17.4.11

The Hobbit: Vlog



omgomgomgomg...I'm so excited, I could shit rainbows.

Melancholia Trailer - Lars Von Trier



His films are so haunting and gorgeous and provocative. A lot of the scenes from this trailer mirror those from his earlier film, 'Antichrist', another beautiful work of art. Whilst very disturbing (potentially scarring to the general audience), I was in a daze and it absorbed my thoughts completely...a similar reaction that I hope will transpire from this film.

1.1.11

26.12.10

First World Problems

People spend so fecklessly and claim they're broke or complain about their lack of money, yet continue to frivolously waste their earnings away. Let's be real. You're "gloating" of the privilege you have when so many don't even have that luxury, and I'm not punishing anyone (as if I have the right to). It's totally admirable when you earn your keep through hard work and it's certainly reasonable that you deserve an indulgence from time to time. However, when all you do is splurge in excess and boast or fuss over superficial things - you and I both know - it's an inexcusable extravagance. I once used to be that way knowing full well there are far more important things in life. Although, I suppose you cannot wholly appreciate or discern your dispensable and indispensable circumstance until that comfort has been stripped from you and you're struggling to pay your bills. And I realize we're all trying, we're all taking precautions especially in this economy. I just had to remind myself, stop whining over first world problems, be more appreciative and know when to determine what is essential from what is insignificant. Your life is entirely within your discretion, but you don't need me reminding you of that.

25.12.10



Merry Christmas!

19.12.10

Transparent Specimens



Japanese artist Iori Tomita takes a colorful approach to highlighting the complex compositions of marine life creatures with his collection entitled “New World Transparent Specimens." Tomita was first introduced to the creation of transparent specimens for the scientific purpose of examining minuscule bone structure as an undergraduate student majoring in fisheries. The specimens' flesh is made translucent by a method that dissolves the creatures' natural proteins. The artistry of nature and man-made design converge when vibrant dyes are introduced to the delicate skeletal system. Selectively injecting red dye into the hard bones and blue into the softer bones, Tomita underscores the other worldliness of aquatic life.



Calling upon his experience as a fisherman, Tomita continues to maintain a rapport with the fishing community by bartering his assistance in exchange for new marine creatures. Depending on its size, the process averages between four and six months to create each specimen, which are like a psychedelic version of Danish artist Stefan Dam's gorgeously creepy organisms.

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16.12.10

Are you excited? I am!

The Tree of Life


Terrence Malick, a master of visual poetry.

"From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life."



Jane Eyre


From the moment I was made aware of the production of this film, I delighted on the selection of talented actors/actresses and the director of the riveting film, Sin Nombre, Cary Fukunaga. The trailer alone charges me with anticipation. Although, I'm still at odds with Jane Eyre. The Edward Rochester from the novel was a selfish, manipulative douchebag that removed me from enjoying the story completely but Toby Stephen's Rochester from the BBC adaptation transformed my initial impression of his character. The Bronte sisters have a knack for creating unlikable leading men, for example, Heathcliff was too angsty and cruel and it certainly painted Rochester in a more gracious light. Anyway, I'm in love with Michael Fassbender and am very much looking forward to his portrayal of the "beloved" romantic hero (scoffs). Haha it's a love/hate relationship.



L'illusionniste (The Illusionist)


A film I have long waited for (big surprise) will finally have a limited release on Christmas day. Vive Jacques Tati!

"The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafés. However, whilst performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever.

Watching his performance to the excited villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity to their remote island, Alice becomes awestruck by our hero and believes his tricks are real magic. Following him to Edinburgh, she keeps his home while he goes to work in a small local theatre. Enchanted by her enthusiasm for his act, he rewards her with increasingly lavish gifts he has 'conjured' into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist and that buying these gifts is driving him to ruin.

But as Alice comes of age, she finds love and moves on. The Illusionist no longer has to pretend and, untangled from his own web of deceit, resumes his life as a travelling entertainer, a much wiser man."

p.s. If you're acquainted with Tati or Chomet's films, you'll know dialogue is sparse in their films...Triplettes de Belleville was virtually devoid of dialogue and Tati creates in the style of silent films. Aghhh I can't wait to see this. 2D animation ftw!
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Translation: "What scared me most was the prescence of Tati. Though its not a film by Monsieur L. and not a typical Tati movie either. It s about the story of two persons developing over a long time and it´s taking place at many different places and unlike Tati, it's not dealing with a snapshot of one place at one certain point in time. I also wanted to step away from the typical look of a Tati movie as far as possible."



Water for Elephants


I read this book several years ago and I have to say, it was an entertaining easy read. I'm not fond of Robert Pattinson nor Reese Witherspoon but I adore circus backdrops and I'm curious of the resulting product.

Well, it was a nice surprise to hear Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' beautiful score for Assassination of Jesse James in this trailer.



Also, looking forward to...
A Dangerous Method (2012)- David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Keira Knightley..what a cast.
The Way back (2010)- Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong
Your Highness (2011)- another stoner comedy but I want to see it for Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, Danny Mcbride etc...
Hanna (2011)- Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana
Now (2011)- dir. Andrew Niccol!!! I don't care much for the actors except for Cillian Murphy
Dream House (2011)- Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts
Contagion (2011)- Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne
Immortals (2011)- directed by Tarsem Singh. I'll be expecting some grand cinematography as he always delivers in terms of picture. There will also be numerous eye candy for the film.

1.11.10

"I'm here" a short film by Spike Jonze







Selfish bitch :(

Anyway...

The basis of the love story is pretty formulaic, bordering on sappiness. Nevertheless, I am heartbroken. I damn near wept in the scene where Sheldon (Andrew Garfield <3) shares his dream. Spike Jonze's use of unusual characters in otherwise mundane settings allowed for an oddity of situations and memorable moments.

28.10.10

green light

I am a devoted reader of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby is one of my most treasured novels (cliche? Idgaf). Well, several weeks ago, I was made aware of the news that The Great Gatsby is, once again, being adapted for the big screen. However, I question the potential of this film. I know Baz Luhrmann is capable of lavish film making- made evident with Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge - my concern is whether the story is in the appropriate hands, if Baz Luhrmann is the right storyteller for this dark, American drama. I have no doubts about his talent and I expect he will realize the glamour of the jazz age successfully but his former projects have all been beautiful in the most superficial way. This is a complex tale that has yet to be properly conceived and I'm merely apprehensive of it's outcome.

Also, I'm at odds with the actors considered for the roles. Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby? He's not nearly as enigmatic and dashing as I imagine the character to be, especially when compared to the present chubby Leo (still very handsome). Tobey Mcguire as Nick Carraway? No. No. No. I would rather have Leo play the part....the Leo, 10 years ago.
Haha. Also, Amanda Seyfried as Daisy? No comment.

Instead, I'd like to see Michael Fassbender or Lee Pace as Gatsby..they both retain a debonair, mysterious demeanor.





In fact, I'd like to add Christian Bale to the list. ;) (I'm heavily biased) As for Daisy, I imagine Rose Byrne or Rosamund Pike. Rose has a vulnerability yet haunting beauty and Rosamund has the natural grace and allure, who can both pull off a frazzled Daisy.





And what do you think of Ben Barnes, James McAvoy or Hugh Dancy as Nick? What am I saying...
I need to constrain myself from placing expectations on someone else's imagination of a film but I cannot help myself when the story is so close to my heart.