Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Film: War Horse

Maybe this will be a thing..?

If this does become a thing, here are the three categories I will cover:


A movie cannot be nominated for a relatively prestigious award without having stellar acting, and this Golden Globe nominated film, while not Oscar worthy, was not an exception--the acting was bien. I thought the wife (where the horse first resided) and the little girl was très bien. The problem I have with the acting is that it was not good enough to keep the movie interesting for two and a half hours, and many movies have great acting. 7/10

In rural England, there is a horse. This horse goes through an extraordinary journey during World War 1 in which he influences the lives of soldier both British and German, farmers, and peasants. The only scenes in which I didn't want to leave the theater were the scenes with the granddaughter. I thought everything else dragged on in an unnecessary manor and the stories were being told in a way that leaded the viewer to caring the least bit for the horse and his human counterpart. I understand how the characters and their stories were developed and carried out, and there was no better way to do it (with this plot) but it still sucked. Maybe if the plot was altered so it focused more on one character, it wouldn't be so boring and weird. Saying that the plot is bad is not right, because looking back on this movie, it was well thought out, made perfect sense, and was complex. But it was an extremely boring film, and keeping the viewer interested in the plot is almost 100 percent of how/if a movie is successful. Script wise, it was fine, not amazing but not Monte Carlo-esque at all. The way the plot was carried out was poor, and if the plot itself wasn't clever then I'd have given this category 2/10 stars. 7/10

Blood, English horses, and grassy hills summarize the setting of this movie. The cinematography was elementary for a film with such an accomplished crew, with weird shots of faces and awkward distances from the subject, such as when the horse was walking up hills as the sun set. When comparing this film to another such as The Kings Speech it makes you wonder if a 18 year old freshman at NYU filmed this movie. They're not comperable, and this film was not aesthetically pleasing, unless you have a thing for horses. (And the young mans eyes were so fake I couldn't stand it, oh my gosh. I am now happy that Jennifer Lawrence will not be wearing colored contacts in The Hunger Games because it's just...blech). In the wire scene towards the end of the movie, the darkness made everything look purely fake, and the way the horse was trapped wasn't clever or cool in my opinion, but that is just my weird opinion. My favorite scene based on aesthetics was the scene in which the young man with the creepy eyes was plowing the lawn--the textures in that scene were great, and made me cringe with excitement, and the rain was beautifully carried out. 8/10

..................I'm mean, right?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Amsterdam City

On request, we spend a good portion of the day in Central Park. We climbed rocks, longing for adventure. I've always loved climbing rocks because while your on the rock itself, you feel much more magnificent and majestic than you appear from below, which is truly magical. Birds flew by in the crisp autumn air (the weather was beautiful)  in large flocks, dodging the seemingly small trees in the vast concrete jungle of New York City. 

Leaving the park, we saw a roller skater practicing for what seemed to be a routine. I used to ice skate, and was rather good at it, and seeing that someone could do the same on land was surprisingly suprising. (More so than finding out that 'Arthur Weasly' played one of the kidnappers in 101 Dalmatians).

I also found the horses that Lea Michele never shuts up about.

We went to Columbia University (no footage) which was nice, but after seeing NYU in Greenwich Village, I preferred NYU much much much more than Columbia. I like cities. 

In Washington Square, we happened upon some racist, yet ever so intriguing street performers who were gathering various races. The street performers at the end of the video are different ones. 

We went to see "Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in which he was amaziiing in...if I wasn't so tired, I would've enjoyed it more. My sister met him at the stage door, and I was further back in the crowd, witnessing the hubb-ubb that happens every day.