Archive for October, 2010

13
Oct
10

Light up the Fire

 

I just finished my abstract short film based on a poem by Rumi, entitle light up the fire. I’m very very pleased with the result and was also shocked with how well all my experimental shots came out. I Did a few overlays with some fire that I had shot, as well as a shot I took out the sun roof of a car and then sped up to 500x speed. For my full body shots and the shots with the candle, I had to build a set in the down stairs living room of my house, I used a back base paint with a shiny black polymer over it. I used two kino flow lights  to light the set. I used a mix between rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer to light my actors hand on fire(which looked bad ass). other then that my other cuts were pretty straight foreword, except for the perforated slug I used to do my waking up theme. I loved my project over all and I have to give HUGE daps to Ali, and Dave who lit him self on fire for me. Thanks for watching.

Stay dangerous,

Neff

 

 

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06
Oct
10

She wore Blue velvet

Blue velvet is the twisted brainchild of David Lynch (Twin peaks, Dune) and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The film Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper in arguably his best on screen performance.  Blue velvet is set in a small quiet town where crime and evil are far form peoples minds, However after finding a severed human ear in a field, one young man named Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) digs beneath the surface and what he finds is the perverted world of blue velvet. Jeffery’s search soon leads him into harms way and into the hands of drug-addicted sadomasochist (Dennis Hopper). Jeffery must unravel the mystery he has been thrust into before it consumes him.

If you watch blue velvet and don’t feel uncomfortable then you need to see a professional. David Lynch does a masterful job of making the viewer’s skin crawl. The Dutch angle shots, the masochistic characters, and the out of place retro soundtrack just about every thing in this film is intentionally awkward. Lynch wants the viewer to feel uneasy and accomplishes this goal with flying colors. The film acts like a satire of small town sitcoms, and after watching blue velvet you will never be able to look at shows like the Brady Bunch again. Blue velvet is deeply disturbing, as a film critic I usually don’t steer away form perverse subject matter, but blue velvet flirts with that line. With that said the film is a masterpiece, both of direction and acting. Hoppers performance will haunt and mesmerize any one brave enough to keep their eyes open. I give the move a 4.5/5 but won’t be watching this one with my mother any time soon.

04
Oct
10

We own the night

We own the night

This week I watched the 2007 James Gray film We Own The Night, staring Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendez and Mark Walberg. The name of the film comes from the 1980 NYC police force slogan during the city’s extensive drug war. The Film follows a NYC club manager named Bobby Green (Phoenix). Green is thrust into the seedy underbelly of the city as a result of his job, and begins to thrive within this drug culture. All seems to be going well for Green until it is reviled that this brother and father are both New York City cops. Green is asked by his family to go under cover at his nightclub and help bring a notorious dealer to justice. Green turns them down and soon after his brother is shot by the same dealer. Green feels responsible for his brothers shooting and decides to go undercover and attempt to bring the drug deals to justice. What follows is a dark and fast paced story of New York City Redemption.

The first thing that drew my attention while watching we own the night, was how super stylized it is. There are so many shots throughout the films that will wow you. The sad thing is that these same shots that are so stylized and gorgeous do little to advance the story and almost seem to stand out against the overall tempo of the film. It’s one thing to have beautiful shots, it is quite another to advance the plot or the characters with visual storytelling and we own the night falls just short of this feat. On the other hand what I loved about this movie is that much like in a Scorsese film the city itself becomes a character. Also Gray dose an amazing job of putting you back in the 80’s, from the soundtrack to the costumes and even the hair dos everthing picture perfect.  The acting in this film is tremendous and the characters are rich and entertaining. The story however left little to be desired and I think with a little tweaking this movie could have been a giant. With all thing considered I give this movie a 3 ½ out of 5 and recommend it for a night where a good movie is desired but deep thinking is not on the menu .