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Astonishing music video accompanying the song ‘Nouveau Parfum’ by Boggie, depicting the augmentation process underlying modern depictions of beauty. The singer/songwriter herself is the star of the video, but as time progresses she is revealed to be wholeheartedly a victim of the process itself, rarely catching the eye of the camera. However, she is neither shy nor bashful, expressing more of a tired, impatient, and slightly accusatory air to us, the viewers. To me, she’s saying, I haven’t changed, I’m still me. Physical modification is not the modification of my identity.

The lyrics are saddening and also hopeful. I’ve included the English translation below – I think they’re an integral part of the song.

Directed by: Nándor Lőrincz, Bálint Nagy

Released: 2013

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Is it gonna be Prada, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, Azarro, Sisley, Escada, Gucci Naf Naf, Nina Ricci, Lancôme, Kenzo, or still more?
Is it gonna be Bruno Banani, La Bastidane, Estée Lauder, Guerlain, Burberry and Thierry Mugler, Bourjois, Chloé, Jean-Paul Gautier, Valentino? I just don’t know anymore

Which do I choose?
Why do I choose it?
Who’s making me choose it?
I’m not their product
As for beauty and preciousness, 
They can’t change me
Matchless, without equal,
The new perfume is myself. The new perfume is me.
New perfume

Will it be Cavalli, Bulgari, Givengi, Dolce & Gabana, Paco rabana, or Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent? I just don’t know anymore,

Which do I choose?
Why do I choose it?
Who’s making me choose it?
I’m not their product
As for beauty and preciousness, 
They can’t change me
Matchless, without equal,
The new perfume is myself. The new perfume is me.
New perfume

 
As for beauty and preciousness, 
They can’t change me
Matchless, without equal,
The new perfume is myself. The new perfume is me.
New perfume

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Similar to a previously posted film, La Maison en Petits Cubes, this humorous piece shows a community working to deal with a challenging environment in such a way that is distinctly human and underlies why it’s hard to despise this species for all its flaws. A whimsical ‘day in the life’ and a pleasure to watch.

Directed by: Robert Löbel

Released: 2013

Winner of the 2009 Oscar award of Best Animated Short Film, this delightful and melancholic film is easily one of my favorite films of all time.

The use of flood water to express how the weight of years passed soon outnumber the hope of years to come, is as effective as the message of how keeping ones head above water can become harder and harder. Watching the old man dive down, layer by layer, offers a sense of hope and acceptance of what has passed in a dramatically simple manner – let yourself fall and your mind will do the rest.

The aesthetic of this beautiful film is two-dimensional and sketched, showing a temporary nature to our homes, whilst showing a society that has learned to adapt to the changing environment. History exists beneath the water, and with it the drowning pain of loss, and whilst his house, the present, pierces the waves, many rooftops lie beneath. A deeply sad, yet pragmatic film.

La Maison en Petits Cubes from Steven Ray Cortidor on Vimeo.

Directed by: Kunio Katou

A little indulgence on my part here. I was head over heels with the implications brought forth by the book ‘A World Without Us‘, a clever thought experiment about what the world would look like in the years to come if humans dropped off the world stage tomorrow (with some poignant messages about our environmental impact sneakily woven in). The scenery from this looks like someone illustrated that exact book. Gorgeous animation with sharp, immediate sound design. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere, but it’s pretty and easy, and if you need evidence of something substantial, maybe it’s talking about drones. Sure.

Director: Wes Ball

Released: 2014

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Captivating simple sci-fi pic, which although utilizes the lady-computer voice we’re so used to, amongst similar hallmarks of the A.I. story-type, is however an unexpected thrill and worth the slow start.

Directed by: Henry Dunham

Released: 2013

An amazingly choreographed picture that demonstrates mastery of the long shot, taking us from the tourism of Rome to the chaos of war-time Sarajevo. Brutal and affectionate.

(I apologize for the quality, I was unable to find a version with better resolution and audio)

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ahmed Imamović

The film that inspired ‘Mama’ (2013) by Guillermo Del Toro, this truly frightening film makes use of our instinctual affection for the materfamilias, and turning it equally instinctual terror, two very interesting sides of the same coin.

Directed by: Andrés Muschietti

Released: 2008

 

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