HARD BOILED

 

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I was in high school when I watched Hard Boiled for the first time with Jamil Schoener and Michael Landsman.  It had the most intense, bloodiest, most beautiful shootouts I had ever seen.   I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I have since learned that there is a difference between the action movies from the U.S. and what is offered from China.  I would come to find out that this film provided exactly what I was looking for in an action movie:  less concern for the moral sensibilities found in the West, and instead, all-out, high-caliber action.  Hard Boiled was made in 1992, written and directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun-fat as “Tequila,” Tony Leung as Tony an undercover cop, and Anthony Wong as Johnny Wong, a leader of the menacing criminal triads who Tequila and Tony must take down.  I later found out Quentin Tarantino and the late, great Tony Scott were largely influenced by John Woo’s action films.  Shootouts and fight scenes are always carefully choreographed, but with a John Woo movie, the relentless attention to detail and the sheer duration of the scenes, are an enormous feat in organization.  Hard Boiled provides a feast of gunplay that leaves the viewer completely satisfied.  You may never need to pop in another action movie again.  Smooth and slow, yet bright and beautiful as an operatic ballet.  Hard Boiled has tense drama, romantic emotion, even spirituality, all mixed with the acid bark of uzis spitting fire, bringing down hundreds of bad guys in glorious, jaw-dropping slow-motion.  For just a taste of what Hard Boiled has to offer, watch this teahouse shootout.

And here’s the gorgeous trailer for the film featuring other highlights and the driving track “Motorcade,” by composer Michael Gibbs.

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The Blu-ray of Hard Boiled is available here:

Amazon

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MAN OF THE CLIFF

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An autumn day in Red Cliff, Colorado, watching people shoot arrows, throw kegs, and show their beards.

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MUSIC

“Natural”

Clams Casino

Rainforest

Tri Angle

2011

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Album available here:

iTunes

Here:

Amazon

Or here:

Beatport

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2013

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FLOWER HUNTER

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“Flower Hunter”

18 x 24 inches

Acrylic

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CAUTION: Guard your gardens. This robot will pick all your flowers.

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Yellow Background

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With Green

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With Grey

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With Purple

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With Yellow

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With FLower

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MUSIC

“Closed”

Com Truise

In Decay

Ghostly International

2012

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Album available here:

Amazon

Here:

iTunes

Or here:

Beatport

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2013

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SELF-PORTRAIT COLLAGE

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In a previous post, Big Ideas, Small Spaces, I mentioned the thrill of collage as similar to that of editing a video.  I believe both are organic, intuitive processes, with exciting, in-the-moment discoveries.  Both collage and editing use colors and shapes to imply new artistic ideas.  To demonstrate this, I made a self-portrait from the different color skin tones I found in soon-to-be recycled magazines and catalogs.

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First, a photograph was taken to display an emotion.  This photograph would be later used for a guiding pencil sketch and reference for the pasting of cut-out shapes and colors.

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Next, a pencil sketch was drawn on fine charcoal paper.  I used the grid technique to blow up the image.  Rather than just outline the face, I shaded the drawing to show where the gradations occurred, and to help in the application of the colored magazine paper.

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I cut out different shades of skin and separated them into groups.  I used school glue to stick down the abstract shapes that fit the gradations of shade in the photograph.  Starting with darker skin in the shaded area at the right, I moved left, layering lighter skin tones, to end up with the highlights.  For the ear, I used actual ear parts, since they were already the same texture, and sometimes the same shape.

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For the mouth and lips, I cut out different colored lip shapes.  The tongue was an enormous close-up of a lower lip.  Up close, it is quite abstract, but by staying true to the shading in the photograph, I believe it worked.  The right brain interprets what that body part is, forgives the literal left brain, and recognizes it as a representation of the real thing.

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For the eyes, nose and eyebrows, I puzzled together colored polygons where they best belonged.  Again, collaging, like editing video, is an imperfect, intuitive thing.  There is no right or wrong here.  Just the fidelity to the shading and skin tone.  Having the pencil sketch underneath helped to guide where the borders of tone ended and another tone began.  I cheated on the eyes, finding a pair with the same color as mine and I used wrinkles found in other places, like the neck and smile line, for the creases in the forehead and under the eyes.

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Again, the finished self-portrait collage.  I could not resist using a woman’s cleavage for the chin cleft and the magenta colored T-shirt was the icing on the cake!

REMEMORY

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You ever gone back to where your memories took place?  Where you first shoulder-tapped.  Where you first made out.  Where you bought the music that changed your life…

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MUSIC

Sasha

“Coma”

Charlie May Ambient Remix

emFire Studios

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2013

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