Black and Def fight the film plague

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgBe Kind Rewind2/522nd FebruaryWhat do you do when you need an excuse for some technically impressive visual comedy, around which to base a feature-length film? Equally, what do you do when your childhood chum  appropriates a magnetic field and wipes all the tapes at your video-rental shop? These are the conundrums faced, respectively, by award-winning writer/director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) and the lead character of his latest film – and it seems they have a common answer: create a series of homages to cinema’s most iconic movies.Be Kind Rewind sees Mike (Mos Def) and Jerry (Jack Black) doing just that and, in the process, becoming unwitting local heroes, managing to turn around the fortunes of their doomed store. Initially, a long-shot attempt to cover up the (somewhat contrived) wiping of all their videos, their attempt to recreate classic movies with nothing but a camcorder and a lateral imagination becomes a business in itself – known (for no apparent reason) as ‘sweding’. Having cut his teeth on music videos, Gondry is unsurprisingly in his element here, with terrific visual creativity and montages as detailed, ingenious and witty as anything he’s previously produced. Those looking for Gondry’s trademark style will not be disappointed.Nor will those looking for a laugh. The film’s visual and physical gags fit nicely with Black’s recognisable but enjoyable stock character, the clumsy layabout with sky-high aspirations. The camera loves him, frequently emphasising his verbal scatting over Def’s straightman performance. The result – though fostering some brilliant and seemingly ad-libbed non-sequiters – inhibits the flow of the story as well as hindering the development of the film’s central relationship. Sadly, Gondry is determined to build his comedy on meaningful, dramatic foundations, and Black and Def simply fail to gel convincingly enough to pass as lifelong pals capable of serving as a compelling fulcrum for this serious angle.Indeed, it is once we step outside the moments of comedy that the work starts to fall apart. Gondry (as writer of the film as well) does not have the necessary skill to weave a coherent narrative, with such devices as the nearby power plant and dry cleaners awkwardly introduced and soon forgotten. It doesn’t help that a large cast of minor characters bring with them such diverse themes as cultural identity and modernisation as well as issues including love, friendship, and truth. Once touched on, these are left to stand alone and find no place in the emerging and unsteady storyline. The resulting film is much like Black and Def’s ‘swedes’ themselves in that, despite its great passion and vision, it never succeeds in being more than a ridiculous but enjoyable piece of fun.by Tom Crawshawlast_img read more

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Two rapes reported

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgTwo rapes were reported to campus administrators Tuesday according to Wednesday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.One of the alleged rapes occurred Friday in a “East side women’s residence hall”; the other allegedly occurred Sept. 24 in a “Northwest men’s residence hall.”As of press time, students have not received an email alert from NDSP regarding either report. An email seeking comment from University spokesperson Dennis Brown seeking clarification as to why students had not received an email notification had not been returned. The Clery Act requires universities to issue “timely warnings” if certain crimes are brought to their attention, including all legally defined sex offenses. However, the Clery Act does not define “timely.”Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: NDSP, rapelast_img read more

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Highlights of the Week

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgSmooth Point Dredging in Full SwingThe dredging is part of a €14.7 million capital works contract to deliver a 120m long quay development and associated works in the area. Pirat X – The Biggest Dredger in Africa (VIDEO)The cutter suction dredger Pirat X is the flagship of B&Q Dredging fleet and one of the biggest CSDs in the world. Image source: Foyle and MarineDredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (January 13 – 19, 2020). Phase II of the Carteret County Renourishment Project Starting SoonPhase II of the Carteret County Post Florence Renourishment Project is scheduled to begin in the first week of February, the Shore Protection Office reports.center_img Port of Corpus Christi Closes 2019 with SuccessThe Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, ended 2019 with record tonnages for December – 13.8 million cargo tons and 122.2 million cargo tons for the entire year, making a 16-million-ton improvement over 2018 tonnages. Dredger Laura Busy at Port of SiuslawThe Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and the Port of Siuslaw have partnered to complete dredging at the Port of Siuslaw inner boat basin.last_img read more

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DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant strengthened bond through shared circumstances

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> DeAndre Jordan sat on a stationary bicycle inside of the Clippers’ practice facility when he said something that made him laugh.Jordan was speaking about Kevin Durant, his opponent Wednesday and one of his best friends, when he started talking about what he liked best about Durant.“He’s super cool, down to Earth,” Jordan said. “He’s a real loyal person.”And then, laughter. Durant’s “loyalty,” or perceived lack thereof, completely shifted the NBA’s landscape this summer, with the former MVP moving from Oklahoma City to Golden State, to join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr on the heels of a 73-win regular season.Durant? Loyal? Tell it to the Thunder.But that’s not what Jordan means.“He is a really loyal person,” Jordan insisted. “He’s got a good heart, man. That’s how me and him hit it off.”Well, that and a shared circumstance. There are only a few people on this planet who can understand the backlash a controversial free-agency decision can create, and it just so happens that Jordan is one of them.“He was messed up about that situation, and I was like, ‘if anyone knows, it’s me,’ ” said Jordan, who famously reached a verbal agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks in July of 2015 before deciding to re-sign with the Clippers. ”We grew closer through that and USA Basketball.“I consider him one of my best friends.”The best friends will meet on the basketball court Wednesday night when the Clippers play host to the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season, a rivalry that’s certainly cooled from its dramatic heydays.“We were at the same point as those guys,” Jordan said of his team and the Warriors. “Obviously, they’ve won a championship. … It’s like two cars are going (at one another).”The Warriors ended up in the NBA Finals; the Clippers ended up skidded out in the postseason, trying to get back on course. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem like the same level of blood feud.Also, there are relationships, like Jordan and Durant’s, that have superseded a Pacific Division rivalry.The two players first met while Jordan was being recruited to play college basketball at Texas, where Durant was committed. They began spending more time together in the past few summers, and last season, Jordan began working with Durant’s former trainer, current Brooklyn assistant Adam Harrington.This past summer, the roles were reversed, with Jordan now trying to recruit Durant to the Clippers.“I thought he was what we were missing,” Jordan said. “And, I told him that.”And once he picked the Warriors, Durant leaned on his friend for support.“He took that (expletive) hard. I was like, ‘Man, at the end of the day, you made a decision that was for Kevin.’ It wasn’t for anybody else,” Jordan said. “You’re going to have one city, one team that’s going to hate your guts. Some other people, they’re going to dislike what you did. But at the end of the day, you’ve got a base that loves you to death. That’s what you have to focus on.”Then, the two players got the chance to finally be teammates, representing the United States this summer in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, forming an even stronger bond.One night during training camp in Las Vegas, the two men went out and got tattoos featuring some of their favorite musicians. Durant’s calf was covered with Tupac Shakur’s likeness to go along with a Wu-Tang Clan tattoo. Jordan got images of Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles inked onto his body.From there, they grew even closer, sharing lifelong memories together in Rio – watching Michael Phelps swim, watching Kerri Walsh-Jennings play beach volleyball and, most importantly, winning a gold medal together.“You don’t forget about that stuff,” Jordan said. “To be there with people you’ll go down in history with, with people who you have a bond and a brotherhood with, that’s pretty cool. “But Jordan and Durant’s friendship – the memories from Rio, the tattoos, the phone calls – it won’t get in the way of what the Clippers want to do Wednesday against a rival that has beaten them six straight times.And, Jordan made sure Durant knew that the day he decided to sign with Golden State.“I’m super happy for you,” he texted his friend. “And, we’re going to try to kick your (expletives).”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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