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DEFYING ‘GRAVITY’ {and our expectations . . .}

Being an astronaut is not as cool as I thought - Gravity (2013)

Alfonso Cuarón is without doubt one of our generations most ambitious and talented directors, whose latest film ‘Gravity’ has solidified him as a premiere auteur of the cinema, that is if his last film “Children of Men” didn’t already have you convinced.

The signs were there from the start.

Cuaron - A little princess - 1994

A Mexican director, Cuarón made his English debut in 1995 with a retelling of the Edwardian classic, “A Little Princess” which reinvigorated new life into the tale of a young girl left at the mercy of a miserable, unforgiving, and demanding headmistress after the sudden death of her father. He turned what could have been a drab child’s tale into an intoxicating rich and exotic affair of the heart and imagination.
Vintage Style- Great Expectations - Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow - 1998

Vintage Men Style- Ethan Hawke in Great Expectations - 1998- The Eye of Faith

He followed this up with another adaptation of a classic, “Great Expectations” which starred Ethan Hawke, and featured an immaculate performance by Anne Bancroft, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow at the height of her 90s babe-ness. The film took the Dickensian tale of love lost and greed into a contemporary tale with equal visual splendor.

Sandra Bullock is Scared- Gravity film (2013)
His latest film “Gravity”, however, is a film larger in scope than any of his previous (including “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of the Azkaban”), whilst also being perhaps the most simple in its premise.
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a first time astronaut sent by NASA to install new technologies onto the Hubble Space Telescope before the mission is rudely interrupted by a massive debris storm that wipes out not only her ride home, but what seems to be our entire world built in space. It’s a nail-biter of a film that follows her minute by minute as she quickly comes to grips with her will to survive.
With a little encouragement from a rowdy veteran astronaut (played by George Clooney) she is able to get her wits about her, even as she is hurled through space time and time again.

Gravity trailer -- Pictured: Sandra Bullock(Screengrab)
Bullock plays Dr. Stone with a brilliance never before captured from the Hollywood icon even after winning her Best Actress Oscar for 2009’s The Blind Side. Bullock is able to capture the raw emotion of a woman catapulted into the abyss. She experiences it all: fear, sadness, overwhelming happiness, excitement, delirium, panic, loss, and joy. It’s a spectrum of emotion that very few actresses get to take on, and in turn, can pull of with half as much success.
And damn does she look good. At 49, her body is as fit and toned as ever while her chiseled face is beautifully defined by the stark illumination of space giving us a unique perspective on the star we rarely get to see (she also really suits that short hair).

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What is most exciting about “Gravity” is that while it could easily have been a different movie, Cuarón ensures the universality of its themes, and exhibits an unnerving sensibility to let us wait, and sit, and ponder the moment. After a calamity of events, Bullock makes it into the International Space Station and for a good minute we watch as she retreats into her body like a fetus and floats in space like a unborn baby in a womb. It’s moments like this that bring brilliance to what is undoubtedly Cuarón’s masterpiece.
And while there are plenty of space movies, and good ones at that, this one needs to top the list of those released in the past decade, and comes a close second to the epitome of all movies in space- Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which in itself is a mighty amazing feat.

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Very rarely do films set in space capture the scope of themes and the realism needed to convey the heaviness of life in space. Its no joke, and it’s done without the presence of creepy extra terrestrials or intimidating other-world space craft. When it comes down to it, the most dangerous thing Ryan Stone faces is the presence of an almost non-presence- that of “Gravity” an invisible force that keeps us planted on the ground, and without can turn a single bolt into a deadly weapon that can obliterate even the most expensive and sophisticated technology we have under our belt.

Gravity - Sandra Bullock - Amazing
This film makes you think, and ultimately that’s what movie-going is about. We enjoyed this film thoroughly, and expect to see this film as a strong contender at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. In fact, I can smell tough competition already between Bullock and Blanchett for the coveted Best Actress win. Can Bullock pull a second win? She sure as hell deserves it. Also expect Cuarón in contention for Director, and his long-time cinematographer Emmanuelle Lubezki (“A Little Princess”, “Sleepy Hollow“, “Children of Men”, “The Tree of Life“) for his very first win.

A rare gem that will go unmatched for decades to come. See this film!!

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Vanity Fair Names Their Icons of Style

Vanity Fair does as they do with their latest list of Style’s Greatest Icons. Picking from all of Hollywood history, writer Amy Fine Collins makes a jab at finding those identities who fascinate, inspire, and continually resonate with lovers of style and fashion.


For a list of 21 of the ultimate icons of style, we’re a little let down. The list is GOOD – pretty much your usual list including Marilyn, Audrey, Lauren, and Bette, and more current stars like George Clooney and Penelope Cruz making the cut. While Marlon Brando and Jean-Paul Belmundo made the cut, I was shocked not to find James Dean pop up on the list! I mean, George Clooney and NOT James Dean??! WTF?

I could go into more wishes and wants, but I won’t. Instead, take a look for yourself at the list, and let us know what YOU think! Who would you add to the list?

Here’s the list:

Fred Astaire
Grace Kelly
Marlon Brando
Lauren Bacall
Audrey Hepburn
Marlene Dietrich
Bette Davis
Marilyn Monroe
Leonardo Dicaprio
Joan Crawford
Penelope Cruz
Carole Lombard
Charlotte Rampling
Nicole Kidman
Jean Harlow
Clark Gable
Harry Belafonte
Johnny Depp
Cate Blanchett

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I do sincerely appreciate having Carole Lombard and Charlotte Rampling make the cut, but or me the biggest surprise was Leonardo Dicaprio. He’s the youngest name on the list, and although I’ve been musing over pictures of him in the 90s, I very often forget to credit the man for his continually classic and easy way about him. While the clothes are great, it’s the devil may care approach he takes to wearing them that really make his looks sing.

That for me is the biggest sign of true deep down in the heart style. For it’s not about what you wear, it’s who’s wearing it, and more often than not, that person is you!

The thing that makes each of these people a star is their ability to project a sense of self, and be fully committed to it. In the same respect, it is their ability to lose this self at the snap of a finger that makes being a star a true craft.

The films they are in are just the backdrop. The clothes a part of the scenery. It is all inspiration, and as Amy Fine Collins notes, designers today are continuously reinventing and re imagining films of the past to realize their vision for today.

That’s why we are continually looking to the past to inspire and tell us stories. Moments of magic to reinvent. For there is a beautiful mystery to the idea of being a star, especially the leading men and starlets of Hollywood Golden Years. A certain spirit seems to take over these mere mortals the second the lights are on and the camera is rolling. In the blink of an eye, that person is made immortal through the magical alchemy of light and silver.

“Everything…was an exaggeration of history, fiction and the whole wide extraordinary world.” states legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a little exaggeration to get us through the day…

So as I was saying, the list is good, but our own E.O.F. Style Idols and Divinities are pretty damn special in their own right.

What’s the use of having a million lists online that tell me Audrey Hepburn is the best dressed woman there ever lived. Same goes with Grace Kelly, and Nicole Kidman (?? I mean, really??)…its 2012, after all, can’t things start to get a bit more interesting especially when it comes to our style icons…

The fashion world right now is ever changing, and in our post modern bubble, there is infinite possibility out there. There are also literally hundreds of styles being represented out there, so to always have lists of Style Icons that are the same really makes for not very much progress…

Seeing as it is 2012, I foresee great changes in the midst, especially in accord to perceptions of style. There is a younger generation of style aficionados out there, more equipped than we were ever to analyze and take on new ideas in dressing.

While the classics will also stay as such, style enthusiasts should definitely make room for finding new influences our predecessors, blinded by the flickering of celluloid, were not able to pick up on and bring these lost ideals to the forefront…

This goes for all areas of life. Don’t just blindly live your life being told what is what. Make it so by your own actions and doing.  Dress the part! Be the star! Change the world! That’s the message…and for that, Vanity Fair, we must thank!

So remember, stay wise, and don’t get caught floating in the status quo.

Yours truly,

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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.


Who are your favourite movie villains? Name a few! Favourite vid? Which one? Leave a comment below!
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