'Film'

Carrie, Debbie & La La Land

January 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lights that premiered Saturday night.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: A Review

November 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Over the weekend we saw the newest installment to the world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film takes place in 1920’s New York City and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander in his quest to round up all the mythical beasts that are known only to the witches and wizards of the world. The film takes its premise and title from a textbook used by students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the book was one studied by Harry Potter and other students and tells us the tales of strange and magical beasts from all over the world and how they can be used in magic. The film is very fun for all ages, I have to admit that there are a few “slow”spots but they don’t last long and there’s tons of action to make up for it. We get lots of backstories and hear mentioned names that we are familiar with, like Albus Dumbledore and the LeStrange family. If you have kids to entertain this coming holiday weekend Fantastic Beasts is a great way to do it, especially if they’re fans of the original eight films. From a design standpoint, there are lots of things to enjoy from all the 1920’s costumes and architecture as well as the always interesting interiors of Wizarding buildings and cars. Check out Fantastic Beasts and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Happy Halloween ~ Movie Monsters

October 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Happy Halloween to one and all, one of my most favorite things about this time of year is that you can find almost any monster or horror movie available on TV at one time or another. I’ve always loved scary movies when I was a kid I loved to watch them but would pay the price when it was time for bed, or perhaps I should say my parents paid the price when I was hollering for them in the night because I was positive someone or something was in my closet. Today, of course, we own all the great monster movies on BluRay and can watch them anytime we want, but it’s extra special to do it during the build-up to Halloween. I suppose the original Frankenstein is my favorite movie monster with his bride running a close second. Dracula is always good for some old world glamor and romance and of course the newer serial killers like Michael Meyers from the Halloween movie franchise or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. When I was in high school my friends and I would get together on Halloween to rent and watch the latest slasher movie that came out on video accompanied by wholesome snacks like nachos, chips, and dip and of course candy. Today in celebration of All Hallows Eve we are taking a look at famous movie monsters, both past and present, and celebrating their looks and design. Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Loving Vincent

October 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I had read an article a while back about a unique movie being done on the life of Vincent Van Gogh but then didn’t hear more about it until now. Last week I ran across an article on Huffington Post and now I’m very excited about this film called Loving Vincent, it will be the first ever “fully painted” feature film. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890 and is known by all as a tortured soul, never finding success in love or art until after his death when his artwork gained fame worldwide. The plot for the film was constructed using more than 800 letters that Van Gogh had written himself and of course one of the main challenges of this film is to capture the unique style of painting Van Gogh had and transfer that style to moving figures on a movie screen. Of course, Van Gogh’s works automatically make beautiful backdrops for this film, and animators have the major task of taking the movements of live action actors and covering them with brush strokes. The movie is due out in 2017 and stars actors Aidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan just to name a couple, you can check out the Loving Vincent website here, the trailer for the film is first thing below and I’ve included photos from the film to whet your appetite, I’m so looking forward to this in theaters next year. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Harry Potter Art Prints & Olly Moss

October 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It’s just a little over a week until Halloween and one thing that always pops into my head this time of year is Harry Potter, so I was very excited when I found about the new art print posters for all the Harry Potter books. The posters are done by British graphic artist Olly Moss and were created for the re-release of the German audio versions of the HP books. Moss took his inspiration for the covers and posters from holiday travel posters during the “golden age of British railway.” Moss says he loves the idea of Harry getting on a train every year and heading off to a new adventure. Moss chose to use a very 1950’s color palette for the works and says he’s a huge fan of 1950’s design. Moss is known for his recreations of movie posters and putting his own spin on them. The new HP posters all have the same view of Hogwarts, with the castle being high on the hill and in foreground figures are seen having to do with that titles events, until you get to the end and The Deathly Hallows where we see the destruction of Hogwarts. If you are interested in purchasing the posters they are available to purchase for a limited time as a set of seven or individually and can only be bought through the Olly Moss website here, great holiday gift for that die-hard fan. Don’t forget the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film comes out on November 18, for now, here’s a look at the new artwork. Enjoy!!!

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Celebrating Hitchcock

August 12, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I’m a huge fan of the movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock and tomorrow would have been Hitchcock’s 118th birthday so I was trying to find something that tied Hitchcock and design together and stumbled onto the artwork of Polish artist Michal Krasnopolski. Krasnopolski is a graphic designer and art director living and working in Warsaw, Poland, and the man loves Hitchcock movies and bright colors as much as I do. There are three posters he’s created featured on his website that I’ll share with you today, there’s also several other works of poster art for television shows and other blockbuster films, check out Krasnopolski’s website to see them. Enjoy!!!

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Ghostbusters 2016

July 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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We go to quite a few movies and I don’t always talk about them on the blog but today I feel compelled to talk about the new version of Ghostbusters that released this past weekend. I’m a child of the 80’s and I was in the theater every time a new movie came out, good or bad my best friend and I were in those seats at the Showest in Weatherford, Oklahoma, so I was intrigued about the new all-female version of Ghostbusters since I was there for the original in 1984. I have to tell you that this movie is great, there’s been a lot of hype about the film, especially a lot of hateful comments because it was (A) being remade and (B) because it was being done with an all female cast.

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The movie stars four of the 21st century’s great female comedians, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as well as a very funny Chris Hemsworth. The movie is fun to watch with of course all the latest in special effects, the movie is fast paced and the jokes and one-liners are flying left and right. Melissa McCarthy is her usual funny self as one of the leaders of the group as is Kristin Wiig with her self-deprecating humor, as she starts out as an academic that gets sucked into helping rid NYC of spooks. I love the humor of Kate McKinnon, she’s over the top while at the same time some of her humor is very subtle and you have to pay attention for it. Leslie Jones is Saturday Night Live actor who is hilarious, she comes on board as a novice ghost hunter but she is an expert on NYC.

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It was fun watching for the cameos of Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson, who all starred in the original film. the movie is directed by Paul Feig who has collaborated with McCarthy on other films like Spy, Heat and directed she and Wiig in Bridesmaids. If you have a chance I would definitely see this movie in the theater, ignore the bad reviews by pompous critics and the comments of the misogynists who don’t like change. Oh and before I forget, stay all the way through the end of the credits, the credits themselves are fun to watch, photos of Chris Hemsworth, but there’s a teaser at the very, very end. Enjoy!!!!

4 Book Recommendations From Tabulous Tomes

May 13, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I’ve told you before how much I love to read, I always have a book going and I try to read some every night before going to sleep. I love all types of books: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mysteries, anything historical, but my favorite genre of books is the biography (and autobiography). I really enjoy getting to learn about people, I think people are fascinating creatures and learning why they did what they did when they did it is so much fun. I enjoy reading about celebrities and movie stars, political leaders and their families, royalty and of course artists and designers from both the worlds of interior design and fashion design. Today I want to share with you a few of the books I’ve finished over the last few weeks and hope to make this a regular feature here on the blog. I hope you see something on here you like and let me know if you decide to read any of them, Enjoy!!!

A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen

 

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I’ve always been intrigued by Candice Bergen’s life story, growing up in Hollywood and Beverly Hills the daughter of Edgar Bergen, a man who gained fame and fortune from being a ventriloquist on the radio. In A Fine Romance Bergen shares her life with us after she leaves home and sets out on her own, the story of her first apartment in NYC and her modeling career which led to acting and movies. Finding love with French movie director Louis Malle and the story of their life together here in America and at their country home in France, as well as the struggles she had as a first-time mother when her daughter Chloe didn’t seem to bond and was distant. Candice Bergen relates what it was like when she finally found almost overwhelming success as the lead in the 1980’s sitcom Murphy Brown, which brought her fame and fortune as well as taking a toll on her marriage. Bergen is very candid about the struggle she and her family faced when Louis Malle was diagnosed with a brain condition that eventually led to his death in 1995. Today Bergen has love again in her life with her second husband Marshall Rose which involved leaving Los Angeles and returning to New York as well as a new relationship with daughter Chloe. If you enjoyed Bergen as Murphy Brown then you’ll enjoy this book that’s both a walk down memory lane as well as a confession of sorts, funny warts and all. 

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Fashion Documentary: The First Monday In May

May 10, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Fashion can create a dream,
Fashion can create a fantasy.
                            Anna Wintour

Last Monday, May 2nd, was the legendary Met Gala in New York City, THE event of the year when the worlds of art and fashion collide to raise money to make it possible for the two worlds to coexist under one roof. Every year those of us who love fashion, art, celebrity, glitz and glamor always wait in great anticipation for the photos to show up on our computers to see who was at the party and more importantly what they wore. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there are people working night and day and literally months and months to make a celebration such as the Met Gala happen, and now we can see the work as it happens in the new documentary The First Monday In May.

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First Monday follows Andrew Bolton, Curator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, as they collaborate on the social event of the season. The film follows this duo and their teams of people in 2014 and early 2015 as they put together the 2015 show China: Through The Looking Glass, a retrospective on the influence of the country of China and it’s people on the world of fashion.

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May The 4th Be With Your Art

May 4, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Today is May the 4th and you know what that means, a celebration of all things Star Wars. Last year I did a post on this day about any and all things Star Wars so today I thought I would zero in more on one category and of course its ART!!!! As I’ve gotten older I’ve become happy with having a smaller manageable home, but there are times I wish I had tons more wall space just so I could collect and display more art and today’s post is filled with images of our favorite intergalactic heroes, and villains that I would love to grace the walls of my home. I’ve tried to find the best Star Wars “Fan Art” I could share with you and in that search, I’ve discovered all kinds of different styles of art interpreted with the characters from a galaxy far, far away. Join me today for a look at these collectors pieces and follow the links to find out where they’re available. Have a wonderful Wednesday and May The Force Be With You, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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