View post tag: Most Read News Back to overview,Home naval-today Most Read News, October 10 – 16, 2016 Most Read News, October 10 – 16, 2016 Authorities October 16, 2016 Share this article
The Interpreterdir Sydney Pollack128 minsAt one point in The Interpreter, the Secret Service agent at the centre of the investigations, Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), remarks that around the proceedings swirl “layers of language signifying nothing”. He, in one turn of phrase, summarises what is most absent from the core of this thriller: any semblance of significance in among the supposed weight it believes itself to bear. The plot focuses on United Nations interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) who, alone in her sound booth one night, overhears an assassination plot concerning Zuwanie, the president of the invented African state, Matobo. To divulge any more would be to disservice Sydney Pollack’s impressive sequencing; what can be said is that the scenes which follow are the stuff of terse, competently cut thrillers.The difference here, though, is that in among the expected stock situations , are woven the threads of subtle device that elevate the film from standard popcorn fluff. Snatches of dialogue are mediated by a certain disquiet that is found only in translation; long takes of beautifully shot montage are imbued with a relentless sense of oppression by renowned cinematographer Darius Khondji, evocatively mirroring the crux of the interpreter’s dilemma. He conveys the claustrophobic atmosphere in his excellent use of the UN’s cavernous First Avenue headquarters, lighting each frame with a view to portraying the relentless pitching of the elements, and in doing so avoids the visual banalities normally associated with the genre.From the cocooned glass box in which Silvia presides high over the UN assembly floor, to her first barbed exchange with Keller regarding the excesses of communication, there is present the looming influence of a constantly mediated world. Pollack allows for a suppressed threat to emerge here with Keller retorting, “Your profession is playing with words”. It works in harmony with the well-paced paranoid tension created by editor William Steinkamp; the motif culminates magnificently during a highly-charged, quasi-voyeuristic scenario, in which Keller and Silvia talk to each other on the phone while knowingly engaging in a two-way surveillance set-up (a fitting metaphor for sexual exchange, perhaps?).It is, in fact, the on-screen rapport between Kidman and Penn, two of the finest actors working in film today, that lends The Interpreter its spirit. Cocooned within the generic confines of the film lies a superbly acted chamber piece courtesy of the recent Oscar winners. Pollack exploits the contrast in this most unusual of double-acts with real verve, throwing the characters ino relief with dual-like dischord.Nicole Kidman is stunning as the interpreter in question. With a pitchperfect Afrikaans accent, her Silvia has a certain reserve that, importantly, allows one to buy into the suspicion; all the while she beautifully manages the tightrope walk between exotic character actor and dominating lead player. Her performance would sit comfortably alongside her best. And her costar, Sean Penn is more than affecting as the cop with a conscience, all tormented and wrinkled-browed. Their penultimate scene together on a park bench along the Hudson is a veritable acting masterclass, where contained emotions are purged in spectacular fashion. The chemistry they exude transcends even the precincts of such capable Hollywood fare; it is a double performance that really does belong to a greater film.Yet for all the artistic brownie points attained by The Interpreter, there also exist incredible drawbacks. For a film so concerned with international diplomacy and relations (indeed at times playing like a loveletter to the UN), it has a problematically condescending view towards Africa, from the marginalisation of the ethnic characters, to the hackneyed pan-African soundtrack. For the film’s opening, sub-Saharan cliches are also relayed through a dusty, mirage-obscured, sun-scorched lens; it is unfortunate that this is the only glimpse of the strikingly fictional Matobo throughout the entire running time. Yes, the prologue is successful in establishing enigmas that later propel the plot, but these are subsequently dissipated by the clumsy, saccharine postscript which helps to make the whole exercise feel rather implausible come the rolling of the credits. A piece of many contradictions both inherent to the production and inherited by its on-screen translation, The Interpreter allows for the audience, be it for better or for worse, to provide the final transcript.ARCHIVE: 0th TT 2005
This weekend, Donald Glover held the second edition of his PHAROS virtual reality experience in Aukland, New Zealand, which he previously described as “a gathering of the five intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language.” Glover, who recently had to cancel dates performing as Childish Gambino due to a foot injury, performed in a large, illuminated dome during the three-day event.In addition to performing a selection of material new and old, the entertainment Rennaissance man debuted the trailer for a new feature film, in which he co-stars with pop superstar Rihanna. Glover’s longtime collaborator Hiro Murai serves as the film’s director. Murai has directed several music videos for Childish Gambino (including the Internet-breaking “This Is America”) in addition to playing an integral directorial role in Glover’s award-winning FX series, Atlanta.The trailer refers to the movie as “a Childish Gambino film,” which indicate a new direction for Glover’s musical pseudonym after he announced his intentions to retire the moniker earlier this year. Though the trailer doesn’t include a title, the film is being tentatively referred to as Guava Island.The movie appears to take place on a tropical island and feature plenty of energetic island musical energy. As Glover’s character muses in a thematic voice-over, “We live in paradise but none of us have the time or the means to actually live here…We work hard. We deserve a day off. We’re just taking what’s ours.” You can watch crowd-shot footage of the trailer’s live debut below:#GuavaIsland. Starring @donaldglover, @rihanna & more. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/lVgeSauCXc— Fenty Stats (@FentyStats) November 24, 2018The buzz around this forthcoming film began back in August, when an on-set photo of Glover and Rihanna circulated on social media. Now, the project appears to be coming to fruition, and we couldn’t be more excited to find out more. However, in true Donald/Gambino fashion, this trailer is not even the biggest story of the weekend surrounding Glover and a movie preview. That title goes to the new trailer for the forthcoming live-action The Lion King remake, in which Glover stars as Simba. The clip broke records on Thursday, racking up nearly 25M views in its first 24 hours online (it now sits at more than 36M and counting). You can check out that trailer below:The Lion King (2019) – Official Teaser Trailer[Video: Walt Disney Studios][H/T Stereogum]
This summer, American folk-rock hero Bob Dylan will release Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings. The mammoth box set will include a mind-blowing 148 tracks from five full Dylan sets that were professionally recorded throughout the 1975 caravan/tour. The ambitious box set will also include three discs of rehearsals and one disc of rare performances.On Tuesday, Dylan shared a recording of him and his band rehearsing “One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)”, which took place prior to the tour at the Seacrest Motel in Falmouth, MA.Related: Bob Dylan To Open ‘Heaven’s Door’ Whiskey Distillery & Center For The Arts In Nashville In 2020The rehearsal of the song, which would go on to appear on Dylan’s 1976 Desire LP, hears Dylan opening the performance with the strumming of his acoustic guitar before powerfully belting out the song’s opening lyrics. Dylan and his guitar are accompanied in the raw recording by limited instrumentation including the violin, a simple drum beat, and backing vocalists during the song’s folk-like chorus. In all, the recording sounds more like a collaboration between passing gypsies in the street than that of the generation’s most acclaimed songwriters–which perfectly matches the spirit of Rolling Thunder‘s touring caravan of musicians. Fans can hear the new recording in the video below.Bob Dylan – “One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)”[Video: Bob Dylan]Fans will also get the chance to dive into the wild world of Dylans’ 1975 tour when the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, arrives on Netflix just a few days after the arrival of the box set on June 11th. The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings is scheduled to arrive on June 7th. Fans can click here to pre-order the album box set.