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“The film brings the paintings of Vincent van
Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of
the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who
travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and
Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant
paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.”
Directed by husband and wife duo- British
Animator Hugh Welchman, and Poland born artist Dorota Kobiela, the movie follows a
young man who wants to deliver Van Gogh’s final letter to his brother Theo, but
discovers that he's dead too. He then charts on a journey to meet all those people
the artist has ever painted, to find what really took place a few weeks before
Van Gogh's death, and whether there’s any possibility of it being a homicide. There's much mystery that shrouds his life and death, which serves as the subject of the movie.
Wheat field with crows (WikiCommons)
the surprising part here is Vincent Van Gogh remained undiscovered and
unappreciated in his short lifetime, but years later he was considered an
artist par excellence. He is one of the most famous and influential artistic
figures in the Western world. And he started painting only at the age of 27. He, perhaps, took his own life after an extended period of
poverty and episodes of mental health problems at the age of 37. This movie is
as much about his life as it is about his death.
All of the 65,000 paintings if laid on the ground would be
enough to cover the entire London and Manhattan, as per the enthusiasts. Making a
completely painted feature film, without the use of digital paintings, was a
huge project in itself, was considered impossible at first. The animation process
was a long arduous process too. There was live action provided by the actors,
visual effects and digital tweaking of animation, which was then a reference
for the oil paintings. So there were video frames converted to oil paintings by
specialists. And they imitated Van Gogh's painting style of small brush strokes
as is in the famous painting of The Starry Night. It gave a sense of motion and
free flow from one frame to another.
The Starry Night (WikiCommons)
It all started with a short film, which got such
rave reviews, that the production team proceeded to create the entire movie
from then on. Selecting passionate artists from around the world was tough as well. Each imagined how Vincent could have painted a particular scene, and
recreated that imagination. They also repainted some of his own works too. The
actors had a physical resemblance to the paintings, and their facial emotions
were well expressed on the canvas too. They used color for depicting the
present, and black tones for the flash backs.
Wheat field under thunderclouds (WikiCommons)
The movie is a visual treat in true sense. There
are seasons, places, people, color and monochrome and all are soulfully created
with brush strokes. It's a art lover’s delight to be able to witness such a
daring, yet successfully executed work of art. Indeed it left me speechless. A
unique overwhelmingly and deeply satisfying cinematic experience. A befitting
and heartfelt tribute to the artist.
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Empress Ki is the most elaborate, gripping, and thrilling series I have watched this year. And at 51 episodes, it is the longest Korean drama series I have ever watched. Even though the number seems daunting and too much, it’s worth it all. If you like period dramas, you won’t want to give this one a miss.
It was in 2016 that I first read about Empress Ki, the historical drama that had garnered much praise and accolades from the audience and critics alike. Most Korean dramas are just 16 or 20 episodes long. So 51 seemed never-ending to me then. It wasn’t until 2017 that I decided to at least try the first episode. And I was hooked. But owing to the various circumstances I didn’t continue watching it. It was just last month that I remembered this epic story and watched it to completion within just a few days. Believe it or not, midway through it, I was almost literally pulling my hair out, in anticipation of what would happen next.
I would have given this magnum opus 10/10 had it stopp…
I have always been the one to leave first. Be it luck or circumstance, it has always been this way. Some of the times it has been my decision to venture out of my comfort zone first before all my peers decide to do the same and I am left behind, alone in the old world. The decisions are out of fear of being left alone, most of the times. Or is it self-preservation instead?
I am a person who takes time to adapt, make new friends, get accustomed to new surroundings- an unlikely one to leave first- yet I do. You might think me selfish, but I am just afraid, and I decide to take care of myself first. Some might see this as a major risk-taking attitude, but I mostly see it as fleeing before the 'desertion' hits me instead. Now that's a strong word indeed. I am always in search of safe ground, always so insecure and calculating my moves lest I end up being alone on the island.
Paranoiac. Several things bother me at once. What if my peers get on with their lives leaving me behi…
"When the ego dies, the soul awakes." - Mahatma Gandhi
Why do you have such a huge ego? You cannot wear your family's name on your sleeve as an identity forever. The world wouldn't see you through the eyes of your parents who have pampered you so much for the better part of your life. Here in the real world, you will get what you give. Respect begets respect. Selfishness begets selfishness. Hate begets hate. And your 'i don't care', 'i don't give a damn', 'i am paying money for that', 'i will do as I please' attitude will give you the same.
Respect is earned. Agreed. But you should give it first to earn it back. The other person should and must be respected by default despite his class, caste, job and family background, until and unless he proves unworthy of it with time. I stand strongly by this belief.
There can be no excuse for disregard. The way you speak to me about people tells me the way you might be speaking about me t…
Horse riding was no cake walk for me.
I feigned ignorance for months about the rule for Princesses to learn to tackle a beast like that. For weeks I would hide somewhere innocently when it was time for the lessons. The experts appointed for this task left their posts within weeks. Hah! I would make each one leave. It’s a war now, between my father - The King and me.
One morning I spotted a rather young man near the stables. The maids were gossiping how handsome he was. Some whispered he was a year or two senior to me. Huh! He must have just graduated then. Father is appointing amateurs now, I see. Had I not been home-schooled, I would have known school life for myself.
I chose the haystacks in the courtyard of the servants’ quarters to hide that day, much pleased with my choice. The sky was beautiful and so were the house-sparrows. Just as I admired my surroundings, a head popped in front of me from nowhere.
“So here you are. You’re late for your classes. Let’s go now,” he pulled …
One Friday evening, as I was feeling a bit lonely and homesick with nothing much to do, not even strolling on the terrace viewing the ever so beautiful mountains since it was raining hard- thus it also contributing to my gloomy mood, I decided to watch Before Sunrise. Yes, once again. A first for me. I rarely re-watch a movie. Yearning for a light-hearted yet meaningful conversation this was the best choice I had. My hostel mates were out in the city and all the people I called up were busy. Luck by chance. Thanks to the superb uninterrupted internet connection I had a great 1 hour 40 minutes that evening.
"Experiencing the otherworldly. When morning comes, we would all turn into pumpkins."
Even though it sounds like a cliche today, unplanned trips, adventures in life, serendipity and providence are romantic. Before Sunrise has all of these, when strangers indulge in light conversations, grow intrigued about each other's lives, and spend time in each other's company …
‘Kill Me Heal Me’ has a great storyline, a plot that doesn’t adhere to any of your active imagination, presumption, preconceived notion or stereotypes. About the series- a bit of the plot: "A romantic comedy between a third-generation billionaire with Dissociative Identity Disorder and a first-year Psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Cha Do Hyun suffers memory lapses and his personality then fractured into seven different identities. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who treats him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri Ohn, is a famous mystery novelist who investigates about Do Hyun and his family." Acting Skills of the Lead Actor
You wouldn’t want to miss the great acting skill of the lead actor- the one having multiple personality disorder. Every personality has different fashion sense, gait, body language, accent- the very aura around each perso…