Friday, February 25, 2011

The Trylon Microcinema: "Synocritiques"- Henry Mancini Showcase: March 04-06 and 11-13 2011

Theater Schedule for March 4-6; March 11-13
Theme: Henry Mancini: The Maestro of Mod
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The Party (1968) (March 4th: 7pm, March 5th: 9:20pm, March 6th: 7:00pm)
Director: Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffanys)
Score: Henry Mancini
Starring: Peter Sellers as Hrundi Bakshi

Underneath the soothing glamour of Henry Mancini's calm and cool jazz score comes a comedy about unwanted party guests and cross cultural miscommunication! The always enigmatic Peter Sellers plays the timidly polite Hrundi Bakshi, an Indian actor who is contracted by a major studio as an extra in their new motion picture about the British monarchy in India. But after his bumbling proves to be too destructive for the Director (Herbert Ellis), he unwittingly finds himself on the Hollywood blacklist! But all is not lost for Hrundi as a Studio Moguls wife discovers his name and unknowingly invites him to the most sophisticated party in Hollywood! What follows is a loosely structured set of hilarious scenes involving Hrundi's interactions with the culture elite, as he attempts to climb the Hollywood "social ladder"at The Party.

The Pink Panther (1962) (March 4th: 9:00pm, March 5th: 9:20pm, March 6th: 7:00pm)
Director: Blake Edwards (The Party, Experiments in Terror)
Score: Henry Mancini
Starring: David Niven, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Wagner, and Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacque Clouseau

A notorious cat-burgler, a beautiful Princess, the worlds greatest diamond, and the worlds most bumbling detective make up The Pink Panther, a 1960s era slapstick romp filled to the brim with plenty of euro-style and ameri-class! The highly dysfunctional Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is always a few steps behind the elusive "Phantom" burglar, Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), who is not only "wining-and-dining" the diamond's inheritor Princess Dahla, but also Clouseau's wife! Henry Mancini's score illuminates the counter cultural Europe of the 1960s by creating a rhythm-and-flow to the films culture sympathies. It is a film surrounding passionate lovers, hysterical pratfalls, and of course numerous plundering thieves seeking to steal the illustrious Pink Panther diamond!

Experiment in Terror (1962) (March 11: 7:00pm and 9:25pm, March 12th 7:00pm and 9:25pm, March 13th 4:35pm, 7:00pm)
Director: Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther series, The Great Race)
Score: Henry Mancini
Starring: Glenn Ford, Stephanie Powers, Lee Remick

Lurking behind the shadows comes an Experiment in Terror!, an underrated noir thriller by Director Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther) that utilizes the sharply suggestive score by Henry Mancini to highlight its dark and shadowy corridors with violent tension and undeterred suspense. Stephanie Powers plays Kerry Sherwood, a bank teller who is being blackmailed by a psychopathic killer to steal $100,000 dollars from the bank she works at. As Stephanie attempts to escape from him, it only seems to make matters worse as he is always just around the corner, watching her every move. 

.:RePost: Social Network Review// Grad of the 21st vol. II (reblogged from October 2010) for Relevance

REPOST: I felt that this article was relevant to this week, what with the Academy Awards being on Sunday. Enjoy!

Today it is so much easier than ever before to find who/what you are looking for. I saw the Social Network the other night and I can fairly say that it was a great movie. Does it have all the elements pulled together in the tightest fashion? No. Does it answer our burning morality questions about our generation? Not really. Instead it offers up, in a quite honest and approachable sense, the declaration that though we may find ways to create our journeys (in this example: connecting with others over social networks), we ourselves must traverse the gaps in order to truly make connection.  I don't necessarily believe that it defines my generation, as much as I feel it describes my generation. It is in our generation, and this time, that we have put aside so much on the behalf of the new and unknown. We are dreamers; but we are cynical about it. This film carries that cynicism like a worn t-shirt and it comes across very realistic.  In the process of creating a "network of community", the stability of these individuals are torn apart, redefined, and repackaged in a world that is ever-changing before them. This is a widening gap of identity, which today's graduates are facing more and more as we become more globalized, more "connected", and far less unique. The Social Network is definitely worth a watch, and I really appreciated Fincher's interpretation of Sorkin's script.

On to other things....
I have had three encounters in the last month or so, where my interactions with older businessmen have ended in discouragement for what I see as a widening "continental divide" of generations. Everyone has an iPad, everyone has expendable income (and time apparently), but what did they do to deserve it? Or maybe... did they deserve it? I think we have become self-absorbed with the idea that we have to compensate everything to make ourselves feel somehow superior. I'm not buying it. There seems to be no sympathy to people my age, as we don't have the experience or the prowess to elevate ourselves and instead are deemed with "cutting corners" to get by. Something about that doesn't seem right. I mean did I go to college for 4 years? yes I did. Am I paying school loans with all of the money I make? bazinga! Well then where is the justice here? I don't see it. I especially hate when these business people flaunt their positions in front of me as if I am supposed to be impressed. Well guess what! I am not. You can change the world with your life and thus change yourself, or you can  change your own individual world for the betterment of yourself. You can't do both at the same time without becoming a hypocrite. 

I believe that in the future we will find that we will want to amend the things that we have broken in our time and along those same lines- I believe we will perhaps realize that at times the lack of meaning we adhered to will place us as the killers of objectivity. But perhaps not. I mean, the philosophy of meaning has existed for thousands of years- whose to say we are the ones to do it in. I'm not saying it, but I am throwing it out as a possible course of future-history.

I find myself at Barnes n Noble a lot these days. I don't know if its a convenience thing, an environmental stimulator, or merely a sad puppydog-esque desire to have the money to buy books. I keep hearing about these e-book readers, and although it seems convenient to have, there is something about carrying real books that still catches my attention. I just don't think I'm sold on it yet, but maybe if someone gave it to me as a gift I'd use it. That and I, in this situation and in the iPad situation, don't have any money.

That's why I am....a Grad of the 21st Century: pessimistic, full of wit, and down on his luck.


The Middle Aisle: Eric Wilkinson's Predictions for the 83rd Academy Awards!

Academy Predictions 2011 (revised)

As some may have noticed, I have reevaluated some of my original choices due to not having seen all of the Academy nominees on the big screen. It sometimes becomes difficult to catch every single film, and some are likely to fall by the wayside in preparing such a list, for example: I saw 'The Fighter' last week, and I haven't seen '127 Hours' or 'Winters Bone' at all.  

You can check out the Academy Awards on February 27th on ABC. Check local listings for times!

Below are my estimates for 2011 Academy Awards. While not all are necessary what I would personally like to see win, I have chosen what I believe has the best chance of winning.

Best Picture: The Social Network 

  • You can check out my original "pseudo review" here:
  • I picked 'The Social Network' because I believe that it represents the ever-changing flow of technology and its implicit transformation of cultural trends. I don't necessarily believe that it defines my generation, as much as I feel it describes my generation. We are people who want to accomplish great things, and are not willing to sell out our ideals to get to where we want to go. Ironically there is a lot of "selling out" in this film, but the core characters retain their original sense of vision even though everything that has connected them falls apart. In the process of creating a "network of community", the stability of these individuals are torn apart, redefined, and repackaged in a world that is ever-changing before them. This is a widening gap of identity, which today's graduates are facing more and more as we become more globalized, more "connected", and far less unique. 
  • Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for the first time) is pretty much perfect as the titular social networking pioneer Mark Zuckerberg, and the Director (David Fincher, also nominated) does a fantastic job of using his obsessive and sometimes anti social behavior to create a film about real human connections rather than the actual technological networks that make up what we know as Facebook. This is an ensemble cast and pretty much everyone deserved to get a nod from the Academy for their efforts, plus the adaption of "The Accidental Billionaires" is very very good! 
  • I would have chosen Inception, as I believe it is a BETTER film, but I just don't see the Academy giving it credit this year as I have heard the real competition will be between this film and 'The Kings Speech'. Reminds me of the 2007 'There will be Blood' vs. 'No Country for Old Men' battle.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The Kings Speech)

  • Firth is literally electric in his role as King George, a chain smoking and utterly tense monarch with a stutter worse than a ten year old. He completely embodies the character on several basic levels, but truly shines when he attempts to hide away beneath his kingly "duties" he sees as a god-given authority. His interactions with Geoffery Rush, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and 1996's Best Actor for 'Shine', are as hilarious as they are poignant, and in "bromantic" kind of way its all very heart warming to have a story about friendship blurring the lines of social class.
  • I would have picked Leonardo DiCaprio over any of the nominees this year, if he had even been given a single nomination! I couldn't believe that he didn't get nominated for either 'Inception' or 'Shutter Island'. 
  • Jeff Bridges only got nominated because he did last year, and he is playing a role that John Wayne won an Oscar for... there, I said it!

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale (The Fighter) * changed on Feb 25th 2011

  • Christian Bale is an interesting actor. At times his performances are fantastic portrayals of conflicted individuals dealing with human nature (think Batman, Rescue Dawn, American Psycho, or The Machinist), but in other circumstances he can just be plain boring (Terminator Salvation, The New World, Harsh Times). Needless to say, I was blown away by his transformation in 'The Fighter', which really only worked because of his involvement. Mark Wahlberg turns out a better than good performance as a conflicted family man who never got his shot at fame, but ends up rising through the ranks of boxing to shoot for the World Championship. Yet without Bale's involvement it just wouldn't have been as interesting to see him succeed. He literally draws all attention to himself and upstages Marky Mark several times throughout the picture. To be a Supporting Actor and have the whole audience take notice of you over the main performers, well that takes talent. Originally I had thrown my cards in for Geoffery Rush to win, but after seeing 'Fighter' last week I couldn't help but change my mind on the matter.   

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) *changed on Feb 25th 2011

  • The Best Supporting Actress category is always a hard call for me, as very few films in recent years have really utilized the supporting actress role to its fullest extent. I would say that the last time I saw a really good supporting role for a woman was Amy Adams character in 'Doubt'. Out of this years nominees I feel that Hailee Steinfeld has the best chance of winning an award for her role in 'True Grit', as she is the only performer that really stands out from this list of nominees. Originally I had said Amy Adams would win it, but after seeing 'The Fighter' post original predictions, yes I know that seems hypocritical or even lazy to do, but I just wasn't that impressed with her role, and neither was anyone else I think.

Achievement in Directing: David Fincher (The Social Network)

  • See 'Best Picture' category.
  • David Fincher has come a long way in his Directing career, and I think that by now he should be given some recognition for his unique style. His tones are generally opportunistic in that he always adds a layer of strength, even in the bleakest of situations (think Morgan Freeman in 'Seven' or Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Zodiac'). He utilizes the camera to create stories and characters, and rather than pander to plot devices he gives us real motivators to continue watching the film (think Edward Norton's spiral out of control in 'Fight Club' or Jodie Fosters first interactions with the criminals in 'Panic Room'). All in all I feel that Fincher deserves this award simply on the basis that he turned a film about Facebook into something so much more. 

Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 (Pixar)

  • C'mon did you really expect anything else to win this category?? Honestly the third edition in Pixar's tentpole trilogy was by far my favorite of the three, as it found a new dimension to explore in what seemed like an exhausted subject. Lasseter and his team discovered a way to create real emotional distance using toys as the subject, and with a following of over 15 years its no wonder why by the end the audience was moved by a 'family' of plastic objects! The other two films are also fantastic, but you knew by the 'end of the day' that Andy still needed these toys, and that safety kept the distance to a relative minimum in comparison to the third edition. Obviously there were moments of distance in the first, when Woody is tossed aside for Buzz; or in the second, when Woody decides he belongs with his "own kind"; but in the third film, this comes out as- all of the toys will be forgotten and left behind because their owner is finally too old to play with them. Its really quite amazing to watch it unfold, and judging by the size of this explanation I obviously have something to say about it! It was also hilarious, which definitely helps an animated film with heart. No one wanted to see a dark Toy Story with no laughter and the Pixar crew turned out to have plenty of surprises under their sleeve. Now if they could only do that with Cars 2, it might not be AS TERRIBLE as the first film was.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin

  • See 'Best Picture' above.
  • Note: Sorkin is one of the key components that brought the film to the screen. His involvement added so much depth and imagination that he deserves to be awarded an Oscar this year for adapting a book that some might have thought it would unlikely to adapt. 

Best Original Screenplay: Inception by Christopher and Johnathan Nolan

  • Inception is one of the most original concepts I have ever seen on film, and definitely the most worthy original creation among these nominees. The Nolan brothers have truly contained themselves before this film, holding back on behalf of retaining some sense of familiarity, and yet you can see it move into new territory when in Inception they simply blaze past background information, and establishing introductions to throw the audience straight into a maze of dreams, futuristic globalism, teamwork, changing environments, inner turmoil manifesting into "reality", and the overall betrayal of one mans desire to return home. If you haven't seen Inception, you definitely should as I believe it should win Best Picture this year, but unfortunately I don't believe that it will as I stated before.

Best Score: Inception (although its a travesty that BLACK SWAN wasn’t nominated!!!)

  • Quick sample:
  • Black Swan would have been my choice, as that entire film is dependent upon Mansell's score. He channels Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake through a envisioned, and rather deepening tunnel of self destruction. The music creates as much tension as Natalie Portman's portrayal, and its unfortunate that the Academy felt that because of its adaption of Tchaikovsky that the score wasn't actually original. Clint Mansell was robbed by not even being nominated, especially because its off a technicality that he wasn't included. Here is a quick sample for this one:

Best Original Song: Toy Story 3

Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

Cinematography: Inception

Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland

Achievement in Makeup: Barneys Version

Sound Editing: Inception

Sound Mixing/Design: Inception

Visual Effects: Inception

Documentary: Inside Job

  • I did manage to see this film, and although I thought it was good I definitely think that if 'Waiting for Superman' was nominated, that it should have deserved to win. So I guess in this case, like the Score or Best Actor categories I feel that the 'runner up' deserves to win in its place.

Doc (Short Subject): Killing in the Name

Film Editing: Black Swan

Animated Short: Day and Night (Pixar)

  • If by chance you having been living under a rock and haven't seen 'Toy Story 3', then you might have missed the opening Pixar short combining 2D and 3D animation. Personally I believe this is one of their best short films, and honestly should be given the highest honor in short films for it! 
  • Check it out here!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weekly Update: February 23rd 2011

As some may have noticed, I have made a few small changes to freewheelinvertigo in the last few hours. I could sense that perhaps my previous format was a little bit disconnected, and so in an attempt to give it some new polish I have created a brand new logo, a new font style, and a slightly revised layout. I hope that you enjoy the changes and find the site a little easier on the eyes!

In the last few days I have met with several looming questions. All of them surround what I am doing and where I am going. I must sound like a broken record when I say this, because I have never really been able to answer this question but have mentioned it countless times on this blog. In the context of this particular moment however, I am stuck between taking a job that will become an overbearing commitment of 2-3 years to a sales division, versus taking a contracted job that will not bring me fulfillment in the long run but could stabilize my current situation. I am considering both as I have literally ran into a wall financially and cannot seem to dig myself out.

This is pretty much the same song that every recent graduate is singing, as the job market for grads is even smaller than the job market for seasoned professionals. I feel like the previous sentence has been pounded into me through job hunting on, and so I won't bore you with that tangent.

And yet good things are still happening! I recently got published through my internships magazine, HERO Magazine, as well as becoming the first reviewer on the recently launched website! It feels good to be making progress with something like this, because writing has become such a bittersweet backdrop to everything else in my life. I am hoping that the portfolio of work I put together from this experience can actually land me a journalism job or maybe even a book deal or something cool... c'mon show me something cool!

The new Radiohead album "King of Limbs" is in my computer currently, and I honestly am mesmerized by how symphonic it is. I think of it as a combination of Hail to the Thief and In Rainbows, which I would say is a good thing. Thom Yorke certainly has embodied the challenge of making each Radionhead album progress a little further musically, and in a roundabout way this album feels like it could be a backdrop to a really dramatic indie film, or perhaps an avant garde art house deal, if that's your thing. The extent of my musical reviewing skills lies with "I like it", so I won't pretend to be pretentious about it. You can if you want, if you want to be a jerk.

Till next post,

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I lit the fireboats in a row for shanghai in our dreams waits part II: The Crane

Rain falls on neon streets
in parlay I sleep
bitterness steeped in green jasmine
All across my face runs numb
I see the endless streams of light
Piercing the plastic windows
everything plastic
30% consumer product
Recycled Fiber
Eyes WIDELY shut
I cannot breath
in contempt
This will be a masterpiece
and all will see 
the breadth of flightless birds 
falling across the plains in jade fire
as the dragons light the way
and again
to the window where it purrs with devilish power
She picks me up
though I do not know her face
She picks me up
and I feel she is not alone
holding steadfast
but everything is strange
in this land of lost strangers
Connection lost
Cellphone dead
Soon somewhere far away
where digital dreams are all I see
in bounding ties
and dim lights
on leaking cavern walls 
line shadowing horrors
Lifted on high
Falling low