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saw Steve Mc Quuen’s Shame today _

excellent film, nowhere near as explicit as i’d imagined .. i worried that the film would veer towards gratuitous use of sex but hoped that Stevey would stay true to his ‘Hunger‘ (SEE THIS FILM) form.. which he did, rising above lustful physicality and instead sifting through the emotional filth that contributes to / serenades an individual’s journey through addiction.

yeah there were sex scenes, but they were always essential to the narrative and never drawn out longer than necessary_  the scenes were more implicit than explicit- what McQueen did exquisitely well was to convey the emotional vapidity of the (majority of) Brandon’s encounters, eye contact was rare, sex was quick, functional and ultimately unfulfilling .. this was brilliantly counterbalanced with the introduction of the depressive younger sister into the protagonist’s life, Brandon’s hostility towards emotional commitment (in all contexts) regularly becoming a sparring point between the two..

the score was incredible, particularly during the opening scene (beautifully mirrored in a penultimate scene) and the cinematography/colouring a treat .. acting was consistently immersive and credible.. great film.

what i really loved in the film though was McQueen’s subtle attention to seemingly insignificant yet hugely insightful details  –

  • the just-in-view bottom left corner of the poster on the train next to one of his early flirts reading “how is this all possible?” _ a question subconsciously resounding in the viewer’s (well, mine at least) mind throughout the film (“how does it get to this stage” .. “how?”)
  • the music playing in Brandon’s house when he returns to find his estranged sister in his flat- an instrumental section of Chic’s I Want Your Love , this song not only sets up but defines their entire interaction throughout the film. (brandon and friend also walking into upmarket jazz bar- admiring a waitress’s behind while the band performs an instrumental of “my favourite things”)
  • the momentarily nostalgic scene where Brandon and his sister sit down side by side, back to camera, watching kids cartoons (blurred out in the background) towards the latter part of the film- him wearing a faded blue t shirt, her in a worn pink top- blue for boy pink for girl style, almost a physical representation of the desaturated state of their former selves they both currently are- ultimately a picture of innocence obscured by shame.
here is an unrelated collage i made a few weeks ago, old photograph of a tourist at the millenium bridge and some magazine cuttings_

hi. its been a while again. oops.

saw two films over the weekend _

Lars & The Real Girl + The Descendants

“Lars And..” was (in my opinion) phenomenalnarrative at it’s best: original, engaging, hilarious, emotive, redemptive .. backed up by a stellar performance from Mr Gosling (who really must return my hat some day) and highly credible acting (the kind that could have potentially, in part, rescued Warhorse) from the supporting cast + beautiful score from David Torn … been meaning to see the film for years having bought some of the music years ago, happened to arrive on my birthday (28. yuck. let’s not go there) which was nice..  a reclusive & delusional 27 year old forges a relationship with a sex doll- whom he animates and presents as real to himself and the world around him .. the film (contrary to preconceptions) is not even remotely sexual, mental health all the way .. i wont spoil anything but the way the story unfolds is absolutely magical, painting such a beautiful picture of the life an inclusive community can radiate_ it’s inspiring.

“The Descendants” was also good, good – not brilliant. definitely worth a watch, maybe i’d buy it.. again, credible performances (clooney = particularly so) , redemptive narrative – guy starts with an unresolved tear in his marriage and two fractured relationships with his daughters and ends the film with a fully resolved / whole (unconventionally so) appreciation for the flawed and beautiful character of his soon-to-be-dead wife (“my pain, my love”) and restored relationships, friendships even, with his two girls  .. enjoyed the story, actually found myself feeling appreciative by the end of it, not the slightest bit depressed.

anyway anyway _ what i found really fascinating and strangely coincidental was the way in which both films (highly successfully) revolved around inanimate central characters (in some senses- almost protagonists) … its a great narrative tool, one which i’ll try to remember in the future . done. bye

here are some photo/collages i made recently_

this is an idea for the logo of a group i belong to..  the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Young Associates ..  it’s basically a mix of two designs by fellow members.. one uniting the Y and the A , the other featuring two triangles (relating to the new visual identity of the centre’s branding)

so those are 4 close ups of my entry for the NUCA Christmas card competition.. it’s a minimal/slightly abstract take on the 3 wise men / star story .. the 3 wise men and star are depicted in CMYK + the message features the official NUCA “N” logo .. here’s a full shot _

this is a pretty minimal poster i designed for NUCA’s graphics + arts magazine Storehouse .. should be up fairly soon_