Thursday, February 26, 2009

I know I just published Marc Jacobs but look at Marc for Marc Jacobs - swoon! His clothes make me want to move to NY/Paris and just walk around eating cupcakes and smoking and being disgustingly fashionable and cute but not in a twee way.


I'm feeling Liz Lemon at the moment - could be those three seasons of 30 Rock I just smashed. Also I pull this face. Attractive? Not so much - but obviously high in the comedic value.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I heart MJ '09

I prefer some of the more dour/goth like pieces of the show (charcoal cardigan and cashmere gloves) - typical me really. However that yellow coat is the most amazing thing I've seen in ages!

I think gives a good summation of the show - so controversial? You would have thought Marc Jacobs was Isla Fischer in the poorly timed Confessions.

dreaming for the third season

I can't wait for winter because it means cardigans with jumpers and cute skirts with tights! Perhaps I'll even learn to walk in heels this year and to keep hats on my head for longer than a minute!

Ps This looks great Loves of A Blonde AND this likes bad-great Another Rainy Day in LA

Funny Face

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”

I struggle with the smaller film festivals - mainly because its often harder to get my friends excited and involved unlike MIFF that seems to have a collective pull on my social circle. However last year I had the devastating experience of losing motivation due to lack of avails of my pals to see an incredible looking french musical called Les Chansons d'amour directed by Christophe Honoré and music by Alex Beaupain (whom I adore - he did the s/track to 'Dans Paris'!). It also starred Louis Garrel one of my favourite Mr Bungle type frenchies! Also Honore and Garrel have a cute Leaud and Truffaut connection happening which sometimes is brilliant e.g. 'Ma Mere' and sometimes falls flat a la 'Apres Lui', but I digress! I never was able to source the film at video stores or online except at great cost thus I'm determined for this year's French Film Festivities not to pass me by! Here are my picks for Melbourne 5 - 19 March.

* Actresses - starring to of my favourite Frenchies Louis Garrel and Mathieu Amalric also the description makes it sound like 'Opening Night' meets 'Stardust Memories'.

* Summer Hours - though I think Binoches last few film choices have been horrendous - Dan in the Real Life and Flight of the Red Balloon - I still enjoy watching her most of the time and I adore Oliver Assayas. Actually this reminds me to track down 'Boarding Gate' with Argento!

* It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks - Is there anything better than french docos about censorship? I think not!

* La vie moderne - Actually french documentaries about uncelebrated aspects of quirky french life are probably just that little bit better (think the Gleaners and I!)

* A Christmas Tale - I hate Christmas movies but everyone loves Its a Wonderful Life right? Sometimes things that are wrong in the right hands become, well RIGHT! Also starring the usual reliables (I mean that in the best possible way) Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric

Personally my feelings are that 5 films for a smaller film festival is more than adequate (as it is for most ACMI focuses) and in all likelihood over reaching - considering I can hardly ever make it through the second Cinematheque film! Sshhh don't tell!

there must be something in you turning boys to men, and back again

Peter Bjorn and John "Nothing To Worry About"

I'm loving both of these songs so much right now. I love that phase you go through when you are just obsessed with songs and can listen to them over 100 times on repeat and its still not enough! I'm getting inspired to make some epic mix CDs theres been some great releases out at the moment - new Neko Case, M Ward, Yeah Yeah Yeahs etc its like 2003 all over again!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Who organized all my ex-girlfriends into a choir, and got them to sing?

So "Be Kind Rewind' kinda sucked - lets be real - Mos Def was cute and some of the effects would have made a good TV show or video clip but couldn't quite justify a movie. Apparently though it justified a book.

Besides not making the long-awaited "Master Of Space And Time," with "Ghost World" author Daniel Clowes handling writing chores, he's been directing 'Flight of the Conchords' - see highlights above! Some of the catchiest Conchords ever!

Gondry's been talking about 'Space And Time' since at least 2002, so let's hope he finally gets it off the ground by 2011!

Synopsis: The real world is unbearable to madcap inventor Harry Gerber, so he uses his genius to twist the laws of science and create his own tailor-made universe. Master of Space and Time combines high physics and high jinks, blurring the line between science and magic.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lists upon lists.

Must do this week

- Amongst other things

- Put on a kick ass R&B party (Neverwhere Bar, 185 Smith St Collingwood - Sat Feb 14 9PM-3AM - SLLLLLLOW JAMZZZZ people) and not drink myself to death from nerves/stress that no one will like it as much as me.

"I'm only interested in stories that are about the crushing of the human heart."

I've never been a fan of short stories. So many bad ones have been published and well reviewed that I feel that the market must be under sourced in some way. The critical barometer seems way off.

SIDENOTE 1 - Though recently I've been wondering about the people who are out there reviewing at the moment - see example A - our taste-makers really need a shake up.

SIDENOTE 2 - Also I'm not talking about Dostoevsky's short stories by the way. If you've read this blog at all you'll have noted that I have never read any of the Russians - not through lack of planning (I even asked my more classically well read friends what the easiest Russian to read was - Anna Karenina was the "popular" choice) but through lack of doing and the abundance of other excellent modern literature alternatives and thinner classics of note such as Francois Sagan, natch.

However I don't think I've read a more inspiring set of short stories than The Collected Stories of Richard Yates. It even makes me want to write short stories. Which is surprising as I haven't ever wanted to write short stories before, because previously I never saw the point of them. How closed my eyes and my mind has been! The short story is a REVELATION (yes we are seeing capitals and italics on that one) and one that has come quite unfairly late in my life too.

Previously I thought of the short story as either a chapter of a novel, an excerpt from a bigger story that was never satisfying on its own (just frustrating in that it made me want to read the novel which was rarely, if ever on hand), or simply an undernourished idea that was sent out pint size in paperback for me to roll my eyes over. In another form there are the jokes of story - one liners that were stretched out to a few hundred words - funny but pointless. This is not to say I didn't enjoy some of these stories or even a collection of them at their best but they were never as fully satiating as full novel. I almost need a new term more respectful than short works/stories/pieces (or the dreaded novella) to describe Yates flawless jewels of prose! Each one so perfectly formed, designed and timed - touching, funny and yes, cheesy as it is, heartwarming, gut wrenching and sigh inducing!

I don't want to be a bore about it or anything so you could skip the above self indulgent musings for this - Yates? He kills me.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bubble Boy

Tina Fey couldn't resist returning to SNL as Sarah Palin and how youtubers around the world rejoiced! It seems now that Will Ferrell saw the she was onto a good thing and has decided to make a return to political satire and make his theatre debut with - "You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush,". Is it alright to laugh about Bush now that he's gone? Is it alright to feel sorry for him now that he's no longer a threat?", asks Oliver Stone.

Is she wearing high heeled Docs? I'm frightened that this is starting to look good to me. However if Opening Ceremony says its OK...

Pics are from Opening Ceremony and Pendelton collabo on a line for men and women. Look for it on ebay Australians!

ps can people stop bloggin about Domino magazine closing - I don't care!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I’ll die young but it’s like kissing God.

I need to quit - facebook and smoking. Also I found these today - meant to be?

Ones Kate O'Connor and ones Marc Johns

ps It is not I who become addicted, it is my body. Too true! Thanks Lenny and Jean!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Pleasant Prison Dream

Should I get married? Should I be good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?
Don't take her to movies but to cemeteries
tell all about werewolf bathtubs and forked clarinets
then desire her and kiss her and all the preliminaries
and she going just so far and I understanding why
not getting angry saying You must feel! It's beautiful to feel!
Instead take her in my arms lean against an old crooked tombstone
and woo her the entire night the constellations in the sky-

But I should get married I should be good
How nice it’d be to come home to her
and sit by the fireplace and she in the kitchen
aproned young and lovely wanting by baby
and so happy about me she burns the roast beef
and comes crying to me and I get up from my big papa chair
saying Christmas teeth! Radiant brains! Apple deaf!
God what a husband I’d make! Yes, I should get married!
So much to do! like sneaking into Mr Jones’ house late at night
and cover his golf clubs with 1920 Norwegian books
Like hanging a picture of Rimbaud on the lawnmower
like pasting Tannu Tuva postage stamps all over the picket fence
like when Mrs Kindhead comes to collect for the Community Chest
grab her and tell her There are unfavorable omens in the sky!
And when the mayor comes to get my vote tell him
When are you going to stop people killing whales!
And when the milkman comes leave him a note in the bottle
Penguin dust, bring me penguin dust, I want penguin dust–


O but what about love? I forget love
not that I am incapable of love
It's just that I see love as odd as wearing shoes-
I never wanted to marry a girl who was like my mother
And Ingrid Bergman was always impossible
And there's maybe a girl now but she's already married
And I don't like men and-
But there's got to be somebody!
Because what if I'm 60 years old and not married,
all alone in a furnished room with pee stains on my underwear
and everybody else is married! All the universe married but me!


Gregory Corso

Sunday, February 1, 2009

the coolest girl in the world

Yes more couples that I love. Harmony and Sevs are pretty much the coolest couple of the 90s. Though River and Martha and Winona and David get silver and bronze - at least in my book.

Ps this is hilarious