Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

They Accompany Us...

The Classics...

Some amazing spiritual encounters caught on tape: here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Lodger (1927)

"To-Nite Golden Curls, To-Nite Golden Curls!"


"In this house, no door must be opened without the previous one being closed first- it is vital that you remember this."
-The Others

The Mysterious Explorations Of Jasper Morello

Great animation and style...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Viscount I.M. Laurie's Latest

As a filmmaker, I am very influenced by costume and set design and always find myself making collages or searching for photos and illustrations that inspire me. I often write blog posts about my findings or about other artists whose work stands out to me, like one of my favorite artists, I.M. Lowry. When I saw his most recent piece of artwork I immediately asked if I could feature it here.

I.M. Lowry often creates entire stories that go along with his beautiful illustrations, much like this one. His work consists of a detailed and structured point of view which can be seen in the buildings, clothing, and decor in his artwork (often inspired by Victorian age illustration). All aspects of his art, whether he is drawing a scene from the 18th century, iconic figures in history or mythology, or amazingly creative mechanical devices, I.M. Lowry produces his artwork in intricate and architectural ways. An artist with great talent, great style, and a great imagination- I.M. Lowry is definitely one of the best!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Night Trees

Took a few photos last night, the sky was so blue and I wanted to capture it amongst the tops of the trees. My camera didn't quite capture the richness of the sky and how blue it really looked so I had to enhance the photos a bit.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Saw this film last night and was pretty glad I did. At first I wasn't quite understanding the story but I think it's because I never saw a trailer for the film. The film had a very interesting plot, great acting, and pretty amazing scenery.

It is clear that the film's art direction is full of wonder (seeing as how it involves several character's imaginations) and I found myself pretty inspired by its beauty. If there is only one thing I wasn't as in love with, it would be the amount of CGI use, however we're taking a peek into people's imaginations- it's supposed to be wild. Speaking of wild, I loved how they captured that creepy traveling-circus style. The look of the film and the imaginative ideas within the script made this film totally worth seeing.

Sherlock Holmes

As I walked out of the movie theatre after seeing Sherlock Holmes, I immediately had the desire to see the film again. The film was great on so many levels: I found the writing to be witty, the acting very good, and the overall direction was very well done. I loved the story and how it was full of little plot twists along the way and how they combined the ideas of magic and the laws of science which played into my favorite part; the art direction.

They fully succeeded in capturing London during the industrial revolution which really helped create a great look for Holmes' clever gadgets and messy study. Combining this time period and the story's elements of 'magic' really gave every scene a bit of an edge. What also gave the film an 'edge' was the editing & cinematography; I really liked the way flashbacks were edited and loved some of the clever camera shots. Even if this film isn't your thing, the music by Hans Zimmer is a must-have.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Twilight Zone

Watching The Twilight Zone classics was definitely a great way to spend New Year's Day. I didn't really remember that the marathon was on SyFy until last night, but I caught a few episodes before bed. It always fascinates me that there have been so many shows inspired by The Twilight Zone concept (every episode is a different scary story), but none hold up the way The Twilight Zone does. I suppose the show One Step Beyond does (it aired just before The Twilight Zone and is supposed to be based on true paranormal encounters), but many shows that came after just don't frighten us as much. I suspect that it is due to the fact that The Twilight Zone doesn't only rely on monsters, ghost, or aliens. Instead, it relies on the fear of them existing, the fear that there is more to what we think we know. It also contains lots of psychological themes, often having to do with people's memory, dreams, or uncertainty. When I watch episodes I have seen before, let alone ones that are new to me, I still find them entertaining and often pretty meaningful.

Ghost Adventures Happy New Year

(Should have posted this on New Year's Eve, but didn't think about it until now.)

The boys' New Year's Resolutions...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

A new decade... plenty of great things to come!

(10 years... that's 10 Halloweens!)