So here's OPI The Spy Who Loved Me from last year's Skyfall collection (which I happened to love, btw). The photos below show this polish after 2-3 days of wear.
I go back and forth about whether I like these pics ... if I end up hating them, I'll probably just delete these and reswatch them. The Spy Who Loved Me was a bitch and a half to capture, so I told myself I'd stop when the color looked right. Uh, yeah. This is where I stopped.
Three coats with SV.
Drooooooool. Yes, this is another red-based polish with gold glass fleck particles -- but it's more in the vein of OPI Live and Let Die, with a creme finish rather than a jelly one. So it's not quite as tomato as, say, SpaRitual Intention -- more cherry, I think. Definitely a deeper red, which at this time of year, I tend to favor a little more. This had a perfect formula and dry time as well.
I wore this polish to the office Christmas party a couple of weeks ago, which brings me to the movie I'm posting today:
This year on Stuff, I think "TTSS" lets Colin Firth match Guy Pearce, 2 for 2. Heh.
If you like le Carre and espionage-type things, you're in for a treat with this movie. I've never read the le Carre novel nor have I seen the miniseries with Alec Guinness, but I understand that the movie had to condense a LOT of novel into a little over two hours. I think the screenwriter did a great job! If it seems a little dense on the first viewing, watch it again. (And definitely watch it with subtitles.) I also loved the set dressing and the evocation of the period -- you feel like you're seeing it without being slammed over the head with it (lookin @ u, "Mad Men") -- and I really liked the score for some reason.
Also, DAT CASTING. Absolutely perfect. However, as much as I enjoy Toby Jones, I think Jared Harris (the original choice for Percy Alleline) is a little better at conveying more menacing characters, so that would have been fun to see. But still. Excellent, all around.
The Christmas portion of this movie isn't a huge affair, but it's very important: Smiley (Gary Oldman's character) thinks back to the Circus Christmas party. I think I mentioned it last year, but I LOVE party scenes when they're done right (that is, "show, don't tell"), because you gain a better insight into each character, which is so, so crucial to "TTSS." Have you ever wondered what a British intelligence Christmas party is like? Well, you'll find out. And look for a cameo by John le Carre himself! I'd like to watch this movie one day with the commentary ... ugh, someone get me a copy! I may have debated blogging OPI All Sparkly and Gold for this movie instead ... you should totally watch it and find out why. ;)
I'm sorry that was so rushed, but this does bring my 2013 movie posts to a close. I really hope you enjoyed them, and I also hope you check out some of these movies in the next year. They are worth watching if you need a break from the usual treacle -- which certainly has its place -- or if you want to try something different.
Thanks for reading and come back for one more post tomorrow. :)