Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Electric Shadows moved me in a way few films have the power to do. The film tells the story of a young girl, Ling Ling born to an unwed mother with a passion for film in a small Chinese village. The mother and daughter are shunned for lacking a father/husband. What moved me so much about this film? Let me count the ways... 1. The mother-daughter relationship. They dressed up together and looked smashing despite the village's bigotry. 2. The pure love of cinema expressed so poignantly in the film. Ling Ling and her mother are buddies with the town projectionist who runs an outdoor cinema. 3. The friendship formed between Ling Ling and the town clown (a boy). 4. An unexpected twist in the plot that I can't divulge.
The film captures a sense of wonder at the world despite difficult circumstances. Characters are always on the edge of loneliness, but reach out to each other in unexpected ways. See it!
Last night I saw a great movie, C.R.A.Z.Y. Its Canadian and features a large family of boys growing up throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s in Montreal, speaking French and looking cute the whole time. The main character, Zac, is gay, which causes an unbearable rift between him and his father, who he adores. The costumes are great, bringing the viewer through 3 distinct eras in style. The film portrays a family of characters you want to hang out with, well-developed people with both negative and positive aspects to their personalities. Smoking hot Pierre-Luc Brillant plays Zac's older brother, Raymond, the brother with which he has the most intense relationship. Director Jean-Marc Vallee portrays the complexity of sibling relationships with a depth of understanding not often found in film.
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, oil, silver & gold on canvas, courtesy of Neue Galerie
The Neue Galerie had the beautiful painting, Adele Bloch-Bauer I on display, whose fascinating story of repatriation you can read about here.
The UN Building was a dream come true for a girl obsessed with anything international. The strong 1960s futuristic design of the building was also a thrill. Here are some photos I took at the UN: