Souvenirs of a Young Love: “We are Forever Wed”

As I sat in a crowded movie theatre, watching The Great Gatsby (yes it has been out for almost a month and I finally went and saw it two days ago), I had a revelation and cried during a more happy scene in the movie. It was when Gatsby, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, said about the first time he met Daisy, who was played by Carry Mulligan:

“I knew the moment that I kissed her that we were forever wed.”

And somehow, for some strange reason, I began to silently cry in the movie theatre as I watched these two people inevitably lose each other forever. I would feel a tug at my heart and a twist in my stomach every time Gatsby said he was Daisy’s true husband and that they were truly husband and wife, despite Daisy being legally married to another man.

But this is frequent in the realm of literature. Take my favorite book of all time, Wuthering Heights, in which Heathcliff says he and Cathy were soul mates and wed since their first meeting as children. Or in the John Ford play, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, in which Giovanni repeatedly proclaims Annabella as his wife and when she is married to another man, despite her carrying his child, he kills her and takes her heart, saying his is entombed within hers the entire time. Or even the classic (insert eye roll here) love story, Romeo and Juliet, where they call each other husband and wife and proclaim an eternal love worth dying for. But is it possible to have a husband or wife without being legally married to them?

Yes. Yes there is.

I have friends who have felt that they have found their “soul mates” and the relationships did not work out, not because of anger or hurt, but just because they didn’t work at the time. Some have moved on, despite still holding a piece of their heart and soul separate for that previous person; and others have never been able to completely move on and hope they will reunite one day.

But in all honesty, it is because of my own personal relationship that I cried during this scene. He and I started dating about 7 months ago and he has honestly been the best thing in my life. I never felt as much love nor have loved anyone as much as I have loved him. And since being away from him on summer vacation, I have felt like there is a hole slowly bleeding in my chest. I miss him and sometimes start to randomly cry because I miss him, despite him being a text or phone call away. Every day I still wear every piece of jewelry he has ever bought me. And I can’t listen to “Lights” without starting to cry and at night I sleep on the right side, which is where I usually sleep when we are together.

We call each other husband and wife and talk about our futures together– where we will live, the names of our three children, and how we will take care of them with both of us with overly busy careers. We talk for hours a day, from when we get up until one of us (usually me) falls asleep.

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So, I wrote this because I thought about the concept of not being married to your husband or wife, but being legally wed to someone else whom you love but isn’t “the one.” And after reading all of this over again, I know I can’t let that happen to me or others. Now, is there the chance that unforeseen circumstances could arise for any of us and pull us away for a period of time?

Yes.

But will we hopefully come back together or hold onto the other person for as long as we both live, or even beyond that?

Yes.

So, with this piece of writing, I am saying that to the man whom I am so happily with, I am your wife and you are my husband. I will forever say “I do” to you and give my heart and soul strictly to you. You are the only man who can put a ring on any of my fingers and will feel empty without it somewhere on me. And you are the only man I will ever unconditionally love.

And, as a loved man once said, We are Forever Wed.

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Photo of the Month: May

Photo of the Month: May

Well, currently popular culture is swarming with 1920s fashion and references due to the release of the highly expected film, The Great Gatsby. Rather than picking one of the many current editorials of 1920s inspired fashion, I wanted to pay tribute to fashion history. Despite my upkeep of current trends and styles, I am a huge lover of fashion history. I am usually reading a biography on a designer (Chanel is one of my favorites to read about) or an era and how fashion impacted it.

This particular image is from the Vogue’s March issue of 1922. The cover is drawn by Georges Lepape (1887 – 1971), who was a big fashion illustrator from France. His career was at its peak from 1912 to 1925. He was also the first illustrator to introduce movement to images– he would draw models walking in and out of the image.

Vogue was the leading fashion magazine at the time and worked with such artists as Lepape and Salvador Dali. They showed both European and American fashions and showed the epitomization and wealth and desires of the era.

What do you think of the photo? Do you have a recommendation for June? And what do you think of all the 1920s fashion?

My Top Films of 2012

I know that this list is about a week late, but I had to cram in watching some films I had not had the opportunity to see earlier this year. There are 16 movies listed here, because I could not shorten my list to only 10 this year (unlike last year where I had to struggle to find 10) due to the plethora of good films that premiered this year. So, here is my list of the top films of 2012:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

This modern-day Breakfast Club is based on the novel of the same name, written by Stephen Chbosky (who also directed the film). This film stars Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, and Logan Lerman. Perks is an accurate portrayal of high school and the various relationships we make and the experiences we have as teenagers.

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  • Les Miserables

This film is the third adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1, 463 page novel about the French revolts of 1848. It stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Coen, and Helena Botham Carter. This film, directed by Tom Hooper, features the music from the iconic Broadway show and had the actors singing live (which was good and bad at its moments).

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  • Safety Not Guaranteed

This film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni. This film is about a group of journalists who go to do research on a man whom claims to be a time traveler and seeks someone to come with him (I swear, this is not based on Doctor Who). 

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  • Skyfall

This film stars Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, Ben Whishaw, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Berenice Marlohe. This is the third Bond film to star Daniel Craig and continues the series with Sam Mendes directing. This film is about Bond searching for a former MI6 agent, whom wants to destroy M and the reveal all of MI6’s agents’ identities.

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  • Django Unchained

This film, written and directed by Quetin Tarantino, takes on American Civil War era slavery in a similar way in which Inglorious Bastards took on the Holocaust and World War II. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. While this film is not as good as Bastards, Django still is humorous and has some of the best performances out of Waltz and DiCaprio in years.

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  • Excision

By far the weirdest film of 2012, Excision is about a medically-obsessed teenage girl who has bizarre fantasies, a difficult time associating with her peers, and wants parental affection by becoming a doctor (but she also has some psychopathic behavior). The film stars Annalynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Sumpter, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, and Marlee Matlin.

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  • Holy Motors

This film is also very strange, but in a different way than Excision. Holy Motors is about a French actor who is “reincarnated” with each new role he takes on. He loses more and more of himself as the film progresses and he takes on new roles. The film stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Monogue, Elise Lhomeau, Michel Piccoli, and Jeanne Disson.

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Perhaps one of the few films I have enjoyed in which a child is the main character of the movie (the only other one I can think of is last year’s film Hugo). This movie was completely carried by a seven-year-old girl, who is named Quvenzhane Wallis, and she pulled off a better performance than some adult actresses. This film also stars Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly.

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  • Brave

Let’s face it, I grew up in the Pixar generation. I remember being five or six and seeing Pixar films in theatres– so, I grew up watching these pieces of art when they first premiered on the big screen. So, that may make me a bit biased in regards to Pixar and their films. Nevertheless, I LOVED Brave and its wonderful heroine, Merida. This film was voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Furguson. This film is visually stunning– and the most stunning part? Merida’s hair of course (seriously, just check it out if for nothing else).

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  • Silver Linings Playbook 

I knew I would like this film from the trailer alone– after all, not many films have Bradley Cooper running around in a trash bag and Jennifer Lawrence actually showing her real talent. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Jacki weaver, and Chris Tucker.

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  • Anna Karenina 

This is the thirteenth film adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel in which a politician’s wife commits adultery with a calvary officer. This film stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Matthew MacFadyen, Kelly Macdonald, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (am I the only one surprised by the fact this guy was playing a nerd in Kick Ass about three years ago?). This film is expertly directed by Joe Wright, who has worked with Knightley twice before. It is visually stunning and brilliant to watch.

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  • Ruby Sparks

This film is the definition of “cute and quirky.” It is about a writer who creates “the perfect woman” in a story and one day she appears, but he can control her every movement and action. The film stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, and Chris Messina.

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

Now, this is a Wes Anderson film, which automatically it will be “quirky.” This film is about two ten-year-olds whom begin a romantic relationship at summer camp and create drama in their town when they run away. This film stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balshan.

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  • Looper

I am not a fan of time-travel films or shows (Doctor Who is an exception), but I liked this one a lot. While the second-half of the movie does slow down dramatically, it is an excellent film and handled the subject maturely without feeling the need to explain how the time-traveling worked in minute details. The film focused on a man, whose job is to kill people sent back in time by the government– but when his future self is sent back, he is conflicted and must battle himself to complete the job. The film stars Jason Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

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  • The Amazing Spiderman

While many people argued that this film was unnecessary, and while I do not disagree with that statement completely, I enjoyed this film. I loved Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s performances in this film, however the Lizard (Rys Ifans) was underused and never fully developed. I saw this film in theatres about three times and loved the visual spectacle of it all. Say what you will, I am partial towards Spiderman and loved this rendition more than any other Spiderman film ever made.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises 

Okay, I HATED The Avengers (and I know I may be getting some upset emails/comments about that statement, and I hope you do comment if you disagree) and really liked The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, there are some events that happened in the film that made no sense to me (i.e. how did Bruce Wayne get back into Gotham without any supplies when the government couldn’t?) and could have been edited (Bane’s voice). But, it was honestly the performances by Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Jason Gordon-Levitt that impressed me and made me like this film enough to put it on the list. If it were not for the performances, I would have absolutely hated this film (but not as much as The Avengers). 

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What do you think of my list? And which films do you consider to be the best of 2012?

Movie Review: Les Miserables

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I have secretly been wanting to play Eponine in a production of Les Miserables for a few years now– and this has yet to happen, but I was extremely excited to go to my local theatre and see the movie-musical adaptation of this beloved story.

Les Miserables is the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who was imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister and nephew, and his search for redemption and hopes of escaping his past. He is helped by a Bishop Myriel (Colm Wilkinson– theatre nerd fact: Wilkinson was the first actor to play Valjean in the London production in 1985), who provides him with the money to begin a new life,  and moves to Montreuil where he assumes the pseudonym Madeleine and creates a manufacturing business and becomes the mayor of the town. While Valjean is trying to desperately to recreate his life and redeem himself, the police officer Javert (Russell Crowe) is constantly chasing after him and hopes to re-imprison Valjean.

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Meanwhile, one of Valjean’s employees, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), is fired from her job for being in a fight that was not her fault, and is forced to being a prostitute in order to pay for her child Cosette’s (Amanda Seyfried) care at the Thenadrier’s (Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) inn. (WARNING! SPOILERS!) When Fantine dies, her daughter Cosette is rescued by Valjean, who swore to Fantine that he would protect her daughter, and raised by him. The story then jumps to 1832, when Cosette is a young woman and she lives with Valjean in Paris as college students are protesting against the monarchy. It is one revolutionary, Marius (Eddie Redmayne) who is friends with Eponine (Samantha Barks; who was raised with Cosette and is the daughter of the Thenadriers) and falls for Cosette. The story then shows Valjean’s acceptance of Cosette growing up and his role in the small revolution.

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This film was absolutely stunning. I loved almost everything about it– the cinematography, the acting, and the music. Now, this movie is one you either love or hate– there is no in-between on this film, to be honest– because of the style. Not only does this film include all 49 songs in the musical, but added a new one (called “Suddenly”). Furthermore, the shots in this film are very “artsy” and focus on the actors’ faces a majority of the time. I loved that this film had some elements in the novel that are not always in the stage production. (WARNING! SPOILERS!) Such as when Fantine has her hair cut off and some of her teeth pulled; when Valjean and Cosette are on the run from Javert outside of the wall of Paris; and that Javert’s back is broken and that is what kills him when he commits suicide.

Another thing that is amazing about this film is that all of the songs were sung live, which is why the songs are not as glossy and perfect as movie-musicals typically are. By far, the best singers were Hathaway, Jackman, and Redmayne– I cried during “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” and am still listening to it.

Overall, it is a very unique film and I think everyone should see it at some point before the Academy Awards, where this film will sweep the ceremony.

Now, while I loved this film so much, there were some things I did not love. Such as the transitions between scenes are very abrupt and have little connecting them and the end did not have Eponine in it until the group number, unlike the play version. And finally, Russell Crowe is the “weak link” in this film– he does not have a horrible voice (he is no where near as painful as Bronson in Mama Mia!) but in group numbers his voice sticks out painfully and seems worse when compared to other actors, especially Jackman. After watching this film, I think Hathaway and Jackman will walk away with Oscars– and Redmayne needs to be nominated at a minimum.

Les Miserables was first a novel written by French political exile Victor Hugo, who also wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and was published in 1862 (although Hugo began working on the novel in 1845). The unabridged copy of the novel, which I own and have read, is 1,463 pages long (see photo below of my copy). The novel is fantastically written and leaves an enormous impact on the reader in regards to the unique characters and details of France’s history after the Revolution, which is not as discussed in history classes and documentaries. If you really want to dedicate yourself to a novel for a few months that encompases both amazing characters and interesting history, then Les Miserables is for you.

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Les Miserables became a musical in 1980 in France and was then transformed in 1985 by Cameron Macintosh, who created the iconic version of this play. There was also a movie version in 1998, which starred Liam Nesson, but it focused on the novel alone and had a difficult time condensing it all into one film without removing characters or events. And there was a miniseries for television that was released in 2000, but once again focused strictly on Hugo’s novel and had difficult time condensing.

My Grade: 9.9/10

What do you think of Les Miserables? Have you seen the film, play, or read the book? And do you think it will win anything from the Academy?

The Music of Les Miserables

Well, we are two days away from the premiere of Les Miserables, which is based on the musical (which is based on the novel by Victor Hugo). I am a huge fan of the novel (all 2,000 pages of it) and the play (I have seen it once and cried three times)– and thus I cannot wait to go see this in a few days.

Just from Anne Hathaway’s rendition of the song “I Dreamed A Dream” this movie appears to be brilliant and will make me cry repeatedly. I am buying my tickets now and betting on an Oscar for Ms. Hathaway.

What do you think of the song and Hathaway’s rendition? Will you be seeing Les Miserables? And have you seen the musical and/or read the book?

The Best Movies, Songs, Designers, Photos, and Movie Trailers of 2012?

In January Trend will do its first “Best of…” and needs you to make some nominations! What do you think was the best movie? Who had the best song? Who had the best photograph? The best movie trailer (the film doesn’t have to be out this year to count, just the trailer)? And which designer had the best collections or trends? And which television show, whether totally new or had a new season, was the best?

Please nominate your favorites in the comments section for an official vote in December!

Photo of the Month: October

Photo of the Month: October

For the October issue of American Vogue, Keira Knightley graced the cover and had a beautiful editorial done on her. She is one of my favorite actresses because of her genuine acting and charisma– plus she stars in some of my favorite films (Never Let Me Go, The Duchess, Pride & Prejudice, and more). She is currently starring in the latest film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, which also stars Jude Law Aaron Taylor-Johnson and is directed by Joe Wright (who directed Knightly in Pride & Prejudice). She plays the title heroine and the film looks positively stunning– I will be going to see it the minute it comes out on November 9th.

I loved this photo more than any other in the editorial (although they are all beautiful). The dress in this photo is one of the costumes, which was designed by Jacqueline Durran, from the film.

What do you think of Knightley’s Vogue editorial? And will you be going to go see Anna Karenina?