My favourite films I’ve seen this week are as follows:
Short – Super.Full. (Niam Itani)
Narrative – Pi (Darren Aronofsky)
Documentary – Zelig (Woody Allen)
Super.Full. is a beautiful segment in the life of a poor deaf couple who are chasing a dream. The husband – a gas attendant – promises to take his newly wed wife out to a fancy hotel for her birthday. It is an extravagant outing for the couple, and is therefore a great accompslishment when the husband fulfills this promise. It is touching to watch and you can’t help feeling proud for the couples ability to lead a happy life. Watch the film below:
I’ve been a huge fan of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream since first encountering it a few years back. It was one of the most gruelling and captivating films I’ve ever seen and it remains stapled in my top 10. Of course, Black Swan was another gem of exquisite essence and bewilderment. But, I decided to fondle back to where this extraordinary flair all stemmed from and found Pi – Aronofsky’s debut feature film about a paranoid and obsessive mathematician looking to crack the code of nature with number theory. The film is far more than this however, and explores lifestyle, identity, mental health, fraud, religion and philosophical themes. The cinematography is astounding and almost obtrusive with its electric black and white grading and negative aesthetic. Style alone is enough to sit through this movie, though all of us can identify with Max Cohen’s numbing frustration. Even if we aren’t mathematicians, the mood is relative to all subjects and, in fact, life itself.
Woody Allen is remarkable. Here, he creates a documentary (mockumentary) out of a man named Leonard Zelig who can literally look and act like whoever he’s around. This includes, becoming a doctor, a golfer, a fat man, mixed race, a musician, a lawyer, just about anything! Of course, Allen weaves a love story into the film, the female lead played by an honest and elegant Mia Farrow. The film gains its realism from startling images of Allen posing next to famous figures. The images of which are superimposed using bluescreen technology. It is a brilliant laugh-out-loud film, but don’t take it too seriously!