Friday, July 27, 2007
More Love: In keeping with the Tree Feature theme, reader Rich thought I might appreciate the recent movie, The Fountain. He was quite correct, I really enjoyed it, and the rather beautiful tree (seen above) that played an important metaphorical role in it. Watching the special features on the disk, glimpsing how the filmmakers constructed their star tree inspired me to forge on with my own little creation with renewed courage.
(More on the film pulled from comments: I thought they did a superb job of crafting something hugely difficult, the delicacy of an eternal, spiritual reality. I loved how they wove multidimensional existence into one narrative--not an easy feat! I thought all involved managed to pull off beautifully rendered visual poetry. Applause, applause from me.
Paul looked up the Amazon reviews and while some seemed to enjoy it and get the filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel's intent, many were so frustrated by it. One review disparagingly called it "Art over Entertainment" which I wholeheartedly agreed with as an assessment. Except in my case, that statement makes the film an utter triumph.
I was nearly going to add this [DID] to the Tree Love post because it was so key. I am definitely going for "art over entertainment" with Halfland, without question, firmly believing that there will be some like me that will be meaningfully entertained by seeing the art.")
Reader Ben saw this early photograph (The dryad, c.1910, photograph: John Cimon Warburg/The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum in CORRECTION: West Yorkshire, England)) the other day. He thought it evoked a magical quality to which both our projects aspire.
Ben also sent me this great shot of a bike, long left in the crook of a tree, slowly became part of the tree as it grew. This is the kind of feel I have in mind for the things that have grown into the kitchen in Halfland's Answer Tree. Love it. Thanks, Ben.
Today's (7/27/07) episode of Rocket Boom has a sweet little film that demonstrates to me the very best in humanity and our shared affection for trees. It made me teary, damn hormones.