Arizona Dream (1993)

Day 36: 11/12/19

Arizona Dream, Emir Kusturica

Really wanted to watch this movie for a very long time because of its soundtrack and also because my parents watched it together when my mom was pregnant with me.

Movie with its own world, its own rules and faces. Shows you you can be so flexible and fantastic within a regular story. No structures, forget about solid matters and flow with your story. The beginning scene was so affecting. That’s the style of Emir Kusturica, he can make a scene very intense – especially the death scenes. He goes all the way, like in life you could have wanted to avoid that intensity and he doesn’t let you, he makes you live and understand every second of that death scene (so he mostly uses current timing with no cuts).

I laughed hard at the mocking North by Northwest scenes and the ending. Also like to assume that Axel’s older lover being called Elaine is a reference to The Graduate(1967) by Mike Nichols.

Was cool to see some similarities between the Time of the Gypsies and Arizona Dream such as the subtle soundtrack that came at certain points which almost connected to the famous Ederlezi but it didn’t. Also the scene where Grace gets dressed all in white, starts walking and her hat flies away with wind – the exact same scene with Azra in time of the Gypsies, you anticipate what’s gonna happen next.

Also I like to realize some symbols and motifs (recurring elements) from Kusturica.

  1. The main character has an animal they are attached to: the turtles, the turkey…
  2. Flying (mostly for death associations)
  3. Intense death scenes
  4. Balkan music as soundtrack

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The House That Jack Built (2018)

Day 30 : 21 / 06 / 2019

The House That Jack Built, Lars Von TrierĀ 

– 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.

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.

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