Friday, November 5, 2010

end of a road

I walk, in a sense from learned action; but I do not stand without the cause of enlightenment.

Will the faucets of what potential exists in the world truly be undone?

Can I grasp ahold of what I seek to find, without emitting a sense of resentment for the end of a quest?

Is there an essence to truth in a plastique subjectivity?

I have no clue. And in that manner I have an idea.

To brave the lines between the known and unknown, or to live a sense of purpose not bound by precognitive or preordinances; what magic!

 To break across the boundaries that once held within all that I am, to be freed upon who I shall be. To surmise, to surpass, to exemplify a sense of humility not known in previous natures; but in a new dynamic. To break apart a sense of safety for a sense of adventure. To fill the voids of emotional mystery.

To ride the waves of the dream world. I seek to do all this and more... and so much more.

Evermore. For the past is that which is no more, and the future always alludes one. So in this time, that will soon pass to the past, I ask for a sign of the coming days. A sign to show the way. So that I may blaze that which will stand in my path, for this was not a life of no consequence, nor was it a life of unfullfilment.

This was the life of me.
And that was not all that I am.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Middle Aisle Critique: November 2nd 2010

It has recently come to my attention that so few truly great films have come out in the last month or so. I have high hopes for the rest of the season; but in terms of "true buzz" I have heard hardly a peep out of anyone. Personally I find that films such as Inception (2010) and Toy Story (2010) have much more to offer this year than previously concluded. It is in these two films that the essence of form, and integration (on the part of an idea becoming a reality/phenomenom) that presents the greatest case (thusfar) for Best Picture contenders. It is hard to say what the Academy will do with the Best Animated Feature Film section of the awards, due to their increase to the optimal "top 10" brackett including UP (2009) last year. But regardless of that, we can expect both films to do very well at the awards season.

With that thought out of the way, what films actually do look like they have the potential to stir some buzz whether in the Oscars or at the Box Office:

Intriguing:
  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle- D; James Franco stars): As with Boyle's other films, it would take an actual viewing to truly understand how the film itself plays out. 127 hours is based on the true story of a man whose extreme outdoor adventuring traps him with his arm caught under a rock for 127 hours. I can't imagine anything more excruciating! After an intial viewing, some audiences were truly shocked by the realism that Franco's performance delievered; but will it be enough to set this one on the top roster?
  • Deathly Hallows Part 1 (David Yates-D; Daniel Radcliffe stars): Now I am not necessarily suggesting that Deathly Hallows 1 will be of any Oscar quality but in looking at the series progression and the fact that they split the film into two full features due to a desire to reflect the adaption perfectly, leads one to think that they are pouring a lot into this one.
  • The Kings Speech (Tom Hooper-D; Colin Firth stars): If you haven't watched the trailer for this one, do yourself a favor and get over to Apple Trailers! In an odd twist, a historical film with a sense of reflected humor on the times it portrays. Geoffery Rush looks to be in top form as well, as does Firth who was nominated last year for "A Single Man".
  • Black Swan (Daren Aronofsky-D; Natalie Portman stars): Regardless of how I feel about Natalie Portman, I don't like her too much, I must say that she looks perfect in this film. The film feels so mysterious and psychologically congruent, that Aronofsky might see his film go all the way to the top. I felt myself checking if any feathers were poking out of my back at the end of that trailer.
  • The Tourist (Florian Donnersmarck-D; Johnny Depp/Angelina star): In something of a rare twist for Mr. Depp, he is being featured in a film where he plays a regular guy! Who would have thought that would happen again? haha. Regardless, if you look past the poorly edited trailer, and think about the obvious Hitchcockian references, it leads one to wonder if this film (along with The American) aren't a sign of changing times for smart thrillers. Now if I could only get the aftertaste of "Fair Game" or "The Next Three Days" trailers out of my mouth...
  • The Tempest (Julie Taymor-D: Hellen Miren stars): Shakespeare has become more interesting to me as I age, and I definitely see the value his plays can have when adapted to film. Taymors "Titus" is a remarkable film, as is Lurmanns "Romeo+Juliet", and As You Like it was a good adaption; but it will be nice to see another stab at Shakespeare taken outside of established societal constraint. Watch the trailer and you will see what I mean.
  • Tron Legacy (Joseph Kosinski-D; Jeff Bridges stars): How epically cool does this film look? The combination of a high class cast, Daft Punk infused soundtrack, fantastic production design, and Disney's biggest payout leads one to believe that Tron might be this years Avatar. My vote is on it actually having a good story behind all the visuals, which includes the first full CGI human face ontop of someone elses!
  • True Grit (Coen Bros.-D; Jeff Bridges/Matt Damon/Josh Brolin star): The Western is a lost artform rarely done correctly in this day and age. With that simple statement in place, the exception to the rule has been the Coen Brothers. With the releases of "No Country for Old Men" (Academy Award Winner for Best Picture in 2008) and There Will Be Blood (Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture), we find that in this day and age, the "true grit" of western story telling is being deconstructed and rebuilt in various forms. These two forms: classic and revisionist both have the potential to jumpstart the genre which has hardly been touched since the horrendous Open Range back in 2003. True Grit has all the offerings of a great movie, and then some, and we might just see Bridges take home an Oscar for the second year in a row.
  • Blue Valentine/ the other Ryan Gosling film: Though I only know that both of these films have made a stir for Goslings acting credibility, I don't know much more about them. In the same vein as "Revolutionary Road" both films seem to crawl under the skin of modernity in romance and work in ways that immediately feel uncomforting. Its intriguing.
  • Biutiful (Innaritu-D; Javier Bardem stars): I immediately was intrigiued by the deconstructivist trailer showcasing this film, which further convinces me that Javier Bardem is underused in todays film scheme, and is truly one of the best to come out in the last 5 years.
Well that's all for now. Tune in for more reviews, and articles.
Cheers,
Eric