The September Issue, opening the world of US Vogue

I was so eager to see the September issue, a documentary about the release of September issue of Vogue magazine. In the fashion magazine world, the September issue is the most important issue of the year.

It turned out to be really good… the documentary focus on Anna Wintour, US vogue editor in chief (the real life version of Devil wears Prada Miranda Priestly). Anna Wintour is an icon in fashion industry, respected but also feared by most people in the fashion industry, and although she’s the softer version of Miranda Priestly, she’s cool, firm and tough.

The documentary also shows there’s actually another woman behind the magazine who is as tough and stubborn as Anna Wintour. Grace Coddington is US Vogue’s Creative Director, a former model who is now one of the most famous fashion stylists in the world.

There’s a tension between Anna and Grace showed in the documentary, Anna is the Editor in Chief but it’s Grace who has the real artistic talent. Unlike the Devil wears Prada which focus on the cold hearted Miranda Priestly, September issue focus on the beauty of the fashion industry. The making of a fashion spread is like a making of a painting… clearly Vogue is a form of art.

One of my favourite scenes is when the camera is on Anna’s daughter, who does not want anything to do with vogue and wants to be a lawyer. The paris photo shoot is also amazing.

District 9, thumbs up or down?

We went to see district 9 two nights ago in the local cinema, YES local meaning small town cinema and only cost £5, but has good enough sound system and wide enough screen.

This movie is presented by Peter Jackson and based on Canadian based South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp’s short film ALIVE IN JOBURG, which you can see freely on the net. I haven’t seen the short film yet, but before we went to see it there was a coverage in BBC news about this movie showing the slums in South Africa which was the set of this movie. The movie is about the racism, immigration, violence and power in South Africa and it uses the aliens to represents the racism which in the movie were referred as ” prawns”.

The movie was shot in a documentary way which i like so much and the special effect is also good but honestly it was so gross that it made me sick throughout the movie. It has the typical mess of ghastly liquid and images.

I think this movie is great because it relates to humanity issue and using the alien as a metaphor is very smart.