true story told perfectly? they shot the film in Morocco, Rabat looks nothing like Mogadishu, and they used Nigerian actors that look nothing like Somalis. The story was 2-dimensional and boring, and wasn't a reflection of anything "true" besides true emotional blackmailing.
Emotion for the sake of emotion isn't good filmmaking...This film's dis-information bordered on what I'd consider a harmful level.
Not everyone goes to the movies to learn something, but I don't think people go to the movies to be lied to, either.
One great film that hasn't been listed is Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows." It's a brilliant humanist portrayal of life in Vichy France, a life under occupation.
Another is "Battle of Algiers".
"Thin Red Line" has got to win for shock value, though. What I expected and what I got were two vastly different things. I walked out of that film pretty shaken.
i agree completely...the white oval in his iris is insanely distracting. i couldn't concentrate on what he was saying at all.
darious- just position it slightly off center from your lens and you'll avoid that 'chronicles of riddick' look in your eyes. or just don't use a beauty light, simple as that.
the trailer doesn't look like crap to me. was this just a generic comment about film in the youtube generation? or was there something particular you were missing in the trailer?
I saw that! I was otherwise very impressed with the grip. Great utility belt, he's even got a bottle of water on there. Man's prepared for everything.
"I'm really just manipulating you in a different way. Which is to say, with this method I'm forcing you to slow down and just look at something."
See the thing is, conventional storytelling strategies in film like the music and an intelligible narrative are not just there to control the viewer- they are used to draw the viewer in, give them a reason to want to continue watching a film. With all due respect, I wanted to switch off the trailer almost immediately. Well, to be fair, first I adjusted the volume on my laptop to see if it was on, then I wanted to switch it off.
I'm afraid I generally have the same problem with art billed as "experimental", "abstract" or "non-conventional": I don't find it particularly impressive when people strip away conventions or tools and the story suffers as a result. In fact it comes off as rather lazy. I don't really want to read an extensive thesis as to why you did what you did, or what you were going for. Let's put that energy into the work and allow it to speak for itself.