With the haze being a bitch in my country Singapore
I could not help but to think we are living in a Bergman film particulary The Seventh Seal
“I am Death,bitch”
All I need is some BAMF Swedish stuff and I am good
I need help deciding a research project for my Film Studies coursework
The ones I’m most interested in are;
- Ethnicity in film (in particular representations of native americans in the westerns genre. although I’m open to something different such as blaxplotation films)
- Women in film and their representations (eg. The decline of the stereotypical female, the feminist impact on film etc)
There is literally so much stuff on ethnicity and women in film I’m stumped on which ones to focus on D:
Oh hello there! I have that similar topic for my film studies…For books wise I would suggest ethnicity in film because it’s easier to research as opposed to Gender in film (Most focused on Masculinity in film from what I know)..
Anyway if you have questions,feel free to ask!
A film geek’s watching:Afterthoughts of The Seventh Seal (1957)
Hello guys,incase you are wondering why I decided to watch The Seventh Seal to keep myself busy from that hazy day…Well it was pretty bleak here like a Bergman film,why not that monkey…
- Of course the most famous image in world cinema,is perhaps one of my favorite moments….It seems haunting about Death and the mortal. It seems that Death gave no damns about it XD
- There during the flageation scene,as a infamous meme said “One does not simply”…and there I thought of Monty Python,where they spoof the religious scene XD. They even spoofed it on the trailer itself
I did read the script description and they cited the seventh seal..So it was pretty awesome that a comedy like Monty Python used arthouse films like The Seventh Seal and make it so funny
Skip to 2:19 for the spoof
- Well that aside,I love Max Von Sydow’s look,he have that hardened look. My favorite scene was him confessing his doubts to God. It was perhaps one of the poignant scenes in the film on how we doubt our faith.
- Everytime I see Death,I have this stupid thought bubble of that “I am Death bitch..” I know it’s a little silly but he seems to be more an observer than a participant. I liked that interaction between Death and the actor.
- The cinematography,Mr Fischer you are amazing!!! I mean every frame is like a medividal manuscript and fufliling Bergman’s memory of a painting and it was so beautiful.
- Interestingly despite the bleak images,it have a hopeful air especially Jof and Maria,who perhaps represent the young faith,pure and unhardened by the world. I like that contrast of Jof seeing the virgin mary holding a child..It was pretty refreshing…
- I always thinking of Maria saying ”Wild Strawberries” and it was concidental that after that bleak film,he make a film incidently called “Wild Strawberries” and it was pretty optimistic. I think wild strawberries means the innocent and wild world they have
- That last scene of the servant girl looking in ectasy and said “It was finished” was no less gut-wrenching,she seem to be accepting her death in contrast to the young lady who was prosecuted and the dying plague victim.
- Ah yes that little scene of Death dancing,it reminded me of Fellini’s 8 1/2 (otto e mezzo) ending where all of Guido’s past women came along in a circus march (BTW Fellini was interested in being in the circus). It was macrebe but beautiful,perhaps it shows that death may not be so grim.
Ingmar Bergman’s Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) - 1957
Today’s film for the haze-The Seventh Seal,here have some Bergman extenstilism.
crazy about cinema: A film geek's watching:Van Gogh:Painted with Words (2010) »
Hey everyone,well to kill some time..I would be visiting my favourite artist Vincent Van Gogh..As Don Mclean looks into his life in the song “Vincent”-“Starry, starry night /Flaming flowers that brightly blaze /Swirling clouds in violet haze /Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue.” I…
oh wow Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists too :) I might have to watch out for this. Another great film about Van Gogh is Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas which is gorgeously done but so heart-breaking. Have you seen that one? There’s another one with Tim Roth too but I haven’t seen that one (though I’d quite like to!).
OMG Katie! He is also my fave artist too,anyway there is a link in youtube of that film…Feel free to fanmail me for that. No I did not see Lust for life,I am afraid I would be in a glasscase of emotion….Van Gogh’s life is so sad! So sorry if I can’t do a seperate post for yr response cuz apparently my missing e is screwed by the sudden changes in tumblr!
A film geek’s watching:Van Gogh:Painted with Words (2010)
Hey everyone,well to kill some time..I would be visiting my favourite artist Vincent Van Gogh..As Don Mclean looks into his life in the song “Vincent”-“Starry, starry night /Flaming flowers that brightly blaze /Swirling clouds in violet haze /Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue.” I shall look at his life.
“To suffer without complaining is the only lesson that has to be learnt in this life.”
Van Gogh:Painted with Words (2010)-
I think everyone should be famillar with Vincent Van Gogh,if not it was an eye-opener for those unfamillar with him. It tells Van Gogh’s turbulent life thru his perspective by his letters to his younger brother Theo.
First of all,I am very impressed by Cumberbatch’s heartbreaking performance of Van Gogh.I nearly go to ugly sobbing mode to see that delicate balance of optimistic and vulnerability that Cumbertbatch did so beautifully. I could not think of a better actor playing such a tormented artist with such grace such as him….Every little movement he did was perfect and yet so heartbreaking.
The cinematography was very lovely which is pretty unexpected for a documentary. I love how they used lots of ECUS of Vincent’s face which brings an imtimate portrait of that tormented genius.
Oh may I say that script is amazing,I liked how they flowed between the drama segements and documentary. By hearing the info and seeing the experiences-it brings a different side of Van Gogh-a man full of life yet tormented by his demons..
Overall,a beautiful documentary-drama,with such a compelling performance and beautiful cinematography. Perhaps I would understand that beautiful soul. I would end off with that lyric that summarized his life
And how you suffered for your sanity;
And how you tried to set them free;
They would not listen,
they did not know how;
Perhaps they’ll listen now.”
Van Gogh:Painted with Words
Best LOTR moments »
Well hello guys! Apologies for the silence as I have been busy with internship! It dawned to me after visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand,what I need to do is to watch LOTR and the hobbit. Well I watc…
Well hey y’all,I decided to update my blog with talking of my fave moments in LOTR! Please feel free to comment on it!!
I just saw your wordpress- fantastic!!
I am just so happy that you loved my blog….I have not been updating stuff for a long time (I should) This comment maked my sick day so much better,BTW feel free to chat with me abt film studies stuff. I am more than happy to share with similar ppl like you
Hey guys,if you did not see me in my live stream with the hobbit yesterday. Sorry my Internet died n I wasn’t feeling too great with the stupid cold. Never less i would consider on doing more livestream in the future!
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Hey here is the thread for hobbit live streaming!! Please do come along! Thnks
I would be live-streaming the Hobbit with another friend of mine
Please feel free to come along and comment abt it..Thnks!
Afterthoughts for LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey
Now that I covered the trilogy and the latest Hobbit film,I would give my afterthoughts on it. (WARNING it may contain spoilers of The Hobbit:An Unexpected journey )
A film geek’s watching:LOTR: The Two Towers (2002) and LOTR:The Return of the King
O.K I am in the case of the feels now,but good news I have finished the LOTR trilogy! Huzzah! Now I am gonna tackle these two astonishing films..So shall we continue the journey eh?
LOTR:The Two Towers
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
As Frodo and Sam are seperated from the fellowship,with the help of Gollum. Lelogas,Aragon,Gimili and the remanning hobbits Pippin and Merry set out to defeat the fallen wizard Sauron.
I said that this one is not much my favourite as it gets a little wordy at some parts and a little too induglent on the battle scenes. However they do have some pretty interesting stuff especially how they tackled the King of Roran.
Of course the effects just got even awesome,my favourite thing that even surpass my love for Narnia-BAMF trees!. I mean I see pretty awesome trees in Prince Caspain but LOTR:Two Towers just blew the waters out of me.
I particularly liked the acting of King Theiron a lot. I thought he is pretty impressive and yeah for Eowyn.
Overall,it was a bit too indulgent for me as I got bored at some of the parts. However the scale of it is no less impressive
LOTR The Return of the King
How do you pick up the threads of an old life?…How do you go on…When your heart begins to understand…There is no going back…There are some things that time cannot mend some hurt that go too deep…That have taken hold…
I think you guys show know the story of young hobbit Frodo and Sam accomplishing a heavy mission to destroy the ring,here in the last leg the evil forces are at large,while Frodo was limping between life and death to destroy that ring.
I may not feel so much for the first two but JEEBUS this film perhaps summarise beautifully what Tolkien is talking about,the boundaries of friendship that break all evil. This film cause me so many feels (I could name so many right now) that I think I wept over the ending of it. I do not feel so much for the first two but Return of The King just killed my heart (I could name many including a jerk dad)
Yes I get a little bored in the beginning,but however the battle sequences are pretty amazing (Aragon have an army of dead people) and BAMF Arthur Rackman trees?
Aside from that,I have found my new forever girl Eowyn (yes I love my fierce bitches)…I love her loyalty and yes it goes a little Mulan-like (especially Aragon’s coronation). Who the hell cares,I am rooting her to be my queen,
With Sam’s door closing,I feel that a little part of me just died after watching this trilogy . I followed Frodo and Sam’s journey. I wept when Gandalf died (NOOOOOO),Bominr sacrificed his life for the hobbits (NOOOOOOOO). I was angry when Druthier refused to accept his son. I feel relived when I saw Sauron all-destroyed. My heart breaks when Frodo have to leave his world after knowing that he would never be the same. I think what makes LOTR so endearing even after a decade is the emotional heart. We wanted to fight the world,we despair and triumph by the power of friendship. Perhaps the return of the king is a fitting end of a beautiful trilogy.
However not all hope is lost!!! We still have the other two hobbit films,with Desolation of Smaug coming up!!!
HELL YEAH! I am extremely looking forward to Cumberbatch’s roles as Smaug and The Nercromacer. So…bring it on bitches!