Tuesday, January 22, 2008

M&M #9

Feist - The Reminder (2007)

Ahhhh, Feist, the goddess of rock. Her lovely voice serenading us all. We saw her in concert about a year and a half ago and to witness such a perfect display of music creativity makes you appreciate all of the finer things in life. She has such a crushingly achingly fragile voice that is at the pinnacle of collapse that you can't imagine a future so bold and definitive. Her music has a way of reaching down inside and giving your heart a hug right when you need it most. And that is the reason that she's growing and becoming a goddess, that she's demanding the entire world listen to her genius. From IPod commercials to stadium shows to extravaganza galore, Feist has been unleashed upon the world. Please cherish her.

Renaissance - Christian Volckman (2006)

Set in the seedy underworld of Paris in 2054, this animated motion-capture black & white film immediately grabs you and pulls you down into its maze. Motion-capture is an incredible way to animate using actual real-life movements from people to machines to objects. We're seeing it more and more these days and Renaissance was one of the first to get down and dirty with it. The vision that these French film-makers build upon the screen is absolutely amazing and wonderful to view. Beyond the fact that the noirish animation effect that embodies the film, which is almost enough on its own to make for an interesting movie, the story itself is great. It's a sci-fi wonder that wraps around our imagination yet it doesn't alienate our sensibilities. You feel like this could be the future and it most certainly would have the look and feel of the movie. It's a retro-sci-fi-animated-masterpiece and its cool as beans.

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