Friday, November 26, 2010

Omar (a gay short from France)

Tres bien Omar! Today I stumbled across a great short film from France called Omar.

In less than eight minutes we meet a beautiful young student, Omar. A soccer fan and player, Omar, exits his loving home to meet up with his juvenile buddies to practice. When Omar gets a text, he rushes off leaving his friends behind. Omar has a secret rendez-vous with Arthur. Engaged in some serious lip locking activity, Omar and Arthur are unaware of a kid riding his bike in the distance.

Soon thereafter, Omar faces the consequences and takes steps to explore his real life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lost In Translation Again

Wow! What a gem. It is easy to question all of the hype surrounding Sophia Coppola's seminal 2003 film Lost in Translation. However this time, I set quietly alone, hit play and allowed myself to get caught up in the story and all of its wonderful offerings.

Bill Murray (Bob) is brilliant and Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte) is refreshing as a new bride in Tokyo with her photographer husband played by Giovanni Ribisi. The logline for Lost in Translation sums it all up into: A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.

Lost in Translation is so much more. I found myself immersed into the scenery. Enthralled by the story and swept into Bob and Charlotte unlikely connection. The pacing, directorial choices, from locations to music to cinematography, are well designed and executed with Bob and Charlotte gradually coming to know each other for a brief time in Tokyo.

In the end it all adds up into: they got me, they understood me. Someone out there feels exactly as I do. It's time to get lost in the translation all over again.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Purple Rain

Wow! I just purchased my very own Purple Rain DVD starring Prince.

Purple Rain really helped Prince to evolve to superstar status. The film itself is a quasi-biopic of Prince's own life. The real standout in Purple Rain are the live performances even Apollonia 6 singing "Sex Shooter" is enough to make you want to breakdance. These young woman performed completely in lingerie. It was pretty fierce for the time. And speaking of The Time - Morris Day is very funny and his sidekick Jerome - well what happened? Day and Jerome should have gone on to great heights as an acting team. Nevertheless, their band, The Time, did do quite well. Morris even had a solo career and a few acting gigs but nothing matched the international super status Prince achieved or the producing efforts of Jammy Jam and Terry Lewis of Janet Jackson fame.

Purple Rain is a fun movie. Pick your copy up now. Make your rain purple!