The House That Jack Built (2018)

Day 30 : 21 / 06 / 2019

The House That Jack Built, Lars Von Trier 

– full of spoilers ahead –

I am so glad I watched this movie without knowing anything about its style, because the Picasso painting that comes at the end of the first incident is pure genius and it shocked me on my seat. I love the structure of this film, a crime story kind of mixed with art video essay but not that simple. Photography => the negatives showing the devil in you Hunting => all the information about hunting orders, dogs and blood trails which connects back to the bone of the story. History, German soldiers trying to kill many people with one bullet => connects back to the story. Super experimental, yet super successful in giving its message without getting lost in different tracks. The Bob Dylan reference. Love the black and white animation that shows his feelings, moving like a waves, their depth explained through shadows. Also love how red is emphasized in each story and connects them together. Uses the negation of negation and it is not scared to show exactly what the audience does not want to see like a kid being shot or breasts getting cut off. Pure insanity, one of the most original films I’ve ever seen.

Pulp Fiction Cinematography Journal

Pulp Fiction (1994), Andrzej Sekula





Django Unchained Cinematography Journal

Django Unchained, Cinematography by Robert Richardson



Filming the Scenes 

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Day 16: 03/12/18

Kill Bill Vol.1, Quentin Tarantino

=> Every scene of this movie is an art form in itself. Every scene. If anybody would give me pictures of shots in this movie I can easily put them in order – that’s how memorable and impactful this movie is on me. Every scene is very thought through and designed intricately.

=> So many tools are used to tell the story and they are always used purposefully. Such as the ceiling view in the first fight scene between Bea and Vernita in the kitchen. When Bea enters the kitchen you see it from above and it is completely clean, nothing extraordinary. When she leaves the kitchen, it’s all a mess, there is cereal all over the floor and a dead body. It’s just the beginning for this movie. When O-ren Ishii’s backstory is told, it is done so with an anime – because she is Chinese-Japanese. Such a fitting and fun way of introducing a character.

=> Color communication on point. Bold red. Bold yellow. And bold night blue in just one scene, memorable enough.

=> Insanely good rhythm. Like a heartbeat. Always keeps you on your toes.

=> OMG THE MUSIC CHOICES. Blows my mind.

=> Takes the characters and the action to the fullest. Are you surprised or impressed by something? The next scene will take it to a higher level.

=> Last scene: reverses the whole premise of the story. What Bea thought she lost, what she had been revenging for, is actually not lost. That’s like the last hit of that rhythm. Movie ends on such a high note, you know there is a sequel full of story.

=> Loved re-watching this so much that declared this week Tarantino month for myself. Tarantino movies, interviews, inspiration, video analyses, music…everything.