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Little Miss Sunshine

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I FINALLY got round to watching this! ūüôā
Could be the whole…holidays are here, and i am going back home… but yea….
I liked the film a lot (as mention mucch earlier i think i  tend to gravitate toward family issues in movies..)

Official site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/littlemisssunshine2/ 

Family bkgrd of the HOOVERS…
Sheryl Hoover (Toni Collette) is an overworked mother of two.
Her brother Frank (Steve Carell) is a Proust scholar, temporarily living at home with the family after having attempted suicide in the wake of a failed gay relationship.
Sheryl’s husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) is a Type A personality striving to help support the family as a motivational speaker and life coach.
Dwayne (Paul Dano), Sheryl’s son from a previous marriage, is a Nietzsche-reading teenager who has taken a vow of silence until he can accomplish his dreams of becoming a test pilot.
Richard’s father, Edwin (Alan Arkin), recently evicted from a retirement home for snorting heroin, lives with the family; he is close to his seven-year-old granddaughter Olive (Abigail Breslin).

Yea need i say more? Watch it:)

The trailer…

More importantly…it was reported that it was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of $8 million and its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for $10 million. One of the biggest deals ever made in the history of the Sundance Film Festival.

Now if Fox Searchlight Pictures had not bought it…would it still have been widely distributed? Hmmm…

There was this other movie i watched somewhere in between the semseter, also a sundance film (2005) that i am not sure was as widely distributed…

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It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with their parents’ divorce in the 1980s,¬† shot on Super 16mm, mostly using a handheld camera.¬† What i found interesting that both parents were writers and when watching Little Miss Sunshine and thinking of this…hey, what if a film was made about parents who were film-makers and the effects on their children… Like say…the Coppola Family? hehe

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Hehehehe hahahaha
I would like to announce that i have¬†submitted the final of my essays…¬†
YES YES YES yessire!

Time for this for some R&R
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So anways…i decided to call my dearest friend back home…(she is a¬†big history buff, and has prob seen most of the movies made on Hitler, or German War and the Third Reich…
Goodness knows how the topic came to this…but she¬†suddenly asked me, “Hey how come there are no movies on Mao Zedong?” (she¬†thinks China’s history is absolutely fascinating not to mention their rich culture)

My first response mmm maybe the china people are too conservative so…

She said “yea considering that they are so loyal to Mao and how revered he is…¬†they probably refuse to divuldge any incrimidating matters that will affect his reputation…”

¬†Yea so that prompted my search for movies on Mao…

This came up: http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2007/07/18/robert-de-niro-making-mao-zedong-film/

I wonder…

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Its 532 am …sleepless in seattle, sleepless in melbourne…
Okay no seriously…

Channel 7 – has been showing NBC Today and..
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http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21487444/ Рstuff they were showing, clips and all
how to have a green day, eco friendliness, saving of electricity, etc

Which jolted by memory to the movie/documentary Planète blanche, La
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also known as The White Planet, i watched awhile back during semester and forgot to blog about…

Official site: http://www.thewhiteplanet.com.au/

check out the trailer:

Directors, movies made that help create awareness, on whatever issue/subject/problem..KUDOS!

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haha yes its a strange title…BUT… i have been watching QAF on sbs (friday nights, now into season 2) and my darling friend back home has manage to purchase
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the entire season 1-5 for me (guess what i will be doing when i fly back)? haha

Ok well, see, Gale Harold (who plays Brian Kinney) and Randy Harrison (who plays Justin Taylor) on the show have been doing broadway numbers since QAF and yea i know you are thinking WHAT?

I just have this tendency to link one thing to another (even if they seem to be of no link) but¬†yea…broadway musicals bring¬†me back to my point about¬†music (previous entry)

Movies- musical movies- (Priscilla Queen of the Desert)
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is a great movie, now on broadway as well…

Lights, Color, Sound ahhhh fascinating stuff!

Anyway my POINT was, COMPOSERS that i mentioned in the previous entry (music) as creative genius, there are two i would like to bring up.

Rodgers and Hammerstein, were an American songwriting duo consisting of Richard Rodgers (1902 ‚Äď 1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895 ‚Äď 1960). They are most famous for creating a string of immensely popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, during what is considered the golden age of the medium.

Featured as TIME, top 100
http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/hammerstein.html

and this webpage is worth browsing: http://www.broadwaymusicalhome.com/rogershammerstein.htm

YUP! haha

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Music…

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now first of all i am flat out dead tired from essays, so on sunday, stoning on the couch and flipping channels on the tele, ABC was showing a short documentary of

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Martin Scorsese: Emotion Through music. He was talking to an off interviewer about his musical influences.

Which got me thinking about the music or lack of music of the various films we have watched… of course most notably the strongest impression of soundtrack/score would have to be “Notre Musique” but i realize the effects of Ten and Blissfully Yours, was the realism…the actual sounds that should you have been in the taxi or in the forest, actually added to the “real-ness” of it… not to say that the other sounds/music of the movies did not help make the movie better…

I was just wondering how important music is to a movie, browsing through Sight and Sound: http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/filmmusic/scoring.php¬†and there was a quote from him…
Martin Scorsese
(Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York)
“Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true. Take a filmmaker like Kubrick. He really understood the rhythmic impact of two images coming together. He also had an extraordinary feel for the pace or tempo, a musical term, of a given scene.”

“And he knew that when you add a piece of music to a scene, and if it’s just the right piece of music, hitting at just the right instant ‚Äď like the refrain of Handel’s Sarabande, the main theme from Barry Lyndon (1975), over the little boy’s funeral procession, or ‘Surfin’ Bird’ by the Trashmen fading up over the panning shot of the soldiers in the second half of Full Metal Jacket (1987), or the use of the ‘Blue Danube Waltz’ in 2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)‚Äď you’ve given that scene an extra dimension, a sense of mystery, of life beyond the frame, that it would not have had otherwise. Of course, that’s very hard to do. It requires a lot of concentration.”

Take for example, if any movie soundtrack that i watch resonates in my head at this age of 22, i have to say was Free Willy, (1993). I was like…12 when i watched it… i think in 1997? What the hell did i know about movies and music at that time…

Anyway my point being, sure the story was touching but what really stuck in my head was the soundtrack, at that time, if i am not mistaken, my cousin actually made a tape (yes cassette tape) side A and B of the musical soundtrack for me. The emotions that were evoked were i guess at much part of the storyline but the music really enhanced and brought the feelings to the brim?

Continue…Martin Scorsese
(Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York)
“Because it’s very easy for the music to become a kind of security blanket, for the filmmakers and then for the audience. It’s bad enough when it’s used for nostalgic purposes, or when it’s used to place a scene in time, but there’s nothing worse than when music is used to tell the audience what they should be feeling. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.”

MMM i tend to disagree with him on this bit i mean viewing a movie, though touch is not really involved, the eyes and ears are so important and i think its great that the music manages to tell the audience what they should be feeling, because i mean whether or not you feel it is up to you, aint it?! >.<

I think the composers and musicians who create scores specifically for a movie, not just taking it off someone else are creative genuises!

MMM…
http://www.spencersundell.com/blog/2006/04/10/the_pre-history_of_sound_cinema_part_1/ 

Talks about how “the history of sound cinema begins far earlier than 1927‚Äôs The Jazz Singer. Indeed, efforts to synchronize recorded sound and film are very nearly as old as motion pictures themselves.”

Can you imagine if sound in film was never invented?!

Black white silent movies, yea sure they are classic and¬†different and all but… still… it would have been a great loss…

http://lavender.fortunecity.com/hawkslane/575/sound-in-films.htm
explains that:

“What was happening to the sound during the so¬≠called silent period? Music came in. By acquiring a house of its own, the moving picture rose from the status of the pedlar to a more bourgeois standard, to which the greater refinements of a musical accompaniment were appropriate.¬†

At the beginning music was used for two very different purposes at once: 
(a) to drown the noise of the projectors; 
(b) to give emotional atmosphere. 

As cinema developed commercially, the music became more elaborate and played a larger and larger part in the show as a whole. Cinema owners vied with each other to attract the public. The piano became a trio. The trio became a salon orchestra. The salon orchestra became a symphony orchestra. 

Not only the composition of the orchestra but also the technique of musical accompaniment enjoyed, or suffered, continuous development. The system of leitmotifs was introduced. Certain themes were associated with certain characters, and played whenever they appeared on the screen. A cinema musician’s desk contained a thick bundle of music of every possible kind¬≠his music for the big picture.”

http://lavender.fortunecity.com/hawkslane/575/theory-of-film.htm
I have to agree…
“The sounds of our day¬≠to¬≠day life¬≠we hitherto perceived merely as a confused noise, as a formless mass of din, rather as an unmusical person may listen to a symphony; at best he may be able to distinguish the leading melody, the rest will fuse into a chaotic clamor. The sound film will teach us to analyze even chaotic noise with our ear and read the score of life’s symphony. ”

and yea not forgetting SILENCE (is golden) haha
“Silence, too, is an acoustic effect, but only where sounds can be heard. The presentation of silence is one of the most specific dramatic effects of the sound film. No other art can reproduce silence, neither painting nor sculpture, ‘neither literature nor the silent film could do so.”

(ever had those moments where you just sit and listen to the silence?)
-bliss-

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that being said, its 9pm and i finally hear my microwave oven go
“BEEEEEEEeeeeeP” haha
Dinner time!

Randomness:

A friend once asked me, if you had to lose your 5 senses,
Sight Sound Touch Taste Smell rank them in order of the one you would be most willing to do without to the last being the last that you would most rather never ever lose…

Hmmm…
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