The first half of this music video for Warpaint’s Disco//Very - Keep it Healthy is mesmerising - cool girls dancing/walking/signing in slow motion is a huge turn on, and I never knew.
Bright Star by Jane Campion is the only movie I’ve walked out on in the cinema. I dragged my sister out with me and she didn’t even protest, the movie was that bad. I couldn’t really articulate why except that “it was too fluffy”, but even so, I’ve definitely enjoyed fluff before. OMG, why did this movie irritate me so much?
I think I know why now, five years later. Reading The Woman in The Story has hugely enlightened me as to why I, along with the author, found Bright Star so irksome. Apparently it’s because Fanny Braun is completely forgettable (except that she’s so annoying?), she is not a memorable, admirable or even a despised heroine. She is blah.
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but Helen Jacey backs me up. She says that our not so bright Fanny is neither ‘nice enough, dark enough, or passionate enough’. What a shame for you, Fanny. Considering the story is about Fanny’s love affair with John Keats, it’s kind of baffling that the dude is more memorable than the ‘main’ character. And, I do prefer strong or at least interesting female characters.
Nothing on you, Abbie Cornish! I really just wish your character had been written better. So, I guess Bright Star just falls into this category of ‘pretty’ films with complacent female characters that complacent viewers will enjoy.
If you’re interested in the ways females can be written and presented in film, I highly recommend this book BTW. It’s definitely for you if you want to take your heroine to the next level.
Colour in Buffalo ‘66 by Vincent Gallo
DP: Lance Acord
I watched this film last night for the first time and I have been racking my brain since about the use of three dominant colours, pale blue, pale yellow, and bright cool red.
I know a bit about colour psychology, and I know that I felt disturbed by the three colours, but I have no idea why. Google searches didn’t bring me much in the way of insight either.
However, I did find Cybel Martin’s blog in which she discusses the use of colour in film and the effects on audience, including a reference to Buffalo ‘66. She didn’t refer to the movie in the way I needed, but further along in the blog post, Cybel did write how ‘three dominant colours (orange, green, blue) could be relentlessly manipulative and hold [you] hostage’. I felt like this was the light-bulb moment for me seeing as Buffalo ‘66 is about a hostage who is equally manipulative as her captor.
I’m yet to find others’ analysis on the film, but I feel like this ‘clicks’ for me. It’s not a rule though, and it really depends on the characters and their story. If you click on over to Cybel’s blog post, you’ll find a lot more information on how colour in film can affect you in different ways, and how it also adds great production value.
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