Showing posts with label Sundance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sundance. Show all posts

Dec 15, 2012

Beasts of the southern wild [2012]


Beasts of the southern wild is a 2012 production which premiered at Sundance and gained immense success throughout the year, especially for first time director Behn Zeitlin. It tells the story of a young girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), who lives in an isolated part of the world with her father, Wink, and a handful of people who refuse to leave their homes, in spite of the incoming water rise that is threatening to destroy their houses and lives.

Beasts is a very good movie, with a touching story, interesting direction and fantastic performances, but still it failed to completely move me. I think it's because the script was not the strongest point of the film. It started out strong- I was taken aback by the wild, dirty and unexpected aspect of everyday life south of the Levee, but also containing something beautiful and natural that you are attracted to, no matter what. I loved the fact that the people were celebrating life even when they didn't have anything else but those houses, when all hope was lost, when they knew the storm is coming. The Bathtub (the town) was made of survivors, and Hushpuppy was the first and strongest of them, despite her age. Wink, her father, is tough on her, but mostly because he wants her to succeed, so he treats her bad enough to make her strong and resilient. But this where the story mostly lies in- survival- and it doesn't go much further than that, unfortunately, which is a pity. Also, a thing I didn't quite get or see the relevance in the end, is the monster deal, although the confrontation was interestingly made.

That being said, the rest of the aspects of the movie were pretty flawless. The direction was beautiful and suited the wild nature of the environment, especially with its shaky camera and, sometimes, not very focused camera shots, and the set design was very well made and incredibly realistic. I also loved the score of it, and I think it should be rewarded somehow. What we should really talk about is the casting, and especially the performances of the actors. Quvenzhané Wallis was flawless and, for such a young girl, she delivered much more than expected. Dwight Henry was also very good and played the part of the father with the right amount of love and toughness, and the rest of the supporting cast was great.

Beasts of the southern wild is a wonderful film from many points of view, but in the end, it fails to make a real difference or, better said, fails to impress and give a lasting impression over time. It is a well made film, beautifully shot, but just not....enough.

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Jan 23, 2012

Random recommendations post

Hey guys!

Since it is Monday and I know most of you, like myself, love discovering new films, tv shows, music, magazines and so on, I decided to share with you some all-time and/or current favorites:

TV Show- Sherlock

The fantastic TV show follows Sherlock, a modern day wacky detective in his journey through misterious cases and inmaginable villains, accompanied by Dr John Watson, his loyal friend and partener. I can't write a full review or objectively say what is good or wrong about this show, I can only tell you that it is fantastic and that you should see it right now- it is worth your time! There are 2 seasons released, each one having 3 episodes of 90 minutes each, so basically you have 6 mini-movies to warch! Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson are perfect and their chemistry is dynamite. Actually, mister Cumberbatch has been on my mind lately and I find him fascinating for different reasons, I might write a post about him soon!
Please do see Sherlock!

Music

I'm not a big house/electronic/disco or...well, whatever Lana del Rey's music genre is, but these two songs are pretty good! Lana Del Rey is an interesting case- her voice is so special, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't, but it is something out of ordinary!Too bad her SNL performance was that bad!

Magazine-Vanity fair

In the last couple of years I've been constantly buying Vanity Fair- the American magazine is a great read for many reasons, in my opinion! Firstly, it covers a large array of domains, from celebrities (their usual cover subject), to sports, economy, society, trends, and unsolved cases. It has profiles of known individuals, but told from a different perspective or with untold stories until now; it highlights new talent and gives credit to the ones who deserve it. Second of all, the articles are very well-written, well-researched and easy to read! I must admit, not all of the numbers are great overall, you should check the content table before buying!

Film Website

David Bordwell's website is perfect for film fanatics and theory lovers- not only does it feature a great number of articles on history and movies, it also has many analysis posts on scenes, characters, shooting styles and so on. An interesting read! http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/

Sundance related articles

As you may know, Sundance is in full swing in Utah right now and these articles should help you understand and learn more about the film festival!
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/01/20/sundance-redford-romney-transformers/
http://www.indiewire.com/article/sundance-2012-a-complete-guide-to-all-the-films
http://www.indiewire.com/article/meet-the-sundance-filmmakers-the-complete-collection
http://www.indiewire.com/article/notes-from-sundance-opening-night-four-films
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sundance-2012-buyers-guide-a-primer

What about you, what have you been reading/listening/watching lately? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you all have a nice day and a great week!