Everyone is talking about the new musical, La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It’s one of the most dazzling and mesmerizing films of this year. The story is about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress. At first these two seem like they can’t bear to be in the same room together, but slowly they realize that they are both pursuing a dream and they encourage each other to chase after it. The director takes the audience on a self-discovering journey and teaches us that anything is possible as long as you put your heart and mind into it.
If you like movie thrillers, get your hands on the Darren Aronofsky classic, “Black Swan”. It has a rare mix of horror and humor, going beyond what people usually expect from a dark drama these days. This sensational masterpiece goes deep into the private lives of ballet dancers and reveals the painstaking work they do in order to succeed in their profession.
Starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, this film changes people’s minds about what it means to be good and what it means to be bad. Nina Sayers (Portman) struggles to get the part of The Swan Queen, and when she finally gets it, she goes on a self-discovering journey to find her true self. She starts off in the film being the innocent victim that everyone pities, but she later becomes the object of everyone’s hatred.
In 1992, Ron Fickle and Mark Magidson collaborated on an unusually captivating film called “Baraka”. They used a special wide-angle lens camera that they designed specifically for filming “Baraka”. In this 90-minute tour of over 20 different countries worldwide, director Ron Fickle selects exactly what to film and how to film it by the use of film language.
His eye for poetic cinematography contributed to the appeal of his film’s visual sensation. He was able to capture various natural landscapes and cityscapes across Asia, North America, Africa, and many other places of distinct cultures. Each scene, shot, and sequence, was carefully edited with a high degree of difficulty.