Capturing both the history and decay of a chateau built for Wagner, Markopoulos builds a rhythm collage of images with contrasting depth - deep shots of forests overlayed with close ups of what could either be chipping paint or bark with a slow transition to the interior of this once private and secluded mini-palace. The images themselves can be frenetic and overwhelming, but by setting them to the tune of Beethoven they almost form a sort of dance. Markopoulos also…
David Lynch presents his greatest stride, giving us a surrealist pop dream that is as irresistible as it is confounding, raising a huge middle finger to Hollywood conventions while never compromising entertainment. Perhaps what the movie accomplishes best is the feeling of unease and disorientation - the camera twists and turns as much as layered plot and the constant dichotomy of tone never gives a comfortable dwelling. For every tender or erotic moment there is an underlying distortion, giving a…
Film #1 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge!
Task #1 : Film featuring reincarnation!
As a huge fan of David Mitchell's style-driven, genre-smashing novel Cloud Atlas, I was hesitant about this film. How would the Wachowski's match Mitchell's penchant for capturing the different stories and ages through his use of language? And how would they wrap six vastly different, tangentially related stories into a single cohesive film?
Well they did it, and the result is fantastic. Six stories…