henry poole

tonight, i saw the movie henry poole is here because of the recommendation from this girl. {the same girl who said the quote i have just below my synophotography button in my sidebar—in case you were wondering who that was.}

anyway, lisa is a sweetheart who i have come to know a little better through our blogs. she recently left me a comment recommending this movie to me. and i could not be more appreciative. i love good movie recommendations. and in my opinion, she was right on the mark. she thought i would really like it, and she was absolutely right. it was just my kind of movie. intentionally slow. subtlety humorous. touching. great soundtrack! really good script. great cast. luke wilson! {who i must say reminded me of his brother, owen, for the first time out of all the movies i've seen him in--usually they do not seem like brothers to me.}

but she also had me very intrigued, because she said this in her comment... "i actually thought of you while i was watching it. it's a beautiful movie about faith, and believing, and the cinematography is just gorgeous {that's actually why i thought of you, some of the visual shots reminded me of how you photograph things.}"

well, let me just say, i take this as a very, very nice compliment. i loved the cinematography in this movie. i loved the style of filming that this director used. i loved the colors and tones and moods and angles and randomness and slow quietness and absolutely everything about it visually! it's funny, because had she not said what she did, i would have watched it and thought the same thing—how much i like it visually. but i may not have seen that there were things in the visual stimulation i received that reminded me of my photography or the way i see things. i probably would have just thought how much i liked it. but because she did mention something, i kept observing things that made me think, "oh, i would have taken a picture of that... or would have liked to, anyway." so i actually do see what she means. there were even specific shots that reminded me of specific pictures i already have taken.

so first of all, i want to say, thank you, lisa. what a nice thing to say. but secondly, even if you don't see what she did {and subsequently what i did also}, i still recommend this film. i really liked it. of course, it may not be your cup of tea, especially if you are not into slow moving movies. it's a little bit predictable, but that does not bother me when there seem to be other things to take away from the film besides being surprised by the storyline. but it is touching and there is some great music in it. {i may go get the soundtrack.}

i think this was my favorite line from the movie. {it's actually a line by one of the characters who is quoting the famous philosopher, chomsky.}

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"as soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss."

~noam chomsky

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the photo above is one of the photos i recently took which some of the film's shots reminded me of. don't ask me why. it just does. so i used it. {i'd been wanting to post it for a while anyway. it's a bug's eye view of the telephone pole and the sky.}

here is another photo i took that part of the filming reminded me of.

peaceful evening

i had already planned on posting this, too. this is that same sunset from yesterday's post—just a totally different kind of shot and view. i'll probably post the rest of these tomorrow for sooc sunday.

happy weekend!


Lisa said...

awwwwww. :) you like me!! hehe, jk. anyway i am so glad that you enjoyed this movie. i mean, it's one of those movies that can get lost in all the hustle and bustle of other, bigger, faster, more intense movies. but i think that's why i liked it. it's just soft, and quiet, and pretty, and sweet. so. and you are right on the mark with those shots you used in this post.

:) have a happy day!

elk said...

both images are really beautiful

Liss said...

there is something magical about this shot.

Char said...

always good to get some great recommendations. :) sounds like it was spot on

great shots

spread your wings said...

yeah i saw that movie and now that you've said that i totally get what your friend said - i see the similarities.
great photos

Jaime said...

Hmmm...I will have to see that one...I am intrigued. I love quieter movies that are full of photographic splendor. It's inspiring.

Lovin the bokeh in the second shot!


lesli said...

Glad your buddy recommended Henry Poole to you - it's a GREAT film. If anyone missed it the first time around, I encourage you to check out the recently released family version. I absolutely loved this movie! It was such a great story about a real life guy who was struggling with his faith and accepting it. This is something that I've been struggling with myself for the past couple of years. It was such an encouragement to see this played out. And it's really cool that I've found a site, http://www.henrypoolebelieves.com. Right now it looks like they are giving away 10 copies of the movie for free. If you haven't seen the movie yet, or even if you have, you could always give it to a friend, but it's definitely worth checking out! A PERFECT film for a FAMILY movie night!