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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Couture Week...

Halfway through, only one day left, but admit it, wouldn't you just love the models to be a part of this show instead...

The Women (1939) - George Cukor
Starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine.

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Friday, January 23, 2009
Oscars Past...

Well the Oscar nomination lists came out and as always, they were pretty predictable (though no less deserved...sort of) as I see Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Winslet (can someone please give this woman an Oscar? I don't care if it's chocolate on the inside, just give her something, she deserves it. If Anne Hathaway wins - it's unlikey - then I'm gonna be pissed. How Gwenyth Paltrow has won one before Winslet I'll never know, but if Hathaway wins then Louis Lumiere is going to be wishing he never put the 'motion' into 'motion picture'). I'm not saying that they don't deserve their nominations (hah, I totally just did) but it's embarrassing that it essentially means that the levels of mediocrity in Hollywood are high as hell where actors/actresses are concerned.

So, with that in mind, the rest of the post is dedicated to the past winners from way back when the Oscars actually meant something, and the stars who won sparkled.

Norma Shearer - Best Actress in 1931 for "The Divorcee"

Louis B. Mayer and Helen Hayes - Best Actress in 1932 for "The Sins of Medlon Claudet"

Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert - Best Actress in 1935 for "It Happened One Night"

Bette Davis - Best Actress in 1938 for "Jezebel" and Fay Bainter - Best Supporting Actress also in "Jezebel"

Vivien Leigh - Best Actress in 1939 for "Gone with the Wind"

James Stewart - Best Actor in 1941 for "The Philadelphia Story" and Ginger Rogers - Best Actress in "Kitty Foyle"

Ingrid Bergman and Jennifer Jones - Best Actress in 1944 for "The Song of Bernadette"

Bing Crosby - Best Actor in 1945 for "Going My Way" and Barry Fitzgerald also in "Going My Way"

Ingrid Bergman - Best Actress in 1945 for "Gaslight"

Olivia de Havilland - Best Actress in 1947 for "To Each His Own" and Ray Milland

James Baskett - Honorary Oscar in 1948, presented by Ingrid Bergman

Jane Wyman - Best Actress in 1949 for "Johnny Belinda"

Olivia de Havilland - Best Actress in 1950 for "The Heiress" and James Stewart
(The Heiress' leading man is the now underrated Montogomery Clift - James Dean meets Marlon Brando (though Clift started his career prior to Brando's, he had a car crash in the late-50s which scarred him for life, and it all went downhill until his death in the 60s). So now you have two reasons to watch this film.

Humphrey Bogart - Best Actor in 1952 for "The African Queen" and Claire Trevor

Audrey Hepburn - Best Actress in 1954 for "Roman Holiday"

Donna Reed - Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1954 for "From Here To Eternity" and Esther Williams

Edith Head - Best Costume Design in 1954 for "Roman Holiday" and a model in the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn

Frank Sinatra - Best Actor in 1954 for "From Here To Eternity" and Donna Reed- Best Supporting Actress (as above)

Marlon Brando - Best Actor in 1955 for "On the Waterfront" and Bob Hope

Grace Kelly - Best Actress in 1955 for "The Country Girl"

Jack Lemmon - Best Supporting Actor in 1956 for "Mister Roberts" and Burt Lancaster

Jo Van Fleet - Best Supporting Actress in 1956 for "East of Eden"

Yul Byrnner - Best Actor in 1957 for "The King and I"

Elizabeth Taylor - Best Actress in 1960 for "BUtterfield 8"
(based on a John O'Hara novel of the same name which is really worth reading)

Gregory Peck - Best Actor in 1963 for "To Kill A Mockingbird", Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford accepting the Best Actress award which went to Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker, and Fernando Lamas

Sidney Poitier - Best Actor in 1964 for "Lilies of the Field"

Julie Andrews - Best Actress in 1965 for "Mary Poppins" and Audrey Hepburn

Julie Christie - Best Actress in 1966 for "Darling" and Lee Marvin - Best Actor for "Cat Ballou"

Liza Minnelli - Best Actress in 1972 for "Cabaret"

Meryl Streep - Best Actress in 1982 for "Sophie's Choice"

It seems apt to end with Meryl Streep as she's currently the actor who has garnered most nominations in Oscar history, and is still going strong.

Photos: Jamd, Life and Topfoto

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Oh Dear...

I know I've been trying to avoid real ranting posts recently (my last 25 entries are on Xanax), but I've just had the worst haircut ever, again (remember Hair-gate 2007?). Well it hapened again, but worse. What is wrong with hairdressers? No, really.
This is an exact transcript of what happened:

Her: So what were you wanting today?

Me: I just wanted a trim and a blow dry.

Her: Right, how much do you want off?

Me: An inch, inch and a half max.

Her: So, about this much?

*shows me an inch*

*Me thinking: Great, a hairdresser who knows how much an inch is. Finally!*

Me: Yep

Her: And your fringe?

Me: I'm trying to grow it out. So that can stay as it is thanks.

Her: Ok right.

*we go through the motions of washing and she puts in conditioner AND some other crap even though I tell I don't want it because products make my hair look shit. Then the combing, and finally the haircutting part. I wear glasses, and I'm blind without them, I'm also weak as hell when I'm in a hairdressing chair, so a lot of the time if I'm not sure what's going on, I ignore it. She finishes cutting and goes to find a hairdryer*

*Me thinking: She has to FIND a hairdryer? We're in a hair salon, there should be hairdryers at every station...My hair looks short. Really short. Jesus, how much did she take off? I said an inch and half max but I'm missing at least 3. I wonder if all hairdressers are really as crappy with hair as normal people - I bet they just make mistakes but instead of finding a new career, they just cut more hair...MY hair. Hell, if I wanted an awful haircut, I would've hacked away at it myself, plus I wouldn't have had to pay for the priviledge.*

Her: Right, now, do you want it blow dried and straightened?

Me: Erm, no, I have flat hair anyway, so the blow drying alone will be fine thanks.

Her: Any products?

Me: No thanks, like I said, I have flat hair and products weigh it down.

*She brushes my hair, AND THEN PUTS TWO PRODUCTS IN!!!*

Her: You have dry ends so these will just add a bit of moisture and shine.

Me: Err...Okay.
*Me thinking: Lady, I'm at least 2 sizes above the clothing size that society says I should be, I have a short neck and broad shoulders, my calves are bigger than my wrist. What makes you think I need something else to be neurotic about? Also, how can I have dry ends, when you just cut the ends off? Moisture and shine? I'm not applying for freaking Crufts (British dog show)*

*She then proceeds to blow dry my hair - do you remember when hairdressers used to be able to blow dry your hair with a round brush and a dryer? Yeah, me too, and that's still how I like it, unfortunately the lady working on my hair doesn't know how, and forgets that I don't want it straightened either, so she whips out a pair of GHDs (the devil's hair straighteners) and proceeds to straighten my hair to within an inch of it's life. Does anbody like having poker straight, flat hair? No, so why would I ?!*

At the end of this ordeal, I actually thank her about 5 times, pay her and run off to Topshop to sort it out in the changing rooms with 5 hairpins and a scarf...I looked like a boy.



Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Mindful Non-violence...

I'm currently fantasising about the work of Rotterdam-based design duo Vlieger & Vandam. I love the tongue-in-cheek Guardian Angel series - which is bound to raise eyebrows if you're seen toting it out and about, but they make for quite an amusing and relevant social statement about the times we live in - and the bold gendered graphics of the 'features without faces' bags.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Do you want to be my girl...

For days you don't 'get' Jeff Koons and you're sure that Damien Hirst is out of his damn mind,
when you're sure if you were around the same time as Toulouse-Lautrec and Gustav Klimt,
you'd feel nostalgic

...right about now.

Joshua Petker

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