Steven Soderbeigh (youngest winner at Cannes
Film Festival): “Film-making is like sex. If I accidentally give someone
else pleasure, that’s fine.”
Dunkirk: film by Christopher Nolan that
reshaped general perception of Dunkirk. The evacuation of British soldiers
was portrayed to be a triumph for the British which was contradictory to
Churchill’s rally calling it a defeat while the Nazi Germans have often
labelled it as a victory.
Canadian General, Dallaire that led the UN
peacekeeping mission in Rwanda lauded the film Hotel Rwanda for keeping
the genocide alive however, added that “when it comes to content, it’s
Hollywood.” Rusesabagina was portrayed as a hero, however, the film was
based on his testimony and according to UN investigations, he made saved
victims for profit and those who were unable to pay were kicked out.
Finding Dory: Dory’s forgetfulness clearly
exasperates and frustrates Marlin, but the film never portrays that as
Dory’s problem; it’s up to him to learn tolerance and kindness, with Nemo
(now played by Hayden Rolence) as his conscience. Dory is a character with
a debilitating handicap who develops coping mechanisms, gets help where
she can, forges ahead when help isn’t available, and succeeds on her own
Pixar’s Inside Out stands up for sadness as a
helpful emotion. Up teaches grade-schoolers that they’ll never be too old
for adventures, even once their partners and their youthful dreams die.
Wreck it Relph shows us the insignificance of labels, not all villains are
bad while not all heroes are good.
To Singapore with love by Tan Pin Pin was
banned over the portrayal of the government and the communist affiliates
during the decolonial periods of Singapore.
Computer Graphic Imagery
Transformers director Michael Bay, go “mad
with power” when it comes to adding special effects. CGI is not only
potentially detrimental because it can look bad, but, as seen in some
films like the later additions to the Transformers series, because it can
overpower the film with the rising desire to add more effects than plot in
a film just for the sake of making a scene look cool.
Toy Story made CGI (computer generated
imagery) popular and cost effective as it was the first fully animated
film made out of one computer and it showed the film industry the
effectiveness of such computer generated imagery.
People of the River- Chong Fah Cheong:
commemorates the cultural significance of the Singapore River, where
locals are connected to the river and kids play.
Heatherwick Studio- responsible for the
designs of the Learning Hub in National Technological University in
Singapore and the UK Pavilion at Expo in 2010. Strong emphasis on
architecture and liveable design.
Old Street- Liu Kang: pictured pickering
street after the world war. The shops owned by the Chinese were still
closed. However, the choice of bright colors, against the sombre setting
represented the vitality of the people.
Woodcut prints by Choo Keng Kwang in 1956
showed the harsh living conditions of labourers then.
Anish Kapoor- Cloud Gate: computer modelling
was essential for the construction of the sculpture. There were many
technological concerns over the construction of the sculpture as there
were fears that it would be too hot to touch in summer and too cold in
winter. However, this was mitigated through the usage of a mixture of
“Tank Man”: Tiananmen square incident. Symbol
Joe Rosenthal’s ‘raising the flag on iwo jima’
1945 Patriotic Picture of American soldiers raising a flag during WW2 in
Iwo Jima. Controversial as it is argued to be staged as although the
incident happened, it was not the first flag raising of the day. The flag
during the first flag raising was too small to be seen from the base of
Vietnam war: picture of General Nguyen killing
a Viet Cong suspect with a handgun at point blank range. The picture
ruined the reputation of General Nguyen and while the act was not right,
Gen. Nguyen had to do what he had to do. It infuriated the American public
over America support for the South Vietnam regime.
1968 Olympics: Picture of Smith raising his
fist as part of a black power salute.
Dorothea Lange: Great depression works,
humanised the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the
development of documentary photography. Iconic Work: Migrant Mother. It
resulted in the Federal Government sending food and resources over to the
camp although she got some aspects of the story wrong.
Nick Ut photographed terrified children
running from a napalm attack in South Vietnam.
Alfian Sa’at: Merlion poem
Haresh Sharm: Shorts 1: Lanterns will never
die out, More, Still Building.
Off-center: brings the plight of the mental
illness patients and mental illness to the attention of the media and the
public.Off Centre paints an honest, unflinching look at how the mentally
ill are regarded in Singapore and how far society has to go to give them
acceptance and support.
Plays are a good platform for interaction
between an artist and the audience.
Political music is meant to appeal not only to
the oppressed, but to those compassionate to the cause as well, and
popular acts realise the power they have to inspire people to action.
Joan Baez: Music is probably the only medium
that really does cross all boundaries, and all languages and all
Music is used as a base of recruitment but it’s
also something for people inside the movement, it’s a way of creating and
strengthening a sense of collective identity, a sense of we.
Music in modern society is related to
courtship. The sex appeal in music we’re familiar with harkens back to a
time when it was an important way of selecting a fit mate. By way of more
recent example, Elvis’ gyrating hips acted much like the colorful tail of
Kpop: female empowerment in a culture with
deep-seated misogyny that was exacerbated by the hoju system which stated
that by law men were the head of the household. While the law has been
abolished, there still remains gender prejudices among men and women. I
don’t need a man: Miss A, CL: The Baddest Lady; both songs stress on a
woman’s ability to live independently.
Taylor Swift criticised for not openly
supporting Liberal Ideals and condemning Trump during the Presidential
Rap music of the late ’80s pointed to more
inequalities, with groups like N.W.A spreading stories of police brutality
and poverty stricken neighborhoods within the black communities. Fuck the
Police lyrics: A young nigga got it bad ’cause I’m brown, And not the
other color, so police think, They have the authority to kill a minority.
Music uses shared neural circuits as speech.
Listening to or singing music with lyrics uses shared neural circuits as
listening to and expressing speech. Music therapists can use this ability
to help a child learn to communicate or help someone who’s had a stroke
re-learn how to talk again.
Music enhances learning. The inherent
structure and emotional pull of music makes it an easy tool for teaching
concepts, ideas and information. Music is an effective mnemonic device and
can ‘tag’ information, not only making it easy to learn, but also easy to
later recall. Music is predictable, structure, and organised- which is
liked by our brain and the predictable steady beat, organised phrases and
a structured form: verse-chorus structure. Sound waves that makes up a
single tone or an entire chord are organised in mathematical ratios- and
our brains are receptive to this predictability and structure.