Month: March 2014

Wim Wenders Paris, Texas

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Every once in awhile, I can come across a film that is so beautiful that it leaves me effected in one way or another. Wim Wenders Paris, Texas is a film that is worth remembering for the rest of my life. I will forever cherish the first time I watched it; the stunning visuals, the  quirky music and most of all; the words spoken that left me speechless. 

Travis Henderson is a man with nothing left to loose, literally. He abandoned his wife and child for four years, unknowing of the consequences. Found by his brother, stumbling across the dessert and brought back into the real world without a word of where he went, or why. All he had with him was a small picture of a lot in Paris, Texas, claiming that its going to be his home with his wife and child. His brother had been taking care of his son, and his wife is no where to be found. Struggling to connect with his son, he feels guilt for his absence and soon realizes what needs to be done.

The camera captures images of relationships and nature in such a way that displays their true beauty and the secrets that lay beyond. The cinematography is a main contributing factor to my love for this film. Much of the film is told through silence and moments where the viewer is encouraged to just think. Many people grow unruly and impatient with a film like this, but its beauty makes up for its lack of plot. I’m not saying that it isn’t interesting, because some of the best films are the ones that are relatable. I’d much rather watch a film thats boring, but I can relate to, rather than a film thats action packed and completely unrealistic. I love being able to take something away of a film, whether it be factual, or understanding myself as a human being. Either way, any film that leaves an after taste, is a film worth recommending.

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Ingmar Bergmans Persona

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It is very rare to come across a film that can make even the most open minded person uncomfortable. Not in a way that is gruesome or grotesque in any way, but real. So utterly real that it makes your stomach turn and your mind rot. Words that are so close to reality that they surpass the vast time difference and are forever relevant. Ingmar Bergmans Persona is one of the most haunting films of all time.

Elizabeth Volger is an actress that has refused to talk and is immediately admitted into a mental hospital. Its overall atmosphere is very uncomfortable, so the doctor allows for her, and the nurse Alba, to spend time at his beach house. Alba automatically finds comfort in Elizabeths silence, for she has many secrets that are better left unsaid. She suddenly feels as though she could tell Elizabeth anything without even a glimpse of judgement. It’s an amazing feeling, and she takes advantage of her silence until it goes too far. They begin to get unruly with each others presence as their minds take over.

The moment I started this movie, I knew I’d love it. The screeching music fills your ears as you’re hypnotized by flashing images of violence and beauty. You’re forced into a world that you wished you could escape, but its unique beauty makes it impossible. Its irresistible in a way that cannot be explained, yet I ensure you it is worth it. In the end you’re left feeling naked. Stripped of your interior image, and left to cope with emotions that are better left unsaid.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis

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A beautiful story, told through not only emotions, but breathtaking songs. Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is a film whose music guides you more than any other film ever could.

Llewyn Davis is a man that loves folk music more than anything in the world. The movie follows him as he tries to find his way in the music business as well as get over his recent breakup with long time girlfriend, Jean. The story follows him for just a week, in the Greenwich folk music scene. Oscar Isaac does an amazing job of portraying the heartache of folk music. Even at times when all hope is lost, you can still hear so much passion and love in his voice.

I have to admit that the actual story told is very dull, however the music makes everything come to life, much like folk music as a whole. I am not saying that it was completely boring, because to me it wasn’t, but to someone that isn’t used to actually watching a film and taking it all in, it might not suit them so well. Over the years popular films are more fast paced in order to keep the audience interested, which is completely stupid. The best parts of some films are the pauses, silences, and moments of pure bliss, where you can just think about what your watching. The film represents folk music well, and you can’t help but buy the soundtrack within the first ten minutes of it.

As a whole this film made me question why it wasn’t nominated for more oscars. It was nominated for best cinematography, which is well deserved, however it deserves more recognition. In my opinion, its better than many of the films nominated this year, and I hope that more people will watch it and grow to understand its simplistic beauty.