Movie Review: Belle

BY BUST Magazine in Movies

Based on a true story, Belle follows 18th-century English aristocrat Dido Elizabeth Belle as she grows up, finds her place in society, and seeks a husband. The catch—Dido is black. The illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and an African woman, Dido (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) grows up with her blonde, blue-eyed cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), as the pair are raised by their great-uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson), and his wife (Emily Watson). Though she is cultured, educated, and beloved by her family, Dido inhabits a strange in-between place in her household. Read More
Here's another great craft from author/DIY guru Alison Caporimo, who'll be hosting a workshop table at the Sunday, May 4th BUST Craftacular: PRIMPED. This easy DIY iPhone case tutorial appears in her book, InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More, published by Ulysses Press. This guaranteed one-of-a-kind case is sure to get your phone in the mood for PRIMPED!   Materials: Wood-grain contact paper Scissors Pencil iPhone case   Directions: Roll out contact paper so that the lined inside is facing upward. Read More
We can’t believe it’s finally time for the first-ever BUST Craftacular's Primped, our shopping and pampering expo for stylish rebels. We absolutely cannot wait to see all your faces this weekend in Brooklyn!    This beautiful beast of an event brings together the very best of the Brooklyn indie scene, including one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade fashion, rocking DJs, locally sourced food, free salon services (nail DIYs, a braid bar, hair chalking, mini-massages, bang trims, and more), tarot readings, cute crafts, and cocktails. Read More
In celebration of all things crafty, we thought we'd share the work of the extraordinary author/craftswoman Alison Caporimo, who'll be hosting a workshop table at the Sunday, May 4th BUST Craftacular: PRIMPED. This easy DIY stationary appears in Alison's book, InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More, published by Ulysses Press. Read More
It seems fitting that Jessica Weiss began penning songs as soundtracks to student films since the Brighton-based lead singer and songwriter’s lyrics are rife with vivid imagery, intense drama, and compelling storylines. Fellow art student Guitarist Daniel Falvey met Weiss after an exhibition of her work inspired him, and drummer Michael Miles was later brought in to handle percussion. Together shoegaze trio Fear of Men creates a bittersweet sound by blending deceitfully upbeat melodies with melancholy tales. Read More
Model View Culture focuses tech, culture, and diversity media with online issues published every three weeks, and they rule. Their recent post "Shit Men Say to Women Founders" was so darn awesome, we're reblogging it here:  1. “Good luck with your project.” It's not a fucking project. It's a CORPORATION. It's an OFFICIAL, TAX-PAYING, CERTIFIED, DELAWARE-INCORPORATED business that is employing people, producing new products, contributing to the economy, making money and getting things done. We're working on it every day, all day, and every weekend. Read More
Alice Boman's EP II should be listened to outdoors during a spring dusk, at around 7 in the evening.  Her voice, full of impossible longing, speaks the darkness of distance and the brightness of pyres burning in sunset colors. The album opens with "What," a track that features a rhythm section made up of the occasional kick and ambient scratches, plus gorgeous piano floating in a lake of white noise. "Over" is one of the highlights of the record, reminiscent of post-punk pioneers The Young Marble Giants. Read More
Brody Dalle has been a powerful voice in rock ‘n roll for nearly two decades. After breaking out with her fearless punk growl in The Distillers, the singer/songwriter and guitarist revealed a cool, modern sound in indie rock band Spinnerette. On April 29th, Brody makes her solo debut with Diploid Love, an alternative rock record that builds on all she’s achieved thus far.  BUST spoke with Brody about balancing rock ‘n roll with motherhood, having awesome female role models in the ‘90s, and why Shirley Manson is her big sister. Read More
Many creatives out there are trying to articulate the post-millennial hipster experience; from Lena Dunham’s Girls, to Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City, to more serious works like Benjamin Dickinson’s First Winter, or Tim Heidecker’s The Comedy. Then there’s City Baby, a recent film directed by David F. Morgan, which he also co-wrote with its star Cora Benesh. Read More
The third annual BUKU Music + Arts Project – which went down on March 21st and 22nd in New Orleans – delivered the same electric and eclectic experience the festival always promises. Crowds gathered from far and wide to appreciate a power-packed line-up of musical guests, while also enjoying BUKU’s signature graffiti wall, and an array delicious local foods that encapsulated the rich culture of New Orleans. Read More