I watched American Beauty (Dir. Sam Mendes, 1999) yesterday for the first time in a long time and this time it was brand new to me. The film is a classic, known for its many inspiring and influential scenes such as the plastic bag in the wind scene & speech and the rose petal theme that runs throughout the film between the characters, Lester Burnham and Angela Hayes. The famous score composed by Thomas Newman is celebrated for its soft, sympathetic piano pieces that accompany the life questioning scenes of the film, nonetheless, the almost tribal african-vibe music that accompanies Lester’s imaginative lustful scenes with Angela are more impressionable in my opinion, especially in the scene above when Angela touches Lester for the first time. The three takes of the touch from Angela, emphasizes Lester’s sexual frustration; going without sex for a long time, demotes Lester to the position of a boy again. He grows a huge crush for a school girl, trains to get fit to impress her and sexually fantasizes about her while he pleasures himself. This film has a lot to say if you’re listening.
I’m going to watch this today to put off the looming 4000 words that hang over my head.
2:15 - i like that
From Catherine Hardwicke, the director of Twilight and Thirteen, comes this modern adaptation of Red Riding Hood. I am very excited to see this at the Ritzy, just a shame i can’t be part of the slackers club and see it for free. Bloody NUS.
Another one from Future Shorts. I love the shot at 1:51, where one of the spirit of ecstasy girls cartwheels and backflips; the unsteady camera, at some points only showing half of her body, gives a ‘in-the-moment’ feel. Every summer needs a Spirit of Ecstasy bus.
Whilst I’m on the subject of animated adverts, I also really enjoy Orange’s ‘Tiny Top Ups’ ad. The campaign was devised by Fallon London, who have created other advert campaigns for Dairymilk, Trebor, BBC, Skoda and many more. Fallon’s website is quite cool too, so check it out: http://www.fallon.co.uk/
I think its the voiceover that makes this advert. Sometimes a good voice accompanied by creative writing are just as important as the visual, and Honda have proved this. Nexus’ animation duo Smith and Foulkes are the creators of this animation style which i thoroughly enjoy.
A Realitism film, directed by Quentin Dupieux. Not for everyone, as I think it needs a rather open-minded audience, but hilarious nonetheless. I look forward to watching and reviewing. Unfortunately I missed it being shown at the Ritzy in Brixton, London, so it may take a while for me to get to another showing. I wonder how it will conclude or choose not to conclude.