Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day, What it Do

Welcome, I voted a couple weeks ago, but today is a big day so I thought I'd post something at least. Hoping Barack can pull through, that would be pretty clutch. Also, after one listen, "Any Way" by Kanye is catchy as shit. Glad to see CuDi is on the record like he said. Other than that, haven't been listening to a bunch of new stuff. Been digging Tronic, the production is pretty crazy. I personally love how Black Milk mixes up the ellectronic style that it appears he was going for, but still used live sounding drum kits. That comes off real well on record.
Also, in honor of Halloween, watched the movie "Suspiria" directed by Dario Argento over the weekend. It was the kind of "horror" movie I enjoy, scary via suspense instead of torture-porn. It still felt trapped in the "horror" genre though, which granted is pretty tough to transcend. That movie and Rotten Tomatoes' list of the best reviewed horror movievs only made me realize why "The Shining" is my favorite horror movie of all time.

To me, "The Shining" does transcend the genre at least in some bits. The cinematography and mis-en-scene is pretty similar in most horror flicks. More shaky cameras, close-ups and such to try and show the fear. The most effective shots in "The Shining" are the exact opposites. The medium to long tracking shots are absolutely beatiful. The Steadicam and gorgeous set design is something that is not present in any other horror movie I have ever seen. "The Shining" uses lots of bright colors in these shots (also not in most horror films, lots of grey) and follow the characters around. These shots expand the feeling of isolation that you know the characters are feeling.Add onto that the fact that the movie is suspensful, scary, and throws a little gross-out in there as well, but never too much.

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