Feb 27, 2008

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“After Life” Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

A couple of days I came across this movie and I have just started to watch it. I wanted to share it here since it seems to be related to the first post entered in this blog.

While the movie is not about art per se, I feel it may place some perspective in your life, and the actions that are taken from day to day.

The name of the movie is After Life the premise of the story is as follows:

After death, you get to choose one memory, and only one memory of everything you experienced in life, all the other memories will be forgotten. You are given three days to decide what to select, then a movie gets created out of that memory before you get to move on.

While I have not finished the movie as of this writing, I must say that the first 20 minutes that I have watched are already quite interesting and thought provoking… thought provoking because I too started to think what would be the best memory I could possibly keep if I was in that situation, and again what other opportunities lie ahead of us that could potentially replace whatever memory we choose to select in this instant.

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Feb 11, 2008

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Linnea in Monet’s Garden

I must tell you about this short animated film I watched a couple of days ago. It is such a great and simple story that I am sure will captivate the minds of young artists.

The name of the film is Linnea in Monet’s Garden

It is the story of a young girl who loves Claude Monet garden paintings, she has a neighbor who appreciates art. They get to travel to France and visit the Marmottan and Giverny.

I am seriously thinking to purchase a copy for my nephews, It was a great way to spend 30 minutes. If you get a chance check it out, or rent it from Netflix.

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Feb 3, 2008

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Comet San, Heidi and Hayao Miyazaki

What shows did you watch when you were a kid?

When I was a little kid one of my favorites shows was “Señorita Cometa” A japanese program dubbed into Spanish, I really liked the little dragon.

Comet San

The reason why I mentioned this, is because aside of this show, I used to watch a cartoon with my sister. Heidi, Girl of the Alps.

Heidi Girl of the Alps

So here we are many years later and I recently found out that Hayao Miyazaki worked on scene design and layout for this show.

Hayao Miyazaki has been one of our recent discoveries. Initially encountered the name when I was researching sketching/animation information (he is highly admired by many artists), so we decided to rent a movie or two and now we know why.

Just a few days ago we watched Porco Rosso, it was great. If you ever get a chance rent some of his movies, they are excellent.

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