Sunday, January 10, 2010
a single man (2009)
tom ford's adaptation of christopher isherwood's book of the same name was single handedly one of the most beautiful thing ive ever seen on screen. along with avatar, a single man was an experience only fit for the big screen and no where else. it moved me in ways i didnt think i could be swayed. it was due to every shot, every note, and every actor that made this film one of the best visual masterpieces to come out in 2009. the music had a major role in persuading the audience to wholly feel colin firth's agonizing soul and it was done with such perfection that i HAD to have the soundtrack. after visiting multiple music stores, i was left with nothing but amazon.com. but nonetheless, its a film that is unforgettable. dont wait till it comes out on dvd, one cannot fully understand and feel the emotions through a dinky tv screen. go watch it!!
outside of the world of film, tom ford is known as the renowned fashion designer of his own label and the former creative director of gucci. but before tom ford was tom ford, he dipped his feet in a billion other things. he left his santa fe preparatory school in new mexico at the age of 17 and moved to new york city. he was studying art history at nyu when only after a year, he decided to drop out. he pursued an acting career, appearing in several commercials simultaneously. then went to the new school to study interior architecture. before his last year, he spent 6 months interning for chloe which triggered his love for fashion. thereafter, he studied fashion but graduated with an architecture degree. whhhhew, that was a lot! it is no wonder tom ford wanted to be a director!
i particularly dont like actors or just random people who think they can direct to take on a project like they know aaannnnnything about filmmaking. but tom ford is another story. i dont think he wouldve approached it even with his ambitious vigor if he didnt think he could do a decent job at it. nevertheless, with the right crew (including the set designers of mad men), he achieved a new outlook to filmmaking. with the help of cinematographer eduard grau, he adapted such a emotional story about one man's true love and tragic loss. and while other trailers are deceiving *ahem dr. parassus ahem* every pint of anticipation and beauty evoked from the trailer is exactly what you will experience while watching it. dont miss out! A