which is of course stunning cinematography

lysergicbitch  asked:

Curious because I just saw your post about the TLD. Hear me out, but couldn't one argue that the creators were simply taking a new approach to Sherlock (i.e. the more postmodern season 4 vs the other more linear mystery narratives of 1-3), and that the harsh reaction to this newest season is simply because the fans are incapable of adapting to new cinematographic styles? That's ironic. Because wouldn't you say that above all the POINT of Sherlock is its modernization and shit im outta space

Tbh no one in the fandom is arguing about the cinematographic style. Unless it comes to TFP. Which is a weird example of cinematography and editing in an otherwise flawless show. As I said, TLD had the most stunning visuals. Talking about the modernization..Umm the show was modern from start. Nothing changed there. The whole point of the show was of course modernization and it remained the same. Upgraded as it should be according to passing years. The problem isn’t there. Ask anyone. They will say the same.

The problem totally lies with the narrative and storytelling. Which pretty much changed from s3. And jumped a ten foot building in s4. It is not about the liner narrative. It’s about a confusing narrative.We ignored the change in s3 because most of us expected something else from s4 and thought s3 was just a warm-up. But what did we see in s4?  Putting the canon narrator i.e John Watson in the sideline for most of an episode. The iconic duo that was the beating heart of all of the adaptations, making the relationship between them bad. A character, which had every potential to be a badass villain, getting redeemed. Asking questions, raising issues. And then brushing them aside like they are nothing. Fans are not incapable. Fans are just tired of not getting answers.What happened is the writers forgot about storytelling 101. 

It was still a Sherlock Holmes adaptation upto s2. Then became a loosely based on ACD’S Sherlock Holmes show in s3. S4 was a show using canon characters and names bearing no resemblance to the original work. You can say it’s a still a detective story, a thriller,a mystery, even a superhero show ( talking about Eurus here). But it’s not Sherlock. Actors tried their best. But it’s not their story and their effort is limited.

As always, personal opinion.

Another act that never seems to fail at melting me into a puddle of bittersweet, sigh inducing feels is, of course, British duo Aquilo. The duo has a new EP coming soon, and they’ve revealed a stunning ambient electronic song off the record. With Calling Me also comes a riveting music video boasting passionate choreography and exquisite cinematography. It’s a fine match for the song’s subtly intense atmospheric pop, brimming with raw, aching emotion. Calling Me is the title track off their third EP, which will be out May 29th on B3SCI / Island Records.

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The Whale God (Kujira Gami), Tokuzô Tanaka, 1962.

This film - which I’d been wanting to see for a while, and I’m glad I held out for a subtitled copy of - is less a story about a man hunting a giant whale, and more an exploration of the psychological effects the ever-lingering threat of said whale has on a small fishing community. The town slowly loses all sense of reason and order over its infatuation with and intense fear of the whale.

Tonally, I was reminded very much of The Seventh Seal - notably, the inescapable, permeating sense of impending doom, and the terrifying futility of trying to run from it. The same can be said for the absolutely stunning black-and-white cinematography, some examples of which I’ve selected above. Director Tanaka would go on to helm several Zatoichi films for Daiei.

There’s plenty to attract kaiju fans here - several familiar faces, including three stars of Gamera vs. Barugon (Kojiro Hongo, Kyoko Enami, and Koji Fujiyama), a score by Akira Ifukube (with several familiar motifs), the presence of Takashi Shimura, and of course the kujira gami itself, brought to life with both traditional tokusatsu miniature effects, and a full-scale puppet.

If you get a chance to see The Whale God, take it. I’m certain I’m going to be thinking about it for a while to come.