Category Archives: Cinema

NotKnowing

“I love the process of not knowing what something is beforehand.” – Alma Har’elNot knowing

If you’ve seen the music video for Beirut’s ‘Elephant Gun’, you know what Im talking about when I say that Alma Har’el is pure genius. Her work is recognized for her expression through modern dance, landscape and character, and for her ability to create images with an honest balance of emotions; heavyhearted as much as they are joyful and playful.

Her latest Documentary is not really your traditional documentary.  It revolves around the lives of one particular boy, unfolding almost like a drama. She’ll have you hooked to the surreal choreography, the dance sequences and the music by Beirut and Bob Dylan.

Winner of the Tribeca Best Documantary 2011, the catalog of the year  describes the movie as below:

‘The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream.

A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert.

First-time director Alma Har’el visits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary Bombay Beach, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea’s land of thwarted opportunity.

True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har’el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town.

The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience—an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants. Winner of the Tribeca film festival doc competition.’

Heres the link for the Trailer for Bombay Beach. This movie touched me in several different ways. And I hope it does for you too!

For more info check out the official website:

bombaybeachfilm.com

Pi – Faith in Chaos by Darren Aronofsky

 

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“There will be no order, only chaos.”

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“Max Cohen: 9:13. Personal note. When I was a little kid, my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once, when I was six, I did. The doctors didn’t know if my eyes would ever heal.I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages and I could see. But something else had changed inside me.”

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 “Maximillian Cohen: It was given to me. It’s inside of me. It’s changing me.
Ephraim: It’s killing you, because you are not ready to receive it”

“Sol Robeson: This is insanity, Max.
Maximillian Cohen: Or maybe it’s genius.”

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“Sol Robeson: Hold on. You have to slow down. You’re losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You’re connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religious hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.”

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 “Maximillian Cohen: 11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.”

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“Maximillian Cohen: 10:15, personal note: It’s fair to say I’m stepping out on a limb,
but I am on the edge and that’s where it happens.” 

“Maximillian Cohen: 10:28. Results: bullshit”