I got to watch L’illusionniste (The Illusionist) again. Ever since I saw the Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville).I have been thrilled by Sylvain Chomet’s movies. This is the kind of animation movie which reveals new things to wonder about every time I watch it.
The amazing movements of the central character throughout the movie was the main source of enchantment the first time. The story, characters, lighting and the masterly use of 3D and 2D to create a unique hand drawn weathered, warm feel is fantastic. The style is absolutely unique. While there are many animation movies today which share the same look (for e.g. Pixar and Dreamworks Superhero movies Megamind and The Incredibles) Sylvain Chomet’s work is simply outstanding.
Wikimapia, Google Maps, Google Earth, Nat Geo’s Map Machine, OpenStreet Maps are some of my favourite applications to explore the world. Mashups using these technologies and the purposes they serve have been a constant source of interest. Recently, while designing some envelopes, I wanted to incorporate some map shots.
Much overdue. Some simple pleasurable things get buried under a pile of stuff to do and don’t get done even when there is nothing to do! This happens to be my favourite song to reboot, to go in there and pickup the lost thread.
“I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life…”
Thanks to Yaci100
I loved that game, One Must Fall
What a perfect name for a game, to call
I played it I did, many days and nights
Merry went the hours and merrier were the fights
Few games since then got it all quite so right
I think of OMF now and a few words I write…
Quick Gun Murugun (Dr. Rajendra Prasad), what do I say about this daring South Indian Cowbhai movie?
It has everything.. action.. camedy.. sangs..and lats and lats of balls.. sorry bullets I say!
After watching the Oscars in 2006, I was very curious about the movie Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno), which had won three Oscars and was nominated for six Oscars. At that time I did check out who the director was and found out that it was Mexican director named Guillermo del Toro, who’s earlier Hollywood movie “Hellboy” I had seen.
Lately I got the opportunity of seeing Pan’s Labyrinth and was totally blown away. I would totally agree with one of the reviews in IMBD who said that’s its “Beautiful, violent, magical and Sad…” What stood out for me in addition to the cinematography and the art direction was the acting by Sergi López who played the villainous “Captain Vidal”.
The story is set in Spain during 1944 at the peak of the fascist regime of “Francisco Franco”. The story is about a girl who with her pregnant mother goes to live with her step father who is a captain of the Spanish army. The girl Ofelia meets a fairy who takes to an old faun who tells her that she is a princess and must complete three grueling tasks in order to prove her royalty. If she happens to fail then she would never see her real father who is the King.
In the movie the whole fantasy world can be interrupted as being created by girl who wants to escape the harsh realities of life. Well that’s left to the audience.
Guillermo del Toro is going to be directing “The Hobbit” and I can’t think of a better person to fill Peter Jackson’s shoes.