Sunday, 9 October 2016

Artistic beauty in film II

Sandwich fillers aside, original was published almost three years ago.

In light of this, enjoy official sequel.

Bringing exhibits and famous paintings to life was undoubtedly the highlight of Night of the Museum 2.

Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California - Alfred Bierstadt
Convergence - Jackson Pollock
'Now for the Painter', (Rope.) Passengers Going on Board ('Pas de Calais') - J.M.W. Turner
Love - Robert Indiana (middle), Balloon Dog (Red) - Jeff Koons (right), Spiral Man - Grisha Bruskin (bottom left) and immediately adjacent is Isamu Noguchi's Globular.
Mountain Forms #2 - Victor Higgins (middle) and Nighthawks - Edward Hopper (right).
I point out South Ledges, Appledore by Childe Hassam.
Venus Italica - Antonio Canova (far left), The Thinker - Auguste Rodin (middle) and behind sculpture is Water Lilies - Claude Monet.
American Gothic - Grant Wood
Photograph of V-J Day in Times Square - Alfred Eisenstaedt (left) and Crying Girl - Roy Lichtenstein (right).
Finishing nicely with:

Night of the Museum 3
Relativity - M.C. Escher
Harvard University Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) gets embroiled in murder and conspiracy in Ron Howard's uninspiring adaptation of Dan Brown's best selling novel The Da Vinci Code.

Predictably, there's a bit of Leonardo.

Mona Lisa (left) and The Last Supper (right).

Cover of fictional character's book Sacred Feminine mixes things up.

The Birth of Venus (detail) - Botticelli
There are others, but because I can't bear to revisit this terrible film - we'll leave it at that.

Her sensational smile unsurprisingly pops up elsewhere.

Hudson Hawk
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Despicable Me
Batman Returns
Single White Female
Replacing famous smile with that of domestic house cat is pretty strange.
Statue of David - Michelangelo

Children of Men
Fortress 2: Re-Entry
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Only God Forgives
The Rocky saga wouldn't be the same without a spectacular splash of colour from impressionist LeRoy Neiman.

Rocky III
Serving as both a spin off and sequel, Creed was a surprising knockout.
This famously first appeared in Rocky III's end titles and again in Rocky Balboa.
Okay, this is hardly a secret now, but whatever.

Robért Berény's Sleeping Lady with Black Vase was considered lost, until it was discovered by art historian Gergely Barki after watching Stuart Little.
Derived from the Latin phrase Deus-Ex Machina, literally meaning God from the Machine, Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina remains one of the most refreshing sci-fi's in recent years.

No. 5, 1948 - Jackson Pollock
Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein - Gustav Klimt
Mel Smith's Bean recycles the farce of what made television show Mr. Bean such a hit. Rowan Atkinson's National Gallery security guard delivers some decent laughs when charged with looking after James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1.
Yeah, I don't like colloquialism Whistler's Mother.

Back with Despicable Me and Agnes.

Starry Night - Van Gogh
Awww, isn't she sweet?

Well I think so.

The name's Bond, James Bond.

Dr. No
Portrait of the Duke of Wellington - Francisco Goya
Portrait of Lunia Czechowska with a Fan - Amedeo Modigliani
Ellen Page teaches Patrick Wilson's sexual predator Jeff Kohlver a lesson he doesn't forget in the controversial Hard Candy.
Edward Hopper's Nighthawks is found at coffeehouse of same name.
Like short-lived TV show, there's little not to like about pseudo Airplane spoof The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Ricardo Montalban's villain Ludwig owns Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy, which is accidentally destroyed by Drebin.
For the final time, I revisit The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

During wedding ceremony, we admire a clever parody of Grant Wood's American Gothic.
Going full circle, painting appears in the castle.
The Chinese Lady - Vladimir Tretchikoff
It's a mad world in cult fantasy Donnie Darko, and M.C. Escher keeps a careful Eye on Jake Gyllenhaal's bedroom.
If it wasn't for Henri Matisse, we wouldn't get up and Dance to Good Will Hunting.
Hello? You're probably really busy preparing to celebrate Halloween (1978), but can you be a doll and tell me the title of James Ensor effort hanging in my living room?
Certainly Laurie, it's Self-Portrait with Flowered Hat.
Thanks very much.  While I can't promise anything, I
'll do my level best to perturb my brother Michael from trick and treating you to death tonight.
Before scooting off...

'Mousterpieces' created by The Chiodo Brothers provided some light relief to the otherwise unfunny Dinner for Schmucks (American remake of French comedy Le Dîner de Cons).

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler
American Gothic - Grant Wood
Mona Lisa - Leonardo da Vinci
The Creation of Adam - Botticelli
The Last Supper - Leonardo da Vinci
The Scream - Edvard Munch
Not sure if canvas was based on actual scrawl, but either way, I'm sure Picasso would raise a curious smile.
Enter the Van Gogh

Sunflowers (top left), Self-Portrait with a Palette (top middle), Café Terrace at Night (top right), Blossoming with Acacia Branches (bottom left), Branches with Almond Blossom (middle bottom) and Starry Night (bottom right).
Still Life - Paul Klee
Aficionado - Picasso

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