Get Out (2017)

Day 11: 21/03/18

Get Out, Jordan Peele

First glance, I loved the soundtrack and color of the titles – signaling that what I am about to watch is going to be something original.

The film was very good – very very good. It is not just a horror movie to plainly scare you but it is a social commentary on marks of racism in American society. The film starts of with a more contemporary approach to the issue – such as police asking African Americans for IDs, a family meeting an African American boyfriend, the reactions of a group of old caucasian people towards Chris (the main character). However, the movie goes much much deeper than that.

I love the main symbolism of the movie = which is hypnosis through a teacup. Teacup can easily be seen as the main symbol of colonialism and how British rule spreads its poison all around the world.

The second symbol I love is how Chris pulls out the cotton out of the armchair he is tied to – it is as well a reference to the history of African American history where they are set to work in cotton agriculture, and to save their life they need to collect that cotton just like Chris.





The Florida Project (2017)

Day 10: 24/02/2018

The Florida Project, Sean Baker 

A great example of “Show Don’t Tell” : we are being shown A LOT and said nothing directly. We can see that even though these people are living in those conditions, just around their corner there are beautiful abandoned condos looking over the river and the government is doing nothing to help out, we can see that we don’t need anything material to be happy – indeed you can give the rainbow as a gift to your friend, we can see that people who are in worse conditions than we are may be trying their best to get out of it and can’t (like how Halley is trying to be a waitress to earn money but she can’t, like how she decently tries to sell perfumes but gets threatened to be delivered to the police) => so they would even be doing things they wouldn’t like (like prostituting), we can see that people can be really cruel and even if they are closer to them in terms of social class they could be cruel to each other. It really hurt me as a reality how the police and the social security could come to their door when they wanted to but does not actually help these people out when there are abandoned houses really close to them – we see that Halley really likes her daughter but she is stuck in a circle that she can’t get out of – and if those people can come to her door, they can also help people like her to be out of that cycle.

The scene that affected me the most is when Halley takes Moonee and Jancey to a roadside by hitchhiking, we realize that it is Jancey’s birthday because they have a candle on a cake for her but it is not quite certain why they are at that place – and suddenly fireworks start lighting up the sky. All us lucky kids can understand where they are coming from, Disneyland. 

The characters in this movie could easily be taught in cinema class – both by their own characteristics and their relationship to other characters are really valuable to me. Halley and Ashley are great friends but Ashley is slightly better off than Halley since she manages to work in Waffle store – and this underlines the hardship of Halley even better. Or how Bobby is tough on Halley but always keeps an on the kids.

Also loved how this movie was almost in the form of a documentary – just showing life as it is, no melodramatic scenes, no heavy music, no music to give you a clue on what is gonna happen next – it is almost as if we are being shown raw footage in an order and I really like that in this sense.

I love how the whole world they created is in tones of pink, the motel is painted purple, the sky is always in tones of the golden hour, kids are really colorful and even Halley’s hair is blue. Such a nice take on a difficult condition – doesn’t force you have a bad time watching it, it manages to make you get lost in its own world by giving you the messages it likes to give. This is the sort of a movie I would like to watch again to see the things I haven’t realized the first time.


.On Time.

The Man From Earth, 2007

Jerome Bixby, Richard Schenkman

Dan: Time… you can’t see it, you can hear it, you can’t weigh it, you can’t… measure it in a laboratory. It is a subjective sense of… becoming, what we… are, in stead of what we were a nanosecond ago, becoming what we will be in another nanosecond. The whole piece of time’s a landscape existing, we form behind us and we move, we move through it… slice by slice.

Linda Murphy: Clocks measure time.

Dan: No, they measure themselves, the objective referee of a clock is another clock.

Edith: All very interesting, but what has it got to do with John?

Dan: He, he might be man who… lives… outside of time as we know it.

180° South (2010)

Day 9: 14/01/2018

180° South, Chris Malloy

A beautiful travel movie with very chill music and narration all along – about surfing, mountain climbing and ecology. I love how this movie combines all these in one place. It is really relaxing as we see them move around the South American continent and even get to the Eastern Island due to a problem with their boat in a storm – but then this chill docu-drama shows young people caring about our environment and teaching us to reconnect with the nature – because that’s where we belong, but if we can’t understand the nature, we will fail to love it too.  I love the commentary along with the movie and the beautiful visuals. Also the analog looking footage and how they connected their story today to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ trip back in the 60s. It is a unique narrative style.  180 South is a movie composed of good music mostly by the Ugly Casanova, nature sports and a care for ecological problems – all these taking place in South America. How better could it be?





The Post (2017) CJ

The Post (2017)

Day 8 : 13/01/2018

The Post, Steven Spielberg 

There are world famous events, big moments in life that we are familiar enough in one sentence – we know that Graham Bell invented the phone, Michael Phelps won 8 awards at the Olympics or we know history enough to be able to talk about it. But if we don’t have a particular interest on those subjects, we barely know the backstories, the intensities, the sacrifices or just the casual day to day lives of those characters. That’s why I love watching them written in intriguing ways – and since journalism is a very passionate side of me I really enjoyed every bit of this movie. This movies makes me remember how much I value seriousness about a subject – as boring as it may sound, being intensely connected to something and being able to work with people who try to do their best sounds like heaven to me. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors whose movies I would chose to watch without hesitation – he is like a sensor for good quality. So seeing him together with Meryl Streep and directed by Spielberg sounded like a good dream which actually came true. This is undoubtedly a compelling movie that deepens your perspective on journalism through its invisible questions.  When you are a journalist and close with the political people can you really know if they are your friends or if they just like to keep you close? Can you give up on their friendship and go against them publicly if needed? If what you have to write is against the government is it better to just risk being closed down and not be able to write at all or are you just gonna go with it and publish your stories? On that note, the most memorable scene for me was when Kay confronted McNamara. It was just so intense that you as a viewer understand the magnitude of what really is going on. The Post, just like Rush (directed by Ron Howard), shows that your rival can also be your best ally and make you a better version of yourself. As the shots, it was a delight to see papers, typewriters, the newsroom environment, the buildings with nice architecture – and those trucks throwing newspapers on the sides of newsstands driving away at dawn. I think the women empowerment side of the story was also at the right dose – it was fun to watch the character arc of Kay. The music is so nice but of course it is – it is by John Williams. A great movie with a pleasant rhythm to go along with.

Hotel Chevalier (2007) Cinematography Journal

This scene shows how he likes to (and pretends to) blend in with this new environment he created for himself.

It’s not just the color of his bathrobe to the overall tone of the room but also the way he tries to order his food in French – but that needs some help. He is happily messy in his room until he gets a phone call from his ex – after that everything starts to change.

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He cleans up the room and puts on a suit that is in complete contrast with the room – the way he likes to portray himself is different than his inner world.

When she comes, we see that she also wears grey – could we say he tries to match her by putting on a mask? Over prepared with the music and everything. Could this be the problem? People usually love to put on masks to make themselves look “better” than they are in their minds – but maybe if they would let others in and just be themselves, other people would find them way more original.

She comes in with flowers. Is she the “Chevalier” and him “the damsel in distress” waiting in his comfort castle?

Being the dominant character, she easily takes over the power in the room. She slips something in his luggage – will we know that this is in The Darjeeling Ltd?

Confrontation looks like this.

Is she over me? Does she know that I’m over her? Because I’m totally are. 

Does he still love me? Does he still care? 

Now they both stand out in the room – and slowly get closer.

Where many people reviewed this film as being vague, to me to me it is a really clear representation of vague relationships.

“Whatever happens between us, I don’t want to lose your friendship at the end”. 

“I never see you as a friend”

In terms of colors, they still belong to different worlds in the end.

Here is the Wes Anderson signature in the titles.