A little bit of shitty, a little bit of comedy, a little bit of insanity, and a dash of cheese, and you will have this list of movies. Some are great (Paprika); some are shitty (The Number 23); Most are straight up trippy (Synechdoche, New York; Mr. Nobody) but all of them are united through themes of cognition. A useful list for anyone into trippy movies or cheesy sci-fi films.
"The Hobbit": Peter Jackson annoys film buffs with higher frame rate
cause Director Peter Jackson’s upcoming take on “The Hobbit,” on top of being created in 3D, uses a technique unusual for mainstream films — it’s shot at 48 frames per second, double what most films use.
reaction Many fans who saw an early ten-minute screening of the film at CinemaCon found the frame rate to be a significant change, with some saying that the film felt artificial and fairly jarring to watch.
rebuttal Jackson stood his ground: “It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film — not by any stretch, [just] 10 minutes or so. … you settle into it.” Good move? source
This is a little upsetting to hear. I hope what Jackson said is true; I’m going to be really disappointed if the whole film is ruined because it’s got a super high frame rate.
On Wednesday, as an escape from all the crazy that’s going on right now, I got to go to La Dispute’s Wildlife tour in Atlanta, which sold out (yay full crowd!). They played with all those guys up there, plus a local, Tir Asleen was added to the bill last minute. (yes, 5 bands. It was a long show)
Tir Asleen opened, and they were pretty boring. They had a few good moments that had a lot of promise, but overall they just didn’t do it for me. The singer was very clearly trying to achieve the same kind of passionate spoken word meets intense screaming that La Dispute uses, but it wasn’t successful.
Sainthood Reps is the side project of Brand New’s guitarist Derrick Sherman. They’re an interesting band that jumps between really successful and really unsuccessful with their music. To be frank, the singer cannot sing -not even a little bit -and the point where he tries to sing is the point where their music fails. He’s got a voice to be in music -he’s got a really interesting raw, grunginess to his voice that works really great with the sludgy, unpolished music they play -but then he tries to sing, and it all just falls apart. They’re a good band, worth supporting and seeing live, but just know that only 3/4 of their set is going to be good until the singer gets it into his head that he’s never going to be a “good” singer.
All Get Out were really great. This is the second time I’ve seen them, and I was somewhat surprised they were on this tour. I think they’re sound works really well with La Dispute, but their sound didn’t quite fit in with all the other bands matched with La Dispute. That was apparent in the crowd that was actually listening to them. What was really great though is that there were still a lot of people there who were really into them, which they deserve because they’re a phenomenal band. They mix pop sensibility and a traditional indie rock sound with a tangible passion and a little bit of country twang that comes from Nathan Hussey’s southern accent -a mix you can’t even really fathom unless you listen to them (which you should go do [like now]). I know a lot of people would be turned off by the word country but DO NOT let that word turn you off of them. They are so good. And they were the surprise of the night because, despite being thrown in with a group of bands you wouldn’t expect, they held their own, even in my opinion, holding pace with La Dispute.
La Dispute is La Dispute: they’re always passionate and wonderful. After 4 times seeing them, I had expectations and they did not disappoint. They played a really great set with just about all of the best songs from both of their albums (and one of the best from their split with Touche Amore) and they just had people going crazy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This band is great to see live. They seem like incredibly humble guys, especially Jordan Dreyer who has not once spent less than 5 minutes straight talking about how amazed he is that they’ve got the fans they’ve got and how appreciative he is to everyone. They deserve your support. Go listen to them.
It's not just English. You might hate all of the languages in the world as well. English is not so horrible actually. If you'd understand some Hungarian, you'd be way more offended :) Hungarian swearing is so versatile that it can't even be properly translated into English. And of course it's filled with sexism..
Haha, that’s a good point. I don’t know very much at all about any other language. It’s a sad thing that it’s so pervasive in so much of the world.
For anyone who never quite got the movie, this is an explanation by Erik Coburn. I don’t fully agree with it, mostly because he says dead Frank set something in motion so that Frank would die which prevented a paradox, but for those that have no clue, this will help.
Thankfully I'm not particularly angry about it at the moment, although I've really only talked about the feminist views so far, and I'm sure I'll be angry once I get to the sexism segments. >:( I'll probably post it on my Tumblr though, I'll let you know!
That would be awesome! I look forward to getting into it.
I’m finishing up (read: writing the last half of) my 15 page paper, which is on sexism in language and I have to tell you that it is making rage towards English speakers in general. All of the sexism all over the place: blows, sucks, pussy, cunt, “fuck you”, man-up, ballsy - all of these words are sexist to the point of being flat out derogatory and I now cringe every time I hear someone say them or I unintentionally spout one automatically. English, you are garbage. (The first thing I thought to write was “Fuck you, English”) I no longer want you because you are making my gender and sex and body into something bad and weak.
“Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans -in fact, few Kansans- had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there. The inhabitants of the village, numbering two hundred and seventy, were satisfied that this should be so, quite content to exist inside ordinary life - to work, to hunt, to watch television, to attend school socials, choir practice, meetings of the 4-H Club. But then, in the earliest hours of that morning in November, a Sunday morning, certain foreign sounds impinged on the normal nightly scrape and scuttling tumbleweed, the racing, receding wail of locomotive whistles. At the time not a soul in sleeping Holcomb heard them -four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives. But afterward the townspeople, theretofore sufficiently unfearful of each other to seldom trouble to lock their doors, found fantasy re-creating them over and again -those somber explosions that stimulated fires of mistrust in the glare of which many old neighbors viewed each other strangely, and as strangers.”—Currently reading: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) is based on the life of Steven Russell.
Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.
I had a hard time with this movie for a couple of reasons. It is one of the few movies that has a gay main character and is based on a gay romance, and it handled that burden very well. The attitude of the movie towards the romance is only that of a romance and not that of a gay romance; It is not made into a spectacle or a selling point or a deviance more so than is necessary which is an incredible achievement. The attitudes of the characters towards Steven’s sexuality is likewise as if it isn’t a big deal. Both qualities are pros; it’s nice to watch a movie where a gay relationship is not treated as erotic or bad, but is simply treated the exact same way as a straight relationship would be.
The real problem that I had with the movie however was 1) Steven’s character fit a lot of gay stereotypes as flamboyant and living larger than life and 2) Nothing bad really happens to Steven. Steven’s shown as being very sexually driven before he falls in love with Philip; he also spends money superfluously so he can live lavishly and “live the gay lifestyle” or something like that. On top of that, he’s a gay man in a Texas prison, and yet he faces no hardships whatsoever aside from the ones he brought upon himself. Even if that’s a true representation about his life, I don’t think I like a movie that’s one of the few in pop culture to have a gay main character presenting such a rose-colored life experience because that’s not how real gay people live: they experience hostility and lack of acceptance and harassment. Also, there were several occaisions when Jim Carey was kind of creepy.
I think the movie was successful, but I left it with mixed feelings: on the one hand, the idealized view was really really nice, but the ideal seemed so far from reality that I couldn’t entirely suspend my disbelief.
and an 8 page paper due monday and another 8 page paper due Wednesday, plus two finals. Soooo I’m going to put this blog on hold for the next week and a half. I’ll try to post a few things, but there won’t be anything regularly for a bit. I’ve really gotta focus now cuz it’s crunch time. You guys have a good week and a half and I hope your finals, if you have them, go well!
I've read the article on Bechdel-test and I'm horrified. I think it's a great thought, but I feel awkward about liking negative things, so I tell you in ask instead :) I wonder, how many movies would fail because of the opposite (men talking about only women).
That’s an interesting idea, and I think if you explored it, you would find very very few that didn’t have men talk about only women. Even the movie Kids, which is probably the most sex driven movie I’ve ever seen, the main characters still talk about things that are not women, but the women really only talk to each other about the male main character. The point in posting it was to make people think about women’s place in movies as one dimensional supporting characters. I would like to see more multi-faceted women in movies. If anyone knows any good movies that have multi-dimensional women in them, send them to me.
Develop your sensitivity to music. Try to respond esthetically to all sounds, from the hum of the refrigerator motor or the paddling of oars on a lake, to the tones of a cello or muted trumpet…On a more complex level, try to relate sounds to each other in patterns: the successive notes in a melody, or the interrelationships between an ice cream truck jingle and nearby children’s games.
Time is a crucial component of the musical experience. Develop asense of time as it passes: duration, motion, and the placement of events within a time frame. How long is thirty seconds, for example? A given duration of clock-time will feel very different if contexts of activity and motion are changed.
Develop a musical memory. While listening to a piece, try to recall familiar patterns, relating new events to past ones and placing them all within a durational frame.
If we want to read, write or talk about music, we must acquire a working vocabulary. Music is basically a nonverbal art, and its unique events and effects are often too elusive for everyday words; we need special words to describe them, however inadequately.
Try to develop musical concentration, especially when listening to lengthy pieces. Composers and performers learn how to fill different time-frames in appropriate ways, using certain gestures and patterns for long works and others for brief ones. The listener must also learn to adjust to varying durations.
Try to listen objectively and dispassionately. Concentrate upon ‘what’s there,’ and not what you hope or wish would be there.
Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Stone, Alyson Hannigan, and Felicia Day are some of my favorites. I definitely find it harder to think of actresses rather than actors though.
Alyson Hannigan is wonderful. She’s really funny and I loved Buffy. I would bet money that that’s true pretty universally in the united states: There’s so much more emphasis on good actors than actresses, and good actresses are often pidgeon-holed in those stereotypical woman roles. You don’t find a lot of movies that break those stereotypes being heralded by the general populace.
A while back, I did a favorite actors list, which came to me instantaneously and was probably the easiest one I’ve done. I figured I might as well do the concomitant favorite actress list, but my mind was entirely blank; not a single actress came to mind immediately when I attempted to start my list. Which is very very sad. Even in the several days since I’ve been pondering it, I still have only come up with 3 actresses, and one of them while I was writing the last sentence. Does anyone else feel like this? What about your favorite actresses? Tell me some so maybe I’ll have my memory jogged about a particularly wonderful actress.