Saw Volver. It was pretty good for a weird foreign movie.
A bit obvious, but well acted and interesting.
They had a rather crass animated short on turn off your cell phone and don't kick the seat in front of you and all that. and I suddenly realized the best way to make people shut up in a movie theater.
They say there's no shame anymore, I dunno, I think there is.
Imagein a little gadget, kinda like a megaphone, that has one of those directional microphones o nit.
You aim it at th person who's talking so you only pick up their voice (is that how those things work?) and basically it's a PA and broadcasts it loudly.
Soon enough the offending person will realize they're talking is making all the noise and they'll shut up. or at least it will bring to the attention of a lot more people who's making the noise.
I dunno seemed like a good idea last night.
Probably not as good as the "no commercials in movie theaters" laser pointer.
Much easier to get in their face and loudly say, "Take it outside."
After overdosing on tv and movies (neither for 7 months) I've come to the conclusion that renting any DVD that shows an actor on the cover with a pistol held near their head is a complete waste of money.
The Germans have released a film poking fun at Hitler. Normally, I think they stay as far away from that topic as possible, out of collective guilt.
I suppose they're trying to move on now.
Sigh. DIDN'T live up to the awesomeness of either of those. I realize a story centered around the Imperial family, sequestered in the extreme sumptuous repressiveness of the Forbidden City, doesn't really lend itself to much action, but I'd hoped the storytelling would at least be interesting.'
Instead I think the director's obsessive-compulsive disorder, regarding thousands of perfectly-designed and uniform props (where people are props too , more often than not), has finally manifested as a clinical disorder. I would have loved much less obsessiveness over props and endless walking down endless ornate hallways in favor of more attention to the quality of storytelling.
I felt like the characters I wanted to know more about were the ones who got little screen time, all in favor of endless walking down endless hallways.
On the other hand, I watched "2046" on video last night, and that was both gorgeous and enthralling and I've had Maria Callas singing in my head all morning because of it. Mmmmmmmm.
Yeah, if you want to see beautiful props with endless walkings down endless corridors, you can probably build yourself a virtual movie with any good gaming computer. Just get on Second Life, build what you want, and walk.
So, I bought The Animation Show DVD set a little while ago, and the set came in yesterday.
Some of you guys may have seen this animation called "Rejected". That same guy, with Mike Judge (of Beavis and Butthead fame), helped put together this compiled batch of really good, unlikely-to-otherwise-be-seen animations from some very talented people.
I saw Plimpton's "Parking Lot" and Don's "Billy's Balloon" yesterday.
Parking Lot involves a man's quest to prevent this blade of grass from growing in his parking lot. It's a Bill Plimpton animation, so it's going to get weird... as in, magically, he has a cannon appear from the top of his parking lot shack, and fires it at the blade of grass... who manages to cause it to roll into the shack.
Billy's Balloon maintains Don's very sick, twisted sense of humor, in taking a seemingly harmless scene involving a little boy and his helium balloon, and turning it into a children's nightmare, as the balloon first starts beating Billy senseless, then chokes him with its string, then decides to grab Billy, float him high in the air, and drop him. No dialog... all described in animation. Not as brilliant as Rejected, but very clever for how he finds ways for a balloon to torture children.
I saw some of a Japanese animation, where a stingy man eats a bunch of cherries (because they were free), eats the seeds, and winds up growing a cherry tree from the top of his head. Things only get stranger from there, I suspect.
Does anyone else get into this kind of stuff?
Them's fightin' words... I haven't seen CoM yet...
I'm definitely interested in viewing the animations, especially now that I know there's some Plimpton stuff on there. I wouldn't call myself a fan of Plimpton, per se, but I've always found his animations to be off-the-wall and very interesting.
I only seen the few I mentioned.
I think these are quality animations, though. But then, I would have expected as much out of this group. It's some obscure stuff, to be sure.