Sounds of Daydreams and Fairies

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Watching movies is one of my favorite things to do (second only to sleeping and eating). I love just sitting down and immersing myself into a completely new and foreign world, watching stories and events that belong to other people. It takes my mind off everything going on in my life and instead, dive into the lives of others. It’s my form of meditation and means for escape, my go-to topic of conversation and my top favorite form of entertainment.

I finally got the chance to watch Finding Neverland today, a movie I’ve been meaning to watch since it came out back in 2004. Finding Neverland is a semi-biographical film of J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan played by Johnny Depp. The film explores his relationship and experiences with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (played by Kate Winslet) and her boys, who inspired the timeless classic. Classic children’s literature such as Alice and Wonderland and The Little Prince have always been my all-time favorite books. The creativity and imagination the writers used to create these mystical and fascinating worlds, combined with a touch of childish innocence and whimsical nature appeals to the kid in everyone.

It’s refreshing to Johnny Depp play a normal looking person, as oppose to a pirate, an artificial scissors man, or a crazy barber butcher/killer. The acting from both Depp and Winslet were steady, nothing too exciting. Freddie Highmore’s performance as Peter blew my mind; the range of emotions he was able to depict was so natural. I think what makes this movie such a treat was watching the relationship between Barrie and the boys develop and the inspirations he drew from their role-play and pretending. The scenes from the actual Peter Pan play in the movie were magical and captivating. If you haven’t had a chance to see this movie, I highly recommend it.

The title of this post refers to the absolutely stunning soundtrack by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, which won an Academy Award for Musical Score. I mentioned before that music adds soul and amplifies emotion in movies; this movie especially so. The music just sounds exactly what daydreams and fairies sound like. Below is my favorite song from the movie called Piano Variation in Blue:

 

 

“Same Hill, Different Day” by Paul Octavious

May 21, 2011 § 7 Comments

Just stumbled across the beautiful work of Paul Octavious. His project “Same Hill, Different Day” is a series of photos and short clips shot at the same hill but on…different days 🙂 A rather self-explanatory title. The hill is a versatile venue, taking on different roles during each days and seasons – sometimes a movie theatre, sometimes a skiing resort, and other times, the perfect place to fly a kite.

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Tron: Legacy [merchandise edition]

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

I am really excited for the up-coming movie Tron: Legacy, which will be released in theatres Dec. 17.  I never seen the original Tron, so I can’t say I’ve been a dedicated fan since the beginning.  However, the trailer for the movie have raised my expectations to unbelievable heights.  When I watched the trailer, it left me hanging and wanting to know more.

I wish I knew enough about the original movie and story to write a full blown analysis.  However, I will spare myself from embarrassment and just highlight some of the coolest Tron-inspired toys/arts/design out in the virtual web: « Read the rest of this entry »

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