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11 September 2008 @ 12:58 pm
Videos: Snow Cake (movie)  
Here are two videos about the movie Snow Cake starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. Under the cut I give you details and ramblings on the videos and movie.

Warnings or spoilers?
I don't think you need to have seen the movie to understand these videos completely. I suppose these videos could be spoilery if you haven't seen the movie and plan to, but actually there's less revealed here than is in the trailer so... not spoilery then? Neither video needs to be viewed before the other, but if you haven't seen the movie, it may be more clear for you to first watch Alex's Lament then watch An Unexpected Friendship.

Enjoy, but most precious to me would be for you to let me know what you think about the videos, good or otherwise, so that I can get better at this. Sometimes I get so close to a video that I can't see it anymore and your comments help keep me focused.

Title: Alex's Lament
Song: Black
Artist: Sarah McLachlan
Summary: Alex is consumed by guilt over Vivienne's death.
Download from MediaFire: 74 MB / 37 MB / 13 MB
FYI: The song has a 30-second fade-in that may not be very audible over regular speakers. I can't hear it on mine. I suggest wearing headphones.
LJ vid_critics Alex's Lament

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Title: An Unexpected Friendship
Song: Café Mocha
Artist: Jesse Cook
Summary: Alex and Linda discover the real meaning of "friend."
Download from MediaFire: 54 MB / 27 MB / 9 MB
LJ vid_critics An Unexpected Friendship

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A little bit about what these videos mean to me.
These are the first videos I've done since joining the vid_critics community. I've learned a lot and have tried to put it into these videos. My main goal here is to reduce distraction and increase feeling.

Alex's Lament: I take the grieving deeper than is in the movie. It's purely my interpretation of what Alex went through, driven entirely by "I keep seeing her face." I wanted to see if I could show Alex remembering Vivienne's influence on him while he works through his grief and guilt and how it simultaneously helps and hurts the process.

An Unexpected Friendship: Simply put, I wanted to show how adorable Alex and Linda are together. I chose a flamenco song for its liveliness and how it moves up and down the scales, just like Alex and Linda. I especially enjoyed being a choreographer with this one; matching up their movements and expressions to different parts of the music.

While I've got you here... muwahaha... My little review of the movie.
It's a wonderful little indie-film that, unfortunately, is being labeled as targeting middle-aged women and, therefore, ignored by many. That's too bad. This movie is so wonderfully written, the acting and directing are incredible, the lighting and camera angles are beautiful and the soundtrack is effective, not obtrusive. It's been a long time since I've been thoroughly absorbed into a movie. It feels good to have that escape. That is what movies are all about to me. Oh, I wish Hollywood could do stuff like this!

What I like most (Rickman fangirling aside) is Rickman and Weaver together. They are so completely Alex and Linda. Alan Rickman gives Alex everything that we've only seen in little hints from his other roles. Sigourney Weaver is amazingly new and fresh. Her Linda is lovably out-of-control and childish yet restrained and mature. When Rickman and Weaver are together everything intensifies; their looks, their voices, their body language.

I don't want to ignore the value added by the rest of the cast nor the other parts of the story, but I want to keep this short because I could ramble on and on forever about this film. But then you wouldn't be able to watch my little videos would ya? So I'll shut up now. 
AmberMoontaikowinds on September 12th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I read up on the synopsis on imdb.com too...looks interesting. Maybe one day I'll go rent it.
Theresa: peachyuhsir on September 12th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
It's a good one to put on your "Movies I Should See When I Don't Know What To Watch" list. :D
gatebee on September 12th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
this is a must see movie...I have seen thank you to Uhsir
gatebee on September 12th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I watched the first vid.
It has been a couple of weeks since I last watched this movie. This movie is so powerful filled with emotion. The grief of of AR's character is so clear in this video and the music just emphasis it more. I love the black and white fade it. Shows more the grief and tragic loss.
Theresa: smileuhsir on September 22nd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
I missed this comment from you, I'm so sorry! I'm glad you got to see it. Is your computer working better now?

I hope I didn't go overboard on the angst, which I sometimes felt I may have. You know me and the angst!!! I argued with myself whether it was too much. I'm glad you think it wasn't. *blinks*
puddingdalepuddingdale on September 22nd, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
These were beautiful. The first one very moving, deeper emotions than in the movie indeed. It made me want to rewatch it.
The second one was unusual. I would never have thought of a flamenco - great idea. It took the kitsch out of it and changed the mood in an interesting way.
Thank you very much!
Theresa: smileuhsir on September 22nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
You are welcome and thank YOU! It helps to know what works and what doesn't.

I love angst so pulling the emotional strings in Lament was rather easy for me but I've been afraid I might have overdone it. I don't think I'll go this far again with another video because my poor heart can't take it!

I'm glad you liked the flamenco. It's not exactly a music video type song but it really was the best I could think of that could hold up to the wild relationship Alex and Linda have. Do people think Alex and Linda are kitschy in the movie? Or are you meaning how it can easily be kitschy in a video about them?
puddingdalepuddingdale on September 23rd, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
No, I do not think you have overdone it with Lament. Though I agree it is emotionally straining to watch it. Taking out the comic relieves of Snow Cake really makes it harder. Well done - you showed Alex's inner struggle - or Alan Rickman's subtext.

I don't know if Alex and Linda are kitschy. But the movie is always on the verge to kitsch. It is due to its theme. For example I find that during Linda's flashback when she dances with her daughter, the movie finally crosses the thin line towards kitsch. The only scene when that happened for me - but many others find the whole movie unbearably kitschy. Your video stressed that it is not. That it's rather lively, uplifting and wild :)
Theresa: AR teaseuhsir on September 24th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Speaking of what Alan added, the one scene that stands out most to me, and so many did in this movie, but the most was when Linda said Vivienne "would want to be alive." I can only imagine how this looked on the big screen. The best I have is my "little" 36 inch television and Alan was riveting! Silly how that sticks with me even now. It was one of driving forces while I made this video and I would have loved to put it in, but it has no meaning without the dialog so I had to leave it out.

I guess I sort of felt the dance scene was kitschy my first time watching, but I just told myself I don't understand autism and I was sure it was played true. But for the rest of it to be thought of that way, I'm sorry people see it that way. Snow Cake is now my most favorite movie, knocking The Apartment down after so many years. I guess I'm just a sucker for really good character stories.

Thank you so much for discussing this with me. I can't tell you how excited I am. Will a "squee" do it? :P
puddingdalepuddingdale on September 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I agree the movie's dialogue is BRILLIANT. Fortunately, I saw it on the big screen - twice :) The size of the faces with all the close-ups made it a very intimate experience. And I guess it was for everyone in the theatre, for I noticed everyone grinning in a pleased way during the end credits.

Snow Cake is one of my favourite movies too. People who call it kitschy, don't know what they are missing out on. I love character movies too. And I hate most blockbusters that are just action and no meaning. I want to see life reflected on the screen. Something to take back home with me, to think about and to "feed on" during everyday life.

I am glad you are excited *lol* It is always good to find someone to really discuss with. Ah, and feel free to squee *lol* I will try to keep my cool mask on *rofl*