Film. I love watching indie films because they tend to be unique: there is more emphasis on artistry and themes than on general appeal. Quite similar to literary fiction, in fact. In the best circumstances, a film will leave me thinking for days, amazed and awed. In the worst circumstance, well...at least it was different. Last night I watched Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst, a new film by Lars Von Trier (who also wrote & directed Dogville with Nicole Kidman, another film I found fascinating). Melancholia was simply incredible.
To put the plot simply: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth. (thanks IMDB) (check out a longer synopsis here) It is saturated with art, from the almost-still shots in the beginning sequence (set to classical music...all of which adds up to something surprisingly non-boring) to the beautifully immense grounds that it was filmed on (which made it feel almost like a period piece...except it wasn't), to the incredible closing shots: the eye never gets bored. This film has depth: themes, symbolism, stuff-to-think-about. It kind of made my brain explode, and now I want to read the book. Except there isn't one. Watching the movie is reading the book. (See? Non-literary bookishness.)
It's slated to release in the States on 11/11/11, (we watched it on Apple TV,) although I imagine the release will be limited. However, if you are intrigued by the preview, you should find a way to watch the film. It's stunning.
Modern Design. I'm lucky enough to live in a spectacularly unique example of mid-century modern architecture. We'll soon be beginning some renovations--a face lift mostly, bringing it up to date--and I find much to be inspired by in my design research. I get all excited by an amazing design: the art & inspiration in architecture or furnishings being only another way to express an interest in how we live, an appreciation for what is around us. This real-life inspiration is what links me, the reader, directly to an author. It is more than comprehension; it is a different level of understanding and communication.
Quilting. I know: what?? Like in Little House on the Prairie? Yes, it is a homespun, domestic sort of art form, but I love it. I just designed a quilt for my modern bedroom, and the incredible fabrics and fun design just leave me full of happiness. In my quest for a quilt design that wouldn't look out of place in my house, and with some input from my math-loving-husband, I've come up with a visual representation of the first 50 digits of Pi. Weird, I know. But also exciting in a geeky-intellectual sort of way. My husband is convinced he'll get smarter by osmosis. I'm getting ready to cut into the fabrics...I'll keep you updated on this one.