Monday, February 10, 2014

Cinematography Stills: Winter's Bone


Today I am bringing you the photographic work of Michael McDonough the cinematographer responsible for the beautiful film, Winter's Bone.

Winter's Bone is such a beautiful expression of a slice of American culture that is hidden behind the veil. For those who have any awareness of this country outside of what is presented on television, know that the landscape of this film is strangely familiar, if on the peripheral of our everyday life.

I know people living in abject poverty. I know children who are charged with responsibilities far beyond their years. I know people addicted to meth. I know people who live a lifestyle far outside the regulations of common law. There are parts of the United States, places like the where I live, that seem operate in accordance with their own codes of conduct.

That is what I love about Winter's Bone. I am uninspired by the idyllic portrait of America we're constantly fed. I am uninterested in a country that is portrayed as the land of opportunity, or a place with white picket fences and apple pie in the window. Those of us who live in 'real' America know that our opportunities are limited even if we do work hard. And that is why we love Winter's Bone. It's because we know people like Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) and it is a portrait of the US that is far closer to our everyday realities than what we see on TV.

Winters Bone (2010)

Directed by: Debra Granik

Cinematography: Michael McDonough 


Watch this clip! It is hands down one of the best scenes from the entire film.

Winter's Bone is a very character driven film and so we see lots of theses close ups of the main players. That is what I particularly love about this film. There is a shallow depth of field throughout the film which really emphasizes the unease we feel throughout. Beautiful work. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Joe Dempsie: You're Welcome

At first I'm like, "He's ok.  Joe Dempsie is cute, nice eyes, goofy. I'm into that. Plus, Chris from Skins UK is an awesome character and I kind of want him to be my best friend."

Now fast-forward.

Who is that? No! That's not Joe Dempsie is it?


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Hollywood Titan

Philip Seymour Hoffman

You've heard the news. If you're a fan, you're probably having a hard time imagining Hollywood without one of its all time greats. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of those actors who gave legitimacy to the craft and to America's film business as a whole. With a massive range, and an active avoidance of all things celebrity, he was a man who commanded respect and honor and elevated all those around him.

But, I am a firm believer that when a man's time comes, it is better to celebrate their life than it is to mourn their death. Hoffman is a person who, in his short 46 years, has accomplished so many things worth celebrating. Many of his films rank in my top films of all time. Below is a list of my favorite moments from Philip Seymour Hoffman's career. Please add your own in the comments section below.

1) Almost Famous

2) Boogie Nights
"I'm an idiot" 

3) The Big Lebowski
"Little Lebowski Urban Achievers"

4) Doubt
"Is gossiping a sin?" 

5) Capote
"I did everything I could."

6) Along Came Polly
"I'm your daddy."

7) Charlie Wilson's War
"Water goes over a dam and under a bridge..."

Rest in peace. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cinematography Stills: Where the Wild Things Are

I have a new project for the blog ya'll!

I am going to start posting some of my favorite stills from my favorite films as a way to bring attention to the wonderful work of my favorite cinematographers. I think this will be a nice break from the giant blocks of text you see all over my blog and will allow us lovers of film to just soak in the beauty of great imagery. Comment below!

Where the Wild Things Are
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Cinematographer: Lance Acord

Max is lonely. He wishes he could sail away. 

Max fights against the waves.

Max hides in the woods as monsters reveal themselves in the shadow of the fire.


Let's watch the sunrise. 

Max lies in a field of orange flowers. 

Max wants to go home. 


I couldn't find a clip of my favorite scene (which is actually the scene in the still of this video). But check out the trailer. I swear. This film makes me cry like a baby every time I see it!

 Because it's cute.