Posts Tagged ‘ movies ’

WALLPAPER: The Story of Your Life (Arrival)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Louise Banks from Arrival

I completely forgot that I finished this Arrival wallpaper and never posted it. Possibly because I’m not fully happy with it, which is too bad. It looked so awesome in my head! Anyway, I adore this movie. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year along with Paterson, Melancholia, The Lobster, and 20th Century Women. So many incredible films I’ve seen in the past 7 months. I also read the short story it’s based on afterwards, and it’s brilliant, but I think the screenplay takes to the concept to new heights. The way the narrative ultimately unfolded, the way the flashfowards initially seemed like flashbacks, the way you’re just always on the edge of comprehension until the very end when all is revealed… I’m so impressed by this adaptation to screen. And the heptapod language is incredibly beautiful. I want to learn it!

Next: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Bates Motel, probably some other stuff. I don’t remember what I mentioned last time.


WALLPAPER: Not Today (Melancholia)

Melancholia: Justine

At this point, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t say a bunch of other, unrelated wallpapers were coming. I’ve been meaning to watch Melancholia for a while but kept putting it off because it’s a bit long and I was afraid it would be enormously depressing. But it expired on Netflix earlier this month so I was forced to finally get it over with. It turned out to be one of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year (The Lobster and Paterson are the two others). Not only is it visually stunning, but it also captures the essence of depression in a way that is very honest but quietly subtle. I’m completely floored. As you can see, I’ve used some of the other lines from the song “Cover Me” in this wallpaper because they just fit so well. As I mentioned, I can’t get this song out of my head. I think it’s Depeche Mode’s best since “Precious,” at the very least. Also, in case you haven’t noticed from my long history of arts, I really love me some triangles and circles, and this film delivered them in spades.

Next: Well, I really am working on the various things I mentioned earlier this month, but I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me anymore. I think Bates Motel and Breaking Bad are my priorities right now. I’m also working on something new for Better Call Saul.


WALLPAPER: Indian (All Is Lost)


Not much to say here. I love J.C. Chandor’s spare and heart-wrenching film, All Is Lost. In any ordinary circumstances, I probably wouldn’t be compelled to make a whole wallpaper for it, but these are no ordinary circumstances. Basically I couldn’t think of a single TV series I watch that ever takes place near the Indian Ocean. There were a couple Australian/Kiwi shows that came close, but they were still on the Pacific side, and as we know I already have something special planned for that particular ocean. This film, wherein “Our Man” in stranded and sinking somewhere in the Indian Ocean, ended up being my best option. This is a simple wallpaper to go with a simple film that still manages to be compelling throughout despite little to no dialogue. Of course it never hurts to have the great Robert Redford in your yellow lifeboat.

Next: Life Unexpected. That’ll then conclude the entire Atlas series. I plan to take a little break after that, maybe finish up some unfinished fanfics.

WALLPAPER: On A Collision Course (Benjamin Button)

Desktop wallpaper for David Fincher's film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is certainly not without its flaws (in particular, the first half of the movie is overlong, while the second half goes by too quickly—although now that I think about it, perhaps this is by design), but it’s one of the best movies out there about aging and fate and love and life in general, on a grand scale. I’ve had this promotional still of Benjamin and Daisy (portrayed brilliantly by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) in the dance studio saved on my computer since way before the movie came out. I’ve always wanted to do something with it. There was so much I wanted to infuse into the wallpaper. The film has so many great quotes and I kind of wanted to include them all, but in the end I decided to stick to something a bit more clean and simple.

Next: Better Call Saul and Nashville would be my best guesses.

WALLPAPER: The Swim Back (Gattaca)


Here is the Gattaca wallpaper! I have always loved this movie for so many reasons, but most importantly, the cinematography is beautiful and the repetition of circular elements throughout is very well done. It’s clear that every shot was thought out in detail beforehand. In particular, the central staircase which echoes form of a DNA ladder, is a nice touch. This is also one of my favorite quotes ever, from anywhere. It definitely changed the way I live my life.

In case you missed them, I also made some 100×100 Gattaca icons several years ago! You can check them out in the icon section.