I’ve seen a lot films in my life time, but ‘Upstream Color’ has to be one of the most inventive and strangest film I’ve ever seen (that includes works by David Lynch and Matthew Barney AKA Bjork’s husband.) It’s also one of the most beautiful.
That last point might not have been as impressive, given how easy it is these days to make something look pretty (thanks to revolution in digital cinematography) but ‘Upstream Color’ still manages to stand out. Throughout the film it was abundantly clear that the level of polish, confidence and thoughtfulness Carruth has achieved in all aspects of film-making, since his $7,000 home-made ‘Primer”. There are some lines in ‘Upstream’ that not since ‘The Master’ I’d been so utterly hypnotized by.
I’m not saying you’ll like the film. But I am saying you’ll be thinking about it consciously or otherwise for days to come. It’ll sneak under your skin (pun! for those few who managed to have seen it) and into your consciousness.
I’d been meaning to see it for a while now, but keep forgetting. Finally got hold of a copy. Appropriate timing considering there’s monster blizzard forcing people in the north-east to be in lockdown this weekend.
Fitting soundtrack; right up my alley. Though at around :50 it was briefly disconcerting to hear what sounded like a muted-electronic version of the (in)famous Inception horn. Fortunately, that fear was short lived.
In a way cinema was the church of the 20th century. Because everyone would come to this large dark room and sit and look up at this thing which would tell you an enormous amount of how to dress, how to act, how to behave with women, how to be a hero.
Experiencing this incredible opening credits on a 80ft wide and 97ft tall screen was one of the best things about of watching ‘Skyfall’ in real IMAX. Kudos to veteran Bond title sequence designer Daniel Kleinman for creating such a mesmerizing piece befitting to the story of ‘Skyfall’, set to a theme song that’s equal part sweeping and rich.
Note: If you haven’t seen it already, do yourself a favor and go watch it this week. ‘Looper’ is easily one of the best sci-fi/action movies to come out in a very long time. The balance between smart sci-fi vs. action vs. character development is absolutely brilliant. It’s smart enough to not get bogged down by the mechanics of time-travel, which, as we know is inherently paradoxical. Instead it focuses on the characters and their stories (without sparing any gun-power.) And even if you’ve seen allthetrailers, there will be plenty surprises still.
(On a side-note: I figured out what JGL has to do to keep me from getting bored by his perfectly okay on-screen performances in various films: go through three hours of makeup everyday, change his entire persona and emulate someone else. Easy.)