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Dirty Mouse

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on May 15, 2012 by Eyeless

There is a reason why I don’t like Disney movies, and there is a reason why I love the old Disney shorts. The reason why I don’t love the modern Disney is because there is simply too much normative characters, too predictable stories and too much moral, whereas the older Disney cartoons were short sketches that only served a purpose as pure entertainment, many of them completely without morals. Why? Because it is entertainment.

What I like about the older Disney Cartoons, like The Gallopin’ Gaucho, is the rawness of the humor, the odd characters, the fluent animations that gave soul to the sketches. Of course, the cartoons from around the 1940’s to the 50’s have great lightning and realistic animations, but contain too much message and are stained with morals. I don’t think moral is bad, but it seems the only reason Disney’s cartoons moved that way was to enable children to watch the show, as if Mickey’s original rowdy behaviour would be too demoralising for their innocent eyes. In my eyes, this only takes away a lot of charm. That is why I seldom watch the newer Disney cartoons with a smile on my face, and stick to Donald Duck instead. At least his violent nature wasn’t really tamed until around the 80’s (if he ever was). You can always rely on a lazy, exasperated duck.


Vivre sa Vie

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Eyeless

This is the scene (along with the dancing scene in Bande à Part) that inspired Quentin Tarantino to write the dance contest scene for Pulp Fiction. Thus the choice of music, the 60’s theme in the bar and Mia Wallace’s dance are no longer coincidal. I just felt like sharing.

Mary and Max (5/5)

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by Eyeless

Mary and Max is a film about contrast in life, and communication. What brings Mary and Max together is the absence of friends, and a telephone directory. However, where Mary desperately searches for a friend even when constantly rejected, Max has trouble even understanding the word “friend”. The film follows their relationship throughout their lives, including conflicts, love, humour and anger; just what a life story should include.

The stark contrasts in Mary & Max are significant.

I love the cinematography of Mary and Max. The photo is dark with heavily saturated colours, which is what mainly creates the sad feeling of the film. Yes, it is a tragic film, but a beautifully tragic one and is constantly accompanied by a bizarre undertone. Mary’s life in the Australian suburb is sepia-coloured while Max’s flat in New York is almost completely colourless, as to emphasize the difference in their emotional state.

This is a film that makes you relate to the characters as if though you where their soul mate, no matter how little you have in common. The use of music, dialogue and cinematography is excellent in that it does just this -placing you in their situation, making you feel what they feel and experience their hopes and dreams, longing to see these fulfilled. It is a film that follows the road of despair, beauty and tragedy; but it makes damn sure of ending with a smile on its sad face.

10 Items Or Less (4/5)

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Eyeless

Quite long since my last film suggestion I figured, so I decided to upload this one right now. I saw 10 Items or Less during a visit at my grandmother’s house (which I will write about shortly), and had no clues whatsoever of what it was about, as usual…A quite enjoyable night, it was.

Morgan Freeman plays himself (although we actually never get to hear his name during the film). He has been inactive for four years, but has some kind of upcoming project taking form in his head. Paz Vega takes part as the Spanish girl Scarlet.  She is hard-working and talented, but stuck at the 10-items-or-less lane. She hates her work and is applying for a job at another company. They randomly meet when the Actor notices Scarlet and is impressed by her way of working.

10 Items or Less is definitely worth a watch (well, first off I would not suggest the film if it was not worth watching). There is no real plot except some weird occurrences during a set of days, with the camera following the two main characters which would both be plain tragic if separated, but are hilarious together! I feel the film is too short, and it would still be enjoyable if at least 10 or 20 more minutes were added. The film really made me glad, partially thanks to the acting. At once my problems and everyday conflicts were washed away with the catching dialogue and the weird characters.  4/5!

One of the best scenes.

The Fall (4/5)

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by Eyeless

A Little Blessing In Disguise.

I saw this film Saturday last week. It seemed like one of those artistic and beautiful films, so I decided to watch it. As soon as I heard that Tarsem Singh (The Cell) was the director, it really caught my interest, since The Cell withholds one of the most innovative and beautiful scenography and photo I have seen. My expectations were far from turned down. The Fall is even more beautiful, illusory than The Cell, and some of the sets are almost daunting in their appearance. To give a perhaps better picture of my meaning, the photo reminds me of a mix between Salvador Dalí and Zdzislaw Beksinski.

I will cite the plot from IMDB’s summary: “In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.”

I was amazed by the captivating acting, especially the prestation of the young Catinca Untaru as one of the lead roles since she was but five years old when the film was shot. The transitions between fantasy and reality were the best though, and how the tale changed depending on the character’s mood. This film is a must-see, and a must-have for the film collection.

I give The Fall 4 out of 5. Will definitely buy this one.

Film Collection Update

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by Eyeless

Bought new films today. Yay to that! I am going to watch them as soon as I have time…

Plus, now I have 98 films in my tiny collection. I will have to celebrate the 99th and 100th film with traditional Schwedisch cake and coffee!

…But first some more Gears of War 2…

Kick-Ass (5/5)

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by Eyeless

Is it that obvious it kicked ass? Well, it truly did!

When I first saw the teaser trailer I thought: “Looks quite cool and could be funny, but it really looks like any other teen comedy I have seen.” Then, shortly after my brother asked me if I wanted to join him on the première on April 9th, and I thought “yeah, why not?” He also showed me the second trailer, which is a bit more….”correct”, so to speak. I loved it and was very surprised, since it showed a completely different side of the film. Awesome! A couple of days later we saw it, and I was simply blown away…

The movie is about Dave Lizewski. He is literally invisible to everyone in school, apart from his friends. Katie is his biggest crush, but she doesn’t notice him either and he is to shy to ask her out. He is a fan of superhero comics, and one day he asks his friends: “How come no one’s ever tried being a superhero?” A few days later, a video pops up on youtube showing a vigilante in a scuba diving suit called “Kick-Ass”, getting his ass kicked by three gang members. This particularly weird event sets off a wave of newcomer superheroes like Big Daddy, Hit-Girl and Red Mist; a sudden wave that strikes back against crime with such force that the local Mafia boss Frank D’Amico is greatly worried…and frustrated.

I have really nothing else to say other than you must see this movie! I do not want to spoil too much, because I realized that Matthew Vaughn deliberately chose to show a trailer that made Kick-Ass look like a typical teenage comedy to really bring out the element of surprise out of it. I call this “The Kick-Ass Effect”, which is when you believe something to be average, but when watching it you are blown away by its awesomeness!

Also, I will cite a review on the film by some Mark Brown guy on imdb:

“Watching “Kick Ass” is ultimately like being on a thrill-ride, it doesn’t just want to dazzle you, it’s wants to draw you in, ride the wave and leave the cinema on a high. And it doesn’t do that with gimmicks or tried and tested formula’s, it breaks the mold, shakes conventions and wants you to be surprised while complementing all the movies you already love. It’s not just a movie, it’s a standard, one that promises to prove movies like this can be written with great heart and brain.
And ultimately you’ll be leaving the screen thinking “Wow, let’s do that again” no matter how many agains come before it.”

This film is proof of “Never judge a book by its cover”, you will know what I mean when you have seen it. Mark Brown gave Kick-Ass 10 out of 10, and I give it 5 out of fucking 5.