“THESE QUESTIONS BRING UP A PHRASE A FRIEND OF A FRIEND USED IN DISCUSSING THE RECENT STRING OF BLOCKBUSTERS. HE SAID THEY WERE ALL “DEEP AND MEANINGLESS” AND IT’S A PHRASING HULK HAS HAS COME TO ADORE. OUR RECENT BLOCKBUSTERS SEEM LIKE THEY’RE FULL OF SCENES OF DEEP POSTURING AND TOWERING EXPRESSIVENESS; CHARACTERS ARE CRYING OR YELLING OR PONTIFICATING ABOUT THE FATE OF THE WORLD… BUT THEY’RE TECHNICALLY MEANINGLESS. THAT IS TO SAY, THEY LACK THE MEANING OF IMPACT, CAUSE AND EFFECT TO THE CORE CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS OF THE STORY. AND THIS FILM IS THROWN RIGHT ON THE TOP OF THE HEAP OF SUMMER’S EFFORTS BECAUSE OF THE MEANINGFUL ACTIONS BETWEEN CAESAR AND KOBA… THAT’S HOW YOU GET REAL DEPTH. AND IT IS ONLY ACHIEVABLE IF YOU INTEGRATE EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING MECHANISMES INTO YOUR EMOTIONAL GOALS.”
— Film Crit Hulk Smash: STORY VS. CHARACTER - THE TWO MOVIES WITHIN DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | Badass Digest
5:45 pm • 23 July 2014
Office adventures in leonine millinery
For some time now, Dissolve News Editor Matt Singer has been quite taken with The Rock’s lion hat in the new Hercules movie. While planning this week’s “The Dissolve On…” list via email, he made a passing reference to his favorite onscreen headwear of 2014. So we ran with it.
3:47 am • 23 July 2014
“Dorinda: Those two bitches that left - they had better learn to sell pussy in Iceland because if I ever see them again I’m gonna cut their fuckin’ throats! We are family… and that’s what we’re gonna stay. Now I got important business out there today. And when I call you, I want you to come out there and shake your asses proper! You hear? Hah? Now get out there and make it look good! And Raquel, take that fuckin’ jacket off! Move it!”
— Truck Turner (1974) - Quotes - IMDb
3:17 am • 23 July 2014
“What has gone out of style is the thing that turns out to be the movie’s secret weapon: It’s a comedy that isn’t afraid of sadness. There’s a scene in which Harry and Sally are out for the afternoon, enjoying each other’s company, playing with the brand-newest technology of 1989, a karaoke machine for sale in The Sharper Image, when they run right into Harry’s gorgeous ex and her new guy. It’s a hard, nerve-shaking, mood-spoiling moment for Harry. A variation on that scene has since occurred in many films, and in most of them, the Sally character gives some elaborate pulling-victory-from-defeat performance suggesting that she and Harry have a great new life, an action so over the top that it cements the guy’s love for her. Ephron and Reiner don’t do that. They just let the scene play out naturally, because they understood that the important thing about that moment is not redemption but pain and fear. It’s quickly followed by (with all due respect to “I’ll have what she’s having”) Ryan’s best moment, in which she reacts to the news that her own ex is getting married with an immense and genuinely touching crying jag, with Harry only half-able to console her. (“And I’m gonna be 40!” “When?” “Someday!” “In eight years.”) When each character hits rock bottom, they’re with each other, and we’re with them. The sad/scary undertow of every romantic comedy is “What if I’m not in a romantic comedy but a melodrama? What if it never works out for me?” By letting them — and all of us — feel that tug, the movie finds its stakes, and it also finds the punch line that has really made it last: At Harry’s and Sally’s lowest moments, we want what they’re wanting.”
— When ‘Harry’ Met ‘Annie’ «
12:45 am • 22 July 2014
"I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought". [x]
4:38 pm • 19 July 2014
have you heard? we’re thrilled to be launching our swimwear collection in november. stay tuned for an exclusive look from our preview this august.
4:36 pm • 19 July 2014