Wednesday, February 18, 2009

18: scene

There are just a few degrees of separation between me and a famous film director.

At least, he is going to be famous. His name is Cary Fukunaga, and I heard about him from a colleague a couple of times removed who happens to be related to him. His feature debut, Sin Nombre, scored a couple of awards at Sundance last month and will hit theaters in the next.

I was doing some light research, reading a bit about the making of the film, scanning reviews, watching the trailer, finding this all somewhat interesting and coming to the conclusion that Sin Nombre would probably be worth watching. And then. And then I found out that one of the producers is Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal.

I'll just let that sink in for a moment.

And now that the original train of thought has completely derailed, let's continue with the theme, shall we? and take a moment or two to appreciate a few beautiful people of the male variety. It may appear that we're going for pure aesthetics here, but, in the case of many, if not all, the men I greatly admire (these from afar), their good looks are not what first caught my attention. It was their voice, their demeanor, their wit, their music. Their honesty, perhaps. Speaking of honesty, though, the aesthetic layer is indeed a welcome enhancement.




Only recently, say in the last five years or so, have I begun to appreciate portraiture. I used to find portraits (painted or photographed) boring, mundane, deserving of less attention than other works with more exotic themes. I have come to realize that portraits—good portraits—celebrate the joys, reveal the sorrows, and capture the confusion of human existence. The really great ones do all of these things at once, while at the same time offering a glimpse of universal divinity in the individual person.

People are beautiful. Really, truly beautiful. Take the time to look around and you'll see.

(photo sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)


chrome3d said...

This post is too girly for me, sorry!:-) I understand the portrait thingy though.

the pachuco cross said...

I notice that my picture isn't up there anywhere...

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Ben said...

Yes, the film looks like it will be very good. As far as I know it's the first film to deal directly with MS13 and the multitude of problems that surround them. I can't wait to see it.

Another film that I'm excited about it one called Sugar (check it out on It's about a Dominican baseball player that comes to the States to play in the minors.

skylark said...

1. I find it somewhat odd that not a single female (except maybe the Focus Features rep, I can't tell) has commented on the only post in which I have ever incorporated photos of seven beautiful men.

2. Thanks for the rec, Ben. Looks good.