My entry to the Five Senses Blogathon

FiveSensesBlogathonIn association with Dutch moviepodcasters MovieInsiders (who inspired this blogathon) and Karamel Kinema, who did the stunning logo, Nostra of My Film Views spearheaded The Five Senses blogathon.

Here’s the idea in his own words:

As you know the body has five senses (although some movies might suggest there is a sixth one): Sight, Sound, Taste, Smell and Touch.

So what’s the idea behind this blogathon? For each of these senses you will have to describe the movie related association you have with it. This can be a particular movie or even a scene, but also something having to do with the movie going experience (so for example the smell of popcorn in the theater).

So here are my pick of movies/movie related things I associate with each of the senses?

 

SIGHT

Avatar

Despite the lack of original story and other quibbles I have about this film, when it comes to visual effects, it’s tough to beat this one. I remember back in 2009 I got one of those advanced previews dubbed Avatar Day to see this and I was so excited! Seeing Pandora for the first time on the big screen was quite a thrill, but not until I saw the full film that my jaw was on the floor. I remember ooh-aahing during the chopper scene through those flying mountains… the reaction of Jake & his friend pretty much echo how we all felt in the movie theater.

But the most breathtakingly-beautiful scene of all, that remains a visual marvel to this day, has got to be all the night scenes in Pandora…

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SOUND

Jurassic Park

It’s no surprise this Spielberg film won two Oscars for Best Sound Editing AND Best Sound Mixing. The sound truly made the experience and I’ll never forget the first time the T-Rex made an appearance when the park’s electricity went kaput. Starting with vibrating water scene in the car, the mysterious thumping that gets more and more pronounced… all the way to that first roar. OH MY, that’s quite an adrenaline rush unlike any other.

The sound work in the kitchen scene is incredible as well. It REALLY made you feel as if you’re there with these poor kids! It’s hilarious but terrifying at the same time.

 

TASTE

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Naturally I pick a scene from a film about food, but I have to pick this under-appreciated one I saw recently. I LOVE breakfast food, especially Omelet, so I could practically taste the yummy-ness of this very scene.

HundredFootJourneyOmeletSceneI love Helen Mirren’s expression after she took the first bite, oh man, I was salivating as I was watching this!

 

TOUCH

Hand-touching scenes in period dramas

I’m such a hopeless romantic. There’s something about hand scenes in period dramas that always gets me. Given how restrictive the customs in those days was, even the smallest physical expression means SO much. I felt a tingle in my own hands whenever I watched each of these scenes…

The first time Margaret & John’s fingers touch ever so briefly when she handed him the tea cup…

When Marianne’s and Willoughby’s fingers brush lightly against each other’s as they went up the stairs…

I’ve mentioned the ‘Mansfield Park’ one in this list, but it bears mentioning again because it’s just such a beautiful & emotional scene. Neither Fanny nor Edmund could speak of how they feel about each other, but a simple touch speaks more than a thousand words…

Of course the finale of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ has to be mentioned here… I love Darcy’s reaction when Lizzie took his hand and kisses it… no words need to be spoken to say how she feels about him.

 

SMELL

Coco Before Chanel

chanelno5I have to admit I struggled a bit to come up with this one, but for some reason I kept going back to this. As I was watching the film starring Audrey Tautou, I reminisced on the first perfume I was ever given. My globe-trotting auntie gave me a CHANEL No. 5 mini perfume when I was about 14 and it was the first perfume I ever owned. My late mother was a big CHANEL perfume fan and I still remember quite vividly how much I love the scent. I guess smell is such a sentimental thing, as it could really take you back to a certain time and place.

CocoBeforeChanelI’ve used many different perfumes since then, but this classic Chanel perfume will always have a special place in my heart. I even dedicated a post for the exquisite Chanel No.5 ads, inspired by the film.

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Well, that’s my picks for the Five Senses Blogathon, what do you think?

Coco Before Chanel and the exquisite Chanel’s celebrity perfume ads

Happy Friday all! Tonight is time for our monthly girls movie night and the movie we’ll be watching is Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel) starring the lovely Audrey Tautou as the famed clothing designer. I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while.

As a woman who loves fashion, I’m naturally intrigued by the woman behind one of the most famous label in haute couture… and how she got that nickname “Coco.” Directed by Anne Fontaine, the movie depicts the rise of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel from a humble beginning to the heights of the fashion world.

The real Coco Chanel

The reviews aren’t exactly stellar, but I’m hopeful I’d still enjoy this movie for three reasons: The beautiful and charismatic Audrey Tautou (who bears a striking resemblance to the real Coco), the always watchable Alessandro Nivola as Englishman Arthur Capel whom Coco fell for, and the clothes of course! I could never afford anything from The House of Chanel, but it certainly is fun just to watch ’em. The label is famous for their luxurious quilted bags, lady-like LBD (little black dress) and that iconic double C logo that’s instantly recognizable all over the world.

Unsurprisingly, costume designer Catherine Leterrier was nominated for an Oscar for her work in this movie. Oh, there’s also the music by award-winning Alexandre Desplat (whose gorgeous score for The King’s Speech was up for an Oscar a few weeks ago).


Well, as an Advertising major, I always appreciate beautifully-photographed fashion adverts and Chanel is one of the fashion labels who often feature film actress, mostly French, on their perfume ads. From Catherine Deneuve in the 70s to the current perfume model Keira Knightley, they always look exquisite. Ravishing and sexy, but never vulgar. Mainly the perfume featured are Coco’s first ever perfume line Chanel No. 5 (apparently the number five is pretty significant in her life). I remember when I was in high school, one of my aunts bought me a mini 1.5 ml bottle of the pure Parfum in that classy cream box with black trim and I thought it was the coolest thing. Even Marilyn Monroe was a die-hard fan, as she’s been quoted as saying,

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

So as a tribute to the movie and a bit of indulgence on the designer side of me, here are some of my favorite Chanel perfume ads:

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Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley Keira Knightley
Nicole Kidman Nicole Kidman
Audrey Tautou Audrey Tautou
Carole Bouquet Vanessa Paradis
Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
Carole Bouquet

Btw, the stunning French actress Carole Bouquet also happens to be one of my favorite Bond girls 🙂


What do you think of the movie and/or these ads? Do you have a particular favorite of a celebrity advert?