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Mirror Mirror & Orly Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

When I heard they were doing two Snow White movies last year, I was a little surprised, as Snow White is not my favorite fairy tale. I’m not really a Kristen Stewart fan, but I rather like Julia Roberts, so I elected to see Mirror Mirror in theaters instead of Snow White and the Huntsman (a girl on a tight budget can only shell out the big bucks for so many movies, ya know?). After finally seeing the latter, I knew I had made the right choice with Mirror Mirror. I like a good, epic-type movie as much as the next person, but Mirror Mirror was just so much fun! I know, I know, parts of it are really silly, but other parts are genuinely hysterical (Armie Hammer licking Julia Roberts’ face, comedy gold my friends!).

The story starts off in a pretty familiar vein: Evil queen, beautiful princess, handsome prince, seven dwarves, and a magic mirror. Where this story goes off a little is when the dwarves teach Snow White to fight and she has a really fun battle with the prince. In this version, the queen also decides to marry the much younger prince upon learning of his family’s extreme wealth. Since he’s totally smitten with Snow White, even after she bests him in the forest, the queen has a problem, but not one that a little love potion can’t fix. Unfortunately, the queen gives the prince a puppy love potion, hence the face licking. Luckily for the prince, Snow and the dwarves kidnap him before the queen has a chance to marry him and after many failed attempts, they figure out how to break the spell (hint: it involves lips). Of course good triumphs over evil and Snow gets to rub her happy ending in the queen’s face. There’s also a funny, albeit a slightly odd, Bollywood type sequence at the end.

Although the cast of this movie is absolutely fantastic, the real star is the stunning visuals. The colors of the sets and costumes are incredibly eye-catching; the entire production design is just lovely.

Orly Mirror Mirror

When K told me about Orly’s Once Upon a Time Collection, I was pretty excited, since I love me a good fairy tale. Plus it had a polish called Mirror Mirror, which was perfect for this movie. Then the polish came and I was a little disappointed. A plain old gray cream, with absolutely no sparkles to be seen? I mean, doesn’t everyone know that princesses love things that sparkle?

Well, I put on the polish, and of course I liked it.  I always thought I wasn’t a cream polish person, but apparently I am.  I also didn’t realize I liked gray polishes, but they seem to go really well with my skin tone.  Who knew?  Anyway, this picture is three coats and it definitely needs a third coat to smooth everything out.  Even though it didn’t sparkle, I still liked Orly’s Mirror Mirror. ~E

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Listed from least favorite to favorite. 🙂

Orly Ingenue

(2) Orly Ingenue is plum pink with thick gold shimmer (2 coats)

Orly Au Champagne

(1) Orly Au Champagne is a matte white shimmer (2 coats)

Coming Soon:  Oui, Androgynie, Le Chateau and Ma Cherie

Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson is the coolest. She’s won an acting Oscar and a writing Oscar (a combo Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been dreaming about for years), and she strikes me as someone who you could hold an intelligent conversation with about pretty much any topic. One of my favorite Emma Thompson movies is her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Not one of Miss Austen’s easiest books to read, but Emma managed to bring the story to life with wit and humor. In it, she plays Elinor Dashwood, a young woman whose family is thrown into instant poverty with the death of her father. Fortunately, Elinor is sensible and manages to economize, while hiding her love for unavailable Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant, at his adorably bumbling best) and dealing with her overly passionate sister, Marianne (Kate Winslet).

This is a very sumptuous adaptation, with gorgeous locations, costumes and beautiful music courtesy of Patrick Doyle. All of the actors are fabulous (I like to play “Who Played Who in the Harry Potter Movies” while I watch), with special mention going out to Alan Rickman as the brooding, lovestruck Colonel Brandon. I have never found him more attractive than I do in Sense and Sensibility. Another interesting fact about this movie is that both Thompson sisters (Emma and her sister Sophie) found their husbands during filming. Emma later married the actor who played John Willoughby (one of Marianne’s love interests) and Sophie married the actor who played Robert Ferrars (Edward’s younger brother). That’s kismet for you!

Orly Ingenue

This is Orly’s Ingenue, a pretty plum pink polish with tons of gold shimmer. I put on 2 coats, but I probably could have done another one for complete opacity. I know that these shimmery polishes are a dime a dozen, but I can’t resist them. They are so beautiful on my fingers that I just want to sit an stare at them all day. ~K

 

Ladyhawke & Orly Fowl Play

Ladyhawke

There are some who think Ladyhawke is a silly movie with a totally anachronistic score (I’m not naming names…*cough*…my sister). Maybe their right…but I love it anyway. It is the story of a pickpocket (Matthew Broderick) who is swept up in the epic love story of a man (Rutger Hauer) cursed to be a wolf at night and his lady (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is a hawk by day. This is a particularly cruel curse in that they are always together, but can never truly be…you know, together. They need this particular pickpocket to help them get revenge on the bishop who cursed them.

Sure the music is a little dated, but I still think it’s beautiful. I have the soundtrack on my ipod and listen to it a lot. The cinematography is breathtaking and the story is magical. They just don’t make movies like this anymore.

Matthew is adorable (like a medieval Ferris Bueller). Michelle is completely gorgeous, while Rutger is super intense and strangely attractive. Definitely a good, watch, so check it out sometime.

Orly Fowl Play

For this movie, I chose Orly’s Fowl Play from their Birds of a Feather Collection. The above photo was 3 coats plus a topcoat. This polish is kind of sheer, but I think it was worth it. Look at all of the things it’s got going on: deep purple jelly base, tiny silver glitter, larger iridescent glitter and color-shifting flakes. It’s pretty much gorgeous, right? Definitely a winner, Orly! ~K

Rock of Ages & Orly Rock Solid

Rock of Ages

I’ll admit it; I didn’t know a lot of the songs covered in Rock of Ages. I’m not really up on my ’80’s rock (I was listening to ’60’s rock in the ’80’s). So I wasn’t as interested in the premise of this movie as others of my generation might be. However, I like a good musical, so I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good musical. I think Les Miserables has spoiled me for traditionally recorded movie musicals. The actors look so ridiculous mouthing to their own voice tracks–I can’t even take them seriously anymore. But that’s not Rock of Ages big problem. It’s too long, too boring and too disjointed. Even the actors don’t seem to take the proceedings very seriously, except for Tom Cruise who commits fully as Stacee Jaxx, a boozed up parody of veteran rockers. And Tom has a surprisingly good voice…he’s come a long way from the cocky jet pilot who brayed “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” in Top Gun.

The plot is surprisingly uncomplicated for such a very long film. A young singer with big dreams (Julianne Hough, skanking it up as usual) arrives in LA only to become a waitress and then stripper. She meets another young dreamer (Diego Boneta) who actually does make it to the big time, only to be transformed into a boy band wannabe. These two crazy kids fall in love with the backdrop of a failing rock club where the aforementioned Stacee Jaxx got his first big break. This club is on the verge of being shut down by the mayor’s fanatic wife (Catherine Zeta Jones) and her posse of religious housewives, so the owner (Alec Baldwin, looking old and scruffy) stages a comeback for his old friend.

If you’re interested in the music or curious to hear these assorted actors sing, pick up the soundtrack. Otherwise, skip this one.

Orly Rock Solid

This is Orly’s Rock Solid, a gunmetal gray shimmer with large flecks of silver and bits of holographic glitter. The above picture is 3 coats (this one was surprisingly sheer for a polish with so much going on) and no topcoat, which left it surprisingly rough to the touch. ~K

Elf & Orly Naughty or Nice

Elf

There is a special shelf in my heart reserved just for Will Ferrell, and nowhere do I love him more than in Elf.  Will plays Buddy, “a human raised by elves” on a mission to find his birth father. In the process he discovers the big world beyond the North Pole, namely Manhattan and all of its dubious wonders. He discovers family and makes new friends, while spreading Christmas cheer to a jaded shopgirl (Zooey Deschanel) and his perpetually-on-the-naughty-list dad (James Caan).

Will perfectly captures that childlike innocence, the unconditional love and unshakeable belief that we should all embrace at Christmas (and all year round, I guess). One of my particular favorite moments (and there are a lot of those in this movie) is when a store employee offers Buddy a whiff of fruit bodyspray and he squirts it into his mouth. His horrified whimpering and hand waving is priceless!

Elf is a wonderful Christmas movie to watch with the whole family, there’s a little something for everyone: plenty to keep the young ones entertained, but enough wit and humor to keep the adults engaged as well.

Orly Naughty Or Nice

Today’s polish is Orly’s Naughty Or Nice, from their ‘Tis the Season Collection. This is a very dark purple, almost black. The above picture is two coats without a topcoat. This applied very well and had excellent coverage. I wish it was just a teensy bit lighter, because, as you can see, the purple is pretty much overwhelmed. Still, a lovely polish. ~K

Noises Off & Orly Take the Plunge

When I was younger, we rented Noises Off all the time. We thought it was the funniest thing ever. And it pretty much is. I guess we just didn’t notice the two F-words. Anyway, this is the story of a group of crazy people putting on a play (and by crazy people I mean theater people…don’t worry, I come from a theatrical family, so I say that with love). And I don’t know if I can give you more of a synopsis than that. Utter chaos ensues, but utter hilarity ensues as well. In each successive performance of the play (which is pretty darn funny on its own), the actors start losing control and backstage drama takes center stage.

The entire cast is great and each has their moment to shine. A particular favorite is Denholm Elliott as Selsdon. He practically steals the movie, and with a cast this talented, that’s saying something. Also great are John Ritter, Mark Linn-Baker and Carol Burnett.

Something a little less funny…as I was watching, I realized that half of the men in the cast are dead, most of them way too soon. Although that makes me sad, I am glad that they were able to make such an entertaining movie (and so many more) before they went. And the following is a personal message going out to Michael Caine:  Dear Michael, Don’t. Ever. Die. Please?

Unless you’ve seen Noises Off as many times as I have, you might not understand the connection between the movie and the name of this nail polish. (It’s one of Carol Burnett’s lines.) Take the Plunge is an extremely sheer purple-gray shimmer. The above picture is three coats, and you can hardly see it. Definitely needs a petticoat, unless you’re looking for something reeeaaalllly subtle. ~K

Robots & Orly Robo Romance

I did not think that I would like Robots the first time I saw it. There were a lot of juvenile gags (and the hated fart jokes), things that I’ve never found overly amusing (even when I was a juvenile). But I watched it with my brother, and he’s the kind of guy who, when he laughs at something, you can’t help laughing too.

Robots is the story of Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor), a small-town inventor with big city dreams. He goes to meet his idol, Big Weld (Mel Brooks), only to discover that Big Weld has been exiled and his company taken over by egomaniacal Ratchet (Greg Kinnear) who wants to send all outmoded robots to the chopshop owned by his mother, Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent…yes, he’s playing a woman). Rodney falls in with a misfit group of bots, including Bender (Robin Williams) and his sister Piper (Amanda Bynes) and together they fight to put a stop to Ratchet’s machinations.

There are some really cool sequences in this movie, like Rodney’s first use of the public transportation system in Robot City and Rodney and Fender’s (balletic) fight scene. The voice acting is all top notch, except for maybe Halle Berry as Rodney’s love interest, Cappy. She sounds like she’s not at all sure what she’s doing in this zany movie, and leaves me wondering the same thing. Special mention goes out to the always wonderful Stanley Tucci as Rodney’s dad and Paul Giamatti as Tim, the nasty little gatekeeper at Big Weld Industries.

This picture is 3 coats of Orly’s Robo Romance, a very sheer and very pale pink base with lots of iridescent glitter. This one was surprisingly smooth for a glitter polish and only needed one coat of topcoat. The formula was a little thick, but not too bad. I think this would be an excellent choice for someone who needs a work appropriate polish with a bit of an edge. ~K

The Rocketeer is one of my all-time favorite comic book movies. It was made during that time in the late ’80s-early 90’s when Disney made a handful of uplifting live-action movies (Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, White Fang, Newsies, etc.) that were just about as good as their animated films.

Billy Campbell (oh so dreamy!) plays hotshot pilot Cliff Secord, who stumbles across a prototype strap-on rocket that is the subject of a mad search by everyone and their dog (gangsters, Feds, Nazis…even Howard Hughes). With the help of his mechanic friend Peevy (Alan Arkin, who I prefer to think of as adorable Peevy rather than uber-creepy Harry Roat from Wait Until Dark), Cliff rigs himself into a soaring superhero, known as The Rocketeer. Unfortunately, scheming Hollywood superstar, Neville Sinclair (the always wonderful Timothy Dalton) is out to seduce Cliff’s actress girlfriend, Jenny (Jennifer Connolly) in order to get to the rocket.

The casting here is spot on. I read that Disney originally wanted Johnny Depp to play Cliff, which I think would have made this a very different movie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVELOVELOVE Johnny, but clean-cut boy scout characters are not his forte. James Horner’s majestic score is beautiful and emotive (whenever I hear it, I wish I was in Disneyworld, where it’s part of the Epcot soundtrack) and the effects are impressive, considering the lack of CGI (which I think is overused these days anyway).

Another thing I like about this movie is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously–there are plenty of jokes and subtle winks at the audience. I love Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and Joss Whedon’s  The Avengers was freaking awesome, but I feel like the current trend in comic book movies is to take themselves waaaayyy too seriously. They’re called comic books, for crying out loud! Loosen up, people!

I have to admit something here: I bought this polish specifically for this movie. I usually try not to do that, but that’s how much I love The Rocketeer. Rockin’ Rocket comes from Orly’s 2010 holiday collection called ‘Tis the Season. I don’t really understand what rockets have to do with Christmas, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, this polish is gorgeous! It’s a deep, plum-y red with tons of gold shimmer that gives it an almost duochrome effect. This picture is two coats and the application was heavenly. I found that the rest of the collection was pretty spectacular too. Definitely worth a look-see. ~K

Just My Luck & Orly Lucky Duck

E. has loved Chris Pine since we first saw him in Princess Diaries 2. In fact, she loves him so much that she actually called dibs on him while watching Star Trek (I called Chris Hemsworth, fyi…although both Chrises are extremely attractive). What I’m getting at is this: Don’t be surprised if you see several Chris Pine movies reviewed here over the next week or two. We seem to be on a kick.

Just My Luck is a mere bit of fluff, as movies go. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it is a sweet love story with a slightly supernatural angle…and it has Chris Pine. Lindsay Lohan plays a young professional (which I don’t buy for a second, because she looks–and acts–like a teenager throughout) who is also the luckiest person alive. For example, she describes herself as being “good” at those scratch and win lotto cards. Meanwhile, Mr. Pine is a nerdy band manager who (you guessed it) is also the unluckiest person in the world. When they swap saliva at a masquerade party, their fortunes are reversed, and suddenly Chris can do no wrong (which he can’t…in E’s book anyway). That leaves poor Lindsay struggling along with the rest of us mortals and I have to say, it’s very enjoyable to watch her suffer (that’s called schadenfreude, in case anyone was wondering). On the other hand, Chris Pine’s character is perfectly adorable and I rooted for him the entire film.

Lindsay is still a redhead here (did the ca-razy show up at the same time as the peroxide?) and although I’ve never understood her appeal (except for Parent Trap…she was cute as a button in that) she gives it her best. You can see the end coming from a mile away, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the ride a little. As I said, fluff.

Lucky Duck is a jade green creme from Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection. This picture is 2 coats that applied like a dream. I was really worried that this color would really bring out the red tones in my skin…and it did a bit, but not as much as I expected. I really liked how this looked on me and I would definitely wear it again. ~K

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