Category Archives: Costume

Sanjuro (1962)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Book: Shūgorō Yamamoto novel Hibi Heian
Starring: Toshiro Mifune,Tatsuya Nakadai,Keiju Kobayashi,Yūzō Kayama. Japan. 1h 95m

After the raging success of  Yojimbo, Akira Kurosawa, adapted Hibi Heian,  to incorporate the lead character and developed Sanjuro. A sort of pseudo sequel,  while carrying on all of the comedy antics from Yojimbo, this film only has one classic full on Samurai scene and it’s very end,   but it’s generally entertaining throughout, if only a little off key from the original.

A group of young Samurai,  gather together the temple to discuss the Lord Chamberlain who they believe is corrupt,  one of them tells the superintendent and he agrees to intervene and meet the secretly at the Shrine to discuss the problem.  A Ronin (Mifune)  emerges from another room where he’s been resting,  overhearing the Summarise discussing their plan, he suggests that it’s the Chamberlain who is  corrupted, they feel insulted by his claims but soon find themselves surrounded by the superintendent men proving that in fact the Ronin was correct. He persuades the men to hide while he goes out at face the  superintendent Men full on, in this altercation he manages to save the young gullible Samurai, a manager’s to win rust on both sides. Continue reading Sanjuro (1962)

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Girl with a Pearl Earring

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING.

(Historical, Romance, Costume Drama, Biography 2003) D: Peter Webber W: Tracy Chevalier P: Peter Block – 1h 40m. UK

TAGLINE : Discover the mystery behind the legend.

A Young peasant maid working in the house of painted Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and model for one of his most famous works.

A beautiful movie where nearly every scene looks like a Dutch masterpiece. Visually this movie is stunning, and I’m not saying that just because I’m an artist.

It details very little about the inner thoughts of any of the characters but informs and entertains much in the same way as The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

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I felt that the actors were forced into being silent and still for most of the pivotal scenes, using body language and close ups to express the emotional thoughts rather than bold action, but to be honest if you study historical artist Vermeer (Colin Firth) was always referred to as being a quiet man of the Dutch Golden Age, often being outspoken.

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The cinematography by Eduardo Serra and the production of the movie ensure that every scene captures a painting; a lot of the scenes the actors are still, the colours all mimic the pallet of an 1665 painter the scenes are all very typical of the subjects of many paintings of that time and genre.

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I really do like my historical costume dramas so I’m a little bias here. This is certainly one of the more entertaining. It’s not trying to answer any questions, reveal any secrets or rewrite history, it’s just a simple explanation of what might have happened. Simply Vermeer and a host of others, (Tom Wilkinson and Cilian Murphy) all fall in love with one natural beauty and all need to possess her in some way.

Q: “You’ve glazed my wife in dry piss” “How hard is it to paint a pretty girl” R : The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) T: the original title of the painting is Hey Meisje met de Parel

7/10

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Last nights Movie 20-05-13

I only managed one movie last night.. it was only nearly 3 hours long!

DER UNTERGANG – DOWNFALL

(Biography, Drama, 2004) (15) D: Oliver Hirschbiegel W: Bernd Eichinger S:Ulrich Matthes, Bruno Ganz, Christian  Berkel, Tomas Kretschmann. 2h 36m. GER

TAGLINE : April 1945, a nation awaits its…

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Hitler tells of the Nazi dictators final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

The final days of hitler.. whoo! What a pleasure to watch. Or is it? I’m not sure if the movie was trying to portray the homicidal f*ckwit as a fragile old man with 99 problems but he does come across as paranoid and feeling desperately abandoned. It’s enjoyable to see the downfall of a tyrant but it was never going to be a fun movie to watch, tons of suicides, killing off of the kiddies and doggies but ultimately the end of the war. It was different to see a screenplay deliberate the Second World War without really mentioning Jewish persecution or having yanks winning the war. It details the ignorance of the young. All in all it was interesting to see this from such a unique perspective with more humanist honesty than glamour.

Q : “And at that moment I actually realised that a young age isn’t an excuse. And that it might have been possible to get to know things.”

8/10

R: Schindlers List (1993), Pianist (2002) Medal of Honour 

Apocalyptic Hair Dye

One thing that’s really bugged me about some post apocalyptic movies is… Where do they buy their hair dye and make up?

There seems to be this idea that with the breakdown of humanity we might all start being punks, thinking more about our hair and make up than where the next rat and cockroach burger is coming from.

My personal beliefs think that the situation would be more like the Road (2009) than Doomsday(2008) or the TV show The Tribe (1999 – 2003).

If you’ve ever been concerned about who was cutting the lawns of the zombie apocalypse then maybe they are the same bunch doing the door to door hair and make up sales.

Lets consider it for a moment, after all the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z have given us enough to plan what we’re going for the apocalypse be it a zombie one or not. Its not really from day one, that’s the day when you carjack the biggest all terrain vehicle you can find then raid Budgens and hide with as much ammunition as possible.

Now after 28 days (or so) we believe the world’s population is at a living history all time low and its safe to kill off your last few zombie assholes.

Then what? Rebuild society with a new look? Go to the bank to get money for a red scooter? Or dye your hair and act like a primitive?!’ after all we know the vegans wont be surviving this one…

Maybe I’ve got this all wrong and it just a fact that people who dye their hair are more likely to survive an apocalypse? Which means I’m ok so that’s good news.

I’m not saying that these are bad movies  but…

Here are a few movies that fit this unbelievable bill.

  • Doomsday(2008)
  • The Tribe(1999-2003)
  • Steel dawn  (1987) my only concern is who is selling the crimpers?

Here are some films that get the look right.

  • The Road(2009)
  • Book of Eli(2012)
  • Waterworld(1995) Basically mad max in a swimming pool….
  • Mad Max 3 (1985)
  • Cyborg (1989)

There are two films which come to mind showing a more decorated tribal future in a more realistic way, mad max 3 and salute the jugger, both show a 1% richer society who have access to privilaged things, although I don’t know where TinaTurner was getting her MAC foundation from?

I especially like the adaption of oriental culture into the costume of Madmax, and the high strung 1990s pseudo classical baroque of Salute the Jugger in the underground city.

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