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Monday, June 19th, 2006
11:19 pm
[city_sleeps]
anyone still around?
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
7:47 pm
[balakika]
Hello again!
I'm planning to revamp this piece of mine... I need some criticism to improve my work =}

Title: The soul who sin will die.

Description:

The woman represents temptation...she beckons you to succumb and promises fulfillment of desire and pleasure and yet in the end...Death is the consequence of Sin. Inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost.







Current Mood: calm
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
12:40 am
[rocket_hamster]
For your critiquing enjoyment
This is from a couple of months ago, but it's new to you.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005
3:23 am
[balakika]
Greetings!
I have just joined this community. (Please forgive my English) I'm hoping to improve my skills in Visual-Art, and I do believe I had come to the right place =}, I'm willing to accept Harsh constructive criticism.

I am a Filipino (from Philippines) and my medium is Ink and Watercolor.

here is a sample of my work

PhilippinesCollapse )

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
10:59 pm
[earthensky]
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7:07 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The problem with remakes- any remake- is that one can't help but constantly compare the current to the original, if one has seen it (and of course, in this case, if you haven't seen the original, FOR SHAME!). Thus, it is difficult to say where or not Tim Burton's take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would stand better on it's own, but I would take a stab in the dark and say that the movie would seem a lot better had the better (ie, original) version had never existed.

Not to say that I hated it. The truth is that more or less every scene could be easily disected from the rest, varying from excellent, to adequate to downwright dissappointing. There seemed to be a constant lack of flow in the movie. Perhaps the constant use of CGI allows the segregation of the way each scene is shot to be more noticable. Or perhaps its just that certain scenes in the movie seem oddly out of place and unneccesary. In order to not get into any "spoilers" I'm simply going to list the pros and cons of the film, without being too specific.

Cut for length and possible unintended spoilersCollapse )

I really did enjoy this movie for what it was, but I feel as though I would like it less everytime I would (and probably will) rewatch it. It has it's great moments, but I'm not sure if it has much to do with good writing. I would give this 3 stars out of 5 and probably just give two of them right to Johnny Depp, without whom, this movie may have been completely intolerable.

x-posted in my journal
Monday, July 4th, 2005
10:22 pm
[rocket_hamster]
I can't be the only one
...Is there anyone else here that HATES fireworks?!

Current Mood: I hate fireworks
Sunday, June 12th, 2005
12:47 am
[rocket_hamster]
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
I was fairly excited about seeing this movie- which I have not been in a while. For anyone who is unaware, it stars now-coupled Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as married assassins, who are both unaware that the other parnter is also a hitter (from enemy agencies). Long-story-short, a botched job makes each of them a liability to each other (leave no witnesses) and they both learn that they have to take the other out.

This film has a rather convincing and endearing development of the two leads- they show how they got together what their lives are like living in secret. Unfortunately, the supporting characters get no real development, you only know that they exist.

It's a lot more clever than most action films tend to be (not "Unleashed" kind of clever, but definatly a satisfying amount). It has some great one-liners, a lot of mischeifly sexy fight scenes that are exciting and well choreagraphed. Think of it- two of the hottest people on the planet fist fighting!- SEXY! There is one pretty arousing sex scene but it is disappointing short (Presumably to keep it PG-13). There's a lot of great action scenes wherein a lot of people die and a lot of stuff gets "blow'd up"- though some are a little too over-the-top and campy. And also a lot of touching moments of affection and realization. Brad Pitt is loveable as the slightly goofy, ultra cool guy who exposes his soft little under belly as to be the object of empathy. Angelia Jolie starts off seemingly as a together yet demure type house wife, but quickly asserts herself as a dominant and powerful force- and becomes even sexier so.

Vince Vaughn hams it up as the comic relief. It's hard to say if the movie would be better off with more or less of his neurotic ranting, but either way, it falls a little flat- though he is good for a chuckle.

I really did enojy this movie. By the end it is wrapped up in too neat a package for my taste, but it is a fun film to watch with a group of friends on a Friday night. It's cute, it's clever, it's campy, and an interesting concept.
Monday, June 6th, 2005
2:33 pm
[magnoliaclaw]
Signed work by Susan Sontag, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more
In March 2003, Political Action Committee, Downtown for Democracy brought together fourteen of the nation's most respected writers in a marathon reading. More than 2000 people flocked to Cooper Union's historic Great Hall for a celebratory night of literature and politics. Now that evening has been immortalized in "Sometimes Small Statements Make a Big Difference," a collector's portfolio of the pieces read that evening.

The portfolio features original fiction by Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Gary Indiana, Jhumpa Lahiri, Susan Sontag, and Colson Whitehead, as well an introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer (the evening's curator), a poem by Joyce Carol Oates, and a scene from a new play by Wendy Wasserstein. Sometimes Small Statements Make a Big Difference comes in an unbound boxed edition. Each of the twelve pieces is hand-signed by its author, printed on heavy-stock, archival, 16” by 12” paper, and suitable for framing. This piece is part of a limited collectors edition.

D4D is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of democratic values and youth voter participation. Because those who founded the group and those who run it today are artists, we use cultural events and sell creative contributions to fund our objectives. for more info on downtown for democracy go to www.downtownfordemocracy.org

to obtain a copy of signed work by sontag, auster, franzen, et cetera email maureen@downtownfordemocracy.org
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
11:35 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Cigarette Ads Versus Alcohol Ads
I never understood why you can no longer advertize cigarettes on TV, but you can show beer ads up the ass. Alcohol commercials are just as manipulative and are pushing something just as addictive and potentially dangerous. Actually, maybe more dangerous- as second hand smoke is not really proven to be harmful, and drunk driving is one of the top killers in the country. Not to mention the abuse that alcoholics tend to inflict on people close to them. Domestic abuse, child abuse, date rape...and don't forget random bar fights. Alcohol also cause various types of cancer too. And liver scioris. I think tobacco has a longer list of diseases, but they're usually inflicted on the user, whereas pain caused by alcohol abuse is usually pushed outward.

Any thoughts?

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
2:52 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Trying to keep the collective head above water
Some new pieces in my doll series:

These are more in the still life category:

Doll in Red Dress and Bonnet

Doll in Skirt with Earrings


These are of a narrative series, and they will probably be redone in oils. The original size of each is something like 44 x44:

The Inspection (The ground is really messed up, I know. But it was my first time using watercolor on such a large scale. )

Poor Doggy

A Lesson in Being Normal

Feel free to leave comment and criticsms. Goodness knows I just can't get enough!

Current Mood: awake
Monday, May 2nd, 2005
9:47 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Robitz
I just posted this in my journal. I feel like it can be of some use here:



They had a screening of Robots today at school, followed by a talk by the director, who apparently is Purchase alumni (I go to school at SUNY Purchase). Which is why we could never get someone better...like say, anyone from Pixar.

It was almost not worth missing class over.

Ok- on a primarily visual basis, it was MUCH better than Ice Age. But the visually "oooo" factor only goes so far when the story line is stale and trite, the characters are barely developed, half of it doesn't make sense, and the jokes are all cheap (Can anyone say The Matrix: Reloaded?- except for the part about the jokes. I don't even think Reloaded had any).

I'd go as far as to say Shrek 2 was better. (oh, that's gotta hoit)


I'd point out all the plot faults in the movie, but I doubt most of you will ever see it, so they're no point. Actually, seeing this movie has almost no point. And it's an animated movie with Robin Williams in a supporting role...that says something.

In fact, almost everyone in the cast is famous. BUT HAVING FAMOUS PEOPLE DO VOICES DOES MAKE IT A GOOD MOVIE. Especially not when one of your main celebrities is Amanda Bynes. And another, Halle Berry.

...

You've even got credible celebrities doing bit parts (i.e.: James Earl Jones - Voice Box at Hardware Store). Also...non credible celebrities (i.e.: Terry Bradshaw - Broken Arm Bot).

A lot of people blow stuff like this off as "just a kids' movie". But I hold equally high standards for children's movies to which I hold for adult movies. Nah, HIGHER. Children can respond to higher class wit. I mean sure, you throw in a fart joke here and there- but don't assume that because it's for kids it has to be stupid. It just hurts thier feelings. Plus, I likes me some good cartoons. Keyword- GOOD.

I walked about during the Q&A. Partially because it was just people kissing his ass and also because I couldn't think of a way to pose my dissappointment in the form of a clever question. Something like "Do you feel that making it 'look cool' distracted you from making a good movie?" Or, "At what point do you feel you lost sight of making a film and started playing catch-up with bigger animation studios?" Or, "Do you feel the bland predictability of the script detracted from the movie 'looking cool'?" I know the last one is just a rewording of the first, but it gave me a chuckle.

So, in conclusion, I recommend that no one see the movie "Robots" or any movie with a title featuring the word "Robot" especially ones starring Will Smith.

/end bitter rant.

P.S.- Am I the only one who DOESN'T pee my pants at the ole' "boy wearing girl's clothing" joke?

X-posted in my journal

Current Mood: disappointed
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
2:39 pm
[yumanite]
A piece for critique
OK, here's a recent painting of mine entitled Pulling the Heartstrings of La Virgen. I'd be interested in what constructive criticism you guys could give me.

By the way, I won't comment in this thread except to answer questions, because it kind of annoys me when people address critiques. I already know what I think of this piece -- I'm interested in hearing from you! Also, it's silly to debate someone else's impressions. It's not like you'd be able to stand over the shoulder of every person viewing your art and explain to them what this/that/etc. really mean -- it should speak for itself. That being said, I wish to thank you in advance for your comments, and I will answer questions if necessary. Gracias!

Pulling the Heartstrings of La Virgen

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
6:12 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Art! Art will bring us back from the dead!
So, I was looking around at different art community and realizing that EVERYONE is such an freaking sissy when it comes to giving decent critique. And I was all "damn, why isn't there one decent community wherein people critique stuff?" Then I says to myself I says "Duh, what about your community, that is based around critiquing stuff?!"

So how 'bout it kinder? I put up my 3 most recent works and you tell me what you think and we'll call it intellect? Ok? Ok.

Sisters

The Family

Doll on Her Side

We ain't dead yet.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, July 12th, 2004
9:29 pm
[carper]
i-Snobs
the blinding white cords flowing out of my sublimely waxed ears say it all: i'm in no mood for talking, and my income bracket makes cumbersome cd's so unnecessary, so second wave. with thousands of songs from my iPod at my polished fingertips, i can now walk through life effortlessly, angelically, shielded by the anodized aluminum of my futuristic listening device. i can strut with confidence and disinterest past those in my chosen path. i'm cut off from your dirty world by my ear buds and their enhanced sound and noise-suppression features. i'm a creature of advertising, a walking cliché with 25-minute skip protection and volkswagen dreams. shit, my profile even resembles the faceless, platonic form in the billboard.

why do people allow themselves to be bothered by snobs? apple fans have this air of superiority rivaled only by owners of SUV's. not only have they made apple the elitist brand to have but apple has learned to exploit this niche of market snobbery and use it to the fullest. gone are the days where apple hobbyists were at the back-end of tech wizardry while then ibm got the chokehold of the business industry.

apple gadgets and yuppies, they go hand in hand like a-crowd a-list species.

frankly, there's not much difference when the sony walkman was introduced 25 years ago. it's just another listening device, only you are not limited to one cd at a time and you don't have to change disks every so often. on the down side, you are mugger magnet.

how far and how much are you willing to share? and now, hot from bucharest is an
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<i>the blinding white cords flowing out of my sublimely waxed ears say it all: i'm in no mood for talking, and my income bracket makes cumbersome cd's so unnecessary, so second wave. with thousands of songs from my iPod at my polished fingertips, i can now walk through life effortlessly, angelically, shielded by the anodized aluminum of my futuristic listening device. i can strut with confidence and disinterest past those in my chosen path. i'm cut off from your dirty world by my ear buds and their enhanced sound and noise-suppression features. i'm a creature of advertising, a walking cliché with 25-minute skip protection and volkswagen dreams. shit, my profile even resembles the faceless, platonic form in the billboard.</i>

why do people allow themselves to be bothered by snobs? apple fans have this air of superiority rivaled only by owners of SUV's. not only have they made apple the elitist brand to have but apple has learned to exploit this niche of market snobbery and use it to the fullest. gone are the days where apple hobbyists were at the back-end of tech wizardry while then ibm got the chokehold of the business industry.

apple gadgets and yuppies, they go hand in hand like a-crowd a-list species.

frankly, there's not much difference when the sony walkman was introduced 25 years ago. it's just another listening device, only you are not limited to one cd at a time and you don't have to change disks every so often. on the down side, you are mugger magnet.

how far and how much are you willing to share? and now, hot from bucharest is an <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/10/wireless_ipod/print.html7" title="dare to share"&nbsp; target="_blank">iPod wireless fileswapping app</a> every leeching geek in eastern europe would like to get their hands on. ofcourse, they don't have the concept of the american brand of sharing yet...

<center><img src="http://cagle.slate.msn.com/news/MusicSwappers/MusicSwappingifs/varvel2453.gif" alt="share the riaa way"></center>
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
1:53 am
[carper]
i think i need a new icon. saddam's balls are getting tired. speaking of saddam, i wonder if the american-led coalition would release saddam after they hand iraq back to the newly-formed iraqi government? the geneva convention as i recall states that p.o.w.'s are to be released as soon as the 'war' is over.

well, dubya could always argue that the war on terror is still underway. it's obviously his kind of terror.

in response to eyean's post. as if they didn't know creed sucked, nickelback not only sold themselves out to macdonalds last week but sold the same tune to their fans -- twice.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
5:36 pm
[carper]
good mornin'. never too late, this one, eh?
Monday, May 24th, 2004
9:21 pm
[rocket_hamster]
Would it be too much of a stretch if I called Kill Bill a pro-choice movie?
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
12:42 pm
[absent_wanderer]
Troy: A True Cinematic Tragedy
Wolfgang Petersen you make me sick! Just because you are making a period piece taking place before the time of Christ does not mean, you have to borrow the same musical score, cinematography, CGI bodies to produce an army, and the lamest of battle scenes using actors that are recognizable from films such as Braveheart, Lord Of The Rings, and Gladiator.

Troy takes an objectively cinematic look at why wars should start. You know how Bush started a war for as Michael Moore said "fictitious reasons" not to mention absurd reasons? Troy gives us a look at the rationality of the Greeks for starting a war with the Trojans. It was because the wondrous Helen of Troy decided to be a skank and run off with the biggest pussy of their time Paris (did you need anymore hints just look at the name). The role of Paris was perhaps the best casting in terms of accuracy I have seen in a long time, very wimpy, and of course you have a harder time deciding whose prettier Helen of Troy or Orlando Bloom. Brad Pitt's portrayal of Achilles would have been believable had he not been written with modern day one-liners, and not walked off the set of Legends Of The Fall. How the hell are the Trojans supposed to be intimidated by a guy like that?

Historical accuracy in most Hollywood films is undeniably laughable in most cases. This was no exception. It was wonderful to see how the places in Troy and Greece were so lightly populated, but once the battles started everyone came out of hiding. Each army had about 50,000 men, where the fuck did they all come from?

They could of had some gory violence with all of these huge "warriors" or so they say. But the violence was pitiful and tame. A guy getting impaled with arrows, a sword slash that could be easily covered up with a household band-aid made this film all the lamer.

I sincerely suggest ladies and gents if you see this movie see it on passes like I did, for when you view the film, any one with any cinematic taste what so ever will be kicking themselves for paying to see it.
Thursday, May 13th, 2004
12:39 pm
[absent_wanderer]
For Guys It's About Sex, For Women It's About Attention
I really hope that I am not pegged as a chauvanist because my first rant deals with the dating scene. Those of you with partners are so fortunate, because whichever parts of the world you are in the scene, it is really bad here in Toronto.

So here's the deal. Back in September of 2003 I meet this girl. We go out on a really cool date, it was perhaps the best date of my life, it was pretty sweet. I have been in three long term relationships and this date blew the doors off any date I ever had. There was a slight downside to this though, six days later she had to leave for New York. She tells me this during the course of the date, says she doesn't want anything serious cause she's going away. Fine cool, whatever. It also seemed that she didn't even want a friendship because after that I didn't receive one e-mail or anything from her after she left. She was literally gone.

So time passes by, and I had been dating off and on again, seeing different people living my life and so on. I am an event organizer for an artists collective so every month I host an event. It was the month of March 2004. I am hosting one of these nights and out of the blue guess who shows up? Yeah so of course me carrying forward the momentum of the date that we had a few months ago reminded me of how attracted I was to her and all that, and we talked and we seemed to hit it off again. She agrees to get together for drinks with me, and this is where things kinda get weird.

She sets and cancels two different dates twice. She doesn't call for another month. She called last week to meet for drinks, I said fine. Here's where the weird part comes in. She called me two days before hand saying that if anything should happen, and our feelings should be reignited, that she wants me to know that she doesn't want anything serious. Okay....she sets parameters before the date happens (strange thing #1). So we meet for drinks and we seem to be hitting it off, were laughing and debating about stuff it seems to be going well. She's giving me the same suggestive looks she gave me before. I ask if she wants to go for a walk cause it was a nice night out, and she says that she has to do laundry.....laundry.

We get outside the bar and she turns to me and says "you know I came here expecting a little more and the entire time we were in the bar, you never asked me one question about me." Now this statement is true, with a mild regret I admit I didn't ask anything about her, but any information about me during the conversation was completely and utterly volunteered, she never asked shit about me either.

Now here's the statement that gets me more than anything: "I honestly came here tonight to see if you had genuine interest in me, and it appears you don't have quite enough interest in me."

HUH?

Ladies, can you answer me one question? What other guy do you know would go on a second date with a girl after she disappears for eight months? I didn't show enough interest? Is this chick totally gone?

This brings about my assessment that women want attention more than sex to complete and utter fruition. This chick wanted nothing more than an ego stroke, and her life is so completely boring that she danced around this for eight months. For guys, it's about sex, admittedly so, we will dance around shit as well to get laid and then disappear, I can attest to this. But gals is attention worth this much? Is it worth robbing dignity from someone? I agree I made a mistake last night, but it had nothing to do with asking questions about her or anything, it was showing up in the first place?

Current Mood: aggravated
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