post Yay Phil!

May 15th, 2012

Filed under: animation,art,Baltimore,film,friends,music — nics @ 7:27 pm

My friend, the talented animator Phil Davis, made a music video recently for The Spinto Band. It was featured today on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog. The video (and particularly the hand-drawn animation) is amazing! I highly recommend you watch it (by clicking on the All Songs Considered blog link right up there, above this line of text). I also had a fun time trying to pick one of my favorite stills to share with everyone, thanks Phil!

post weekend

March 7th, 2011

Filed under: Baltimore,film,friends,music,thoughts — nics @ 1:26 am

It has been a fun and productive weekend.

I finally went to see The Illusionist. It’s not quite as epic as The Triplets of Belleville (that could be in part, though, because that was the first Sylvain Chomet film I ever saw which is a mind-blowing experience), but I loved it. Just the combination of Chomet’s animation and Jacques Tati and M. Hulot brought back to life makes me happy. I won’t say anything more, lest I spoil anyone’s experience.

I also went to the Future Islands / Celebration concert. The ambience was magical. 2640 is always great, plus the sweet smell of cotton candy grabbed me immediately as I entered (because they were making fluffy blue cotton candy – mmmm), the ceiling was hung with white balloon cotton cloud clusters, and projections of flying birds were everywhere. Future Islands was quite a treat to see live, as I had been told. Celebration was great as always, though it felt a little low key after Future Islands.

The funny amusing event of my weekend was that a girl approached me at the Celebration show and asked to take a photo of me for her fashion blog. Not that I think I’m some completely fashionless twit, but a hipster I am not. It did make me feel less old. Yay!

post 3 films in 3 days: my reviews

January 14th, 2011

Filed under: film,thoughts — nics @ 9:46 pm

To make up for lost time (being sick, lots of travel, x-mas/new year preparations…) Ben and I went the the theatre three days in a row last week. It was great. I should do this more often. Here’s what I thought.

Black Swan: F–
If I had to sum this movie up in one word it would be: boring. About midway through the film I remember thinking to myself I would be satisfied to leave then and there. The acting was fine and the cinematography was nice but the plot was practically nonexistent and the writing was awful. I couldn’t figure out if the “over the top” stereotypes and cliches were intentional and attempting humor or were… serious? Either way… it didn’t work. And I do like Darren Aronofsky so I was expecting at least a decent film. My advice to you: watch the trailer. It sums up the film, you can catch a glimpse of the pretty costumes, and there’s really not much else to it. But, then again, there seem to be a lot of people out there who disagree with me…

Tron: B
I found this film thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. The graphics were awesome, of course. The plot and the dialogue were nothing to write home about but it was fine. I prefer not to compare it to the original Tron because, to me, they are simply two very different things. But if I had to, I would say that it’s not as if the original Tron was an epic work of literature either. It’s hard not to enjoy Jeff Bridges in anything. He is definitely the dude in this film. (On a side note… the argument arose amongst my fellow movie-goers and myself of whether he was the dude in the original Tron even though the dude didn’t exist yet. What do you think?) As everyone else seems to be saying: great soundtrack. It was what I was expecting. No surprises. But it lived up to everything I thought it would be.

True Grit: B+
True Grit seemed a little more low key to me than most Coen brothers films. I found that to be a good thing because I like variety. While this probably won’t be my favorite Coen brothers film, it was well done and entertaining. As always, they completely immerse you in the story, setting, and characters. And… Jeff Bridges is not at all the dude in this one. In fact, I wasn’t thinking at all of the actors and who they were, only the characters (that’s always a sign of a good film). I confess I haven’t seen the original yet. I must soon!

*BONUS* Troll 2: A+
We even snuck in a Netflix film (available immediately for you Netflix users!) one night amongst these three days. Troll 2 is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. If you haven’t seen it and you appreciate silly, campy (so campy it’s not even scary) horror, go watch it now! It’s about vegetarian goblins who want to turn people into bright green oozy sludge and then eat them (does that still qualify them as vegetarian? hmmm…). A special thank you to Ben’s friend Jeremy for turning us on to this one.

post fantastic mr. fox

December 15th, 2009

Filed under: art,check this out,film,thoughts — nics @ 11:24 am

Wow. This movie is… well… I hate to say it… but… perfect? Maybe? Perhaps? I can think of nothing critical to say, anyway. How could you possibly not want to see the stealthy teenage fox sneaking around in such a lovely homemade bandit hat as pictured above? Just go see it. Now. As fast as your legs will get you to The Charles, or your local theatre wherever you may be.

post WALL•E

July 1st, 2008

Filed under: film,thoughts — nics @ 9:26 pm

OK, so I have been away from this here blog for some time now. My apologies. I am very embarrassed I must say. My excuse? I moved! That’s my big one! I am almost completely finished moving into my lovely and exciting very new home.

But back to the subject of this post… I saw WALL•E! And the only thing I can really say is that my expectations were so very very high for this film and those expectations were so very very exceeded (wait, there is definitely some issue with the grammar there, but I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted it, eck). Indeed! Go see. Right away. I laughed, I cried, I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

Oh…. and I also learned how to make a • on my keyboard just for this post. Nifty, nifty. I feel just a little bit smarter now.