OH, VERTOV. Personally, I don’t understand how this can be classified as a documentary. Sure, there is editing… A whole LOT of editing. BUT, WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO PROVE HERE? What is the argument? Is the subejct the man with the camera, or the city, or the people in the city?
Also, if Vertov was so about presenting life as it happened, why would he include a stop motion of the camera performing cut with an audience apploauding?
I feel the need to write on here. After all, I am one of the few tumblrers who at one time had a very high tumblarity. Well, back when there was tumblarity anyways.
SO SCHOOL. Who wants to know about my classes?
ALL OF YOU?!
Well the classes are good. History of Documentary has a sweet professor though he can be a bit verbose. He wanders around the treasure instead of cracking it open, if you know what I mean. The class is quite interesting, but I’m having trouble wrapping my head around a paper assignment. I would like to focus on the women directing team of Jesus Camp, ect… but it’s very hard to write about these people when they barely have a wikipedia page. I MEAN, COME ON! Also, this class has gone over every time. Now, when you have a 4 hour class, you would think that is more than enough time to jam pack all of the information in the world. Apparently that is not the case, as running over is a theme that has been consistently present within all of my classes.
Korean cinema is a great class. There are only 12 students, so the environment is not only relaxed, but the class is quite fun. I presented last week, the first presenter actually. So, 15 % of my grade has already been decided upon, and I have no way to gage how I did. I presented on Chan Wook Park, who is absolutely brilliant, and I recommend watching the Vengeance trilogy as soon as you possibly can.
Lastly, there is Film Form/Film Sense. This class is interesting. I feel as though I know everything that we have spoken about in class. The book that most of the readings are based out of is elementary and dull. Also, the teacher who is extremely lovely can talk about montage for 352352 hours. I understood the concept 5 years ago, and I’m pretty sure that I still understand thesis + antithesis= synthesis. So we will see what’s going on there. I’m starting to believe that I should have at least attempted to opt out of the class. I probably would have been able to.
So yeah, I’ve been watching maybe 7 films a week. Reading for multiple hours every day. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons, try new things, meet new people.
And that’s been my life.
Ethan visited last weekend. It was brilliant. He got a perfect score on the GRE Verbal AND Quantitative sections.. just waiting on the essay.
THIS DUDE TODAY—- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1806375/ Ion furjanic is his name. And his claim to fame is that he does the sound and scoring for all of these profitable films. (Commercials too… anything, really) He’s worked on Jesus Camp, 12th and Delaware, Freakanomics….
Anyways, I was fascinated with the way that he works. Completely technology driven, this man seems to be a force to be reckoned with.
Thank you NYU for providing me with opportunities like this.
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I think I might head to the E street Landmark to see “I’m Still Here.” Yup, that’s what I’m going to do.
This is what an old man told me on the street about that movie. “It’s stupid, you feel stupid watching it, and you feel stupid that you paid money to go and see it.” Also, a critic in my class said it was horrible, but then another kid loved it… so I don’t know.
The director of one hour photo (this is what the poster says… no name is given) is back at it with Never Let Me Go. Carrie Mulligan brings her acting chops to this emotionally shushed scientific/thriller/drama.
The story is interesting enough. The premise is based within a new trend of movies dealing with cloning possibilities. Basically the film poses the question, what if we cloned the low lifes of the world so that we could raise them and harvest there organs. No horror seeps throughout the frames, just an overall doom.
Styled like every other Kiera Knightly film, who is also in the movie, the washed out British film is an above average picture. There were many faults within the script, but I also think that there were some beautiful moments. These moments surfaced at the heights of the characters’ emotional intensities, and believe me there was a lot going on in the depths of these characters. However, certain story elements seemed to come out of nowhere. We were introduced to this concept of harvesting organs, in a classroom, by a teacher, whom no one really would care about. Here, I felt that the screenwriter must have either been lazy, or the studio was trying to shave some minutes off of the script.
If you are in the mood for a mellow and emotionally charged British film, I would recommend seeing Never Let Me Go. The mix of a fated childhood, with a chaotic love story makes for a good hour and 45 minutes of your life. Yet, if this is not up your alley, please do not waste your precious time.