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{MUSIC MINUTE} LANA DEL REY’s “LOVE”: Is there life on Mars???

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“It’s like she’s the only one that gets me”

                              {the internet}

 

We are proud to admit that we are absolutely obsessed with Lana Del Rey (along with the rest of the internet) – her melancholic croons and her unapologetic approach to bringing the {past} to the {present}, truly mirrors our own approach at The Eye of Faith to try and shape our {future}.

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So, of course, we have been buzzing over her latest video drop just the other day for her new single “LOVE”. How apropos…

In true Lana style, her team takes us on a sweeping visual journey from grainy 1960s black and white realness to a dreamy extraterrestrial getaway for a pack of beautiful wayward youth. It’s like a picture from a dream; and no artist can really capture that mysteriously nostalgic vibe of needing to “escape our everyday” – I mean, who doesn’t want to escape to another planet with their best friends?

Truly breathtaking moments that conjure up feels from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia“. From floating trucks and many moons, to the spot on psych rock styling – this video is truly one of her greatest, and is not to be missed.

Vintage inspired posters of Lana Del Rey have been spotted plastered across the streets of Los Angeles, and elsewhere in California, so expect a big resurgence of the 21st Century’s truly unique Pop Diva this coming year!

Knowing how you feel about the things we love, we truly thought you’d appreciate “LOVE” by Lana Del Rey. Marvel at how so many inspirations truly have come to play to make this video come to life. That is what is so great, and important about staying {style-wise} – creatively, it can allow you to create a much richer and deeper experience which is exactly why we began The Eye of Faith in the first place!

So do enjoy the video below, and leave your comments when you are done, and stay tuned for more to come!

My Soul.
I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air,
“Upon the star that marks the hidden pole;
Fix every wandering thought upon
That quarter where all thought is done:
Who can distinguish darkness from the soul

-William Butler Yeats, excerpt from “A Dialogue of Self and Soul”

 

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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A Peak at Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” . . .

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some people make films to provide answers, but the way I make films is posing questions . . .

-Wong Kar Wai {VICE}

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Costumes to die for. Cinematography to boot. These are some of things I’ve been hearing about Wong Kar Wai’s latest film, “The Grandmaster” which is supposed to be some sort of epic tale of the man who trained THE Bruce Lee – Ip Man.

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Granted, Bruce Lee is BOSS, but so was his mentor! 

The film also star’s two of cinema’s most beautiful faces; that being of the unequivocal Zhang Ziyi, and the uber underrated Kar Wai leading man Tony Leung Chiu Wai as the Grandmaster, himself.

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Check out Tony Leung’s bad-ass style choices! So chic, so casual, so COOL! Wool blazer, love the socks, and blue shoe-laces are a nice touch. He finishes it off nicely with the scarf. You’ll never see a star in Hollywood looking that smart. Zhang Ziyi – DYNAMITE. Love the holographic nature of this print – it’s so bold, and some might say too much, but paired with her timeless grace, she pulls off this dress with an effortless flare and edge that only Zhang Ziyi could inspire. 

Indeed, there’s been many who say the Weinstein’s hacked a good chunk off the piece, so I might wait to get my hands on a legit Hong Kong copy. So, until then, there are plenty of vids on the net to help entertain my fancy. Thought it would be nice to share them with you, too.

Let’s start with this wicked convo with Wong Kar Wai from VICE:

Now lets see Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung FIGHT!

(it’s always best to a little opera, don’t you think?

Congrats to Philippe le Sourd on his recent nomination for achievement in cinematography at this year’s American Society of Cinematographers Awards! Would love to see him make it to this year’s Academy Awards, as well, so fingers crossed in the meantime.

Just a bit of a taste. Did you catch how the VICE interviewer brilliantly brought up style in context to his films. It’s definitely a great feature, and one we’ve brought up many a time, most recently in a {MUSIC-MINUTE} a few weeks ago.

Movies will always be one of our major sources of inspiration, so don’t think we’ll ever stop watching!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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{MONDAY} MUSIC MINUTE: “Once There Was a Hushpuppy” from Beasts of the Southern Wild

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When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub.

-Excerpt  from “Beasts of the Southern Wild

For anyone who has seen the film, starring the young, gifted, and beautiful Quvenzhané  Wallis, you must have figured out by now that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is probably one of the best films to come out in the last decade, and will undoubtedly find a place in the timeless classics we will refer back on in the future.

It has a lot of deep, and often dark, melancholic undertones throughout, but somehow through the tireless imagination of young Hushpuppy (the revelation that is Ms. Wallis – who was only six during filming), and the unnerved determination of the residents of The Bathtub, an almost magic land cut off the from society by a flood wall in southern Louisiana; the message received by the end of the film was that of hope, community, and the ultimate joy of living.

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The film’s prose weaves together very real issues with mythical, allegorical, and almost fantasy-like elements in a way not achieved since the whimsical narration of Linda Manz in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven”. Indeed, there is a Malickian sensibility throughout the film- the camera pans effortlessly through the scenery, focusing in on the subtleties and beauties in nature, light, and human expression. There is also some Fellini-like sensibilities, with many quirky characters, and the ability to bring the most mundane and normal daily events into the most seemingly magical ones.

The film is nominated for 4 Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, and Best Actress for Quvenzhané, who has become the youngest nominee ever for the category. However, with Awards season comes the snubs, and one of the biggest at this year’s Academy Award ceremony is most definitely the fascinating score for “Beasts of the Southern Wild“.

Co-written by Dan Romer and director Benh Zeitlin, the film’s music is as much a character to the film, as the beautiful words, and almost other-worldly imagery. So in spirit of raising awareness for this film, and awesome, inspiring music , we thought of featuring the main theme, “There Once Was A Hushpuppy” by director Benh Zeitlin as this MUSIC MINUTE.

Hope you enjoy, and definitely see the film! To learn more about the film click here.


When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right.

Excerpt from “Beasts  of the Southern Wild

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Ft. Frank Ocean “No Church in the Wild”

You will definitely not regret checking out this video. It’s bold, brash, and most certainly bad-ASS. Hell, we’re not even sure if there’s ever been a more visually sumptuous way of depicting hardcore protest or rebellion. An extremely artful take on the fiery emotions bellying deep in the core of humanity from Jay Z, Kanye West, and featuring Frank Ocean. Too long has it gone on? You know what I mean…

The film was directed by famed director Romain Gavras, who helmed M.I.A.’s latest extravagantly rebel-chic vid “Bad Girls”. Gavras brings all his rebel flare and more with this vid featuring some impressive organized madness and chaos. Laser beams, fireworks, smoke, statues,and scarves – what more could you need ?

There is a moment where they show an ELEPHANT in the crowd. If you are wondering why it has appeared, perhaps we should remember that all over the world change has erupted. Regimes have fought and fallen. New lives are beginning. More often than not, these drastic changes are little addressed. So perhaps the mystery of the elephant, is just that – the elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to talk about.

This is a perfect combination of passion, art, beauty, and above-all knowledge of the highest degree. Shaky, and unstable like a uranium bomb, but perhaps that is the wicked truth of the human soul. It takes very little to ignite.

“Necessitatem Ferre, Non Flere Addecet”


[It is better to endure what is necessary, not to bewail it.]

Until Next Time,

{THE EYE}

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Commercial Break: The Naked Prey (1966)


On the heels of The Hunger Games, comes a game of true survival.  Thanks to Gregoryno6  for the tip about this movie, we want to share ‘The Naked Prey’ from 1966.  Starring Cornel Wilde as the naked prey himself.  With innovative cinematography and full of racial stereotypes of the era, we’re really into this one!

A story of a group of men who take an African safari and one of the men offend the local tribesmen by not giving them a gift upon their arrival.  One by one, the men are killed by the African tribe, each murder more gruesome than the last, until there is only one left.  Alone, the lone hero must take The Lion’s Chance, nude, and try to save his own hide.

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Music Minute: Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug”

This one can’t be beat. Always thought Fosse was a genius, but this one cements it. It’s fun, it’s freaky, it’s twisted, it’s uncomfortable, it’s strange – it’s positively goofy; but every second of it is pure vintage magic!

Superstars Beyonce and Lady Gaga have learned and taken a lot from the legendary choreographer/director extraordinaire, but unfortunately for them, the original just can’t be beat!

Bob Fosse was a true dare-devil in every sense of the word. Just check out those dance moves – looks simple, then just try to hold it, and I dare you DANCE the number. His dancers are immensely talented, especially Ben Vereen who manages to steal the show (three years before his Tony win for Fosse’s “Pippin”).

Go to it for the costumes, the music, the dancing, the sexy men and women – just make sure to stay all the way up to the “Big Finish” !!!

Little did critics pay attention to the innovative camerawork that Fosse had meticulously obsessed over. However, almost fifty years later the shots explode. The scene ignites! If anyone could do it like this today, they’d be set for life!


If you enjoy dancing, and I know you all do, you’ll be trying to get this one done. This is one song we wouldn’t mind being stuck in a dance-mob full of people with.

Enjoy!

– The Eye x

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Fancy and Folly: Giving Me The Silent Treatment

When I first saw the trailers for “The Artist“, shortly after it’s premier at the Cannes Film Festival that would lead to Jean Dujardin’s Best Actor win at the prestigious art festival, I was not impressed. Silly folly, I thought. Reductive (Thanks, Madonna). Wasted Inspiration. How could this “NEW” silent film set in th 20s really make a splash? There was no way, in my mind, that the audiences of 2011 would really appreciate the novelty…but surprisingly, they did!

Don’t know what it is about this one (as I’m still stubbornly NOT seeing it) that really taps a chord with everyone these days, but one thing is certain we have a hit on our hands! Picking up seven wins at the British Academy Awards last night, the film is continuing it’s unbeatable winning streak all the way to the Oscars.

Granted, the recreation of the 1920s looks great (especially costumes by first-time Academy Award nominee Mark Bridges, who painstakingly recreated designs from the 20s), not to mention Du Jardin’s charisma and winning smile, but there seems to be something so defeatist about watching a silent film made in 2012.

Why do I need to see this? I have seen many silent films, some of which are the most impressive pieces of film making, or dare I say ART, I’ve ever seen: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “Birth of a Nation”(1915) , “Intolerance”(1916), “The Gold Rush”(1925), “Metropolis”(1927), “Voyage to the Moon” (1902), and “Pandora’s Box” (1929) are all some of the most important films ever made, as well as full of some of the most visually arresting images of all time.

 

All these films were made before sound became an unstoppable force in making movies. Before this time, the power of image and word, and the novelty of the moving image was enough to begin a revolution that would become Hollywood. And don’t think that because these films were made without sound that they are PG fair, because most silent classics are full of adultery, scandal, ghosts, vampires, drugs, sex, violence, and witches- all the things we love at The Eye of Faith, minus the rock n’ roll!

Watching the films of that time are magical in itself, as it’s probablly the closest any of us could ever get to time travel in our lifetime. It’s fascinating getting lost in Louise Miller’s beautiful bow lips, or catching Valentino’s devilish gaze- these celluloid dreams are the closest thing we have to these faded idols of yesteryear and their long lonst lost time. Having been made on film, we are getting a literal imprint of a moment in time playing out before our eyes. Absolute magic!

Back in those days, they didn’t have any of the technology we have today to make movies- all you had was a team full of people and a whole lot of passion to try to tell your story. Even “The Artist” couldn’t escape from having the shoot the film first in Colour, to then digitally manipulate the film to the lauded black and white photogrpahy being praised today.

Back in the 1920s, there is no way they would have shot a film only to have to redo it completely somewhere else; if time meant money now, time really meant money in those days- but today in 2012, I’m afraid that time for these jewels only means edging closer and closer to obscurity.

Ultimately, it’s about love for movies in general. I cannot fault director Michel Hazanavicius’ vision, bringing his ode to Silent Era to the masses, and hopefully with it’s growing popularity the film can also bring some love to the real classics of the 1910s and 1920s. However, I can’t help but think “The Artist” may even further dampened our view of the true days of Hollywood Babylon. Reductive.

Many people, like myself, see all the promos for “The Artist” and can’t see past the gimmick of it all. (I mean, REALLY?!!) Hopefully this doesn’t taint the idea of watching a real classic- seeing as you can watch a “NEW” one. Or maybe I’m being much too cynical and everything is jolly! It’s great to see so much love for the past, in general though. Perhaps simply, the time of nostalgia has really struck.

Throughout the years, silent films have provided an endless source of inspiration. Luckily, many silent films are being restored and archived so future generations can enjoy the magic of the past. Watching a silent film, you can almost feel lucky, as if somehow you have found a hidden doorway to the past, and luckily you can stay there (at least for an hour or two).

Lest we forget from whence we came, and enjoy a piece of the puzzle today!

We’ve included a scene from 1928’s “The Laughing Man” (a precursor to Batman’s iconic villain The Joker) for your viewing pleasure.

[And if you have a lot of time on your hand OpenFlix on Youtube has a ton of Full Length classic films for Free including the 1922 Swedish Documentary HAXAN on the History of Witchcraft!!! Silent and Spooky. Click Here.]

Now you have a good trajectory. So, have fun!!!

[PORTLANDIA:SEASON 2]

 

Sincerely,
{theEye}

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