CHIC CINEMA: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY INSPIRES FOR SPRING

CHIC CINEMA: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY INSPIRES FOR SPRING

By Lance Avery Morgan    Photography courtesy of IMDB

Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

It’s considered one of the most stylish films of the last 50 years and we couldn’t agree more. One of the most talked about films of 2000 when it was released in late 1999 for Oscar competition, The Talented Mr. Ripley, going on twenty one years old now, has come of age. It competed with other stylish films the same month it was released: Anna and The King and The End of the Affair.

Gwyneth Paltrow

It’s the stylish, brisk, and nonchalant pace of the film, set it Europe, that gives it the edge of a being a true thriller. With murder, mayhem and yes, lots of affairs set in the 1950s, it’s one of our favorite style films of the 2000s, and it holds up remarkably well. In fact, most of the clothes the stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett with their innate classic elegance could be worn this very minute.

Here’s are a few more of our favorite of the film’s style moments….la dolce vita.

Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law
Jude Law and Matt Damon
Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett
Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow

UP, UP, UP: KATIE JAFFE & JENNIFER LAWSON LAUNCH FLY, FLY AGAIN CHILDREN’S BOOK

UP, UP, UP: KATIE JAFFE & JENNIFER LAWSON LAUNCH FLY, FLY AGAIN CHILDREN’S BOOK

By Jake Gaines   Photography courtesy of Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson

We love a good book for all ages. That in mind,Austin-based author Katie Jaffe along with her mother, Jennifer Lawson, just launched their first children’s book, Fly, Fly Again and it is a delight.

We feel that Fly, Fly Again is an entertaining and educational book that introduces young readers to the concepts of flight–lift, gravity, thrust, and drag.  Jenny and Jude accompanied by their pets, Kitty and Hawk, work together to build a flying machine. The fun story of adventure, teamwork, and perseverance that begins to lay a foundation for aerodynamics in an adorable picture book format. It also happens that the foreword for the book is written by famed NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the beautiful illustrations are by Tammie Lyon, an award-winning illustrator known for her work on the Eloise series.

Co-author Katie Jaffe

This book is the first in a series of educational and fun books for children through the authors’ company, Liftoff Learning Studios, and a portion of the proceeds of Fly, Fly Again benefits children’s education programs through UNICEF and Buzz Aldrin Ventures. Additionally, the authors worked with Double A Labs to combine the physical and digital world to help extend and build on the life of the book. They created an augmented reality application that can highlight areas of the book which will pull out additional educational information and 4-D imagery when used with an iPad or iPhone (these can be shown on TV). How cool is that?

For more on the book visit Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

COOL SPRING READ: AMY EDWARDS’ THE TROUBLE WITH BECOMING A WITCH

COOL SPRING READ: AMY EDWARDS’ THE TROUBLE WITH BECOMING A WITCH

By Lance Avery Morgan    Photography courtesy of Amy Edwards

Our favorite read recommendation to take with you on Spring Break is a new tome written by Texas-based Amy Edwards. In The Trouble With Becoming a Witch, author, musician and multi-talented Edwards delivers a rocking literary debut, destined to become every woman’s guidebook on coming of courage just when you think it’s too late to change your life.

The skinny of the book? Veronica thinks she’s happy. She’s got a beautiful daughter and enjoys the picturesque suburban life everybody wants, right? But as the fights with her husband become more frequent and intense, she finds herself drawn to researching witchcraft late at night. When her husband discovers her new hobby, battle lines are drawn, and her marriage spirals downward.

Author Amy Edwards

Bristling with wit, compassion, and unflinching honesty, The Trouble With Becoming A Witch is far from being a “snap your fingers and change” kind of tale. It’s about what happens when a woman decides to stop living the life everyone has told her she is supposed to lead and starts living a life true to her desires. Seizing your own real life kind of magic isn’t easy and Veronica is forced to look deeply into who she wants to become. Is risking the security of life as she knows it worth becoming the witch and woman she knows she truly is?

The Trouble With Becoming A Witch will stick with all women, afraid to become themselves and fulfill

their own potential. Or, as Edwards puts it, “Take what life puts in front of you and run with it.” So, what are you waiting for? More at AmyEdwards.com and at Amazon.

HIGH STYLE: THE 2020 OSCARS RED CARPET ROUND-UP

HIGH STYLE: THE 2020 OSCARS RED CARPET ROUND-UP

Our very own Lance Avery Morgan, Texas-based style guy on the go, was on hand with ABC/KVUE’s Ashley Goudeau the discuss the hits, and the misses, of the 2020 Oscar red carpet moments…

Here are a few of our favorite looks and see more on ABC/KVUE here.

Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren

Rene’ Zellweger in Armani Prive

Regina King in Atelier Versace

Laura Dern in Emporio Armani
COOL KIDS CLUB: THE WARRIORS OF THE DISCOTHEQUE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE STARCK CLUB

COOL KIDS CLUB: THE WARRIORS OF THE DISCOTHEQUE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE STARCK CLUB

By Lance Avery Morgan               Photography courtesy of Joseph Alexandre

And to think it all started in Paris, New York…and Dallas. Dallas? French designer Philippe Starck created a sensation in the mid-80s by creating the first European-style nightclub in Dallas, named  appropriately, Starck Club. It took the city by storm, as well as the state because it was in complete contrast to the ostentatiousness of the times. Then something happened. Philippe Starck brought cool and clean to what was, at that time, a very cluttered state. From his five-minutes-from-now contemporary vision sprang a streamlined, white warehouse club that the world, and certainly not Texas, had ever seen before. There was the night Grace Jones came in riding an elephant during the 1984 Republican Presidential Convention. And, the night Prince had a party after he performed at nearby Reunion Arena. Everyone has a story about the Starck Club. We caught up with the producer of the Warriors of the Discotheque documentary, Joseph Alexandre to learn more about this look back at how the first designer nightclub came to be, as seen in his film:

Club goers at Starck Club, 1980s

Lance Avery Morgan: Why were you compelled to tell the story about the Starck Club?

Joseph Alexandre: I was compelled to do the documentary primarily because it left an indelible imprint on me as a kid. Being originally from New York, but too young to do the clubs, I’d vicariously live through my uncle’s stories of him going to Studio, Xenon, Area, and other great clubs of the day. He worked on Wall Street and was a great tennis player and he loved meeting McEnroe and Geralitus back in the day. So, when we ended up in Texas (my dad was a retail executive, so we moved around a bit), I’d heard about this new kind of Euro club called the Starck Club couldn’t resist.

It was a Sisyphean task just finding the place at 703 McKinney (where the address was supposed to be was just a dirt path going under the freeway). It made no sense, so I kept circling around. I finally drove down that dirt path and voila, I was in the parking lot of The Brewery building which housed the actual Starck Club. I discovered later it was easier to come from Stemmons freeway and take the Commerce exit since it was more clearly marked. Moreover, it was unlike any club I’ve ever seen since. I’ve been in Los Angeles for some time and several other major cities and not a single night club comes close, in any way shape or form, particularly not design wise.

LAM: Why do you think Texas was the original spot for Phillipe Starck to choose for his club? 

JA: How Philippe came to design the club in Texas is an interesting matter of some debate. It seems primarily that one of the key investors, Christina DeLimur (a.k.a. Sita) had connections in France that lead to hiring Philippe. More specifically, with a couple of guys named Chuck and Dino who were early investors, it seems Dino knew Philippe on a personal level and that lead Blake Woodall to hire him to create the club. Conversely, for Philippe, it seems he was concerned about the Soviet Union invading Afghanistan and possible turmoil in Europe. So, the opportunity to come to the U.S. was very appealing to him, as well as to expand his brand to a market like Dallas in the U.S. and eventually to places like Manhattan and Miami.

The dance floor scene at Starck Club

LAM: What did you learn from helming the doc that surprised you about the subject matter?

JA: I think the thing I found most surprising about this project was how seemingly little interest there was in Philippe Starck’s first major design in the U.S. simply because it was in Dallas. In one case, a reviewer on Amazon gives it a low rating and simply says ‘it’s in Dallas’ as if that alone should be a disqualifier. I was also kind of surprised as to the competitive nature that ensued over the legacy of the Starck Club. I took a lot of heat simply because I did not have Blake Woodall in the project, even though I tried many times.

Having done this project in phases by doing a little teaser, then a short film, then the feature, I knew of this kind of resistance, or  lack of interest in the Starck Club ,because of proximity and other factors. Even though it was the birthplace for EDM, rave and Ecstasy, it was a tough sell all the way around. My feeling about the competing projects in this case was we would need all the attention that we could get. Ultimately though, having written a TV pilot on the Starck Club that’s getting traction, as well as the film, the jury is still very much out.  

LAM: Joseph, congratulations on your team’s and your talents to make this happen and to tell the real story behind a legendary pop cultural phenomenon.

For more information to view this documentary, visit:

http://www.jfafilms.com/films_warriors_of_the_discotheque.html

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07W718LJN/ref=cm_sw_tw_r_pv_wb_bzgERmEYHSJYm