Maisy ❤ February 2016

reading time: 3 min

It's that time of the semester again when i'm buried in term papers and barely have time to read. BUT as of today, i just finished my 30 pages long term paper (on female body & perspective in video games) AND my research paper for my upcoming master thesis, uh yeah *fist bump* :)

Luckily, i still had time to go to the cinema and watch awesome films like The Hateful Eight and Daredevil - can't wait to go watch Zootopia which is being released this week! - Eek!

And I've got another tip concerning music to study or write papers, so stay tuned!

Made: That's Vacation (A Short Film)

For most people, a family vacation is the highlight of the year. But granny Gisela has other plans. - Our submission to the 99Fire-Films Award 2016.

If you read my latest Day Zero Project entry, you already know that i wrote my first screenplay for a short film (with English subtitles!) that i shot with a couple of my best friends. The guideline was: 99 hours of time to compose the script (on the subject of "as long as you have fun"), film, edit and hand in a 99 second film

Our short film is about... well, it's only 99 seconds long, so i would appreciate if you took the time to watch it :) It turned out pretty cool, and the most important thing: we had a TON of fun making it!! We handed it in last month for the 99-Fire Films competition, but the winners have not been announced as yet... keep your fingers crossed!

Watched: The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)

source: moviepilot
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters...

And that's pretty much a summary of the entire film. Hateful8 takes place in a snowbound cabin in the middle of nowhere some time after the Civil War.  Bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy "The Prisoner" Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis "The Bounty Hunter" Warren (guess who - Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix, a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff. Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob "The Mexican", who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo "The Little Man" Mobray (played by another of Tarantino's favourite actors, Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; Joe "The Cow Puncher" Gage, a cow puncher (embodied by another of Tarantino's recurring actors, Michael Madsen); and confederate general Sanford "The Confederate" Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all. 

This movie is as rough and gritty and gory as any of Tarantino's movies (SPOILER: they all pretty much die at the end). However, compared to his latest works, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained (loved both of them), this one is a bit more on the calm side. In the fashion of a chamber play, the eight bizarre characters don't leave the lodge over the course of the film, and the film's tension is not built up by action, but by the interaction between the characters. As you can imagine, it's quite heavy on the dialogue and on tense silence. Even though there are a few nice shots showing snowy mountains, 95% (perhaps more) of the story unfolds indoors, in one single room - which isn't to say that the cinematography isn't absolutely fantastic. But don't go watch Hateful8 expecting a "classic" Western.
“The name of the game here is patience…”

The introduction captures the mood of the film pretty well: The opening sequence starts with a dappled, ashy form that appears to be a gnarled tree, but turns out to be a lonely crucifix on the side of the mountain road, partly obscured by pillowy snow, a forgotten Jesus in a godforsaken land. The camera slowly, slooooowly pans out for (perceived) 10 minutes straight until we finally see a stagecoach hurtling through the wintry Wyoming landscape. And all the while we hear the slightly creepy, dark soundtrack.

Some might think this as boring or disappointing - and at first i was surprised too because i expected lots of movement and shootings throughout the film -, but personally this gloomy taciturnity and soberness (the characters are far from sober though) is what i liked about this film. Especially the "Silent Night" scene on the piano was absolutely great! Besides Jackson, whose acting is usually the most authentic and deep, i loved Tim Roth's performance in this one (he's also great in his series Lie To Me), he has a kind of Christoph Waltz style in this role. Quentin Tarantino himself only appears as the narrator, which was somewhat disappointing since i was waiting for his trademark cameo, but oh well. 

Best approach this film as you would theater; for that's what Hateful8 really is: a stage play disguised as a movie.

Maisy rates: 8/10 

This beautiful compilation of all calm tracks from Lord of the Rings is the perfect background music for writing my term papers! Soothing, relaxing, inspiring and without many lyrics i'd have to sing along to :) Brilliantly selected and edited!

Also check out my personal Top Ten of Music to Help be Productive!

Apart from that, i mostly listened to these awesome acapella songs by Peter Hollens:

In Dreams (Lord of the Rings) by Peter Hollens
World of Warcraft Medley by Peter Hollens ft Evynne Hollens
Underground (Assassin's Creed Syndicate) by Peter Hollens
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair by Peter Hollens & Avi Kaplan
Where No One Goes (How to Train Your Dragon) by Peter Hollens


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