The Help (2011) | Directed by Tate Taylor
Definitely one of my favorite films ever. This makes it to my Top Ten. This was a rewatch though. It was showing on HBO and I couldn’t resist watching it again.
I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely love the film’s production design. Just A+ right there. Acting was superb. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role in this movie. I also fell in love with Jessica Chastain. Storyline was impeccable (well it was based on a book). I can’t find anything wrong with this movie.
The Shining (1980) | Directed by Stanley Kubrick
I don’t even know where to begin with this. I guess I could say that I’m pretty shaken up over this movie, enough that I am currently watching Toy Story just to get the scenes of The Shining out of my head.
First thought I had of the film was its unnerving music. It feels messed up. They don’t make ‘em scores like that anymore. Next thought was that it was a visually novel movie. The production design is surely eccentric but probably not as eccentric or visually appealing as Wes Anderson production design. It makes you wonder why it was designed in such a way (ie why was the walls of the men’s comfort room red?) Another passing thought was Wendy’s color scheme. In the beginning, she was only dressed in red and blue. Another thing to note is Kubrick’s affinity for (almost) solely shooting in one point perspective. Visually novel, indeed.
As for the story, I don’t think I can delve into that right now since I don’t clearly know what happened especially in the last part. It is currently 1:59 am and I don’t think I can read any more on The Shining. Bravo, Kubrick. You mess with minds pretty well, I suppose.
Watched: January 5, 2014
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The Descendants (2011) | Directed by Alexander Payne
Another depressing movie. But for some reason, I really like George Clooney and his voice. I love that the film’s setting is in Hawaii and the soundtrack/score is also of note. More films should be set in Hawaii. The story is good although I feel like the title of the movie and its story do not really complement or correlate with each other. The overall feel of the movie is good but I wouldn’t say that the Production Design was anything amazing or Wes Anderson-esque.
Again, I absolutely love George Clooney and I feel like (not to say that the film itself wasn’t good) any film of his will automatically be good to me.
Watched: January 2, 2014
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Because I wanted to use my tablet but then I realized that I was soooo out of practice. My hand was shaky and my lines weren’t smooth. So I thought I’d practice drawing! I used an online nude model generator and each pose was shown for around 2 minutes.
I find the colours of this illustration to be very complementary. That shade of violet with that shade of green goes really well together. Moreover, its dark shades give contrast to the white unicorn. Another quality to note is the texture of the illustration which was probably created with the use of a photoshop brush.
I find this illustration very intriguing cause of its concept “freak underwater”. The swimmer is unaware that the girl is actually a freaky mermaid haha. I like the illustration style which makes use of subtle lines to create texture.