Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Two Cars, One Night by Taika Waititi

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Two Cars, One Night

Zabriskie Point EXPLOSION

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

In digital filmmaking class we watched this clip from the ending of Zabriskie Point. It’s a beautiful slow motion sequence of a series of explosions representing the idea of destroying consumerism.

Hitchcock

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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I saw psycho for the first time at the Ambler Theater in HD. Anthony Perkins was my favorite part. The pacing of his dialogue and character glued my attention to the screen.

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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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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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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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!

MirrorMask

Monday, September 8th, 2008

MirrorMask, written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean, has definitely become one of my favorites that has inspired my film interests. It’s such a different style from what you normally see in theaters. Dave McKean’s brilliant artistry combined with Gaiman’s internationally acclaimed story telling makes a remarkable piece. And to think that it was the first film for many of the crew, including McKean! Here is the synopsis from sony pictures

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. Helena searches for the Mirrormask, an object of enormous power that is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands, waking the Queen of Light and returning home.

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The soundtrack by Iain Ballamy is worth mentioning too. It’s got jazzy roots to create a new sound for the world of mirrormask.

This movie has certainly opened my eyes to new possibilities

-Laura