Saturday, February 26, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop

The most fascinating thing I’ve seen lately, cause really, I never saw something like this before. That’s most likely the reason why it makes this documentary so great, the hype.
A documentary by an artist, a worldwide known mysterious guy, who meets with the most insignificant person leading to an unexpected discovery!
One of the remarkable things about this documentary and even if you don’t know much about art or if you’re not very fond of it, you gradually realize the significance and importance of this documentary. Where you can see what Street Art is and what it means, the people’s reaction to it, what will be from now on and finally watching directly the rules of morality being disrespected and broken. And you must know that talking about art, all kinds of art, is pretty tough (not to mention what is art and what isn't)!
So, whether this is fake or real or whether is smart or stupid or the artists’ egos are all messed up, this is brilliant and unique…even inspirational!

PS - It's also hilarious...

Blue Valentine


I blame this film and films of this kind for being stuck in this world. They are the ones who blame for my endless addiction to watching films or movies or flicks or whatever you feel like calling it today, because they make me understand and believe in life, in happiness and overwhelming sorrow, in kindness and repugnance, in meaning and not being able to breathe…while you are breathing, that is possible to see our inner and that really makes us want to think about our own life, maybe life is a too general word which really doesn’t say much but yes, something about it. Even if it doesn’t changes anything at all and doesn’t make any difference…I don’t think cinema is about making difference and change people’s minds, make them respect the others around them or pay more attention to little things (however I want to believe in it).

Cinema shouldn’t and really isn’t responsible for making people be greener and less selfish and appreciate  little things more…so I ask myself, what is it for then? It’s hard to explain because at the end, when you can do whatever you want to your life, cinema is not about change people’s lives but trying to make them believe in it and that is possible with a little bit of humor, sympathy (or not) and some impossibilities possible, otherwise you’re getting out of the theater feeling something contrary to what you wanted in first place and you’ll probably want your money back, because at the end you have to pay to watch a movie (whether is full of action or quiet!). So then you choose. It’s really up to us. Whether one day you choose to see something like “Gray Matters” and loose some neurons, laugh hysterically because it’s so ridiculous or if you want to see a Chinese movie where there’s nothing else but sex or a black and white Swedish movie from the sixties or you see something like “Blue Valentine” if you want to feel very vividly and get incredibly melancholic and think think and think. Because you can love and hate, there’s never one side or the other and never will be (I wouldn’t mind if there was a comment here saying they hated “Blue Valentine” just to prove my point).

And this is what I call the bridge between cinema and life…because I didn’t really talk about “Blue Valentine” yet. And what is there to mention about this little great American indie film? Talk about the photography, naked performances, and the aging process, the realism, some scenes in particular, the black jacket, that particular song in that scene, the narrative, even the final crushing credits…I know they are the ones who make the magic happens and make us feel vulnerable but sometimes it’s tiring to go that deep and I always thank them but I don’t want the magic to go away, do you?


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oscars Pole Closed


So that's it. There's nothing else to do! It's time to predict more? Oh no, it's getting really tiring, so let's just wait and see. This season was truly an amazing period of films, really mind blowing and exciting. Ok, here it is.

For Best Picture
We all know the race is between two opposite films: in one way, it’s two modern cinematic accomplishments, so I guess the opposite lays on its story. We have at one side an emotional and touching human story about a man who didn’t measured himself as a King and on the other side we have a genius kid who is, like they call it now, socially autistic, relentless and cruel to his friends.
Here’s the thing – I can’t say one is better than the other or vice versa, I could choose personally my favorite but that would be probably around Black Swan. All I hear now is sentences like ‘The King’s Speech is like cheeseburger for the Oscars’ or Oscar Type or Oscar dear Or saying the voters are drunk with “The King’s Speech”. It is starting to sound like the film is overrated which is not, seriously this film above all the awards and critics involvement is really a five starts film, I know this can be a pretty easy conclusion but “The King’s Speech” is simply speechless. So I guess I’ll go for “The King’s Speech”.
The plus thing is – it’s fifty fifty, we don’t have any clue, no certainty, which leads to some suspense, since predictability is the aim this Sunday.

Leading Roles
Not much to say, Colin Firth beats all the J’s in the category. And let’s wait for the glowing speech of soon to be Mama Natalie (considering the fact she’s attending).

Supporting Roles
Christian Bale and there’s nothing more to think. And for Supporting Actress I would personally say Amy Adams, I really loved her character but unfortunately is not yet this time, I guess the Oscar will be for Melissa Leo (although Hailee Steinfield is pretty close).

Directing
David Fincher. I’m actually looking forward for this result. Cause when we’ll know this win The Best Picture category will suffer from deep anxiety.

Writing
As much as I would like to see Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg or Mike Leigh win for Original Screenplay I guess I’ll have to say that “The King’s Speech” writer David Seidler will win easily.
Aaron Sorkin has won everything he possibly could win for this film, and he will win the Oscar too. 

Animated Feature Film
Because above all “Toy Story” still is a film for all ages and reaches the human emotion in a whole different level.

About the Hosts
If James Franco is half good as he was in ‘127 Hours’ then we’ll be just fine and Anne…as long as she’s not much time there…but it’s seems definitely fun.

It’s a cold shower if Natalie Portman or Christian Bale doesn’t win the gold thing. 

About the presenters there’s lot of boring news. Tough Cate Blanchett is back! Also: Annette Bening, Halle Berry, Russell Brand, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman , Scarlett Johansson , Jude Law, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon. There’s a lot more obviously. There’s also Gwyneth Paltrow singing a country song. And there’s an interesting surprise like Florence Welsh from Florence and the Machine singing the “‘127 Hours” song by A. R Rahman and Dido, as much as I would like to hear Dido singing instead. This is the song I choose to win, also. 

What else? Let’s just have fun, like Ellen DeGeneres says (in the first moments of the ceremony) “It’s a level playing field, you don’t really know who’s going to win…unless you’re British and then you know you have a pretty good shot…”!! (Every time I see her Oscar Monologue I'm with a huge smile on my face)!
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