Wednesday 25 March 2020

Six movies from 2019 with BLING to stream

Image credit, Paramount

Hey jewelry lovers.

Bookmark this Oscar-worthy collection of 2019 movies that include epic bling. There are more than a DOZEN hours of fun and distraction described below, with duration and trailers included (you’re welcome).

With so many people sheltered in place, this list is intended as a stay-at-home streaming menu.

Originally compiled by Amy Elliott of JCK as an Oscars prelude, the vivid verbal descriptions come from Laurie Brookins of Screen Chic, a career fashion journalist and stylist who has authored for The Hollywood Reporter, Town & Country, Ocean Drive, and a number of regional luxury lifestyle publications.

Ready? Set… Go!

Pop the popcorn. Grab a blanket and prepare for dazzling diamonds, jewelry, gemstones - even rhinestones (Hello Elton) - as you enjoy some of Hollywood’s best movies of 2019.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | 2h 41m

"Costume designer Arianne Phillips was nominated for her work in this 1969-set Quentin Tarantino film, and she indeed excels in capturing the mood of Los Angeles in this moment. Leonardo DiCaprio wears pinky rings and necklaces that a stylish star of that era would wear. Phillips worked with L.A.-based jewelry designer Stuart England on some pieces—while for Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the jewelry was both of-the-moment and understated, much like Tate’s own style. The most poignant fact of the pieces Robbie wore is that some had once been owned by Tate: The late actress’s sister, Debra Tate, had given her blessing to Robbie playing the role and loaned the pieces to the production as a sign of her approval."

Downton Abbey | 2h 02m

“Audiences eager for Downton Abbey’s return with a big-screen sequel weren’t disappointed, especially fans of the series’ costumes. The central plot point, a visit to the titular manor by King George V and Queen Mary, meant that costume designer Anna Robbins could pull out all the stops with the formal looks needed. That extended to the jewels seen in the film: not only a reproduction of Queen Mary’s famed Vladimir tiara from 1874, complete with the 15 emerald drops the queen had added to the tiara after she acquired it in 1921, but also the vintage diamond tiaras worn by Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, and Dame Maggie Smith, all dated between 1880 and 1910 and loaned by London-based jeweler Bentley & Skinner.”

Rocketman | 2h 01m

“How do you reproduce the high-profile looks of a man known for his love of adornment? You secure the services of a jeweler that excels in craft, color, and a sense of whimsy, and that’s what costume designer Julian Day did when he reached out to Chopard to provide the jewels for Rocketman, the Elton John biopic. As the legendary singer/songwriter, Taron Egerton conveys how Elton embraced both his newfound wealth and the onstage character he had created, and the pricey Chopard jewels he wears—brooches, oversize diamond pendants, earrings from the jeweler’s Happy Hearts collection—also reflect that.”

Judy | 1h 58m

“It’s a shame that costume designer Jany Temime wasn’t nominated for her work in Judy; she does such a great job at capturing the late-’60s look of Judy Garland, both onstage and off. That extends to the jewelry, especially the vintage button earrings you see Renée Zellweger wearing throughout the film. In interviews, Temime has talked about how this independent film ran on an incredibly tight budget, so she looked to a close resource for accessories, using the vintage jewelry, as well as silk scarves by Hermès and Dior she had inherited from her late mother.”

Hustlers | 1h 50m

“A central role of a film’s costumes is to capture not just a story’s era but also the flavor of its theme, and that’s certainly true of Hustlers, a story that delves into the highs and lows of excess. With costumes designed by Mitchell Travers, the women in Hustlers define the success of their nefarious plans through the things they buy and how they adorn themselves, and in addition to name-checking brands like Gucci and Christian Louboutin, jewelry plays a central role in that idea. Here, the yellow gold is either piled on or just really prominent, from Jennifer Lopez’s nameplate hoop earrings to the “sexy” choker or multiple bangles worn by Constance Wu, the resulting look effectively communicates that everything is just a bit much.”

Bonus ~

Uncut Gems | 2h 15m

While it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar (so we don't have Laurie Brookins' expert overview) this fast-paced, frenetic film will be a breathless ride for jewelry fans. Adam Sandler plays a fast-talking New York City jeweler and compulsive gambler. As his debts mount, with angry collectors closing in, he must risk everything in hope of staying afloat and alive. When you watch this film The New Yorker described as “mesmerizing chaos," you'll have a two-hour escape back to the busy New York City streets we're all accustomed to. Just one warning - there’s an awful lot of “F!” going on in this movie. And I’m not referring to colorless diamonds. Know what I mean?


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