Day 13. Your Favorite Quote From A Film

I don’t know about you, but it seems to be time for Primer. Primer that low-budget science-fiction film about time travel, featuring a snappy dialog written and directed by Shane Carruth. Shane Carruth that person who I’ll mention from time to time be it related to the film Primer or his latest film Upstream Color, a film that came on to my list of favorite films from 2013. I adore Shane Carruth and I think that apart from his cinematic works he seems to be a great and greatly driven person that has had the good fortune to start a movie career so late in life.

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Well, Mr Carruth’s film Primer and a quote I like, first of all if you don’t already know of Primer it is basically as my description up top a science-fiction film about time travel with a snappy dialog. But when it comes to the science-fiction it tries to put its emphasis on science instead of fiction creating an as realistic and smart depiction of time travel as possible. Two computer scientists stumble upon a creation that fascinates them and at the same time bothers them because they don’t understand what it is. After some tests they come to the fantastical conclusion that it’s a machine to use for time travel. It’s a quick film to watch and the puzzling plot ends just as you start to wrap your head around it. Many sites and sketches has been created and publish throughout the internet trying to explain and comprehend the events of the film.

Well I guess you have a well enough understanding of what sort of movie Primer is now. I could also point you to an old post by Ken where he shares some of his views on the film, Hands of Gold are Always Cold.

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So then the moment we’ve been waiting for the quote. Here goes…

They took from their surroundings what was needed and made of it something more.

I think that’s a great quote about creativity in sparse environments and can also be about sacrificing some parts of life to be able to focus more energy on something else. It can be though about and dissected in many different ways I guess, but I like it as a quote and a sentence in a film.

If you know of a better quote from a film that you really like I would like to welcome you to our comment section. There’s one located beneath each post at all times, feel free to partake or create a discussion. A teacher of mine once said we have two ears and one mouth for the reason that we should listen more than we speak. To that I say we have ten fingers so type away.

-B

Summarizing the year; I watched some movies

This year is about to end so here is one of my year-
end post trying to summarize the year of 2013. I will be posting one each Monday throughout December, each 
taking a look into a certain area of entertainment. 
It shall be as an autopsy, digging through my guts to find what kind of popular culture I'd put into my 
digestive system during the year 2013. Or maybe it's 
more a list for myself to remember what I did spend 
my time on during the year.

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Well I hope you come and see me in the movies
Then I’ll know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally

Text from: The Beatles – Act Naturally

It’s closing time, the personal has brought out their flasks and are toasting for a job well done. Soon it’s time to give everything over to the next year, wish them good luck and hope they read the new entries into the user-manual.

I’m going to post, for our last post of the year, a list of my favorite movies of 2013. The year seemed pretty shitty as we were in the middle of the things, but now outside of the cloudy present there were a lot of good movies to be seen as well. Let’s begin shall we with my number ten pick out of all the movies I saw released in 2013, and a small list of films I missed during the year and want to see.

10. This is the End

Seth Rogan and pals coming together in an apocalyptic comedy. Locked inside James Franco’s mansion for protects everybody starts to show their real colors and anarchy sets in. Punishment is dealt to the sinners who can’t get access into heaven (which basically means everyone in LA).

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Comedies seldom get much recognition from year-end best-list, but this was a good full-out comedy. Written and directed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the duo behind Superbad and Pineapple express, this follows the same trend of jizz and weed jokes. It was a great laugh and should not be overlooked.

09. The Conjuring

As This is the End is a tried-and-true comedy flick, The Conjuring is a great among the greats horror flick. It seriously delivers everything you think a horror movie about a hunted house should deliver. Eye covering tension, and a paranoia of the unlit corners of your house. This is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

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Except for it being a great scary movie, it also seemed to be a great contender for a summer-block buster. It looked like a big-budget action superhero picture, though used this carefully. It isn’t too exclusive and the scares I believe are universal. The world-building is well-made and the film is greatly structured and pasted. And then the demon reveals its face.

08. Upstream Color

This is not something for the general audience, this is a low-budget, independently made, abstract film with a story that’s hard to put into words. It’s beautifully shot and most, if not all of the story is told solely through pictures. It’s a hard-film to explain but I liked it a lot. Made by the man who wrote, directed and starred in Primer I had high hopes for this one, and I was in the end surprised by what this film turned out to be.

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I watched Upstream Color glued to the screen for the duration of the film. I didn’t try to figure it out as you might want to figure out other sophisticated science-fiction stories, but instead just let the film-captured light wash over me. When the experience was over I was filled with a restless energy and needed an excuse to leave the house and take a walk in the middle of the night. It was a great walk, one of those walks were you see the world through a new lens, just wish the chips I bought at the some-what distant gas station were as good.

07. The Place Beyond the Pines

Time for the surprisingly epic tale that The Place Beyond the Pines tells. I don’t really want to tell you about the surprising curve-ball the movie throws the viewers way, but its a successful one I can tell you that. From the beginning it seems to be a regular film, though after a while it shows it’s hand and the story of the film becomes clear.

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It’s a tale of consequence and heritage, about genes and blood, it’s a tale about alienation and love. It was a great time and a meaningful experience I would wish upon others.

06. Blackfish

The first of two documentaries i thought would fit the list. This one is about killer-whales, how they are treated in captivity and the consequences of this.

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Centered on one specific killer-whale in general who killed a girl at Seaworld, this documentary wants to educate the viewers on the lies that Seaworld tell about these animals. There are a lot of interviews with people who formerly worked at Seaworld and other aquariums and document several catastrophes that the company has tried to cover-up.

05. Spring Breakers

There’s been some mixed feelings around Spring Breakers, which I think is the point and something that brings a smile to write and director Harmony Korine. This is a film about four girls wanting to take a vocation from school and life in general and go on spring break to party as much as possible.

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Of course things quickly get twisted and things spin out of control as the girls start wanting more freedom and control which brings chaos with it. They soon meet up with James Franco’s character Alien, a gangster, rapper, drug dealer with a customized sports car and a bed filled with cash and ammo. Spring Breakers sets up a scenario and sees how far they can stretch it and how extreme it can become.

04. The Act of Killing

It was a great year for documentaries and I saw a lot of them this year. The Act of Killing is something else, it’s a great concept. There were a lot of murdering in Indonesia during the sixties. People who were thought to be communists and left-wing were taken, interrogated and killed. More than 500.000 people were murdered during a span of two years in Indonesia and this documentary follows Anwar, one who personally killed approximately one thousand of them.

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The premise of the documentary is to film as the murderers makes a film of their own retelling what happened during the sixties. In the picture above we can see such a retelling were Anwar plays the part of a suspect. I think it’s a great way to get underneath the murders skin and see him reflect on his actions. For a big majority of the film Anwar doesn’t think that what he’s done in his past was wrong but as the film goes on it becomes harder for him to continue lying to himself.

03. Frances Ha

A film from director Noah Baumbach, he’s one of my favorite directors making such films as Kicking and Scream and The Squid and the Whale. Frances Ha is a film about the falling apart of a relationship between two women, Frances Ha and her best friend Sophie. They live together in an apartment in New York and often make jokes about how they are like an old lesbian couple.

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Sophie eventually moves out and Frances has a hard time getting over their failing friendship. She’s also in a transition phase in her life and has a hard time taking the next big step away from her dreams and into a stable life. It’s a journey emotionally and physically as Frances gets tossed around trying to get a sofa to sleep on. A great film in a body of other great films, Noah Baumbach continues the great sophisticated comedy works of people such as Woody Allen.

02. 12 Years a Slave

A film based on real-life events during the era when slavery in America was legal, when a free black man was tricked and brought into slavery. It spans over twelve years and tells a harrowing tale of cruelty. Brought to the screen by British director Steve McQueen, who also made Hunger and Shame. It stars the British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.

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It’s a grand film and feels almost like a theater performance at times as actors are given great speeches to throw at each other. The film making is excellent and really portrays the dire circumstances that these people are in.

01. Gravity

A roller-coaster of extreme catastrophe when an astronaut tries to get back to earth and survive the continuously incoming disasters that gets thrown her way. From the film-maker Alfonso Cuarón, this film just as Children of Men includes some of the longest sequences of uncut beautiful scenes with the stars and the round body of earth in the background.

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Just as the amazing score by Steven Price builds and fades multiple times everything comes in waves. Disastrous action scenarios are thrown at the help less floating character played by Sandra Bullock. The highs are high and the lows are comfortable as this cart turns around sharp devastating corners. But besides the main story-line there are a lot of references to historical imaginary and events. I’m having a hard time not getting a bit heavy chested as I remember some of the undertones in a scene were the character reaches a radio (if you’ve seen the film I hope you’ll understand what I mean).

I really need to watch this movie again before it leaves theaters. This one really needs to be experienced with a big screen, a grand great speaker-system and with its 3D enhancements.

Watchlist

These are five of the films I missed this year and really want to see. Vi Är Bäst! (We Are The Best!) which is a swedish film by film director Lukas Moodysson (Fucking Åmål, Lilja 4-ever) about a fictive all female punk-rock band in 1982’s Stockholm. Martin Scorsese’s newest film Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill as shady stockbrokers on wallstreeet. There’s also the new science-fiction romance movie by former music video director Spike Jonze, Her, wherein Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system (as you do). The Japanese animated film The Wind Rises by director Hayoa Miyazaki, said to be his last, this film tells a tale of a man who designs fighter planes (the Miyazaki-est premise ever?) during the second world war. And lastly the latest by the excellent directors duo, the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis a film about a folk musician.

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Let’s enter the new year in style.

What does Kanye West and Hideo Kojima both have in common?

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Probably a lot if you would actually take your time and think about, which I’m not gonna. The thing I’m mainly thinking about is that they’ve both have given Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film some praise.

So in a year with some rather lackluster cinema experiences this might be the movie to save us from mediocrity. I’m not a huge fan of Guillermo’s movies, of course I haven’t seen that many of them either. I thought Pan’s Labyrinth was good enough, apart from one frame in the movie which I though was fantastic to keep myself from spoiling anything I just want to say the words “head” and “stomp”, the editing and unexpectedness of that scene really freaked me out.But I hope that Pacific Rim is as good as the two none-critics tweet it is.

I have a list of all the movies I’ve seen from this year (eight in total, I see a lot of old movies) and the two movies to top the list are Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. And it pains me that these two should have to top my list and would really like for other movies to come and press them down a couple of steps. Two other movies that stand out for me from this year is Upstream Color, Shane Carruth’s latest film which I was so, SO, hyped for. Shane Carruth if you haven’t heard about him before made Primer, a smart low-budget film about time travel.

It’s one of my favorite films (and the few who’s went and seen it after my recommendation has also walked away loving it) period, having such smart and realistic dialog and being so unashamedly smart and uninviting, but at the same time a fantastic story which I’ve revisited from time to time. I think I say this too much but it’s the only film I’ve (and I don’t think too many others) saw three times the first time I saw it. The first time was joyous, yet a bit confusing, the second a little more of a puzzle to see how it all fit together and the third time was mostly because I’d spent so much time with it that day and why not see it another time before bed. (whoops, been derailed by primer)

I liked Upstream Color, it’s quite an unusual film which works in a lot less conventional space than Primer does. The movie made me feel a curtain way which few movies do and for that I like it, but I don’t love it and I’m not sure if I’ll ever watch it again. I’m not that sure that one needs to watch it twice the same way as with Primer. But hoping for Primer was unfair to the film and I think the two are hugely different from one an other.

The other movie which I was much more let down by was Nicolas Winding Refn’s horrible revenge film Only God Forgives. It’s not a film I would recommend to anyone. I wanted to walk out of the theater when I saw it, but I though there were are too few in the audience for it to be a clear sign of disapproval.

Refn’s previous film Drive I though was amazing, a quite yet tense action film about Ryan Gosling as a get-away driver. The opening sequence all-shoot from inside the car with the Chromatics song playing quietly is just amazing. And the elevator scene might be one of my favorite scenes though out movie-history. The director has also directed the Danish crime trilogy Pusher and yet another film high on my top films of all time, Bronson with Tom Hardy.

With this first half-year behind us what should we be looking forward to in the way of cinematic experiences? Well my list, not counting Pacific Rim, can probably get conduced into a list of five films right now. Hopefully even more films will get released and make it into my list of favorites, but right now my list includes:

  • Gravity, the up-coming film from director Alfonso Cuarón who made Children of Men, yet another amazing film. I don’t know anything about this movie, I don’t even know who’s starring in it, but I don’t care. That’s how I like to walk into a movie, without knowing anything before hand and just let it take me on a journey.
  • The World’s End which is the third film in Edgar Wright’s unintended Cornetto trilogy, where I guess Simon Pegg and Nick Frost stars in a comedic twist on the end of the world.
  • Spring Breakers which got quite a lot of buzz after it’s release as some sort of satiric comment on our culture from the perspective of some girls going to parties during spring break. It does also star James Franco as some suspicious character, whom you’d probably wouldn’t want your kids to party with.
  • Monsters University a new film by the famous animation studio Pixar has a new film, a sequel, out during this summer. I haven’t seen Cars 3, and wouldn’t want to either and I didn’t like Brave all that much unfortunately. But I’ve heard some good things about Monsters University. I did post the new trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs earlier and shared my love for the original, but that movie I think I would much rather see in the comfort of my own home. It’s not a movie I have to see this very instant.
  • Elysium is the much-anticipated science-fiction film from Neill Blomkamp. The director previously made the incredible science-fiction movie District 9, about prawns immigrating to South Africa. I don’t know much about this film either but it’s director, but I know that this one will feature Matt Damon with a shaved head. Also I have to mention that cute alien child from District 9, one of the best CGI-creations of all time.

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Daft Punk or: How I Grew Up And Embraced All Kinds Of Music

I am sitting and listening to Daft Punks liverecording Alive 1997, an 45 minute long recording from an live-set in Birmingham 1997. The Swedish writer Kristofer Andersson wrote an blog entry about the Android-duo for the site Throw Me Away.

Mr. Andersson, you listened to Alive 1997 and I Alive 2007 (because this is the way the begins the text, a fake conversation with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter)

I thought it would be a clever way to begin this post.

The second half of 2007 was my second year of high-school. My musical interests goes through some changes during this time, I go from mainly listening to Metal and classical Rock to a more wide taste in music.

I went from carrying around a portable CD-player containing Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys, Judas Priest’s British Steel, Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love or any other record from my large CD-collection on which I spent all my money. To having a Mp3-player in my pocket with some Punk-classics like The Clash, Heavy Metal-legends like Iron Maiden and the animated alternative hip-hop group Gorillaz or the radio hit Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.daftpunk2

What I also like about the transition from CD’s (I might have held on to these for longer than what was necessary) to Mp3 is the fact that the last package of records I bought through the internet (I didn’t even buy my music through a record-store, the one thing physical music media had over digital) had both the Strokes and the Killers debut albums. The Strokes with its nude womanly hips on the cover was something I had dismissed until now, I had seen there music video for Heart in a Cage and wrote the off as the kind of music I wasn’t into. And that’s the reason why I dissed them at the Hultsfred’s music-festival ’06.

I would like to say that it was through Queens of the Stone Age that I found a lot of new music to take in. Of course it wasn’t just through QOTSA that I started listening to other music, but they are a good band for a person who likes heavy-metal to transfer to other genres as they do have a mixture of metal, rock and pop in there music. And of course the great, and greatly over-played hit Crazy by Gnarls Barkley which showed me that songs that get air-time on the radio can be pretty great. Must also mention that it actually was through a mistaken google-search of Danger Mouse that I found out about the amazing band Modest Mouse. And it’s also right around this time that I saw the movie Big Nothing for the first time and fully embraced the Eels.

Sometime in December ’07 I woke up and from my bed watched Fredrik Strage’s (a Swedish music-journalist) appearance on Tv. His Tv-presence back then always felt like it came when I needed, I didn’t know he was going to be there but when he was he would share some much needed knowledge with me. Kind of in the same way High Fidelity felt like it would be on just for me and my teenage love problems sake. This time he would share the coming live-album from the french house group Daft Punk and show a video of a big party, with an enormous light show and two robots standing on top of a giant pyramid, performing in front of thousands of people who were dancing, rubbing their sweaty bodies together and just had a good time.

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It was never like I was going to transform into some other person now, not like I was going to throw away my black leather long-coat and my steel cap boots (over it) to dress more mainstream but rather to just widen my input of music. Some things stick like Daft Punk, Jimi Hendrix or Slayer while other things get uninteresting after awhile and topple off to get forgotten. Sure we all have our personal taste but that shouldn’t keep us from appreciating things outside of our safety sphere. “I want it all and I want it now”.

Daft-Punk-Helmets-Columbia-Album-artworkSo anyway Daft Punk has a new album on the way, an album fans have been waiting for eight years to listen to. And I must admit that I feel an enormous hype for its release, maybe not as huge of an hype like the one I feel for Shane Carruths first film in nine years, but almost. The house-duo has dropped some second-long teasers from the album and now they are releasing a video-series. A bunch of moving pictures where the artist who are involved with the album gets interviewed about their relationship to the androids. Two has been released so far, the first one with an older Italian dance-music producer, Giorgio Moroder, and another with Todd Edwards, a younger American Garage and house-producer.

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