Tree of Life (2011)
The nuns taught us there are two ways through life … the way of Nature… and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. They taught us that no one who loves the way of grace…ever comes to a bad end.
Jessica Chastain is my everything.
by Christopher Runyon
Throughout this retrospective, I’ve talked at length about Miyazaki’s visual and thematic fascination with flight. But I haven’t talked as much of another somewhat consistent image in the famed animators’ work: castles. We certainly have obvious choices like the titular fortress of Castle in the Sky, the one from Miyazaki’s feature debut before forming the Studio, The Castle of Cagliostro, and the one that occupies this week’s film; but we also have more unconventional versions of this trope of sorts, like the Bathhouse in Spirited Away, and the pilots’ resort found in Porco Rosso.
Miyazaki has a real knack of establishing a sense of place and majesty in even the simplest of places–like the bakery in Kiki’s Delivery Service–, but it’s his castles and fortresses that manage to be the most memorable. There, he languishes on filling these architectural wonders with such an astounding, almost unnecessary level of detail, and we can see the animator having some of his most fun establishing and imagining these mighty monuments. In a way, these castles are just as much characters as the humans, and the one in Howl’s Moving Castle is such an incredible creation that it almost threatens to overtake the film, in a sense. But then again, that’s kinda the point.
My new retrospective piece is up! Click the links above to read….
by Christopher Runyon
Bethlehem feels like it would make an excellent show on HBO, and I mean that as a high compliment. The themes and ideas director Yuval Adler and co-writer Ali Wakad are playing with are all fascinating, relevant and thought-provoking on their own, but together they create a rich tapestry of modern day Bethlehem and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Such a plethora of concepts would be enough to make even a densely packed show like The Wire stagger a bit, so the fact that we experience Bethlehem in just an hour and forty minutes is both a blessing and a curse; a means of creating a rich, intelligent film, and a detriment to those very ideas as well.
Here’s a new reviewy thingy I wrote. Click the links above to read.
by Christopher Runyon
The “crowd pleaser” is a strange kind of film. They are simultaneously able to garner both the most praise and the most backlash all at once. Take for instance The Shawshank Redemption, which still holds the #1 film slot on iMDB’s Top 250 list. A great film, I’d personally argue, but is it only great because it makes you feel triumphant by the end credits? This argument always pops up in a lot of the “inspirational” stories, whether it be Slumdog Millionaire, Forrest Gump, Dead Poets Society, the list goes on. “This film is too sappy,” one will say. “Its feel-good emotions distract viewers from the dismal script,” another would go. And while I definitely think these arguments are certainly valid, it must also be noted that cinema is, for the most part, manipulation, and there can still be something of worth in a story that succeeds at that kind of manipulation–without offensive falsities, of course.
I bring this up because I feel that this argument will be most certainly applied to Australian director Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket, a Laos-set film with a plot synopsis that practically screams “inspiring!”, involving a young boy who overcomes his social and physical limitations and surpasses a great obstacle–in this case, a rocket-competition with a cash prize that could save his family.
Whoops! Totally forgot to link to this new review I wrote. Click the links to read!
So I have at Target with my dad when I wondered around and saw this…
Its Ryan Fucking Gosling on a Diary … It even says stuff inside it
IT GETS BETTER
THIS DIARY ACTUALLY WANTS TO LISTEN TO YOU AND HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAY.
IT ALSO GIVES YOU ITS OWN BUBBLE TO WRITE YOUR OWN COMPLIMENT YO YOURSELF.
I AM A MALE AND I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.