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4Feb/160

The Town

"I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're going to hurt some people."
"...Whose car are we gonna take?"

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16Sep/150

Ghost in the Shell: Identity in Space

This video helped me understand a few things that I've come to notice over time.

I recollect very clearly how Eva and I once went to see the Takeshi Kitano vehicle Brother in the cinema once. There was a scene in the film that was a shot of two men in the back of a limousine, one looking out the window at the city passing him by, the other stoically staring at nothing in front of him, only stirring to brush a noticed bit of fluff from his leg. A group of people behind us just didn't get the pacing, the stillness, the pointlessness of the scene, while I loved it.

One of my favourite scenes in Ghost in the Shell, is a scene that adds nothing to the story, except to add some mood to the film by showing some disconnected shots of the city. I love everything about that sequence, but I was never able to put my finger on why it was so special and why it was so different.

Now I do. It's aspect-to-aspect, rather than action-to-action.

Action-to-action is the transition from one shot to another that drives the story forward, from one goal-driven action to another goal-driven action. This is something that's most often used in Western visual storytelling media, like cinema and comic books, while Eastern (specifically Japanese) storytelling often uses aspect-to-aspect transitions, where the story isn't driven forward, just the perception, which helps to explore the space the scene plays out in.

15Nov/140

Interstellar

I just came back from seeing Interstellar and I thought it was very gripping, with an amazing set up, a bit of a predictable twist and a disappointing closing act. There are just so many nuggets of awesome in that film. The one thing I would have liked, is if it had been a little clearer that the wormhole near Saturn wasn't the same as Gargantua, the super-massive black hole on the other side of the worm hole.

The film is getting a ton of shit online by some for being too cerebral, by others for being not cerebral enough and by a small few for getting the science wrong. I'm sure that in a few decades we'll look back upon this film in the same way we look back on older films and laugh at how much they got wrong.

All in all, I liked it a lot.

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26Mar/140

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Short Film

This is epic as fuck! I don't like the casting for Adam Jensen, but Yelena Fedorova is very well-cast. I like how Jensen's retractable swords are hardly ever visible except for in the slow-motion section. Perfect. There are so many little hidden gems in this. "Damnit, I'm seeing yellow again. No, I never asked for this." Or that Jensen evolves in his unconscious state and shows signs of what I think is the writer's interpretation of nano-technology, indicating that he's the link to the Denton brothers. I think Megan Reed had the right face, but a far too pornographic body, so I'm divided on her casting. All in all, fucking amazing.

14Feb/143

Brick Mansions

Finally, David Belle is getting some Hollywood recognition. Arguably the founder of Parkour (not free running) and someone I would've expected to see in a Paul Walker blockbuster vehicle a long time ago. The movie looks kind of shit, and I suspect Luc Besson wrote it just so that he could put David Belle in a Parkour-driven film. I'll watch it! Who's with me?