Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thomas Vinterberg. . . . WOW! What a film! While watching more films to expand my eccentric horizons, I come across a film every so often that lingers in my mind hours and days after I have watched it. The Celebration/Festen is one of those films. Helge is turning 60 and everyone has been invited to the birthday celebration: his eldest son, Christian, who currently lives in France; his daughter, Helene, a worldly anthropologist and Michael, a rowdy, loud and arrogant son who is a horrible father and husband. The places have been set, the food has been prepared and yet a party can't be a party unless fireworks are involved. Thanks to Christian and his dead twin Linda, the birthday celebration will be anything but a "celebration". The acting was superb and well done while the camera's jerky movements gave the viewer an up close and very personal look at what happens when family lies are brought out to the light of day. This film is in Danish and some English with English subtitles yet hopefully that will not deter anyone from watching this raw film. Thumbs way up!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Iris Murdoch's work, I knew that I would enjoy The Unicorn. However, I did not plan to read the book in one sitting and want more once I read the final paragraph twice. This novel goes beyond the normal criteria for Gothic storytelling, as only Iris Murdoch can do. The tale is this: Sweet and naive Marian travels to Gaze Castle to act as a governess/ educator for Hannah, the young occupant of Gaze. Yet, all is not what it appears to be, for the inhabitants of Gaze are trapped in the dark "magick" that holds them as prisoners. If you like a good British Gothic novel, read The Unicorn. You will not be disappointed.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Last Year at Marienbad is the epitome of French New Wave Cinema as well as one of the most confusing and enigmatic movies I have ever watched. And that's a good thing. The core story is this: a young man sees a woman at a luxurious hotel and tells her that he remembers her from last year, in which they were involved in a passionate love affair. She does not recognize the man nor does she remember any affair taking place. However, as the movies progresses, the viewers are left to wonder: did the affair actually take place, or was it all an illusion? As the man continues to tell the woman of what they did last year, the scenes travel in a loop, to which the possible future is displayed or perhaps it is the past or perhaps it never even happened. Is the woman denying what happened, or does she not remember? Each scene unfolds into dreamlike visions that are left open to interpretation; no one is right or wrong but simply IS. As I watched the film, I was rooted to my couch, waiting to see what would happen next while the organ music that played throughout the film added a level of creepiness that I found quite disturbing. Long hallways covered in shadows, ornate designed walls with mirrors to reflect the soul or perhaps remove it. Trees in the garden cast no reflection; are they part of the dream? Secrets are disclosed when everyone stops moving to wait for the next lie to be told. When the film "ended", I knew I had to have this movie in my collection. This film deserves to be watched over and over with a fresh and open mind. I will state, however, that this film is not for just anyone. The watcher must not arrive with any preconceived notions, nor must they expect for something to "happen" quickly. This film is one to remember from "last year". Quite the surreal experience.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
During my lunch break today, I decided to attend Dixon Gallery and Gardens' Munch and Learn and listen to sculptor Jim Buchman. Not only did I learn about the art of sculpting but also the mind of quite a creative soul. During his presentation, he showed photos of his tools, machinery and various sources of inspiration. As I listened to his presentation, I thought about my own creativity and how imagination is quite powerful. Thanks to Mr. Buchman's experiences in life and his exposure to the world, we are able to see the results in stone and concrete.