Friday, 26 June 2009

Old Man and the Tea

This was an assignment I did last semester... I'd like to say I had fun making it, but then that would imply academics is fun... So, uh, I won't say it.


Monday, 22 June 2009

Why The Happiness of the Katakuris is my new favourite movie

I'm in love with Keiko Matsuzaka. Or maybe I'm in love with her character, Terue. Despite the fact that she's a Grandmother(!) in this.

The subtleties in the acting - The whole family plays it straight while all the characters around them ham it up. A lot of critics have accused the whole cast of hammy acting, I don't think thats true. And oh, Keiko Matsuzaka blows everyone away.

Tetsuro Tamba's Grandpa Jinpei.

The way the songs have been picturised - the style has more in common with concert films than standard musicals. The actors are rarely performing for the camera. Instead, Miike films them from various angles so that the actors dont know which camera to perform for. So it ends up looking like the characters are performing for themselves, which, to tell you the truth blew my mind away.

The Ending. Best ending EVER. Miike captures the beauty of life in a single shot.

Kenichi Endo's tiny role near the end. Endo is a Miike regular who always seems to deliver the goods. He's my new favourite actor.

Songs that are catchy as hell. And unlike Bolly/Molly/Tolly/Kollywood films, they don't overstay their welcome. In fact some of them seem to end before they even start.

Its not Terue. I love Keiko Matsuzaka.

The stop motion sequence near the end - brilliant! Again, a lot of reviewers complained about it's use because Miike ran out of money for proper special effects, but I found the crude imagery to be very evocative and touching. In fact I liked all the stop motion sequences, even the one at the beginning that seems to have no connection whatsoever to the rest of the movie.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Heh heh

Today's Inspiration

Dunno if you guys follow the Today's Inspiration blog, but today's entry is a must see. Robert Osborn seems to have been a truly brilliant artist, in the lines of (forgive the pun) Ronald Searle. He seems to have been able to convey a lot through minimal lines, in fact even more so than the master (Searle) himself. And he seems to have been an ace in various styles. Check it out!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Piracy can't kill your music

Just ask Trent Reznor. I'm sure a lot of artists can learn from this example, and I'm not just talking about musicians.

Which Student are you?

By no means do I consider myself an art student. I would have loved to have "studied" art (do you actually STUDY something at college anyway? I always learnt more on the job, or at least thats how it feels) , but I spent 5 years trying to understand architecture instead. Cartoonist/Illustrator/ "Art Teacher" (now I'm going too far) Chuck Dillion has posted a collection of cartoons title 'Which Student are you?' very much reminiscent of stuff we used to see in MAD Magazine when it used to be funny.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009