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Review: The Duchess

Those who loved or hated the biographical film Marie Antoinette will certainly find a compromising ground in The Duchess. Based on the life of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (where many historians parallel her life with Princess Diana of Wales), the film remains an exquisite exhibit of women’s testament and of course, flawless sense of aristocratic fashion. With big stars such as the lovely Kira Knightley and the veteran Ralph Fiennes, the film is destined to draw a respectable group of movie enthusiasts and historians alike, but is the final picture as faultless as the sense of fashion, or intolerable as the cold marriage relationship that was portrayed?

Based on Amanda Foreman’s bestselling biography, The Duchess tracks the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. But even as her power and popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in England who didn’t seem to adore her was her very own husband, the Duke, as she couldn’t births a male heir to him. As their relationships grew troubled, a series of resulting controversies and convoluted liaisons would leave all of London talking.

The film definitely gets a high nod for its gorgeous depiction of 18th century England that was glorious with hair feathers and hats, colorful dresses with intricate designs, and tasty wines and addictive gambling. Indeed, the costumes and stage design definitely deserves the Oscar buzz it’s been greeting. Of course, such shallow depiction won’t save the film from harsh critics, and thankfully, the film managed to pull some strings and notable performances that in the end saved it from mediocrity. Kira Knightley’s presentation of 18th century English aristocrat is certainly believable but there are few moments where we couldn’t even generate some sympathy toward her character. Alas, this is not to say that her depiction was off, in fact it was excellent, but perhaps witnessing her next to Ralph Fiennes might be the problem, because he certainly commanded the whole film with a certain, few amount of scenes and sentences; his movements alone can formulates the script with ease. The story, unfortunately, is slightly predictable and uninspired; I’ll be amazed if someone named the film “original” or “extraordinary”. This might have been avoided if the newcomer director Saul Dibb focused on the political life of Georgiana a little more instead of heavily focusing on her love life. We can definitely detect this sentiment when the film comes to its finish and leaving us wanting for more. Thankfully also, the soundtrack was as engaging and moving as the high point of performances administered from the role players, and that alone can be incredibly satisfying.

Incomplete biography and sagging (although mostly great) performances might not make this film a royal treat, but witnessing the chemistry and the engagement between Knightley and Fiennes can alone make up for the price of the admission ticket. The life of The Duchess of Devonshire was modestly brought to life with an excellent showcase of costumes and décor that would certainly please most fashion enthusiasts. Fans of historical drama will cherish this movie, but probably not as long as they hoped for. Regardless, the film is delightful, rich, and thankfully not as preposterous as “The Other Boleyn Girl“, and thank God for that.

The Bottom Line

B-

The Unzipped Skirt

In a crowded city at a crowded bus stop, a beautiful blonde was waiting for the bus. She was decked out in a tight leather mini skirt with matching tight leather boots and jacket. As the bus rolled up and it became her turn to get on, she became aware that her skirt was too tight to allow her leg to come up to the height of the first step on the bus.

Slightly embarrassed and with a quick smile to the bus driver she reached behind her and unzipped her skirt a little thinking that this would give her enough slack to raise her leg. Again, she tried to make the step onto the bus only to discover she still couldn’t. So, a little more embarrassed she once again reached behind her and unzipped her skirt a little more and for a second time attempted the step and once again, much to her chagrin she could not raise her leg because of the tight skirt. So, with a coy little smile to the driver she again unzipped the offending skirt to give a little more slack and again was unable to make the step.

About this time the big Texan that was behind her in the line picked her up easily from the waist and placed her lightly on the step of the bus. The blond went ballistic and turned on the would-be hero screeching at him, “How dare you touch my body!! I don’t even know who you are!”

At this the Texan drawled, “Well, ma’am, normally I would agree with you but after you unzipped my fly three times, I kinda figured that we was friends.”

Musing: Shopping In Kuwait

Despite the herds of Muhajababes that seem to stare deep into my soul while buying the most provocative outfits…

Despite the Kuwaiti retailers that look insulted when you ask them for a bigger size of pants…

Despite the Lebanese sellers that seem to know French more than English, and have the slightest clue on who Ewan McGregor is…

Despite the gay bodybuilders who cannot wait to screw each other and have an orgy in the middle of the mall…

Despite the Mulla-looking dudes that are lurking in a place where they consider a “devil’s haven”…

Despite the flocks of youth that didn’t’ hit puberty but have a knack on hitting on girls who are 10 years older…

Despite the Indian car drivers that have no problem on running you over in the parking lot…

Despite the Westerns that got BBQed from the heat…

Despite being a racist while writing this post…

Shopping in Kuwait still has its charm and splendor.

Dolse & Gabbana!

Yesterday, I was strolling in one of the outdoor malls we have in my area, along with my friend Joe. We came into a Sunglass Hut store and we deiced to browse in for a little bit. I picked up a Dolce & Gabbana sunglass that I thought it looked good on me, and actually decided to buy it, but I wanted to confirm its price just in case.

Me: Excuse me, how much is this Dolce & Gabbana sunglass?

I emphasized the “che” while pronouncing Dolce. He looked at me like I just insulted his sister.

The Salesman: Ah, you mean Dolce & Gabbana sir.

He pronounced Dolce as in “Dolse”.

I smiled and tried not be a bitch about it.

Me: No, I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced “Dolche” not “Dolse”. Just like Dulce de Leche ice cream flavor. It’s an Italian brand after all and this is how Italians pronounce it.

The Jerky Salesman: Sir, I’m certain it’s “Dolse”. I’m pretty sure I have the upper hand than you sir, with all due respect.

I was so angry that I wanted to punch him the face. I decided to adapt the whole “snobbish Kuwaiti attitude” and give him a piece of my mind.

Me: Listen you. I grew up on wearing Calvin Klein boxers and Hugo Boss shirts. I wear Prada shoes and Yves Saint-Laurent bags for hiking. I have tens of Lacosta t-shirts and Burberry pants. Not to mention my Roberto Cavalli jackets, Armani jeans, and Gucci accessories I have back home. Hell, even my optical eyeglass is from Versace. Believe me, I know what I am talking about.

The Jerky Salesman: That’s nice sir but I’m afraid you don’t wear “Dolse” & Gabbana brands much often.

That’s it. I wanted to teach this jerk a lesson so I called the attractive blond manager behind the counter.

The Blond Hottie: Can I help you with something?

Me: Miss, what is the name of this brand?

The Blond Hottie: That’s Dolce & Gabbana sir.

I looked at the salesman with a big smirk on my face

Me: Ahh, the inconvenient truth! Now, I would leave you to gloat on your accomplishment today for driving a customer crazy. Here, have your “Dolse” & Gabbana sunglass.

A While Later

Joe: So is it true that you have Calvin Klein boxers, Hugo Boss shirts, Prada shoes and all the stuff you mentioned.

Me: Hmph, do you think I’ll hang out with the likes of you if I had all of those things.

Joe: WHAT?

Me: Oh, sorry. It seems I’m still stuck in the snobby Kuwaiti attitude. Here, let me adapt my true persona.

Me: Ahem. Well, I do have luxury brands clothes and accessories but definitely not in large quantities that I seemed to imply back there. My eyeglass is indeed from Versace though.

A Halloween Post

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Almost every year’s Halloween since I came to the United States, I usually go out, dress up, and go celebrating with friends. I remember my first Halloween hangout. Initially, I didn’t want to go but the rest of my friends made a spontaneous decision to dress up and grab whatever they could pass as a custom, and obviously, most of the guys wore their dishdashas. “So, I racked my rack, and then it came to me” (said Karen Walker) and decided to follow Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong fashion sense. The reason that I chose to dress up like him is because I was wearing a tight, short-sleeved shirt that day, and my friend happened to have a red tie so I borrowed it and wore it. I applied a mixture of water and mousse on my hair, and a black eyeliner beneath my eyes and in less than 10 minutes I was done. We went to the Hill (it’s a street where CU students usually party) and met all kind of people and customs. It was fun and I was surprised that I was passed as Billie Joe according to several people we met on the street, or maybe their decision making was impaired because they were drunk to their heads.

So, what am I doing this year? Nothing. Right now, I’m happy with just sitting in my home, TV on CW, and surfing the net in the comfort of my couch. I’m going to watch some scary movies later this evening; I think my HBO has a couple of horror movies that are worth watching.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

May Your Screams Come True

Run Like Mario

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Am I a geek for wanting those snickers so bad? (Don’t answer the question). Regardless of how they look, those snickers are a top-notch running shoes made by Run Athletics. They implemented their famous Legacy model on these Super Mario shoes and make them suitable for joggers and runners alike. Unfortunately, they are only being sold in Nintendo World Center in New York City. Though, you might have a good chance to buy them for a hefty price at Ebay. However, don’t expect to run, jump, and somersault your way like Mario; those moves can only preformed by the King of Platform himself.

What Type Of Sell Do You Prefer?

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Although I’m not conducting a survey or any of this sort, but I’m curious what kind of sell do you usually prefer from the two options below:

A. Price cut sell (i.e. 75% off)
B. Buy items to get an item free (i.e. Buy two and get the 3rd one free)

Personally, I like the latter when I want to buy more than a couple of items such as books, body products, and other small stuff. However, when it comes to clothes (and maybe shoes) I prefer the price cut sell because it is not like every time I want to buy a bunch of clothes. For instance, the shirt you see above (I know it’s not THAT good and my shitty cell phone camera makes it look worse) used to cost 59.99$ at Abercrombie and Fitch, but with the price cut sell, it cost a mere 25.59$ and that a good bargain in my opinion. Oh and in case you are wondering, I usually wear (on average) medium size shirts but sometimes I get a small if the shirt was a “Relaxed Fit” or sometimes large for incredibly tight clothes.