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Film Review: It Follows (2015)

Film Review: It Follows (2015)

July 27 / 17

Picture yourself at the park enjoying the scenery, minding your own business, just enjoying the day. That changes completely when you see a woman half-naked, disheveled, but the face is just not right. There is no smile, no anger, just no emotion…She’s slowly walking towards you. The other people in the park don’t even know she’s there, that’s because they don’t see her, but you do…..

This is the premise of It Follows. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be. This supernatural horror film is different from films that you’re used to seeing. It keeps you guessing and you want to know more.

Jay Height is your average college student. Everything is going well in her life. She has her family, her friends, her health, and now a new boyfriend name Hugh. The pair ends up making out in his car after a date. Everything is fine, but Jay’s world changes for the worse. She learns from Hugh that she inherited a curse, all by having sexual intercourse. He tells her that an entity in the form of someone she knows or a stranger will pursue her and she is the only one who sees it. Doesn’t matter where she goes, this entity will follow her and kill her. Once she’s dead it will pursue the person who passed this curse to her, her boyfriend. All she has to do is pass it along to someone else.

It knows where you are…..

Interesting concept. What is this entity? Where did it come from or how did this start? Those are the questions that you’ve probably asked yourself.   Some critics have interpreted this film as a parable about STDs, AIDS/HIV.  Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell he explains:

“I’m not personally that interested in where ‘it’ comes from. To me, it’s dream logic in the sense that they’re in a nightmare, and when you’re in a nightmare there’s no solving the nightmare. Even if you try to solve it.” Mitchell said that while Jay “opens herself up to danger through sex, sex is the one way in which she can free herself from that danger … We’re all here for a limited amount of time, and we can’t escape our mortality … but love and sex are two ways in which we can – at least temporarily – push death away”. – Wikipedia, Rawson-Jones, Ben (2015-03-08). “Exploring the horror of It Follows: David Robert Mitchell interview”. Digital Spy & Lyne, Charlie (2015-02-21). “It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’”. The Guardian

Trust is another subject that you see in this film. After what her boyfriend tells, her, at this point Jay is struggling to trust others, even her own family, and friends. You get the sense that she’s also struggling with other issues within herself. Not only is there a fear of trust, but also the fact of being intimate with someone is something else altogether.

Again, we don’t know where this thing comes from, no motive, not even a face. That is what makes this film stand a bit. The film may lag in the middle, but it definitely has some jump and tense moments. You feel for the main character and what she goes thru. You feel the need to protect her just as her loved ones do.

It Follows has a unique formula that stands out and makes the viewer even more curious or more cautious.

It Follows: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: Slash Film & FilmGrab

 

 

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Films of 2015

12.16.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of films good (and bad) have graced the big screen this year. I’m not deciding on best films because I haven’t seen most of them, but that doesn’t stop my interest from seeing them. Here is a list of films that have made an impressionable impact, while others have made a big splash (The Martian or Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and it’s a long list…..


 

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Spotlight 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens *
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Foxcatcher
  • Selma
  • Crimson Peak
  • It Follows
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • Listen Up Philip
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Walk
  • Macbeth
  • Spectre
  • Chi-Rag
  • Creed
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Ex-Machina
  • The Revenant
  • Dope
  • Tangerine
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Everest
  • Siccario
  • Black Mass
  • Concussion
  • 45 Years
  • Secrets in Their Eyes
  • Beast of Nations *
  • The Midnight Swim *

If you haven’t seen some or most of these films (and if you have a two-week Christmas Holiday off) it would be a great idea to see them.

*Films I’ve seen

 

 

 

 

feature and other photo creds: telegraph.com, time.com, tasteofcinema.com, and thefilmstage.com

Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015: Kara Walker

Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015: Kara Walker

12.14.15

Good Morning! Since it’s the last month of the year, I’ve decided to shake a few things up in the Spotlight Artist post. I’ve combed through this year’s Spotlight posts and one name has been on my mind lately and she has been featured in this blog twice, most recently May of this year. Yes I know, but I think she’s just cool awesome. Kara Walker is the Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015. I chose her because I find her work fascinating and interesting. She’s known for creating paper-cut silhouettes, which represented the South. Her works explored racism, sexuality, gender, along with identity and violence. She’s no stranger to controversy, but that means people are interested, right? As always I let the artists’ works speak for themselves……

 

Here is a look at her recent work A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant, which was held last year at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY, from May 10 – July 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sphinx in sugar and other sculptures in molasses….by Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory.

 

 

Walker has been around for a good while and her works will continue to inspire, to talk about, to look at the subjects, no matter how hard it will be. Here are a two links you can look at:

learn.walkerart.org/karawalker

www.artsy.net/artist/karawalker

Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured and other photo cred: www.thegundgallery.org, www.washingtonpost.com, alanaveryartcompany.com, and art21.org

					

The Scene Wednesday: MoMA & Art San Diego 2015

The Scene Wednesday: MoMA & Art San Diego 2015

October 14, 2015

Hey creative peeps! The Scene Wednesday has a few things in store today. First off, let’s see what’s happening at MoMA…..


MoMA: Create Ability October 2015

(from the website)

Create Ability
Sunday, October 18, 2015
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (ages five–17)
2:00–4:00 p.m. (ages 18 and up)
Join us for Create Ability, our free program for individuals with learning or developmental disabilities and their families. Each month we focus on a different theme, exploring various artworks in the galleries and creating artworks in the classroom.

October’s theme is Art in 3-D: Sculpture

Space is limited and preregistration is required—register online today!

 

 

ART SAN DIEGO 2015

(from the website)

A juried contemporary art show featuring publishers, galleries, and studios representing talented established artists.
Art San Diego exhibitors include top galleries, art publishers, and established studio artists.
Since its inception in 2009, Art San Diego has enriched the city’s arts scene beyond measure. As the only contemporary fine art show in San Diego, ASD has become one of the leading cultural events in Southern California and has inspired attendees from all over the world with its  site-specific art projects, art talks and panel discussions, specially selected emerging artists, special events, and more. Taking place in a beautiful gallery-style venue in the heart of Balboa Park. ASD 2015 aims to play a key role in the park’s rich array of cultural events, nurturing and strengthening San Diego’s art scene with a dynamic agenda.
Art San Diego 2015 will be held at Balboa Park, November 5-8, 2015.
Balboa Park Activity Center
2145 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
For more information please go to art-sandiego.com.
Contact:

 

If live or plan to visit NYC or San Diego, you might want to check MoMA and Art San Diego. Enjoy the rest of your ‘Hump Day’ Wednesday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

featured image courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Filmscene: Indiewires’s 15 Best Films of 2015….so far

Filmscene: Indiewires’s 15 Best Films of 2015….so far

July 21, 2015

Found a gem in the independent film world. According to Indiewire, here are the 15 best movies of 2015.

Read The Best 15 Movies of 2015 by Eric Kohn

  1. Heaven Knows What
  2. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  3. Buzzard
  4. Girlhood
  5. 71
  6. Cheatin
  7. Ned Rifle
  8. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. What We Do in the Shadows
  11. La Sapienza
  12. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
  13. Seymour: An Introduction
  14. Appropriate Behavior
  15. Gueros

Hope we all get a chance to see these films. Come back soon and be blessed!

 

 

feature image courtesy of strandreleasing.com

Summer Spotlight Artist 2015: Saulius

Summer Spotlight Artist 2015: Saulius

August 17 2015

Morning all! Saulius is this Summer’s Spotlight Artist and he is a talent to watch for. Here is the artist in his own words.


 

Hello, I’m Saulius. I’m a 25 yr-old artist from Lithuania. It all began in school, when I would get bored during class, I would start sketching. It was 5 years ago, when I drew my first sketch, which you see below.

 

My friends saw my drawings and encouraged and motivated me to give it a try. They suggested that I try tattoos, but I was never interested in that, so I started to draw portraits of people. I was surprised by how well I drew them. I made this first portrait, the first portrait I was paid for.

 

When I acquired more skills, I was interested in anamorphic and 3D illusions on paper. The first drawing I made were from my own eyes and then I would use my phone camera to correct these drawings, like this one here.

 

I was practising with photorealistic drawings, things from still life. Years later I decided to make my first color drawing, with color pencils and soft pastels. I made Super Mario in 3D on paper and I began to get a better understanding about anamorphic art. People began to really like the Mario portrait.

 

After a few weeks, I had the desire to make more anamorphic art and then I began to take that art to the streets. My routine started after work. Once I got off work, I would go home to get the materials I needed. I would take one of my drawings as a market, using only chalk and charcoal to make this drawing in the picture below.

 

It took two days to complete. A journalist from the city newspaper saw me working on the drawing and decided right away to take a photo and write a story about it. By the time I got to my job Monday, I was told about my art work near the school. They called it a “monster.” The directors of the school said that I need to clean this art from the ground, because it scared the children, but I didn’t listen. I got support from a lot of people.

 

 

A few weeks later I took to the streets again. I began to draw with colors to improve my skills and this time I chose Super Mario so that my work wouldn’t frighten the children. When summer was over, I drew my first piece of art in the shopping center and continued to improve my skills with 3D art on paper.

 

I always prefered to make art with something more mystic and scary, to attract more people. During the winter, I would work on 3D art at home. Take a look at this video to see how it’s all done:

By this point, I was drawing 3D portraits of cars, movie characters, you name it. In Summer of last year, I was getting invitations to organizations to draw with permanent colors of 3D street art and I had three jobs in the works. Again with permanent colors, I was making traditional methods as a street artist. My first job during the summer in Lithuania:

 

The same work after one week:

And here is the finished product:

Like I said before, because of my work, these organizations took notice and invited me. I just have to make everything in my style. With summer finished, I started to draw realistic art from still life. I would make time-lapse videos, improve my skills in pastoralism, and I have more ideas. I hope my 3D art will be better this summer. I have plans to make mystic 3D illusion art again to the streets, because it’s my passion.

In all, I like to try many techniques on wood, soft pastels, graphite, charcoal, simple pencils, color pencils, water-color, and markers. I’m in the middle of making my latest artwork.

Watch my videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/djdrageris/videos, follow my art. I’m still learning everyday.

I hope you liked this June edition of Spotlight Artist. I have a feeling will be hearing more about Saulius for years to come. To get to know more about him you can go to www.sauliusart.portfoliobox.me. It may show in Lithuanian, so please be sure you can translate.

Come back Wednesday for some Artscene Stuff. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

All works by Saulius Art, including featured image.

 

Artscene Stuff: Architecture Summer Program @ SCI-Arc

Artscene Stuff: Architecture Summer Program @ SCI-Arc

June 3, 2015

Hello creative peeps! Got two things to let you know about. Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has a summer program for those who have of love of building things.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE SCI-Arc MAKING + MEANING SUMMER PROGRAM 

from website:

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Making + Meaning is a five-week summer program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) that introduces the principles of architecture through a hands-on transformation of form, scale, and space.

Open to high school graduates over the age of 18, college students, and inspired professionals, Making+Meaning is an introduction to the discipline of architecture as engaged by SCI-Arc’s design culture and community. Students learn fundamental design methods and fabrication techniques as they explore design strategies and experiment with materials.

Making+Meaning also introduces students to a variety of representational media ranging from gesture drawing to descriptive geometry and 3D scanning.

No prior experience in architecture is required. The program derives its strength from the diverse backgrounds of its students. The samples of creative work required to apply serve as a tool to give our faculty insight into the groups’ creative interests.

CURRICULUM

Students are immersed in an intensive studio atmosphere where material exploration and model-making techniques are introduced early on as means to visualize and test three-dimensional ideas. Students also learn to create two-dimensional drawings and representations to help explore spatial composition.

In studio, students learn to balance their artistic creativity with the need to clearly present their work to a jury of architects and peers. With a faculty to student ratio of 1:12, the program seeks to provide thoughtful and engaged mentorship throughout the development of creative work.

The studio curriculum is supported by a series of focused seminars exploring technology and fabrication techniques, architecture history and critical thinking, design methodology and contemporary architectural production. Details and highlights include:

  • Design Laboratory
  • Visual Studies Laboratory
  • Resources & Facilities
  • Exploring Los Angeles
  • Visual Architects
  • Portfolio Development
  • Project Development
  • Group Exhibition & Final Presentation
  • Certificate of Completion

+ Class hours

Making + Meaning meets Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Field trips are conducted on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Admissions to Making + Meaning is on a rolling basis until the program begins. Early application is recommended to secure a place in the program.

A $275 enrollment deposit is required upon acceptance. Remaining tuition balances are due three weeks prior to the start of the program.

Interested in enrolling into Making+Meaning-Summer 2015?

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

Once the online application form and application fee have been submitted to SCI-Arc, all remaining application materials must be submitted electronically to SCI-Arc through SlideRoom.

If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Office at 213.356.5320 or admissions@sciarc.edu.

To see the class discriptions, you can go here to the website: www.sciarc.edu/portal/programs/making_meaning

There is one more thing I need to share with you so please check back!

960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013/ (213) 613-2200

 

 

featured images courtesy of http://www.dwellondesign.com and secure.ctmentor.org

 

May Spotlight Artist: Kara Walker

May Spotlight Artist: Kara Walker

May 12, 2015

Good Morning everyone! Kara Walker is this month’s Spotlight Artist. She is known to create panoramic friezes of cut-paper silhouettes, black figures against a white wall, of colonialism, of the antebellum South. Here are the facts on this contemporary artist…..


 

Received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
In 1994, Walker’s first mural, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, which was a cut-paper silhouette mural, presenting old-timey south filled with sex and slavery.

 

Kara Walker, Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for Civilians (detail), 2013. Courtesy of http://www.theartblog.org.

 

By 27, she was the second youngest recipient of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant.
Her works have addressed the history and racism, gender, sexuality, through violent and unsettling imagery.

 

Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!, 2013 by Kara Walker. Courtesy of arttattler.com

Since 2001, Walker is a professor of Visual Arts in the MFA program at Columbia University.
You can go to learn.walkerart.org/karawalker for more.

 

The last video is 1:17:37, so be ready to sit awhile longer…..

I hope you liked this spotlight post about Walker. Check out the Black History Feature I did about her back in February. Enjoy your Tuesday and be blessed.

 

featured image courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com