Sunday, March 30, 2014

Music: Dana Williams + Leighton Meester Cover Fleetwood Mac

Flower Power: Leighton Meester and Dana Williams, photographed by Ian Maxion.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dana Williams teamed up with her pal, the actress and former tourmate Leighton Meester, for a lovely cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." Their voices complement each other beautifully. Though Dana cites jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as inspirations, I like the chill, folksy vibe of this cover. You can find out more about Dana's music and other collaborations with her friends on her site.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Through the Lens: The Two Faces of January

Viggo Mortenson, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst star in the crime thriller "The Two Faces of January."

Patricia Highsmith is one of my favorite writers, and one who has had her stories adapted into well-known films -- including Alfred Hitchock's Strangers on the Train and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. The adaptation is The Two Faces of January, a thriller set in 1962 in the exotic locales of Greece and Turkey and tells the story of a con artist (Oscar Isaac) and the wealthy American couple (Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst) he becomes entangled with when a murder is committed.

The film marks the directorial debut of Hossein Amini and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will be released this spring in the UK and Belgium. No word on an American release date yet.

I love the costumes by Steven Noble, who also worked on such excellent films as Trainspotting and Never Let Me Go.

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