Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Man Who Knew Too Much | #ProjectHitch

This week’s #ProjectHitch was a pretty exciting milestone, being the only one of Hitch’s British films that he would later go on to remake in America.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) follows the story of a young girl who gets kidnapped while she and her parents are on holiday in Switzerland. The film itself is pretty dramatic, going back and forth between the concerned parents and the criminals involved, culminating in a rather longwinded shootout between the police and the criminals before the girl can be returned to her family.

I was expecting to enjoy this film more than I did, especially since the main villain, Abbott is played by the iconic, Peter Lorre but alas, I found it a little tiring at times. I definitely enjoyed it more than some of the other films we’ve watched so far but it was far from a new favourite.  

I’ll be excited to see how the 1956 version compares. As far as I’m aware it wasn’t remade because Hitch disliked his first attempt but more so that he needed a new film for Paramount and thought The Man Who Knew Too Much would translate well to more modern times. That being said, I believe the two manage to be quite different in both tone and story so I anticipate being able to compare them both later in the year.

Stick around next week for thoughts on Rich and Strange (1931), since I finally managed to find a copy!


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Waltzes from Vienna | #ProjectHitch

This week’s #ProjectHitch film was the dramatic musical romp that is Waltzes from Vienna. This 1934 Hitchcock offering was an interesting change of pace as far as his filmography so far is concerned.

Waltzes from Vienna begins rather comically with a fire in the basement of a busy café. The patrons are not particularly fazed by the raucous events surrounding them and are more or less just looking to continue their meals and conversations. The horse-drawn fire brigade arrives, proceeding to tackle both the blaze and the rescue of a man and woman, practicing music upstairs, unaware of the chaos below. Thus we are introduced to our protagonist, Johann Strauss (played by Esmond Knight) and the object of his affections, Rasi (played by Jessie Matthews).

Strauss is the son of a famous composer (of the same name) and is looking to follow in his fathers, none too encouraging, footsteps and make his own mark on the Vienna music scene.

The film follows his attempts to write a great piece of music with the help and hindrance of his young love coupled with an older more influential woman. Much of the story explores the relationship between great art and ‘real life’.

They make quite a sweet pair, don't they?

 Waltzes from Vienna was an enjoyable film and one that I wouldn’t be opposed to watching again, while at the same time being one that I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way for. Pleasurable but not overtly special or memorable in the end.

Join me next time for a film I’m extremely curious to experience, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Korean Beauty Haul | BeautyNetKorea Review

Hi guys! I have recently been fascinated by the idea of Korean cosmetics. They seem to have such unique products compared to what I can find readily in Australia so after much browsing around on different Korean shopping websites I finally made an order from BeautyNetKorea. Above are the products I picked out to try and let me tell you, I feel an addiction coming on. I'm so pleased with the 5 products I picked out and was so surprised at how affordable they all are.

BeautyNetKorea, unlike most other websites I've come across, offers free shipping and my package took a little over two weeks to get to me, which when you're excited to play with new beauty products can feel like a lifetime but in reality is quite good since it came all the way from South Korea. I also want to mention that they threw in some skincare samples with my order, most of which I've already used up. So now I'm also in the market for some Korean skincare because those samples were phenomenal!

On to the products!

1.) The first item I picked up is this liquid blush from Peripera in the shade #4 Shy Pink. For starters the packaging is adorable! But I really like the product too. It's a super pale and natural shade of pink. The formula is very light and liquidy and blends super easily. I would not recommend this shade to anyone with a darker skin tone though as it only just shows up on my skin (which for reference, I'm a NW15 from MAC).

2.) The second item was super exciting to me as I've seen this kind of product pop up all over the internet recently. This is a Chubby Jelly lip tint in the shade Cherry Red and what is different about this is the way you apply it. Inside the tube is a thick coloured gel that you apply all over your lips and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. After the time is up and the product has dried to a rubber-like consistency, you than peel it off your lips. What is left behind is a beautiful but long lasting stain. This, I more or less got as a novelty but I actually really like the effect and was super surprised at how nice and comfortable it felt on my lips, since I was expecting it to be at least a little bit drying.

3.) This next product is from The Face Shop and it is their Pink Cushion Blusher. Essentially this is just a pale pink powder blush but I love it way more than I thought I was going to. This was basically a packaging buy for me since I adore it's little cardboard casing and little puff complete with pink ribbon inside but I love the way this looks on my skin. It's more pigmented than the liquid blush and does such a nice job of brightening my complexion.

4.) If you follow me on instagram (@picsofareader) you would have already seen a swatch of this product. It's a lip tint from Tony Moly in the shade #01 Cherry Pink. This tint is gorgeous! It's a dark, almost red, pink that can be worn intensely or more sheered out and it lasts all day on me, even with multiple lip balm top ups. I've never found anything that lasts this well and feels this light in a western brand makeup item. I am definitely on the lip tint band wagon! Which brings us on to the last item...

5.) The 5th and final item I ordered from BeautyNetKorea is this Juice Tint from The Saem in the shade #05 Cranberry Juice and it's a toss up as to which tint I prefer. This tint lasts equally as long as the Tony Moly tint and I like the colour just as much. This same line actually has some other colours I'd like, namely the Strawberry Juice and Tomato Juice. I'm sure this won't be the last Saem product I try out. Utterly impressed!

So that's it or my little BeautyNetKorea haul.I am definitely a Korean cosmetics convert and can't wait to try out more products. Have you tried any Korean makeup before? I would love to hear your recommendations!


Monday, 13 April 2015

Number Seventeen | #ProjectHitch

As Mentioned in the previous #ProjectHitch post, I was unable to find the next movie on my watch list, Rich and Strange. I will keep looking for a copy as the year progresses and watch it later on if I get the chance but for now I’ve skipped ahead to Number Seventeen from 1932.

Number Seventeen takes us back into Hitchcock’ familiar world of suspense by way of an abandoned house, a dead body, stolen diamonds, eerie candle lit scenes and an untrustworthy cast of characters.
The film begins with Detective Barton (played by John Stuart) wandering about an abandoned house (the number of which you may be able to guess?). The house is dimly lit, allowing for some gorgeous and very recognisably Hitchcock cinematography to take place.

Hitch loves him a good camera shot

Within house number 17, Barton comes across two bodies, one apparently dead the other very much alive. The live body belong to the comic relief character of the picture, Ben (played by Leon M. Lion). Ben is, I would assume, homeless, and is only in the house to find some shelter. I personally loved Ben and all his ludicrous antics, from brushing a sausage (found in his jacket) on his sleeve to clean it, to faking his own death before “helpfully” hitting the wrong person on the head during a fight, he was a breath of refreshingly silly air.

The story line got a little tangled at times but overall Number Seventeen was a fun and intriguing romp with enough double crosses and false turns to keep me interested until the very end. Would gladly watch again, if only to spend some more time with Ben. 

Be sure to join me again for a romantic change of pace with, Waltzes from Vienna.


The Skin Game | #ProjectHitch

Today’s #ProjectHitch viewing was something of a dud, unfortunately. 

The Skin Game follows the story of the Hillcrists and the Hornblowers, rival families attempting to live through a damaging feud, a premise that could be interesting were both families not entirely tedious and unlikeable in almost every sense.

Throughout the movie I tried to form an opinion as to which family I liked most, and therefore wanted to see come out on top but they honestly both annoyed me. Their petty disagreements and sabotage only served to anger me and even though there are one or two characters I grew to care about, I found the film as a whole quite a tiring experience.

There have been a few Hitchcock films along the way that, had I to guess a director, Hitch’ name would never have come up. This is one of them. There’s no recognisably Hitchcock-esque shots, nor characters. The film itself was rather dry and not one I would go out of my way to watch again.

Since this blog post is going up quite late, I can tell you now that I haven’t been able to find the next film on my chronological list, Rich and Strange but have already watch the film after, Number Seventeen and it fared much better than The Skin Game.

Stick around to hear my thoughts on it.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Murder! | #ProjectHitch

This week’s Project Hitch film, Murder! (1930) was a step up from the disappointing experience last week with Juno and the Paycock

Murder! is a step back into Hitchcock’s realm of suspense with a good old fashion who done it. The movie starts off with the death of a young women, once part of an acting troupe. Her body is found next to a confused co-star with blood on her dress, unable to remember what has transpired. As the film continues we are introduced to the cast of characters, most of which are potential suspects.
The characters themselves range from likeable to irritating, confusing to downright unhelpful (as far as the police and their less than adequate detective work goes.)

Murder! is the type of movie, you spend the whole time coming up with theories for, constantly second guessing the characters and their motives. I think in most cases the audience is on to the actual killer long before our other characters manage to figure it out but the intrigue is still fun while it lasts.

While Murder! isn’t the best of its kind, it’s still incredibly entertaining to watch and one I wouldn’t be opposed to watching again at some point.

Be sure to join me next time to find out how I enjoyed The Skin Game.