Over the weekend we saw A Single Man. Clearly one does not need my opinion to vouch for the fact that the film was excellent – given the fact that Colin Firth was nominated for an Academy Award for his role. Also, Colin Firth. The review should end right there. Except to mention that there is other male nudity as well.
In fact the dreaminess is not from him alone, but from the costuming, set design, visuals and cinematography. Not that I know a thing at all about those elements – simply that they were so well done that they shone so brightly it was impossible not to notice. I am guessing it was because this man – Tom Ford – was in charge of them.
See. He oozes sophistication and style and that translated 10 fold to the screen. Plus he was at Gucci. Again, Gucci, enough said about style. Everyone’s clothing, the style of the homes, the exquisite attention to detail are all impeccable. They also really make me want to invest in some hairspray, dark eyeliner and a teasing comb. My god the 1960’s looked like a ton of fun. Julianne Moore’s home had orange trees in the middle of it and her eye makeup was so dramatically silly it was envious.
The movie was thought provoking and interesting and of course at times wholly sad. (Theme for Oscar movies this year – you are born alone, you die alone. Anyone? ) But it left us wanting more and spending the majority of the rest of the night dissecting it over soup and salads. We also would kill for Mr. Ford to style our house (forget our wardrobes) – though the running joke is he would suggest burning it to the ground first.
For real though our big home improvement project of the year will get underway this coming weekend – we are going to pick out some hardwood floors. We feel it is high time that the Ginger-stained carpet in our living room be retired (don’t get us started on retiring Ginger) and that a more sophisticated (and less urine soaked) floor take it’s place. Will it meet the impossibly gorgeous standards of the home in the film? Hell no. But it will make us unreasonably happy.
Also on the agenda, more Oscar films – next up, Crazy Heart. I hear this will lead us to want to download some songs from the soundtrack. This seems a lot more do-able than say rebuilding our house. Or moving to the 1960’s.