I’m not sure if you saw the recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina but I know I didn’t. The whole way of filming, while creative, seemed like another 300 type ploy to change cinema. It’s cool for a little bit but let’s not reinvent the wheel. Anyway, many claim this to be one of the greatest novels of all time. It may well be, but it is confusing as hell. Anna finds herself adrift in the fading Russian oligarchy, love triangles and a world in turmoil. It’s a doozy of a story.
1. Get down, Moscow!
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2. Chillin’ with Vronsky
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3. Time to jump in front of this train
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Lady Macbeth is without a doubt one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters. She’s right up their with Romeo, Juliet, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. Outside of his own work, Lady Macbeth is one of the most famous women ever written. Her character bucked traditional female archetypes at the time and she was portrayed as a strong-willed, power-hungry, self-motivated individual. After inciting her husband to murder King Duncan of Scotland, making him the King, she began to unravel. It’s funny how murdering somebody can seem like the answer to all your problems, but then you have to deal with consequences. She’s at her best in when she sleepwalks and recounts the details of her crime. Lady Macbeth ultimately has a rather unceremonious exit from the play and dies offstage, presumably having committed suicide.
Because when you play the game of thrones you either win or you die.
1. Those witches said you ‘gonna be the king
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2. Just do it, just kill him, why is this so hard?
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3. Out damned spot!
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With the return of True Blood, everybody’s favorite pornographic program with a strong storyline, I was thinking about vampires. Of course, when anybody with half a brain and a weird reading list thinks of vampires, they think of Bram Stoker and the original tale. I’ve posted on Dracula before, his victims and his wives. But, Prada Fall 2012 in specific read very Nosferatu, so I figured it was worth revisiting. So here he is, the original blood sucking BAMF, Dracula.
1. I have 3 wives and I ain’t even Mormon!
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2. This cape hides my wings, because sometimes I become a bat monster thing.
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3. I’m just sad because I lost my wife and impaled a lot of people at some point. Pity me, I’m a pitiful creature of darkness.
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Russian history is the best history, that’s what I always say. Actually, I’ve never said that and I don’t even think it. It’s a fairly gruesome chapter of historical texts out there, but who cares? Russia had its fair share of monarchs over the years and after the Romanovs, Catherine the Great is probably the most widely known. She served as the Empress of Russia, with an irregular path to the top. She became the Empress Consort after the death of Empress Elizabeth and the ascension of her husband, Peter III. I wouldn’t say they had a happy marriage and nobody else would either since she was a major player in his deposition as Tsar. Once he was out of the picture, Catherine became the Empress of Russia. Get yours, Catherine. During her reign, Russia became one of the great western powers and enjoyed a golden age of strength, culture and prosperity. Her tenure as Empress was very complicated, but interesting, take a look if you can.
1. I’m the Empress Consort.
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2. PSYCH! I’m the Empress.
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3. Has anybody seen my horse?
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Shakespeare is always good for a character post, so let’s take a look at Twelfth Night. Like many of his works, Twelfth Night is all about mistaken identities, disguise, humor and of love triumphant. Hooray! The heroine of the story is Viola, who is wrecked on the shores of Illyria, governed by Duke Orsino. Separated from her twin brother, she disguises herself as a man named Cesario and comes to know the Duke as his servant. Bromance ensues. The Duke soon enlists Viola (Cesario) to help him win the affections of Lady Olivia. She falls madly in love with Cesario (Viola). Things start to get crazy and Amanda Bynes wins the big soccer game, then her brother returns and all identities are set right and the Duke and Viola get hitched. Yayo. 1. Shipwrecked, but damnnnn I look good Dress by Nina Ricci, coat by Peter Pilotto, shoes by Roberto Cavalli 2. Hello, Govnah! Me name is Cesario! Suit by Thom Browne, coat by Ferragamo, shoes by Lanvin 3. Surprise! I’m a lady! Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Valentino