Film for a Dandy Life: For a Good Time, Call…

Job hunting has it’s pros and cons, but so far, my favorite pro has been the ability to see a movie on a rainy afternoon, and last week, I took the opportunity to see For a Good Time, Call…and am so glad I did.

Two frenemies, Lauren and Katie, move in together to cover the rent on Katie’s grandmother’s fabulous Gramercy apartment (swoon), but when Lauren’s job situation hits a snag, they team up to start a phone sex line. Written by Lauren Miller (who stars as Lauren) and Katie Anne Naylon, this hilarious raunchy comedy manages to elicit laughs from simply being well written. Unlike the use of bodily fluids and physical comedy that was prevalent in last year’s BridesmaidsFor a Good Time, Call… manages to keep the comedy coming with a well thought-out screenplay, and superb acting by Miller and Ari Graynor (who is seriously, like, my favorite person ever now), and a hilariously gay Justin Long.

But my favorite part of For a Good Time, Call… is the fact that it manages to bypass all the plot devices so typical to female driven films. There’s no wedding, no baby, no fighting over a guy, For a Good Time, Call… is about friendship. It’s about two very different girls who manage to find one another, and fall in platonic love in the truest sense. It’s real, it’s truthful, it’s fun, and it’s silly. It reminds me of me and my girlfriends. Sure, there manages to be some drama (you couldn’t have a movie without it), but it’s just nice to see a movie that isn’t based on getting the guy.

It’s so fun to watch this development of female written and acted comedies. I love being able to see the change, and see it being done so well. Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

 

Fashion in Film: Cruel Intentions (1999)

Yesterday, when I was picking out my Fall Beauty Picks, I had a sudden flashback to my very first manicure. The year: 2002, the color: a deep, dark shade of burgundy reminiscent of Kathryn Merteuil’s perfectly manicured talons. It led to me to start reminiscing about Cruel Intentions: a perfect combination of a hot young cast, a retelling of a classic tale (the 90s loved that), and of course, late 90s style.

Kathryn’s style is one part power suit, one part goth, with her array of black pieces, oversized cross necklace, and rich bitch attitude, Kathryn owns the Upper East Side. She’s like Blair Waldorf minus the prep.

But let’s be honest. The late 90s were weirdly awesome. Tight fitting dresses, chokers, embroidery, mules, and sheer were all the rage, and boy do I miss them. I can’t imagine that Kathryn Merteuil would be caught dead in some of this today, she would be edgier, sleekier, and the upgrade of technology would definitely, definitely make her much more cruel.

Fashion in Film: Heathers (1988)

 
Heathers is one of my favorite movies. If you haven’t seen this 1988 classic, it’s a ridiculous tale of a high school girl who gets caught up with the wrong guy (or the right guy considering he’s Christian Slater) that leads her on a killing spree to get rid of the popular kids that make high school years hell.

But enough about that, let’s be honest, Heathers is largely memorable for it’s style. Along the lines of Working Girl or Desperately Seeking SusanHeathers embodies 80s style. Blazers, shoulder pads, oversized bows, and matchy matchy ensembles, Heathers is the creme de la creme of preppy style.

Today, it’d be tough to get away with 80s silhouettes without it coming across as though it’s Halloween, but there are still some amazing preppy pieces that you can incorporate into your wardrobe for an updated look. Here are a few of my favorites:

Or if you aren’t ready to go full-on Heathers in your daily life, you can always put on your best Veronica impression for Halloween.

 

Fashion In Film: It (1927)


I absolutely adore Clara Bow. She had an awful upbringing in Brooklyn tenements, but managed to fight through it all and become the “it” girl of the 1920s. At the height of her fame, she starred in It, the story of a salesgirl named Betty Lou with plenty of sex appeal who pursues a handsome playboy. Betty Lou epitomizes the 1920s flapper sensibility, and no one was better to play her than Bow.

Bow was known for not only being an amazing actress, but also her huge personality and knack for controversy. Her signature mess of curls, bow shaped mouth, and killer body made her a Hollywood favorite, and a classic beauty that will never be forgotten.

The clothes in It are some of the best of 1920s styles. Drop waist dresses, art deco details, t-strap heels, cloche hats, and luxe fabrics. Here’s a few things Bow might like to pick up today.