Archive for the ‘movies’ Category

HOLY CRAP. YEAH.

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I am so far out of this universe right now, high on Tekkonkinkreet and Blitzen Trapper. Tekkonkinkreet was freaking amazing. Japanese animation is beyond incredible (not so much a fan of manga or anime but it just goes to show you have to give everything a chance!). Directed by Michael Arias, this film is jam packed with impossible visuals, intense plot, and of course great music by Plaid (see earlier post). I can’t describe how fulfilling this movie was.

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Currently listening to Blitzen Trapper, a mixture of country, indie rock, and electronic. What separates this band from others in my ears are the fast paced chord changes. I’m an impatient listener so this was just perfect.

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For those of you trying to make your own music, Blitzen Trapper released their first three albums on their own, using their own home built studio. Sound quality not all that great, but look where it got them. Use what you have and make something of it!

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Alternate Runway

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Halston’s alternative runway- How cool is that!

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HQ version available on the Halston website.//found via BOOOOOOOM!

Martin De Thurah

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

I just discovered Martin De Thurah’s genius today while being a bum on the internet. And now I don’t want to be a bum anymore and go out and make movies! Martin De Thurah is a Denmark based director. His pieces are filled with lights and darks, interesting colors, and fantastical elements. Summary: it’s blowing my mind.

CARPARK NORTH - HUMAN from martin de thurah on Vimeo.

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Where is se lonely? huh?

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

-even better when you watch it here.

Be sure to check out the rest of this guy’s videos here.

The Class

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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The Class is incredibly accurate and real. It’s interesting how similar this classroom scene is to my high school…and I can imagine every other public middle/high school. I was especially interested to see how the teachers acted when they were together, how they talked about the students to each other and how they discussed discipline. Everything seemed like it was taken from just real life. This isn’t just a coincidence though. That’s the whole point of this film. The movie is based off of the book, Entre Les Murs, written by Francois Begaudeau, who is actually casted as the teacher. The students are not actors, but real live students. One of the things that keeps this movie real is that this isn’t one of those –teacher teaches students respect and transforms their lives- types stories. It’s not full of drama or anything really out of the ordinary. It’s a typical school year and it reveals the relationship between students and teachers today. What’s the moral of the story? What’s the message? I’m not sure. It is not a movie that states a specific problem and unveils an obvious answer. I feel that its purpose was to photograph the classroom just as it is…something every kid and teacher can relate to.

Visual Feast

Monday, March 30th, 2009

City of Ember = color combinations I want to eat, costumes I want to wear, Sets I want to live in, ect.

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The Golden Compass = awesome costume design (Ruth Myers did the costume design for both city of ember and the golden compass! She rocks!)

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see under the cut for a ton more pictures to make your mouth eyes water…(warning…possible spoilers)

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Waltz with Bashir

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I just got back from seeing Waltz with Bashir and it kind of left me speechless. It’s the type of movie you go to see for the visual experience but you leave with a lot more.

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An Ari Folman Film

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I was really excited for this when I heard that Tomer Hanuka was going to be doing some of the art for the film. Hanuka’s style of illustration represents everything I love about comic book art.

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Tomer also has a blog with his twin brother, Asaf, at Tropical Toxic.

La Maison en Petits Cubes

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Best Animated Short Film Oscar Winner 2009

Director: Kunio Kato

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[note: I don’t know how long these youtube videos will be available because Robot inc has claimed copyrights. Enjoy while you can!]

The Oscars were not as enjoyable for me as they were last year…probably because I hadn’t seen most of the movies. I was happy that Man On Wire won best documentary and I thought the acceptance speeches made by Dustin Lance Black, Sean Penn, and Kate Winslet were good. I think this year I’m going to do a little more movie watching!

Coraline

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Book_Cover_CoralineOk, I’m in a Coraline frenzy! Coraline, written by Neil Gaiman is a children’s fantasy story about a girl who has just recently moved into an old house with her parents. Behind a door in one of the rooms, she discovers a different world. This new world, however, is built the same as the old one. The house is the same, and the people are the same too…except for one little thing. Her “other” mother and father and all of the other characters have button eyes! It’s great for her until things get slightly sinister. An interesting take on the classic, Alice in Wonderland.

But that’s not all. Coraline has been turned into a 3D, stop motion picture by the one and only, Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. (that was a mouthful!) Henry Selick completely rebuilt the world of Coraline and made it come to life with the incredible team at Laika. Also, it’s terrifying and thrilling to see how 3D has evolved and is becoming a major part of film today.

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You’d think I was done, but I’m not. The Coraline package comes with a beautifully designed flash website. Throughout the site you can find short video clips of the making of Coraline. You will be fascinated by some of the interviews and what the animators had to go through.

And last, but not least, the soundtrack by Bruno Coulais completes this thrilling children’s tale.

Thomas Newman

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

To start, this is probably one of the most important posts of my blog! I love every soundtrack ever done by this guy! I first heard his music while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events and then I bought the soundtrack immediately! 

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