Architecture, Movies

The Matrix

I am referring to the movie title. I tried to watch the movie recently. It definitely looked dated. I only watched the first couple of minutes and could not engage myself in the movie. Somebody please do a modern remake. Keep the plotline the same. Just make the movie using more modern looking sets.

Some movies are ageless. I recently watched Blade Runner. It still looked good. As I watched the movie a second time, I found out that many scenes in the movie were shot in house built by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of my favorite architects. The house is named the Ennis House. According to this Architectural Digest article, the house was also used by Twin Peaks.

Ennis House built by Frank Lloyd Wright

I think this dining hall was the setting where Decker meets Dr. Tyrell.

Looking for something to watch. Watch Blader Runner. If you have watched it before, watch it again and look for scenes shot in the Ennis House.

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Animals, Movies

The Wild Horse Redemption

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Great documentary. Highly recommended. The film was nominated for three Gemini Awards. I taped this movie on the Documentary Channel a while back on my PVR. This film is available on the Toronto Public Library system.

Synopsis: Wild horses have long roamed the American West. To keep populations stable and sustainable on public lands, thousands of these magnificent creatures are taken from their herds each year and trained, sold or put out to pasture.

Some of the horses end up in the “Wild Horse Inmate Program,” through which inmates at the East Canon Correctional Complex learn the non-coercive methods of horse whisperers to tame and train the horses for adoption. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky, the film traces the incredible stories of both the horses and the inmates, masterfully intertwining their parallel fates and their mutual struggle towards rehabilitation.

Beautifully shot in the rugged foothills and big skies of southern Colorado, the film takes viewers on an intimate and uplifting journey of freedom, discipline and redemption.1

Notes:

  1.  Synopsis was adapted from this website. I edited parts of the synopsis. Visit the website for the full synopsis. It is a well written synopsis except for the part about the horses being rehabilitated. The horses do not need to be rehabilitated. They did not do anything wrong.
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Movies

Two Days, One Night

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One of my favorite movies. It has 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Plot Summary: Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With Two Days, One Night, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

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Movies

Foxcatcher

I was watching some wrestling at the Rio Olympics on TV earlier today. As I was watching the action, I was reminded of the great movie about two brothers who were Olympic wrestlers. Dave and Mark Schultz both won Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles.

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Brothers Dave and Mark Schultz.

The name of the movie is Foxcatcher. It examimes the relationship between the two brothers and John Du Pont. John Du Pont was heir to the Du Pont fortune. He was a sponsor to USA Wrestling. The movie is based on true events.

Foxcatcher Farm is the name of the training facility where Mark Schultz trained for the 1988 Olympics. The facility was owned by John Du Pont.

The movie is not really about wrestling. Wrestling is the backdrop for the study of the psychology of two elite athletes and the power dynamics between them and their sponsor.

The movie received 88% Rotten Tomato rating. I highly recommend this movie. The movie is available on Netflix Canada.

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