Author: Ada Wong

Paris vs New York: Luc Besson

Our two beloved cities are most commonly referred to in discussions of fashion and glamour, but as with any large metropolis, they are also the perfect setting for crime and shady dealings. This month, let’s compare the seedy streets of Paris vs. New York. Part 4 of Paris vs New York: Luc Besson Luc Besson is best known to us as the French director/writer/producer who’s had a hand in films such as The Fifth Element and The Transporter series, all of which feature a very distinctive visual style. Although very well received in Hollywood, Besson only lived in the...

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What movies have taught me: computer geeks are bad ass!

Have you been led to believe that computer enthusiasts are typically lacking in fashion sense? Do you call them “computer geeks” because you picture a pocket-protector toting nerd who brags about jailbreaking his iPhone? Or imagine your typical “hacker” to be overweight, unbathed, and clad in a Linux t-shirt? These stereotypes are simply inaccurate, for the movies have taught us that computer geeks are in fact are cool, stylish dressers, with attitudes are that are distinctively bad ass! David Cronenberg’s Existenz (1999) stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a famous video game designer, together with her handsome escort (Jude Law),...

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Paris vs. New York: Julie Delpy

North Americans find European cities like Paris different and intriguing, with Gothic churches standing alongside a modern art museum, where designers opening shop in converted historical buildings. People express their emotions heatedly and passionately but have overall liberal views. Meanwhile many Europeans find the new world more pleasing, with its new architectural structures, such as the skyscrapers of New York, and being greeted with artificial friendliness when they enter a store. In part 2 of this series, we saw New York vs Paris through the eyes of a New Yorker, this time let’s get the perspective of a Parisian....

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What movies have taught me: fight for love!

“That little boy only throws spitballs at you because he likes you.” How many parents have told us that after a classroom incident, dismissing children fighting with each other as a manifestation of desired affection? Turns out the big screen reinforces this point, the movies have taught me that the one we fight with most, is really our soul mate. You’ve got to be kidding, right? But the proof is irrefutable. Countless romantic comedies start with two people who don’t like each other very much, they are reluctantly thrown into a situation together, battle it out ferociously, finally resolve...

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Paris vs New York: Martin Scorsese

Let’s continue our look at the interesting subject found in many coffee table books, Sunday brunch debates, and traveler discussions – Paris vs. New York. Both cities have plenty of action, excitement, and allure, and what better way to capture all that than in movies. But which city wins? A number of filmmakers, actors, and writers have tackled both of these cities, let’s see how they stack up … Part 2 of Paris vs New York: Martin Scorsese Aside from having some of the greatest eyebrows since Groucho Marx, Martin Scorsese is also an Academy Award winning director and...

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What movies have taught me: monkeys make great sidekicks!

When it comes to a great animal sidekick, there’s a one in a zillion chance you’ll wind up with a smart-mouthed Donkey or an Empire-fighting Wookiee like Chewbacca. Overall, the movies have taught us that monkeys make the best sidekicks! These mischievous simians are smart, resourceful, and playful, a terrific addition to anyone’s circle of friends. Here are a few big screen favourites: Crystal the monkey from The Hangover Part II didn’t actually have a name in the movie, but that didn’t stop her from being the most memorable member of the Wolf Pack and stealing every scene she...

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What movies have taught me: it’s not safe to shower alone

The phrase “shower scene” is synonymous with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, but the movies have taught me that there are many things to fear while in the shower — not just a (spoiler alert!) cross-dressing psychopath wielding a knife. This is a short list of other things to look out for the next time you’re lathering up…   Your obsessive stalker Fatal Attraction (1987) centres around Dan Gallagher, a lawyer and family man who has an affair with the wrong woman. Alex Forrest will stop at nothing to gain Dan’s affections, in order to get him to see her, Alex...

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