Apricot by Ben Briand

13 08 2013

A touching trip into the whimsical, wondrous alcoves of a lover’s memory. Do you remember your first relationship? Do you remember your first kiss? Do you remember your first love? Apricot subtly hauls its audience into the realms of thought. The brilliant lofty dream-like cinematography allows the viewer to meander and slide into their own peaceful, contemplative abyss. Watching, but simultaneously searching, focused, yet distracted. The style and finesse in which this short is shot is truly breathtaking. Each frame could be a still, capturing the beauty and delicacy of each memorable moment. This is what this short is trying to express. It is our memories that are the keys to our past. They are little jewels that should be nurtured and cared for carefully collected in our own intrinsic vaults. It’s about who we “share moments with” and how interactions are “rare and out of the ordinary.” Apricot asks us to think, but to think for no reason. To think for the sake of remembering, to drift carelessly through our mind, to wander and find and to romantically entangle with our long lost thoughts.

KB.

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Jonas Mantey – Sie ist Schön

9 08 2013

For those who read the Artchive and realise that that tonight is the time. The weekend has come once again to explain what it is to enjoy music. So wherever you are heading just keep in mind that tonight will be divine. Don’t allow yourself to be confined but live life to the full, meet and greet all new potential people. Feel the rhythm, feel the beat and unleash onto the street sheer bliss. For this is when we are young and free and can be what we want to be. One bit of advice that I hope you will consider before you bundle out of your home, allow the music of Jonas Mantey to mesmersie and engulf you. Give in and allow it fill you to the brim, to surface undisturbed, to simmer. Then relinquish your insecruties, unshackle your inadequacies and enter the night for she is beautiful.

KB.

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“Tell-Tale” by Greg Williams (Archive)

7 08 2013

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Voice Over by Martin Rosete

6 08 2013

A triumphant tripartite, that moves the heart, stimulates the mind and searches the soul. Winner of 44 awards and selected for 80 festivals, Voice Over explores the art of how a good script can dictate and shape. The voice over is almost lyrical, it is hypnotic and when combined with inventive and despairing life-threatening instances, as a viewer you cannot help but be entranced. The cinematography is magnificent, the astronaut-cave scene with its ominous redness, the elevated birds-eye view of the soldier crawling and the extreme long-shot that reveals the teetering, tipping boat that holds the fisherman’s perilous predicament. Then there is the twist. I shan’t give it away… This film showcases how a good script can really produce a fantastic film. Yet, for me there is another meaning to this film. I’m not sure if it’s the French-ness. The bleak scenarios that seem irreversible seemed to have a bit of the existentialist about it and I began to think of the work of Sartre and Camus. Or maybe it is the authorial, tyrannical, god-like narrator that rolls the dice always knowing the outcome. For me this film is about humanity’s infinite battle with its old time foe, life. It’s about the obstacles, challenges, problems, but it’s about how you deal with them. Do you allow your oxygen to expire, do you allow your issues affect your helping of others, do you allow yourself to be swept out to sea by the tide, to be held under to drown like so many others. Or, do you prevail, do you succeed, do you hold life with two hands and kiss her on the lips.

KB.

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HVOB – Always Like This (Andhim remix) (Archive)

1 08 2013

 





Isolee – Allowance

31 07 2013

On Saturday the 28th of July at round 7:35 am in Dalston, London, after a night of 1920’s dress, roulette table-ing, vodka martini’s and electro swing jives, I slumped and glided to the sound of Isolee’s “Allowance”. It has such measure, such grace, such balance, teetering and tormenting. The piano echoes, holding you, sustaining you, massaging your mind and your soul. You drift and drop to the non-stop melodic felony. Yet, there is an undercurrent of grit, a shutter sound that holds the piece together. When I heard this, I felt liberated, I felt unified, I felt at peace. So sit back and enjoy, if you ever need a post jam tune, this is the one.

KB.

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A Family Portrait by Joseph Pierce

29 07 2013

This short attracted me firstly because of its quality but also because of its content. The family we are presented reminded me of many families at my school. Happy in exterior, yet lonely in interior.  A family portrait that unravels and reveals the murky troubles that riddles many families. Pierce’s exaggerated grotesque animation severs the cloak that all families must wear when placed under the scrutiny of the social spotlight. The idea of a family portrait is to emit a safety, to create a façade, a character that delivers, much like a fairytale or cheery musical. However, this is not reality, we see the truth, we see a portrait that is already cracked, we see a family that is fractured and split.

Pierce is a fantastic film-maker, his other shorts “The Pub” and “Stand up” too are outstanding. More analysis of his work in the not too distant future.

KB.

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