4 items from 2013
We could debate endlessly the effect Heath Ledger’s death had on how people reacted to the Joker. Would he have still won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (probably not) and would The Dark Knight have raked in over a billion at the box office (certainly) had he not overdosed in January 2008? But ultimately, it’s fruitless and distracts from the over majesty of his last fully completed role (his actual final role was Tony in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, but he died before filming was completed).
The Joker embodies everything that was so revolutionary about The Dark Knight Trilogy. He was one of the most comic booky concepts and yet came out of the Nolan think tank as a realistic (as much a psychopathic clown could be), fully rounded human being. What still really amazes me, however, is that while he stole the show as far as iconography goes, »
- Alex Leadbeater
This week we published Bonnie Radcliffe’s excellent article about the costume design clues in No Country for Old Men (2007), including a breakdown of psychotic hit man Anton Chigurh’s (Javier Bardem) sparse but never black attire among a sea of check shirts and cowboy hats. Chigurh stands out as much as he needs to (note the snakeskin boots) but really he dresses to fit in. Like all the best villains he is not aware he is the bad guy; to Chigurh he is just doing a job.
So in honour of Chigurh’s distinctive western jacket and polyester trousers, we have a round up of some of the best villain related costume posts at Clothes on Film. Don’t judge a book by its cover, but if you do meet a man in pinstripe resort wear with a boater, perhaps avoid staying for dinner.
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- Chris Laverty
Feature James Clayton Feb 15, 2013
As the Academy Awards come round again, James introduces a few new Oscar categories of his own...
The red carpets have been laid down. The suits and frocks are tailored and vacu-wrapped ready for the spotlight. The champagne is on ice. It’s awards season, folks, and the stage is set for a ceremony of glitz, glamour and gong-grabbing glory. Smiles! Flash bulbs! Stars sweeping by! String orchestras playing in a major key! Razzle-dazzle showtime! (Applause!)
The slow stream of dramatic video montages punctuated by badly-delivered autocue announcements start to wash over everyone and it all seems to be safe and standard. Suddenly: Bang! Finally inspired to action by an especially awful Seth MacFarlane joke - “Well, if Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway win tonight, they’ll be ‘Less Misérables’!” (Laughter!) - Bane enters stage left.
“Let the games begin!” he mumbles before lurching forward to »
The Academy Awards go one smarter than BAFTA by including the late Eiko Ishioka for Mirror, Mirror in their Best Costume Design nominees. Otherwise it is business as usual for all the big hitters. However one other costume designer on this list especially deserves her statuette (clue: amazingly she has never been nominated before)…
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Mirror, Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
We have already covered the issue of only big name, big budget period and fantasy films getting a look-in for Costume Design awards Here; our response to BAFTA’s own commendable but safe list of nominees announced yesterday. Yet it is worth reiterating again that costume design is not always about display and certainly not scale. Priority number one: serve the narrative, which can be achieved a number of ways. »
- Chris Laverty
4 items from 2013
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