Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Welcome to Your Future

I saw two movies in one day, made by two life long friends...
In Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron brings to the table the major issues facing man in the 21st century. It's a tale of terrorism, fascism, immigration, environmental depletion and the varied reactions of the human will towards these plights. The movie is structured as a chase film that may feel thin on paper, but delivers wonderfully on film - due to the ever changing social situations. Through this, Cuaron is able to paint a picture of the entire social spectrum in England. The film's constant movement also allows Emmanuel Lubezki to create some of the most spectacular camera work since Kubrick. At the heart of the film is humanity's need for hope. This theme is what elevates Children of Men from a political statement to human story.

Even Ed from Grizzly Bear loved the film.

[www] Radiohead - Life in A Glass House

Pan's Labyrinth is hallucinatory portrayal of a young girl's escape from the crushing blows of Fascism. Told in the parallel narratives of Capitan Vidal's evil rule and Ofelia's infinite imagination, Guillermo del Toro gives the viewer a dizzying insight into both the physical and emotional realm of the characters. Like Children of Men it is a cautionary tale; however, unlike the gritty reality Cuaron portrays, Guillermo dive deep into rich textured fantasy. The film is beautiful and terrifying, and (in my understanding) void of hope - at least for life in this world.

[www] Radiohead - You and Whose Army?


Blogger Arpit Mehta said...

2 lifelong friends? You know the directors? I wanna see both those movies.

4:00 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

I worked on Children of Men at Strike Entertainment. Alfonso and Guillermo are friends from Mexico.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

I loved the novel Children of Men and was quite stunned that PD James (a mystery writer) could pen something so profound. I am so glad to hear that the film not only does the book justice, but elevates it. Yay!

7:34 AM  

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