This Vis beau, a psychological thriller directed by the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (who earlier directed beautifully shot films like Bronson and Drive), has one of the strong lightings and stunning compositions I've ever seen. The lightings are pretty heavy, but well handled and justifies for this kind of film. The man behind the lens, Larry is a specialist when it comes to the lighting design, his work in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut speaks for him. His work only got better in Only God Forgives.
This is the second collaboration of Larry Smith with Nicolas, the first being Bronson. Throughout the film, you could see strong diffused lights illuminating the character's face mostly forming patterns filtered out from any supporting objects. Nicolas's films are known for its unique wide angle compositions and this one has few of the best wide shots (like the one frame I posted above). The cinematography helps the audience glued to the otherwise intentional slow narration of this stylish visual drama.
New films I can't wait to check out
The Conjuring 2 (June) - The expectations for this James Wan directorial would be sky high after it's dream run of its predecessor which released in 2013. I expect the sequel will have the same essence of bringing out the creepiness in a unique way through performances and disturbing visual images rather than too much of noisy special effects and meaningless thrills.
Genius (June) - A biographical drama that follows the story of American Novelist Thomas Wolfe and his relationship with the editor publisher Maxwell Perkins. This one's in my radar mainly for it's powerful casting which includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Dominic West and the other reason being its nomination for Golden Bear @ Berlin International Film Festival this year.
Like I mentioned in the last issue, I'll talk about a cinema here that's worth mentioning. This month's cinema is The Hayden Orpheum, Sydney.
A majestic cinema featuring seating for 700 and retro style unique art décor designs is undoubtedly the most grandest cinema in Sydney. Before it got renewed and opened in 1987, it used to be a theatre used for live cast musicals ballets, and plays with two levels comprising 1735 seats with a backstage dressing rooms,orchestration pit and fly-tower.
Orpheum is one and biggest of the six screens here that boasts 2K and 4K projections as well as 70mm projection. (As a matter of fact, I took a flight to Sydney to watch The Hateful Eight's 70mm première @The Orpheum). Hayden Orpheum would definitely be my movie hangout if I choose to live in Sydney in the future or should I check out films that are part of the Sydney Film Festival which starts later this year. Will be a cover story if that happens :)
About the Author
I am Manick, a movie fanatic based out of Brisbane, Australia. I'm a programmer by profession and crazy about movies, photography and music. I currently watch movies in over twenty different languages. I'm creating this newsletter Movingtales to share my passion with you and to bring you inside my world of movie watching. Thanks for reading. Happy watching movies.
Until the next issue, Manick.