1. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
one of my favorite books i read as a child.
feels like powerful poetry
2. Tekkonkinkreet (film), directed by Michael Arias
the story gets muddled in the middle, but it's a really wonderful piece of animated film. sorry to say i haven't read the manga series.
3. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
ok, don't stone me, but i've never actually read the novels word for word. i mostly know pieces of it, and i love the idea of a world hidden from adults, with ridiculous but still dangerous characters. chesire cat.....one of the coolest characters. evar.
4. Treasure Planet, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (Disney film from 2002).
i can't believe it's been 10 years. i was still in elementary school! WHAT IS GOING ON.
but i just watched this film again, recently. and i still love it ^^ a lot of fun, and doesn't forget its classic roots. wonderful CG integration with 2D animation (HOORAY GLEN KEANE), the way it should be done. i think perhaps at this moment, Disney was a bit ahead of its time, and the masses weren't prepared. really gorgeous film.
5. Any film directed by Wong Kar Wai.
One of my favorite directors. I love his stuff.....my favorite is probably Chungking Express, but I've seen Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love, Happy Days, and I think a couple more.
It's in my agenda to watch "2046," which came out a few years ago.
He's considered part of the "Second wave" of Hong Kong cinema.
i just checked, and last year at this time, i did some pastel color studies of "In the Mood for Love" that i uploaded on my blog, haha.
this is one of them ^^
i like his films because it doesn't feel forced into the traditional western style narrative. a lot of hollywood films feel too heavyhanded
but his films are about the emotional experience
i'm going to avoid falling back on the three-piece narrative structure because it's stifling and limiting, and does more harm than good when i feel stuck
and there's no reason why it's any better than other kinds of description....description of an experience
sometimes it's much worse!
it's just that not everyone can recognize something different as more appropriate when they haven't experienced these different things.
ana lecture, wrap!