Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Oerd van Cuijlenborg "An Abstract Day’ (2009)
Thursday, 7 June 2012
"Mac 'n' Cheese" Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk & Roy Nieterau (2011)
in five months and it is considerably tastier than its namesake. Big guy chases long lean guy across the country causing havoc to traffic and citizens everywhere. The traditional chase movie much loved of Hollywood is in the style of those French graduation films I feature here frequently. It is well made, inventive and exciting. In fact so frantic is the chase that the ugly guy has to have a time out to take drugs, two whole armfuls. This allows him the impetus to continue his pursuit. Fun.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Christobal De Oliveira "Aalterate" (Float 2011)
Monday, 2 April 2012
Paul Driessen "The Water People" (1992)
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Arjen Klaverstijn "Manfred" (2010)
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Harrie Geelen "Safe Haven" (2009 - Cloudmachine)
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Linde Faas "Vogel" (2007) & Alban Lelièvre "Do Penguins Fly?" (2006)
Continuing the theme of birds from yesterday are two movies completely different in style and tone. I suppose they share more than this for the birds are invisible to unknowing eyes. Linde Faas’s Vogel is quite extraordinarily interesting. I wrote about her style yesterday and that drawing ability is again to the fore. Linde features a boy and his pet bird, Tommie, who fell from the sky, hurt his wing and was nursed back to full health. You can see him flying around, drinking from the glass, perched on the little boy’s shoulder. The adult questioning the boy is unable to see the bird. But we can, can’t we? The conclusion is both apt and novel. Vogel is a most unusual short from an animator with a gift. The link is to a subtitled version. Director Alban Lelièvre asks another question in the funny Do Penguins Fly? (42mb via Computer Arts). It’s not a find as approximately 2,000,000 hits on YouTube since 2006 testifies. I’ve been meaning to write about it for some time. Quick summary: guy with camera wishes to photograph penguins flying but the darn things don’t do it on camera. There are few surprises about the plot but the cock crow is and I’m sure that was not a penguin at the end. Fabrice Senia animated the accomplished 3D piece.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Linde Faas "Volgens de Vogels" ("According to Birds" 2008)
There is a moment in Linde Faas’s tranquil film, Volgens de Vogels, (According to Birds) as a dandelion seed floats to the earth, when one begins to unwind. There are other moments to get horizontal: water drips to a pool and ripples spread out, a leaf is blown gently upwards into the wintry treetops, or at the outset leaves settle into water. Oh and there are the birds. Linde’s movie is full of birds, the dawn hunting expedition as, with scarcely a murmur, an owl takes an insect on the wing, a heron and rooks, in close-up or as bent lines in sky. "I've always had a fascination for birds. The way they move is very strange, they seem in their own world, disconnected from ours." Linde eschews music. Her sound is a rustle of leaves or the birds calling out. She is an artist and a fine one at that with a sureness of touch. She animates her birds with a delicacy that is rare indeed. One of the comments on the YouTube link suggests turning up the volume. I concur adding only that I’d turn it up louder. No story, just a beauty and peace. The short is hand drawn on paper and was Linde's graduation film whilst at St. Joost Art Academy. More of her work in the week.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Jerry van de Beek & Betsy De Fries "Journey" (CALU - 2010)
Friday, 18 December 2009
Michael Visser/NMTrix "The Dark " (2009)
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
Elmer Kaan "Mac & Roe"
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Michael Sewnarain "Regen" (2005)
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Borge Ring "Run of the Mill"
Run of the Mill should be compulsory viewing in all schools. The Oscar winning Borge Ring directed and was co-writer with Joanika Ring. Made in 1999, it is the story of a young boy seemingly cocooned in a loving family who nevertheless becomes prey to a drug-dealer. I have read that it is a little heavy handed in the treatment of a drug problem but it sustained my interest throughout; ever the optimist I anticipated that the two parents would pull the boy back from the self-constructed bubble that envelops him, and that sustained love and attention would win the day. In fact the movie begins in a halcyon setting as young girl and boy cycle together in the countryside; fast forward a little and the two grow up and raise their own child. The image of the mill, personified as in the best of Disney, the opening moments as the children career about on their toy ponies, the sun beaming down its bounty on the young family, the bespectacled schoolhouse, the idyllic family home: everything conspiring like Keats' autumn to bless the family. The change is signalled in a striking use of metaphor as a fluttering, friendly tweetie bird is devoured by a hawk released from its hood by its master, only for the raptor the next time to be a flying drug dealer who takes into his "talons" the young boy. The restricted palette of greens and browns gives a clue to the harshness of the message despite the bewildered, stoic and continuing love of the parents. Former musician Borge played and composed the music that does so much to hint at and evade an innocent childhood. The photograph below is taken from a series posted by Danish film director Jørgen Vestergaard who made a documentary about the great man acouple of years ago. Borge is approaching his 88th birthday, still very active and alert - as a series of emails has made very obvious to me. As with Anna and Bella, covered in an earlier article here, the video has been posted by Borge's daughter, Anne-Mieke.
Friday, 19 December 2008
Borge Ring "Anna and Bella"
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Joris Oprins "Wad"
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Jerry van de Beek & Betsy de Fries "The Car and The Road: A Romance in Automation"
Friday, 7 November 2008
Betsy De Fries & Jerry van de Beek "Au Petite Mort"
Thursday, 6 November 2008
In Praise of Barack Obama: Today (Billy Collins & Little Fluffy Clouds)
- Ian Lumsden
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