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Sarah Jessica Parker – “Lovely” Fragrance and Sex and the City DVD Release

“Suddenly, something lovely stirs in the air. Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker. Introducing a fragrance as lovely as the woman who created it. A signature scent that is feminine, timeless and ageless.

Despite only having seen a handful of SATC episodes, I thought Sex and the City was a great film. It combined all the elements of a chick flick – heartwarming one moment, heartbreaking the next, but always left with a warm, happy, fuzzy feeling about being content with who you are and having friends who will be there for you in a heartbeat when you need them the most. I love how the movie does not settle for a cookie-cutter version of happiness or romance. Everyone is different with different needs and aspirations and there is no generic happy ending which fits every person.

The success of Sarah Jessica Parker’s does not stop at Sex and the City. Like most shining starlets, she has leveraged her success and expanded further into the retail industry by launching a fragrance, appropriately titled “Lovely“.

Upon first glance, the bottle is a translucent pink with gold writing. When you think of perfumes, and all the aspects of femininity they encompass, you would not be too far off from the Lovely bottle. A circular ribbed lid caps the gold spray of the bottle giving it a simple but elegant look. Of ribbons – not of cuteness, but of maturity.

The perfume contains a bountiful of pretty layers including notes of mandarin, bergamot, rosewood, lavender, orchid, cedar, white amber and musk. If scents could be described by touch, I would say Lovely is on the softer side, but no where near baby powder. It is neither citrus-y nor overly floral but has a “grown up” smell of sophistication and maturity.

Here’s more good news: as an exclusive gift available only at Sears, purchase a Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Eau de Parfum Spray (size: 100ml) and receive a copy of the much anticipated DVD release, Sex and the City The Movie.

Limit one bonus per customer while quantities last.

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“Coffee” Film Premiere

As you may have read on Modern Mix Monday, I went to the “Coffee” red-carpet film premiere at Jupiter Cafe on Davie Street. Directed by Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a Queen’s University alumni, Coffee consists of an ensemble cast of 20 local actors with ten vignette snapshots of well-scripted conversations between two people having Coffee.

Cozy atmosphere at Jupiter Cafe before "Coffee" film screening begins

Coffee was an incredibly “Vancouver” film with scenes shot at several local hotspots, including scenes from Bean Around The World and JJ Bean. With constant references to Vancouver culture, perhaps you can spot yourself personified in one of the ten vignettes. I counted at least three mentions of yoga and brief references to Spanish Banks, Burrard Street and Shoppers’ Drug Mart and an overall “gay-friendly” feel (can you spot the rainbow flag in the background with Ed & Geraldine in Part 2/10? Or the over excitement of Patricia in Part 6/10 about her gay best friend?)

My favorite scene got the crowd laughing out loud with Monica & The Meta Sister (Part 9/10) with a Black woman, “Hey Sista!”, “in-your-face” attitude (snap snap!) as a Black parking meter lady (“The Meta Sister”) walks down the street (coffee in hand, of course) with her timid White friend who was chatted up on MSN and lectures her on being Black Forest Cake, not Sponge Cake – sweet, plain but boring!!

Other notable scenes included a compulsive Shoppers’ Drug Mart shoplifter who learns a lesson in inner peace and humility, a candid conversation between friends on sex (great filming and facial expressions for this one), an obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, an awkward young boy meeting over coffee with a high-class hooker, and the formation of revenge plans towards a cheating lover.

Photographer Mischa Bartkow in backstage photoshoot action with actresses Sandra Panic as Gina and Kelsey Benning as Toni in "Coffee" (Part 3/10)

It was a diverse audience in support of Coffee, I wouldn’t be able to make a sweeping generalization of the crowd. Nonetheless, it was cozy and candlelit atmosphere with couches surrounding small square tables and a big screen up front for the movie. A red carpet led backstage, for the actors to pose on a single plush red loveseat for a photoshoot with Mischa Bartkow (“not to be confused with Mischa Barton”, remarked Daniel-Ryan in his speech).

Coffee was completed in August 2008 and is launching directly as a YouTube channel for the rest of the world to enjoy a little piece of Coffee culture.

Watch “Coffee” Online at http://www.youtube.com/coffeemovie.

Batman: The Dark Knight – prescreening and review

With media passes from Warner Brothers, Michael Mak had the privilege of attending the Imax prescreening of “Batman: The Dark Knight” in Hong Kong before the official opening in North America on Friday July 18, 2008.

By guest-writer Michael Mak

First things first: a little bit about me. I love computer games, I love comic books, I love manga and anime. I play magic cards and I paint little soldier miniatures. In other words, I am a huge geek. That being said, you may view this review as a fanboy’s tribute to one of his favourite icons. However, a good movie is a good movie, and “Batman: The Dark Knight” makes the cut.

The plot of the second movie picks up shortly after where “Batman Begins” left off. Gotham has a new hero (or anti-hero, as some may call it) and the oppressed citizens are starting to fight back against the corruption and decay that has long gripped the city. However, there is always a balance to things, and Christian Bale’s ginormous biceps tipped the scale. This is where The Joker comes in. Fantastically played by the late Heath Ledger, this classic comic book villian is transformed into a character diabolical in vision, psychotic in action, and even skirting the bounds of genius in execution. This guy is the epitome of evil. He inspires tyranny for the sake of tyranny. He makes Superman’s Lex Luthor or Spiderman’s Harry Osborn (hmmmm strawberries) look like members of the power rangers. From the way The Joker talks, moves, and spreads fear, every last action is embedded with the touch of a madman. This is Heath Ledger at his best and unfortunately, last.

The other new entry into the second installment is district attorney Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart). If you’re a geek like me, you’ll know which significant Batman character this guy is. For the uneducated (but more socially active), this guy is Gotham City’s new ‘white knight,’ the hero to Bruce Wayne’s more anti-hero persona. Whereas Batman fights crime in the streets with high tech gadgets and smooth kung fu, good ol’ Harvey takes the battle to the courtrooms with indictments and sentences, putting away criminals with the power of the law. As you would expect, this guy isnt exactly on the best terms with the mob and his actions will eventually catch up with him. His joyful optimistic demeanor is a great contrast to batman’s brooding loner-type personality.

Throughout the movie, we see these three forces interact and overlap with each other, both physically and psychologically. Between Batman, Harvey, and The Joker, each face their own demons and must come to terms with their actions. What should take precedence? Justice, or revenge? Nobody is guilt-free and their decisions lead to ramifications from which they will never recover from. The story is more complex than “good vs. evil”. Perhaps it is closer to “evil vs. evil” and the actors give an amazing effort in portraying a realistic look in to the human psyche.

If you were sitting on the fence about this movie, or if this movie is out of your typical genre, I would highly recommend that you give this one a chance. Lots of fights, explosions and car chases! And I would say that it’s in the running for one of Ledger’s best works. I suspect that Ledger will get a nomination for this year’s Oscars. The soundtrack is excellent, the picture quality is superb and the camera work is fantastic. This might be biased as I did get to watch it on iMax, but I am sure you normal folk will get a similar experience. Enjoy!

For movie times and locations in British Columbia, please click here.

Sex and the City – The Movie

So…it was the weekend opening for Sex and the City.  All the afternoon and evening shows were sold out for Scotiabank Theater in downtown so we ended up at Fifth Avenue for the 4:30pm showing instead.  

Despite only having seen a handful of SATC episodes, I thought it was so good!!  Heartwarming one moment, heartbreaking the next, but always left with a warm, happy, fuzzy feeling about being content with who you are and having friends who will be there for you in a heartbeat when you need them the most.  I love how the movie (and I suppose the series in general) doesn’t settle for a cookie-cutter version of happiness or romance.  Everyone is different with different needs and aspirations and there is no generic happy ending which fits every person.  I am now a converted Sex and the City fan.

On Facebook, you can send a Sex and the City martini glass free gift to your friends.  However, interestingly enough – there’s an AGE RESTRICTION on how old the recipient has to be.  Correct me if I’m wrong but I think the age you have to be above is 21 – which is strange because the legal drinking age in BC is 19. 

Click here for movie times and locations in British Columbia.  If you’re watching this in the next few days be sure to line up and get your tickets early.  Enjoy the show!