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Saturday, April 30, 2011

i drink your MILKSHAKE!

there will be blood
directed by paul thomas anderson
starring daniel day-lewis

the best ending scene of all time. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

music is food for the soul

being a violinist of sixteen years & a pianist of thirteen years, i thoroughly enjoy seeing musical instruments incorporated in film (whether it be in the actual picture, or used in the soundtrack). they add more emotion & beauty to the story. i strongly suggest you watch the films shown below or at least listen to their soundtracks. très beau.
the piano (1993)

shine (1996)

fiddler on the roof (1971)

schindler's list (1993)

the pianist (2002)

amadeus (1984)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

what started it all

being a "movie buff", there are many, many films that have made an impression on me. whether it be because of the cinematography, acting, visual effects, directing etc., they all bring something new & exciting to the table which reminds me of the reason why i came to love film so much in the first place. the examples shown below are some films that first peaked my interest: films that turned watching a movie for entertainment, into a better understanding of the world of cinema.

gorgeous cinematography
gone with the wind

before sunrise

Jesse: Alright, I have an admittedly insane idea, but if I don't ask you this, it's just, uh, you know, it's gonna haunt me the rest of my life.

Céline: What?

Jesse: Um.. (thinks). I want to keep talking to you, you know. I have no idea what your situation is, but, uh, but I feel like we have some kind of, uh, connection. Right?

Céline: Yeah, me too.

Jesse: Yeah, right, well, great. So listen, so here's the deal. This is what we should do. You should get off the train with me here in Vienna, and come check out the town.

Céline: What?

Jesse: Come on. It'll be fun. Come on.

Céline: What would we do?

Jesse: Umm, I don't know. All I know is I have to catch an Austrian Airlines flight tomorrow morning at 9:30, and I don't really have enough money for a hotel, so I was just going to walk around, and it would be a lot more fun if you came with me. And if I turn out to be some kind of psycho, you know, you just get on the next train.

(Céline smiles, still unsure)

Jesse: Alright, alright. Think of it like this. Um, uh, jump ahead, ten, twenty years, okay, and you're married. Only your marriage doesn't have that same energy that it used to have, you know. You start to blame your husband. You start to think about all those guys you've met in your life, and what might have happened if you'd picked up with one of them, right? (Céline starts laughing a bit) Well, I'm one of those guys. That's me, you know. So think of this as time travel, from then, to now, uh, to find out what you're missing out on. See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband, to find out that you're not missing out on anything. I'm just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, totally boring, and, uh, you made the right choice, and you're really happy (motions to towards the door).

Céline: (thinks) Let me get my bag.

Jesse: Yeah.

(They leave train, go into train station)

Jesse: We should get a locker for all this stuff.

Céline: Okay.

(They walk towards the lockers)

Céline: What's your name?

Jesse: My name? Uh, It's Jesse. It's James, actually, but everybody always calls me Jesse. (offers hand)

Céline: You mean, Jesse James? No.

Jesse: No, no. Just Jesse.

Céline: I'm Céline. (they shake hands)

before sunset

When I was a little girl, my mom
told me that I was always late to school.
One day she followed me to see why...
I was looking at chestnuts
falling from the trees,
rolling on the sidewalk, or...
ants, crossing the road...
the way a leaf casts a shadow
on a tree trunk...
Little things.
I think it's the same with people.
I see in them little details,
so specific to each other,
that move me, and that I miss, and...
will always miss.
You can never replace anyone,
because everyone is made of such
beautiful specific details.
Like I remember the way...
your beard has a little
bit of red in it.
And how the sun was
making it glow that...
that morning, right before you left.
I remember that, and...
I missed it!
I'm really crazy, right?
All right, now I know for sure.

You wanna know why
I wrote that stupid book?


So that you might come
to a reading in Paris,
and I go walk up to you
and ask:
"Where the fuck were you?"

you think I'd be here today?

I'm serious, I think I...
I wrote it, in a way,
to try to find you.

Ok, that's...
I know that's not true,
but that's sweet of you to say it.

I think it is true.
What do you think the chances
were of us ever meeting again?

After that December,
I'd say almost zero.
If we're not real, anyway, right?
We're just...
characters in that old lady's dream.
She's on her death bed,
fantasizing about her youth...
So, of course we have to meet again!

Oh, God!
Why weren't you there in Vienna?

I told you why!

Well, I know why, I just...
I wish you would've been!

Our lives might have been
so much different!

unforgettable performances
adrien brody, the pianist

geoffrey rush, shine

tom cruise, magnolia

javier bardem, no country for old men

daniel day-lewis, there will be blood

jack nicholson, the departed

ralph fiennes, the english patient

ellen burstyn, requiem for a dream

jack nicholson, the shining

jennifer aniston, the good girl

robin williams, good will hunting

heath ledger, the dark knight

revolutionary directors
paul thomas anderson

roman polanski

peter jackson

stanley kubrick

martin scorsese

darren aronofsky

visual effects
lord of the rings trilogy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

cate blanchett's best performances

it was only when i realized how actors have the power to move people that i decided to pursue acting as a career.

elizabeth I, elizabeth

sheba hart,
notes on a scandal

i'm not there

katherine hepburn,
the aviator

the lord of the rings trilogy

Monday, April 18, 2011

good will hunting

the scene is set in an impoverished neighborhood in south boston. will hunting is a janitor at the massachusetts institute of technology who has a gift for advanced math and chemistry, to the point that he can go anywhere or do anything he wants. he doesn't realize his full potential nor would he ever think to leave his home or friends behind until some new people come into his life and completely change everything. the first person he meets is an MIT professor who first discovers will answering a difficult equation he wrote on a blackboard for his class. the second person will meets is a shrink who he identifies with because they come from the same rough background. the third person is a beautiful pre-med student who he falls in love with. so, does he use the gifts he was born with to move on to bigger & better things? does he stay with the life he already has? or does he choose love?

i love this film. so relatable and profound to me. brings up a lot of questions about life and the future. i also loved the writing in this film, very eloquent. written by ben affleck & matt damon.

Sean: Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?
Will: No.
Sean: You're just a kid, you don't have the faintest idea what you're talkin' about.
Will: Why thank you.
Sean: It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.
Will: Nope.
Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you... I don't see an intelligent, confident man... I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you're a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart. You're an orphan right?
[Will nods]
Sean: You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally... I don't give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can't learn anything from you, I can't read in some fuckin' book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't want to do that do you sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

match point

the man who said "i'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. people are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. it's scary to think so much is out of one's control. there are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. with a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. or maybe it doesn't, and you lose.

match point would have to be one of woody allen's more serious dramas. it is about ambition, obsession, jealousy, the seduction of wealth, and the difference between love & lust. the main theme in this film as explained in the first scene, however, shares the profound thought that luck, whether it be bad or good, has more to do with our lives than control. woody allen does have a valid theme, however, it is hard to see such a strong theme when the main character is
so morally empty. one could point out that this character could have worked against his temptations (which he definitely had control over) and there wouldn't be any problem at me it was more of a "i-did-some-bad-things-and-it's-all-up-to-luck-whether-i-get-away-with-it-or-not" kind of a story...but then again maybe that's what woody allen was going for. i did enjoy it regardless of that little hole in the story. very good performances, haunting soundtrack, and i am always a sucker for woody allen films.

black swan

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