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.


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.


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


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

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.