Saturday, December 19, 2009

An Inside Look At Film Direction

MARTIN SCORSESE

Scorsese began to find his niche in American cinema as he intertwined old 20s to 40s camera movements such as Citizen Kane where the direction is theatrically based and not solely directed with the edit in mind. This approach to directing would make the use of long pans and camera movement rather than fast cuts to display a certain pace. Scorsese has faith in the actors and lets them exhibit the drama which results in brutally honest cinema. Taxi Driver (1976) tells the story of Travis Bickle just out of the Vietnam War, is overwhelmed by war, insomnia, and the dirty streets in which he drives a cab around at night. Sick of the ‘scum’ Travis takes law and order into his own hands. Scorsese received Academy award recognition with five nominations. Scorsese was making a name for himself, telling a story through camera techniques. In one scene Travis is on a lobby phone in pursuit of a woman, the camera slowly pans away from Travis to an empty corridor that leads to the street, as to say to Travis you part of the ‘scum’ and we really don’t care for you. Scorsese was really expressing himself as a director using slow motion, jump cuts and expressionist lighting.

Scorsese eventually turned his hand to the biopic, a story of Jake La Motta based on his autobiographical novel Raging Bull (1980). Scorsese went inside the mind of this fierce, hated, enraged and self-destructive boxer and came out on the otherside with his audience sympathizing with the man. As with all film-making it is a collaborative piece and Scorsese is not without his team, Thelma Schoonmaker’s edit of the fight sequences are some of the best work in cinema history, understandably as she goes on to edit most of Scorsese’s pictures. Do not underestimate this lady, they make a formative team, Thelma is an expert in what she does, her work allows Scorsese to think solely about deriving emotion from his shots. Thelma gets the raw footage and creates a scene “I designed the fight scenes a certain way, all from the point of view of the fighter inside the ring, not outside”

The cast was chosen from mainly unknowns apart from de niro this is a “most important factor creating realism”. He opted for the film to be shot in black and white, and to only have Jakes home movies in color as to display to the audience all that these were the happy times, or that only good times are caught on camera. Some May say that using black and white cinematography could be an example of non-realism, I believe that the use of balck and white in Raging Bull is used totally as periodic. It places the film in a non contemporary time and is a statement of the brutality and truth of the picture as Scorsese boldly puts it "Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out”

"Scorsese loves the visual effects and the powerful melodramatic moments of movies such as Body and Soul, The Set-Up, and Golden Boy. He makes the movie out of remembered high points, leaping from one to another." –Pauline Kael-

1990s Goodfellas based on a true story. It is about the lives of three men in the mob. The film spans over 20 years and stays true to the changing of decades. In a shot where Ray Liotta escorts Lorraine Bracco his new girlfriend into the copacobana, Scorsese uses a steadicam to move with the couple through the back door, kitchen and bouncers to the inside of the nightclub. The movement of the camera instills in the audience that Ray Liotta’s character is moving up in the world. The grandiose camera movement displays the ease the protagonist has to enter this prestigious and exclusive night spot, all resulting in his girlfriend being swept off her feet.

Scorsese is completely at home with this film. Another aspect is the music he uses helps time change by, and it seems like there is always a golden oldie that is rejuvenated through his visuals. An inspiration for Scorsese is the 1910 film Musketeers of Pig Alley This film also influenced him in the filming of Gangs of New York (2002).

In 1991 Scorsese chose to re-make the 1962 classic Cape Fear. A dark thriller starring Robert de Niro as a man just released from prison who goes on a revenge mission to ruin the family of the attorney that initially put him away. For cinematography Scorsese used Freddie Francis as he has shot many thrillers before. "He knows the atmosphere that I want for this picture. He knows the lighting. Whatever it takes to get that incredible, Gothic thriller look” Scorsese understands that a thriller must have that gothic look, it must look like the characters emotions as most good thrillers will shoot the film from the villans point of view to a certain extent.

The main themes of Scorsese's work are always visually apparent, He has never totally broken away from the place where he grew up, New York. His films are immersed with content from his upbringing, his early attraction to the priesthood, and the street life. Scorsese had once said that when he was growing in up New York, the most powerful people in his neighborhood were the gangsters and the priests and that as a filmmaker he is in some ways a combination of the two. Scorsese through his past films brought audiences into the world of brutality, crime, gangsters, volatile beings and painted the picture as honest as he could, like a priest who loves all sons and daughters of God, no matter a criminal or saint.

To Return

Beautiful music in the distance,
I'm elated, I can hear your articulation.
She floats over in an instance,
Time's sedated, I see now with glasses made for animation.

Drowning out all other conversation,
Retina fixated on the color of her eyes.
Goosepimples back from vacation,
No, already? it's not time for good-byes.

A touch from her palm,
Electro colored shiver.
A note sends a calm,
We part like a tide in a river.
To return

To Sir, With Love (1967)

Mark Thackery "I am sick of your foul language, your crude behavior and your sluttish manner. There are certain things a decent woman keeps private, and only a filthy slut would have done this and those who stood by and encouraged her are just as bad. I don't care who's responsible - you're all to blame. Now, I am going to leave this room for five minutes by which time that disgusting object had better be removed and the windows opened to clear away the stench. If you must play these filthy games, do them in your homes, and not in my classroom! "


I'm not sure if I have seen a film about a teacher and their pupils made prior to 1967. I'm sure there was, but this is probably all I need to keep me satisfied that this one here writes the rules on how to do it. I won't say very much about the storyline here as in all honesty If you have seen a film about a teacher and their pupils, you probably can guess as to how the film pans out.

Set in the 60s, it's a booming London, the kids in this classroom are near graduating, they are the rejects from other more sought after schools. These are the next men and women, in the real world they can either change the world or add to it's problems. The females with their mini dresses and attitudes are foul mouthed and the males have no respect for female kind, dressed with attitude that was eventually replicated in the 80s and in the future by punk rock bands. The kids dance to quite provocative music for the sixties, in their lunch breaks, in between in the school yard conversations are loud and in a cockney accent.

In enters an Engineer graduate, Mark Thackery (Sidney Poitier) taking a job as a teacher as there is no work in his field. A man of great morals and principals. Poitier is quite amazing here as he is in many films, great line delivery, eyes that deliver and array of emotions, he connects with the audience from the very first scene.

The film is centered around the Lulu song "to sir, with love" which is a beautiful backdrop, she also takes a part in the film as a student.

This film is what many directors look to when trying to create a film about the Teacher/Student film. So many lessons you learn along the way, they are so relevant to this day and age and will never change. I'm not sure if they do but, this film has to be made a concrete film to view in high schools all around the world.


/5


To Sir, With Love Trailer Here

New York Stories (1989)

New York Stories is made up of three short films that run approximately forty minutes each. All the film's are central to the city of New York. You get a sense that these films are almost made by film students. Nothing to do with lesser production values, but that of creative freedom. The three director's Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen use this opportunity to be totally creative.





LIFES LESSONS
Paulette to Lionel "Sometimes I feel like a human sacrifice!"

Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed) directs "Life Lesson's" which stars Nick Nolte as Lionel Dobie, a painter, sorry, an artist. He live's in a warehouse with his "assistant" and a young Rosanna Arquette as Paulette, who is an aspiring artist. We meet them in the middle of Paulette wanting out of their little arrangement. Lover's they were, Paulette agrees to stay with Lionel with certain new rules. Lionel in love with her, agrees but gives her a hard time at the moment.

The first thing you notice about this film is the use of camera movement. There are a lot of tracking shot's that Scorsese uses to great effect in portraying the emotions between the two characters. It serves as a lesson on how to derive emotion an excellent example is when Nolte is staring up at his love Arquette in bed with another man. It is like double the Scorsese in a smaller amount of time. But it never is too much, the camera movement has it's place and more than any other of his films have I seen better use of this specialty.

This story could be written as the tale of the muse and their artist. The performances are quite impressive and powerful.


LIFE WITHOUT ZOE
Zoe "A woman shouldn't have bigger shoulders than a man. "

Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather I,II,III, Apocalypse Now) and his daughter Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette) wrote the screenplay together for this short. Sofia has a heavy influence here on the script. From what I gathered this definitely is a tale, a dream-scape. Francis directs here and it really reminds me of a The Great Gatsby in which he adapted the screenplay for.

The film is very dry and the central character, a young Heather Mc Comb who plays Zoe, is not the cute, interesting character I thought she would be.

Zoe stays at a New York hotel, while her parents travel the world. Her parents played by Giancarlo Giannini and Talia Shire, Carlo and Charlotte respectively don't have much screen time and it is very hard to get to know them. The one scene with Giannini and a young Zoe is quite special I must say.

It's a nice story, but even with unsuspected hotel robbery, the short never makes an impression. I did love the relationship Zoe has with her butler Hector played by Don Novello.


OEDIPUS WRECKS
Sheldon "I'm 50 years old. I'm a partner in a big law firm. You know I'm very successful, and I still haven't resolved my relationship with my mother. "

I will preface this part of the review by stating that I am a Woody Allen fan. I love everything he does. I love how he can throw irrational and quite unbelievable situations and still make me believe in the reality he creates. Here in "Oedipus Wrecks" he is at his best.

The film is quite simple, Woody Allen (Whatever Works, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point) who plays Sheldon has an overbearing mother, played by May Questal, she is the stereotypical loud mother with an opinion on everything and loud. She is not approving of Sheldon's fiancee' Lisa (Mia Farrow). Upon an outing to a magic show with both women, the mother is brought up on stage during a sword in the box act. She disappears. Suddenly the mother appears as an apparition in the sky hovering over New York. Sheldon thought he was the butt of all nagging by his mother before!

Allen throws up one of his most surreal of films, the magician scene seems like it was recreated in one of his later films Scoop. In his dry, neurotic sense of humor you go along for the ride. Oedipus Wrecks is not very different to all of Allen's films, you know what to expect, but it never gets boring. This is a hilarious look at Mother knows best.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare) (2003)

This french film from director/writer Yann Samuell has a serious case of "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain" (Amelie) (2001) Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, about it. The introduction to this film notoriously mirrors Amelie exceptionally well, making it its own, and feeling fresh, Something that has crept into French filmmaking I have only recently noticed.

Julien (Guilliaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) are the central characters. They become school friends at a very early age, all because of a dare involving a merry-go-round themed biscuit tin, Julie inherits from his dying mother. They dare each other to commit absurd acts, vice-versa, to obtain that biscuit tin.

Getting past the long introduction, Jeux d'enfants delivers to the audience a very straight narrative. It does deliver some very strange and irrational scenario's to their dare's of love, but you accept it and enjoy the storytelling, understanding the message is about two souls that can never part.

Probably will be let down at times if your dealing with reality vs. storytelling. An excellent piece, wonderful acting and a beautiful cinematography.

Jeux d'enfants trailer here

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Jotter

The scent of the written word is in the Melbourne air,
the writer enhanced by the morning breeze.
Enchanted by the rising sun's glare,
this day's jotting shall be with ease.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Ghost

Dream colored ghost
Wants me the most
As their host
Like jam married with toast

Friday, November 13, 2009

Little Capsules Of Growth

Flowers on the inside
Make me bleed
Jagged thorns
No food, No water
The rough has life enough
Petals, buds, stems stagger
Roots on the inside
Unable to reach oxygen

Little capsules of growth
Help bloom
From a plastic box
No life exists

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Under The Rubble

Come to me in your darkest hour
I wont leave at the strike of twelve
Things that have left me sour
Inside your mind I'll delve

Please do not attempt to cheer me up
If it makes you feel better
like you do with lemonade and a cup
Write it in a letter

Under the rubble, I'll be
from the dust, ash, fire and mud
Under the rubble, I'll be

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Squabble (Part One)

The wind howled and swirled. It would not deter him from getting his sun for the day, his dosage of vitamin D. Through the gust it could see him. He intently questioned himself, feeling as small as an elf. Feeling as if his heart was growing nearer to it's storage capacity. A yearning inside, to hitch a ride on a bus, train, tram, car, truck, ute, lorry, station wagon, beatle, horse, bike, tricycle, skateboard. Any kind of transport would send a fear up and down his spinal column and through his nervous system and confuse his brain. Finally quiting the squabble his brain and heart would play. coercing the thinker he yelps aloud

"stop feeling sorry for yourself,
it's not your worry"

Looking through memories his brain plays, rewinding back in time to when he was 3. Panicked and confused. All alone a young boy lost in a weird new world. The supermarket only a few moments ago his oyster, full of games for sale, is now his jail. The exits seem a few miles long and even if he was to run for anyone of them in a mad dash, he would still be stranded. Balls of liquid stream down his face, the aisles close in on him, they form a jungle of pants and shirts. He falls back onto his bottom. Then with no tears left he lets out a whaling cry for help.

The fear is brought to the outside of his aging body. Wrinkled lines filled with perspiration...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This Bird's First Day Of Life

Dog defending,
Bird nesting.
Dog barking,
Bird hatching.
Dog attacking,
Bird falling.
Dog biting,
Bird hurting.
Dog retreating,
Bird tweeting.
Dog realising,
Bird recovering.
Dog sleeping,
Bird learning.
Dog watching,
Bird flying.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fender Funny

A link to a funny bit of the soon to be released film 'Remember Fender'. Documentary film can be un-predictable especially when your subject is famous Video Artist child prodigy Ralph Fender.

From the Fender Team we hope you enjoy

Remember Fender - It's Dangerous

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Balance

I'd like to think that I am a writer.
Plentiful of idea's, films, stories, ramblings, prose etc.
It is very easy to grab a bic and some paper.
When I try to write it again, into computer literate format, that is where I struggle.
Maybe I realise how immature the writing is,
Maybe I I'm a little embarrassed,
Maybe I can't finalise anything in my life,
Maybe I am lazy,
Maybe It's all of these factors.

Balance.
Something I am always searching.
Something many of us are searching for.

Balance quite literally in my life is struggling with creativity and output.
I'm a shack up or ship out kind of guy.
If the output does not redeem the creativity, I loose it to the back files of my writing chest.
Maybe on the scales of Balance, hope and belief sit, something I am without.

So I go back to my many ideas and ways of expressing them onto screen and try to find the courage to believe in them as much as when I gave birth to them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bird

Do you think it's the same bird who sits by my porch window,
or just a common warm spot for her species.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

September/October Edit Of Remember Fender

Co-Editor's Iurgi Urrutia and Steve Ramsie got together to edit the new structure this week. All initiated by Iurgi and Steve upon a viewing or two of the old structured rough cut, Iurgi and Steve came back to me with a heap of notes during a crucial edit structure meeting around six weeks ago we decided this to be the date. At the top of the meeting I distanced myself from future editing sessions. I believed that being too closely connected to the film, I was loosing sight of what a documentary should entail. So Steve Ramsie who served as a sound recordist on the final days of the production was brought into replace me. Now Steve has an excellent film head on his shoulder. He has previously worked with Iurgi before through affiliation at our University. I found that on the final shoot's, Steve was a real asset he had some really good and intelligent ideas. It also really helps that he is a huge fan of the project.

Here you can find a philosophy on editing for a film like 'Remember Fender' written by Steve Ramsie

Monday, September 28, 2009

Moving Art

I have an idea for a film. It is more in the realm of moving art, in the sense of moving images. Actually in the sense of inspirational, passionate, emotional, moving...yes moving art. No story line, well no continuous story line apart from the individual scenes. Each scene is a story, incomplete in that the audience will only be allowed to see some of that story, basically the moving part of the story.

In a narrative piece, there is always that part of the story the audience waits for, the part where the girl eventually falls for the boy. The part where the funny guy finds out there is more to life than partying. The part where the cancer has won and defeated the warrior. The part where the non-talented football player wins the game with the last kick. The part where the gunfight ceases only to find the hero dead.

These scenes are usually always flooded with music. They are full of emotion. They are full of realisation.

My idea is to create several scenes that come from all genres of films and in that could be placed as part of a story in any one of those. The film concept from begining to end that is in no need of narrative, no need to please, excite. It's sole intention is to display to the audience emotion. The audience will always find meaning in art, like they do in ambiguous musical lyrics and so called 'art-house' film. So that will be the audiences job, decipher what you will and likewise criticise, I don't care...

So long as you feel emotion, So long as you were moved.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chance Meetings In My Paper Bag

The world's running, Leaving me with my downward-lag.
Please tell me where you are all going.
Can you wait for me?
Can I tempt you into a rendezvous this time next year?
I can hear the hearts of those leaving racing.
flying in the skies, speeding on highways, making trails in sand.
So I sit and wait.
Looking up into the trafficked skies, the dirty highways, the muddy trails.
No wings, no appropriate transportation, no room to breathe.
So I sit and wait for,
Chance meetings in my paper bag.

Barton Fink (1991)

"I gotta tell you, the life of the mind... There's no roadmap for that territory... And exploring it can be painful." -Barton Fink-

Set in 1942, the Coen Brothers bring you one of their finest films. A mesmerising, thrilling, funny look at screenwriting wrapped in a metaphor for life, wrapped with brown paper in a box.

A playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) from New York is offered a job in Hollywood writing for the 'pictures'. He is persuaded to do so, so he may be able to finance his own later work.

Upon meeting with the 'Capitol' Executive Jack Lipnick (Michael Lerner) a wonderfully funny character, whom comes out and gives the audience an upright kick in the backside. Fink is then set with the unlikely task to write the screenplay for a wrestling picture something he knows nothing about.

He checks into a decaying hotel to write his screenplay within an old, dark and creepy room, where the wallpaper can't stand to stick to the walls any longer. You get the sense that Fink has the same idea. There is also the picture of a lady at the beach that sits vertical to his writing desk, the camera seeks this out intently. He makes friends with the burly Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) whom lives next door. A salesman, Fink finds common ground with him as he resembles one of the so many characters he would write into his plays. They talk about society and work.

Fink also tries to befriend a fellow writer in the famous but always drunk and troubled W.P. Mayhew (John Mahoney) but ends up falling for his assistant and sometimes writer Audrey Taylor (Judy Davis)

The film does take a twist in Coen style, it is easily accepted, although you may have figured it out as all signs point to the escalating murder.

As always in Coen Brothers films, we get entangled with the characters, there are some great performances here, John Turturro is magnificent, John Goodman a scene stealer, Michael Lerner funny, and convincing performances from Jon Polito, John Mahoney, Judy Davis, Tony Shalhoub and Steve Buscemi.

/5

Trailer For "Barton Fink" Here

Friday, September 18, 2009

Top 5 'Boxing' Films

This is the second issue of
Dean's Top In Film

This week I bring you my
Top 5 'Boxing' films

1. (1980) Raging Bull
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro
Joe Pesci
Catherine Moriarty








2. (1976) Rocky
Directed by John G. Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers









3. (2004) Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
Hillary Swank
Morgan Freeman









4. (1956) Somebody Up There Likes Me
Directed by Robert Wise

Paul Newman
Pier Angeli
Everett Sloane








5. (2001) Ali
Directed by Michael Mann

Will Smith
Jamie Foxx
Jon Voight

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Strangers (2008)

"Well they want something. People don't just stand out there, staring at us like that. They want something." -James Hoyt-

I'm not a great fan of the thriller genre, I used to be more so when I was a young lad. Hence the thriller is not the first film I opt for these days. Saturday movie night and it was my cousins pick for film. Being fifteen, this is the genre of film his generation talk about on a Monday back at school. The murder, blood, hot young lead girl/boy, the gore and sheer thrills.

A young couple Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) spend a night at a cabin in the woods. They are taunted and terrorised by strangers who disguise themselves in masks.

The film has a slow pace about it, that works very well in setting the suspense. The music that's played on an old record player is haunting and sweet that works with the story of the couple. Tyler and Speedman do a wonderful job here. There are some scenes that do not make a lot of sense but unlike most thrillers tending to die a very sorry death at their conclusion (pardon the pun). This film does not.

I think director Bryan Bertino has an intelligence for the Thriller. It's very hard to oppose the thriller cliches' as they are what motivates the dread, fear, terror with a person viewing the film. Here Bertino steers away from the overused cliches' and waters them down, in effect they seem very real.

/5

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Remember Fender Character Sneak Peek

There is now something else to view before the eagerly awaited 'Remember Fender' is released before the year is out.

It is a Sneak Peek into the characters of the documentary. The Video Artist and protagonist Ralph Fender, his mother, brother, a guru, an agent, a producer, and his longtime girlfriend.

'Remember Fender' has been in production since October 2008. It is a remake of my short film film, same title in 2006 created as a university project.

A brief history on the 2009 version. The film would not have been redone if it was not for the support and encouragement by my dear friends Iurgi Urrutia and Anna Meadows. It was these two who are the biggest fans of the film and whom saw the potential to see it's prospects. Anna takes on the role of Rosaline Fender 1984 as well as production assitance on set and Iurgi plays the Asier Aguirre character while helping with producing, head of editing and is the cinematographer.

So my very generous thanks to Fender's supporters.


Remember Fender Character Sneak Peek

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

He: Volume One

They stepped out onto the road again. Glancing up as he meet the outstretched hand that waited for his. Firm but rough in it's grip. Nails bitten back and hair on knuckles. It was hot. The sun was now an enemy, until the moon would replace it. He gave up looking into the distance that didn't seem to change after many kilometers of trekking. His head bowed down and eyes concentrated on the moving feet that guided him. Shoelaces frayed and creases through the leather, he thought his mind was playing tricks on him when he swore he sore the plastic bind to the bitumen at intervals.

Monday, September 7, 2009

She

As she stood by my side
walking to the sound of her high heel
there was no where for me to hide
She knows how she makes me feel

Conversation is at a premium
Music overflows my mind
Kick in the shin from a girl on helium
Not walking away as she's got my hind

Mistakes are prescribed
Alone in my soul
As she sighed
Delivers my heart a black hole

Wings are in need
Bliss is forgone
Empty spaces feed
Hereupon

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

I made a mad dash to my video store with a friend the other night. Upon talking with him over a pizza, he mentioned how he recently just watched Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds". We went on to converse about his influences. Most of my knowledge came from a biography by Wensley Clarkson (1996). I knew of a few US films that have influenced him and more recently some Hong Kong films. I never knew that his influences spread to Australia and in that, the really bad quality of films they produced. But I guess that is what has influenced the very talented film director/film buff. The B grade films, the bad car chases, the bad horror scenes, the gore and the violence.

So off QT for a moment and back to the review. This is a documentary solely centered around the 1970s 1980s 'exploitation films' produced by Australians. Some I have seen, Some I don't want to see, Some have some really good stories, Most are badly produced and not very good idea's for films.

“Not Quite Hollywood” has three parts. 1. Sex films 2. Horror films 3. Car chase films. The sex films were seen to be crude but fun, sensationalising the sub-genre. The horror films left nothing to the imagination, were it was better to have more blood in a slicing scene, as it was seen to be cheap and would never effect a budget. The car chase films were seen to be very Australian and something that the Australians excelled at.

The documentary tries to explain how these films were interpreted by export markets and their lack of success. It delves into the Australian culture and it's links to film-making and how Australians perceive themselves in film. Not Quite Hollywood interviews the likes of
George Miller, Fred Schepisi, Bob Ellis, Barry Humphries, Jamie Lee-Curtis, Sigrid Thornton, John Jarratt, George Lazenby, Dennis Hopper etc. you come away with a great insight into the tight budgets or lack thereof, and mostly their offensive nature.

Some of the films under review are 'Razorback' 'Mad Max' ' Lady Stay Dead' 'Pacific Banana' 'Mad Dog Morgan' 'The Man From Hong Kong' 'Roadgames' 'Next Of Kin' and are slowly growing on me now like some sort of Cult. Remember these are B grade films, so if your not expecting very much from that or just a film buff, like myself, you will really adore this documentary.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Color

If your life was to be defined by a color, what would that color be?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sleeping Sounds

Humans sleeping make the weirdest sounds
Hauntingly heard down long hallways
Echoes of dreams a manifestation of reality
Speak yearnings in rhythms through the night

Friday, August 28, 2009

Conversation Seems To Have A Strange Appeal

He tried his hardest
to get to her door
learning his fastest
mentally poor

Cloud overhead
Can't shake it
Rather be in bed
Socially unfit

He's, Just
She's, Lust
It's Past
It's not fast

All he need's is a Sun
All she need's is a Son
Responsible for
By their own law
Rhyming, breaking the seal
Conversation seems to have a strange appeal

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Top 10 'War' Films

This is the first issue of
Dean's Top In Film

This week I bring you my
Top 10 'War' films

1. (1964) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Peter Sellers
George C. Scott
Sterling Hayden








2. (1979) Apocalypse Now
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Marlon Brando
Martin Sheen
Robert Duvall









3. (1987) Full Metal Jacket
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Matthew Modine
Adam Baldwin
Vincent D'Onofrio









4. (1978) The Deer Hunter
Directed by Michael Cimino

Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken
John Cazale
John Savage
Merryl Streep







5. (1957) The Bridge On The River Kwai
Directed by David Lean

William Holden
Alec Guiness
Jack Hawkins









6. (1997) La Vita E Bella (Life Is Beautiful)
Directed by Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni
Nicoletta Braschi
Giorgio Cantarini









7. (1993) Schindler's List
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Liam Neeson
Ben Kingsley
Ralph Fiennes









8. (1986) Platoon
Directed by Oliver Stone

Tom Berenger
Willem Dafoe
Charlie Sheen









9. (1981) Gallipoli
Directed by Peter Weir

Mel Gibson
Mark Lee










10. (2002) The Pianist
Directed by Roman Polanski

Adrien Brody











The Omitted

(1999) The Thin Red Line - Terence Malik
(1987) Good Morning Vietnam - Barry Levinson
(1970) Patton - Franklin J. Schaffner
(1963) The Great Escape - John Sturges
(1999) Saving Private Ryan - Steven Spielberg
(1958) The Young Lions - Edward Dmytryk