Category Archives: Moving Pictures
Since seeing Arcade Fire perform “Wake Up” with David Bowie a few years back, they have continued to be my favorite band. Their EP “Funeral” is one of the best composed albums I have ever heard for many reasons. They recently released “The Suburbs” which won a Grammy this year – so I picked it up at Best Buy (old school, I know). Actually have been listening to it in my car for the last week and a half now.
(1) Listening through once it was a beautiful album with a lot of energy in explosive points. Track 15 blew me away.
(2) I listened to track 15 and 1 over and over again.
(3) I realized I was going to kill 15 (The Sprawl 2, Mountains Beyond Mountains) so I relistened to whole album. Amazing.
(4) Tracks 1-4 Rehaunt me. Absolutely poetic and the second round of listening through is better now that I’ve started looking through the lyrics.
This video from youtube is actually a Preview for a 30 minute short film based on the album “The Suburbs”. I just watched it and found myself realizing how real the images feel. The suburbs they show look just like my neighborhood in South Carolina (though the shots are from California probably). The crisis at the end with the police, sirens, and disturbed tranquility happened right in my neighborhood recently and I remember kids on their bikes just watching.
There is a reason this album won a Grammy. Make sure to read the lyrics. I will be watching this short film when I can. Blew me away.
“Scenes from the Suburbs” Info:
ARCADE FIRE PRESENTS A MJZ PRODUCTION OF
A SHORT FILM BY SPIKE JONZE “SCENES FROM ‘THE SUBURBS’”
BASED ON THE ALBUM ”THE SUBURBS” BY ARCADE FIRE
STARRING SIENNA BLAW, SAM DILLON, ZOE GRAHAM, ZEKE JARMON, PAUL PLUYMEN & ASHLIN WILLIAMSON
MUSIC BY ARCADE FIRE
CONCEPT ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA
COSTUMES BY RENATA MORALES & CAROLINE KARLEN
CASTING BY VICKY BOONE
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ELLIOTT HOSTETTER
EDITOR JEFF BUCHANAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GREIG FRASER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ARCADE FIRE & SCOTT RODGER
PRODUCED BY VINCENT LANDAY
WRITTEN BY SPIKE JONZE, WILL BUTLER & WIN BUTLER
DIRECTED BY SPIKE JONZE
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 30 MINUTES, COLOR
Movie Next March by Lionsgate
I have just finished reading the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy (Mockingjay), and it was a brilliant follow up to the first book (The Hunger Games). Ology.com has reported that the dark Distopian novel about a distant future of North America (now called Panem) will be made into a movie that will be released March 23, 2012.
Gary Ross, who directed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, will helm The Hunger Games; the project is expected to begin shooting in late spring or summer…In fact, Lionsgate has hired The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn casting director Debra Zane to choose the perfect actors to portray Katniss, Peeta, and the members of the other districts.
On the official Facebook Page, fans have noted that Suzanne Collins will be writing the script herself.
The dark nature of the books, has fans wondering if it will be able to be made into an appropriate screen adaptation. The Hunger Games themselves, are gladiator style death matches between children and teens from districts subservient to a Capital City. If pulled off, the movie will be intensely psychological and full of intense action.
It is my hope that these movies will not follow lead from any other films, such as Twilight or the Percy Jackson and the Olympians films. At least in my own mind, these movies are gritty, confusing, and action oriented. The feeling of suspense should be prevalent, and thin threads of hope in the face of complete despair (similar to the darkness of The Lord of the Rings and certain parts of the Dune series) should be the mood. I’m crossing my fingers (as I would also with the Enders Game series) as another human being takes what has been put into our minds and presents visuals.
Prelude: There is a new term out there for the up and coming Generation, and its “Millenial”. Basically anyone born after 1980. We are people who have watched it grow, or have always known of the internet. I’ve read in the book “Me, Myspace, and I” that in contrast to other generations, we are very different. I suppose because the greatest technological advance ever (more people on earth), tech and symbol and communication, and everything are changing more rapidly than ever before. “Change” is the “stability” in my opinion. While people will want more things not to change, culture is leaving those people behind. These same people realize it, and then adapt as well, and they enter the Millenials world. Our technology is people, our stability is change, and our expectations on society and culture are huge. The whole world must change for us, by us, and our energy produces little in tangible goods. Since machines do most of the labor, our generation does not produce warriors, or food, or product on the whole. We consume these things. We produce thoughts, songs, entertainments, and endless ways to escape. That transcendence that we are looking for, produces its own religion. Its not even materialism anymore. That was a scary thing and we are surrounded by its effects. But our religion is “Creation-ism”. We have been told we can do anything, and so we are trying to accomplish the impossible. The impossible to us, is not doing regular work – it is being a star. So we have religious leaders.
Watch this video and read on:
Radiohead and Experience: My friend posted this on facebook today. Its of the band “Radiohead”, an incredibly influential band in my generation. Like many bands, they have symbols to be known by. The dim lights, the technology surrounding them, the sounds that they make which are unique to the experience they provide. And they work hard to create a space that people can experience in their presence. It is an incredibly serious task. It involves who they are (in the lyrics and the sounds their instruments make), it involves the sacred space (the place between the artist and the consumer (where the symbols are given and received and interpreted and appreciated), and there is a transcendence that elevates a person beyond normal existence (one does not experience the world like a concert in normal life). In a world that is less and less religious, Radiohead, and countless other bands, provide a religious experience that changes peoples lives. They leave the concert saying to themselves, “Something” happened here. And they never forget whatever happened to them. They process it and it stays with them for the rest of their life. It becomes a marker, and they try to re-experience it over and over, but nothing is like the real thing- Radiohead, in person.
Religions Ferver All Over: Religion is popping up everywhere. The passion that people used to direct toward God is now focused in other realms. Politics, War Strategy, Patriotism, Charity Work, Entertainment, Celebrity, Family, and many other parts of living as a human in community.
A few hundred years ago, one would have had to go to a John Edward’s sermon to have a life altering experience, or a sermon by Whitfield, or Wesley, or Finney, or whatever missionary roved about. Now the bands move from city to city, popular culture gives meaning to my fellow millenials. There is no pulpit, but there are microphones and synthesizers. And they are listening to the sounds, whether the artists know whats moving through them or not.
I wonder what God is doing with all this? I wonder how much of this is healthy?
The Church and a Response: Some churches are looking at this and making worship services that reach the Gen-X crowd (who were anti-program and institution in nature – think X-Files), and some are moving beyond and seeing that millennials are different and seek more intense transcendent experiences involving light and sound, that convey a moment where they are completely open to receive the Gospel. But their quest isn’t always a healthy one considering how expensive the experiences they demand cost. Think how much a concert ticket costs, and wonder a bit about how much you are willing to pay to go and experience worship of God. Interesting, no?
Conclusion: All things are ultimately in the hands of a great God who will rule over all people with justice and love – and I wonder how it will all mix when Radiohead fans meet up with the peoples of ancient cultures, and all make some show of their appreciation to God for the gift of music in our lives.
New world, new symbols, but humans are still the same. We always need a few basics, even when we want alot of things that distract us.
Hey all. Just so you can see pictures (using my iphone so lighting is off in some), of the house after the work was all done take a look here.
Amanda and I will be moving a bit farther out into Bluffton soon. This week (fingers crossed) we should be closing on a two level, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1 car garage home just off of Buckwalter (after the Movie Theater and the Publix plaza. If you live in Bluffton, SC or Hilton Head Island, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you scattered abroad, here are some pics:
Anyways. Thats an incomplete picture. As we move in we’ll post more photos of the moving in process. I have more photos, but they have someone else’s furniture so I don’t want to use them ;)
Be back w more soon.
So you thought it was over, but its not. Mark and I did tons of video and the videos you have already seen are just the tip of the iceberg. Here is a piece that I did impromptu, probably while high on Dr. Pepper and doses of Tasty Cakes (from Pennsylvania), with Mark, his shoe, and a strange machine as the subject matter. It is quite amazing for the low tech that we had, and I expect this to be at the Sundance Film Festival with a full version sometime in the next year or two. Keep an eye out for it. Here’s the vid:
You have no idea what is yet to come. Really. Really!
A long time ago in a place called St. Augustine Florida I met a guy named Barak Hardley who was a member of Isaac Improv, a hilarious comedy group Dj Why and the Image would open for from time to time. Anyways, he’s moved out to the wild west, and has a great site: www.50yearplan.com Pretty amazing stuff. Anyways, here is a video I wanted to pass on:
Pretty Amazing stuff. Thanks Barak.
These movies are intense and awesome to me for varying reasons. This is a personal list so I can come back to it later.
Gladiator (Kingdom of Heaven as well, and soon hopefully – Robin Hood also by Ridley Scott and w Russell Crowe)
Iron Man (1 and 2)
About a Boy
The Devil Wears Prada
Hot Rod (Brilliant)
The Secret of NIMH
The Hobbit (Animated Classic)
The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
The Dark Knight
What About Bob
The Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston)
The Fiddler on the Roof
Terminator (1,2,3, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Salvation)
Star Trek (All – but especially the New Reboot)
Star Wars (original trilogy – specifically)
The Book of Eli
Rush Hour (1,2,3)
Alien(s) (1,2,3, not 4)
Predator (1, not 2, not Alien vs. Predator as much)
All Die Hard movies
Xmen Origins: Wolverine
That’s a start. I’ll add more as I think of em.