finding interesting films

This year Visual Communication students have been given a task that involves manipulating photo-real images. The brief states that we must summaries a movie and communicate an issue of public debate through two digitally manipulated images.

This week I have been thinking of possible films I could use for this task.

Film I think would be interesting and fun to summaries through manipulated images:

Romeo and Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996)

Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000)

500 Day of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)

Summary of Romeo and Juliet

–          Synopsis taken from the back of a Romeo and Juliet DVD

““Loud and Fast. Bold and Vigorous” (BBC). Baz Luhrmann’s modern classic unfolds with its heart on its sleeve and its gun ablaze. The pulse of this jarring master piece lies within its passionate performances and the varied and vibrant songs that score its retelling…

Set in the contemporary and urban backdrop of Verona Beach, this uncompromising tale of love beset by tragedy is a bracing, heartrending film experience you’ll never forget.”

–          Review from Rolling Stone Magazine (Peter Travers. November 1, 1996)

“Welcome to mythical Verona Beach, where the gangs fire on each other, and soldiers in choppers fire on them. Shot in Mexico in a style that might be called retrofuturistic, since it encompasses castles and armor, as well as bulletproof vests and boomboxes, the film reworks Shakespeare in a frenzy of jump cuts that makes most rock videos look like MTV on Midol….

The rabid flamboyance of Luhrmann’s vision, remarkably accented by Kym Barrett’s costumes and Catherine Martin’s production design, is meant to make Romeo and Juliet accessible to the elusive Gen X audience without leaving the play bowdlerized and broken. Luhrmann, known as a wizard in his native Oz, where he stages plays and operas, relishes knocking cobwebs off classics.”

Summary of Billy Elliot

–          Synopsis taken back of Billy Elliot DVD

“Billy Elliot is a heartwarming tale of an 11 year old coal miner’s son in the north of England whose life is forever changed when he stumbles upon Mrs Wilkinson’s ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself immersed in ballet, demonstrating a raw talent never seen before and reaching for a dream that changes lives of everyone he touches.

–          Review from The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw. September 19, 2000)

This is a film with a lot of charm, a lot of humour and a lot of heart. Daldry’s direction and the screenplay by Lee Hall (who wrote the radio drama hit Spoonface Steinberg) distinguish themselves further in the discreet, intelligent way they deal with the question of Billy’s nascent sexuality, avoiding vulgarity and prurience. The young male ballet dancer is not a stereotype, and yet the film certainly does not feel it necessary to reassure the audience that Billy is straight; for my money, that’s part of this picture’s liberal humanity…

Summary of 500 Days of Summer

–          Quote from film

“This is a story of boy meets girl…You should know up front this is not a love story.”

–          Review from The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw. September 3, 2009)

“Their jokey, flirtatious relationship is based on a shared love of British bands such as the Smiths and on a giggly, conspiratorial feeling of superiority to the silliness and phoniness of everything that surrounds them. But the relationship, which lasts 500 days, is doomed, and Tom plays us scenes from random days, out of narrative order, to illustrate the painful business. The problem seems to be that he believes in love and she doesn’t. Or is it that she just doesn’t believe in being in love with him?”


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