"And now you say that you've got to go
Well if you must you must
I suppose that you need the sleep of the just"
Well, this past Friday was the final presentation day for my first IPD-design studio, it went pretty good, even better than I expected as the guest judges called me a Maverick after I presented my design.
mav·er·ick - [mav-er-ik, mav-rik] -Noun
a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates.
I guess that's the best compliment I could get about my work since it is what I am somehow trying to accomplish in this my last year of school and maybe the rest of my life. And I dont mean the loner part, but the intellectual parting of the established norm. Just one more step to becoming a design anarchist.
I WILL live like a stray dog for years, but I WILL have the joy of breaking all the rules, pouring my beliefs and convictions into my work...and eventually crack at the pushing boundaries of global culture with bold new form and context of functionality.
But enough of that, since I finished the essential of my work, I had the entire weekend to live. On Saturday I attended a magnificent music festival held on the civic center of Los Angeles. Two of my favorite bands were playing, The Mars Volta who keep on tapping into that stream of subconsciousness that only Mexican peyote chamanes can reach. AND the utmost incredible Gogol Bordello who apparently will be the main star in Madonna's directorial debut. Not sure how the movie will turn out, but I can't wait to see Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) in it. And if you feel like he seems familiar, you might have seen him as Alex in the movie "Everything is Illuminated" based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Highly recommended, bittersweet with just subtle humor that anyone can enjoy and an incredible soundtrack by Gogol Bordello himself. But that's not the movie you are meant to read about just yet. Tonight I have for you a small rant about a movie I watched this weekend and that really affected me in the best possible way.
As I previously mentioned, the motherload of my work was done this Friday, and having spent my Saturday dancing and yelling at the music festival, it left me with an entire Sunday to spend it catching up with the movies I had yet to watch. During that day I watched Choke, based on a novel by one of my favorite authors "Chuck Palahniuk," Miracle at St. Anna (damn intense and with the taste of the old war movies, none of this new crap) directed by Spike Lee, Burn after reading by the Coen brothers (disappointing), yet none of those movies captured my attention and my heart like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. And I do hate when critics use the word refreshing, but I think this movie deserves it. To begin with, the plot was rather creative, striding away from the typical teenage movie and the classic boy meets girl Hollywood-tale. And maybe the story has been done before, but never with such sensitivity and care as Nick and Norah, a very sweet romantic story for a whole new generation tired of American Pie's endless sequels.
It goes without saying that Kat Dennings (Norah) is drop-dead gorgeous in the sense that her beauty is quite different from the All-American heroine of the usual teenage movie.
-PLUS-IMPORTANT- this movie contains a kiss that quickly became part of the top ten best kisses in movies (according to my personal taste) Please do notice that when building this list I take into consideration points such as:
-Build up of the kiss (everything that led to it)
-Sensibility of the scene
-Acting and on-screen chemistry between the players
-Level of passion put into it
Amongst other points, so it is hard to make it to the list, but here's the list so far, let me know if you agree or disagree, or if you would like me to consider a movie kiss for this list:
1.- Natasha Wightman (Valerie) and Mary Stockley (Ruth) in V for Vendetta. (2005)
2.- Marco Leonardi (Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita) and Agnese Nano (Elena Mendola) in Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
3.- Ryan Gosling (Noah Calhoun) and Rachel McAdams (Allie Hamilton) in The Notebook (2004)
4.- Richard Gere (Lancelot) and Julia Ormond (Guinevere) in First Knight (1995)
5.- Christina Ricci (Penelope) and James McAvoy (Max) in Penelope.(2006)
6.-Michael Cera (Nick) and Kat Dennings (Norah) in Nick and Norah's infinite playlist (2008)
7.- Guillaume Canet (Julien Janvier) and Marion Cotillard (Sophie Kowalsky) in Jeux d'enfants.(2003)
8.- Vivien Leigh (Blanche DuBois) and Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski) in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
9.- Audrey Tautou (Amélie Poulain) and Mathieu Kassovitz (Nino Quincampoix) in Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
10.- Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) in The Empire Strikes Back. (1980)
anyways, that was rather long and nothing to do with capstone class, so I leave you with a song by Gogol Bordello from the movie soundtrack to Wristcutters (2006):