peroxide prescription for the film’s “colourless” villain, played by Javier Bardem, that has people citing the latest installment of the series as revolutionary in the history of the franchise, but rather one of the film’s dazzling dangerous leading ladies.

Naomie Harris Gilded Gold in Skyfall

The subject in question is 36 year old English actress, Naomie Harris, who comes to play in the film as Eve Moneypenny, a fellow M16 agent who works closely with Bond. On the surface of it all, she seems to join the ranks of dozens of beautiful actresses who have teamed up alongside 007 in one extraordinary mission after another. The coveted ‘Bond Girl’ title will always look good on a resume.

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But, Naomie Harris isn’t just your everyday beautiful actress. Time and time again she has exchanged the female stereotype, and impressed not only with her timeless looks, but more so her undeniable edge. Always willing to stand her grounds, at a casting with Michael Mann she is known for showing who is boss with just a look in her eye.

‘He called me for a meeting in his office and he was sort of embarrassed. He just said, “So how do you feel about this nudity thing?” And I said…’ she drops her voice to a low, menacing tone, ‘“Well, I don’t really want to do it, Michael.”’ She sounds terrifying. ‘And he went, “Yeah. OK.”’ I bet he did.

[Source: The Telegraph]

Naomie has also always made room on her plate for faster, feistier, and darker characters. One of her earlier film roles really stands out as a loud and proud display of this quality she brings to the screen is in Danny Boyle’s art-house zombie flick “28 Days Later“.

Naomie Harris Goes Psycho (28 Days Later)

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As Selena, Naomie tears up the screen with a will for survival matched only by her true grit in getting through post-apocalyptic England with her body and soul intact. This was one of the first, but certainly not the last strong atypical female characters she would conquer on her quest.

Naomie Harris Cuts Like a Knife in 28 Days Later

“She Will Cut You! “

Indeed, she also made an impression as Tia Dalma, Goddess of Calypso in the “Pirates of the Carribean” franchise. She is almost indistinguishable as herself in the film’s fierce makeup, and once again brings her magic to the screen.

Naomie Harris The Voodoo Queen

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Both elusive and dangerous, Harris brings the seductive powers needed to play the ocean goddess and matches it with her viscious voodoo edge. Not your everyday siren of the sea . . .

Throughout her career, Naomie has displayed her will to be something more than your everyday goddess of the screen. From “Pirates of the Carribean”, to “28 Days Later”, Naomie has shown off her ability to play the strong woman, and in “Skyfall“, this inherent quality comes to a head in a move that is completely revolutionary to the history of the franchise.

Naomie Harris is Dangerous Luxury

For the first time in 50 years, 007 is accompanied by not a Bond Girl, but a ‘Bond Woman’.

It’s official. Publicity materials refer to Harris as the ‘Bond Woman’, which is in itself pretty bad ass, indeed. The franchise’s long time producer, Barbara Broccoli, supports the changes:

“‘It’s outdated,’ she says. It’s been a long time since Bond girls wiggled around in barely there outfits sighing, ‘Oh, James!’ every five minutes. And Eve is another significant evolution away from that. She’s a field agent taking the same risks and making the same sacrifices as 007.”

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Naomie had hinted at the change at a BAFTA Awards ceremony where she commented on a statement of her as the newest ‘Bond Girl’ , stating “Well, I’m going to change that to Bond woman.”’

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Seems like Naomie Harris gets it done. Whether it’s fighting pirates, zombies, or giving 007 a much needed hand, Naomie Harris embraces the evolution of popular culture, and where she fits in as a strong, intelligent, bad ass woman. (read more here)

So always remember to bring that edge!

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Prince Cover of the Magazine

We may suspect this from somebody as timeless as Jane Fonda, but we were surprised and amused finding the latest cover boys for this month. Perhaps there isn’t anyone more classic than a Disney Prince, these iconic leading men do deserve their day in the sun.

We’re happy to see such a variety of characters portrayed so handsomely. Loving anything out of the ordinary and extraordinary, its easy to understand our fascination with the stories starring these Disney heroes.

Big Thanks to PetiteTiaras for the images.

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New York Times Magazine Gives Us A Touch of Evil.

Here at The Eye of Faith, we always have a taste for the sinister, the strange, and the macabre. Seems like some of this year’s most talented and intriguing stars feel the same penchant for the other side of good- EVIL. No need to get worried though, they’re doing it in the most wicked style!

New York Times Magazine always goes the extra mile, and the Touch of Evil collaboration betwen some of the year’s most endearing talents showcases their chops (as well as some amazing cinemtagraphy by Ross Richardson, and on-point direction from Alex Pager) in a glorious collection of wicked supreme! Drawing from the world of film, each actor provides a short journey into the complexities of the different guises they inhabit.

Rooney Mara goes straight for the kill as a Burgess-ingnited sociopath, awakened and on the prowl. Fantastic, as her every blink, and expression (or lack there-of) create the harmonious face of a true-born killer.

Can’t wait to see her in the upcoming ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, and if this is any insight into the young actress’ talent, her punk-rock Lisbeth should be equally as bold and even more gutsy! Ladies, and gentleman: a star is born.

Speaking of newly formed stars, last year’s newborn Alice of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Mia Wasikowska, is a stinger as the “Homewrecker”. After a subtle and effective turn in this year’s ‘Jane Eyre’ , where she played the shy, sad, modest Jane; it’s nice to see her as the sexy vampy femme fatale who knows what she wants, and how to get it.

Another favourite is newcomer Jessica Chastain. You have to love Jessica Chastain! She has hit it out of the park with an amazing 7 films this year, one of them being our favourite- Terrence Malick’s meditative ‘The Tree of Life’, in which Chastain plays the loving mother of a family growing up in 1950’s Waco, Texas. Chastain plays the film’s matriarch with a moving grace, and exhibits remarkably powerful emotive properties in the face for which she has implored full force in her segment as the frightening “Fire starter”.

It’s amazing how many thoughts, ideas, and feelings seem to rush in and out of her gorgeous alabaster face. Love the hair and glasses too! Even when she’s setting the world on fire, she cannot manage to look less gorgeous. We know you must be tired, but we are looking forward to more!


Truly terrifying is Viola Davis, who made her turn this year as the loving Aibileen in this summer’s hit “The Help”, as a deranged ladybug obsessed healthcare worker (Oh my!). There is not one inch of the sweet and caring Aibileen in this facet of Davis, who’s every move down to the inch just oozes pure evil. That’s one we know we will be dreaming of tonight!

But let’s hear it for the boy! Brad Pitt really does have some class. And by class I mean he’s extremely well rounded and brilliant and handsome and … Anyway, safe to say, he’s not to be beat, and he triumphantly showed off his ingenous talents twice this year; first, as a cunning baseball manager in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball”, and then a triumphant turn playing against type as a strict, buttoned-up patriarch in Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”.

They say things always happen in threes, and cover star Brad Pitt impresses one more time making a killing, and diving straight into the chilling world of Lynch’s cult classic “Eraserhead” in a minute that can only be described as stark raving madness. Transformation, yet again, this man should be proclaimed America’s national treasure.

There are many more supreme turns by some of this year’s most talented performers at the New York Times Magazine website where you can view the entire gallery that features amazing performances from Ryan Gosling, Michael Shannon, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, and everyone’s favourite villainess, Glenn Close (Who can forget her unhinged Alex in 1987’s ‘Fatal Attraction’? Not us!), to name a few. So check it out! It’s definitely worth the look!

Gotta love the vintage cool and class! E.O.F. Approved.


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