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Hollywood Dangerous

idoru.pngWhen I mentioned recently to a friend how hot I was to see: "Better Luck Tomorrow". She responded disparagingly: "what? that MTV movie?"--as if anything related to MTV would be crap (I think they're just distributing the film anyway.) The film was mentioned in an article about SARS fears:

A Fever Pitch of Fear (LATimes):

"Kowsigan Majuran, 15, an Alhambra High School sophomore, said his parents ordered him not to go see 'Better Luck Tomorrow,' the buzz film about Asian American honor students enmeshed in a crime ring. His mother, a Sri Lankan immigrant, said too many Chinese American children might be in the audience, and who knew what he might catch cooped up in a theater with them."

Ha! Makes me want to see the movie even more!

There were some funny quotes in this article about how "The Matrix" has affected the fashion industry:

Dressing to Dodge Bullets: That 'Matrix' Look (NYTimes):

"'Not since `Blade Runner' do I remember an action movie that has had that much style,' said Stefan Sagmeister, ... 'The slow-motion action, the uses of new technology, the special effects and the costumes, even the villains with their skinny ties, bad suits and queer sunglasses...'"

[Designer Karim Rashid said:]

"'I found the movie not the least bit prescient; it was even dated,' he said. 'We are looking at a future supposedly created by artificial intelligence ? one of bad suits, ill-fitting coats and cheesy shades? Is that the best they can do?'"

"What keeps "The Matrix" relevant is its unconventional subtext, perpetuated in every frame, that style saves --- that literally and metaphorically, a great leather trench coat may well be the best defense."

This article reminds me of the Tom Ford interview I saw years back on Charlie Rose (man, I wish I had a copy of that.) Tom Ford is in charge of design at Gucci. Charlie asked him where the leading edge of fashion was and he responded that without question it was Los Angeles--because of the influence of the film industry. When Charlie started to argue, saying that all the fashion magazines were published in New York, Milan, Tokyo etc. Tom Ford replied: "yes, but who is on the covers of those magazines?". They both agreed it was film stars.

He made the point that the world has adopted the [twisted IMO] Los Angeles conception of female beauty. Pushed up enhanced breasts. Plastic surgery. Fembots.



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