first and foremost a filmmaker. often a photographer. usually a writer. always a music enthusiast.
Director Jeremy Saulnier made his living as a cinematographer, but what he really wanted to do was to direct his own films. At age 37 and expecting his third child, he knew that his days of putting everything on the table and trying to make it as a director were coming to an end. It was going to be the summer of 2012 or never. So he and his wife put up all their savings, maxed out their credit cards and ran a kickstarter campaign to come up with a budget that would allow a comfortable 30 day schedule for the film. In true Robert Rodriguez style indie model, Saulnier shot with a camera and lenses he already owned. He wrote the script around locations and assets that he had access to, and wrote the main character for his best friend Macon Blair whom he believe is a great actor but has never gotten the opportunity he deserved.
The result is a solid thriller with beautiful camera work (amazing how much blue there was in this film). I also love this Badlands-ish poster.
I wish GO! GO! 7188 were still together so I can see them rock out live. Will have to settle for the lead singer’s second incarnation Chirinuruwowaka which are really kool too. This song really pumps me up for that bike ride to work in the morning.
repo11ita said: Sorry, I may have cheated in writing this ask, since I found no "Ask" button. Just wanted to say that I like your writing, particularly for its mix subjects of Japanese films, writing about writing, writing about film making, and that Bukowski poem. I am writer, too, who naturally loves film. Horror is my favorite. Miike's Audition did not unsettle you?
Hi, thank you for that message. I’m hardly a writer, I do think I write okay screenplays, but this blog here is merely a way of keeping track of the films I see and some of my own thoughts. But I’m glad you found it interesting. I remember it being very unsettling the first time I watched Audition. I think from the moment that sack moved, my heart never stopped pounding. I don’t share your love for the horror genre, so it was a rare sensation for me :)
After being a Coen Brothers fan for well over a decade, I finally felt it was the right time to watch one of their most acclaimed films - Barton Fink. The 1991 film made an unprecedented and never repeated sweep at the Cannes Film Festival, taking home the Palm d’Or, Best Director and Best Actor awards.
It was the first official day of restarting work on my feature film script PROPERLY, and I had trouble getting into the zone. For whatever reason, the image of Barton Fink came to mind. Years ago, I had actually read the entire screenplay of the film, but I was too young, and didn’t retain a whole lot of it. I just remembered this image of the struggling writer looking up at the ceiling of his hotel room, unable to conjure up a single idea. With that image in mind, I decided it was time.
The film left a very deep impression on me. For two whole days, I couldn’t get it out of my head. What did it all mean? The picture of the girl by the beach especially kept displaying on my mind. After doing some reading and drawing my own mind map, I finally came up with an analysis of the film that I can make peace with. The Coens are truly brilliant filmmakers. They made a seemingly thinly-plotted atmospheric film that is in fact laden with effective sound design and haunting subtexts that when deciphered, one cannot help but to applaud the brothers’ true ingenuity. I want to make films like they do.