I once lit the world on fire by declaring in a post that art is whatever you do that makes your soul sing. It makes me smile even now, even though there were some rough moments where people tried to argue with my opinion, which is impossible to do. You can argue with facts, but spewing anger and epithets at each other because you like peanut butter and I prefer chocolate, so to speak, is wasted energy.
My opinion is still the same. Art is whatever you do that makes your heart sing.
Up to now, most, if not all, of my art recs have been centered on what most would consider the traditional definition of that word, like photography, painting, digital art, etc. However, this week’s rec is the Mark Duplass movie, Blue Jay.
(Poster links to IMDB site for movie for a sample and additional information)
IMDB summary: Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.
Mark wrote the script and stars in the movie with the amazing Sarah Paulson, probably most famous for her many roles in American Horror Story, though she packs a resume that showcases her incredible talent.
This is an incredibly intimate film, in all the best ways. People often confuse intimacy with sex, so let me clear, I don’t mean sex. There is a kiss and miss, but the words, and the emotions these two bring to life are deeper, and more meaningful than what some couples share in an entire life time. The chemistry is perfect, their interaction is superb as it burns you down and takes you back through memories of the life you once had, or always wished you had. It was like sitting by a stream on a quiet summer, day and letting the flowing water hypnotize and soothe you.
There is nothing I didn’t love about this wonderful film. It’s streaming on Netflix now, and if you have some down time this holiday season, I recommend spending it with Mark and Sarah. You can hear their souls singing in their performances, and in his writing, and to me that makes Blue Jay a piece of art.
If you like it, share it with your friends and tag Mark on Twitter @MarkDuplass, and show him some love. All artists love kisses and shiny things, and need those things to encourage them to keep putting themselves out there.