‘Notes on Blindness’ is an Eye-Opening Short Doc Not to be Missed

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If there’s one video you watch today, you best make it “Notes on Blindness.” A beautiful short documentary by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, which captures the thoughts of a blind man trying to grasp a world without vision. It utilizes the actual audio recordings of writer and theologian, John Hull, aforementioned blind man, and couples them with dramatization. “Notes on Blindness” artfully documents the assimilation of grief, yet eventual insight, in what Hull describes as a “world beyond sight.” It’s an uplifting tale that’s sure to leave a lasting impression and open your eyes to the world that surrounds you. Continue reading this post…

Nick Partyka

February 6, 2014 / By

The Academy Behind the Oscars Gets a New Identity

Academy-Rebrand-1 With the Oscars around the corner, a new identity for the Academy that’s behind it all couldn’t have come at a better time. While the Academy might be synonymous with the film industry, they seriously lack a visual representation and often get lumped in with their iconic effigy. California based agency, 180LA, set about bringing the Academy from the shadows and literally into the spotlight, introducing a modern identity of pure class. A rebranding that manages to reach for the future without forgoing the decades of history under the Academy’s wings. Continue reading this post…

Nick Partyka

January 13, 2014 / By

‘Grey City’ is a Documentary that Digs Deep into the World of Street Art

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Interested in Street Art? How about art in general? Maybe politics is more your thing? Or perhaps you’re just curious about Brazil? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Grey City (Cidade Cinza) is a documentary you should go out of your way to see. Weaving together an entertaining storyline, through the voices of famed artists (Os Gêmeos, Nina, and Nunca, just to name a few), the film uses street art as a platform to portray a variety of interesting topics: art philosophy, political corruptness, and how a behemoth city can be full of peculiar charm.

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Nick Partyka

November 26, 2013 / By

Trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

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I have a theory when it comes to Wes Anderson and his films. The theory is that he makes two really good movies, and then one kinda bad one. This doesn’t include Bottle Rocket into the mix, but here’s my evidence:

Rushmore – Awesome
The Royal Tenenbaums – Awesome
The Life Aquatic – Turd
The Darjeeling Limited – Really good
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – Awesome
Moonrise Kingdom – Turd

Based on my scientific data, it seems as though The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to be a winner. That, and the fact that I laughed at almost every part of the new trailer, which you can watch below. I think I’m most excited for old lady Tilda Swinton.

Bobby Solomon

October 21, 2013 / By

Film review: ‘Gravity’

Film review: 'Gravity'

“Because we are human, because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live.”

– Roger Ebert

Alfonso Cuarón’s newest film Gravity is a masterpiece. Roger Ebert’s quote above sums up what’s so special about the film, that it’s truly experiential, a piece of cinema that’s meant to be felt. It seems as though the lack of gravity freed Cuarón’s camera from convention. Long, sprawling scenes are paired with impossible shots to create something unlike anything ever before. The film is seen not only from the vantage of a safe, third party viewer, but also from a first person point of view where you feel the tension and the terror of the characters.

This tension ripples throughout the entire film. At one point you can equate space matter to the sense of dread that rises over you in the beginning of Jaws, as the shark slowly begins to tug at the legs of the unsuspecting skinny dipper. The use of sound, or lack thereof, further heightens this tension as you only hear the breathing of the characters or the gasps of your fellow audience members.

Stanley Kubrick may have said it best:
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”

Bobby Solomon

October 14, 2013 / By

Hayao Miyazaki’s Swan Song, ‘The Wind Rises’, Rises to the Occasion

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Hayao Miyazaki—writer, director, visionary, and all-around creative maestro. I love this man; having not directed a film since 2008’s Ponyo, his absence has been felt. 2013 marks the return (and sadly farewell) of Miyazaki, presenting his most recent piece of cinema, The Wind Rises. Having been out in Japan since July, it’s now making the festival rounds this part of the world (slated for western release February 2014). I had the pleasure of watching The Wind Rises at the 51st New York Film Festival last week. It was beautiful, it was captivating, and it left me walking away thinking, which is exactly what a good film should achieve.

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Nick Partyka

October 10, 2013 / By

‘Skhizein’, a short film about a man who’s 91cm from himself

'Skhizein' by Jeremy Clapin

What if, on any random day, you were suddenly strike by a giant meteor… that no one saw? And let’s say the meteor spatially moved your physical form 91cm away from where it should be? Would anyone believe you? Or would everyone think you’re crazy?

That’s the idea behind this short film by Jeremy Clapin called Skhizein. It’s kind of an odd story, but that’s also why it’s so charming. Plus the animation is extremely well done, especially the details of the main character charting out his perceived world in his apartment. Just watch it, you’ll understand.

Bobby Solomon

August 22, 2013 / By

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