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Across the Universe

In today’s procrastination, I started watching ‘Across the Universe‘… one of the many movies in the 140GB (yes thats right, there was no mistake in that figure) worth of movies and tv shows I downloaded in my Monday night procrastination. I gotta say though, this movie is brilliant. For those who don’t know it, it’s the based on the musical of the same name using all the Beatles songs. It’s based around a small group of friends during the revolutionary time of the Vietnam war and hippy era in America. 

I think what I like about it is that for once, none of the singers are annoyingly bad, but not only that – they actually do the whole thing artistically. It’s not just a plain jane movie. Now if you’re dealing with an era drowning in drugs and free loooooove, there’s bound to be some psychadelic crazy scenes, but this movie doesn’t just do that, it has a completely artistic side to it, at times reminding me of the montage style used in monty python…. like that but on serious drugs screwing it up haha.

The clip at the very top is one of my fauurite scenes because of how well it is shot and the beauty of the cinematography playing a big part of the clip (specfically from around 30 seconds till 1.20 mins). I also kind of have a draw to gospel singing (although not necessarily the songs they sing… but singing the beatles works so well here…)

The clip directly below is an example of  the montaging that they do (for the scene of  strawberry fields – specifically from around 2.30 mins). There’s a crazier clip than this which is just plain psycho seeing as it also involves them on drugs and at a “circus”. But this ones just cool. Below that is how they do the musical scenes – I love this one and it’s probably my favourite scene just because of how well it works. I think they do it bloody well for the drafting of the brother (the blonde guy). Actually they do a really do a really job with the whole war side of things.

Anyways, if you have a spare moment, WATCH IT!

June 3, 2010 Posted by | lyrics, Movie Quotes, movie review, movies, music, Notes, youtube stuff | Leave a comment

Shout out to The Doors


Ok so last night I decided to watch the movie ‘The Doors’ starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. I’d heard about it before and been told it was really good, so on Thursday when I went to the video store to get out ‘A Street Car Named Desire‘ and ‘In Cold Blood‘ for university, I nabbed The Doors as well.

Val Kilmer actually has an uncanny resemblence to Jim Morrison (left: the movie poster featuring Val Kilmer), although that’s probably more to do with the hair and the jaw structure than anything else, and he does an extremely good job in the role.

Along side him was Meg Ryan, which was a great suprise to me, because of all the female actresses I could think of for the part of Pam, there’s no way she would have even come close to the top of that list. No way. I’m still not sure I liked her for the part. I think it’s her voice that had me iffy about it (as strange as that may sound). But watching the movie, I couldn’t believe some of the things she was put through. I had no idea she even existed (below right: the real Pam Courson and Jim Morrison – she’s fucking gorgeous), but more to the point, some of the things that happened were just plain crazy!

[NOTE: the following are spoilers, so if you plan on watching it (which you should) then don’t read the following]

For example there’s a thanksgiving scene in which Jim and Pam are supposed to be hosting the party, but they both take acid, so they’re completely tripping. Jim comes out with the “roast” duck which is charred black. Pam gets really upset when she sees that Jim’s “mistress” came to the party and they start to have a fight and get pulled apart. Then Pam sees the duck and continues to go off her head at Jim screaming that he killed her duck. Their fight escalates until there’s a knife involved and they’re both threatening each other. Jim puts the knife in her hand kneels before her and pulls his shirt open and they stand there for a minute yelling at each other with knife still held above him. Then they realise they love each other sooooo much blah blah blah and they’re just high. Everyone leaves at that point rather than put up with anymore of their craziness.

There’s a couple of threatened deaths throughout it. Jim threatens to jump out windows/off building ledges outside windows a couple of times and Pam has to climb out for him. He also has another fight with her which results in her locked in the cupboard and him setting it on fire before bailing. She gets out and they get back together a while later. They were both outrageously high in basically all of these scenes though. Both drug addicts obviously.

There’s another really weird scene which was the one I was originally told about and why it was recommended to me – to see the drug tripping scene in the desert  – the Peyote scene. True to form, it was crazy, but not quite as crazy as I was expecting I guess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely worth watching for that like 2 minutes of them just completely tripping out. (click on the link to the youtube video and skip forward to 1.30 mins. And the best parts end around 4.20 mins)

The amount of drugs they took though, I honestly just don’t know how the fuck they managed to stay alive (for as long as they did). I really really don’t. It was inevitable that he was going to die, but I just don’t know how he survived as long as he did. He had one fucked up drug fueled lifestyle – that is for sure.

Still, if I’d been alive at the time, I have no doubt I would have joined them, and no doubt that I would have thrown myself at him aswell – he was fucking sexy. You can’t deny it:

Then again, he makes long hair look fucking good, and his jaw line is pure drool-worthy! I have loved this picture of him for sooooooo long. And who could resist his singing and lyrics? Sometimes they’re completely wacked up, but who gives? I don’t know why but I’ve always thought guys from that era were kind of good looking. Weird huh. 

But anyways back to the movie: they managed to get a lot of historical events which was awesome – a lot of the crazy things that he did on stage was put into the film (as it should be). For example to the left is the real picture of Jim at one of the concerts they performed and it’s portrayed in the movie – with him falling in exactly the same position and wearing exactly the same clothing. He had been sprayed in the eye with pepper spray by the cops right before that concert, was so high that it was surprising he didn’t have a heart attack right there and then on stage. He was arrested halfway through that concert and never finished it. 

And without further adue, seeing as I’ve delayed it so far, here’s the actual trailer for the movie:

I remember the first time I heard the doors, it was at my Dad’s house. I guess he liked them all along, but he went through a phase of really liking them and just leaving the dvd of the different concerts on play permanently. He’d get the hue speakers connected up and blasting as he went around the house doing things. Maybe that’s why I originally thought the doors were so cool, but then I actually did grow to love them. So much. Now they’re one of my favourite bands of all time… and like all good bands, sadly, one of the members had to die – it’s pretty much the rule.

Lets face it: they were fucking legends.

Don’t try denying it.

It won’t work.


SIDE NOTE: I was disgusted to find in my youtube search for the thanksgiving scene that one of the results that came up as a listed match for my search of ‘the doors movie scene death’, was a video bout Edward Cullen from Twilight entitled ‘Eyes, Arms .. and you Lips || Edward’ POV’. I was positively horrified. And to top it off, it was a stupid and pathetic fan made video by some peanut sized brain swoony chit. SHAME ON YOU YOUTUBE!

March 27, 2010 Posted by | drugs, drunk/drinking, Film Review, just a quick note, just for shits and giggles, movie review, movies, photography, youtube stuff | Leave a comment

Another awesome site to check out!!

My communications lectures (and unit in general) are usually pretty darn boring and very rarely do we learnt something that is actually amazing… then again maybe that’s due to the fact that the unit is called ‘Human Communication: Debating Technology’. However, sometimes we do get the rare gem (ie being shown Monty Python’s ‘Search for the Holy Grail’ as an example of rhetoric) and this site that was shown to us, is one of those gems:

www.thetrailermash.com

The following video, ‘Titanic: Two The Surface’ is a mash up of a whopping 24 different movies (see if you can spot them all) to create a “sequel” to James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster, Titanic. In this version Jack doesn’t die but is instead frozen on the night Titanic sinks. He is recovered by a team in the present day where he is then brought back to life and he is then forced to start a new life (after escaping the governments research labs). It’s actually put together really well in terms of creating a new story altogether.

This one is called 10 Things I Hate About Commandments and is obviously a mock up of 10 Things I Hate About You except using 

And the supposed cream of the crop on the website is this little mash-up: Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall turned into a feel-good romantic comedy. This video actually won the Association of Independent Creative Editors Trailer Park Competition in 2005.

But I thought that this one was definitely one of the best ones that I watched. The way that they managed to pull all the most relevant parts to be made to sound dirty is brilliant. It’s a parody of Brokeback Mountain using Star Wars. Watch it or else! Star Wars: The Empire Brokeback

And at the risk of over-flooding this post with videos, there’s one more: Scary Mary. I find it funny purely because they managed to take a completely innocent kids movie and successfully turn it into a really creepy looking horror movie.

There’s just so many more that I want to add here, but I don’t want to go overboard so instead I’ll just post some links to some more. So in the event you get bored and need to procrastinate, these are some time fillers (although not all of them may be from thetrailermash.com):

  • This one isn’t brilliant, but I’m posting it especially for my friend grubstreethack. Top Gun parody staring the one and only: Kim Jong Il. It’s called Songun and it’s a parody of Top Gun North Korean style.
  • Mrs Doubtfire becomes a thriller about one man’s pedophiliac obsession: Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Saving Private Ryan mashed up to be a comedy: Where’s Private Ryan
  • The somewhat iconic mafia movie Scarface turns comedy: How Scarface Got his Grove Back
  • A parody of V for Vendetta… using SESAME STREET!!! C is for Cookie
  • A combination of I Am Sam and Milk, creating a mash up story of a man who fought for the forbidden love of a little girl: I Am Sam Milk. (Even though this one isn’t brilliant, it’s worth watching this one just to read the beginning green credit shot).

September 1, 2009 Posted by | art, bored, movie review, Random Websites to check out NOW, university | 1 Comment

Balibo

the balibo five journalists 1975 Balibo the Movie

Tonight I went to see the film Balibo and it was nothing short of amazing. At university I take both Communications and Politics and I was told by 3 teachers in one day to go see this movie… Tonight I finally decided to go see it and I’m so glad I did.

balibo the movie poster

Here’s what IMDB had to say about the movie:

As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to tell the story of his country and investigate the fate of the missing men. As East’s determination to uncover the truth grows, the threat of invasion intensifies and an unlikely friendship develops between the last foreign correspondent in East Timor and the man who will become President. BALIBO is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes that have been covered up for over thirty years.

The film was nothing short of amazing and I especially thought that the use of some of the filming techniques was really what gave that authentic feel to the film and what helped to make it so confronting. In particular, the use of grainy film for the sections about the Balibo Five. The change between the grainy film and the modern high definition quality for the sections following East’s journey were smooth and barely noticed.

The only downside for me was that every time I saw Gyton Grantley (who portrayed Garry Cunningham), I automatically thought of him from his role in hit TV series Underbelly as Carl Williams. That’s how I know and recognise him, so it was a little distracting for me. The rest of the characters seemed very well cast, although I’m a little reserved as to wether Anthony Lapaglia was the best man for the role of Roger East. For the majority of the movie, he put in a stella performance, but there was one moment at the end of the film where they focus in on a close up shot of his face as he says dramatically, “I’m Australian.” That point just made me cringe at the over dramatised hollywood seeping in there. Oscar Isaac was the run away performance, even though he was only the supporting actor.

Malcom Rennie Balibo Fivecunningham balibo five australiaAnother thing that I thought ought to be commended though, is the strong ties the film had to the actual true history – keeping it as close as possible. By that I don’t just mean telling the tale accurately, but also recreating and re-enacting images and what film we actually do have from all the journalists that were in East Timor and concerned with the film.

Example: Left the real Greg Shackelton  Right Damon Gameau’s portrayal of Shackelton in the film).

Seeing this film, was the first time that I’ve actual felt scared about my career choice. There was a particular scene in the film that shows the death of the Balibo Five that was very confronting to me. When they stabbed some of the members of the group, I was really shocked by it. If there’s one death that I really don’t want to be my fate, then it’s definitely being stabbed. Except, that’s one very real occurrence and risk I would run working in a war torn area, although it is more likely I would be shot given today’s use of guns being vastly more popular thanks to cheaper arms deals.

Since deciding I was going to become a journalist, I’ve always wanted to do international journalism/correspondence and go to war torn areas or conflict zones. I wanted to write a piece that would change lives and break a story which would bring the truth to millions. Of course I was originally inspired by Jennifer Conolly’s role in Blood Diamond, but that’s a story where the journalist goes into a high risk area, survives and manages to write her article. It’s hollywood – she had to survive to tell the tale. 

Watching this movie though, it was very confronting because it was like, “hey you know you might die really young if you choose to do this”. It’s not like there’s ever a year when we don’t hear about at least one journalist being killed somewhere amongst a fight. A couple of years ago there were even those journalists held hostage and then beheaded. The terrorists filmed it all and it was broadcast. Their poor families. I’ve always joked around when people ask me what kind of journalist I want to be and I’ve replied with a casual answer of, “Oh you know… One of those journos that gets blown up in the middle east. I want to do correspondence.” Now I’m thinking that I’ve probably jinxed myself big time.

Greg Shackelton Balibo

 I really wanted to include this still from the film (to the left) on a side note, purely because it reminded me so much of my Dad. He owns a series two Land Rover exactly like the one used in the film (with minor differences in the back windows and back door). Not only the car, but also Shakleton’s look with the hair, boots and the shorts – I remember my Dad having that exactly look when we used to go on holidays as a child… although I remember him wearing thongs as opposed to the boots more often than not. There were quite a few scenes in the movie that reminded me of the very Aussie lifestyle and the images of Aussie’s you see from that era – especially of the boys in AFL at the time… I believe that was the time of the mustache was it not?

Shooting Balibo Maniaty

On another side note, I found an article from the Indonesian News (in english) and it says that they’re still denying that they murdered the five Journos, simply that they got caught in between fire from the Indonesians and the East Timorese Government. There’s also articles from the ABC about how the Australian Government has failed the Balibo Five at bringing there murderers to justice, and The Age, which is an interview with Tony Maniaty who was a journalist in East Timor at the time and crossed paths with the Balibo Five as he fled the country with his life. He has now written a book about the making of the movie and his memories of the whole experience called ‘Shooting Balibo’ (pictured right). I’m actually quite interested now to read that. He also teaches at the Sydney University of Technology, so I’m quite interested in that as well. Maybe do a year post grad there? Or my honours?

So back to the point: for anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, I thoroughly recommend it. Go see it NOW!

August 27, 2009 Posted by | journalism, just a quick note, movie review | 4 Comments