Tuesday, 17 September 2013

6 Movies Every Lolita Should Watch

I thought I'd break up the reviews a little bit and write about something else! What else do I love except beauty? Oh yeah, fashion! More specifically, Japanese fashion and Lolita. I have a huge list of Lolita topics/questions in a Word Document I whip out when I hit a bit of a blogging slump (as well as Gyaru ones too but I feel I should wear the fashion more before blogging about it >_<) that I accumulated from memes, other blogs, etc. so today I'll do an easy one - 6 films every Lolita should watch. It was originally 5 but I couldn't pick between two films I had picked out so screw it, this is my blog, WE'RE HAVING 6 OKAY.

Marie Antoinette (2006, Sofie Coppola)
Marie Antoinette is an obvious one but not THE most obvious one (I've saved that for the second entry). Whilst Marie Antoinette may not be focused on historical accuracy and the true to life tale of Marie Antoinette, I prefer it that way. It's a cute movie full of pretty dresses, cakes, spending time with friends, gossiping and whiling hours away reading, picnicking and having tea parties. Every Lolita likes to swan around like a princess when she's in her frills so I find Marie Antoinette very relatable. It also has Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Saxondale) in as a very sweet and loyal servant to Antoinette.

Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari, 2004, Tetsuya Nakashima)
Of course, the obvious choice! I thought I'd leave it for the second entry to be a bit less obvious. Although I must confess, I haven't actually seen Kamikaze Girls! *sniff* I must not be a true Rorita... Even though I've not seen it, it's unmistakably Lolita as the guy who wrote it, Novala Takemoto, loves Lolita fashion and wrote it as a cute story of a Lolita and a yankee girl crossing paths. A must see I will bump up on my 'to watch list' as soon as possible.

The Doll Master (Inhyeongsa, 2004, Yong-ki Jeong)
It's hard to find 100% Lolita films so don't flame me for putting a horror film on here. The Doll Master is a Korean horror film about a girl who goes to a doll museum to be used as a model for making dolls but ends up finding that her beloved doll from her childhood, Mina, has came to life. Mina dresses and acts very cutely and the film has the whole 'protagonist reminisces about their childhood innocence and having to grow up - should we all grow up and leave that behind?' thing that could relate to people feeling like they have to 'grow up' from Lolita and wear more accepted clothing and stop liking cute things.

A Little Princess (1995, Alfonso Cuaron)
A Little Princess is a movie I watched as a little girl and instantly loved. It was very sad and bitter at times but inevitably has a happy ending. I had a book as a child too but never read it unfortunately. A Little Princess is about a little girl sent to a boarding school whilst her father is away serving for WWI but when he goes missing, presumed dead, there is no one to pay for her schooling so she is forced to work as a servant for the boarding school. She combats her poor living conditions and hard work by telling fantastical stories to the other girls and imagining herself in a better place. Towards the start of the film the little girl, Sara, dresses really cutely and the fantastical elements are very whimsical.

Ginger Snaps (2000, John Fawcett)
One for my Gothier counterparts now. Ginger Snaps is 100% a metaphor for hitting puberty in the means of a werewolf curse (hair appearing everywhere, turning crazy at the cycle of the moon?) but it's very dark, morbid and beautiful, perfect for when you're feeling melancholic. It is total Goth and Dark Mori inspiration for me in the sisters' outlook on life and wardrobe and is a very good watch.

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno, 2006, Guillermo Del Toro)
Pan's Labyrinth is a sort-of horror film from the awesome director Guillermo Del Toro. Taken from the IMDB page because I'm not imaginative in the slightest, it is about the reserved stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer in fascist 1944 Spain. She escapes into a creepy as fuck yet captivating fantasy world, taken there by a fairy and meets a faun (Pan, although he's never given a name in the film) who tells her she is the princess of this fantasy world and must complete three tasks in order to prove her royalty or else she will never meet her real father, the king, again. Who doesn't dream of being a princess? Even better, the princess of a realm consisting of an older than time faun, man with eyes in his hands and toads with keys in their stomach.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004, Joel Schumacher)

I really love The Phantom of the Opera, it's probably my favourite musical of all. It has such romantic, dark aesthetics and a bittersweet storyline. I feel like all Lolitas would benefit from watching The Phantom of the Opera just to take in the pretty Parisian surroundings and opera house. I've never been one for celebrity crushes but I must admit Gerard Butler is pretty swanky as the Phantom.

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