such great heights

Not too often as of late that I will dedicate an entry to a single movie.

Garden State is one such movie.

I agree with Tom, each and every one of you should see this film. I had never heard of Zach Braff and never saw his television show Scrubs (which does come highly recommended from friends).

I cried in both laughter and in sadness. It is a film that grabs your emotions and leaves you deep in thought. I felt great empathy for the characters and situations. The directing and cinematography is absolutely lovely.

I will definitely see it again. Those of you in the Bay Area, it is only playing at the Landmark Bridge, but is possibly (and hopefully) opening in more theatres this weekend. UPDATE: I’m extremely pleased to learn that there is a much wider release starting this Friday 8/13. You have no excuse to not see it.

Go see it.

Also, the soundtrack is most excellent. The songs are perfectly tuned to the mood of the film. Give it a listen, it’s wonderful.

P.P.S. Saw the trailer for the Donnie Darko Director’s Cut attached to GS. Can’t wait.

Stupor Size

This weekend, K and I went to see Supersize Me, a documentary film about a fellow who conducted a grueling experiment upon himself. He subjected himself to nothing but foodstuffs from McDonald’s for thirty days… breakfast, lunch and dinner. He would not eat or drink anything unless he could buy it at the Golden Arches… even bottled water.

Within the first few days of his “diet”, Morgan Spurlock was already feeling ill (and seeing his lunch return back up), but claimed that once he passed the three day mark, his stomach was stronger. It’s funny and eerie at the same time.

It’s incredibly difficult to see the physical trauma that Morgan puts his body through… he was perfectly healthy to begin with. During the course of his McD’s binge, he turned his health upside-down, and gained twenty-something pounds. It’s something most normal people won’t do, but I’m glad someone did… this goes to show America what it’s doing to itself. Bravo, Mr. Spurlock.

Subjects also touched upon are the lack of good nutrition in public schools, the corporate machines & the commercial aspect of food in the modern world, as well as the artificial ingredients in our foods. Losta information to absorb, but it’s all good to know.

I was pleased to see that after a couple of weeks in wide release, this film was being shown in multiple theaters in our area (not just the Camera 3! Amazing!), and apparently 197 screens nationwide. The showing we attended also had a fairly decent amount of people of all ages in attendance. I’m glad to see that the message about America’s gluttony and excess is getting to a wider audience.

This has also pushed me more towards a career in food science/nutrition (which I have been heavily considering lately anyways; more on that soon)… there simply just is not enough convenient and good for you food available to the masses, and it’s way overdue. Something needs to be done, even if it’s one person at a time.

On a related note, I have also been reading (on and off… I’m sure it’s overdue at the Library, oops) Fat Land by Greg Critser, which I recommend for a more in-depth look at the obesity problem in America.

See this movie and read this book… it’s a sobering look into the fat underbelly of our country. It really is enough to make you change your ways.

animated dreams

I enjoy film. I guess the word “film” is starting to be an inaccurate term, since we are quickly moving further and further into the digital age. I don’t really like to say “movies” when I refer to them as pieces of art, not exactly sure why, but maybe it seems a bit too mundane of a word. Motion pictures? Most certainly. When I attended art school, I majored in Motion Pictures. Seems like more words than necessary, but I feel it is the most accurate term.

The past three, ahem, motion pictures that I’ve seen have all been animated films, and that isn’t half bad. They are arguably the best films I’ve seen so far this year. I’m no expert (wink wink), but I know enough to know what I like and enjoy.

Following is a short personal review of these three films, in the order that I saw them, oldest to newest.
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midnight madness

This weekend’s Midnight Movie Madness features Monty Python and the Holy Grail! I am going to try and make it to Saturday’s showing… mostly because I won a pair of tickets from KSCU, but also because at this showing, they will be giving away tickets to a sneak preview of The Return of the King.

It’s worth a shot! Whattaya say?