So on Thursday I was pretty excited to begin the video shooting aspect of one of my media-based subjects and had fun with it. It's a sort "identity and belonging" kind of thing that I have to do for this subject so I chose to document arcade gamers. A friend of mine just happens to fancy himself as an arcade gamer so I was fortunate enough to have the camera follow him to the Time Out arcade in Box Hill. Got a lot of good shots I reckon. Will be editing it all next week (got 18 minutes worth of footage which is a little too excessive for what I was doing but whatever, as long as I KNOW I can cut that down to a 2 minute piece, I'm happy).
I love Kid Cudi but I reckon her cover is better than the original. It's her voice.
WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING
The following two films were films that I had to watch for my research assignment in one of my cinema subjects at uni. I'm going to have to present it on Monday with my group and it's about films of the Cold War. Quite interesting stuff actually.
"The Manchurian Candidate" is a 1962 film that sees a former solider in the Korean War become brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin and it's up to one of the men who served under him to save him before he can do harm back home. I guess what makes this film such a classic amongst film-goers is the fact that it's so an incredibly smart political thriller that features a story that not only was enthralling but was also spoke volumes of the American political landscape within that time (which is quite interesting if one were to learn more about it). The performances all around are great although there was something about Frank Sinatra's role that put me off his character a bit. One cannot speak of this movie and not mention the acting prowess of Angela Lansbury in the film. As the manipulative and vindictive mother of Sgt. Robert Shaw (Laurence Harvey) she plays the part with such menace. This is woman that I've grown up to know as kindly and humble so to see her in this against-type role was a wonder. I really enjoyed this film, moreso than I imagined. And I'll tell you now, the ending of this movie is absolutely a shocker - one of the best endings to a film that I've ever seen.
TIDBITS OF FILM NEWSWe begin this section with some sad news. Hollywood screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor, passed away this week and left behind a legacy and wealth of films. Her passing is a sudden reminder of how beloved the Golden Era of Hollywood was and how the Hollywood-produced films of today don't quite measure up to the timelessness of most of the old classics. I should probably get itno some of Liz Taylor's films...
And rounding up the comic book film news, Juno Temple has now joined the already stacked cast of "The Dark Knight Rises". Okay so let's get things cleared here: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and now Juno Temple are all confirmed for the the third of Nolan's Batman films. Wow.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________And that's it this week. So by now I'm sure you've noticed that it's not deathly red anymore. I got annoyed by it for a long while as did some readers but being the lazy bastard I am, I kept forgetting to change. So yeah, watch this space because I'm gonna change the banner and stuff real soon (currently using an old banner of mine which I actually quite liked).
Anyways take care and be safe.