The Screening

Film and Tv1 has come to an end, the film screening marking the end of an amazing semester!!

After many days and nights spent down in the depths of the editing suites, awake only at the aid of many a can of  V; I was extremely excited and nervous to not only see our film on the big screen but to see every one else’s films as well. I was super impressed with the amazing quality of the films everyone had produced, and was incredibly nervous watching 21 awesome films before ours was finally screened as the second last film of the night. I really enjoyed seeing the film we had worked so hard on come to life on the big screen, the laughs and ooo’s and general reception so fulfilling!!


There were a great number of films that really stood out during the screening for me, these included:

The Job Interview :

This film was a great one to kick off the night!! An excellent script, edited together beautifully; loved the insanity of the office smashing scene, along with all the assumption based jokes.

Isaac:

Isaac was edited together really well, the colour grading made the shots look great on the screen. I particularly loved one shot where Isaac was walking down a path trees on either side of him, the symmetry and framing rather great. I also though the music throughout was perfect, and really brought the film together.

About a Dog:

The  cinematography was fantastic, all shots within this film were both framed and lit beautifully. I thought the concept itself was quite simple and clever whilst still amusing and entertaining., and the actors did a wonderful job, in particular the one playing the awkward home owner.

Hilarious Transplant:

This film had me in fits of laughter from the very outset, the concept and characters just so ridiculously hilarious! I thought the performances, and the japanese graphics (which would have taken forever to make!!) were fantastic and really made the film.

At The Vanishing Point:

I think the non-linear editing of this film was courageous and worked really well. The casting was also really, really well done; both actors fitting their roles perfectly. The cinematography, however, is what won me over with this film; the use of lighting superb my favourite shots a dark outside shot lit with a huge spotlight on the wall, as well a shot within the back of the van which just looked great.

Rent Day:

Hilarious well-written script. Superb editing. Great mis-en-scene. Fantastic acting. Rent Day was another hilarious film, it could not been cast nor edited better. My favourite scene was definitely the slow motion, dream sequence as the bank clerk  beaming, blew kisses and flicked her hair. Oh and and and the contrast from the dream sequence to the unimpressed expression of the clerk in reality, and the crash zoom on the huge sparkling engagement ring, and all the jewish jokes and, ok just all of it was great!

Confessions:

Yet another film I really enjoyed. The cinematography and sound design within this film were incredibly fab! The location was incredibly perfect for the script as well. Also I was really impressed by how professional the end credits looked, overall a great, well-made solid film.

The Other Half:

One of the very few thriller/ drama films, which really stood out! It was edited superbly, I especially loved the fast paced editing as Lionel came closer and closer to breaking point, the addition of many sounds and the experimentation with panning truly paying off!! I also thought the superimposition of Lionel holding himself up against the wall, proving he was the ‘therapist’ character all along was great. The kind of film that keeps you on the edge of your seat and gets your brain thinking!

Loot:

This film concluded the night, and on an extremely high note!! Was such a hilarious script and loved the combination of the stereotype of the looter and the juice sales person. It was also superbly cast, the actors fitting and able to pull off their parts amazingly. The set-up and use of a graphic design in the creation of all the props and the layout of the store, amazing; and the title was a great pun itself! Loved it, I  laughed non-stop throughout  and would definitely want to watch it again!


Overall, I am extremely proud of what every- single group produced; including my own! I have really enjoyed this semester and feel really lucky to have gotten the chance to work with some amazing people. The screening was a great and enjoyable way to end the semester!!

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FILM REVIEW: 2 Days In New York

[FIRST PUBLISHED ON  THE MODERN WOMAN’S SURVIVAL GUIDE]

Ever think it was crazy having all your family in one room? Well, Hopscotch’ latest film, an incredibly smart comedy entitled 2 days in New York takes exasperating family insanity to a whole new level; in a way that will not only have you in fits of laughter, but will also make your family seem more functional than ever.

Written, directed and starring Julie Delpy; this impressive movie is a follow up to Delpy’s earlier 2007 film 2 Days in Paris, in which she played the same character with a different love interest. However, 2 days in New Yorkdevises its own plot, drama, conflicts and comedy.

Delpy stars as Marion, an artist extremely nervous before a showing of her latest works in New York City. She lives with her boyfriend, Mingus and her son by a previous marriage, Lulu as well as Mingus’ child from a previous marriage.

As if the apartment wasn’t crowded enough, it gets even more so when Marion’s father, Jeannot {played by Julie Delpy’s real father, Albert Delpy} comes to visit on the eve of her show, along with Marion’s sister, Rose and her boyfriend Manu {who just also happens to be Marion’s ex-boyfriend}.

Delpy truly takes the idea of culture clash to a whole new level, as the French visitors’ personalities and actions stray away from the much conceived French stereotype of elegance and sophistication and rather delve into more loose, manic absurdities in the the most hilarious fashion.

Think, attempts to smuggle French sausages into the country, arrangements for a pot dealer to come to the apartment and the keying of limousines. Of course, with all this craziness going on, tensions build, cracks appear and strains start to appear in Mingus and Marion’s relationship for the first time.

Marion is ultimately left to choose between the two most important men in her life, her partner or her husband.

The cast in their roles, could not be better suited. Chris Rock in his role as Mingus is great, perfectly encapsulating the role of the partner trying hard to compromise and like his partners family, at the same time overcome with a slow burning outrage, that Marion’s family’s consistent absurdities exacerbate.

Julie Delpy in both her acting and directing roles bring her signature sentimental wittiness, as Marion as she tries her best to calm the neurotic nature of her family, whilst undergoing her own stresses and trying not to reach breaking point.

2 Days of New York is a refreshingly light and loose film, an absolute joy to watch. It is truly the perfect movie to share a few light-hearted laughs with some friends these holidays, earning itself a solid 7 stars.