Mixed Nuts a Movie Column by Robbie Arnett of Milo Greene
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:43:32
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Welcome to Mixed Nuts! It's our new movie column written by none other than Robbie Arnett of Milo Greene. In addition to his duties in the fantastic Milo Greene, Robbie is a true cinephile and quite the wordsmith. So, we teamed up with him for this unique look at all things film. Check it out below.
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Subtext - A look at film and music in the modern age.
With the overwhelming abundance of media that is consumed in modern day culture, the surface layer is often the only thing that immediately registers. Be it the song you just "heard" on that fresh playlist or the film you "saw" while eating dinner, does anyone really dig into the core of what they are absorbing? Perhaps we're living in an age that doesn't account for emotional satisfaction, maybe that's the purpose for some creators: content over context. For those that strive for the deeper understanding, and who desire subtext, there is still hope amidst the constant clutter of pop culture; you just might have to move slightly left of center.
The line between film and music is often interchangeable. Both share similar forms of expression and storytelling. In the later months of 2014, Flying Lotus released his album, You're Dead!, and Dan Gilroy released his film, Nightcrawler, two pieces entwined with subtext and cultural parallelism.
Above all else, what the two have in common is their respective love affair with Los Angeles, the shifting of genre lines and the complexity of storytelling. Los Angeles, commonly referred to as a sun-drenched, glamourous city filled with superficiality and decadence, is projected in a different light in these two pieces. The darkness, the grit and the urban landscape fill both projects with qualities of desperation and solitude, whether it be the tonality and sonic movement of You're Dead!, or the actual neighborhoods and streets of the greater Los Angeles community in Nightcrawler.
Gilroy's deeply rooted anti-hero characteristics are comparable with the genre-swapping of You're Dead! The frenetic energy possessed by the film and album emote an anxious relationship with the audience. Flying Lotus's arrangements of jazz, broken beats, fusing electronics, and angelic vocal stylings all bring a feeling of unease to the album. That same feeling of unease is emotionally apparent with the central characters in Nightcrawler. The shifting core of the central character in the film is not unlike the musical offering Flying Lotus experiments with.
The overall complexity of these works might be missed the first time it's viewed or listened to. The intricacy and the design of the visceral human qualities inhabited by both the film maker and music maker give layers to their work. Like Los Angeles, there is so much life under the surface and to fully engage you have to disregard the notion of the "Gimme now, gimme fast," culture and allow yourself to relish in the expression.
With all that said, to overly dissect both releases would prove tedious and self-indulgent, primarily due to the subjective nature of art. This is simply a means to be aware of when examining, realizing that there are often links between all forms of artistic expression, obvious or not.
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