|The dwarves in the animated Hobbit (seen above) were|
created as pairs that looked exactly the same. In this
trailer, each dwarf has his own look and personality (on right).
Friday, 11 January 2013
|You can tell without even watching the movie that she's an Avon lady by the way she smiles and holds her hand!|
As Ugly and Disturbing as it is Interesting - "Batman: Black and White: An Innocent Guy" Mini-Review #2
I did not expect to like “Batman: Black and White”. As a comic book, the art is too solid, the people are too realistic and the facial expressions are just unsettling. This art style was very noticeable in Batman: Black and White and it distracted me throughout the whole thing. A comic book is normally fictional so I believe the people should look fictional too! The artist has the opportunity to make people look better than they do in real life. Some comic books, like this one, don’t take this opportunity for improvement and that’s what bothers me. A good example of art is in “Death Note”, a Japanese comic book drawn by Takeshi Obata. Although it’s a more realistic style, the artist uses less facial lines to make them smoother looking and not so scary. I just can’t see enjoying something with such distressing facial expressions.
|Put on your 3D glasses, this cool shot is even in 3D now!|
|If this photo doesn't prove how narcissistic he is, nothing will.|
|I never needed to see this! Is it really necessary to show so many trampy girls in one video?|
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Along with the acting, the musical score of Citizen Kane (by Bernard Hermann) was used very effectively in creating the mood of the movie. Starting right from the first shot of the film until the ending credits, this movie was filled to the brim with gripping tracks that reflected exactly as Kane was feeling at the time. A scene that stood out for me was the very first one, which featured a sinister and mysterious track to set the mood of Kane's death. It caught the audiences attention right from the onset and managed to make a bunch of black and white shots of old buildings look truly menacing. Overall, I would say Hermann deserves to be up there with some of the greatest composers like John Williams (Jaws,
, Harry Potter, Star Wars) and Alan Silvestri (The Avengers, Polar Express, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump). In fact, it is said that Orson Welles believed half the success of Citizen Kane came from the music. Jurassic Park
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Music Video Critique
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
The creed, or value, exhibited in this music video is that you shouldn’t try to change your appearance because it’s important to be yourself. At the beginning, Liam sings about how you, “don't need make up to cover up, being the way that you are is enough.” It is wonderful to find a popular song with any good values in it. This is a rare message for modern pop culture to express as most media today centers around trying to be perfect (thin, pretty, popular, etc…). Another creed is revealed when they sing, “You don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful.” These lyrics mean that it’s more attractive to be humble or modest instead of flaunting your good looks. The creeds in “What Makes You Beautiful” are honourable, especially compared to other music videos (Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” for example) of today’s pop culture. There are only really two groups of significance in One Direction’s video: males and females. Both are portrayed as “popular”, positive, stylish and they are always smiling. These groups are depicted in this manner because the audience (teenage girls) wishes their lives could be this way.
This song, and One Direction in general, are targeted towards teen girls, and therefore that is who this video appeals to. It is unlikely that many guys would listen to this song or enjoy the video. In fact, boy bands are usually created and marketed to girls (eg. N’Sync, Back Street Boys, even the Beatles). The simple, sweet lyrics, extremely catchy tune and stylish outfits catch the attention of teen girls. This is really effective for selling the song because the one-dimensional feel to the video perfectly suits the preferences of a lot of girls. In this way, the video and song match completely as neither of them are very deep or make you think.
“What Makes You Beautiful” is a typical boy band song. It’s completely innocent and the lyrics are repetitive and catchy. In a year, it probably won’t be distinguishable from countless other boy bands that are past their 15 minutes of fame. Anybody remember the Jonas Brothers? Then again, don’t we need music like this? You can listen to this song over and over again and it just gets better. In this era of music videos featuring whipped cream bras, crazy parties and skimpy clothing, a song such as this is needed to even it all out. Overall, I would definitely say this is a good music video, and so would the millions of 1D fan girls out there.