I watched Zodiac last night on pay-per-view. It was interesting. I noticed that the film tried to capture the style of the 70’s in fashion and also it’s own technique. Which meant there were loads of pensive scenes between actors, moving at a leisurely pace. I did like the film even though the subject matter was disturbing. But since moving out of the 20th century and into the 21st, I have developed a slight touch of ADD. Towards the middle part of the film, I started to twitch on my couch. I checked the time. I got up to look at my bookshelf. Read for a bit. Then I made myself dinner. So no, this film did not have my undivided attention. It wasn’t for lack of interest. At least I was home and not in a movie theater. Getting restless in a theater is the worst. The last movie I saw at the multiplex POTC 3 was torture. I bolted out of my seat at the end.
Today I spent my lunch break at the Museum of Modern Art. My favorite exhibit at the moment is JoAnn Verburg’s Present Tense. This series encompasses Verburg’s work from the early 80’s to the present. The portrait triptychs were wonderful and Verburg captures the personality of each subject.
The best of the exhibit is a series of people floating in a pool. There is an example at the head of this post. The photos are tranquil and a bit remote as well. Most of the people have their eyes closed, averted or they are slightly cropped out of frame. The most beautiful “After Giotto”, is of a pretty girl being lifted out of the pool on a man’s arm. Her eyes are directed off frame towards him. We only see his arm.
The color photo work has a dreamy feel. The subjects are always reading the news which pins down the general time-frame of the photo. But the saturated colors catch the eye and distract from the solid nature of the newspapers.