Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
The director of the Bolshoi Ballet has acid thrown in his face and The New York Times reports on the vicious underside of the Bolshoi Ballet. “The stories about vengeance at the Bolshoi Ballet go back centuries: The rival who hid an alarm clock in the audience, timed to go off during Giselle’s mad scene, [...]
“The magic of childhood is the strangeness of childhood, the uniqueness that makes us see things that other people don’t see.” “I’m just clearing the decks for a simple death. You’re done with your work. You’re done with your life. And your life was your work.” –Maurice Sendak, TateShots: Maurice Sendak and Tell Them Anything [...]
Seems like we’re not the only ones who have noticed a resurgence of melodrama. Chris Vognar writes about melodrama, Black Swan and The Fighter.
The New York Times has a piece on dancers’ reaction to Black Swan. Meanwhile, Jonathan Romney interviews Darren Aronofsky and writes: “There’s much steamy weirdness that you don’t normally associate with ballet fictions: hallucinations, horror, lesbian clinches with doppelgängers.” Which is exactly what I associate with them. I’d like to see dancers respond to other [...]
Mubi has a lovely, thoughtful post on Jean-Claude van Damme in honor of his 50th birthday. ” But what does that make of an action-star-inverse like Van Damme, who’s at his most interesting when he’s at his most vulnerable and who does not, unlike Stallone or Willis, wield that vulnerability as a weapon, but presents [...]