I’ve seen some of the older Spiderman movies, and liked them despite their cheesiness. But after watching Homecoming, I realized that out of all the superheros, Spiderman/Peter Parker is not only the most relatable, but also a character I will always admire and learn from.
Did you know that, in many ways, the art of making movies (visual storytelling) is often similar to the art of writing? How the director and director of photography choose to portray a story by way of camera is, believe it or not, comparable to some extent with writing books. And that is what I will be doing in this post: showing the similarities in the psychology of camera storytelling (movies) and storytelling by way of written word (your favorite book, for example). This similarity may stem from the fact that Storytelling is a universal art, developed over the millennia of mankind. Movies and the written word are merely different categories of storytelling, so it makes sense that there would be many similarities between the two. I will show you just a few of them in this post.
Yesterday, Hannah Heath and I went to see the anime Your Name. It was released in Japan in 2016 and it went over so well, they wisely decided to release it in the United States also. It got a whopping 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That, and the fact that it was about a body swap (a concept I’d always dreamed of experiencing or writing about) ultimately helped me in deciding to go. The trailer looked pretty too, so overall, I was pretty stoked. It should be a fairly good movie, right?
There will be spoilers throughout the review. As I’m pretty sure most of you have read the Harry Potter series, I won’t worry about it too much, but if you’re new to the series, you probably should have second thoughts before continuing.
The two movies The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & Part 2 finally show a film adaptation of a Harry Potter book done right. The last six books before Deathly Hallows had a lot in them: great character arcs, plot twists, critical scenes … and only one movie for each book.
All film score composers are inspired by classical artists. Especially for the traditionally orchestral film composers, of course it’s going to sound classical, they use the orchestra after all. For example, John Williams’s style is more classical than contemporary and a lot of his scores are in the classical style; he even writes sonatas and symphonies! But other times it’s so obvious you can even hear a distinct tune that you know came from a classical piece. This is what Hans Zimmer does. Not only does he take just mere elements from classical music, but the tune, the song itself, and makes it his style. One of the songs he does this with is “To the Opera” from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to accompany an action scene involving an opera and the score fits in perfectly with the movie. You can read about that in the post “To the Opera!” – A Hans Zimmer/Mozart Mash-up Score. Another example I’m focusing on in this post is “Lone Ranger Finale” or “The Lone Ranger Theme.”
If you’ve heard about the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, you may have wondered: “What is 2001 about?” Perhaps, even if you have seen the movie, you may (as did I) still wonder: “What is it all about?” There are many interpretations on specifics to the question. But in general, I will try to lay out to you information on this movie as such:
What is 2001: A Space Odyssey?
The Reviews on 2001
A Look at 2001
First, what is 2001, and what’s so great about it? 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 film, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, who wanted to make a film on ‘man’s relationship to the universe’; which is what it is. It is a film about the ‘evolution’ of man, going from ape to modern man, to ‘alien’. In all, it is about mankind’s process of evolving, in each stage, into a slightly more intelligent and sophisticated being, shown by their development of new technologies and capabilities. It is a look into the future, which doesn’t just end at 2001, but goes far beyond our time.Read More »
***WARNING***SPOILERS!!!(SARCASM MAY OR NOT BE DETECTED.)READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I hope you aren’t sick of Star Wars Yet, because there’s more coming! (Is there any such thing as being “sick of Star Wars” anyway?) Unfortunately, this post has spoilers, but the high box office records tell me that I shouldn’t worry too much about that at this point.
Disregarding seasonal topics, this December is going to be crazy. Why? Even if you aren’t a movie nerd, “Star Wars” will most likely be everyone’s answer. But there are also other cool movies hitting the screen this month besides Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of them being In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy and the composer is Roque Baños.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a movie? Whenever we watch movies, we usually don’t think of what goes into the making of it. We enjoy talking about and watching the actors, alot of the time, of course, as they are in the spotlight. But what about the camera man, the guy who does the music, the stunts, who made the set, the props? Who, especially, is the ‘man upstairs’–the guy who planned everything?