High-rise (2015)

Day 42: 29/03/2020 *social isolation movie club

High-rise, Ben Wheatley

Love stories that have architecture as its basis. The story could even be more thrilling and it could be written in a more dynamic way, there were many repetitions in the directing style. Many cool shots, many cool mise-en-scene, many cool light and a very edgy story told through symbols and images. Very profound version of S.O.S. played as soundtrack, loved it. It’s by portishead. Modern dystopia, usual system criticism.

A cinematographic delight.

uf here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdo82_5C1fA

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Day 41: 28/03/2020 *social distancing film club

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, George Roy Hill 

Such an inventive piece of Western. Even its poster reflects this at a first glance. We usually think that old American cinema wants to make its viewers completely forget that they are watching a movie, it just flows by itself. What is contrary to this style is the French New Wave, where actors break rules by looking directly into the camera or speaking their minds, directors break these rules by using editing techniques which makes the viewer aware that they are watching a movie. However, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a great example of an original movie – sometimes it uses photographs, the colors get to become sepia when they are talking about the past, familiar music comes in (rain drops keep falling on my head…), edit mutes audio sometimes… But it’s a Western movie. Also some really funny moments like how they rob Flyer again and how they bump into the same guy who is too loyal to his company. So many reasons to love this piece of art. Paul Newman’s handsome smile is one of them :).


I Origins (2014)

Day 40: 22/03/2020 *social distancing film club

I Origins, Mike Cahill

Love the part where we see their love to progress but we hear their talk: “what’s your favorite color? what is your favorite fruit?” and it’s not just romantic but gains meaning at the end of the story too. The storytelling format I really like – every scene, every bit is stiched to another one. They all have meaning. All the cool dialogues have meaning, goes a step further than making us think of cool stuff but they also serve the story.

Definitely reading the script of this as a film class. This is the type of a movie that I’d love to have made. Brit Marling is a great creative inspiration too, every project that she is in is opening new worlds to me. Would love to know the books she is reading.

Also love the idea of taking photographs of people’s eyes – it shows in one and thousand images that we are all unique to ourselves but are very similar to each other. It also shows that as humans we all carry a part of the universe in us and just how powerful we are as humans, as part of nature, as part of something bigger than ourselves. Our eyes are like a micro image of space – explosions, atoms and blackholes… they are all there.

Каток и скрипка (1961)

Day 39: 18/03/2020 *social distancing film club

Katok i skripka, Andrei Tarkovsky

Going through this time of social distancing I decided to have a cinemateque of my own. Spent yesterday making a huge list of all the films I should see either for the first or thousandth time and started today – feeling very blissful ^_^ . Now I can have days of watching film after film where I can also read books about my favorite film people.

– listening to This Time Tomorrow by Kinks as I write this

– it just rained and this feels fuckin fresh. Like the song fills the whole room.

– dance break.

– I’m back.

Tarkovsky’s father was a poet and his mom was a proofreader. You see that all his shots are like poetry themselves. Mise-en-scene tells the story by itself, that’s why everything he makes is like a filmmaking lesson in itself.

Color communication: emphasis on red. Symbol of communism itself but makes its carrier (the characters or the objects) center of attention, signifies being extraordinary. The buildings (background) are in tones of grey and very light sepia. Costumes of people and workers are in shades of grey. However, the little boy’s notesheet bag is red, the apple he brings to the exam which his friend eats while he was not there is red, shirt of the main worker man is red – he wears it inside his worker uniform, it is like a sign of rebellion. The steamroller is red. Woman who fancies him has a red headscarf. When the boy goes to the cinema he puts on a bright red shirt. Reminds me of Le Ballon Rouge (1956) by Albert Lamorisse in that sense. AND La Double Vie de Veronique (1991).

Mirrors mirrors. Started emphasizing already.

Here are the shots I loved.

The opening.

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We see that he looks at the world differently.

The apple.

Grey. Grey. Grey. Red. Grey. Red. Grey. Grey.

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Mirrors and Time.


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