Posts tagged: Movies
“When we take the magic milk from the tree, we can see things. We see ghosts all over. When I see the ghosts it helps me do the job, because I see the ghosts. I don’t see the red meat leaking red on the ground. All I see are the ghosts that walk in the forest. There are many, many ghosts here, You wouldn’t believe. Too many ghosts. Even when I sleep, I see ghosts inside my head.”
This film is told from the perspective of one young African girl’s journey to reclaim her life in the face of war and sexual assault and it looks visually stunning while doing it.
Primarily filmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, War Witch is a 2012 drama written & directed by Kim Nguyen.
Locations in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Knowhere (and Morag) [x]
After waiting for approval for what feels like ages, I am very pleased to announce that Mondo Posters will be releasing my poster for the film “Her” tomorrow, May 13th on their website. It is an 18” x 24” hand numbered screen print in an edition of 325 and will cost $45 USD. I will also eventually have some copies for sale in my own shop.
This piece is a rather extreme example of a new direction I have been taking my work of recent, and I honestly can not wait to see it in print. And if you haven’t seen this movie yet, all I can say is that it is fucking incredible.
Two years ago we made a fake trailer for a movie we WANTED to make. And TODAY thanks to you guys, the OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER for that movie is here! You did this. Your support and love brought the smart black movie genre back from the dead and into theaters this OCTOBER 17TH!!
WATCH, LIKE, SHARE, REPEAT!
Chapman grad! Distributed by Lionsgate!
YES!!!!! EVERYONE GO SEE THIS MARK YOUR CALENDARS
I mean uh… Like the dark review…? FUCK IT. Nirdian’s shitty reviews is back from the dead with a chip on its shoulder and-… HOLY SHIT THAT BACKLOG FUCKING RUN! RUN YOU FOOLS!
Maleficent - Starting with this one because hey, you can still go see it in the cinema and also it’s fresh in my mind, so hah! Shitload of other films to follow if you want to read more of my trainwreck-worthy reviews, though. ANYWAY! Let’s begin! So after the big “meh” that was Frozen (which nonetheless won an Oscar and beat out fucking Miyazaki, of all people, through the power of nepotism!), Disney returns strong with none other than Angelina Jolie. You know, the amazingly badass woman who dominated the silver screen with her stunning visage and “not-taking-any-of-your-shit” attitude through most of the 90s and early 00s. She’s gotten a cheekbone upgrade in this film and is also (in one scene) assisted by her adorable little munchkin of a daughter, because all the other little girls were too afraid of the FEARSOME MALEFICENT! And they had every right to be. Besides Jolie there’s quite a number of other stellar performances (I was surprised to see Sharlto Copley play in a fantasy film, but hey, it works!) and the acting and casting overall is very, very well done. A small round of applause for the nameless knight who gets a bunch of screen-time, lines and stuff-to-do and is a POC, we don’t see that too often and he’s not a token-character either. Good work there! Next up: Visual Effects and Aesthetics. Ok, granted, we’ve been spoiled. Like little fat kids with rich, but, incapable parents. Visuals nowadays often look so damn amazing, that when they’re ever just a liiiiitle bit off, we notice. And notice I did, the visuals are good, hella good even, but better ones exist, and so we notice (eugh). The aesthetics and design and just out-of-this-world though, landscapes, critters, costumes (augh, my poor heart melts for Maleficent’s wardrobe alone!), lighting, angle-of-shooting, and overall filming are top-notch and thoroughly enjoyable. The 3D doesn’t add much, but also doesn’t bring the movie down either. Oh and the action-scenes are GORGEOUS! (the climactic scene is something I want hanging on the ceiling over my bed, if you’ve seen the film, you probably know which exact frame I mean, a window’s involved and it’s AWESOME). Story: Decent. The revenge element which is the basis is a bit iffy for THE GRAND MALEFICENT maybe, but it works and keeps the movie on the tracks. The only thing that brought this movie down for me was the fact that it doesn’t quite manage to get a grip on its tone. From one hard cut to another we switch from giddy comedy and laughs to brutal seriousness and sinisterness, which is not really something you adjust all that well to. As a whole both sides work together well enough though, they should’ve just spent a little bit more time fine-tuning the scene-shifts to keep the tone in line. Overall… Maleficent is good, very good even. Suitable for families, still thoroughly enjoyable for lone adults. If I’d have to give it a grade, I’d say something like 8/10. Not the best, but my god if it wasn’t worth the watch!
And now, onto like all the shit I’ve watched since "Gravity".
I’m gonna fucking treat myself tonight! Maleficent is going to be watched and then Among The Sleep is going to be played.
The Box Trolls (Sep. 26 1014)
International trailer, Laika Studio
I do love it when an animated film comes out (Dragon 2), it means more animated film trailers!
Belle featurette from Fox Searchlight Pictures
AHH! CanNOT wait for this to come out!!
i love the fact that a black woman directed this
Black woman director. Black woman writer. Black woman lead. Love this.
Everybody get the fuck out there and watch it. Take a friend. Take two friends. Go twice.
Hollywood has a vested interest in watching this film fail.
Hollywood does not like leads who are not white men.
Hollywood tolerates writers who are not men, but not often.
Hollywood doesn’t like directors who aren’t white men, either, unless they’re Alfonso Cuaron, who is still a man.
Hollywood likes to prove that these are films that “people”—that means you, that means me—will not watch, so they can go back to making movies where the men are white and the women are props.
Make this film explode. Make it impossible to ignore. See it opening weekend and tell everyone you meet how it spoke to you and why.
Look for online reviews and leave comments. If your local newspaper has no critic section, write a letter to the editor. Tell a friend. Tell two friends. Tell your mother’s friends who like romcoms.
You can do something just by spending ten bucks and opening your mouth about it.
What are you doing? You’re encouraging visibility. You’re encouraging diversity. You’re encouraging women in an industry that’s very Good Ole Boys Club.
And also, you get to see what looks like it’s going to be one damned fine movie.
Not sure I agree on the whole “Hollywood is Pure Patriarchal Evil”-thing. But yes, investors in particular need to realize that people want movies with different kinds of characters, different conflicts and just more variation overall.