I’ve just been informed that I’m under the scrutiny of Scoble:
Scobleizer (Scobleizer) added you as a friend!
Check out Scobleizer’s profile here:
If you take a look at how many 1000s of friends he has, you come instantly to the conclusion that you’re not special:
I’ve always wondered if celebrities, or even pseudo-online-celebrities, can have friends in the random sense. Every person coming up to them must be instantly suspect. For example, people who contact me randomly have a good chance of being accepted, because I am not a useful resource with tons of contacts. And, it’s pretty obvious when someone is contacting me for an in at where I work, or some bit of advice I’m not allowed to give, or help with their blog. For a celebrity, though, everyone must seem to want something besides their friendship.
My friend has produced this 16mm short as a student at the New York Film Academy, check it out:
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but it tries to tell a life story that often comes up when college kids start dating. I’ll leave the rest of the interpretation up to you. There’s a somewhat odd foreign / white concepts going on in the shots and the almost predatory way the handsome man strolls up and starts scrutinizing a studious asian girl reading something, but a small amount of stereotyping probably sets up emotional context faster than building it carefully yourself. It’s a short 10 minute affair!
I went to see Pan’s Labyrinth today. I didn’t have any expectations for the movie, and it blew me away. From the start the fact that it was a movie entirely in Spanish was almost unsettling, except that I speak Spanish. I had expected it to be in English, but somehow the pain and suffering in the movie was more poignant for the fact that it was foreign.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth brilliantly melds the realms of fairy tale and brutal 20th-century history. Beautiful, horrible and deeply affecting, it’s the 21st century’s first film masterpiece.
Here are a few of the movie posters, to pique your interest:
The plot, without giving too much away, is about a young girl who’s lost her father. Her mother has married a Spanish military officer to escape her loneliness, but they both hate him. The girl is swept up in magic and prophecy as the real world around her plunges into chaos and violence. At the end of it all, you’re struck with two options–to believe that what the young girl experienced is true, and redeem the story, or to deny it to her imagination, and realize the stark reality of the world. There’s no way to choose between the two because the story is told in such a way as to make both equally possible.
If you want to see more, Apple has a trailer you can download! While unsettling, the movie’s grandiose themes and visions overcome its horrors. I highly recommend watching it.