Who Is Guillaume Canet?

Discovering and watching movies is a hobby of mine. During summer especially, I develop a slight obsession with certain directors, actors, or film genres. I am well past and beyond my Wuxia phase; I have watched every single movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, or featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie or Audrey Tautou; my list of classical Hollywood movies is ever receding… and my love for French films will never cease.

Which is why I bring to you today my French discovery of the year, actor and director Guillaume Canet. Continue reading “Who Is Guillaume Canet?”

French Movies & I

I tweeted just yesterday about my addiction for French movies. And it’s true, I am addicted. I blame Amélie, fully and completely. I think I may have watched every single movie Audrey Tautou has ever starred in (except The DaVinci Code series, because I boycott anything even remotely related to Dan Brown). Marion Cotillard as well. I watched every French movie Kristin Scott Thomas is in. Currently downloading Gerard Depardieu’s movies, and the list goes on… Continue reading “French Movies & I”

Life of Pi: An Analysis

My story with ‘Life of Pi’ starts with the book, written by Canadian author Yann Martel. I had only heard of it when I bought it, about three years ago… and it was left unopened, until last November, when I heard the movie was coming out.

I set my mind to reading it before watching the movie in order to be able to compare both versions, something I often like to do.

The story: Political upheavals in India drive Pi’s family to sell their zoo and embark on a cargo ship along with the animals in search of a better life in Canada. Midway through the Pacific Ocean, the ship sinks, and Pi finds himself stranded on a lifeboat. Only he is not alone. A zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger will keep him company on an epic journey which will last for 227 days. Continue reading “Life of Pi: An Analysis”

Who Is Darren Aronofsky?

It all starts with a movie called “Requiem for a Dream”. A favorite actor of mine, Jared Leto (also the lead singer/guitarist of 30 Seconds To Mars) stars in it, so naturally, I decided one afternoon to watch it with some friends. And boy, what a movie!

The central theme is addiction: to drugs, to ideals, to dreams, any and every addiction you can think of. It revolves around a guy, his mother and two of his friends, who already are in too deep, and the inevitable downward spiral they all go through, until all hope is lost.

While I don’t know much about filming techniques, I can recognize something special and unique when I see it. And I saw that in “Requiem for a Dream”. Curious, I pay Wikipedia a visit, discover that the director is Darren Aronofsky, and read the following:

Aronofsky uses montages of extremely short shots throughout the film. While an average 100-minute film has 600 to 700 cuts, Requiem features more than 2,000. Split-screen is used extensively, along with extremely tight closeups.

In order to portray the shift from the objective, community-based narrative to the subjective, isolated state of the characters’ perspectives, Aronofsky alternates between extreme closeups and extreme distance from the action and intercuts reality with a character’s fantasy. Aronofsky aims to subjectivise emotion, and the effect of his stylistic choices is personalisation rather than alienation.

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