Best wishes for 2010! I have been busy recently and haven't updated my blog for a while. It'll be a while longer until i start again as i'm preparing for a trip to the carribean and south america. Will be back in may to start blogging like a beast. The website should be up then as well. First stop this year: Kingston, Jamaica...
I watched this film again the other day and thought it needs to be on here. Marc Singer the maker had never done a film before. It's all shot on black and white film! and the result is amazing. Especially when the aim of the film was mainly to help the people living on the street or in this case underground.. music by DJ Shadow..
Dark Days is a documentary made by Marc Singer, a British filmmaker. The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so called Freedom Tunnel. When he relocated from London to Manhattan, Marc Singer was struck by the number of homeless people he had seen throughout the city. Singer had befriended a good number of New York's homeless and later, after hearing of people living underground in abandoned tunnel systems, he met and became close to a group of people living in The Freedom Tunnel community stretching north from Penn Station past Harlem. After living with them for a number of months, he decided to create a documentary in order to help them financially. The film's crew consisted of the subjects themselves, who rigged up makeshift lighting and steadicam dollies, and learned to use a 16mm camera with black & white Kodak film. Singer himself had never been a filmmaker before, and saw the production of Dark Days as a means of gaining better accommodation for the residents of the tunnel.
'Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions'. The Return directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev is a dope film! watched it last night. The cinematography is beautiful and the film itself is cold, emotionally intense, of a very intreaguing new found relationship between a father and his boys.
This film, set in Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington, looks at President Bush's 'war on terror' and the 'liberation' of countries where bloodshed and repression continue. In Afghanistan, John Pilger investigates the claim that life has improved for the women of Iraq now that the Taliban have gone.
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Mike Leigh is my favourite british director. Meantime is set in east London in the thatcher years and like a lot of british films set in that time, it lies around unemployment. No other director gets so deep into the characters and protrays life as real as he does. The characters as complex as they would be if u tried to understand someone in less than 2 hours. The film never gives away the true thinking behind the mind which makes it so captivating. Excellent acting (Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Gary Oldman, Jeff Robert), amazing dialog as u would usually find in a mike leigh film. Also watch All or Nothing which is similar and just as dope!
I watched this film a while back and my memory is not good enough to write something detailed. I love films about kids living in their own worlds. I find there a great sense of escapism. So I recommend this great film set in troubled nothern ireland...
Based on the play of the same name the film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia.
Shane Meadows portraying Britain in a beautiful way as usual... I love british films and shane meadows is definatly up there in my top 3.
Also check A room for romeo brass and dead man's shoes. I'm sure most people have seen this is england which despite all the hype about it was excellent, a non pretentious look at the changes in the skinhead movement in england.
I like to get well informed on the news and the stae of the world. I have therefore given up on watching the news on TV. BBC news is rubbish, biased and very thin. It covers only 3 topics at a time, day after day, hour after hour. Usually including a brainless celebrity like Britney Spears. You know when Britney features in the so called world affairs you will not get the right picture of the state of the world. Rather than feed on this misinformation of daily news, get the real picture of this world by watching researched and factual reports by good independent journalists. You won't get the most up to date news but at least you will have a good understanding of what is really going on. And your new found information will be relevant to most issues especially that of America's empire and rule over the world.
I recommend to you to read and watch reports by John Pilger. The War on Democracy, his latest documentary studies the american's rule on south america. Palestine is still the issue covers the occupation of gaza by israel. The new rulers of the world talks about the new economic order : globalisation. So don't watch the news, it's just entertainment for the masses and get informed!
It's gritty and real and I like it like that. I'm inspired by britain's dark side and imperfections. On the other hand his upbeat movie Happy go Lucky didn't do it for me, it actually made me feel quite sad. For the gritty realism of british working class watch All or Nothing. It's pretty slow and depressing but that's where the beauty lies..
Babylon (1981). Tuff film based in London in 1980's. Finally got my hands on this film last year. A must see for all reggae lovers! Ital Sound take on the mighty Shaka who kills it with the tune 'babylon' at the end of the film! Music by Aswad and appearence by Mikey Dread. Available from Dub Vendor in Clapham Junction... This is the scene they descend on Brixton to buy a cut from Fat Larry:
In the aftermath of the Gulf War, retreating Iraqi soldiers left the oil fields of Kuwait a raging inferno. True to form as perhaps the world's most death-defying filmmaker, Werner Herzog and a small camera crew arrived on the scene to film the carnage. What resulted was Lessons of Darkness. Less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than it is an apocalyptic vision of hell, Herzog has created a science fiction film, in which our planet vanishes beneath pillars of flame, oceans of oil, and impenetrable clouds of smoke. Punctuated by soaring music and Herzog's own commentary, Lessons of Darkness is a powerful, breathtaking and strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire.
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Portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy grown up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely. Rat, the dumpster diver. Tiny, the teen prostitute. Shellie, the baby-faced blonde. DeWayne, the hustler. All old beyond their years. All underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle.