Don Jon

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A film about a body-building, womanizing, porn-addict doesn’t really sound like most girls’ cup of tea, but Don Jon is much more than that. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut doesn’t hold back – it is not your usual rom-com. Jon’s (Gordon-Levitt) life in New Jersey revolves around porn, going to the gym, porn, hooking up in clubs, porn, Sunday Mass with the family, and more porn. This is until he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a girl looking for the perfection of Hollywood romances, who is hot and elusive enough to make Jon give relationships a go. However, he can’t quite let go of porn. When Esther (Juilanne Moore) catches him watching it on his phone in a night class, it leads to an unlikely relationship which makes Jon question his reliance on pornography.

What is excellent about Don Jon is that it makes you think – how sexualised has society become? what does true love look like? does porn create anymore unrealistic expectations than all-star rom-coms? – whilst still being a really enjoyable film. Jon’s family are particularly funny, and music is used very wittily, with swelling violins contrasted with club beats. It’s one of a few films where I didn’t feel time passing: with stellar acting, slick production, and a tight script, I would watch it again in an instant. A sharp, witty, and thought-provoking debut from Gordon-Levitt – more please!

Wardrobe-wise, it has to be all about Scarlett Johansson as high-maintenance New Jersey girl, Barbara. To amp-up your day look, pair well-fitting skinny jeans with black heels, then add a tank top and leather jacket for a sexy, but relaxed, outfit. If your bum doesn’t quite live up to Scarlett’s (whose does?), the new denim leggings from Spanx may be just the thing. A little red dress will make you stand out, team with bouncy curls and a slick of eyeliner, and you’ll feel like a ‘dime’…

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  • Figure-hugging jeans
  • Bold dresses
  • Sky-high heels
  • Timeless leather jacket

Don Jon Fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 2/5

Jennifer’s Body – Halloween Special

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Written by Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body does have a hint of the wit and quirky humour of Juno – just a lot more gore. In this horror-comedy Megan Fox plays crazy-hot cheerleader Jennifer, who becomes a bloodthirsty demon that preys on boys. Her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) is the only one that knows the truth behind Jennifer’s bouncy hair and glowing complexion, but it does take her quite a while to do anything – basically leaving it until Jennifer goes after her own boyfriend, Chip. Whilst it provides a fun, trashy Halloween flick, I wouldn’t rush back to watch Jennifer’s Body, as there’s something a bit disconnected about the plot. I think there should have been more made of Needy’s doubts about her sanity, and I’m not quite sure whether the fire was necessary.

Using Jennifer’s look from the movie poster, you can create a great Halloween costume with pieces that can be mixed into your everyday wardrobe when you don’t feel like looking like a demon cheerleader. Splashes of red, a varsity jacket, and a pleated skirt, as well as sexy accessories, will give you Jennifer’s killer look – smear some fake blood around the mouth to look like a real maneater…

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  • Preppy pieces
  • Red accents
  • Suggestive accessories

Jennifer's Body fashionFor the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 3/5

Frances Ha

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Frances Ha is the only black and white film I’ve watched in a while – and it’s pretty beautiful. Given that most films nowadays are shot with bright colours, special effects, and maybe some 3D, I was a bit worried that I’d find the black and white disconcerting, but within seconds I’d completely forgotten. Telling the story of 20-something Frances (the talented Greta Gerwig) living in New York, Frances Ha brilliantly captures her struggles to become an official grown up: dealing with constant money worries, finding somewhere to settle down, and turning her love of modern dance into an actual career. It also explores the world of female friendships, including how relationships, traumas, and salary can all create divisions. The script, co-written by Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, is witty and pertinent – although Frances’ ability to blurt out the wrong thing can make you cringe, we’ve all been there…

 

Although you can only imagine the colours of Frances’ clothing, her style is an indie mix of ditzy florals, check shirts, and layers. Her looks can definitely provide inspiration for daytime casual cool, and her shearling jacket would be a great addition to any winter wardrobe. Team with a messy bun and a strong brow for the perfect outfit for struggling with your quarter-life crisis…

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  • Floral dresses
  • Oversized jackets
  • Layered shirts
  • Relaxed accessories

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For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 2/5

The Heat

The Heat Stills

From the director of Bridesmaids (Paul Feig), The Heat is another outrageous comedy with strong female leads, and the funniest film I’ve seen this summer. The film follows an uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who must partner-up with foul-mouthed, rule-breaker Detective Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug-lord. If you’ve seen Miss Congeniality – which I have about 70 million times – you’ll know that Bullock has this role down, and the chemistry between her and McCarthy makes for really enjoyable viewing. Although it takes a little while to really get going, The Heat had my whole screen laughing out-loud – and squealing about the memorable tracheotomy scene – especially over McCarthy’s comebacks. The supporting cast are also really good, especially Mullins’ argumentative family, and the albino DEA officer. As well as this, like Bridesmaids, it skilfully explores female friendship in a way that isn’t seen that much on screen. It may not be the best comedy of all time, but it certainly is one to see.

The fashion in the film is actually not that great, although does give handy directions on how to turn your pantsuit into a clubbing outfit if you’re not afraid of scissors… But, it does tap into the army, tough girl trend that is set to continue into AW ’13. Keep colours muted, and stick to non-shiny fabrics, but don’t be afraid to add some glam touches like heavy bracelets or a pair of earrings. So, soak up that girl power vibe and get ready to bring the heat.

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  • Camouflage
  • Muted tones
  • Studs and zips
  • Statement jewellery

The Heat FashionFor the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 2/5

Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham StillsWith January winding down to a close, I am feeling my New Year’s resolutions beginning to crumble already… What could be better to reignite my get-fit regime than one of the peppiest, funniest, and sportiest films I’ve seen? Bend It Like Beckham is one of my favourites, and one I come back to time and time again. If you haven’t seen it – watch it. Unlike the title suggests, you don’t need to know one thing about football to appreciate this truly British comedy about growing up and finding your way. Plus it is definite motivation to start sports, or just get down to the gym (that is one flat stomach Keira…)! The great soundtrack provides excellent backing for a workout – I always put on Basement Jaxx ‘Red Alert’ when I feel my energy levels dwindling.

The actual sports kit the football girls wear may not be amazing, but if you take inspiration from the bold colours of the saris, and combine it with practical pieces, you can create a bright gym look that you’ll want to show off!

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  • Bright colours
  • Flattering shapes
  • Comfortable fabrics

Fashion from Bend It Like Beckham

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5

Les Misérables

I’m not sure I’ve gone a day this month without hearing someone singing at least one of the songs from this (or belting them out myself), and with the film coming from the record-breaking musical, I’d expect nothing less. There’s been a lot of question over whether it lives up to the stage version, especially whether the actors can keep up with the songs – I say yes. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman could not give fuller performances, and even if Russell Crowe has a…different… style, the rest of the cast could be taken as real musical performers. The only fault I would have is the length – so make sure you don’t eat your popcorn in the first 20 minutes! Also, please wear waterproof mascara unless you want to journey home as a panda.

Now, fashion may not be your first thought on seeing this film – the rags of the French peasants don’t scream ‘must-have’ – but the colours, military elements, and use of volume are easily incorporated for a statement January look.

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– Red, white, and deep blue
– Military detailing
– Tailored waists
– Full skirts
– Layering

Les Miserables Fashion

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For the film: 4/5
For the fashion: 3/5