100 Most Beautiful Faces 2014...

100 Most Beautiful Faces 2014…

December 27, 2014 |  by  |  beauty, celebrities, faces  |  119 Comments

It is that time of year again…

TC Candler presents The 25th Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces – 2014, which has been published, in various formats, every year since 1990… and in recent years has been seen by over 60 million people from around the world.

Unlike many other annual publications, The Independent Critics List is not a popularity contest. It is not about the sexiest or the most famous. Rather, it aims to be a very international list and one that is inclusive of many cultures, lifestyles, professions and degrees of fame. The Independent Critics List intends to inform public opinion rather than reflect it. This list searches far and wide, listening to the tens of thousands of suggestions submitted every year, and tries to put together a list representative of the modern ideal of beauty. Aesthetic perfection is only one of the criteria. Grace, elegance,…

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100 Most Handsome Faces 2014...

100 Most Handsome Faces 2014…

December 27, 2014 |  by  |  beauty, celebrities, faces, opinion  |  17 Comments

It is that time of year again…

For 25 years, The Independent Critics have published a List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of each year. The lists have been published, in various formats, every year since 1990… and in recent years have been seen by over 60 million unique visitors from around the world.

The Independent Critics are now annually listing the 100 Most Handsome Faces of the Year. This is the 2014 List.

Unlike many other annual publications, The Independent Critics List is not a popularity contest. It is not about the sexiest or the most famous. Rather, it aims to be a very international list and one that is inclusive of many cultures, lifestyles, professions and degrees of fame. The Independent Critics List intends to inform public opinion rather than reflect it. This list searches far and wide, listening to the millions of suggestions submitted every year, and tries to…

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Salute to Cinema 2014

December 26, 2014 |  by  |  movies  |  No Comments

A wonderful look back at all the film highlights from 2014… by Ben Zuk — who is a master of these montage videos. He has been doing them for more than 5 years now!

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“In the Heart of the Sea” Trailer

December 22, 2014 |  by  |  movies, trailers  |  1 Comment

“In The Heart Of The Sea” Official Trailer (2015) – starring Chris Hemsworth

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

This has the chance to be an epic adventure

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“Knight of Cups” Trailer

December 20, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Director, Terrence Malick, never fails to deliver a fascinating cinema experience.  This is his latest film, starring Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Imogen Poots and many more.

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“Inherent Vice” Trailer

December 18, 2014 |  by  |  movies, trailers  |  No Comments

One of the great directors and one of the great actors — what’s not to love?

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“The Immigrant” Review

August 10, 2014 |  by  |  movies, reviews  |  2 Comments

Here is an old-fashioned tragic drama… soft, patient, elegant and profound.  The director, James Gray, delivers a lovely film that probably won’t find the audience it deserves.  The present landscape of cinema all too often drowns out this style of movie-making.  However, make no mistake, “The Immigrant” is quality from top to bottom — and you should go out of your way to seek it out.

Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and her sister, Magda, arrive at Ellis Island in the early 1920′s, having survived The Great War, seeking a new home and a new life in America.  As they are hoarded off the boat, Ewa is separated from her sister, whose coughing hints at tuberculosis and demands that she be detained for medical treatment before being deported back to Poland.  Ewa also seems fated for deportation until she convinces Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), an opportunistic businessman, to help her.

His benevolence, unfortunately, is not entirely selfless.  Ewa is soon forced to work for his nightly, low-rent, underground burlesque show.  At the end of each night, she is sold to the patrons for more carnal entertainment.  It is only her determination to pay for her sister’s medical care and, ultimately, her sister’s freedom that keeps Ewa going.

Orlando (Jeremy Renner) is Bruno’s cousin.  He is a charismatic magician who takes a shining to Ewa.  However, his affections do not go unnoticed by Bruno, who is clearly also carrying a torch for her.  The tension inevitably leads to violent consequences.

“The Immigrant” is bleak… relentlessly so.  It is not a glorification of the American dream.  Watching the story unfold takes a toll on the viewer.  It is beautifully shot, with earthy tones and candlelit sets reminiscent of “Cinderella Man” or “Road to Perdition”.  The mood is dour, perhaps even morose.  But the honest story and the phenomenal performances carry us through the mire.

Marion Cotillard has been my favorite actress for a little over a decade now.  Aside from her legendary beauty, she is the most powerful conveyor of emotion I think I have ever seen on the big screen.  Her stillness delivers a thousand words.  Her gaze tells you everything you need to know about her character.  There is a scene in “The Immigrant” where Ewa visits a church and enters the confessional… It is a moment that Cotillard nails perfectly.  She carries the movie.  She is the heart and soul of the film.  She is the reason we care.

Joaquin Phoenix simply doesn’t do mediocre.  He crushes yet another role with the intensity and passion that has become his trademark.  He has the most complex character in “The Immigrant” — needing us to loathe his actions, concede his reasoning, and pray for his redemption.  It is another award-winning role.

I don’t love the film.  It is too somber and gloomy for that.  Nevertheless, it is admirable and compelling work.  The cinematography is stunning.  The production design transports the viewer back in time.  And the performances are flat-out home-runs.  I highly recommend the rough journey.

THREE AND A HALF STARS The Immigrant Review

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“Metro Manila” Trailer

August 7, 2014 |  by  |  movies, trailers  |  No Comments

Here is the trailer for “Metro Manila”.  It is noteworthy because the film is directed by Sean Ellis.  He was at the helm for one of my favorite films of all time, the gorgeous 2006 masterpiece, “Cashback”.

This story looks intense and dramatic.  It won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and it getting great reviews from both the public and critics alike.

Make sure to seek out this sure-fire gem.

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Hottie Birthdays - August 6th

Hottie Birthdays – August 6th

August 6, 2014 |  by  |  beauty, birthdays, celebrities  |  1 Comment

A very Hottie Birthday to Melissa George (Aussie actress), Mai Phuong Thuy (former Miss Vietnam), Marisa Miller (bikini and lingerie model extraordinaire), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) & Romola Garai (English actress).

Did we miss anyone today???

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Hottie Birthdays - August 3rd

Hottie Birthdays – August 3rd

August 3, 2014 |  by  |  beauty, birthdays, celebrities  |  No Comments

Well here’s a quintet of birthday girls consisting of a supermodel, a comedian, a princess, a woodland elf and a jaibird.  What a line-up!!!

Evangelline Lilly once reached the lofty heights of #4 on the Most Beautiful Faces List of 2006.  She was the heroine on “Lost” and now stars as Tauriel, the woodland elf, in the latest “Hobbit” adventures directed by Peter Jackson.

Karen Alloy is more widely known as spricket24 on YouTube.  She is absurdly funny and isn’t afraid to abuse the system with her sex appeal.  Half of her trillions and trillions of views have come from her booblicious thumbnails.

Martha Stewart was always an attractive woman… But you have to admit that she became even hotter when she got locked up behind bars for insider trading.  Add the 1960′s & 70′s modelling portfolio and she qualifies as a hottie!

Karlie Kloss is a Chicago native and one of the Top 10 Supermodels of the last decade.  She is in relentless demand by every fashion designer — and she powers down catwalks with one of the most recognizable struts in the biz.

Charlotte Casiraghi is 4th in line to the throne of Monaco.  Her maternal grandparents were Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and Grace Kelly.  She is a certified gazillionaire and she is the most beautiful royal since her Grandma!!!

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