RIGHT NOW I am listening to:
arctic monkeys, paolo nutini, fatboy slim, and wir sind helden
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Daniel Bruhl as Nazi war hero, Frederick Zoller
One word to describe Inglourious Basterds: ENIGMATIC
Inglourious Basterds truly captures the enigmatic thanks to both the script and the extremely impressive acting. Here I insert the name CHRISTOPH WALTZ (not the guy in the picture above) x infinity. Christoph (who plays the cruelly polite Hans Landa) is a beauty to watch upon the screen. He charms and generates genuine giggles, but under every word he utters, pure violence and fear is waiting. Creating Hans Landa to be such a supremely intelligent (almost supernaturally so) villain, playing against Brad Pitt's pure-brute-no-brains Lt. Aldo Raine, ties into Tarantino's other use of the enigmatic in regards to the actual message of the film...
You can watch Inglourious Basterds two different ways: you can take everything for surface thrills and replay "America Rocks, Go Jews" in your head throughout the movie. With this strategy, you leave the film entertained and satisfied. Or you can take the more emotionally tumultuous route and read into everything, drowning in Tarantino's ambiguity and frightening sarcasm. It is difficult to watch the film because Tarantino never makes up his mind between the Jews and the Germans. Yes, he mocks Hitler and glorifies Lt. Aldo, but the innocent foot soldiers are whom I am referring to. Many of the German Nazi soldiers are portrayed as compassionate and thoughtful, while many of the Jewish "Basterds" are portrayed as dumb, violence-obsessed robots. It is this strange mix-up that made Inglourious Basterds, to me, an extremely strong film with an extremely radical message. However, you can only see it if you want to.
All ambiguous social critiques aside, Inglourious Basterds is a great film. For all of the nervous Quentin Tarantino disciples out there, this film, if anything, is another gem in his crown of well-made epics. It is nice to be able to find comfort in Tarantino's classic habits, like chapter-by-chapter story separation and the good ol' female protagonist out for revenge...
Signing off, just wanted to say, don't be at all surprised to see Christoph Waltz at the this seasons Academy Awards...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Hey all you non-existent readers of my blog!
Today, our senior class organized a big "Decoration of the School". We had chalk, car paint, a skateboard to hang precariously from a light post (boys), some signs, it was great! Then we had a hurricane.
All of a sudden the chalk had disappeared and everyone was soaking. So it didn't work out so well...
The skateboard is still hanging precariously though!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Alright all you 17-soon-to-be-18-year-olds! Slip on your most sophisticated ensemble and HAM IT UP!
haha that's obviously not me (at least I hope it's obvious), but I just wanted everyone younger and older than us lucky "almost-adults" to realize (or remember) some of the weird traditions that come along with glorified high school seniordom.
I had my "senior portrait" taken today, along with most of my fellow seniors, around the exteriors of my actually picturesque high school. My school kind of looks like a modern art museum from the outside, so you can guess that our photographers had a field day with inventive posing! My personal fav was the elbow-on-the-wall, hand-on-the-hip pose which warranted an unnecessary "Oooo look at that SASS!" from my photographer... (He was a cool guy all things considered)
All I can do is hope that I didn't have a forced smile or any other common blunders of my fellow, paparazzi-ed youth!
Anyways, I hope you guys felt some fond nostalgia...
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I AM TOTALLY CONFUSED!
I need help you guys!
Okay, here is an undeniable FACT:
I want to become a film director.
I have heard that the majority of actual film directors did not go to "film school", but majored in other things in college. I want to go to a school where I can study film, but I can also study other liberal arts subjects...
Now here is the messy part:
I am applying to (among others) NYU and Chapman University in Orange, CA
In NYU, I can apply to the College of Arts and Sciences and do Cinema Studies, while taking other classes, but I may not be able to study film production.
I can also specially apply to the Tisch School of Art, but I would have to make a special portfolio and it is very selective. Plus, I would exclusively be studying film. I don't want to do that, not because I don't adore film, but I need a well-rounded education.
At Chapman, the Dodge Film School is my only option...
So whaddya think? Liberal arts degree and then film in graduate school, or insane film concentration?