Dior and I – watch or pass

By Friday, July 17, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

 

Just a couple of days ago I watched the press preview for the new Dior documentary about Christian Dior and Raf Simons taking over as a chef designer. And I definitely can tell you one thing – it’s definitely a WATCH, since this movie is one of the best fashion documentaries I’ve ever seen in my life. Watch the trailer and then I’m gonna tell you why you all need to see this movie.

 

To me the movie is a combination of two different ways of storytelling. On the one hand there are cameras following Raf like a shadow, documenting every step of developing an haute couture collection. After taking over the position as the new chef designer, he has only about 8 weeks to create a phenomenal debut to impress the fashion crowd, which is quite a challenge as you might agree. And on the other hand there are also in depth interviews with people who used to work at the fashion house for decades and also pictures from the past, which show the history of the traditional brand. This mixture of interesting content combined with the immensely aesthetic production makes this documentary very special and definitely a must see for all fashion fans who are interested in getting an insight of how one of the most prestigeous french fashion houses is working. 

 

 

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Jurassic World – Watch Or Pass

By Thursday, June 25, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I had really high expectations concerning the new “Jurassic World”. I mean if you decide to release a new movie after 22 years, you really want it to be good and all. And to be honest my expectations weren’t fullfilled at all and I left the cinema really unsatisfied. The characters were so flat, forseeable and shallow and so was the story. The acting was also exaggerated for my taste. The only character I was kinda rooting for to survive was Chris Pratt’s lead role. I didn’t care about the kids or the rest of the cast, they were all getting on my last nerve.

Having said that, the special effects were absolutely amazing!! The dinosaurus, the Jurassic World park itself and the action were all very realistically portrayed. But as soon as one of the characters started a conversation I wanted to storm out of the building because the dialogues were nothing but cringeworthy. I don’t know if you all liked the movie, but all I can say that having watched the trailer would have been enough for me, because this 2 hour something long movie was just too much to deal with and to little to be really entertaining for me. And I almost forgot to mention the music in this movie. It was super dramatic even in scenes where nothing was really happening and in my opinion it didn’t match with the visual elements for most of the time.

But that’s just my opinion. Did you guys watch “Jurassic World”? How did you like it? Don’t be shy and share your opinion with me!

Rumor has it that Chris Pratt will be starring as the new Indiana Jones as well! I’m rooting for him, but I’m also counting on a phenomenal plot!

Watch this interview with Chris Pratt talking about his role in the movie!

San Andreas – Watch or Pass?

By Tuesday, June 9, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

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So where do I get started with this one? I don’t even know, so just watch the trailer and then we’ll continue talking! Roll it!

Looks good right? I thought so too and watched the movie, but let me tell you something: If the saying, ‘Don’t juge a book by its cover’ existed for movies, it would be something like ‘Don’t juge a movie by its trailer’, right? As fantastic, realistic and phenomenal all the special effects are, as bad, tacky and boring are the dialogues in this natural catastrophy drama. They are bad to an extent that you’ll probably can’t help bursting out laughing, even though you’re not supposed to, but these actors will be giving you a hard time taking the situation seriously and stay focused on the story.

Dwayne Johnson is playing the lead character and comes off really likable but dispite the fact that they were trying to add depth to the story, it still isn’t captivating enough to be rooting for Johnson after a while. The bottom line is, if you’re really into breathtaking special effects and don’t care too much about a back-story then you’re good to go watching “San Andreas”, but if you’re not willing to spend your money on flat dialogues, explosions and patriotism then this movie is probably nothing for you.

If you’re curious about the song in the trailer, head over to this article and listen to the full version of Sia’s cover of “California Dreaming”! That’s all and thanks for reading!

The Age of Adaline – Time is nothing without love

By Tuesday, June 2, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

 

Blake Lively is back! And she brought one of the most romantic movies of the year with her named “The Age of Adaline”. Alongside Blake the flick stars Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman and Kathy Baker. Take a look at the trailer:  

 

Now, I don’t want to give too much away for you from the movie – but, I will tell you that it’s just a super romantic story and maybe one of my favorites so far this year. Blake Lively does a great job in portraying her character Adaline and the idea of having a secret life and not be able to talk to anybody about it. You would think that endless youth is a condition that many people strive after, but in the movie you’ll see a whole other side of what that effect can have to your life. Blake Lively’s character is really relatable when it comes to showing how painful it is to live with her secret and constantly having to run away from the truth and the people she loves. Even though the story of “The Age of Adaline” is a fairy tale, it somehow translates very well into reality when it comes to carrying a burden with you and the feeling of having nobody to be able to talk to about.  

What do you think of the trailer – and how perfect does Blake look in every decade?! Go ahead and leave your comments below and then give me a follow on instagram and of course, like my facebook page! Thanks for reading.

Mad Max – Whitness the Madness

By Wednesday, May 27, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

I live. I die. I live again! #MadMax #NowPlaying

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With a crazy trailer packed with cars, explosions and a high profile cast, Mad Max has been a highly anticipated movie, not only for people who knew the action movies with Mel Gibson as the lead character. “Mad Max – Fury Road” is the perfect blockbuster preparing us for the big movie summer! The special effects and the action are very realistic and there’s barely a minute where your hands aren’t sweaty because one action scene is chasing another. In the fourth and newest part Tom Hardy took over the reigns from Gibson. Together with Charlize Theron, who plays the tough Furiosa, they’re fighting against the bad guys. In my opinion I’d totally give the movie a go because director George Miller has done a great job contemporizing the movie and still make it appear timeless at the same time. There are no annoying product placement ads and once the film starts you’re really drawn into the story. My only point of critisism would be that I was missing a little more depth in all the different characters.

 

Long live the road warrior! #MadMax http://bit.ly/MadMaxTix

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By the way I love that Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Abby Lee are starring in the movie as well. I’ve actually asked myself a several times where Abby Lee was and what she was doing since she’s been such a celebrated model in the fashion world some years ago and then she literally disappeared.

Anyway, I’m curious about your opinion. Will you go and see the science fiction action drama? Or did you already watch it? Get real with me in the comment section, and don’t miss out on more stories like this in the future by giving yokemara.com a like on FACEBOOK!

Meet the movie director Kevin Kopacka

By Thursday, May 21, 2015 4 No tags Permalink 0

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So far, I’ve put the focus into exploring the new work and stories of incredible fashion designers like Tina Elisabeth Reiter, talented photographers like Stela Alves or gifted jewellery designers like Inna Nechyporenko or CHACA and many more.

But what about movies? I want yokemara.com to be a representation of all kinds of fascinating crafts from all over the world. I see it in every artisan’s work that I feature here on the blog.

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Having said that, I’m super proud to introduce you to the very talented painter and movie director Kevin Kopacka! The Berlin based artist just came back from the Cannes Film Festival, so we had a lot to talk about. I caught up with the multitalented artist and he spilled all the details on his new movie ‘Hades‘ that celebrated its premiere at the prestigious festival, we talked about realizing greater self-awareness and developing selfconfidence and we chatted about his childhood! 

What’s your first memorable childhood experience that you had with a movie? 

I was always fascinated by horror films as a kid, but was of course never allowed to watch them. I had to settle for just seeing pictures and imagining the rest (which sometimes was probably more disturbing than the actual movies)

The closest we were allowed to watch was “The Goonies”, which at least featured dead bodies, Sloth, mobsters, “boobie traps” and lots of skeletons. It’s still one of my favorite movies.

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If your life was a movie what would be the title and what would it be about? And how would it end?

The plot and title would probably be in constant change, so I can only answer from my viewpoint right now. Right now it would be titled: “Future Proof”. It would probably end with me disappearing into a parallel universe.

What’s the biggest misconception about you that you want to clarify here and now once in for all? 

I didn’t partake in an exorcism at age 12 – at least not that I can remember.

Who’s your favourite movie director and why?

Always hard to answer. I enjoy many directors for different reasons, but generally for staying true to themselves, constantly evolving and for constantly expanding their unique universes. In terms of longevity, I’ve always been a great admirer of David Cronenberg and Richard Linklater. For different reasons, I also really like Alain Resnais, Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, Michele Soavi, Gaspard Noé – the list is endless.

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You’ve studied art, but you’ve also written songs, shot a video for it and “Hades” is your 4th movie! In my opinion we live in a time where many people have to stick with things one can do best, but you seem to be pretty fearless in all the things you choose to do. Where did you find the confidence in trying things out and have you always been like that? 

It’s not necessarily something I do on purpose. I guess I just feel restricted in one medium and I enjoy the idea of telling stories or creating atmospheres in all the forms I know how to. It’s an incredibly luxurious thing, to be able to do everything I want to do, and I’m very grateful for that.

I also think that it’s part of our “self-fulfillment” generation, where nobody wants to be restricted to one thing.

Now – but even more in the future –  an artist won’t stick to a medium and will instead work in a lot of different fields. Partly also, because it will be necessary.

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Your movie Hades has been featured at Cannes Film Festival! That’s a great achievement, congratulations! How did that come about?

Thank you. I submitted it for the festival and it was accepted. I just got back from the Cannes Festival and it was an amazing experience!

Yeah I bet it was. Can you tell me what was it like to be a part of one most prestigious film festivals on the planet?

It’s hard to put it in words. It was a very unique experience. I went together with H.k. DeWitt and we had a great time. The city really transforms during the festival and it’s a bit intense. Very hectic, but still relaxing – and of course a lot of beautiful people everywhere! Though I must admit, I didn’t really see any movies, it was more of a business trip. I spent most time in the different pavilions or workshops, getting to know other directors, distributors, producers etc. which we invited to a private screening, which turned out very nice. Everything felt really adrenaline fueled – but in a positive way. And of course the evening was a great time to get drunk together on good wine and watch the sun set over the beaches.

Without giving away too much, can you tell us a little bit about the movie?

It’s an experimental short film, that is 15 minutes long. It’s completely without dialogue and only works with sound and music. Basically it tells two forms of stories. A woman wakes up in a stranger’s bed. The relaxing sound of a shower in the background soothes her back to sleep. When she awakes again, she’s caught in a dream world. As she walks down the surreal structure of the house, she sees glimpses of a stranger, that she feels a connection to.

The second layer of the story is, that each of the rooms or corridors she walks through represents one of the five rivers of Hades. She has to pass through all of them to reach her own personal hell.

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Do you have any other things coming up in the future that you want to share with us? 

There are some things coming up. One is a concept for a 4 part (or hopefully longer) series, which deals with reality shifts. It will be about different occurrences all on the same day but with different subtle shifts. Some episodes will be a bit scarier, others more dreamy of humorous. We’ll see.

Then there is also the plan of doing a prequel to “HADES”. H.K. deWitt is currently working on it and it will be very different thematically, but hopefully just as atmospheric.

And lastly there is one project very dear to my heart. It’s a very personal story, so I’d rather not tell too much about it just yet.

On which social media outlets can we follow you?

Thanks for the great questions. Here are some places you can find me:

https://www.facebook.com/hadesthemovie for all updates on HADES

https://twitter.com/kevinkopacka

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.kopacka

http://www.forthosewhostillexist.tumblr.com

https://soundcloud.com/forthosewhostillexist

Watch the trailer for Hades! Hit it!

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‘Pretty Woman’ Cast Reunites 25 Years Later

By Sunday, May 10, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

‘Pretty Woman’ Cast Reunites 25 Years Later

Everyone has a favourite romantic love story movie that you could watch over and over again and sends you right down memory lane. But not every movie of this kind is still as iconic as it was when it hit the cinemas 25 years ago. As the headline already gave away I’m of course talking about “Pretty Woman”. The whole concept behind the movie is quite simple yet super genius: It’s a familyfriendly movie but at the same time it has a provocative story to it. Pretty woman kind of became a modern Cinderella fairy tale.

To pay tribute to the movie’s 25th birthday the whole cast of “Pretty Woman” gathered together to take a look back at one of the most popular movies that has ever been made. Take a look at this very special interview with Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Laura San Giacomo and Hector Elizondo and director Garry Marshall while they down with Matt Lauer more than two decades after ‘Pretty Woman’ was released.

How ‘Pretty Woman’ Would Be Different Today

What’s it like to work as an editor at Vogue?

By Thursday, April 16, 2015 0 , , , Permalink 0

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If you’re like me – a person spending their days mostly at home wondering how to finally make it in fashion – or you’re just bored and want to be entertained, I can highly recommend you this very interesting documentary about the history of Vogue and its editors talking about the evolution of fashion and how they try to make their very spcific visions come to life.

As for me, I unfortunately sometimes feel very uninspired by my environment and the world that I live in and so I tend to dream all day long how it would be like if I had the resources to realize my visions and really be able to realize my full potential. Well, since I am well aware of that this moment is quite far away, this documentary kinda reminded me to keep on dreaming and most importantly to keep on working!

 

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

What I already knew is that I really love conceptual photoshoots and I think I have some good basic approaches here and there, for example the shoot ‘The sound of homelessness‘ that I produced and photographed, where I tried to stay true to the meaning of the collection by taking the shoot to the staircase.

Or the shoot that I also produced and photographed in Berlin where my friend and jewellery designer Inna modeled her own jewllery collection in a park – and it was freezing cold! In this case I also tried to not only showcase the jewellery, but also pay tribute to Inna as a person. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can have a look following this link!

Anyway, I know this documentary is quite old, it’s from 2012, but if you’re interested in conceptual work in terms of fashion, I’m convinced that you can learn a lot from these experts!

“The Imitation Game” – pass or worth watching?

By Thursday, February 5, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Two days ago I watched the movie “The Imitation Game” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly as the main characters. I have to say that I didn’t know anything about that movie. And the challenge now for me is to still review that movie without giving you any spoilers about the story.

 

8.2 IMDB points, holla!

To tell the truth, I’m not a huge IMDB fan when it comes to ratings. When I like a movie, I just like it no matter how many other people liked it or rated it. What’s more I get the impression that movies with an important historical value or movies that cover a serious topic always get a higher rating than let’s say romatic comedies. And I sometimes don’t agree with that, because I don’t think it’s possible to compare all the movies and rank them from 0 to 10 points, based on what?

Nevertheless I still find myself googleing the IMDB points to use it as a kind of indicator of what I can expect. I try to not take it too seriously, but if it has only below 5 points it’s probably really bad.

Anyway, since “The Imiation Game” had an average raiting of 8,2 points out of 10 which is a lot, my expectations of the movie were quite high.

 

Rough start

Juding from the very predictable dialogues in the beginning, corny dialogues and kind of forced comedic/awkward situations (we get it Benedict Cumberbatch, you’re playing a super intelligent nerd in this movie), I thought the movie was going to be a desaster. But as I got used to forseeable situations and got over the bad special effects, I grew to like the movie.

 

Not your typical Hollywood kind of movie

You know what advice would have helped me before watching this movie? I would have told myself that I should be more patient, ignore the special effects and shouldn’t be too upset about every anticipated scene, because when you get used to this kind of narrative style the movie is not too bad after all. The fact that the two main characters are also accomplished Hollywood actors, can be a little misleading, because it’s not your typical Hollywood movie at all. Nevertheless I think the movie still has great chances to get an Oscar.

To sum up, I can say that this movie is totally worth watching even though it’s not your typical Hollywood kinda motion picture!

 

 

Jennifer Lopez’ new movie “The Boy Next Door”

By Thursday, January 29, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Maybe you know how much I love creating all kind of new words, and one word I made up with my BFF Isi (shoutout to Isi and how you doin’?) was the word “obsodom” – which is the short version for “obsessing over something random”. You know when you’re into something and you don’t even really know why, you’re just fascinated by something or someone and you have the feeling that it just randomly draws you in and you can’t stop thinking about it or doing some research about it – that’s obsodom!

So you just learned a new word and the next time a situation allows you to use it you can scream into your BFF’s ear #obsodom – that’s how it works!

Now that you know what obsodom means, I can tell you that I’ve been obsessing over Jennifer Lopez and her new movie ‘The boy next door’ in the last days and watched nearly every promotion gig she did recently. I’m going to share the trailer with you and then we’ll continue to talk.

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The plot

Jennifer Lopez plays a soon to be divorcée in her late 30ies or early 40ies who happens to have very low self esteem at that point in her life. Later on she meets her neighbour, a boy that lives next to her house. He’s a teenager and suddenly he starts to make her a lot of compliments. Inevitably Jennifer Lopez’ character crosses the line with the young man she finds very attactive and the downward spiral beginns.

 

Jenny from the Block(-buster)?

The stoyline doesn’t sound very unusual or unexpected, it’s the perfect role for JLo to play since she just dated a guy in real life, Casper Smart, who’s also a lot younger than her, so people can relate to her in that way. I mean of course Casper Smart was an adult at the time the two started dating, I think he was 24 and she was 41, but still the age difference was noticeably high.

Anyway as I said, I watched a lot of interviews with Jennifer Lopez – who’s also a great judge on American Idol – about that movie and I wanted to share some of you, just because I really enjoy how well spoken she is.

For example everybody’s asking her about one racy scene where she and her co-partner Ryan Guzman get it on. They wanna know how it was and just ask for jucy details I guess, but Jennifer always manages to answer all of the tricky questions like a pro in a very eloquent manner. At the latest by now you’re probably asking yourself why that’s something special because Jennifer has been around for quite a while, so no surprise she knows how to promote movies or answer sneaky questions. See, this is totally obsessing over something random! #obsodom duh?!

Anyway, just because I think these interviews are worth watching, I’m sharing them with you right now. Hit it

This is a funny interview with Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman. Since Ryan and Jennifer know each other from Idol there’s a very unique and entertaining vibe going on. Watch for yourself

I have to say, I love Robin Roberts! She’s just such a nice and free-spirited person, so her interviewing JLo is just adorable.

Here’s a funny video of Ryan Guzman getting interviewed by Wendy Williams and they talk about whether he and Jennifer are dating or not

I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait to see Jennifer back on the big screen!