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 symbol 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.

**Addition from May, 20

How could I miss this ? Get Out is a great reference to Shining:

  • The titles in same flashy blue tone
  • Having the titles over whispery mysterious music and shot of woods
  • A hotel / house to reflect atrocities happened in the past
  • Many symbols/references pertaining to that past
  • the blank look on people’s faces



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.

Loving Vincent (2017)

Day 6 : 29/12

Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

This was one of the most special moments of my life, I would love to meet the filmmakers and thank them for making me feel that way. Immersing myself in a Van Gogh world! That’s something beyond the limits of my imagination in cinema and it happened. Because when you break your limits and merge existing technology with “What IFs” (I guess one of Pixar’s favorite phrases) magic happens on screen. For every post I put a frame that captures the essence of the movie for me – so here I wanted to do the reverse, because that’s what Loving Vincent does: reverses what we expect from a medium. So here is a moving image of paintings above.  It just felt really really exceptional to be able to watch this movie, while I was in the theater I couldn’t believe this was a widespread release, the experience itself felt too exclusive almost like a dream. The whole mood of the film was amazing : The artistic style of Van Gogh, his colours; his yellows and greens and blues, and the music… Getting introduced to Van Gogh’s mind was also very influential, looking at the world through an artists eyes. Especially the closing credits felt really heavy on me: he said “I wish one day the world could understand how tenderly I felt”. When the movie was finished, I just wanted to rewatch it immediately.  Probably I will watch this again sometime soon – and every possible day that I can see in the cinema. It is not easy for me to get over this film – the music for example, was just magnificent. How soft “Starry Starry Night” starting playing at the end was such a contrast to how people made him feel in his lifetime. This movie is especially influencing if you stop thinking about the paintings and how many painters have worked for it and all that – it’s magic starts the moment you leave yourself to the world of the movie.

=> Loving Vincent Cinematography Journal

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