Set in the 1980s, This Is England is about the life of a young boy as he is transformed from a bullied and troubled child, into a Neo-Nazi follower. He is tought by an older harcore skinhead to distrust and hate the "Paki bastards" who immigrated into England throughout the years. This film is extremely dark but also extremely eye opening. Even though it takes place nearly 30 years ago, these problems of racism and violence are still a chilling reality. Plus they have British accents, its a must see.
Friday, July 24, 2009
When I see films like these, I want nothing more than to travel! I have a sort of love-hate relationship with the U.S.A. and I desperately wish to journey and experience life as a traveler on a foreign shore. Italy, France, Spain and so many more destinations overseas are beckoning me. It is strange though, my newfound lust for travel, due to the fact that the closest I have gotten to an out of country expediation was a trip when I was very young to Baja California (its techinically Mexico).
Françoise Nielly grew up in the South of France with an architect father. Her eye for color is so unique I instantly fell in love with her style. In my own sketches, I find that eyes are very important. If the subjects eyes apear dead and lifeless, the artwork can often seem pointless to me. Nielly's subjects eyes show not only the subjects soul, but also the artists soul. These paintings convey so much emotion, yet they also are filled with mystery.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Fight Club is a cinematic masterpiece--but that's just my opinion. In a movie, I can usually name a single star who stole my heart and made the film a favorite for me. That just isn't so with this movie. I could say that Brad Pitt's performance as the deranged and seductive Tyler Durden captured the epitome of reckless behavior, or that Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer delightfully took the cake with her dark witty delivery, or I could say that Ed Norton stole the movie with his portrayal of the soft spoken Narrator turned aggressive fighter. The truth is, they were all amazing and there is no conceivable way I could possibly choose just one.
I love those twisted love stories...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Devoid of all fireworks and friends, in the past 4th of July has been rather gloomy for me. That was definitely not so this year. Lianna and I started off the day at the Palisades parade where we met up with our friend Eunice. From that point on, spontaneity was the game. We met up with some more people as the day progressed and eventually ended up at the Pali stadium where we laughed and talked and watched the fireworks. It was definitely a 4th of July to be remembered.