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Inspiring September

Hey everybody! Even through September has already gone and it is 6th October on the calendar I don’t want to forget about the month which didn’t only inspire me in lots of ways but also gave me a huge amount of energy and motivation for the next year. And I find it obligatory to share about all these things with you guys because you might find out something new or something united between me and you.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

If to talk about the september movie which have taken a special place in my hearth it of course will be a IT - the Stephen King’s book screen adaptation and also a film remake. It came out on September 5th and every fan of horror movies was hurrying to the cinema. Even I - the person who is afraid of every horror movie ever - loved it. A saturated plot, incredible costumes and decorations, a dynamic picture, deep sounds as well as an absolutely stunning work of the cast, the film director, the scriptwriters and all other people who took part in making this masterpiece. You can read more about IT and my opinion about this film here.

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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.