Friday, April 17, 2015

The Five Senses Blog-a-Thon

Nostra of My Film Views has created a new blog-a-thon which derives from a very simple concept which revolves around the ideas of the five senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. All of which based on films or anything related to film.


Terrence Malick is the master of sumptuous visuals as he does more than just make his films beautiful. His work with Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki is among the reasons why The Tree of Life is one of his best films. Just in terms of the naturalistic images they create as it looks like an idyllic vision of Heaven on Earth. Every attention to detail in what Malick creates for the film that is set in Texas feels like a world that can never be duplicated. It’s really a peak on terms of what Malick can convey visually as it’s cinema at the highest order.


Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Conversation is one of the finest films ever made as it’s also a film where sound becomes a key component to the art of storytelling. The scene where Gene Hackman’s Harry Caul character tries to decipher a conversation he had recorded for a man becomes this moment that drives the story. Those words “he’d kill us if he had the chance” has Caul wondering if the man had hired him is going to kill this couple or is something else happening. This is where the concept sound design starts to emerge as it’s a must-see for the world of sound in film.


One of the finest films I saw in 2014 that my parents heard about as they would eventually see it in theaters and just fell in love with it. Chef is the kind of film that makes anyone want to be hungry as I found myself wanting to beignets and Cuban sandwiches. It’s the kind of film that just oozes with taste and it’s all about the food. When the film arrived in Texas in that section where meat has been cooked for hours. I just wanted to break into the screen and eat all of that. Sorry vegetarians and vegans.


I don’t care if watching a movie at home with perfect sound system and image is the future. There’s nothing like going to the cinema. Whether it’s a multiplex or an art-house cinema, there is something about that is distinctive in its smell. Not just the smell of popcorns or whatever they’re serving but it’s something more. It indescribable and certainly one of the reasons why I love going to the cinema.


The films of Wong Kar-Wai are among some of the most romantic films ever made as one of his themes revolve around love and the longing for someone. Many of his films revolve around that as it plays into the ideas of love and how things can be very complicated. Yet, those films have a beauty in their presentation with the characters to care about. Even if they’re flawed as it’s a reason into why he’s one of my favorite filmmakers.

© thevoid99 2015


Dell said...

So true of smell. I just love the smell of a theater. It's one thing that just can't be duplicated at home. Sidenote: I really need to see The Conversation.

Brittani Burnham said...

Love what you did with smell. You're right, there's nothing like the theater. I'd go there several times a week if I could. (dang kid lol)

I love that you picked Chef too. The popcorn I was eating while watching that felt so inadequate.

thevoid99 said...

@Wendell-See it now.

@Brittani-I don't eat food in the theaters as I'm always tight on money. Watching that film did make me hungry.

Nostra said...

Love your picks and think that The Conversation is an excellent choice for sound....could have also picked that movie with John Travolta about the guy who records sounds and witnesses an accident...immediately had to think about that when seeing your pick.

Thanks for joining!

thevoid99 said...

@Nostra-The film is Blow Out as that, The Conversation, and Enemy of the State are essentially variations of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up.