Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The stop motion work done by Tsuneo Goda (the creator of Domo) is super slick and as detailed as "Wallace and Gromit"'s. The films featuring his fashion-designer cat Komaneko are some of the cutest things I have ever seen. Here's an episode.
And one of the coolest videos in the program was Koichiro Tsujikawa' "Fit Song," a music video dripping with commercial advertising ticks, lyricism and kipple. The rest of the program was equally rich and creative. Can't wait for next year.
Monday, March 15, 2010
On the other hand, Last Train Home takes you on a journey you’re not bound to forget anytime soon. Director Lixin Fan follows a couple of migrant workers in China who moved from their rural village to work in sweatshops in the big city, and their attempt to return to their village for the Chinese new year. This chaotic train ride is the largest human migration on Earth and the images that Fan captured over the course of two years are incredibly moving, shocking and beautiful. The movie puts a human price on that pair of Made-in-China jeans. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and expertly shot.
And the man is charming in a goofy way and interacted with the crowd all night long. His set was accompanied by a live bongo player and French cabaret girls posing by the DJ booth. Were they part of the performance? Not sure, but it all worked. The crowd started out a little too “beautiful people”, but as the night went on only the ones who came to get down remained. Parfait!