Commentary 06 Nov 2013 01:20 am

Late comes Early

I saw Miyazaki’s last film again last night. The Rising Wind is a quiet movie. A film full of desperate change, man doing his worst in the name of good. An Earthquake takes a train and a town, illness covers even the film’s heroine (not unlike Camille’ Scarlet Fever – but here the romanticism is kept to a quiet dignity. Planes are sent out to War chock-c-block full of bombs to rape even the most quiet village. It’s a film that keeps its torment below the tears, and an animated movie deals with serious adult subject matter. One would think the animator would go for the roiling climax, but that just what this film does not do. It’s a tempest in a teapot, indeed. This time the tea is naught but background for many character decisions. It’s an unorthodox movie, and I don’t want to give it ALL away, so I’ll stay there.

I loved the film. The opposite of Ponjo. No hysterics or comedy out of misery. I’d recommend it highly. Not Frozen or Crood or Despicable. Just humanity and reality.

The principal problem with the film’s lead character is that actions of his cause problems, they don’t resolve them. He should be using his brilliance to correct problems. Instead, it might be said that he is the problem. He’s a genius but for the wrong side.

Tonight I see Nebraska and am looking forward to the after party. There was one at this location last year for David Chase’s movie. All the Sopranos hung together. James Gandolfini left an impression of being healthy despite the girth. It didn’t work that wau. This should be more proof that Harvey Weistein throws some of the best parties. … I hope.


I know that we had a stupendous couple of days on the Mad Tea Party and I think they were just excited, and I was very clear that when any of the directors are speaking, we need everyone’s respect.
Soon Coming to the Splog

drouinI’ve just spent a lot of time transcribing a lengthy interview I did with the wonderful Jacques Drouin talking about the Pin Screen device; after all he is now the world’s foremost authority on the device and it felt good to record some of his comments. His, following the work of Alexander Alexeïeff (1901-1982) and Claire Parker (1906-1981), is the foremost spokesman for the utensil which allows people to draw with more than a million pins, utilizing the shadow of t he pins as the medium of the drawings. Ever since reading about this device in Halas and Manville’s book, “Animation“, I have been intrigued and I remain fascinated.

The interview, as I said, is extensive – Mr. Drouin is a natural spokesperson for the pin screen, and it didn’t take much to get him to talk so intelligently and at length about it. The principal problem is that I am a poor reporter, and it’ll take me a bit of time to accurately and properly report what he had to say. I’ll have that ready sometime this week. For some reason I’ve taken to Mr. Droin despite the fact that this was our first meeting. I did look forward to it for quite some time. We were to have met via phone a couple of years back, but it didn’t happen. My fault entirely. I was glad to have met him here in person. He’s a gentleman.


Oscar Toons

Yes it’s Oscar time. I’ve already commented a bit about the short films seen and how I missed half of them after getting quite ill midway through the lot of them. Sorry I can’t properly report but not sorry I missed most of them.

2dhorseOne of the more interesting of the batch in contention that I’d seen comes from Disney. Get A Horse is a short which does little more than play on 3D. It has the 2930′s Mickey drawn from that era and brought to life in 3D when Peg Leg Pete tries to hold things up. He and his horse pop out of the B&W world into 3D with color and there’s some gamesman’sship as the duo go back and forth competing with Pete for the fair damsel, Minnie. The short falls too clever for its own good and has nothing really to say except that movies exist on their own level whether 3D color or 2D B&W.
I know a lot of the younger voters were more captivated by the tricks of the trade exhibited in this short. If one there was something for the film to say. It felt that it had more ot offer thn FROZEN, but that still isn’t saying much.

3 Responses to “Late comes Early”

  1. on 06 Nov 2013 at 2:20 pm 1.the Gee said …

    A couple of things:

    Did you mean “1930′s Mickey”?
    On that short, I remember reading about it months ago. I don’t know how I feel about it sounding gimmicky. Maybe that’s weird on my part. If something like this is going to be done, then own it; make it as much yours as a patische. But, if the gimmicky stands out too much that could be a detriment. I hope there is more to it than sounding gimmicky.

    “Not Frozen or Crood or Despicable. Just humanity and reality.”

    Now that you string them together, those are not the greatest words but it would not surprise me if a lot of similar adjectives or an approach to giving something a title revolves around being tongue-in-cheek like those feature titles. “Tangled” would be another title that seems off for a feature animation.

    Is there a name for this approach to titling? Is it a trend that goes beyond movies and is also done with many books in an attempt to stand out, appear hipper (with it, baby!) or ironic, somehow? It’s more about branding than just naming, isn’t it?

  2. on 07 Nov 2013 at 6:38 pm 2.Genaro Prieto said …

    ‘Kaguya-hime no monogatari’ theatrical trailer:

  3. on 21 Jan 2014 at 10:17 am 3.william Frake said …

    I will miss you dearly..when you gave me my first job in the industry I never knew how great the adventure would be.
    I love all you gave me in friendship ..words of advise and wonderful films.You will be missed for my lifetime and I am sure for many others you have touched.William Frake

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