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47 RONIN

By the time I heard that 47 Ronin would be remade, my mind traveled far to the glorious day of Kagemusha or to be fair, to a recent past, when The Last Samurai was just released. 47 Ronin, in my opinion, should have been able to visualize the great experience or at least the visual to one of the most iconic moments in the Japanese history. I finally watched the film last night on DVD, I could see that recreating an epic had been a heavy task, I would say that the storyline on which this film was based on is fantastic, the wardrobe/costumes are also lavish and not to forget the great cinemaphotography. In short, the digital effects (special effects) are very cool, it’s like a full demonstration of modern day cinema, what it is capable of. The story, the actors, costumes, sets, tradition depiction, special effects, music, everything is absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure happiness in 3D.
HOWEVER…..(what follows would be a bit negative)…in my humble opinion, this film lacks the grande elements (my way of saying ‘epic’). The use of special effects is a way too much, I understand the necessary use of CGI but properly. I hate the way this film ‘betrays’ the originality of the historical event by portraying ‘the beast’. The CGI landscape is also annoying, the supposedly-great film felt ‘fake’. Despite the adequate and neat final art direction, ‘47 Ronin’ ends up looking like a B film, destroying the prospect of achieving its blockbuster status. This film should have been more emphasizing the emotional content, the sacred tradition and codes of the bushido where “words are mightier than swords” saying really implemented. Too bad, this film really had great potential but the advancement of technology ruined it all. Forgive me Mister Rinsch : )
Image credit: Matt Needle

47 RONIN

By the time I heard that 47 Ronin would be remade, my mind traveled far to the glorious day of Kagemusha or to be fair, to a recent past, when The Last Samurai was just released. 47 Ronin, in my opinion, should have been able to visualize the great experience or at least the visual to one of the most iconic moments in the Japanese history. I finally watched the film last night on DVD, I could see that recreating an epic had been a heavy task, I would say that the storyline on which this film was based on is fantastic, the wardrobe/costumes are also lavish and not to forget the great cinemaphotography. In short, the digital effects (special effects) are very cool, it’s like a full demonstration of modern day cinema, what it is capable of. The story, the actors, costumes, sets, tradition depiction, special effects, music, everything is absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure happiness in 3D.

HOWEVER…..(what follows would be a bit negative)…in my humble opinion, this film lacks the grande elements (my way of saying ‘epic’). The use of special effects is a way too much, I understand the necessary use of CGI but properly. I hate the way this film ‘betrays’ the originality of the historical event by portraying ‘the beast’. The CGI landscape is also annoying, the supposedly-great film felt ‘fake’. Despite the adequate and neat final art direction, ‘47 Ronin’ ends up looking like a B film, destroying the prospect of achieving its blockbuster status. This film should have been more emphasizing the emotional content, the sacred tradition and codes of the bushido where “words are mightier than swords” saying really implemented. Too bad, this film really had great potential but the advancement of technology ruined it all. Forgive me Mister Rinsch : )

Image credit: Matt Needle

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#Film Review  #Keanu Reeves  #47 Ronin  #Bushido  #Samurai  #Hiroyuki Sanada  #cary hiroyuki tagawa  #history  #feudal japan  #carl rinsch 
ARGO

Released in November 2012, directed by Ben Affleck, Argo was quite well-acknowledged as successful by many critics and the public, it gained several prestigious awards, from the Oscar for Best Film to the Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Director for Ben Affleck and the César for Best Foreign Film. It is simply a great movie. In fact for me it is a masterpiece and unforgettable cult now. Argo is inspired by a true story of how six Americans managed to escape from Iran through a crazy exfiltration operation conducted by the CIA, through the well-written scenario, Ben Affleck really made way to the glorious path as a director, following his previous highly acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The storytelling technique is gripping, I would say, it carefully maintains the suspense from the beginning to the end. It is just beautifully executed with an impressive realism and tension in a somewhat balanced necessity.
Argo also showcases neat photography too, I could almost say that Affleck really masters all the film elements the way great filmmakers do. Argo has a suspense that could be described as an amazing, stunning and terribly stressful. This feeling of anxiety is present at every stage and film shots as the interface is neat and well mastered by a great filmmaker now. Argo is definitely one of those films that have made me more anxious or afraid of what I’ve seen so far! The storyline of this movie is brilliantly executed and has a breathtaking suspense. With all those glorious beauty and also the devastating political intrigues, Argo does not just talk about a desperate rescue, it tells an amazing true story with a suspense that will haunt you after seeing it.

ARGO

Released in November 2012, directed by Ben Affleck, Argo was quite well-acknowledged as successful by many critics and the public, it gained several prestigious awards, from the Oscar for Best Film to the Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Director for Ben Affleck and the César for Best Foreign Film. It is simply a great movie. In fact for me it is a masterpiece and unforgettable cult now. Argo is inspired by a true story of how six Americans managed to escape from Iran through a crazy exfiltration operation conducted by the CIA, through the well-written scenario, Ben Affleck really made way to the glorious path as a director, following his previous highly acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The storytelling technique is gripping, I would say, it carefully maintains the suspense from the beginning to the end. It is just beautifully executed with an impressive realism and tension in a somewhat balanced necessity.

Argo also showcases neat photography too, I could almost say that Affleck really masters all the film elements the way great filmmakers do. Argo has a suspense that could be described as an amazing, stunning and terribly stressful. This feeling of anxiety is present at every stage and film shots as the interface is neat and well mastered by a great filmmaker now. Argo is definitely one of those films that have made me more anxious or afraid of what I’ve seen so far! The storyline of this movie is brilliantly executed and has a breathtaking suspense. With all those glorious beauty and also the devastating political intrigues, Argo does not just talk about a desperate rescue, it tells an amazing true story with a suspense that will haunt you after seeing it.

— 3 weeks ago with 8 notes
#Argo  #ben affleck  #Film Review  #suspense  #politics  #s13ky 
Under the shimmering lights
#coffee #coffeelover #coffeeaddict #lightandshadow #composition

Under the shimmering lights
#coffee #coffeelover #coffeeaddict #lightandshadow #composition

— 2 months ago
#composition  #coffee  #coffeeaddict  #coffeelover  #lightandshadow 
Then came Blue out of the blue
#streetphotography #blackandwhite #bw #composition (at 25 Frames)

Then came Blue out of the blue
#streetphotography #blackandwhite #bw #composition (at 25 Frames)

— 2 months ago
#streetphotography  #bw  #composition  #blackandwhite 
"Anybody knows where my ball is? I’m trying to score some #goals here!
#animals #nature #soccer #landscape

"Anybody knows where my ball is? I’m trying to score some #goals here!
#animals #nature #soccer #landscape

— 2 months ago
#soccer  #animals  #goals  #landscape  #nature 

NO WI-FI NEEDED. JUST YOU AND HIM

— 4 months ago with 4 notes
#architecture  #islam  #interiors  #mosque  #composition 
EROS

 is just beautiful. It is a combo pack of film consisting of three shorts on eroticism, sensuality and love directed by three famous film directors. “The Hand” Wong Kar-wai, “Equilibrium” (Steven Soderbergh) and “The Dangerous Thread of Things” by Michelangelo Antonioni. The wonderful thing about this film is that each short gives us certain fascination towards sensuality and also has subtlety in terms of the photography and gorgeous film staging in the style of each film’s director. We are talking about a work of art, a signature film of great director.
In short, “Eros” really awakens our senses of sexuality and our view about sensuality, sex and desire but, all of those taboos are visualized in friendly atmosphere kudos to the remarkable production design. The last but not least is the captivating soundtrack that complements the visual aesthetic beautifully. It is an elegant and classy and a beautiful recreation of eroticism. Generally, the three short films are all good so that it is difficult (if not impossible) to be impartial and not opt for one of the three, but if “Eros” were a concert, Antonioni and Soderbergh would be the “opening acts” for Wong Kar-Wai and this is just my opinion.

EROS

 is just beautiful. It is a combo pack of film consisting of three shorts on eroticism, sensuality and love directed by three famous film directors. “The Hand” Wong Kar-wai, “Equilibrium” (Steven Soderbergh) and “The Dangerous Thread of Things” by Michelangelo Antonioni. The wonderful thing about this film is that each short gives us certain fascination towards sensuality and also has subtlety in terms of the photography and gorgeous film staging in the style of each film’s director. We are talking about a work of art, a signature film of great director.

In short, “Eros” really awakens our senses of sexuality and our view about sensuality, sex and desire but, all of those taboos are visualized in friendly atmosphere kudos to the remarkable production design. The last but not least is the captivating soundtrack that complements the visual aesthetic beautifully. It is an elegant and classy and a beautiful recreation of eroticism. Generally, the three short films are all good so that it is difficult (if not impossible) to be impartial and not opt for one of the three, but if “Eros” were a concert, Antonioni and Soderbergh would be the “opening acts” for Wong Kar-Wai and this is just my opinion.

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
#wong kar wai  #steven soderbergh  #michelangelo antonioni  #Eros  #The Hand  #Equilibrium  #The Dangerous Thread of Things  #Short Films  #Sensuality  #Eroticism  #Film Review  #s13ky