Sunday, April 29, 2012

Favorite Pic of the Day for April 30th


Above:
Tristan by Mike Tossy
-See more of Tristin by Grantham & Tossy below-

Happy Birthday today April 30th



Happy 45th to Adrian Pasdar. I only watched one season of Heroes, but I loved Adrian in 1990's Vital Signs (Here with Diane Lane).


See more of Adrian and fellow birthday boys, Blair McDonough, Johnny Galecki & Jeff Timmons HERE: and Paul Gross and Perry King HERE:



Diane Lane- Hot Scene - Click here for the funniest movie of the week

Pure Pleasure: Man + Graffiti by Mark Grantham



A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Mark Grantham's work with Tyler, (In Your Face). Not only is Tyler featured in Mark's new book, he is also one of the models featured in Mark's new exhibit, Man + Graffiti.

The exhibit runs the entire month of May at the appropriately titled venue, Pure Perfection. A reception will also be held this Friday May 4th. If your anywhere around the Santa Cruz area, I strongly encourage you to check it out!

First & Second: Tristan By Mark Grantham & Mike Tossy

Tristan by Mark Grantham


It is always interesting to see how a subject is captured through the eye of different artists. We all see things slightly different and it is fascinating to see the slight, and not so slight, differences in how two or more artists choose to capture it. In my third outing of Perspective, artist's Mark Grantham and Mike Tossy focus their lens on a on a model who is stepping in front of a professional for the very first time.



Mark was the first photographer to work with Tristan, Mike was the second. As of now, Mark and Mike are still the only two photographers to shoot with Tristan, although now that he's joined Model Mayhem photographers are lining up to work with him. Tristan is a friend of Tyler (who I just featured) and also JPhoenix (who I featured in January of last year.



'He's another friend from here in Santa Cruz. Just 20. Great guy. Works 2 jobs. He's in school, with big dreams/plans. He's a rock climber. He's a runner. He doesn't sit still.'
Mark Grantham


Mark Grantham Official Site:
Mark Grantham on ModelMayhem:




I love how Mark brings out the athlete side of Tristan whereas Mike uses color and pose to bring out the artistic. Both photographers bring out the fun, and the sexy and with Tristan it all begins with his incredible face. I think my favorite images are the last shot of Mark's above, and the first shot from Mike below. Both make use of Tristan's fantastic body, face and incredibly expressive eyes.

Tristan by Mike Tossy


'Life is far too short to live the same day twice.'
Tristan


Mike Tossy Official Site:
Mike Tossy on ModelMayhem:






Tristan on ModelMayhem

The Case Of The Vanishing Rear Window


I abhor remakes. Generally, they only exist to squeeze the last bit of money out of a concept or idea. They also usually only serve to diminish the reputation of the original and in some cases go on to actually ruin it. Filmmakers argue that great works, usually referring to Shakespeare, were told over and over with different actors and interpretations. Problem is Shakespeare's work should never be used in the creation of a rule. His works work were never meant to be filmed, it was written for the stage.

Above: Janet Leigh & John Gavin in Psycho (1960)

If you love a great piece of stage writing it can be fascinating to see what different actors and directors bring to words. With a great film however, the results are usually act to negatively alter perception. It is akin to to reaching inside your brain, taking the great memory you have of your seventh birthday party and replacing your family and friends with unknown bodies and faces and moving the setting from your familiar dining room to an unfamiliar space you have no connection with. Unnerving and disturbing.

Above: Anne Heche & Viggo Mortensen in Psycho (1998)

Last week, when completing my piece about Julianne Moore I was once again reminded of Gus Van Sant' 1998 remake of Psycho. I like most of Van Sant's work, To Die For being my favorite of his films. Sometimes his editing, although I know for effect, drives me to turn off his work. My Own Private Idaho for example was both a brilliant, yet frustrating piece of cinema for me.



After featuring the shots of Viggo from the 1998 version I re-watched my DVD of the 1960 version, then ordered the directors cut from Amazon and re-watched that. Sadly, it was the 1998 version I actually saw first, on a date in my early twenties. I quickly found the original and is a masterpiece compared to Van Sant's remake. I will give the director credit. In listening carefully to the commentary on the recently watched directors cut, Van Sant seems to have at least a creative vision for redoing the classic Hitchcock film and painstakingly researched and filmed almost every scene verbatim. Although I applaud a creative vision over a financial one, the question remains, why bother? Van Sant does his best to explain (justify) his actions on the commentary but never really gives a answer that makes total sense. The film's lackluster response from both the audience and most critics should have been a clue, but he seems to blame it on other factors. I think central to it's being a bad idea was at it's core Psycho was a mystery and before Van Sant shot his first second of film, the mystery had already been solved.

Viggo in The Road

One mystery I am hoping a blog reader might be able to help me with is the editing out of Viggo's butt scene. Viggo, who take son John Gavin's Sam Loomis role comes off better than most of the actors in the film. Viggo, and Anne Heche's Marion, open the film in their motel room moments after having sex. In the director's cut, Viggo's incredible posterior is edited just at the top of his lower back. Obviously from the caps at the end of the piece (and the video clip) at some point Van Sant filmed a wee bit lower.

Viggo in Indian Runner

I am fairly confident the request did not come from Viggo. On the films commentary, both Heche and Van Sant comment on the nude scene and that Viggo was excited about the role reversal in the scene, having his character completely naked while Heche, like Leigh, remains in her bra and slip. During the commentary for the scene, Vince Vaughan seems more obsessed than I am about Viggo's nakedness, quizzing Heche about when in the scene Viggo was letting it all hang out.

Eastern Promisies

Viggo has shown in ass in many films including The Road and A History Of Violence, both recently filmed. He also gave an extended full frontal in Indian Runner and showed pretty much every inch of his body in Eastern Promises. It makes little to no sense he would request, or even get an edit of his brief butt scene.



The decision to edit the scene (current director's cut above, and older clip and caps below) was most likely done by Van Sant himself. My question however is why? There are tons of nude scenes, mostly by actors that suddenly disappear when movies move from the original release on VHS to DVD or Blu-Ray. It is most likely the butt scenes below appeared on an early VHS release, but would love to if anyone knows for sure. The fact the scene is capped so infrequently, and so unclear indicates it never made it to any DVD release. Van Sant has never been shy about a bit of skin, so curious as to why he made this decision.



If anyone know's where the original scene appeared, or why the edit might have been made, please shoot me a line. I at first thought it was simple change that happened with a wide screen viewing, but it was obviously more purposeful than that. One of the things I did like about the Van Sant version was the acting, and comparing scenes with the original, The butt scene was a small but clear way to create a difference and very curious on why he might have changed his mind about it and like poor Marion, buried it forever.


Viggo - Psycho by trevorbriggs



Psycho clip via Scenes of Male Skin, your best source of clips on the net!