Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Darren Aronofsky directed this horror themed thriller film of pressure and the presence of a doppelganger. The film stars Natalie Portman as the main character playing the young perfectionist to take on the task of the white swan but also find trouble undertaking the transformation of the black swan. Her friend Lily played by Mila Kunis fits the part for the black swan perfectly whom becomes competition that leads to her losing touch of reality. Her overbearing mother has a failed ballet career and puts the pressure by reliving her career through her daughter. It's terrible how this happens and adds to her caving in under pressure. The film was shot in a real type format rather than the pretty film stock. It gave it a sense of raw realness to make many of the shots believable. The camera work in the film was impressive with the many scenes having a horror type element leaving you at the edge of your seat in wonder. Natalie Portman does not get naked in the film if you were looking for a cheap thrill, just to let you know but there is a sultry scene in the film that heats up the coldest theatres. There was months of training for the film and ballet is just more than standing in the middle of a stage with a tutu looking cute. It's serious pressure. I found this film to be simply amazing and see it winning many awards for ceromonies to come. This is the same director from requiem for a Dream and Pi. Expect intense. I highly reccommend to watch this.
four out four stars.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A documentary on the creative film director David Lynch while finishing his film Inland Empire. The film is over two years of footage of David Lynch working and discussing his process in film with many in depth interviews that reveals a more personal side and perspective. The director of the film basically lived with him and followed him during this period. The film starts out with his obsession with taking photos and one of his many journeys in Polish abandoned factories. Lynch seems to be a rather calm and collected individual that has a racing imagination that he produces onto film. I found it rather amusing to watch him talk to a camera for online updates for his personal website that is ran by him to his fans and he has a few quirks caught on film. Overall I found this film to be entertaining and inspiring for anyone in the film community or would like to see how things get done in a more different fashion. He just seems like a cool person overall. I plan on purchasing this as an early Christmas gift for myself. I would recommend this film for the curious and the fan.
3 out of 4 stars
Co Directed/ Written by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, the tension in this French horror film is from start to finish that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The film is supposedly based on a true story and as the film progresses I can actually see this happening in real life from some twisted types. The begins with a young couple from France moving into a lovely home nestled in the countryside of Romania. Later during the evening they are being chased for their life by a group of small hooded people with the intent of putting them into harms way with a tense feel. The ending of the film leaves you in a confused state though. The cinematography in the film is superb but there's not much of a plot in the film except for an isolated couple running for their lives from a band of small hooded killers in a very brutal manner. I found this film to be enjoyable and tense at the same time.
3 out of 4 stars.
Monday, November 22, 2010
3.5 out of 4 star rating.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Death while filming has always had a dark undertone to it but a supposed curse to the cast of the set of the film series Poltergeist is one the most famous. I found this series to be one of the most frightening at a young age and been scarred of clowns since then and get the goosebumps when I'm in my living room waking up to static on the tele. I tend to pass out while watching tv and long film marathons at my place. During the filming cast and crew reported an odd feeling and really weird situation that took place.
Here are some odd facts about the film.
- Dominique Dunne, who played the oldest sibling Dana in the first movie, died on November 4, 1982 at age 22 after being strangled by her jealous boyfriend.The boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, but was paroled after serving three and a half years.
- Julian Beck, 60-year-old actor who played Kane in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, died on September 14, 1985 of stomach cancer diagnosed before he had accepted the role.
- Will Sampson, 53 years old, who played Taylor the Medicine Man in Poltergeist II, died as a result of post-operative kidney failure and pre-operative malnutrition problems on June 3, 1987.
- Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne in all three Poltergeist movies, died on February 1, 1988 at the age of 12 after what doctors initially described as an acute form of influenza but later changed to septic shock after bacterial toxins invaded her bloodstream. At the time, she had suffered acute bowel obstruction, initially diagnosed as Crohn's disease, which may have been the cause of death.
A 1985 horror film based on a Stephen King story titled Cycle of the Werewolf. Set in the late 70s in Maine with many unsolved brutal murders taking place in the sleepy town. A paraplegic boy played by Corey Haim is the main character in the film. Also Gary Busey plays a drunk,some what fitting for the time. The wheel chaired bound boy is playing with his new modified wheel chair named " Silver Bullet" on a bridge with fireworks on a dark evening and is confronted by the werewolf. He narrowly escapes after blasting the werewolf's left eye out with a bottle rocket. Suspsion rise from the incident. Gary Busey, a priest, Corey Haim on a wheelchair and one of the better films that captured Stephen Kings stories to the screen. The film won my heart at an early age and is one of the better werewolf films to watch this month for the holiday spirits.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
A film remake of the Swedish film , Let the Right One In, by Matt Reeves. The same director of Cloverfield. Takes place in the early 80s in New Mexico during winter. A young boy befriends a new new neighbor that happens to be a very well aged vampire whom falls in love with later in the film. Chloe Moretz plays Abby, the vampire. She's the same actress the portrayed Hit girl in Kick Ass. I see a bright future for this young actress with her choice of films and her acting ability. The film was pretty much on point from the original. A very cold dark lonely horror drama. There were a few cute scenes in the film such as the young boy asking her out on a date and giving a her a copy of Romeo and Juliet. I found that heart warming even for such a dark film. The effects in the film were suttle yet to the point. The score was produced by Academy Award winner Micheal Giacchino. The camera work was superb to bring the element of cold isolation in a very film noirish type of setting. This is a great film for that perfect bloody date. I found it romantic at times but this is me though... Overall a horror film finally worth watching.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Nice to see the theme of vengeance in a comic book adapted film but would you expect anything less besides costumes? Directed by Matthew Vaughn and co produced by Brad Pitt. The film is filled with explosive scenes and story line that works. The character build up in the film was on point also the music selection for certain scenes. The film is basically about this patsy that decides to fight crime in an outfit to win attention via social media sites. He finds himself meeting more than he expected. The film is a little bit on the violent side of things and a bit graphic but it's a film with Vengeance?! My favorite character in the film would be Hit Girl. I can see a film staring her.
Not just another film filled with head turns and watered down guac but a film made to bring you at the edge of your seat in wonder. Shot in a moch documentary style by Daniel Stamm and produced by Eli Roth. Tells the tail of a preacher that performed Exorcisms and decided after a while to exploit his last one via a documentary to show the false promises that he made in the past due to regret. Reading a letter that requested his services for a young farm girl in Louisiana which leads to his last Exorcism. The camera work in the film was shot in the same style of other mockmentary type films but the story of the film caught me by surprise and left the theatre in goosebumps. I rarely get goosebumps from horror films these days but this film surely did the job. I highly recommend to watch this film after the sunset anything less would be surely lame.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I don't really think these are all of her favorites but maybe just her favorites from Borders. I agree with most of her choices. I did like the Squid and the Whale. Here's more from her.
Monday, July 26, 2010
A band that I really enjoy watching and listening to in Austin. A post punk vibe with a unique sound that is peppered with other sounds. Had a moment to share a few words with Alfie from the band. I highly suggest you check them out and catch one of their shows in the area.
How long has the band been together and how did it form?
We form the band out of boredom- it's been almost a decade in the making and there's seem to be nothing to cover the void we all feel inside.
Where are some the most memorable places that Manikin have played at and why?
One memorable show was at Emo's where there was only one guy at the front dancing like he was doing the P90X commercial. it was a little show in it self. I almost forgot we were playing- it was that cool to watch.
What are some of the influences of the band, also any favorite local bands that you enjoy playing with?
Early Siouxsie and Joy Division, The Avengers, Prince and Michael Jackson, the Adolescence, The Vibrators, Madonna, the Normals, maybe Lydia Lunch and Richard Hell. Lots of stuff. We enjoy paying with The Hexie, Bottle Service,
On your most recent album, Stop the Sirens, how long did it take to record and write the songs for the album?
like five minutes- it comes to us in a dream and completely ornamented and ready to be disastered.
Can you elaborate on what the song Sirens is about?
it's about escaping but getting caught. Also Perfect Picture is another song that grabs my attention, can you tell a little bit more about? Our struggle is the same in any generation. The message is the same but with different author. We are not any better.
Do you have songs that are not released yet that you didn’t find to fit on the last three albums, any thoughts of working on a B-Side compilation cd?
We're breaking that mold actually. Soon we'll be as free as a caged bird.
How many albums do you have out and how do they differ from one another?
3 albums- they're different because the were made from different places in our lives. We're changing constantly.
How does the band develop songs? Do usually come up with a concept or just work off from each other jamming?
In a dream- I heard this question before or was I just dreaming again.
What are the upcoming plans for the band and thoughts about working on another album?
Focusing in making good songs- better songs.
Who does the art work for Manikin?
global consciousness does it
More info on the band can be found at:http://www.themanikin.com/
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Jarvis Cocker (Britpop band Pulp) makes a guess cameo as a song writer towards the end of the film while the farmers are in pursuit. Another brilliant soundtrack that's worth listening to over and over. The film over all is great and worth watching over a few times. I would consider this a borderline family type movie that's enjoyable. It was nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards for best Animated Feature and original score. I really felt it should have won both, well at least the Animated Feature Academy Award.
Director Guillermo del Toro's book series
The book was released on June 2nd, 2009 and the second installment, entitled The Fall, is to be released in September 2010. I'm going to to have to catch up on some reading real quick. I found this to be very interesting since one of his influences is H.P. Lovecraft.
Here is a link for more information on the series.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This is in my top ten favorite films.
A Japanese film based on a Japanese novel. Stars Takeshi Kitano along with Chiaki Kuriyama whom was GoGo in Kill Bill among others. The film takes place in the near future of Japan where much of the children have kinda caused the adults to have a fear of a threat. The story continues with the main character losing his father to suicide after his mother abandons him. Finding his mind clouded by disillusion and little respect for authorities like his peers. The class ends up on going on a bus trip to be gassed, kidnapped and slowly awaken to find metal collars around their necks in a cold tattered classroom with their old teacher. The teacher informs them that they have been selected to participate in a program called "Battle Royale" which means everyone has to kill each other off until there is one person left. The children are devastated and shocked by but proceed to a bloody slaughter of each other. Some get with the program and others that don't are slain by fellow classmates for survival. Fewer and fewer students are left from the traps set from their teacher and fellow classmates on a rampage. There is much to tell about this film and I should write a paper on how great this film is. The character build up in the film is great and you can relate to most of the students. The cinematography was a little above average but set the mood. The score of the film really set the mood. A very bloody and tasteful film of many themes.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A Fantasy Film by Terry Gilliam, Monty Python Troupe, tells the tale about a traveling Theater Troupe that made a deal with the Devil long ago and a passage way in a mirror that explores ones imaginations. Staring Heath Leadger, Tom Waits, Christopher Plummer with cameos from Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. The film was one of the most creative and interesting films with for Art Direction. I found Tom Waits portrayal of the Devil to be one the highlight of the film. Another would be the elephant temple and history about the curse/deal that the Devil placed. Sadly to say that this is Heath Leadger's last acting film role due to his death. The cameos appearances were obviously to replace the remaining parts for Heath but did fit very well. I'm not going to say this is his best performance but the film was great overall and looking forward to adding this to my personal collection. The camera work was amazing and the screenwriting also the character development. I found the film to be overall interesting and enjoyable for all ages. If you found this to be enjoyable also check out The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Time Bandits.
A 1973 Swedish Exploitation Film that was banned from the whole country for it's content. Also known as They Call Her One Eye. Tells the tale of a young girl who is sexually assaulted as a child that leads to her being mute. She's innocent and very vulnerable. During a walk down a road she decided to hitch a ride with a guy that kidnaps and cons her into becoming a heroin addict sex slave to some of the worst kind of people. She's stabbed in the eye for not doing her duty with a client. She eventually saves money for weapons, training in driving, long range shooting to fulfill her vengeance on the people that brought her down. She goes on a blood lust rampage. It had an influence on Elle Driver character in Kill Bill hence the eye patch. I found the film to be rather intense and would watch it again. The film soundtrack was on point and the camera work was ok. This film is pretty hardcore and extremely violent. It's banned in Sweden.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A remake on the classic 1941 film with an all star cast. The plot was twisted a little bit from the original. The film was really fun to watch and was interesting at times. The film begins the main Character Lawarence on a theatre tour in London and informed of his brothers disappearance. He heads back to Blackmoor and visits his estranged father played by Anthony Hopkins. Lawrence finds a band of gypsy's camped out during a full moon. A rabid werewolf strikes and severely wounds him which turns Lawrence. There should have been more character development with Inspector Francis Aberline played by Hugo Weaving. The blue tones in the film really set the mood. There was a substantial amount of blood in the film is a stylish way to earn an R rating. This built the film up for me and Danny Elfman was the original composer. I'm still thinking if it would have been better to see the film in the theater to fully get the surround sound. Overall I found the remake to be not the best remake nor the worst remake.
Total insanity in space. Corporal Bower wakes from deep sleep among 60,000 passengers on a voyage to another planet for re population of the Human race. Soon wakes up the ship Captain and discovers what happened to the last sleeper ship. Exploring the ship they discover bodies and fast moving mutants running around the ship. Finding other survivors on the ship with a mission to save the ship by turning on the nuclear reactor. Things get crazier as the film progresses. The cinematography of the film was great and gave an overwhelming feel. The soundtrack was impressive. It's worth checking out for sure.
Blair Witch meets Fire in the Sky. Fourth Kind is a scifi/horror mock documentary on alien abductions in Alaska. Starring Milla Jovovich. Has a real eerie feel to it from the beginning, something that's just creepy in the sense that you don't want to look out the window after watching the film during the late night. Starts off with an interview with the wheel chair bound Dr. Abby Tyler at Chapman University. She tells her tale of a mysterious sightings of an owl with patients. After hypnosis she soon discovers the terrifying truth that they are victims of alien abductions. I found the film to be interesting and landscapes of Alaska make for a lovely backdrop on the film. I was scarred at first but not in the end.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This film kinda takes place as a sequel to the original Predator. I'm guessing the name Predators is in relation to Aliens. The film starts off with Adrien Brody falling from the sky to a remote jungle in the middle of a firefight with other people that fell from the sky as well. Soon they notice that they all kinda have something in common. A Yakuza assassin, Mexican Drug Cartel enforcer, Russian Spetsnaz solider, an African Ruff officer, an IDF Black Ops Sniper, a death row inmate on the FBI's top list, an American doctor and an ex Army Special Forces Officer. Sounds like a Tom Clancy novel to me. They all soon discover that they are being hunted on a game preserve planet by Alien hunters, the Predator. The film is nonstop action and suspense. I was at the edge of my seat with tourettes through out the film. The cinematography in the film is amazing also the character development. I see a sequel to this being successful.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Banksy just to say. He does have a few clandestine like comments throughout the film which is really amazing. Shepard Fairey is seen much in the film, scenes of him at the print shop and posting up his art at night in some of the most daring spots. Other artists are captured on the camera while on their night ventures. There's even an amusing scene at Disneyland. I couldn't help laugh out loud during much of the film with it's quirkiness and wit. I honestly don't want to say too much on the film cause I just feel that you just need to watch it to understand. Another surprise would be the film music is by Geoff Barrow, the man behind Portishead. Banksy is from Bristol and so is Portishead, makes sense. I highly recommend to watch this film or add it to your DVD collection. This made in my top list of favorite films that I would watch over and over.
There's been a trend of Hollywood remakes of old films and TV series in the past lately. Some good while some bad. The modernization of the A-Team was a smart witty action packed film that had me whistling the theme song when leaving the theater. Produced by Ridley Scott, it has the same plot of the old series with being sentenced for a crime they didn't commit and faced with impossible situations that they cleverly overtaken. The story starts off of as kinda of a prequel to the whole series, starting with them being set up then escaping from prison with a bit of vengeance and a bit wanting to complete a mission. The film takes place today with an Alpha team after the Gulf war, a bit of a Black water soldiers of fortune undertone at times. The location sets that changed kept the film at interest. The characters which makes the A-Team, many people were a bit hesitant about, were on point. Hannibal is played by Liam Neeson, Face is played by Bradley Cooper, Murdock was played by Sharlto Copley and B.A. Barckus is played by UFC Champion Quinton Jackson. I think most people were a little worried and may be opposed to the role formally played by Mr.T but the cast was very believable from the get go. There's always someone out that has to complain about something. Overall I found the film explosively amusing and well done for a remake.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A very interesting animated video from the Stone Throws album Chrome Children. A well produced track for a well produced video. I really enjoy all the soft pastel coloration and more round type shaping. Hope you enjoy.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Respect always to J Dilla.
Monday, June 14, 2010
New film coming out from one of my favorite directors, Takashi Miike. He's just amazing and very much on the shock value and helped capture the Yakuza on the cinema. He is one of the masters of horror cinema with a large cult following. Looking forward to meeting him someday soon. I'm very excited to see what will come of this film. Featuring Hiroki Sugimura from Battle Royale and Izaki from Crow Zero. The trailer for the film is down below.
Friday, May 21, 2010
An interesting children's story by the interesting Tom Waits. Been thinking about this story for a few days during my morning walks. Not the most cheerful story to tell but still an interesting story to listen to. The animation to the story fit's. I wonder what it would be like to spend a few days with Tom Waits, I'm sure we both have many stories to swap over a campfire. One of my musical hero's since I was four feet high.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Premier has to be one of the first people that come to mind on amazing hip hop music producers of all time. His words have always been an inspiration to myself and others. Here is a small yet powerful interview he did with Fader magazine. I agree with everything he has to say. " People need to raise the bar"
Friday, April 16, 2010
I recently checked out the independent animated feature $9.99 as it is now Watch it Instantly on Netflix! I first blogged about the film last year after seeing the trailer, and for some reason forgot about it until now.
It is rare to find an independent feature animation done so well. Last year must have been the season of Stop Motion. We had Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and this little gem.
The film was inspired by the short stories of Etgar Keret and directed by Tatia Rosenthal. The audience is offered an inside look into the lives of several individuals who share an apartment complex. It is most certainly a comedy, as I found several scenes quite hilarious. I wasn't sure what to think of the film at first, but was quickly sucked into the story. The film isn't exactly about one thing in particular, but rather a series of interesting character studies. We've got a newly formed angel with a cynical outlook on the world, a out of work young man who seeks knowledge on the meaning of life through a self help book (on sale for $9.99), a hilarious developing relationship between a model and a repo man, and more. I'd hate to give away too much, since it is definitely worth a reviewing.
I was also very thankful for the quick runtime of the film. It was refreshing to sit through a nice hour and some odd minutes rather than the 2hr plus films that are typical these days. Sometimes you just want a quick little story.
I rate this film 4 out of 5! Check it out
Official Site for the film
P.S. I have to give special recognition to the set design in the film. Those little sets were so detailed and spot on. Very impressive!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today is the anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. He was found by an electrician at his household but was deceased for a few days from a self inflected gun shot wound. He's an influence on many including myself since an early age. Still remember when it was announced on the news at my neighbors on my way to school. Rather shocking and but here is one of his last interviews to remember him by. Kurt you will be missed and I wish you were here still.
Read an interview with Kurt Kobain taken in the Fall of 1994 after the jump.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This film could be considered a sleeper but in a good way. The film tells a tale of a Jewish suburban family in Minneapolis in the 1960s. I found how the film was shot was stunning and how they just did their research on the set design. I found the film slightly amusing but more feeling sorry for the main character but in the end becoming more annoyed with his actions of not taking action. A Jewish Micheal Douglas in the 60s that didn't crack as hard to say the least. I found it rather quirky with a twist of dark humor.
I first heard about the Chicago based band Wilco from watching them side stage at Austin City Limits a while ago. I didn't know who they were at the moment but thought their live set was amazing and energetic. Asking a person before they set on stage which happened to be one of the members. I caught wind of this film when it was screened at the Alamo Draft House. What drew me to the film also was who directed it and mixed the film. One of the directors is Brendan Cantry of Fugazi and Eli Janney from Girls against Boys who mixed and engineered the film. A couple of people that I see as a big influence for me. It's an enjoyable film if you're a fan of the band and watching the film just might make you a fan. Ya never know!
Here is some more information of the film:
Monday, April 5, 2010
Director Emmett Malloy filmed a documentary in the Summer of 2007 of the White Stripes on tour. I'm usually thinking another tour film of bloopers but this was shot in the most artistic memorable manner that can be done of the band. Jack White mixed over 40 songs for the film soundtrack. It's been doing very well at all the festivals and was featured recently during SXSW at the Paramount Theater in Austin Tx with a couple of very special guests that would know this better than me. ;) The film should finally be out on on dvd and Blue Ray but also features very signature items when you purchase it. I highly recommend to see this film, it's simply amazing just like the White Stripes and simply inspiring for the music minded folks.
More info can be found at:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I must say I was quite happy with the film. It ran at a brisk pace and was filled with some very memorable moments. I was especially happy to see this film, since I am such a big fan of classical mythology. Stories of gods and all the crazy shit they did is very interesting subject matter. There are so many stories I read back in school that would make for excellent films. I'm hoping we will see some of these in the years to come.
So the things I liked about the film were:
* the fantastic set design
Numerous scenes had a grand sense of scale and wonder to them. Giant statues of Zeus, a cliffside town, foggy and dark underworld, and Medusa's lair all looked amazing. Mount Olympus was a highlight as well. I really loved how the God's were able to look down on a miniature world complete with clouds, mountains, etc..
* the creatures
It is clear a lot of attention went into designing all the various monsters in the film. The Kraken looked excellent, and dangerous, and Medusa was extremely cool too. I liked how she was still beautiful, save for the snakey hair. Personal preference makes me like the original Medusa though... I just felt she was far more terrifying as a stop motion creature. Stop motion in general is a bit more creepy, since the characters would move in a slightly unnatural and jerky way.
* the story
Although the story deviated from the original film a bit, and left out a couple things I would have loved to see, I thought they did a good job with it. The relationship between Perseus and Zeus was done well, and I warmed up to the scheming side story of Hades as well.
* the casting
Liam Neeson as Zeus... YES! A win all around for the casting.
Things I didn't particularly like
* the 3dness
I felt this film didn't have to be in 3d at all. Wearing 3d glasses does a few things to the film. First of all, the glasses themselves were slightly tinted making it difficult to see some of the more darkly lit scenes. Second, trying to take in the 3d of the film and pay attention to the battles was a bit hard. My eyes were straining far too much and my head began to throb towards the end of the film.
* character development
The film had a very short run time... almost too short. I felt like we could have gotten to know some of the side characters a bit more intimately so that we cared about their fate a bit more. I got the feeling a lot of side scenes were left on the cutting room floor. Perhaps we will see them on a dvd.
* the fight choreography
The fights were filmed really close and mainly in super shaky cam mode. This made it difficult to focus on the action. Also, there were a few sloppy moments that bothered me, such as when Perseus somehow ends up inside of a giant scorpion. We didn't see this happen on screen and it just seemed weird to me. I wish they would've given us a few more long shots so we could see what the hell was going on. Not all were bad though. The Medusa scene was very nice!
Overall I really enjoyed the film. I bet it is going to get some hate from people who hold a torch for the original (I do kinda), but I say enjoy it for what it is. I've never been a fan of watching films to pick apart the blunders anyways. To be clear, the original is still the superior film (obviously), but I do enjoy a cheesy film from time to time.
You know what I'd like to see? A sequel. Yeah I said it. That way we could see what the filmmakers do with a new storyline all on their lonesome. Also, does this mean we will see a Jason and the Argonauts remake? Time will tell and I remain skeptical. Come on God of War movie! Bring us something REALLY epic!
I rate it around 3 out of 5
The pacing of the film was spot on. I loved how they separated the film into little chapters. Each one seemed to have a different aesthetic which worked out well.
The acting was also a highlight. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg both delivered strikingly realistic portrayals of a couple in the midst of a terrible tragedy. Apparently Gainsbourg's agents refused to allow her to take the role due to its shocking subject matter, but she insisted.
The entire film has a sense of mystique to it, and it seems every shot holds a deeper symbolic meaning. I personally am not too sure how I feel about the story, perhaps due to a lack of knowledge on the religious undertones. I enjoyed it for what it is and can definitely recommend a viewing, although it is not for the squeamish or those offended by sexually explicit material.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Here is a trailer for newest film from Martin Scorsese, a psychological thriller mystery based on a novel of the same title. So far the film gives a Hitchcock feel and has an eerie undertone to it. Looking forward to watching this film soon and reviewing it. Never been disappointed by Scorsese.
A very well crafted film showing a man experiencing a personal crisis on a Moon base to harvest resources for Earth. The film was shot very clean and gave the feeling of solitude through out the film even with the help of his only contact a personal robot, voiced by Kevin Spacey, to care for him as he breaks down slowly as the film progresses. The acting in the film is superb and just stunning with a twist towards the end that will make you question. One of the best Sci-Fi films of last year.
A note from Eric
I was eagerly anticipating watching this film when it was released. The talk surrounding it made it sound like a return to the brainier science fiction films of the ole' black and white years. Some were comparing it to 2001. After watching the film I must say I agree with both points. I loved the sense of isolation you experience along withe the main character. I was also extremely impressed with the way Sam Rockwell's character interacts with himself (not much of a spoiler to be honest). Coming from someone who has done some basic split screen type effects, including some interaction, that ping pong scene was stunning.
The music was one of the highlights of the film as well. The score moves the story forward at an almost constant pace. It was hypnotizing to be sure.
Now I had a few issues with the film to be perfectly honest. When I sat down to watch it I had totally different expectations as to the plot. The ending threw me off completely. I have a feeling if I rewatch it I would actually enjoy it even more than the ... confusing... first go through.
I'm looking foward to seeing what Duncan Jones does next, since this was his first film.
I agree with Richard. Best Sci Fi film of 09'. Of course the only competition was Pandorum, a more action/horror driven story that wasn't too shabby in my opinion but it aint winnin' any awards.
I give it 4 out of 5 split personalities/clones/mental breakdowns/who knows
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It's odd. Two days ago I got the sudden urge to check out his films again. It had been quite a while since I took one of them in. I decided to go with Yojimbo so I put that in for a whirl. The next morning I stayed in bed to start the day with Sanjuro. That evening was The Hidden Fortress, and just tonight I was watching Throne of Blood.
I heard it was 100 years since his birth, but I didn't even realize yesterday was the day until I saw a friends tweet. There must've been something in the air to compel me to watch his films these past few days. It feels almost supernatural.
Kurosawa is one of the reasons I wanted to pursue filmmaking. The man was a true genius in every sense of the word. All I can say is Thank You to Akira Kurosawa for changing the lives of so many people for the better with your visions. You are seriously missed.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Pulp is an amazing yet quirky group that attended St Marks College in London that was part of the Brit Pop movement in the mid 90s. Led by the daring yet exceptionally talented Jarvis Cocker. This a brilliant video they did long ago in the 90s. I'm just finding the way it was shot so clean with that film noir feel that I miss in films these days. Jarvis went to film school while forming Pulp. I can see his influence in taking part of the video. He was one of my influences when I was little and still is an influence on the way I see things.
Friday, February 12, 2010
First off would like to write thank you to everyone that has been supporting this blog Eric and I created. We coined the idea of having a blog at a local bar thinking what we would like to read in a blog and both agreed on something based on film and music. Basically just things we are fans of, which reflects in the interviews and reviews. We should be posting more but Eric has been slightly busy working on some new animations and I've been busy working on some short stories I hope to see as short films someday, also being more involved with the film community. We both have watched a million new and old films, soon to review when time permits. Basically just wanted to update you with what we both are up to these days. Should see some interesting interviews after SXSW.
Thank you again for the support,
Thursday, February 11, 2010
For a while I heard about UME and finally had the chance to see them destroy the stage at Red 7 while opening for River Boat Gamblers. I was very impressed by the sonic CBGB nyc rock out vibe they produced. Been listening to their new EP that they recently produced non stop in the play lists.
They are playing at the Highball tomorrow evening. www.thehighball.com Should be a great show to remember!
We really got things rolling seriously as UME around 2007 when we all moved to Austin, but the three of us have been playing together off and on since 2002. I first met Eric and Jeff playing DIY punk shows in the Houston area while we were in different bands in high-school. I was playing guitar in a grindcore-ish thrashy band at age 15. At one of my band's first shows at a skate park, Eric came up and talked to me while I was sitting on a vert ramp. We've been together ever since.
Where does the name UME come from?
It's a Japanese plum blossom pronounced "ooo-may." Our friend Tim came up with our band name in honor of his favorite food, umeboshi. He actually hooked-up with his wife at an UME show :)
Which bands influenced UME and what groups are you currently listening to?
Fugazi to Ric Ocasek, Archers of Loaf to Team Dresch, Deep Purple to Prince, Spazz to Bat for Lashes. I've been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, Fever Ray, and Screaming Females lately.
How was the recent tour with the Meat Puppets and any future tours planned?
It was an honor for us to tour the west-coast with such talented, down-to-earth, and really hilarious guys. Cris became on of my BFFs on the road and entertained us for hours with his gift for instantly deciphering spoken word scrambles - though I got him with "ronhatcceniropt." Yes, we're going to be touring constantly right after we finish recording the full-length this summer.
Where’s your favorite experience showcasing UME?
We really love playing live and getting to meet people that enjoy our music. I'm also still motivated by taking the stage and catching people off guard by the fact that I'm, yes, actually "in the band," not just "with" the band or the merch-girl. It's surprising to me that this is still many people's expectations and it's my dream to help change that.
What cities out of Texas have shown the most appeal to the band?
We've met and been supported by awesome people in Austin, Dallas, and Houston early on... we've even had some good shows in Beaumont and the Valley.
I really enjoy your new EP Sunshower. How does it differ from your last album?
Sunshower was our first time to actually enter a studio to make an album. Our first release is pretty rough and began as a set of demos that was picked up by a Brooklyn label. At that time, the band lived 1600 miles apart and rarely practiced. By the time we recorded Sunshower we were able to practice consistently and I think we began to find our identity as a band. I also tried to find my voice as a singer (I've never considered myself a singer) and incorporate more melodic elements with the heavier side of our sound.
Any songs that you really enjoy playing live during shows, songs that you just have to play?
We still play one of the first songs we ever wrote called, "Baby Xie-Xie." Its ending crescendos into chaos in a way that makes it a fun live experience but probably tortuous on headphones :)
Do you have any future projects coming up?
We're working like crazy to finish writing the full-length and to get into the studio this spring. We're also in talks with a few labels and hope to have some good news around SXSW.
Besides music, what are some hobbies that you all enjoy?
Jeff's a heavy reader and Eric has been getting in to making effects pedals and just built a tube amplifier for his stereo. I've been mostly trying to write vocal parts for the new songs, but also cooking a lot of southern-style food - collards, cornbread, and pinto beans (cooking is pretty uncharacteristic for me, but this cold weather has been keeping me inside:)
What are some of the bands current favorite films?
Lauren - I'm on an early Al Pacino kick - Godfather I and II, Jeff - Gattaca, Eric - Lonesome Dove
What is your favorite film monster?
Pumpkinhead and Kiefer Sutherland from the Lost Boys