sarah and i have been watching a lot of movies lately, taking advantage of the substantial student discount before 5pm and the fact that school is out (hurrah!). a few days ago we caught revolutionary road. today it was taken. i thought that revolutionary road had more depth thematically, just the kind of movie i like.
furthermore, i have been watching a lot of old movies by tarantino and the coen brothers on tudou so you get what i mean when i say “cinema overdose”.
the interior of the theatre above was shot at the cathay. i am not sure if a still constitutes “recording”. perhaps it does but hey, the movie hasn’t started yet. converted the photo to monochrome in lightroom, applied a split-tone and ended off by overlaying a texture in photoshop for the finishing touch.
smoked salmon sandwich with walnut bap bread
assorted breads with olive oil & vinegar
after that it was dinner at cedele before heading to the singapre art museum to catch filament, a showcase of audio and visual final-year projects from my school. i was especially keen to see reclaim land, which is a multimedia journalism project that explores the space constraint in singapore and how people make use of the space in interesting ways. visit their website at reclaimland.sg.
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“cucurrucucu paloma” performed by brazilian legend caetano veloso, in a scene from the 2002 movie “hable con ella” (talk to her). the english translation of the lyrics:
They say that at nights
all he could do was cry all the time
they say he won´t eat
all he could do was drink at all times
they swear that heaven itself
would tremble hearing his crying
He suffered so much for her
that even on his death he was calling her
ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, he cried
ay, ay ay ay ay, he sobbed
ay ay ay ay ay he sang
from a deadly passion, he died
That a sad sparrow
early in the morning goes to sing
at the lonely little house
with it´s liitle doors wide open
They swear that that sparrow
is nothing else than his soul
still waiting for her return
cucucrrucucu, don´t cry
stones will never, sparrow
know anything about love
cucurrucucu, sparrow don´t cry
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i am going to call ‘the dark knight’ probably one of the best films i will watch all year. considering that i hardly feel the compulsion to see the inside of a theatre, this claim may or may not be accurate.
the film follows in the tradition of the over-hyped, box-office record smashing superhero blockbuster. but dismissing ‘the dark knight’ as another ‘hero kills villain to save the day and get the girl’ flick will not do, for this rendition is not simply one of black against white. rather it explores all the grey spaces between those two extremes. this movie is by no means an excursion into the intricacies of the human psyche, but the psychologically-charged script is certainly a refreshing deviation from the mindless bang-about that has come to characterise the genre.
on the technical end of things, ‘the dark knight’ is a masterclass in hollywood excellence (yes, the irony). one can expect the usual gloss that is hollywood cinema – the action sequences beautifully choreographed, the sets darkly atmospheric and the editing top-notch. with the kind of money poured into making this film, it would seem an awful waste if this aspect turned out otherwise.
still, a movie is dead without its actors – the cast so star-studded that even edison chen got a cameo as a receptionist (amazing that they would let him near computers and technology in light of the recent scandal). of special mention is of course, heath ledger, breathing new life into a character that has long since lost its novelty. i was struck by how much restrain he gave the joker, for it would be easy to prance about in stark lunacy. this version of the joker appears to tip-toe the highwire between sanity and madness, occasionally doing a flip with a flourish, flicking his tongue with lick of his blood-stained teeth. in short, madness with a mission. look for ‘best supporting actor’ to be awarded posthumously this year.
it is precisely this ambiguity that lends intellectual weight to the film. vigilante justice is not rooted in black and white; and man, even the very best of us, stands at the edge and ‘a little push’ is all that is required. even the title reveals this. just who is the dark knight? can evil and chaos stand beside honour, valour and love? yes it can. it is also called the human condition.
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