Sundance Film Festival

In 1985, Robert Redford created a festival that would celebrate the works of indie movie makers, and give them a few tips from the professionals. “That first year, the festival showed a couple of dozen films. This year, Sundance is playing 119 feature films from 32 countries, culled from about 4,000 that were submitted.” (cbsnews.com) Starting off this year, as with every year, in Park city, Utah, the festival turns the tiny little ski town into a central movie hub for the entire country, and even some parts of the world. The festival has led to various film super-stars such as; Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino just to name a few.

Until recently, Sundance has always started off with a major film to set the tone of the festival and get things rolling. Three years ago, founder Robert Redford and festival director John Cooper decided to get rid of that idea and go with a multiple showing of films at different venues. This allowed for a sense of true competition within the festival and  not a star-studded premier showing to steal the show right away. It also allowed them to really show the diversity of what everyone was bringing to the table each year, which is mainly what the festival is about.

Not only are the likes of indie filmmakers there and unknown actors and actresses waiting to show off their talent to the world. But a few stars have managed to make it this year into the festivals line-up of films. These include; Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, Shia Lebouf in a romance, Daniel Radcliffe, and Ethan Hawke. All of these very popular actors and very successful at what they do. What I think is cool is that they are supporting the indie film community by being a part of it.

The Sundance Film Festival is a great time, and fun way to experience the beauty of film making as an art form, and not just a form of entertainment. It is also a great way for future successful actors, actresses, directors, producers, e.t.c all to get noticed and possibly make it big in the film business and do what they love to do on a major scale. As a person who has personally experienced this wonderful showing of art, I highly recommend anyone who loves the art of film making and some of the raw talent behind it all to experience this once a year festival for themselves.

Once again the hyper-links on wordpress are acting up, so my links will be in the comment section below.

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Consumer Electronics (CES) Show 2013

Another year brings us another Consumer Electronics Show (CES for short). This convention is made to show consumers the best and latest in today’s technology. A lot of cool things are shown each year at CES, and this year was no exception. Such things included a gaming PC designed for the living room called “Steam-Box” and made by big time game developer, and creator of the online gaming web service “Steam”, Valve. There was also a sensor that can be placed on your monitor that tracks you eye-movements so that you can control your computer cursor with just your eyes! Samsung even got Bill Clinton to speak about technology and it’s advantages to our life.

These are just a few of the amazing things to come out of CES every year. This is an absolutely perfect way to show off your stuff, and make yourself know. Much to everyone’s surprise gaming was no longer a side show at CES with Valve’s Steam-Box Premier. It’s a step in the right direction, I think, for the gaming community. Being able to bring the quality of a PC gaming experience with the comfort of console gaming in the living room was something to behold. This is a great demonstration of just how much the way we experience games is changing, and it’s for the better. Many other gaming companies like Razer and Nvidia are going the Mobile route and making high-quality gaming on the go with their devices. A big step forward for gaming and the gaming community alike.

Did you know that your eyes can now replace your computer mouse? Well, with a company called “Tobii” you can do just that. Tobii has made a sensor that tracks you eye-movements and lets yo9u control you computer cursor around your screen. I think that this is probably one of the coolest things to come out of CES this year! This is yet another step forward forward for technology that is ever changing the way we experience it.

Also something awesome to come out of CES was that electronics company, Samsung, hired Bill Clinton to be a spokesman for their main showing. Clinton talked about the advantages of our growing world of technology. Bringing up examples like “Banking by cell phone in Haiti, social media and the Arab spring and bracing for global warming”. (techradar.com) Clinton was finally met with applause at the end of his closer for Samsung when he talked about his support for the assault weapons ban.

All in all, I think this was a good year for major and growing electronics companies. Showing a lot of innovation and confidence at this year’s convention. This year’s CES, in my opinion, will be one to remember for a few years to come.

Links to the two articles I read will be in the comments section.

DmC: Devil May Cry Review

After reading and viewing dozens of reviews on the upcoming game DmC: Devil May Cry. I can say with certainty that I will be purchasing this game to try it for myself. Of the reviews I watched and read, a lot of them seemed to gloss over many of the negative points in the game. It was almost as if the reviewers didn’t want to get down and dirty and really evaluate and look at this game analytically. Instead it appeared as if they just sat there worshiping the ground it walks on. This felt like something was missing from a lot of the reviews. I thought to myself that this game can’t actually be this good, especially with a new developer taking the reigns for the first time. Only a select few reviews captured what I was looking for, and really took the evaluation and analytical sense into account. Coincidentally, these also seemed to be the least biased reviews from what I saw, and I saw a lot!

I think that, when it really came down to processing all of the info. I had acquired, a lot of these reviews seems over-confident and over-hyped. Save one that I really enjoyed from a man who knows what he is talking about. Adam Sessler has revolved his life around video-games and technology, getting his start on the channel “G4”, being the host of video-game show “X-Play”, Adam Sessler has developed a very good reputation in the gaming community. That being said, he has a strong influence towards gamers in his reviews, with them being very accurate, informative and very non-biased. This is what I look for in a review, and what I hope others look for as well. The game lacks a certain pop to it that makes the past Devil May Cry games what they are. This ,by no means however, makes it a bad game. On the contrary, it’s a very good game with lovely visuals and smooth combat mechanics from what I’ve played in the demo, and that was just work in progress. Where it really falls short in my opinion would be the writing. It seems kind of static, with not enough room to let the actors shine. But when it’s good, IT’S GOOD. You really have a feeling of connection to the characters that makes you care about them.

All in all, I think DmC: Devil May Cry will be a good first game to hit the shelves this year and start off the new collection. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and further evaluate it.
Hopefully the year’s line-up of games won’t fail to impress.

IGN Review: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/386326/dmc-devil-may-cry-review-round-up-series-reboot-hits-the-high-notes/

Adam Sessler Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRyN6qUZ9Mc

Time review: http://techland.time.com/2013/01/14/dmc-devil-may-cry-review-not-so-divine-dramedy/

Personal Connections in Music

deadmau5 – “Strobe

  • This song starts out slowly, then gradually builds up.

I feel I can connect to this part of the song in that the way I like to do things is slow and steady, then I usually get more

complex in my work, or in my art and build from there.

  • After the build up, the song brings in the beat of the kick bass that sets the rhythm and the tone for the song.

During certain points in my life, everything seems to be going good and to a steady rhythm that keeps everything in place.

  • Following the kick bass are the array of “synths” that carry the melody forward.

I like to think of these as my friends who join me in my times of happiness and are there to have fun and enjoy the time.

  • Eventually the synths start to settle down a little bit and kick bass isn’t as prominent, everything gets a little quieter before the drop.

This is my preparation time, the few moments I have before I do something big. These moments in my life are rare and each time they happen, I savor and remember every single one of them.

  • For a split second, everything is quiet, then the it all “drops” the bass, the beat, the synths, all of it and it becomes this massive harmony of electronic mastery and complete  and total trance of music.

This where my biggest moments in my life happen. This where I shine brightest and I am the happiest I will ever be. This single moment, this single feeling of complete peace are what make me do the things I do, and shape me into the person I am and the person who I will be.

  • The excitement in the music eventually tones down to bring an end to the song slowly and peacefully.

As much as I’d like it to last forever, the huge moment of happiness and inner peace can’t last forever. Eventually things have to settle down and go back to normal. This where my life is stable again, and I am able to walk away with good feeling in my heart and my head held up high.

1. How does this song connect to an event/period of your life?

This is the song that inspired me to get into audio production and to be more musically inclined.

2. What draws you to this song on a personal level?

This song makes me feel so happy and tranquil. It’s like electronic nirvana, nothing can hurt me when I listen to this song.

3. Describe when you would find yourself listening to this song.

I mainly listen to this song when I’m daydreaming or just in the mood for it. Sometimes (just for fun) i like to listen to this song when something awesome is about to happen, like a sports team winning a playoff, or an epic part in a movie.

Daft Punk- “Face to Face” Annotation

  • Strong verb: Tried to forget.
  • Autobiographical Phrase: I turned away.
  • Loaded language: It really didn’t make sense
    Just to leave this unresolved
    It’s not hard to go the distance
    When you finally get involved face to face.
  • Questions: What are they saying when they say the lyrics; “You are dancing”?
  • Is this mainly about Love, Politics, Inequality, or all of the above and more?
  • Four Statements: “It’s not hard to go the distance
    When you finally get involved face to face”
  • “I turned away
    Because I thought you were the problem
    Tried to forget
    Until I hit the bottom
    But when I faced you
    In my blank confusion
    I realized you weren’t wrong,
    It was a mere illusion”
  • “I must admit
    It’s my pride that made me distant
    All because
    I hoped that you’d be someone different”
  • “But the answer is in clear view
    It’s amazing what you’ll find face to face”

Speaker: Daft Punk
Audience: Daft Punk fans, electronic music listeners
Topic/Focus: Coming “Face to Face” with the truth and that everything
isn’t always what you hope for.
Speaker’s Attitude Toward Topic: Daft Punk’s attitude towards this topic is,
in my opinion, serious and at the same time very intimate. They care about the topic, but
also don’t exaggerate it.
Personal Reaction: My personal reaction is that I couldn’t agree more with their message.
You don’t always get what you want, and coming face to face with that fact is sometimes what
you need to realize it and this song speaks the truth on many levels like love, politics, racism,
and more.

Music Video

1. What is the song about?

2. What is the artist’s attitude toward the subject of the song?

3. Although there are no lyrics, I feel this song still tells a lot,
so in absence of lyrics, describe one section of the song that stands out to you and why.

4. Share and support your opinion about this song.

5. What images/lyrics/messages are appealing to the listener?

Playlist

Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – “Professional Griefers
Album: , (2012)
Genre: Progressive House
Daft Punk – “Face to Face
Album: Discovery, (1996)
Genre: House/ Synthpop
Approaching Nirvana –”Fade Away
Album: Evolve (2012)
Genre: Progressive House/ Techno
Russian Red –“Loving Strangers
Album: I Love Your Glasses
Genre: Acoustic Pop/ Easy listening
Deadmau5 –“Strobe
Album: For Lack Of A Better Name
Genre: Progressive House