Tag Archives: Photography

STOKER

17 Jun

Stoker Movie 2013

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

The Korean Chan Wook Park directs this psychological thriller from 2013, Wook is known in the West for his film Oldboy. The film tells the story of India Stoker a teenager that on her birthday number 18 loses her father in an automobile accident, and with this she has to be cared by her mother, during the funeral arrives Charlie Stoker the uncle of India who she never knew because he was always traveling around the world, Charlie decides to stay a season to accompany his niece and sister in law during their grief, in this time desires and secrets of the family will come to light and  this will change their lives forever.

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This is a splendid story, more than good is different, this makes it very valuable for a viewer tired of seeing the same plots over and over again. The suspense and dark psychology line of the script is marchless ‘cause is real suspense, this not depends on a silence followed by an horrendous face that jumps to the screen…is the legitimate suspense where is not predictable what would happen.

The cast is forceful: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Kidman surprised again with a role that allows us to foresee  the  misgivings and frustrations with life, added to that faces a reawakening that allows the character to view the situations with clarity, excellent interpretation. Mia Wasikowska embodies perfectly the mystery personality, however this is an actress who starts to be under suspicion: the roles she choose are always verging on the freaky, it would be ideal to see her performing a normal person to vary. Goode shines with his multifaceted interpretation of Charlie Stoker: is seductive, warm and cold, peaceful and violent, in other words a convincing performance worthy of remembering.

Matthew Goode Nicole Kidman Mia Wasikowska Stoker

Photography and art direction of Stoker have a 10! The colors are in total harmony with the history, many scene compositions seem works of art; the costumes and locations are accurate and loaded with symbolism, some critics haven’t done wrong comparing it with Hitchcock movies.

Highly recommended the soundtrack by Clint Mansell: diverse and categorical.

Mia Wasikowska Stoker

Zerorojo recommends it! Has too many good points to be ignored! Who enjoys the thrillers will find it original, who enjoys photography will find a particular magic difficult to ignore and even music has charm, but before all that this is not the same movie as always and that gives it tons of added value!

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UPSIDE DOWN

17 Apr

Upside Down Movie

Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

In 2012 the Argentine director Juan Diego Solanas directed Upside Down a French-Canadian project of science fiction with the participation of British and American actors: An entire case of globalization. This is a love story in a fictional context that narrates the events that Adam must pass through to be with Eden, the woman he loves, the difficulty lies in the fact that Eden and Adam live in two parallel planets with a reverse gravitational force which do not allow them to go from one planet to another without burning in flames after three hours of visit.

The story is quite original, and the creation of the planets and the social tensions between them is innovative in more than one sense, however, the love story is not resolved in a completely satisfactory way, or, in other words is solved very easily,  but it doesn’t matter: all the love stories tend to be very similar, what makes them transcend are the scenarios and circumstances, and in this case, these scenarios and circumstances are true exponents of a enormous creativity.

 Kirsten Dunst Jim Sturgess Upside Down

Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess have the leading roles, there is not much to say: both are first quality actors, project an intense chemistry and make us believe in their characters, in the love and tenacity of them. The supporting actors have a purpose that is far from being the “puppets” of the protagonists, here they are responsible for establishing a social condition, of exalting the tedium that the oppression produces, to show the human struggles…they are certainly moving.

 Upside Down Jim Sturgess 8

The Upside Down crucial points are its photography and visual effects, these factors make it suitable for all audiences: the creation of the worlds brings us closer to science fiction, fantasy and even a little to the cyberpunk. Each scene has a fascinating and notoriously worked composition, the gravity handling is impeccable, each effect is striking. The photography is just beautiful: there is a symbolism through beautiful colors and filters that express individual and collective feelings. The art direction is difficult to obviate thanks to eternally memorable scenarios and the design of vivid locations, everything is worked until the last consequences, in short, this is a visual high  impact film.

 Upside Down Jim Sturgess

By the aforementioned Zerorojo recommends it! It’s an entertaining, original and well-worked film, an excelent piece of art.

 

10 MOVIES WITH A PHOTOGRAPHY TO REMEMBER

1 Apr

Today Zerorojo wants to remember 10 films that by its impressive photography, art direction and production design are not only outstanding they also remain indelible in our memory by the amazing image management that without a doubt makes us want to see them again. It’s true that there are many pieces in the cinema world with these features but remember them all would require a book not a blog, so this is the basic count considered by Zerorojo who invites readers to comment on ¿what other film or films you consider that stand out in its photography?

Schindler’s List (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg – winner of the Oscar and Golden Globe.

Photography: Janusz Kaminski- Oscar winner.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley.

Duration: 195 minutes.

 Schindler's List Liam Neeson

With a black and white hard to forget Schindler’s List won numerous prizes, including the Oscar for Janusz Kaminski. The colors, the lighting and sequences of this tape contribute in an incredible way to the drama embodied in it.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Director: Taylor Hackford- also director of The Devil’s Advocate, and Ray.

Photography: Gabriel Beristain

Cast: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer.

Duration: 132 minutes.

 Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates

The adaptation of the book by Stephen King is a wonderful mixture of colors that transport us from the past to the present with warm and cold shades, certainly this element makes an announcement of the constant flashbacks during the development of the plot.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrman

Photography: Donald McAlpine.- Candidate for BAFTA Awards.

Art Direction: Catherine Martin Brigitte Broch – winning the Oscar.

Cast: Nicole Kidman,  Ewan McGregor.

Duration: 127 minutes.

 Moulin Rouge Nicole Kidman

The famous love story is acclimatized in an impeccable way, there is no frame of this film in which there is no meticulous presence of the art direction and of course an excellent photography: the lighting in a unique way points out the moments of love and joy, of abandonment and death in a very specific way.

Kill Bill Vol.1 And Vol. 2 (2003 – 2004)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Photography: Robert Richardson

Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine.

Duration: 111 and 136 minutes respectively.

 Kill Bill Uma Thurman

Although Robert Richardson did not win an Oscar for his participation in this film his long list of movies and nominations (Django Unchained, Hugo’s invention, JFK, The Aviator, among others) lead us to understand the quality of his work. Kill Bill makes use of multiple photographic elements to give life to the story: high contrasts, cold and warm filters, black and white and a mix of amazing drawings and sequences that make this film divided into two chapters a masterpiece worthy to repeat many times.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Director: Brad Silberling

Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Art Direction: Cheryl Carasik -Oscar nominated.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Meryl Streep.

Duration: 108 minutes.

 Lemony Snickets Jim Carrey

This film in addition to having an excellent art direction and photography,  you can note that was made with love, although it didn’t win all the awards that deserved, the world created for Lemony Snicket’s is the exquisite union of many works of art within each scene. The details of props, locations and costumes (worth mentioning) are meticulous, attractive, and, together with the macabre coloring photography that at times recalls to Tim Burton and the varied levels of framings achieves to result in one word: Magic.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Director: Zhang Yimou

Photography: Zhao Xiaoding

Cast: Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Duration: 119 minutes.

 House Of Flying Daggers Takeshi Kaneshiro Zhang Ziyi

Zerorojo considers the photography in this film as the mother of the aesthetic: each frame of this story well may be the subject of a postcard, the art direction and production design are impeccable and tough to beat, has an excellent taste,  unique range of colors and a beautiful exaltation at the nature, in addition to the above each frame is a perfect and pleasant construction. The story has a little of cliché but the image of the film is definitive and amazing and this one great detail makes it worthy of being seen several times. The amount of awards that this film won for his photography speaks for itself, curiously was nominated but didn’t win the Oscar or the BAFTA, but won the Boston Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the Satellite Awards in this category.

Sin City (2005)

Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino.

Photography: Robert Rodriguez.- Nominated to Satellite Awards.

Cast: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro.

Duration: 126 minutes.

 Sin City Bruce Willis

In the challenge of taking a comic book to a film and that still seems a comic resides the beauty of this tape. The monochromatic dotted with details of color loaded with symbology make Sin City a film worthy of remembering. The grim lighting and the high contrasts fused with the art direction and photography are now opting for keeping alive the comic and reload it with the sadistic drama, sensuality and melancholy that Miller prints in the comic stripes of his books.

Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

Director : Rob Marshall

Photography: Dion Beebe. Winner of the Oscar, BAFTA and others…

Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh.

Duration: 145 minutes.

 Memoirs Of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi

Dion Beebe was creditor to an enviable list of awards for this film, and is understandable: Memoirs of a Geisha not only accounts with excellent lighting and dazzling framing it also features with a irrefutable forcefulness to take advantage of each element: the composition of the scenes and the layout of the elements surrounding the characters make the story something so lived that the viewer believes to be watching the past unfolds before its eyes.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Director: Guillermo del Toro.

Photography: Guillermo Navarro.- Oscar, Goya Awards and Ariel winner.

Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta – Winners of the Oscar.

Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez.

Duration: 112 minutes.

 Laberinto del Fauno Pan's Labyrinth Ivana Baquero

Guillermo Navarro was Academy award, Goya Award and Ariel winner by this film. Pan’s Labyrinth is the perfect sample of the coordination between photography, art direction and production design. Many of the sequences of the story are a fairy tale in motion: the warm and accented colors united to the grim and surreal aesthetic printed in the story pure fantasy, however, the photography is responsible for making the reality something so special, so unique that comes to seem unreal.

Life of Pi (2012)

Director: Ang Lee – Oscar winner

Photography: Claudio Miranda – Oscar winner

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan.

Duration: 127 minutes.

 Life Of Pi Richard Parker

In addition to all the visual effects that has Life Of Pi can be counted among its major attributes the photography which is excessively explicit: the colors and filters used mark strongly moments in the story: the real and the unreal, the past and present. This film has many attractive elements on a visual level, however here is noted that this one is considered definitive, not all the films contain this beauty in color: acidic and alive mixtures with some evocation of vintage filters.