This week was an interesting one. Let's see... I began Monday with day one for filming of my documentary (hooray!), Tuesday I had my haircut in a completely different way, worked on Wednesday, went to an orchestral video game music concert on Thursday, edited together my
crappy one-minute short for class on Friday and went to a birthday party that same night and now here I am telling you about it. Oh and tomorrow I have a film shoot with a friend who's serving as the producer for it. It's too bad the shoot begins at 7.30AM though. Bummer.
Haircut. Not what I expected. But growing used to it. Hair grows back anyway and if I were really hating this, I would've shaved it by now but it's not as bad as I thought it was (freaked out on Tuesday after the cut). Fact: this has made me look ten years younger. Right?
The concert on Thursday was fantastic! The last time I went to one of those was back in 2007 when it was with the Eminence Symphony Orchestra (who specialise in video game/anime music) but they've been too busy to put on shows across Australia (WHY YOU NO COME DOWN TO MELBOURNE BUT PLAY IN SYDNEY AFTER YOU SAID MELBOURNE WAS A BETTER CITY?!).
The show, "Video Games Unplugged - Symphony of Legends", was performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and they had an interesting selection of songs for the night. Rather than go for the usual like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda they, instead, ended up choosing games like Bioshock and Starcraft for their show which was a nice change. Oh and I had goosebumps throughout the whole night. Like crazy...
Minor complaint: Too much Soul Calibur V. Normally it's overkill on Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts... But then when they had the encore with the Metal Gear Solid theme, I marked out pretty hard. Fangasm - that's what that's called.
After my editing session on Friday morning/afternoon, I had a birthday party to attend. As always, Ellen's pretty much covered it so I won't repeat what she wrote. So instead have a picture of
Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, "Game of Thrones" actress, Emilia Clarke being all happy and stuff.
WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING
So this has been on my watch list for a while now and I figured now was as good a time as any to sit down and watch, "To Each His Own Cinema". It's a compilation of three minute shorts by acclaimed directors who have made their stamp and found their voice at the Cannes Film Festival, which, as a result, means these shorts are provided by the leading arthouse directors in cinema right now.
I can't actually "review" this as I normally would though but I will say that like with any compilation, it's gonna be a mixed bag. There will be some that you love and others that you hate.
Now, perhaps it's my own bias/preference towards Asian cinema, but I found that their ones were the most poignant and most successful in capturing their feelings towards the state of cinema and moviegoing (this being the general theme of the compilation). Hou Hsiao-hsien's segment was probably my favourite out of them all (the Asian ones, lol). Kinda disappointed in Wong Kar-wai's segment although I didn't really know what I was expecting.
That's not to say that the other shorts were bad though, a lot of them were great and I really enjoyed watching them. It's interesting to see what people think about the state of the movie-going experience and cinema as a whole. I'd say if you have the time, check it out. I think when given the option of seeing a two hour compilation of shorts versus one two hour film, the former would sound like a much more preferable option. Maybe that's just me.
TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS
You guys like Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Of course you do. So here's a brand new teaser trailer for his new film, "Looper" written and directed by Rian Johnson, the same guy that directed JGL in the highly underrated, "Brick". Loving the concept of the film and this teaser hits all the right notes for me as far as I'm concerned. If you're wondering why JGL's face looks weird, it's cause of prosthetic work that was made to make him look a bit more like a young Bruce Willis.
Personal aside: Rian Johnson is the Kim Ji-woon of America, I reckon. So far with two films under his belt, Johnson has shown that he's a versatile director capable of adapting to different styles and genres. Having said that, "Looper" will be Johnson's own, "The Good, The Bad, The Weird", no?
Excited for "The Dark Knight Rises"? You should be! Six new images released. I don't want to embed them here so if you're keen, have a look over at /Film and see them for yourself!
And finally that there's the first teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, "Django Unchained". Super minimalistic which makes it extra awesome.
And that's the way it is this week. In the spirit of Video Games Unplugged, today's title comes from the soundtrack of the video game, Chrono Cross for the PS1. Below I've embedded two versions of the song: the one that was used in the game (vocalist and all), and the one that was performed at Destiny Reunion, an Eminence concert that I went to in 2007 that featured a quintet (not the whole orchestra) of Eminence's musicians. I kinda really still need to play this game.