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Written on the Wind 10/??/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 5:36 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another blog folks and it’s a melodrama. Let’s get ourselves some ice tea and hope for the best. (Melodrama is not my forte)

Written on the Wind is a tear jerker to say the least. It depends who felt attached to in the movie. I myself felt oddly connected to Lucy, the good girl to say, not because of well…her personality but more because of the situation she was put in. Her husband let’s face it was a loser. He had a perfectly good woman and didn’t take care of her.

Sucks for him.

 She loved his best friend, or not. During the film she seemed uncertain about that because there were plenty of times she could have snucked one with him but didn’t. Blindly faithful or did she have no interest in Mitch?

 And to put the cherry on the smoothie her sister in law is well….mind me for saying this but an overall

 BITCH!

Yup I said it, she was a bitch! I care not what you folks say about loving her wild personality, Lucy may be a snore but at least she didn’t kill an old man. If Mitch really wanted Marylee he could’ve had her already but he doesn’t

SO GET IT OVER IT!

Freak she’s filthy rich, you think she can do better and marry a boxer or navy man or the president. Sheez….

Anyway, I kinda liked how Lucy stayed clear minded throughout the film and didn’t pop on Mary shows class and dignity. But what bother’s me what made her fall in love with that half pint Kyle? That will always bug me…like really? She could have went with Mitch to begin with and never had to deal with icky Marylee and having Kyle’s baby…oh well that’s what you get for playing hard to get….

 

 

Note, I’m in a very grumpy mood while writing this. But dang it my opinion still counts! RANT RANT RANT!

Independent Shorts 12/2/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 1:41 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wow…what a wacky little film screening that was. I didn’t sleep very well last night because of that Meshes in the Afternoon clip. Confound this class.
Well time for another epic blog time, and a cup of tea of course. A tea to match this weird array of clips…BUBBLE TEA! *sip*
Anyway I have to say this has been by far the most head tickling class of all semester, independent films are really something. One of the most entertaining for me to watch was the Rhythm in the Light and Thimble Theater. The first one was extremely curious as to how one managed to get such abstract shapes into film, the materiality of film so to say. What are those spiky figures? How did she make that rotating spiral figure? Was it animation? Computer graphics?(Obviously NO!) maybe is an actual object in her house and she’s edited to a point that it unrecognizable? Either way this clip is one I recommend if you’re doing the second question for the project, as it makes you wonder why the director chose such quirky shapes to translate music to art. I honestly think of dancing gummy bears when I hear music, but drops of water works as well.

Thimble Theater…kangaroo fighting cop…instant classic! It was THE most erotic (non sexual please) clip I’ve seen, such strange collection of clips mashed up into one with an eerie circus theme in the background. Did anyone else think the four cartoons in negative were a bit satanic? I did….creepy…but to me that whole thing seemed like a creepy pasta (go Google it). The end was comical though, with slow motion kangaroo hops and a battle to the death. As the fight went on the clip turned into slow motion and you could have sworn you heard some epic battle song in your head. Admit it, you did. You so did. Sadly for this little beauty and for Rhythm of the light you actually have to pay to see it but Meshes of the afternoon and Kustom Kar Kommandos( I know you boys loved that) along with Hold Me While I’m Naked can be seen online in YouTube or simply Google them. Thanks for reading everybody :3

Assignment #2: Formal analysis of a scene (don’t grade till due date, might add to this)

Filed under: Uncategorized — glennis at 1:22 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

(normal version as seen in the end)(the wacky part(has been edited a bit))“Dames” is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The clip that will be subject for this analyzation will be one of the music pieces from the film, “Only Have Eyes for You.” I personally love this clip, I even danced all the way home singing it one day, but the main reason that I found this interesting enough to write about is about because of the odd-ball dance number in the clip with abstract shapes and girls. Lots of girls.

The clip begins with a young lady who goes by the name of Ruby Keller, standing around in a corner street in front of a theater. She waves to a man, possibly her boyfriend, Dick Powell, as he works in a ticket booth while humming a love song. He sells the last ticket, ecstatic to reunite with his lover and then he begins singing “I Only Have Eyes for you”. They stroll down the streets and when he sings “Disappear from View.” Then all the people in that were around them faded off. When they finally do fade back in one by one the civilians join in on the song, even Ruby as she enters the train with Dick. Normalcy ends here.

As this clips moves on, things begin to get even weirder up until the point where Dick Powell and Ruby Keller are on the train and there are floating dancing heads. If the dancing floating head scene doesn’t signal to folks that this isn’t real then I worry about them. Editing wise the events stream through perfectly, the cuts are not choppy or obvious. It’s what is happening in the film that brings out this realization of fantasy. There are hundreds of copies of Ruby’s face in rows, then suddenly they all belong to doppelgangers of her and they’re on this elaborate moving platform with stairs and everything. The girls all line up and start wailing their arms around the floor and lift their skirts to reveal more of Ruby’s face. The final bit of this act is where there are girls sitting on a couch and one is in the middle of this arch, the girls stand up and line up the center girl then all of a sudden they form into a mirror and Ruby grabs the handle and looks at herself.
The film “Dames” has a strange history to it. It was released in 1934 around the middle of the Great Depression, movies were an escape from the grim reality. Warner Brothers hired Busby Berkeley to create musical numbers in “Dames”, a man who once was known to put on shows and spectacles for army men to boost morale. He accepted of course and went on to combining theater play with camera editing. Berkeley was known for using a mass group of women dancers to create geometrical shapes, give a man with a love for abstract strange shapes a camera and you’re bound with something…interesting. What people is a trippy sensation on screen, it was the gimmick that were luring people to theaters back in those days. Busby knew how to work the camera and he would make his audiences think if not confused out their grumpy minds. In my opinion it was a much more effective way to boost the moral of the civilians, why make a movie that centralized around money when you can have girls creating quirky shapes?

 

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