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devil whale.

creator of this moby dick-esque piece is Jen Lobo. curators are found here.


midnight in paris.

I’m not a huge Woody Allen fan. Or let’s just say I was until he married his daughter. Apparently everyone is okay with this but I still think it is weird. I admit I’m hardly one to judge but come on, adopted or biological, your child is your child.

I’m done with my rant. I liked this film. I thought it was airy and fun. It was fantastical and so out of the realm of possibility but I guess that’s what movies are for… I loved Owen Wilson, but then again I always do cause I think he’s always acting like himself. Owen is genuinely likable and lovable; it is easy to relate to him. Rachel McAdams was kind of a dud in this one, I’m gonna admit, I want to bite my words but I can’t, which is sad cause I usually like her. Maybe I was totally distracted by all the belts she wore throughout the film. Who knows? I will say that I do love Marion Cotillard and felt this role was perfect for her. And of course, Kathy Bates For people who enjoy literature and art you will find this story littered with inside jokes. It’s never that great when a movie makes you feel unintelligent. And there were some oldies in my crowd and I hated it when they would laugh at some punch line that I didn’t understand. I don’t like being in the dark, but then again it isn’t my fault I wasn’t an art history major with an english lit minor in college. Sounds like I’m ranting again… I laughed some and I enjoyed it enough. If you’re a writer or something close to it I think you’ll also find it enjoyable to see Owen’s character ride the wave of writing a novel.

oh, and I want to go to Paris now…

blue valentine.

oh man. This was one of those films that just puts you in a funk…sort of. Well, mostly, kind of. I didn’t cry. I wanted to but I wasn’t able to for some reason. I blame the film…naturally. Honestly, just felt that there was no single scene that allowed me to get there. But that’s besides the point, I’m hardly human, so making me cry is nearly impossible. I liked this movie a lot. Although it was depressing and filled with as little hope as possible, the story felt real and the relationships felt genuine. Usually with stories having to do with the unraveling of a romantic relationship, it’s quick and to the point, but this story let it breathe and I appreciated the cross-cutting between the past and the present to juxtapose the “feeling” of the beginning of a relationship versus the ending of one. For anyone who has been through a break-up, this story will really get to you because it’s not sugar-coating anything, just showing how wonderful and easy it is to fall in love and how hard and (most of the time) inevitable it is to fall right out of it… I loved the father-daughter relationship, how goofy Gosling (Dean) was with his daughter Frankie and how dedicated of a dad he was to her even though we later find out that he is not the biological father. I am one of those (many) women who just fall for Ryan Gosling no matter what he’s in (read: most definitely after The Notebook) but I’m no dummy, he has a gift of flirtation and it plays so well on-screen. One of the more interesting elements of his character was the choice to “ugly” him up in the present timeline of the story, Gosling has a receding hairline and gigantic glasses, which was a bit over the top considering only six years (not sixty) had passed since he had first met Michelle Williams’ character. In any case it all played well into the story and just made sense to why their current status was the way it was… Williams (Cindy) was so great, she was so convincing of being a mother (not a stretch I guess, considering she really is a mom) and even more convincing as a wife that doesn’t feel anything for her husband anymore. Michelle Williams has easily become one of my favorite female actors, especially after my second viewing of Shutter Island. Overall, the directing (Derek Cianfrance) was really on point, the cinematography (Andrij Parekh) was raw and the acting was quite powerful.

never let me go.

i love this film. i felt transported to the 90s and then back again. There was something really special about this movie that is not totally describable. What I can say is that everything from the simple vision to the rich yet muted color palette brought a sense of heaviness and heartbreak to the storytelling. The cinematography was wistful and thoughtful… This was seriously some of the best camera work (Adam Kimmel) I’ve seen in a really long time. There was a lot of handheld but it wasn’t distracting, it just felt real and purposeful but not gratuitous. The reason I mentioned the 90s earlier was because that is my favorite type of filmmaking- the look, the stories, etc (Ashley and I call it “epic filmmaking”). However, the best part for me, is when you have elements of 90s cinema incorporating with modern filmmaking techniques so that you feel like you are watching a contemporary film. In any case, the film was beautiful. Luckily, I got to see a screening where the filmmakers did a Q&A afterwards. Mark Romanek (director) had pointed out that the palette had meaning: it began very rich in color and throughout the 3 different phases of “life” in the story, the color began to deplete. It was pretty brilliant in its subtlety. You never felt like you were being beaten over the head or forced to feel a certain way. Not only would I lend that to the “look” of the film but also the performances, driven by a great cast. First, I should admit that Keira Knightley was my big turn off to watching the film. I’m not a fan but she did pretty well in this role… Never seen Andrew Garfield before this and he was pretty good as well. But for me there was one stand-out: Carey Mulligan. Love her. I loved her since I saw her in An Education and I continue to enjoy her performances… I think she’s a true actress and it’s pretty refreshing in the current scene of model girls playing actresses. She played her character (Kathy) so well and with this quiet hopelessness that was very wrenching. Kathy can just sit there, listening to her cassette tape, and you are completely heartbroken for her. Mulligan is so talented. I see her career going in the path of Kate Winslet. She will be one of those that withstands the test of time. The other stand out member of the cast was the girl that played the young Kathy. Romanek mentioned that they scoured several schools and saw thousands of kids and this one girl in particular had never stepped in front of a camera before. She was phenomenal and acted and looked so much like Mulligan it was bizarre. Romanek said he achieved that semi-seamlessness between generation jumps by having the adult cast run through the children’s scenes so the kids could watch. I found that pretty impressive and an easier way to nail down that character/actor “aging” integration that is usually difficult to make feel believeable. The story is adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which is about clones who will one day donate all their vital organs. The adaptation (by Alex Garland) was supposedly very true to the book. At the Q&A both Kazuo and Garland were present and it was apparent that Ishiguro approved of Alex’s adaptation. Kazuo also pointed out that Garland was around while he wrote the novel so Alex felt a sense of ownership and connection to the book and knew he would later write it as a screenplay. What’s most interesting about the story is the fact that no one really runs away, no one fights the system or rebels against the path that has been set for them. When questioned about this, Ishiguro said that there have been many stories told where the slave breaks free of his imprisonment. He felt that it would be more interesting to see what would happen if the characters decided to stay and live it out- the bravery in that and what it would look like. I loved that. I felt there was true brilliance in that because it not only shies away from the many possibilities of the science fiction aspect but it really just hones in on what was actually important about this story: the characters. I think this film is definitely worth seeing but it is not light and it will leave you feeling maybe a bit hopeless… But that’s just my style.

light exposed.

Justin Quinnell has staked his claim… On a telephone pole overlooking the Gorge (U.K). Well, at least his camera did, which was a pin-hole kind made from a can with a 0.25mm opening. From December 19, 2007 to June 21, 2008, Quinnell left his camera up there, slowly exposing it to Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and the sun. The stunning result:


mila: i fell in love with the simplicity and sound of this.

Julie & Julia

mila: I want to be a chef. Kind of. Not really. But I do want to start cooking more. And I think this woman’s story of learning how to cook by making all of Julia Child’s recipes, is pretty inspiring. And not a bad idea at all. When Julie said that it was like therapy (or something like that) I completely understood what she meant, as I’m sure most people did. It can be relaxing and you feel empowered cause you’re creating and nourishing whomever you are cooking for. In that sense you have a feeling of accomplishment because you have tangibly made something before your very eyes, and in my book, when you can actually see something you worked for there is nothing more satisfying. Why does Meryl Streep win Oscars? Cause she’s good. And she so embodies Julia Child’s persona it is insane. Not that I knew Child but I do remember her being on TV, and Streep does a pretty damn good impression. She is an actress… or maybe the actress. Also a favorite is Amy Adams. I’ve loved her since Enchanted and still love her now. She is so real and is girl’s girl, which is probably why she’s so dang lovable. Overall, the movie was a little slow but that’s okay, it’s really just a character piece.

I’m ready to cook.

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