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10 April 2006 @ 09:24 pm
Manderlay (2005)  
Isn't it beautiful?On Saturday, I was really pleased to get to hang out with a friend whom I don't see often. ^-^ What a change of pace!! ^____^ Since I'm on my girly time, I was a bit lackluster, but I had a great time nonetheless! He is moving to China soon, so he gave me the huge painting that he'd painted for his living room. Isn't it beautiful? ^____________^ I love it!!! It's currently hanging in place of the Tenimyu posters behind it. Ahhhhh it really, really adds something to this room! I love art by my friends, and something like this is about as good as it gets. ♥ I will really, really miss him. Being with him is a change of pace that I not only love, I need every once in a while. Btw, it looks weird because it's covered in plastic wrap. It was raining, and we didn't want it to get ruined, so we covered it in plastic wrap and a tarp. ^^

Greg and I went to see a movie in Ginza called Manderlay. Wow..!! What a trip that was! I had never heard of the movie, which made me think that I need to be following film news more closely. I thought it was brilliant!! The star was Bryce Dallas Howard, whom I've had a crush on ever since seeing her in The Village, another reason that I should follow films better, I think. ^^;; I absolutely loved the filmography, and the techniques they used to shoot the film in such a strange... setting. While I wasn't sure what to think at first, I think that was what gave the film real character and made it work. Stunning! As a side note, seeing Bryce pleasure herself through her clothes was so erotic.... wow. I'd give any film that showed that high marks, but that aside, it was really good. I'm going to look up the first part in the trilogy and see if I can rent it. Yes!

I love movies that make me think. Ones where I walk out pondering things rather than just accepting the ending flat on. Movies like The Blair Witch Project and Battle Royale, as a few examples.

It's not the same on film is it? I mean, you know it's real, but it's like looking through the lens gives you some sort of protection from what's on the other side.
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堕天使 BLUEdatenshi_blue on April 10th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Maa, too bad you didn't see Dogville before Manderlay. There's a lot of references to Dogville in Manderlay, too. Although I guess it's not necessary to watch it to enjoy Manderlay, it helps you to understand Grace's character and her relationship with her dad.

I enjoyed Manderlay a lot, but Dogville... woah. It was much better, in my opinion.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 10th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
(I keep mixing the name up with Dogma... ^^;)

Yeah, after seeing this, I really want to see the first one!! I love Grace's character, and it's a little sad what happens to her in the end! I really feel for her, because we're a lot alike. If I had the means and that situation, I might have done the same thing as her.

I've never even heard of this film series before, or this director. Goes to show how educated the American public is about foreign-directed movies... ^^;;

(Not sure how it's an anti-American movie, though, as some people claim. Do you think it is? It just seems to be a slice of history. I mean, what happened, happened. Who would blame America no for what happened when none of us were even alive?)
堕天使 BLUE: Isumi thoughtfuldatenshi_blue on April 10th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Well, they're pseudo-dogma films, so not such a big mistake XDD In fact, I think Von Trier was one of the filmmakers that invented dogma films. You know they have a lot of rules, such as no optical work of filters, using only natural light, they have to use handheld cameras and stuff like that. Von Trier always makes these type of movies. Such as Dancer in the Dark or Breaking the Waves. It's surprising that you haven't heard of Lars Von Trier before, because, at least in Europe, he's pretty well known.

Mm, which reminds me. I think I remember you talking about Kingdom Hospital back in the days, the Stephen King series. It was based on a Danish mini-series that Lars Von Trier made. Curious, isn't it?

Dogville is a lot more disturbing than Manderlay. Grace gets so abused it made me go wtf a lot of times, and made me want to stop watching at times. I couldn't understand how she put up with all that happened to her. The role is played by Nicole Kidman, too, who, with all due respect to Bryce Dallas Howard, is so much better an actress.

I don't really think it's an anti-american film. It also holds a big criticism about how black people is as racist as white people. I was so shocked to learn that the old man (and most of the people in Manderlay) knew everything, but went along with it because the system worked.

These movies have a surprisingly easy way to turn things around. I mean, you suddenly find the saviour turned into a slave and everyone using her for their own purposes and the like. I think that's human nature, not anything anti-american. It just happens to be a story of black slaves.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 11th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Wait... dogma is a style of movie? I didn't know that. ^^;; I was thinking about the movie Dogma by Kevin Smith (horrible name!!). I have a very, very American hollywood-movie knowledge of movies, with a side interest in Japanese. While I love independent and smaller type movies, I've never been in a position to be able to watch them before. (small towns or uncultured towns) I really haven't heard of Lars before. He might have a small following in America, but the only directors that I know are the big hollywood ones like Steven Spielberg et al.

Yeah, I remember Kingdom Hospital! ^_^;; I had no idea that it was based on another series! I thought it was based on something that King wrote! ^_^;; Curious!

Nicole Kidman?????!!! Yum! I have had a crush on her for longer than Dallas. I looooooooooove her acting, and it doesn't help that she's completely and totally hot. ♥ Of course, marrying Tom was one of the big mistakes on her record, but nobody's perfect. -_-;; She is a better actress than Bryce, though, definitely.

Good, I was reading all over that it was an anti-American film. My friend (who is French) also mentioned it. But watching it I didn't see anything about it that was really anti-american. If anything, it seemed Anti-forcing people to change.

I really wish that she'd been able to help the slaves see how the world can be so much better without slavery, and help them to start to care for themselves and have the pride to not want to be a slave to anyone else. But she had her hopes and dreams turned around, all because these people were too stubborn to change. Yeah, Grace and I have a LOT in common. -_-;;; I'd probably have given up on them at the end, too. But the next time that it came along, I would try again.
ore-samathesundaywriter on April 10th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Manderlay looks good... but I get disturbed watching such films
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 10th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
There was only one scene that really disturbed me (aside from the ending credits montage). But I think that a movie that disturbe you can be a really good thing. It makes you think, and ask questions of yourself that you'd otherwise ignore.

You can learn a lot about yourself from these types of movies, I think. ^^ If you have the stomach, give it a try. ^__^
ore-samathesundaywriter on April 10th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's true... I think the more 'real' the film is, the more disturbing... Have you tried Feast of All Saints? It's a 2 part tv-movie and I quite liked it. It's also a show dealing with slavery.

The movie that disturbed me was Beloved, based on Toni Morrison's book, we watched it for lit and I was scared for a good time after =P
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 11th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
I've never heard of either of those. Or the book. Sounds interesting!
ore-samathesundaywriter on April 11th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Feast of All Saints is based on a book by Anne Rice. Here's some info on the show: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255730/

Beloved: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120603/

hope that was useful ^_^
C L O V E R: rocket boys : endo yuya : nosebleedidyllica on April 10th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. I just love the painting,. Its absoutely gogerous. I wish I could paint like he does. Tell him, I wish him the best of luck in China because I hope he will get around in China (after all it is communist if he goes to somewhere in the middle of china) and um, they are pretty industrialized so good luck to him.
I haven't seen movies in such a long time. Planning to see Da Vinci Code next week if it will come out? I'm not sure myself.
Guess what?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 11th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Uwaaa!!! Congratulations!!!!! *throws confetti*
C L O V E R: nagayama takashi : ever so sweetidyllica on April 11th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
YEAH! And they have a summer abroad program that I will use next year probably. Maybe I can go to Japan? EH? LOL
Eajoa on April 11th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Do you even read my comments? I've tried o contact you on LJ, but yeah.. ;;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 11th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
*blinks* I read all of the comments that come to my inbox. What were you trying to contact me about? O.o;;
Kira Seyvah: eyesstraycat_cayra on April 13th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
that picture is really good...*envious*