Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Tom Ford and Others in A Single Man.

    Hmm... When I say "Tom Ford," what's the first thing you think of?
    I'm guessing...previously the designer for Gucci, the (very) hot brunette male designer that has very erotic commercials, and Tom Ford eyewear.

    Well, Tom Ford's a movie director now and A Single Man is his first movie. Although, Colin Firth's oscar nomination for Best Actor in the film probably brought a lot of attention from outside the fashion circle, I have to say Tom Ford also did an amazing job. The script was stunningly refreshing, the camera shots blurring in and out, and the music and silence in the right places, A Single Man basically spoke for itself. Looking at the story, a post-middle age man, devastated by the leaving of his lover, planning to prepare for the last twenty-four hours of his life. I love how George Falconer (Colin Firth) so explicitly confronts Charley (Julianne Moore), his close-female friend & living in a life of quiet desperation, of her love for self-pity, how everyone has a love for their own self pity. There's also the beautiful Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), Falconer's student, who has realizes the inability to connect, feels ultimately alone, but still lives for the future.

    From another perspective, as I was reading the newspaper today, two movie reviewers put a lot of emphasis on Tom Ford's ability to create the sixties setting. And I absolutely love the sixties. I don't know where to start with that, but I'll stick to A Single Man for now. George's glasses (large square-ish black frames), the very pretty car (I think it was a Benz), the glass house, to Charley's makeup was all very authentically sixties. The big hair and the sleek black eyeliner look were all very impressive. And the clothes? It goes without saying that Tom Ford didn't let any piece of clothing go out of place. Double thumbs up to Colin Firth's suits and Julianne Moore's black and white gown.

    In addition to everything, I noticed two things. Number one: Nicholas Hoult (on the right). Remember that name. Because he's oh sooo pretty (well, it is a Tom Ford movie, to beautiful people should go without saying, no? and Nicholas Hoult is really pretty. haha.) His crystal blue eyes make you almost feel like that geeky girl that might accidentally say the chessy line of  "omg, you dad must have been a thief, because he stole the stars and put'em in your eyes." Plus I do see talent in him, he very well convinced me that he was an honest, yet somewhat confused, soul trying to find answers. I hope to see him around.

    Number two: The girl on the left, I remember her character being "Louis" but somehow, she's not on the cast list on Despite not knowing what her name is, the look is very iconic. The moment I saw it, I thought "Brigitte Bardot!" When I went be a bookstore later, I saw the cover of V magazine with Dakota Fanning channeling the same look. Does that mean the sixties and Brigitte Bardot look is back? Nonetheless, I love it.

    So, if you do have time, want some food for thought, and in the mood for a movie? Try A Single Man, I believe that you'll be impressed.


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