(Side by side comparison, which makes it even funnier.)Source: cinemablend.com
ETA: You guys, I just watched it again and when I got to 2:10 I started crying and I don’t know why. I haven’t had Involuntary Movie Tears since Narnia.Source: movies.com
Screencaps from The Innocents, the 1961 adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw.
Falling within the subgenre of psychological horror, the film achieves its effects through lighting, music, and direction rather than gore and conventional shocks. Its distinctive atmosphere owes much to cinematographer Freddie Francis, who employed deep focus in many scenes, as well as bold, minimal lighting.
I have gotten really interested in the use of shadows and light in movies. I was only able to patch my own viewing of The Innocents together from a handful of scenes on YouTube; I need to get the whole thing. Netflix, unfortunately, does not have it in their streaming library. But in addition to that, I wanted to post all this because it’s basically the epitome of gothic: a young woman creeping around a pitch-black house in the middle of the night with a candle, hearing dangerous things in the walls and looking for secrets LIKE THERE’S ANYTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT.
1) Deborah Kerr (the governess, Miss Giddens) in a white nightgown, reading a book by the fire. The left side is a pool of light thrown by a candelabra standing next to a vase of white roses; the right side is so dark, you can barely see the furniture (a couple of chairs, I think).
2) Kerr holding the candelabra in a dark hall. An ornate mirror on the right side; pitch black behind the candle flames on the left. The light on her profile has a really interesting effect, which particularly highlights her I DID NOT EXPECT GHOSTS IN THIS GOTHIC MANSION WTF expression, while her long blonde hair is completely black in the shadows.
3) Further down the hall, which is lined with framed portraits: Kerr’s back is to the camera, and the candelabra in her left hand seems to be the only light. There’s a really interesting effect where you can see the light through her white sleeve and around the very edges of her silhouette, but everything else is dark.
4) A fringed curtain pulled back on the far left, Kerr in profile in the center, and then an open window (French door? Can’t remember). The candelabra lights the wall behind her and is reflected in the many-paned window. I just love the look on her face, which is all wide-eyed and tense and GHOST I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE, YOU BETTER NOT.
5) Dark wall to the left, candelabra in the shadows to the right, Kerr’s profile (expression: HAUNTED HOUSE, DO NOT WANT ) emerging into the light from behind the white door jamb.
6) Kerr, a bright white figure on the left, white nightgown, blonde hair, white face in a high-contrast pool of candlelight, looking up to the ornate bannister and stairs to the right, with some dim windows in the background to give the scene depth. Expression: “That’s okay. I didn’t ever want to go upstairs ever again. I can just live down here from now on. Forever. OH GOD WHY IS THIS MY JOB.”
7) Kerr, a white figure with her back to the camera, going up the stairs, which seem to have two or three levels and may curve slightly, and also, the posts and banisters are all pointy and gothic. There’s also light coming from a large paned window at the top of the frame, which looks more misty and foreboding than helpful. Woman, you live in a house where the STAIRS are gothic. You in danger, girl.
[Image description: Henry Cavill in his Superman suit, head to knees. The boots are, therefore, not shown, but they are red. The cape is red. Everything else is… blue. Head to foot. And that was the moment we realized why Superman has always had red briefs/trunks/outerundawears prior to this: the illusion of decency.]
@donnajherren: Um, this seems to be Henry Cavill’s actual body. *melts into puddle* http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/thegeekfiles/2011/08/new-close-up-shots-of-henry-ca.html
@cleolinda: I have no idea how we’re supposed to watch this movie with a straight face.
@donnajherren: Has anyone ever watched Superman w/a straight face? I’m just here for the hot man & the lulz.
@Ceilidhann: It’s very obviously padded but I rather like the new Superman costume: http://images.fandango.com/images/fandangoblog/superman3-final.jpg
@cleolinda: That costume says one thing to me, and that thing is, “Laaaaaadieeeeees….”
@Ceilidhann: I imagine that was Zack Snyder’s thought process for all costuming in his movies.
@cleolinda: It occurs to me now that he also did 300. So… yes.
@alliancesjr: The problem being, of course, that the phrase “faster than a speeding bullet” gets around.
The photo, which was posted at Digital Spy, shows Bella, presumably getting her hair done before her wedding, while her parents look on, likely imagining Bella as their little girl, rather than a grown teenager about to be married. My how the years fly. Before they know it, she’ll be of legal age to drink alcohol.
ICE-COLD SPARKLE BURNSource: cinemablend.com
@ropeofsilicon: Just so there’s no confusion, that Underworld Awakening poster that’s floating around is a fake: http://tinyurl.com/3lojow8Source: bestforfilm.com
[Image description: I… huh. Well. Seems to be a still (rather than a staged publicity photo) from The Dark Knight Rises. The background has pale beige marble walls and floor, not sure what it is. Brightly lit. So here in the middle, coming diagonally towards the camera, pretty close up, is the Batpod. You know, the motorcycle with the monster wheel in front that detached from the Batmobile in the previous movie. And Anne Hathaway is on it. Her hair is pulled back and blowing out, so clearly we’re in motion. She’s got these big black goggles with blue lights at the temples, which—you know, sure. That seems in keeping with the kind of tech in these movies. Then we have… what she’s wearing. I’m concerned. It seems to be a black catsuit, zipping up to the neck, but… it’s kind of baggy, the way she’s leaning over. I’m conflicted because Feminist Me is like, you know, maybe the baggy catsuit is MORE COMFORTABLE, okay, she has MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO than just stand there in a corset and LOOK SEXY. But Aesthetic Me is just kind of sitting here like, but… really? The suit is really plain and kind of doesn’t look like it fits and SERIOUSLY HOW IS A CATSUIT BAGGY? DOES THE DICTIONARY EVEN ALLOW THAT.
I’m wondering if this is the moment where all the fanboys turn on Christopher Nolan. Emphasis on “boys.”]