Dancer in the Dark [film recommendation]

A rare film by Bjork, the danish singer who is known for her innovative futuristic music. The film is a Danish musical drama film released in 2000. It was directed by Lars von Trier. Actually, it is not a musical entirely but there are these little musical numbers in the middle that reflect the innocence of Bjork’s character in the amid an emotionally brutal scene.

Dancer in the Dark premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Palme d’Or, along with the Best Actress award for Björk. The song “I’ve Seen It All” was nominated for an Oscar for best song, at the performance of which Björk wore her famous swan dress”. wiki

Emotionally charged film with a heartbreaking story. It’s a must see if you are looking for a strong female performance that shatters every Hollywood actress out there from a singer who never acted and vowed to never act again after this film due to the emotional scars it left her.

The final moment of the film is one of the most jaw-droppingly amazing endings one will ever see on film.

rated 7.9/10 on  IMDB

Earth in all of it’s mightiness, by Tom Lowe [timescape]

Tom Lowe has been restlessly working onTimescapes for more than two years now. You probably already saw the first trailer of this breathtaking ultra-HD silent film. This is the newest material. A must watch.

Vincent Laforet—the king of DLSR video—says that Lowe is the master of the skies and stars. He is. And not only because he was named Astronomy Photographer of the Year in 2010. It’s just that Lowe is producing some of the most exquisite footage I’ve ever seen this side of The Tree of Life (no wonder he is pals with Terrence Malick).

According to Laforet, Lowe is “shooting with Kessler motion control cranes and dollies, lenses from Canon, Leica, RED, Duclos and Arri Master Primes, with RED’s Epic camera, the Canon 5D MKII and the PL-modified Canon 1D MKIV by Denz as well.” He thinks Lowe is making the “most gorgeous footage I’ve ever seen shot on this continent in the last decade.”

I agree without reservations. [Timescapes via Vincent Laforet] via gizmodo.com

Darren Aronofsky’s Meth Project [mesmerizing]

Director of Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain and of course the emotional brutal film Requiem for a Dream directs four small four PSAs for their anti-meth campaign. I picked the most powerful two that really capture emotional annihilation.

Deep End from Organic Inc. on Vimeo.

ER from Organic Inc. on Vimeo.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

This is a film I’ll be waiting for. It is descriped as a ”world shattering film” adapted from a 2003  novel written by  Lionel Shriver. Tilda Swinton [on my left] will star in the film, and we all know when Swinton is in a film, she becomes the film with her mesmerizing performance.

The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and went on general release in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2011

ThinkUp – The pulling core

Think What

So, to be put plain and simple, ThinkUp is a force field that is pulling all the extraordinary creative minds out there into one single core of collaboration. We came across this zealous project while cruising our stale Twitter timeline. It was announced by the one and only Saleh Al Braik or as he’s known among his followers by @FearlessinDubai, or as I know him as the ”kid who tweets happy things”.

Saleh Al Braik

Saleh came up with the initiative and announced the construction of ThinkUp.ae shortly, but the action started earlier. I’ve got to tell you, this kid is smart and got some authentic marketing flair. Utilizing his relatively massive followers’ base, the initiative spread like cholera (or something more pleasant, you catch my drift). Big names clutched the heavy shovels  of originality and started showcasing their muscles in whatever creative field they were born in, and they were simply declared kings and queens of the young novelty scene in the UAE and the GCC. Or as I like to call them, my fellow lunatics who are needed back in the asylum

Who’s in it

Now kids, let’s jump to the big names we came across while drying our eyes from the tears of joy. One of my all times favorite local directors, Abdulla Al Kaabi, Khaled Al Maskari who wrote one of the simplest and most effective books in Business writing that I liked, Leila Al Marashi who has this hilarious art-show where she basically sticks traditional things on well-known art figures and celebrities, the legendary Nayla Al Khaja, and many others (don’t be slothful, hit Thinkup.ae for the entire list and interviews).

The whole human thing

The initiative is not just about big names and talented people, no sir. It’s about big ideas and aid. Yes you read that right. One of the big pluses for this baby-initiative is it’s humanitarian dimension. That’s how we like things cooked ladies and gentlemen, sizzling artistically with a hint of humanity. From the environment to Somalia to breast cancer, ThinkUp is doing the whole nine yards.

Is it going on the right path

With the energy of Saleh Al Braik and the everlasting hunger of creative minds to showcase their artwork and contribute to the society, ThinkUp is going big and wide. It’s already showing the classic symptoms of inflammation and in no time it will be featured in important news outlets and blogs (mush like my extremely super important blog right here).

What we are hoping for is that the initiative is working on a team-bases scenario and is not a one man show. It needs effort and some serious maintenance to keep the fire going. Big creative names are hard to find specially if we take in consideration that some of the big talents out there aren’t big fans of showcasing their art-work online. And oh Lord, some artists, filmmakers, writers are really protective when it comes to featuring their artwork and it’s hard like hell to hunt them down and write about them.

What do we wish them

All the luck, and an endless lasting fire of inspiration and enthusiasm. We are proud of all of those working on this lovely innovative initiative (cue the violins, and pass the tissues please). Saleh if you are reading this, I want to personally thank you for this delicious cake of creativity. Keep it up kids.

I want more

here’s Saleh’s twitter account and click here to jump to ThinkUp.ae for more action and information or to make your life easier [ you lazy muffin] jump to Thinkup’s about page and youtube channel