My “Nine” favorite quotes

April 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been waiting anxiously to see the “Nine” musical. Finally it came on torrents and pleased me. It pleased me in esthetics, beautiful frames, amazing cast and simple entrtainment without a deep social problematic story. OK, I know there was a plot, a very classical musical plot, sort of a Moulin Rouge  or Chicago type of story with crazy director, lots of sexy underdressed women but simple goal – to entertain. Sometimes that really is just what a movie should do! 🙂

My top nine quotes from the movie
“I love your work. Every frame is like a photography.”
My nr. 1 quote from the movie. Cause it reflects what I thought about the movie. Beautiful, esthetic, great composition and lighting in each frame.
“Thank you for telling me I’m not special.”
A revelation of an artists incapability to love and respect only one woman. The naive thinking is lost. The wife is hurt, from which she gains strength to finally leave him.
“Why not think of something amusing. With singing and dancing. God knows, we could use a little joie de vivre.”
I think the first goal of making movies was to entertain… and after that something went wrong I guess 😉 Movies became a mirrored image of our society. They were no longer dreams. So it’s nice to see a fun, entertaining movie from time to time.
“Movies are dreams. You kill them by writing it down…”
We all know an idea is very subjective. Maestro sees it in his head, but it’s hard to put it on screen as seen. Every actor sees it differently, every costume designer sees it with his own eyes. It’s like reading a book and seeing a movie afterwards. The images are never the same.
Sometimes in the editing room a miracle happens, when you place one image after another, so that when audience sits in the dark, if you’re very lucky, the dream flickers back to life again.”
It’s hard to please people and different tastes of course, but if you’re lucky… 😉
“I told my wife, that I will never make love to the lead actor again.”
The movie is full of witty answers, a great example of how to say much about you doing nothing, about how not to admit you have nothing, but portray it like it is something grand.
“Films are not modest. They cost too much, they take too long and they include to many people. They should have grand titles.”
And so maybe they shouldn’t be subject to so many critics? 🙂
“Maestro only has to answer yes or no questions. It’s directing.”
A cynical portrait of the moviemakers work. Of course it’s not that simple, but sometimes one has to look from another perspective – from the simpler perspective.
Action.”

My favorite scenes
An absolute winner for me is a scene where the wife of maestro, Luisa, sings and describes the line of work her maestro does. A last dinner image, shot like a perfect painting. This is the beginning of it:

A most desirable, pleasure for the eyes is probably the catwalk latin inspired routine with Kate Hudson:

And the official Furgie track: Be Italian:

Awesome job Rob Marshall!!!

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We Are The World 25 For Haiti

April 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie arranged re-make of the 1985 group song “We Are The World;” the new version titled “We Are the World – 25 for Haiti” was recorded to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The new song was recorded on February 1, 2010, the night following the 2010 Grammy Awards. It was recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
Richie and Jones recruited 81 performers for the 2010 remake of “We are the World.” Among those who participated are Celine Dion, Pink, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Beiber, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Richie, Will.i.am, Enrique Inglesias, Kid Cudi, India Arie, Carlos Santana, Jordin Sparks, Akon, Usher, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Robin Thick, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Mya, Tony Bennett and Haiti activist Wyclef Jean. Jean has his own charitable organization called Yele Haiti.

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The LXD on Oscars!!

March 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

They keep teasing us…
This was the “official” trailer for their performance at this years Oscars. If I understood correctly, they performed on an exciting mix of all nominated music tracks of this years golden boys. You know I love shows with a concept 😉 🙂 🙂

And this is a slightly unfortunate clip of the real performance. It’s shot over TV :S but still… one can see the show… who knows how long it will take to get the official Jon M Chu’s clip… 😛

14th Nike convention in Ljubljana

March 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

This was a special weekend for all us freaks, who love the art of aerobics. 🙂 Yes, I call it art, cause it’s not easy to keep up with these world trends… it’s not easy to please the audiences… and it does require a kind of a creative soul to do it :P… But besides that, this is a fun piece of art. 🙂 I had a lot of fun this weekend, cause after a long time I got a chance to just enjoy the classes, not make and give them. I loved every single one of them. Ofcourse my number one stars were Jessica Exposito and Balazs Fuzessy. I was surprised to see myself jumping around even on the last class, cause normally one gets too tired to do the last class (there were only 50sth left of us) and the class was not the easiest one. But it was one of the best. Ah, it’s useless to say which was good and which wasn’t. They were all great. The only one I didn’t like was the football driven class from Marko Geršak. I’m sorry, this is my blog, so I can write open-hearted. I did’t like that one, it really lacked creativity. But everything else – pure perfection! 🙂 This year I kinda avoided the dancing hall and stuck to aerobic-one… I guess the level of the dancing is just a bit too high in that hall for me… My mind is not as fresh and fit for absorbing hiphop choreographies as it used to be. Though I know there were some awesome classes by Nikkie Riozzi, Larz Schuijling, Željko Božič etc. To keep the long story short – fabulous weekend and now it’s time for regeneration… Back to reality… Back to work 😉

This is a clip from yesterdays video report from 14th Nike day in Ljubljana:

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The LXD – a new dance drug?

February 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Metaphorically speaking of course. This so called Legion of extraordinary dancers is making a huge PR and promo campaign. We were being teased by it long before it was even supposed to launch and we are slowly getting anxious… Up until now I’ve gathered, this will be the first on-line dance show (or reality show even) and that really brilliant dancers are working on it. I first saw it (and of course imediatelly wrote about it) on the 6th season of SYTYCD show. After that the LXD crew performed as the opening routine on the Ellen’s even bigger, really big show, which in my opinion is one of the best openings we have ever seen:


I love it! Fresh, free, joyful…

Lately I’ve heard they performed on TED conference (the clip I’m still waiting for, yet we have some photos) and before that on Youtube Live, which was another winner:

I’ve noticed a couple of familiar faces by now. Legacy from last SYTYCD season and Lil’C, the world’s renown and excellent krumper. The creator and director of the show is Jon Chu, also known as the director of Step up movies.

Obviously the names and the promo campaign clips promise this to be a quality thing. And since it’s suppose to be some kind of on-line series, I’m putting it in the ‘possibly drug category’.

2010 is here people! Can we please start this show?! 🙂

A brilliant documentary on Flamenco

February 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

Flamenco at 5:15 by Cynthia Scott…
One of the most astonishing documentaries I have ever seen. It’s impressive. It’s a must-see. And I think you have to see it more than once to start understanding it, especially if you don’t do flamenco. 🙂
“This Oscar®-winning short film is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. The film shows the beautiful young North American dancers–inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana’s extraordinary energy–joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture.”
Source: NFB movies, The Unlikely Salsero

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The LXD project – Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

December 4, 2009 § 1 Comment

Can dance take another dimension? After it was born on the streets, reborn in reality shows, after it flooded the Youtube… can dance really become a totally new online experience? Wow, the trailers I saw are amazing. I don’t know exactly what they are promising, but they are teasers with a capital T. The Legion of Extraordinary dancers performed in the SYTYCD reality shows and blew the roof of Kodak studio away. This is technically superb dancing, completely out-of-the-box choreography and obviously strong emotional stories behind it. I am excited to see what will happen in 2010. It looks so promising and I got a feeling it might be a special treat for my hungry dancing soul.  

This is a clip from SYTYCD sneak peek performance:
 

John M. Chu, the writer and director of the project, describes it as a very supernatural yet human and a bit of a sci-fi project, calling dancers a superheroes: “No special effects, no wires, this is real people, with real powers. This is not a reality show, this is a ground-breaking epic on-line adventure.”  Just check out this official trailer and you will see what I’m talking about:

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