Sleeping Beauty: A Moving Piece Of Art

As I just wrote a review of Maleficent, the remake of the 1959 Disney film ‘Sleeping Beauty’ I thought I would write a post about my thoughts on the original.

First of all, I would have to say that this is probably one of my all time favourite Disney movies and this is, in my eyes, because it seems to literally be a moving piece of art. By This, I do not mean that other hand animated Disney films aren’t, but this one just seems to stand out to me as one of their art driven ones.

Disney's Sleeping Beauty
The detail in the backgrounds is absolutely phenomenal!

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Lady Gaga x Inez and Vinoodh x Applause

What a pairing! The Dutch fashion photography team and super star musician Lady Gaga. Over the past couple of years they collaborated on Magazine cover, photo shoots and even the Music Video for the lead single Applause of her fourth studio album ‘ARTPOP’. It is this epic music video in particular that I would like to focus on this time.

They really pulled out all the stops with this music videos, with countless artistic and pop cultural references and at least nine different looks. This in particular is what the music video so interesting and also perfectly embodies the album’s theme of fusing Art and Pop; saying that they can belong together. In this blog post, I will try to analyze the video and also look at some of the references.

Lady Gaga in Applause directed by Inez and Vinoodh

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Maleficent: a Review

From the time that this movie was announced, I was excited for its release. I knew I wanted to go see it the cinema when it came out, but was only weary of one thing. That they would ruin the main character: Maleficent. She had always been my favourite Disney character and I was afraid that they could take away all that made the original portrayal good, which was her majesty, evil and calm.

So I was really impresses at how Angelina Jolie was able to incorporate the greatness  of the original portrayal while still making the role her own. I also feel like the costume was created to really pay homage to the original whilst still adding a modern twist and the production’s stamp on the  film.

Angelina Jolie in full horns and makeup
Angelina Jolie in full horns and makeup

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The ART of FAME

I have noticed while looking at people who have ‘the Fame’, that there really is an art to getting and keeping it. However when I talk about ‘Fame’ I am talking about people who are actually famous not that they have created a viral video and are enjoying a brief ‘fifteen minutes of fame’. The two main examples I looked at are Andy Warhol and Lady Gaga. It is interesting that both of these now iconic famous people built their way up from absolutely nothing to be on top of their contemporaries. Even though Andy Warhol died relatively recently, he is still considered one of the most  influential and iconic artists of all time.

Andy Warhol: and Artist of Fame
Andy Warhol: an Artist of Fame

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