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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
If you read Open Culture, you probably love watching movies. I’d wager, however, that you don’t love watching action movies. I don’t mean that you operate at an intellectual level far above any such paltry entertainments; I mean that the craft of action filmmaking has itself declined.
You’ve surely felt that today’s big-budget spectacles of chase, fight, and explosion — Transformers, the Jason Bourne films, last few Bonds, the latest Batman trilogy — don’t thrill you as did those of decades past — Hard Boiled, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Wild Bunch, Die Hard — but perhaps you can’t pin down quite why. Have action movies changed, you may wonder, or have I?
German-born, UCLA-based film scholar Matthias Stork argues for the former, breaking down the corruption of modern action filmmaking in his video essay Chaos Cinema. ”Throughout the first century of moviemaking, the default style of commercial cinema was classical,” he begins. “It was meticulous and patient. In theory, at least, every composition and camera move had a meaning, a purpose, and movies did not cut without good reason.”
No longer. Where action filmmakers once “prided themselves on keeping the viewer well-oriented” in time and space, they now throw disparate images together haphazardly, enslaved to ”rapid editing, close framings, bipolar lens lengths, and promiscuous camera movement,” trading “visual intelligibility for sensory overload,” leaving it to the soundtrack to provide a semblance of continuity.
Stork examines the qualities and effects of this new style of “chaos cinema” in three parts.
The first covers the visual disintegration of action sequences themselves; the second covers the deficiency’s penetration even into scenes of dialogue and music and the emergence of the “shaky-cam”; the third summarizes and engages responses to the first two parts.
Whether or not mainstream commercial filmmaking will ever cure itself and return to convincing, coherent action rather than the impressionistic ”general idea of action,” we now have a fascinating diagnosis of the disease. (For further discussion of Chaos Cinema, consider listening to Stork’s appearance on Battleship Pretension, a favorite film podcast of mine.)
Monday, June 29, 2015
Now look at the original called original of leonardo da vinci's 'the last supper', 1495-1498
hungarian new-media artist bence hajdu has re-imagined well-known paintings such as claude lorrain's 'seaport with the embarkation of st. ursula' by erasing people and characters so that only the artwork's architecture remains. the work is an outcome of hajdu's interest in examining the pure drawn perspectives of the classic paintings, revealing an unusual atmosphere only becoming palpable after removing the figures. hajdu says of the work: 'I am a student at the university of fine arts, hungary. at one of the descriptive geometry classes we had a task to find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance and other pictures with significant perspective space. I thought it is not that interesting to just draw lines, so I decided to erase all the characters from them and examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks. I saw this could be something exciting and continued thinking and working on it. after a while I found myself interested in the new atmosphere and the new thoughts the retouched pieces generated without their main subjects.' when comparing the re-interpreted jacques louis david's 'oath of the horatii' with the original, the spirit of the artwork is completely transformed - removing the tension and chaos of battle leaves a scene much more still, tranquil and even bleak. the audience is left with a new perspective and understanding of the artwork only attained through hajdu's depiction, shifting the once entrenched energy of the famous artworks.
Other then interesting for art classes I find these photo-shops superfluous. We must not forget that the artist never intended to draw a scene without humans in it. If these old masters had the intention to make an architectural drawing there would definitely be another outcome.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
WHO YOU WANNA BE
NEVER LET THEM TELL YOU WHO YOU OUGHT TO BE
CELEBRATE YOURSELF TRIUMPHANTLY
Saturday, June 27, 2015
When They Come for You
via Huffington Post
By Chris Kluwe
former NFL player, Minnesota Vikings
"Why do you speak out in support of the gay community?"
I've been asked this question multiple times, at multiple events, and every time I give the same answer: "Because it's the right thing to do. Treat others the way you´d like to be treated."
A simple lesson, one we all learn in kindergarten, yet one that so many people seem to forget as they go through life; as they become more preoccupied with greed, narcissism, hate, and selfishness.
Such an easy equation, and yet so difficult for those lacking empathy to solve, unable to put themselves in another person´s shoes, failing to comprehend the complete dickishness of their actions (actions they would not want perpetrated upon themselves), convinced of their own smug superiority as they try to control someone else´s life.
Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?
Because the words, "We should round them all up and send them to an island to die," are absolutely abhorrent to any rational-minded person and should never be uttered by one member of the human race about another.
Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?
Because the actions of bullying, intolerance, and bigotry, actions that have driven (and will continue to drive) young children and adults to suicide, are actions any creature with an ounce of empathy within their soul ought condemn as the twisted depravity they truly are.
Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?
Because I wish to live in freedom, and every time I contemplate that freedom, I am reminded of a poem by Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
I speak for freedom, even though it is a freedom I currently have. I speak for equality, even though I am currently equal. I speak for justice, even though it is a justice I currently do not need. I speak for gay rights and the rights of every person, no matter their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual predisposition, or social or economic status, to live free of the chains of oppression and hate, the barbs of ignorance and small minded fear, because that is the life I want to live - a life where I can make my own choices. A life where I can be who I am, not what someone else decides I should be.
TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. If we do not make this the cornerstone of our society, if we do not understand that infringing on the freedom of consenting adults to live their lives (in whatever fashion that happens to be) is infringing on the freedom of us all, then we will eventually join other society, culture, and civilization that has ever existed, on the trash heap of history marked "Failure" -- brought there by conflicts those civilizations bred into being, conflicts between those lacking empathy and those desirous of freedom.
Why do I speak out in support of gay rights, of all rights to equality?
Because if I don´t, then who will be left to speak for me?
Friday, June 26, 2015
- 1. FAVORITE COLOR
- 2. HEIGHT
- 3. EYE COLOR
- 4. HAIR COLOR
- 5. AGE
- 6. PIERCINGS?
- 7. TATTOOS?
- 8. FAVORITE ANIMAL/PET
- 9. FAVORITE SCENT
- 10. WHAT TIME IS IT?
- 11. FAVORITE TIME OF DAY
- 12.FIRST PET
- 13. SIBLINGS
- 14. FIRST CAR
- 15. ON A DAY LIKE TODAY YOU WOULD...?
- 16. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ
- 17. THE LAST TEXT MESSAGE YOU SENT/RECEIVED
- 18. ARE YOU USUALLY HOT OR COLD
- 19. PICK ONE THING TO YOUR LEFT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU
- 20. DAY OR NIGHT AND WHY
- KNEE DEEP:
- 21. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TOLD SOMEONE YOU LOVED THEM?
- 22. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE TOLD YOU THEY LOVED YOU
- 23. WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND AND HOW DID YOU MEET
- 24. WOULD YOU RATHER...
- 25. DO YOU GET SICK OFTEN
- 26. DO YOU LIVE ALONE OR WITH OTHER PEOPLE
- 27. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR FAMILY
- 28. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT YEAR
- 29. DO YOU BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE
- 30. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HURT BY SOMEONE YOU THOUGHT CARED ABOUT YOU
- TO THE WAIST:
- 31. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT HURT
- 32. HAVE YOU EVER HURT YOURSELF
- 33. WHAT WAS THE LAST FIGHT YOU HAD ABOUT
- 34. HAS ANYONE TOLD YOU THEY HATED YOU
- 35. HAVE YOU SEEN ANYONE DIE
- 36. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF
- 37. WOULD YOU SKIP THE BAD PARTS OF YOUR LIFE TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- 38. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
- 39. HAVE YOU LEFT BEHIND/ WERE YOU LEFT BEHIND IN A FRIENDSHIP
- 40. WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ___ OR ___
- NECK DEEP:
- 41. WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET AGAIN IN YOUR LIFE
- 42. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER PATH
- 43. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU REGRET FROM YOUR PAST
- 44. HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT AT THE END OF YOUR DAY
- 45. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST DREAM ABOUT
- 46. HAVE YOU EVER HATED SOMEONE AND WHY
- 47. TALK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY MEMBER
- 48. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT TO CONFESS
- 49. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF DEAL WITH THEM
- 50. WHO WOULD YOU SAVE- YOURSELF OR A STRANGER?
- HEAD UNDER WATER:
- 51. HAVE YOU BEEN IN LOVE
- 52. TALK ABOUT SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO HAS DIED
- 53. DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST ____
- 54. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL
- 55. HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO RECOVER AFTER SOMETHING
- 56. WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT ____
- 57. TOP TEN LIFE VALUES
- 58. HOW DO YOU FALL ASLEEP
- 59. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SMILED AND THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED
- 60. WOULD YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR ____
- 61. ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION
During World War I he lived on the southern coast of France (known as the Côte d'Azur- pronounced coat dah zoar) in his own private world of maids, models, servants and children. His middle son Jean Renoir became a famous film director, The painter died in 1919. These last months of his life are the subject of a beautiful French film RENOIR. Scroll down to see the trailer for the film. Many Renoir paintings hang at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (here) which is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
The Farm at Les Collettes, Cagnes (not on view at The Met)
Young Girl Bathing (ON VIEW at The Met - Gallery 961)
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Monday, June 22, 2015
In this video, the award winning Children’s writer Tomi Ungerer, discusses his newest book Fog Island. Set in Ireland, it tells the story of a brother and sister, Finn and Cara, and their boating trip to the mysterious Fog Island. Tomi describes his inspiration behind the book and his anticipation to share it with the world.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
This sketch had more in common, I think, with the film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE.
While Key & peele emphasize the physical ability (or not) of the slave candidates I can't help wondering if they were implying a complicated racial maladjustment by the plantation owners with skin color. Key & Peel are noticeable lighter than the slaves who get sold. Could they be commenting on the uncomfortable notion of "who is black" if the slaves themselves look light enough to pass as white?
Have you watched DEAR WHITE PEOPLE yet?
Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Caravaggio was commissioned to make this monstrosity as a gift for the Grand Duke of Tuscany; conceived to enter the Medici collection in Florence, it would enable Caravaggio to compete with Leonardo da Vinci, by this time dead for 80 years.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
12. Take your fate into your own hands.
13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.
19. Day one is the point of no return.
20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
23. Take revenge if need be.
24. Get used to the bear behind you.