Thursday

A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick



WARNING! Not for the easily offended, or innocent viewer.
That ladies and gentlemen is an understatement.

Ultra violence, rape, breaking and entering, suicide, gang wars, drug filled milk bars and Beethoven.... That's the dystopian world that Anthony Burgess created in his 1962 novel, and which was perfectly mirrored by legendary Stanley Kubrick in 1971.













Granted there is quite dark subject matter presented, you cannot hold it against this movie. Aside from the dark themes the themes and concepts presented do make for a brilliant movie. Alex and his 'droogs' will entertain you as they run the dystopian ecclectic world.













Kubrick presents a perfectly cinemagraphic film that is a must see for any film fanatic!

Saturday

Attraction - Final Drama



Directed by: Wibi Udayana
Starring: Angeline Dowling, Kelsey Requin, Joanna Wong, Kaitlyn Cirulis and Myself.

Studying film was definitely an insightful experience. I now appreciate how much work goes into the production of a film after working on one for my Screen class at Curtin University. I had a wonderful group full of people whom I very much love today! 

Our assignment was a short film with little dialogue. We were asked to focus on the cinematic aspects for our film.  After many trials , hours of work and fun we managed to create Attraction. It was shot in a small supermarket in Perth and on the streets of Perth. It tells the story of a girl conflicted with her inner attractions after she sees a beautiful girl on the street. 

Hope you enjoy watching it! 
(For assignment purposes we were required to add in the first few technical aspects, just skip to 0:30 for the beginning of the film.)

Friday

Lolita (1997) Adrian Lyne


Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swaine, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella
"Lolita, Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul..."

I consider Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita to be one of my favourite books. There are two notable Adaptions of Lolita the first released in 1962 directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick, and the second the 1997 release directed by Adrian Lyne.







Personally ( despite being a Kubrick fan) after having read the book before hand I found myself more attracted to the more recent production. Lyne's imagery seemed closer to the imagery I had constructed whilst reading the novel. For those who don't know Lolita tells the tale of Humbert Humbert who falls in love with a young nymph who he calls Lolita. After her mother dies he takes Lolita on a road trip in the aim to escape the guilt he has about his relationship, however the strain between Lolita and Humbert soon becomes evident.






Lolita 1997 is quaint and conjures a sense of innocence. Which I think matches the literature versions of the characters. There is something subtly beautiful about the way that Lyne captures the relationship between Lolita and Humbert and his techniques allow room for the character relationships to flourish on screen. I highly recommend you watch this movie in the near future!

Funny Games (2008) Michael Haneke


Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart.

Usually I feel a need to accompany my family to the video store, on account that I can never really trust their choices. However I must credit their recent pick Funny Games. It's like nothing I've seen before. 

Funny games is the scene for scene remake of Haneke's Austrian original (1997). This movie is most definitely a psychologically twisted movie. I found it extremely hard to explain the severity of how creepy  small things such as broken eggs to people.


The opening scene perfectly summarizes this movie: A family driving along to their holiday house playing a game of "Guess the composer" only to have the calamity of the drive  juxtaposed to a large red title accompanied by heavy metal rock which is not noticed by the characters (A symbol for the plot's exposition) .

Haneke manages to compose images we have for so long associated with purity and  manipulate them to show the severity of sadistic violence that unfolds. The two young men  present themselves extremely politely and  well mannered. The way they remain calm and yet respectful of their victims sends a chill down the viewer's spine. 

"Ciao Bella"

Something to love about this movie is the way it manages to present violence with such a strong audience reaction. I have never been more relieved when I had assumed justice had come to these characters. However this relief was immediately broken as Haneke breaks the fourth wall and reminds us exactly of the message he is presenting. This  aspect that can either severely annoy people or give them a powerful insight.