I have started making films under the recently named ‘Horizontal Life Films’. They are largely reflective pieces, drawn from personal experiences. I hope you enjoy them.
A short film I shot and edited on the iPhone from my visit to London March 2013. Enjoy.
Since the turn of 2013, I have seen quite a lot of movies and, regarding this blog, have been quite lazy in my reviews. I hope, over the next few weeks to catch up. Here is an overview of all that I’ve seen along with my personal rating, with particular focus on several which really stood out for me.
Two weeks ago I made the leap from the apple iPhone 4S to the Nokia Lumia 820, after much deliberation and reflection.
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Given the length of the journey to and from Austin, Tx from London Heathrow, I had the opportunity to sample some cool films. Unfortunately on the tiny screen and through the horrible, fiddly earphone sockets that occasionally crackles. Nevertheless, here is what I watched:
Liberal Arts (Radnor, 2012)
Directed by and starring Josh Radnor (HIMYM), Liberal Arts is a meaningful follow-up to Radnor’s delightful debut Happythankyoumoreplease. Telling the story of a man in his thirties who falls for a 19 year old student (played by Elisabeth Olson), LA is an honest, heartbreaking and genuine effort. The narrative, though somewhat cliche, is executed wonderfully and the characters–arguably the core of the film– are balanced and firm.
Sound Of My Voice (2011)
Two investigative journalists enter the mesmerising world of a cult via the convincing and hypnotic character Maggie (Brit Marling) and undergo a journey of bemusement, fear and intrigue. Sound Of My Voice is an interesting movie that does not serve to take stance on the issue of cults. Rather, it tells the story of Maggie, a young women who suggests that she has travelled from the future. Whether you believe her or not– and the experience is of both– SOMV is a test as much to the viewer, as it is for the characters at the heart of the movie– Compelling, hypnotic.
I categorise these as ‘others’ as they were highly enjoyable, however lacking something. Moonrise Kingdom is a humorous, what we’ve come to expect from a Wes Anderson movie. Nothing special. Safety Not Guaranteed is interesting, however sadly let down by the ending.
I will be making my way to Austin, TX to present a paper at this year’s FLOW TV Conference at the University of Texas, Austin (which takes place over the 1st-3rd of November). Over the course of my stay, I will try my best to update progress of my trip, including feedback from the festival and some posts about my experience of the promising city of Austin.
At a glance, I have already picked a handful of exciting things to experience, including the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (where they are showing Point Break) and the Mondo Gallery.
Keep posted for more!
Please feel free to leave comments with suggestions.
Television, fall 2012, has seen the return of some favourites of this blog, as well as some new programmes– some of which have triumphed, others, however have perished. Click to read my overview of what I’ve watched or have been watching.
What’s to say really other than what’s said in the title? With the return of Franklin and Bash season 2 to our screens, I was never hesitant about the show’s successes. The idea of whether it’d lose it’s cool from Season 1 never arose, and I was right to assume so. If anything, season 2 suggests growth. It’s hilarious, flippant, absurd and, plain easy, enjoyable entertainment.
Call Me Fitz (HBO, 2010–)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (so far)
Call Me Fitz, starring the almost forgotten Jason Priestly as Richard Fitz– a morally corrupted businessman who, following a car accident, is forced to confront himself with the help of the mysterious Larry, who claims to be Fitz’ conscience.
Read on for my verdict
Reaching, what is my personal point of no return regarding The Newsroom’s first season run, my expression is much like Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) pictured above. Hear [rather read] me out….