Posted 24 May 2005 - 01:20 PM
her name was Wendy,she was on a ventilator and needed a lung transplant.
One night I took the "Northfork" dvd in to the hospital so she could watch it
on the unit's dvd player. She liked it very much and said it was a beautiful
film and story. I told her the cinematographer who photographed the film was
a forum member of a forum I posted on and also a member of the ASC. She
said if I was on the forum sometime,would I thank David Mullen for her and
thank him for such a beautiful film. I told her I would. She asked me if the film
won any academy awards, I said no but it should have. I told her I was studying
cinematography. Well I went off duty for the weekend and came back seven days
later and took the dvd "Mulholland Falls" to her room for her. Her bed was empty,
and I started to get that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, I've experienced it
many times in 34 yrs. . A nurse(friend of mine) told me she had died while she
was talking to a friend who came to see her. She said she just simply died while
talking. Wendy was a big Nick Nolte fan too,she liked "Prince of Tides" a lot. So
now I'm keeping my promise to her. Thank you Mr. David Mullen ASC for your
your wonderful craft and art in "Northfork", and thank you Mr. Nick Nolte for your
wonderful craft and art as an actor. Thanks from Wendy.
Posted 25 May 2005 - 04:26 AM
Posted 25 May 2005 - 01:34 PM
Posted 25 May 2005 - 02:21 PM
I have to chime in here too - I loved the look of both "Northfork" and "Twin Falls Idaho." Gorgeous-looking films. David Mullen's cinematography really makes all the difference.
I just watched it a few nights ago and followed up by watching it again with the directors commentary. There was alot going on that I didn't notice (or get) the first time around and learning it after the fact made it a much more satisfying film for me.
It's a shame that multi-layered and unconventionally structured films like this come and go while something like "Independence Day" and "Top Gun" linger on and on and on.
There's little accounting for taste, I spose.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 05:30 AM
Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:41 AM
This is a great film, and it's a tribute to Mr. Mullen that he gives so much time and effort to helping those on this board. Northfork is one of those rare films anymore where the cinematography surpasses the direction so far that you almost want to "see" the film more than hear it. If not for James Woods, the rest of this film would rely entirely on the visuals, and certainly not the acting. This is one extremely rare film that is saved almost entirely on the Look, and not the Looked at. One almost gets the feeling that D. Mullen gets the story more than the cast and director combined. It appears to the outsider that only two people actually did their homework on this: David, and James Woods. Everyone else appears as if they are reading an unfamiliar dialect.
I'm afraid I disagree with this. Not only Woods, but Nick Nolte AND Darryl Hannah turned in their best performances in many years. If you listen to the directors commentary, the story was working on many levels and Michael Polish (the director) not only wrote a memorable screenplay, but knew when to step aside and let the actors act. There were many small details woven into the story which you might miss unless you were paying close attention. And the kid was fantastic.
Don't get me wrong, there was lots of eye-candy, but the cinematography served a very good, idiosynchratic script and showcased some fine acting. It's a movie you can watch again and again and find something new with each viewing. Rare.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:11 PM