Isn’t it amazing how you can watch a movie that you’ve seen hundreds of times throughout your life and still discover something new with every viewing? This is how I feel about the movie Labyrinth. Jim Henson really created a wonderful world with this film that I thoroughly enjoy escaping into every once in a while.
The story starts with Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), an imaginative teenager who is forced to babysit her stepbrother, Toby. As Toby cries, Sarah wishes that the goblins would come and take him away, which they promptly do. Sarah is distraught and the Goblin King (David Bowie) comes and offers her a magic crystal as payment for her brother. She refuses and sets off on a journey through the labyrinth to rescue Toby. Along the way she is tempted, tricked and meets many new friends. This is a coming of age story that highlights the challenges of that twilight time between childhood and womanhood–using Muppets.
David Bowie’s creepy wigs and very tight pants aside, he really puts his heart and soul into this performance and comes off appropriately terrifying and alluring. Jennifer is lovely and interacts with the puppets like a pro. But the puppets are the real joy of the film. The performances are wonderful and the designs are intricate and lifelike (much more so than the kind of disturbing puppets in The Dark Crystal). It might come off as a little bit silly on the first viewing, but give Labyrinth a chance and dig a little deeper. You’ll love it as much I do.
This is Misa’s Lost to the World from their Wanderlust Collection. This is 2 coats of a shimmery brown polish that sort of reminds me of chocolate milk. Not the most original color, but still very pretty. ~K
Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂
(3) Misa Shields Up is a pale green/gray/purple duochrome with silver glitter (3 coats)
(2) Misa Spaced Out is a medium gray with shimmer speckles (2 coats)
(1) Misa Beyond Infinity is a deep blue/gray with multicolored shimmer (2 coats)
Coming Soon: Gray Matter, The Great Green Whatsit and Phazers on Stunning
The Family Man is kind of like a reverse It’s a Wonderful Life, only instead of a man with a fulfilled life that he doesn’t fully appreciate, Jack (Nicholas Cage) is a financially successful man lacking in all of the important things. When he has a run-in with a mysterious, possibly angelic person (Don Cheadle) he gets a glimpse of what his life might have been like if he’d stayed with his college girlfriend (tea Leoni)and had a family. Suddenly, Jack is the father of two, works as a tire salesman and lives in suburbia. At first, he is freaked out and searches desperately for a way back into his old life, but eventually…well, you can probably work out what happens.
It’s nice to see Nicholas Cage playing relatively normal (and without a distracting hairdo to boot), but I have to say that Tea Leoni is perfect as his girlfriend/wife Kate. She has sort of an ageless, old Hollywood quality about her. I’m surprised she hasn’t been in more movies.
Danny Elfman’s score is good, but it often reminds me of his far superior work in Edward Scissorhands and I can’t help but think he is better suited to more whimsical films than this.
As I mentioned, this movie had a lot in common with It’s a Wonderful Life, but this isn’t your parents Frank Capra, people. There is swearing, infidelity, nudity and quite a bit of sex (talk, if not the actual deed). And the angel isn’t a lovable Clarence type so much as a terrifying, match to a powder keg type. Despite it’s title, this one isn’t for the whole family. Just keep that in mind when you’re looking for something festive to watch.
This picture is 2 coats of Misa’s Epiphany from their most recent fall collection. This is a really unusual shade because it is banana yellow, but the gold shimmer in it is so thick that it makes it look like a speckly gold. The formula was great (as was the formula of all the colors in this collection) and definitely a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for an unusual twist on a classic. ~K
I’m surprised at how well Toy Story has aged. I don’t mean the story, which is timeless, but the animation. Yeah, it’s a little bit rough, especially compared to the cutting edge 3D films that are pumped out almost weekly nowadays. But all things considered, the first full-length computer animated movie is still as awesome as it was in 1995. Especially awesome is the voice cast: I don’t think Tim Allen has ever been better than as Buzz Lightyear and Tom Hanks is just as good as Woody. The supporting cast is delightful and I’m glad that they had more to do in the sequels.
Woody is the top toy in Andy’s room until newfangled space toy, Buzz, shows up. In his attempt to take Buzz down, Woody unwittingly sends them both on an adventure full of danger and manly bonding (yes, I just used that expression). Some highlights are the claw game at Pizza Planet and Buzz’s freak out at Sid’s house (drunk on fake tea? hilarious!).
Normally, Randy Newman makes my eyes twitch, but he does a good job with the score and I even enjoy a few of his songs (although I would prefer someone else singing them).
My polish for today is Misa’s Beyond Infinity from the Surreal Escape Collection (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this collection). Beyond Infinity (doesn’t that name make you want to say Buzz’s famous line, “To infinity…and beyond!”) is a beautiful blue-gray (and anyone who knows me knows that this is my favorite color) shimmer. The formula was great; opaque in two coats and applied like a dream. Definitely a winner. ~K
Oh, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! I love you so much. I love the book. I love the movie. And despite popular belief, the two are not mutually exclusive. Sure, the plot of the movie is waaayyy different than the book, but the spirit of the book remains intact (in my humble opinion).
This is the story of Arthur Dent (the soon to be super famous Martin Freeman), a regular human with regular problems, like how he blew it with an awesome girl at a party or how his house is going to be bulldozed to build a bypass. But little does he know that his best friend Ford (Mos Def) is really an alien and a writer for galactic guidebook, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and that the entire planet is about to be bulldozed to build a hyperspace bypass. He and Ford catch a ride on an alien ship and have several harrowing adventures with Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), fugitive President of the Galaxy, and Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) the human girl Arthur missed out on before. (You can see where that’s going, right?)
This is imaginative, family-friendly entertainment that also gets you thinking a bit. Yes, the plot gets wrapped up a little too neatly, but who really likes downer endings? (Maybe Marvin (Alan Rickman), the chronically depressed android, but I couldn’t say for sure). The cast is amazing (especially Mos Def as underused Ford…he kinda takes a backseat to the more flamboyant Zaphod) and some of the sight gags are downright inspired (like when they all turn into yarn dolls after they activate the improbability drive…or the opening musical number, sung by dolphins). Definitely one of my favorites.
This is Misa’s Spaced Out, from their Surreal Escape Collection (Winter 2011). An awesome polish from an awesome collection. It is a light gray base with tons of multi-colored shimmer that gives it a sort of speckled look. This picture is two coats and the formula was a dream to work with. I loved this with my skin tone and didn’t want to take it off. (Which is saying something when you have as many polishes as I have.) ~K
Today I have a comparison of Sally Hansen’s Black Tie (index), Essence’s Chic Reloaded (middle), Pretty Serious’ Gargoyle Ganache (ring) and Misa’s It’s You! (pinky), all gray bases with purple/green/gold duochrome. This picture is 2 coats of each (and pretend the blue in the picture is green…the sky was very bright).
Gargoyle is the odd man out this time, with thicker shimmer and more color visible at all times. Chic had the best duochrome effect, but it also had a stubby, super thick brush that was hard to work with. It’s had a weaker color change effect and probably the thinnest formula, but I liked the brush. Black had a good shift and a good formula, but the green duochrome looked a little bluer to me than the others. Still, I would say that (aside from Gargoyle) these were close enough to be copycats.
I’m not sure when Sally Hansen’s Black Tie was released or what collection it is from
Ditto for Essence’s Chic Reloaded
Gargoyle Ganache is from Pretty Serious’ Monster Mash Collection (Halloween 2012)
It’s You! Is from Misa’s What I Like About You Collection (Fall 2010)
E says that You’ve Got Mail is her favorite Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film. For me, it’s a toss up between that and Joe Versus the Volcano (sorry Sleepless!). YGM is a modern retelling of the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner, but I have to say, it feels like this story was made for the internet era. Two strangers meet in a chatroom and fall in love. Unfortunately, these strangers are Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the head of a giant bookstore chain (kind of an obsolete business these days, ironically because of the internet) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) who owns a small children’s bookshop. There is an immediate attraction between the two, but that quickly devolves into snarky squabbling when they realize they are business rivals.
I like that Meg and Tom actually get to interact with each other in this one (as opposed to sharing almost no screen time in SiS) because these two have excellent chemistry. (It’s kind of criminal what passes for onscreen chemistry these days…I’m looking at you Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson!) Sometimes Nora Ephron’s dialogue gets on my nerves (“It’s like those people who…” or “I wouldn’t kick him/her out of bed for…”) but sometimes she hits the nail right on the head. And that woman sure could assemble some dynamite soundtracks (you just can’t go wrong with The Cranberries, right?). The CGI is very dated and the dial-up connections are adorably antiquated (not to mention the grammatically incorrect “you’ve got mail”), but if you are in the mood for a happy little romance (which I so often am) you can’t go wrong with this one.
At first glance, Misa’s It’s You! looks like a shimmery gray, but it’s actually a very neat green/purple duochrome (as you can see in the second picture). This is 2 coats and it has a pretty good formula. So, not very impressive in the bottle and in certain lights, but if you catch it at the right angle, It’s You! is awesome. ~K
For today I have a comparison of Misa Break Away (index), OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? (middle), Pure Ice Purple Reign (ring) and Jessica Witchy Wisteria (pinky). Supposedly there’s a Zoya that’s pretty close as well, but I don’t have it yet. Below is 2 coats of each color in direct sunlight.
As you can see, OPI Dutch and J. Witchy are pretty close to identical, but they are slightly bluer than M. Break. P. Purple is completely different from the rest with a dustier hue and thicker, more golden shimmer. As far as application goes, the Misa was probably my favorite.
Break Away is from Misa’s Fall 2012 Wanderlust Collection
Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? is from OPI’s 2012 Spring/Summer Holland Collection
I don’t know Purple Reign‘s collection or release date, but I know it’s available at Wal-Mart
Witchy Wisteria is from Jessica’s Spring 2012 Heavy Petal Collection
Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂
(6) Misa Lost to the World is a light chocolate brown with copper shimmer (2 coats)
(5) Misa Epiphany is a yellow gold with thick gold shimmer (2 coats)
(4) Misa Break Away is a deep purple with copper shimmer (2 coats)
(3) Misa Taking Chances is a golden orange with thick gold shimmer (2 coats)
(2) Misa Live Without Knowing is a brownish taupe with thick gold shimmer (3 coats)
(1) Misa Frozen in Time is a lavender/periwinkle with pink shimmer (2 coats)
I’m kind of torn on this collection. I mean, overall, it’s quite beautiful, but there are a couple that are copycats of other polishes. On the other hand, there are some that I think are rather unique. The thick gold shimmer in some of these really makes them stand apart, giving Epiphany, Taking Chances and Live Without Knowing a cool kind of speckled look. I love that they are all shimmers (because I’m quite shimmer biased), I just wish we could have had a little more color variety-like an awesome shimmery-speckly maroon. This is a fall collection, after all.
It’s kind of fun to see famous actors get their Klingon on. This time around it’s Christopher Plummer (who will always be Captain Von Trapp to me…sorry Chris) and David Warner. (What’s that you say? Who is David Warner? Well…he’s only the bad guy from Tron. That makes him famous in my book.)
Peace between the Federation and the Klingons is within reach when everything goes all pear-shaped and Captain Kirk is blamed. He and McCoy are shipped off to a frozen prison planet (a la Hoth…another Star Wars ripoff?) where they befriend a sexy shapeshifter (although befriend is probably the wrong word for what she and Kirk do).
I really enjoyed all of the Shakespearean references in this one (even though you can’t fully appreciate the Bard when it’s not in the “original Klingon”).
My polish for this movie is Misa’s Shields Up (from the Surreal Escape Collection), a light purple/green duochrome shimmer that leans a little silver. (The Klingons have a ship that can fire without lowering it’s cloaking device, which is what makes this polish appropriate.) It’s a little on the frosty side (which E loves and I hate) and has a horrendous drying time. (Note to self: Never paint nails and promptly jump in the shower. It’s not pretty.) The collection as a whole is very cool, but you could probably pass on this one. ~K