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Class of 1987: The Eyes Have It – Opera, Dario Argento’s Last Masterpiece

15 July 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

1987 may be the year of the last great Argento movie.

The horror genre has known few voices greater or more influential than Dario Argento, a master craftsman and revolutionary stylist who, from his debut feature The Bird With the Crystal Plumage in 1970 through the late 1980s, is responsible for some of the best horror movies ever made: Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Phenomena. In 1987, he wrote and directed what might be his final masterpiece, the giallo-tinged slasher Opera, arguably his most technically accomplished—and bloodiest—film. While more of a standard whodunit than his abstract supernatural efforts, there is such precision to the photography, such expertly staged choreography both in front of and behind the camera, that the movie deserves to be named among his greatest works if only for the dazzling purity of the filmmaking on display.

Opera was my first exposure to Dario Argento, but it wasn't the full »

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A winning recipe with Courgette by Richard Mowe

30 March 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The eyes have it: Claude Barras with Courgette - and his box of tricks. Photo: Richard Mowe

From the moment it bowed in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last year until now, a modest budget animation film by an unknown director has been fêted and acclaimed at Festivals all over the world with, notably, an Oscar nomination and a César win in France. Claude Barras, the director of My Life as a Courgette (or Zucchini in the States) has barely had time to draw breath. He pauses to reflect on a phenomenal few months, his admiration for Nick Park and the Aardman Studios, his collaboration with French director Céline Sciamma, and why simplicity is the key to his work.

Richard Mowe: You have been living with My Life As A Courgette for quite some time - has it been a bit of an endurance test ?

Claude Barras: Yes, that »

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Amy Adams' Makeup Artist Shares a Smoky Eye Trick You Probably Never Thought About

30 January 2017 11:19 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The eyes have it. It's not often we see a dramatic smoky eye on Amy Adams—the Arrival star tends to wear neutral beauty looks on the red carpet. However, the SAG Award-nominated actress turned heads Sunday night in a stunning Brandon Maxwell dress, Tyler Ellis clutch and striking makeup, courtesy of celeb makeup artist Stephen Sollitto. "I'm usually super light-handed. I like a pretty natural look," said the veteran beauty pro. "We have the same aesthetic—[Amy] likes light makeup, too." But for the SAG Awards, Stephen was inspired by the color of Amy's Cartier necklace. Instead of going with a red-lip look, he decided to complement the ice-pool blue of the statement »

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