“No one can say what the creative process is.” —Michael Jackson Spike Lee, another Spike Lee Joint does it again with his Thanksgiving Day premier of BAD 25 on ABC. 8:30 p.m. on the dot. My family (that I met for first time on my Mother’s Father’s side) gathered around the big screen, ready to sing and groove to this insight of Michael Jackson’s hit record BAD. Like most of my reviews, it’s going to be brief, semi-throrough, and an interesting read because I believe it is something you need to see for yourself. I really enjoyed this, and it is so interesting to see behind-the-scenes, the making of pure art, in many mediums: music, video/film, and collaboration of various creators. This hour and a half run begins with telling us that Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the most successful album to-date! With many awards won, Michael Jackson was determined to make his next album a bigger success than that. This is where we cut to the making of the intense, statement saturated BAD album. Here we see the collaboration of (all young) Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Martin Scorsese, Wesley Snipes, and choreographer Jeffrey Daniels all contributing to this albums’ biggest hit BAD’s major success—not only a success, but an iconic movement. Martin Scorsese (an NYU alum) brilliantly crafted a story and shot the BAD video. This collaboration of geniuses is beautifully captured with the footage Spike Lee shows us. It is grainy and grimey, yet truly captivating to see the hard work and dedication put forth to make this one video/short film.
Mariell Amelie is a brilliant photographer from London, who has been doing her own self-portraits since 2006. She captures the embrace of self within the camera, and the brilliance of art within a photo, without seeming entirely staged. Here are some samples of her work. For more, visit MARIELL AMELIE PHOTOGRAPHY.
I went to watch TED in theaters yesterday, and it was a fun and new classic cult piece artwork. I recommend everyone watch it (17+). The previews were playing and showcased Joseph Gordon Levitt’s new movie Premium Rush. While watching it, it looks suspenseful and an ultimate rush. However, it begin to look and sound a lot like the script I have been pouring my blood into, except my USB drive with access code, is their mystery package, and instead of traveling by foot (my script), they are traveling by bike, as bicycle messengers. I was taken back, and I told my boyfriend, “This is so my script! DAMMIT!” So in a nutshell, I am going back to the drawing board and beginning an entirely new story. I guess great minds do think alike.
This morning I woke up and couldn’t necessarily get out of bed, so hence, queue NETFLIX! I was going to start watching Luther starring Idris Elba, but I decided that it is more than necessary to watch more movies/films (whatever you want to call it, I prefer films, especially when they’re good). So I queued Submarine, written and directed by Richard Ayoade. This story of the life of Oliver Tate is so captivating and innovative, with a great play on the English vocabulary and true relatable life situations (affairs and sickness within the family). I am not too familiar with Richard Ayoade, but I know he is an actor in Ben Stiller’s upcoming Neighborhood Watch, and I truly plan on staying up to date with his projects, both past and future. This was such an inspiration to see true art and story come to life on-screen. I recommend this to those who enjoy movies like Juno, Lost in Translation, I Died With a Falafel In My Hand, and TV Shows like Book Group and Party Animals.
So now that my day has started, it is in my cards to start writing. I am also looking for a great novel to read because my personal platform includes the necessity for literacy. Hope you’re all having a great day, and keep independent film alive.
P.S. Next movie on the agenda… Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture
“Under the Train in Chicago” 2012 (original photo by me)