Thursday, February 23, 2017

Score of...

"I feel like soundtrack music is almost like seeing the movie again but with my ears." -Unknown 

There several aspects that make a movie a movie. Acting. Special Effects. Costumes.


Whether we're watching in suspense as the shark is about to attack or crying because Rose will never let go, movie music enhances our emotions.

 Some of the best and worst times in film have been that much better or worse because of the under layering music.

We take movie music for granted.

Try to imagine Star Wars without music or the infamous Psycho scene in complete silence.

 We are often too focused on what is being said or what drama in unfolding.

However, without the music the scene would just be people talking. 

How tragic would it be if Trolls lost the sunshine in their pockets or if there was no city of stars?

Monday, February 20, 2017

An Actor's Perspective

"I kinda just wanted to view it like when you were a kid. You know like you pick up a stick and you pretend to shoot aliens or whatever. I felt like I kind of took that mentality into it." 

Kiowa Tucker is a 21 year old actor who has been acting in films since he was seventeen years old.
So far he has acted in a few films.

In his first film Petting Zoo which is on Netflix, Kiowa played a bad boy type character and he said he did not really have to go through an audition process.

"When we had [started] shooting the movie I had already known about not breaking the fourth wall and I had just kind of known what you're trying to do is create a natural environment. I'm not trying to be Hollywood.

Directed by Michael McGee, Petting Zoo is an indie film about a young girl who is about to go to college but her plans are put on halt when she finds out she is pregnant. 

Kiowa's role was that of the boyfriend that ends up being the father of her child.

"It was a lot of and it was a lot of work but you didn't notice the work because it was just so much of a blast."

For Kiowa the best think about being an actor is just that being an actor.

"I really enjoy just the actual doing of it because then I can almost method act."

He believes an actor's perspective should be noted but also coincide with the director's perspective and purpose.

"It's a balance."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Brigsby Bear"

So I am a journalist for The Edmond Sun and my editor asked me a few weeks ago to write an article about former Edmond resident, Kevin Costello.

Costello has recently received a lot of attention from various Oklahoma media outlets for his work on the film "Brigsby Bear."

He co-wrote with Saturday Night Life actor, Kyle Mooney, who is also the star of the film.

The film tells the tale of a young man, James, who was kidnapped as an infant and grew up with one fond memory.

Brigsby Bear.
What was actually a one man and cheaply made television show, was a whimsical world of magic and love for James.

However, after he is discovered and returns to his family, James is unable to function because of the lack of Brigsby.

In an effort to restore his happiness, James attempts to finish Brigsby Bear. However, in the process he becomes close with his lost family.

This indie movie has been described by several critiques as a heart warming and feel good film. It even received high praise at the Sundance Film Festival.

I was not able to get an interview with Costello just yet because the film is to be realized in theaters this summer. He is required to hold off on interviews until closer to the release date.

However, I will be able to interview him a few months from now and I look forward to discover the inter workings of this fellow Edmondite's mind.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The "La La Land" Issue

Winning seven Golden Globes and receiving positive reviews from prestigious publicans, "La La Land" has widely become one of the greatest films of the year.

With its amazing music and charming love story, audience members have fallen in love with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

However, there is the issue of the ending. Without spoiling it I can't go too much into detail, but for those who have seen it, the film has an interesting twist.

I have spoken with several friends and almost all have said it was such a great movie but it would have been better with a different ending.

It has become quite the debate so the question arises "Is La La Land truly the best film of the year?"

Late Night "Arrival."

"I want to go to a movie Elisabeth." She had all this energy in her voice, probably from her late night coffee buzz.  It was Monday night, we were feeling spontaneous and bored.

"I'm down for that," I replied with slight amusement. "What movie?"

"Arrival" was our choice of film. Andi said it received great reviews from the one and only Mom.
Who was of course known for her marvelous cinema critiques.

It was a movie about aliens. Yet again. With reluctance, I drove us to Tinseltown. We went inside and discovered, save for two other people, we had the theater to ourselves.

After 15 min of previews for other alien or thriller-type films, at last ours began.

Two and a half hours later, in the car, Andi and I were discussing the major issues with conflict, the pros and cons of advances in technology, and where the future of the human population may lie.

"Arrival" was about creatures from another planet who were seeking assistance form humans. However, they could not communicate, so interpreter Louise (Amy Adams) and other scientists work with two of the aliens in an attempt to understand each other.

Their language is complex and incomprehensible. Because the world is confused and anxious patience is wearing thin. However, through time and with patience, Louise learns to understand them.

It turns out they were here to offer the humans something; their language. Because she could communicate with them, Louise saved the world.

Now, while this is just a movie, it raised a good point. Seemingly a contributing factor to conflict is lack of understanding. That was the overall meaning for this film.

This movie, intended for entertainment, served as propaganda and the bases of an intelligent conversation.

That's what a successful movie is suppose to do. It is suppose to make you feel, think, and question.  I am not completely sure the motivation of the screen writers or the director but they must have wanted to produce something more than a good movie.