hazelk: (gilda)
Starting off with some vid recs. First a film noir tribute gakked from [personal profile] laurashapiro, which doesn’t stand back and touch its forelock respectfully but throws you right into the path of the source, so much so you can almost feel the headlights bearing down on you.

The song is Angel by Massive Attack and feels so absolutely right for the subject matter, it’s as if all these movies had just been spending the interim decades waiting for it to be written. The official video for the song is also extremely nifty, the ending in particular kills me.

Caprica isn’t noir but visually it comes very close and, the way the storylines are heading, not just in a pastiche or appropriative way (can you appropriate your own cinematic past)? Another vid with the perfect, perfect song:

Brand new You’re Retro by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl
Distills the show’s premise and look right down to their essentials and makes them glitter like decadent rhinestones on the cusp of an apocalypse.

Like father, like daughter  )
hazelk: (riots)
Title: Riots
Music: A.R. Rahman “Riots” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”
Movie: Black Narcissus
Warnings: Nothing explicit
Format: DivX
Size: 28.1 MB

Summary I couldn’t stop the wind from blowing and I couldn’t hide the mountain.

Download here (Right/control click and save target as)

Feedback helps renew vows

Notes )
hazelk: (john and sarah)
I don’t think I should even pretend to think about taking part in any kind of vid exchange –the fastest one I’ve ever made took 3 months and that’s not including all the early brain-vidding part of the process. Although it’s probably a good thing that someone just posted a Supernatural vid to Paul McCartney’s Blackbird because for a short while I had this overwhelming urge to commit the world’s first Lord King Dollhouse Meta Episodic Bad Vid (it’s about a BIRD. A *BLACK* BIRD). That wouldn’t take 3 months.

Trying to think of rare fandoms to nominate, request or offer for a virtual version of [livejournal.com profile] festivids is still fun though.

Boys from the Black Stuff/GBH

Bleak House (Diana Rigg and Gillian Anderson versions)

Prime Suspect

Black Books, Blackadder, The Young Ones, The Royale Family

The Terry Gilliam animations in Monty Python

David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and all the series that came after

Noggin the Nog (because I have the DVDs, but all things Postgate)

Northern Exposure

V (the original series –must include Diana eating live rodents and the birth scene)

Women of Pixar

Powell and Pressburger movies (except for Black Narcissus because I’m working on one for that and don't want to jinx it)

Movies in which Cary Grant dresses up in women’s clothing

Wings of Desire

Night of the Demon (omitting the last 3 minutes)

Bell, Book and Candle/Vertigo (aka Kim Novak is hot)


Robin Hood movies (not the Kevin Costner one but definitely the Sean Connery/Audrey Hepburn one)

Three Women

Dirty Pretty Things
hazelk: (bunnies)
Disclaimer: I suppose these are more (entirely subjective) reactions than recs as such. But words are hard and a vid has to get under your skin for any to come. There is no bad. There is much good. Links to all vids and vid shows are here.

Non-attending Premieres (3 vids) )
Club Vivid (9 vids)  )
Premieres One (6 vids) )
Premieres Two (4 vids) )

Movie rec

May. 1st, 2009 03:59 pm
hazelk: (vidding)
Partner brought home In Bruges as the third in a “three for the price of two” DVD deal. It’s a Colin Farrell movie. It’s fucking brilliant. I really don’t want to give anything away because part of the joy of it is in how the story unfolds and the reveals slip in. Content aside, it feels like a filmic version of Flan O’Brien’s The Third Policeman and there’s not much higher praise than that.
hazelk: (vidding)

Title: Silence
Artist: Portishead
Movie: Minority Report
Format: DivX
Size: 52.9 MB
Summary: I’m tired of the future

Download here (Right/control click and save target as/download linked file)

Feedback is quietly appreciated

Lyrics  )

Notes )
hazelk: (Default)
I am so very behind with vid recs and that's before VCC even begins. So two very different Firefly vids to begin with, one to praise and one to bury (the series not the vids).

Out of (Classical) Gas by[livejournal.com profile] jarrow is the pure expression of love though motion

Secret Asian Man by [livejournal.com profile] shati is a pointedly witty criticism of what the show didn't show

I've been thinking about that. And thinking that maybe the problem was more deep-seated than a shortsighted failure to employ East Asian actors in speaking roles. Put that way it sounds as if re-casting the Tams or Inara would have solved the problem but I wonder if it might not have revealed an even more endemic one.

Perhaps the best illustration of what I mean would be the Operative because although played by the Black British Chiwetel Ejiofor the character is *written* and styled as a very stereotypical ninja antagonist. As well as the martial arts fighting skills and samurai sword he embodies all the Zen lack of effect, honorable fanaticism and inscrutable over civilized philosophizing, which is never ultimately a match for the rugged American libertarianism of a Mal or a Han or a Flash.

The thing is the Operative isn't just a one movie villain he's supposed to represent the whole Alliance and all its controlling anti-individualist conformist works. Granted it is a little unfair to use the movie, the show was more nuanced politically-speaking and according to interviews intended to become more so. Yet it remains a thing - if the Asians aren't there because they're the government that government has suspiciously Orientalist tendencies.

Rambling now but speaking of absences there's also the question of why set a Western in space anyway? For the shiny but also for the black. Westerns are famously about those big empty landscapes and space (without aliens) has the advantage of actually being empty instead of filled with other peoples as the real promised land turned out to be. A space Western is a way to have your John Ford cake and eat it, to go to the final frontier and not come back weighed down with colonialist's guilt. Perhaps that’s OK - every story can't be all things to all men, as long as the other stories are being told somewhere and if this one is shiny enough on its own terms?


Jul. 29th, 2008 04:19 pm
hazelk: (Default)
Went to see WALL-E with James on Sunday. He got a little restless around the halfway mark when the popcorn ran out but was completely wrapped up in the ending.

Spoilers for WALL-E, Oklahoma!, Meet me in St Louis, The Music Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane and 2001: A Space Odyssey )


Nov. 12th, 2007 02:24 pm
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I don’t often post fic recs but [livejournal.com profile] selenak’s Folly about how Nathan met Meredith is an instantly believable piece of Petrelli family history. They say it with flowers, a bouquet you can’t refuse.

This week a new round of synopses posts at [livejournal.com profile] strangefandom begins. The idea is that people get assigned vids from a fandom they barely know and post their impressions of the later based on the former. Imagine trying to work out the storyline of Life on Mars from There’s too much Light in this Bar and you’re about there. Or actually here. I didn’t have time to participate this time but round one was a blast and also you get to see some awesome and unexpected vids. My favourite from the first was the Princess Tutu amv Hold Me Now by alkampfer81 with another amv for a show called Azumanga Daioh ADVentures in Translation by rogueintellectproductions coming a close second. Read download and weep because there don’t seem to be any region two DVDs for Princess Tutu and I have to see this show. To find out why watch the vid, read the summaries and marvel at the concept of any series where the first line that comes to mind describing it is “Princess Tutu who is also a duck…”

October saw the release of two remarkable movie-based vids both capturing the intensity and tragedy of adolescence albeit in very different contexts.

[livejournal.com profile] absolutedestiny’s Deep Kick is a hard vid to watch, it pulls no punches about what happens to group of 15 year old gangland boys, their confusion and pain. But it also manages to convey the deep bonds that form between them and why those who survive might in the end look back on the experience and agree with the Butthole Surfers that:

It's better to regret.
Something you did.
Than something you didn't do.

[livejournal.com profile] charmax’s Cry me a River is about girls not boys and set in a very different world but although class differences replace cutting and Kaposi’s with falconry and fencing lessons the emotional intensity is still there. It still hurts.

Finally moving on to a later stage in life [livejournal.com profile] bradcpu’s Goodnight Moon uncovers the awful truths of parenthood on Heroes. The places you’ll go.
hazelk: (Default)
Last week I watched an old Fritz Lang movie Human Desire loosely based on Zola’s La Bete Humaine. The atmosphere was certainly Zolaesque, miserable, ground down people trapped in their miserable, animalistic lives with the industrial background an ever present metaphor. The industry in question being a railroad the metaphor was almost comically Freudian but the film positively dour, a reminder that America didn’t all miraculously turn Technicolor after the war. There was one white picket fence on show but blink and you’d miss it, looming larger on the landscape were the dead end bar where prematurely aged railway men numbed their inadequacies and the cramped hallways of domestic discontent. The cheap artificiality of the women’s lacquered hair and girdled waists managed to dim even Gloria Grahame’s sultry looks, she played the femme fatale part but came across more as a battered wife, drowning as much as luring.

In other news Heroes and the first of the Christopher Ecclestone episodes. Read more... )
hazelk: (vidding)
Title: Quantum theory

Artist: Jarvis Cocker

Fandom: Children of Men

Format: DivX

Size: 49.3 MB

Summary: “Just as in a stormy sea that unbounded in all directions, raises and drops mountainous waves, howling, a sailor sits in a boat and trusts in his frail bark.”

Download from shiny new website here

Feedback gives me hope

Lyrics )
Short notes )

Brain vids

Jul. 8th, 2007 11:49 am
hazelk: (sellack)
Last night I watched the second half of The Lady From Shanghai. It’s such an uncomfortably hot film, all the sweat running off the men’s faces, only Rita keeping her immaculate powdered cool in every close up. As ever, the big production number was the Hall of Mirrors shooting but I’d completely forgotten the aquarium sequence. A better vidder than me would remix Icebound Stream with sharks instead of polar bears in the tanks. There would be shattered mirrors and tropical heat in place of snow globes and arctic landscapes and an infinitely more bitter ending .

This one has spoilers for the s3/29 arc of DW )


Jun. 10th, 2007 04:08 pm
hazelk: (Default)
They go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me

Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansina. Rita Hayworth. Dancer, actor, forces pin-up, forties sex goddess. Her first big break was in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings, after that she played in musicals and melodramas but her best remembered films are two noir classics. The Lady from Shanghai made as director Orson Welles and Hayworth’s marriage was disintegrating is a bitterly personal film that teeters between the sublime (the Hall of Mirrors ending) and the ridiculous (Welles’ Irish accent). Gilda made two years earlier is more coherent and less personal but a no less powerful treatment of male and female sexuality.

It begins with a pair of black and white dice rolling towards camera and a voiceover that designates the slick-haired gambler who throws them as the anti-hero. The gambler’s name is revealed to be Johnny Farrell but other than that the voiceover is curiously opaque, confined to re-counting on screen events with a flip cynicism often belied by the boyish desperation that Glen Ford brings to his character’s initial portrayal.
Read more... )
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I re-watched Children of Men this weekend, something I’d actually been putting off doing for a while. I loved this movie the first time around but now I have a vid idea for it I was afraid of that getting in the way. Instead of just appreciating it, with half my mind I’d be hanging over it like a vulture looking for bits and chunks of usable footage. Fortunately, it didn’t work out quite like that, I got caught up in the story just like the first time only more observantly (I think I was also worried that it wasn’t going to stand up to my initial impressions but if anything it was better, thematically and visually it’s an incredibly tight piece and the way it uses music is just inspired).

It did make me think about fannishness and how it affects the experience of art. In many ways non-fannish things are simpler, the relationship between you and the creator of the art is quite straightforward. It’s very easy to become immersed in the experience because it’s impersonal, a chance encounter between two strangers, no strings attached. With fannish things the relationship between creator and fans is more like family, a family of adolescent children struggling to become adults in their own right. It’s dynamic, very personal and inherently unstable. Some fandoms, SGA seems to one, have come to an amicable agreement with their source texts, the fans have grown up and left to start their own homes. They call in every so often but are more likely to argue amongst themselves. Others, X-files perhaps, have had such a cataclysmic falling out with their parents that they’re are no longer even on speaking terms. And then there’s BtVS fandom, a large unruly clan famous for constant internecine wars that had just begun to settle down when the Jossfather decided to hold a big drunken re-union in comic form. Fist-fights are already threatening to break out on the lawn.
hazelk: (Default)
Last night we watched the DVD of Children of Men. Sometimes I wish it were easier to go out. I used to love the feeling of leaving the theatre after a good movie, after the good ones it would always take a while to adjust to the world again, a brief liminal period the magic of which can’t really be re-captured by turning up the living room lights. This was a good movie.

Read more... )
hazelk: (sellack)
This vid is totally kicking my arse. Right at the last, which happens to be the first and I know exactly what it needs to do and the kind of things it needs to do it but just can't seem to figure out exactly what. Had an inspiration this morning that almost cracked it only to realise that the colour was all wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. So yay me for noticing something colour-related (for possibly the first time ever) but damn Technicolour for ever tempting the movies out of good old black and white. And then inventing aspect ratios. Bastards.

Tangentially, I just finished reading Walter Murch's In the Blink of an Eye. Murch is/was a film editor who worked on, amongst other projects, The Conversation, American Graffiti, Julia, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (parts II and III), The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The English Patient. Fortunately I didn’t realize about the last of these until I’d already ordered the book. That movie took three hours of my life!

Admittedly the problem I had with it was probably down to Minghella who does exactly the same thing of lingering infinitely on every other emotional moment in all his films. I think the killer on the EP was when having already been sitting in the theatre since the late Cretaceous, someone decided it was necessary to show the complete sequence of Ralph Fiennes crossing the Sahara desert. On foot. In slow motion. S-L-O-W M-O-T-I-O-N.

The book is a much more fast-paced experience. I have a fairly cast iron kink for hearing people who know stuff talk about stuff they know that this hit big time. I think I was sold from the first time he made a comparison between film editing and mammalian genome evolution. That makes it sound terribly dry but it really isn’t. A good read.

Mona Lisa

Dec. 17th, 2005 12:40 pm
hazelk: (deidru)
Coming downstairs after getting the boys to sleep last night I found Neil Jordan's 1986 film Mona Lisa on the TV. Now that's a retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast' I really can appreciate.
spoilers for the movie )


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