Wednesday, March 6, 2013

today's classic

When the term "classic film" comes to mind, you probably think back to the 50s, or sometime behind us, but definitely not the 2000s. But the thing is, the industry is cranking out some phenomenal films that will someday be viewed as "the classics".

It's hard to think of our time as an era of goodness when we live in a world with dangerous people and ideas. Most people will look into the past for Hollywood's golden age. But what if our todays are the golden days; we're just too absorbed to notice?

Although a great deal of films these days are rubbish, there are a few that capture the essence of a good film. These stand out. These will become classics one day.

So what makes a 21st century classic a 21st century classic?

For me, a truly classic film doesn't have to have a complex story, or a simple story. The story just has to be told in an artistic way. Think of your favorite movie. By the time the credits were rolling, did you have absolutely all of the answers? Probably not. Storytelling isn't supposed to give you all of the story. Gaps are necessary. Even if they're just little ones. If a story is told well, it isn't handed right to you.

Recently, I had a debate with a friend on whether The Notebook should be considered a classic. I believe that it is, firstly, because it is so embedded into our culture. When a woman thinks of a perfect love story or the perfect couple,  Allie and Noah quickly appear. The story of their love is so simple, yet an intricately woven web.

Do you think that The Notebook is a 21st century classic?
What other films from the 2000s are classics?

Monday, February 25, 2013

the aftermath of the oscars

The Academy Awards was simply amazing.

You can see a full list of the winners and nominees here, and my personal predictions in my last blog post.

There was much controversy about two people, the first being our host for the evening, Seth MacFarlane. I have to say that, while some of Seth's jokes may have been inappropriate for this event, he was quite humorous. "We Saw Your Boobs" is a musical number that one just cannot forget. I will say that, yes, he was a mediocre host. He had his moments. Should such "crude humor" be used at the Academy Awards again? Questionable.

The mystery presenter for Best Picture caught me off-guard a bit. I was not expecting to see the First Lady. I can see how she would fit into the scheme, with quite a few of the nominees  being political/historical films. But, I do not think that she was the best pick, as, frankly, she has no place in film.

Now, to be bluntly honest, I personally have not viewed any of the best picture nominees.

But wait! Don't stop reading now. I know it's a crime to have not seen them, but I promise to view them all at one point or another, and blog about my experiences. I will not go on about the nominated films like I know what I'm talking about.

As a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis, I was pleased by their wins. Although I'm sure Ang Lee deserved the gold, Steven Spielberg's mere nomination left me disappointed. Spielberg is my absolute favorite director of all-time. I really shouldn't be judging yet, though.

The theme for the evening was interesting, but I did not think it to be particularly captivating. Wouldn't History in Film be a fitting theme, as several of the best picture nominees were histories? Music in Film was not a bad choice though; the Les Misérables mash-up was entertaining, as was Channing Tatum's dance. Adele's performance was above average, but "We Saw Your Boobs" stole the show.

As for speeches, I was pleasantly delighted when I heard the Jaws theme cut off lengthy thank-yous. It was comical, it was classic, it was so the Oscars.

Jennifer Lawrence's speech left me flabbergasted. I give her respect for not writing a speech due to humble intentions, but at the same time I feel that she should have placed her thoughts together beforehand.

Ben Affleck's speech, on the other hand, was inspiring and heartwarming. Perhaps I teared up a bit during it. Maybe. Hearing his speech reminded me exactly what the Academy Awards are all about. You just can't argue that one.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

it begins with a bang

The 85th Academy Awards.
Tonight, I will be viewing perhaps my favorite event of the year, the Oscars. The film award season has led up to this, and in roughly nine hours, we'll know exactly who is going home a winner.
This particular event has somehow prompted me to write a blog. Why? No one knows. Perhaps it has something to do with the magic of it all.
Films are not just entertainment. Films are art. They have the power to enchant the viewer, to move the viewer to tears, to let the viewer crawl inside a world and live there. I'm not quite sure when I was first captivated by the art of film or filmmaking, but I do know that, tonight at the Oscars, myself along with millions of viewers will see history being made, films being honored, and hard work paying off. And it will be spectacular.
And that is something you just cannot miss.
So tonight, when the winners step up to be recognized, take a long look at their faces, listen closely to their speeches, and share in their joy; they are celebrating a very profound and astounding art.

My predictions for this year's Academy Awards are as follows:
Best Picture: Argo
Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis
Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain
Actor in a Supporting Role: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway
Animated Feature Film: Brave
Cinematography: Life of Pi
Costume Design: Lincoln
Directing: Lincoln

Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary Short: Redemption
Film Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
Foreign Language Film: Amour
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Music (Original Score): Argo
Music (Original Song): "Skyfall" from Skyfall
Production Design: Lincoln
Short Film (Animated): Paperman
Short Film (Live Action): Henry
Sound Editing: Skyfall
Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Visual Effects: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Argo
Writing (Original Screenplay): Zero Dark Thirty

If you see films for something more, or maybe you just enjoy a good story, follow me along my journey in the blogosphere. I'll let you know which pictures are worth watching, and which flicks just don't make the final cut. Posts glorifying specific actors and directors can be expected. Perhaps you'll get to know a little bit about me. Or perhaps, later down the road, I'll start a personal blog? Hm.

Who knows where this will lead? My exploration in film arts has just begun.
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