YOU (2019)

Day 23: 16/ 01/ 2019

YOU: Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble

The main reason why I started watching YOU is because it takes place in New York and I really felt like watching a cinematic story in one of my favorite cities in the world. However, once I started the show it really took me in for several reasons.

THEME

First, I really like that it is a thriller story that revolves around a theme which is literature. Our main character Joe works at a bookstore and meets Beck, who is an aspiring writer, while she is looking for a book. They chat about authors and books for a while and then she leaves. But there are many other references to literature throughout the episodes, for example one of Beck’s best friends is from the Salinger family or there is one episode that takes place at a Charles Dickens festival outside New York. On the other hand, Joe who works at and owns that bookstore also has an interest in books, especially in the first copies of old ones and manuscripts. There is a basement below the store where he keeps so many valuable pieces and restores some of the books down there. Although, that’s not the only purpose of the place, later in the story we learn that it is where he commits and covers up many of his murders, and keeps people in that cage, so it is one of the most thrilling locations throughout the story.

CHARACTERS

In regards to characters, contrary to many of the shows and films out there which makes you identify with and root for the main character, here you are not sure whether you want Joe to succeed or not. The filming tells you to do so, by giving you his inner voice to justify his actions and by making you spend the most time with him among the characters but his actions and his obsessive behavior also feels unfamiliar and not relatable which creates an active combating relationship between the character and the viewer.

Beck isa character to sympathise with, with a clear goal in mind. Until the end of the story, her writing is not shown much but the piece she creates when she is locked at the basement is a very impressive. It shows that through sincerely pouring down her thoughts on paper she can put together a powerful piece of writing. Ironically,

she also writes a story which she hopes can become her salvation, where she explains all the murders committed by Joe to be committed by her psychologist. That story of lies become her book that she can never get to hold.

As well as the characters, the details in the story also connect. For example, after Beck and Joe breaks up and when they start flirting again, she sends him a bunch of author photographs she got taken and asks him for his favorite. Later, we see one of those photos on the back of her book cover, which she never gets to see. Talking about details, I agree with the fact that it seems illogical for Joe to commit so many crimes and get away with them leaving a lot of clues behind, but there is still a second season for them to get back at him.

Lastly, Paco, the side character, the little boy who lives next door to Joe with an addicted mom and her violent boyfriend, shows us a caring side of Joe when he takes care of Paco. Also through their relationship, we get to learn Joe’s childhood and backstory. It is also not hard to understand that because of what he goes through, Paco is on his way to become a future Joe.   

STYLE

The style of the movie, is in contrast with its genre where the warm magenta colors used throughout, contradict the murders committed however intensify the color of love and blood – red. It is a reflection of how love can mess everything up in people’s lives when turned into an obsession. I just wish there could be more thrilling parts throughout the story as the last episodes. I definitely loved watching the scene where Beck discovers the box hidden in Joe’s ceiling and how events unfolded from there.

Overall, the show mixes up a lot of elements of storytelling to create a unique piece. It is very developed in terms of themes, characters and style and this is a good reason to look forward to its next season.

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The End of the F*cking World

Day 22: 07/ 01/ 2019

The End of the F*cking World, Jonathan Entwistle

=> Loved the style of this movie. Love the colours and images. One day I would love to work with Ben Fordesman and Justin Brown, the directors of photography.

=> Beautiful shots. What struck me most with this series is the shots above all else.

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=> Love the soundtrack.

=> Love that both of their inside voices is part of the story, and that we get to hear both of their voices, both sides of the story. It adds dimension.

=> Loved the car scenes.

=> Also great casting.

=> Just learned that it’s adopted from a comic book too. I really want to make one of my short scripts a comic-book style animation short movie. The narrative gave the comic book vibe, it was a gem.

Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Day 21: 09/ 01/ 2019

Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Coen Brothers

Interesting form – 6 short stories to give you an atmosphere of the West in the post Civil War Era. It could be fun to make a story like that, where the characters from all these 6 stories somehow appear in each others stories, as a major character or just  a side character. Overall, the stories were bitter and that made me a little bored but one fact that kept me looking was the incredible use of lights and cinematography of the scenes. I heard that many people disliked the last story, to me it was very interesting and the one that made me want to watch more. The minute the old man closes the door behind him is already a twist in the first half of the story and that makes me really excited to see more. Also loved that how the last line of the book page is a last line to the story.

Arrival (2016)

Day 20: 22/12/2018

Arrival, Dennis Villeneuve

Thoughts = Language shapes the way we think. Aliens communicate in a different way than us – probably -. Then, Aliens may have a different perception of concepts around us. This movie takes this premise and makes it into a multi-layered story. These aliens who arrive on Earth have a very different perception of time than us, they can know the future, and when Dr.Louisie Banks starts to communicate with them, she starts to think from their perspective too – the time is not linear for her anymore. It’s a look at the alien-encounter concept through language. It is very tense, just as how encountering and communicating with aliens would be. Plus, the density in music adds incredibly to this atmosphere.

At first I was really impressed that the spaceships (if that’s the way to call them) landed on 12 different points on Earth, however when I saw American propaganda about China being the hostile force, the country that could mess everything up, the country that was followed by Russia and Sudan, I wasn’t very impressed, because it looked funny. But overlooking that fact, this was a great movie.

 

 

 

Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse (2018)

Day 20: 22/12/2018

Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

First time I see this technology: a 3D animation movie. So so so impressive and so much fun. Super-pleasing visually.

Also loved the story, especially the part where his uncle is the character who was trying to kill him. Total knot in a story, it’s dynamic. Loved that the motive of the bad character was to get his family back. The story felt very rich and dynamic.

Loved the choice of songs, loved that the Spiderman of that universe is a latino and is drawing graffiti.

My Quentin Tarantino Month – December 2018

=> I decided to dedicate this December a Tarantino month for myself and hope to continue making every month of 2019 assigned to a certain subject. It could be devoted to a director, a certain wave in cinema history, a certain genre or a theme. This month I not only watched all his movies again with a fresh eye, but I watched so many of his interviews, read his scripts, read articles about him, watch behind the scenes videos and read a book written about him.

Some notes:

  • You can work with very famous actors and still shape them for your story.
  • Have signature scenes for all your movies – one scene that usually people remember your movie with.
  • Branding – have a mark in film. Like the milk, cereal or bread in Tarantino movies. All naive breakfast items, yet, whenever they are in the scene you know there will be some explosion. Or those major bloody scenes. You wait for the last quarter of each of his films to be an orchestra of bloodbath.
  • MUSIC – one of the most fun parts, fly with it. The beginning of Inglourious Basterds starts with Fur Elise that turns into a Western song.

He is one of my favorite director geniuses but once I started to listen to his interviews I started to realize there are so many things I have in common with his way of thinking and that made me so happy. Such as:

  • He likes to tell historical stories, not as biographies but as genre stories.
  • He likes to play music between scenes on set.
  • He likes to see his movies in comic-book form.
  • He spends a lot of time on his scripts.
  • He is moved by the style in 1960s.
  • He is moved by pop culture.
  • He is so happy to be on his own movie set.
  • He is so enthusiastic about this.

=> January 2019 : French New Wave Month. 

 

Pulp Fiction Cinematography Journal

Pulp Fiction (1994), Andrzej Sekula

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EVERY SHOT SHOTS: http://evanerichards.com/2010/965

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s51T7Ps70fs&list=PLOtN3mC2mbrZCK8KyYmqOb1cRfcJCOAUH