Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day - this morning I wanted the above for breakfast x all 3 meals.

Its called the Flapjack Fiasco!

Layers from bottom to top: pancake; cookie dough; pancake; peanut butter and jelly; pancake; chocolate and bananas; pancake; caramel, oreo, marshmallow, sprinkles, M&M’s; pancake; caramel buttercream frosting granished with Trix cereal.

This is just cute and creepy!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

All the Real Girls - I love this film - this quote isn't from the film (its from History of Love by Nicole Krauss) but i think it suits somehow.

“Poor little librarians of the world, those girls, secretly lovely, their looks marred forever by the cruelty of a pair of big dark eyeglasses!”

I'm getting new glasses perhaps like the ones seen here - anna karina & serge gainsbourg. anna, pierre koralnik, 1967.

How funny you are today New York
like Ginger Rogers in Swingtime
and St. Bridget’s steeple leaning a little to the left

here I have just jumped out of a bed full of V-days
(I got tired of D-days) and blue you there still
accepts me foolish and free
all I want is a room up there
and you in it
and even the traffic halt so thick is a way
for people to rub up against each other
and when their surgical appliances lock
they stay together
for the rest of the day (what a day)
I go by to check a slide and I say
that painting’s not so blue

where’s Lana Turner
she’s out eating
and Garbo’s backstage at the Met
everyone’s taking their coat off
so they can show a rib-cage to the rib-watchers
and the park’s full of dancers with their tights and shoes
in little bags
who are often mistaken for worker-outers at the West Side Y
why not
the Pittsburgh Pirates shout because they won
and in a sense we’re all winning
we’re alive

the apartment was vacated by a gay couple
who moved to the country for fun
they moved a day too soon
even the stabbings are helping the population explosion
though in the wrong country
and all those liars have left the UN
the Seagram Building’s no longer rivalled in interest
not that we need liquor (we just like it)

and the little box is out on the sidewalk
next to the delicatessen
so the old man can sit on it and drink beer
and get knocked off it by his wife later in the day
while the sun is still shining

oh god it’s wonderful
to get out of bed
and drink too much coffee
and smoke too many cigarettes
and love you so much

Steps by Frank O’Hara

Monday, June 22, 2009

“Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.”

Grigons & Orr Corner Store - Corner of Queensberry & Chetwynd St North
Melbourne. Tues-Sat 7am - 7pm. All day b/fast and lunch.

Every 2nd shop front in North Melbourne seems be a café – which begs the question - why is it so hard to choose a breakfast spot there on a Saturday morning? No one place seems to please everyone all the time - ok maybe just me but can't somewhere just have good coffee, food, clientele and decor - is that 2 much to ask? Luckily a new and delightful alternative has opened up the ‘Grigons & Orr Corner Store’ – which so far through randomised friend testing has proved to be a winner.

It ticks almost every box any Melbourne inner city cafe connessieur could put forward. Great coffee (note: Bonsoy option), and a great mix of great comfort food with a gourmet touch. Theres everything from heart-stoppingly good apple fritters to sausage rolls on offer at this one stop shop. Yes now you can enjoy a decent latte and a Chiko roll all in the soothing surrounds of old school milk bar kitsch - as well as other standards such ricotta pancakes and baked eggs.

However its not all about the food and the coffee though is it? No its the extra’s that make this Corner Store your new favourite hang out – its the 5 different kinds of spiders (including ginger beer yay), cat face sugar bowls and a well stocked wall of take home goodies such as glitter glue and farm fresh butter (among other pantry essentials) that make it a cosy home away from home (in which to nurse your Saturday morning hangover) and an all round friend pleaser.

Now we have somewhere open on Sundays - till 7pm too! Its lifted the curse of the North Melbourne Sunday arvo death knell of 3pm when all cafes close their kitchens!

Ph 96635192

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Will Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland be as big a disasters as Willy Wonka? Let's hope not - but as always the costumes/make up etc all look fantastic! Here we have our Mad 'Johnny Depp' Hatter, Queen 'Helena Bonham Carter' of Hearts and albino looking White Queen 'Anne Hathaway'!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

How you know you’ll enjoy a Godard film:

* You have a hole in your heart
* You can’t stand the warmth of sunshine
* Smoking is breathing
* Woman are not just objects of desire but industrial magnets in an auto-scrap yard
* When you feel nothing you still feel something
* There’s no point to anything, but it’s no excuse not to get dressed up
* Guns are not just phallic but a monolithic burden
* There is life after death, you just can’t smoke
* Your strengths will ultimately destroy you
* Your worth is proportionate to how well you scowl
* If you’re boring you might as well be dead
* The normal process of being human (i.e. eating, drinking, walking) is just a suggestion
* Men are cowards, therefore endlessly fascinating
* Childhood is parole for adulthood
* Responsibility is in the hands of people with little worth, jealousy is the motivation for all action
* Only true heroes live to die


“I'm not really a heavy smoker any more. I only get through two lighters a day now.”

I want to quit smoking - I'm 25 its time - but I will miss doing this!

I've been busy with my little tumblr recently and loving it so - as its been delivering me lots of nuggets of cute quotes by authors I have - ashamedly never read - but will soon!

I must now - just to see if the books live up to the excerpts!

The first W. Somerset Maugham - whose books have been sitting on my bookshelves for years waiting to be read and now its looking much more likely! Here's a quote from "The Moon and Sixpence":

“There is no cruelty greater than a woman’s to a man who loves her and whom she does not love; she has no kindness then, no tolerance even, she has only an insane irritation.”
— W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

The second is Carson McCullers - whose name has always put me off her books! Here is an excerpt from 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter':

“First of all, love is a joint experience between two persons — but the fact that it is a joint experience does not mean that it is a similar experience to the two people involved. There are the lover and the beloved, but these two come from different countries. Often the beloved is only a stimulus for all the stored-up love which had lain quiet within the lover for a long time hitherto. And somehow every lover knows this. He feels in his soul that his love is a solitary thing. He comes to know a new, strange loneliness and it is this knowledge which makes him suffer. So there is only one thing for the lover to do. He must house his love within himself as best he can; he must create for himself a whole new inward world — a world intense and strange, complete in himself. Let it be added here that this lover about whom we speak need not necessarily be a young man saving for a wedding ring — this lover can be man, woman, child, or indeed any human creature on this earth.

Now, the beloved can also be of any description. The most outlandish people can be the stimulus for love. A man may be a doddering great-grandfather and still love only a strange girl he saw in the streets of Cheehaw one afternoon two decades past. The preacher may love a fallen woman. The beloved may be treacherous, greasy-headed, and given to evil habits. Yes, and the lover may see this as clearly as anyone else — but that does not affect the evolution of his love one whit. A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamp. A good man may be the stimulus for a love both violent and debased, or a jabbering madman may bring about in the soul of someone a tender and simple idyll. Therefore, the value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself.

It is for this reason that most of us would rather love than be loved. Almost everyone wants to be the lover. And the curt truth is that, in a deep secret way, the state of being beloved is intolerable to many. The beloved fears and hates the lover, and with the best of reasons. For the lover is forever trying to strip bare his beloved. The lover craves any possible relation with the beloved, even if this experience can cause him only pain.”

Monday, June 15, 2009

Not quite happily ever after...

Princess Jasmine is my fave!

But Cinderella comes a close second!

These are from a series called 'Fallen Princesses' - there are two more to go - I hope Ariel is one of them!

(from JPG Mag)

The Jerk

The Jerk

Hey you, dragging the halo-
how about a holiday in the islands of grief?

Tongue is the word I wish to have with you.
Your eyes are so blue they leak.

Your legs are longer than a prisoner's
last night on death row.
I'm filthier than the coal miner's bathtub
and nastier than the breath of Charles Bukowski.

You're a dirty little windshield.

I'm standing behind you on the subway,
hard as calculus. My breath
be sticking to your neck like graffiti.

I'm sitting opposite you in the bar,
waiting for you to uncross your boundaries.

I want to rip off your logic
and make passionate sense to you.

I want to ride in the swing of your hips.

My fingers will dig in you like quotation marks,
blazing your limbs into parts of speech.

But with me for a lover, you won't need
catastrophes. What attracted me in the first place
will ultimately make me resent you.

I'll start telling you lies,
and my lies will sparkle,
become the bad stars you chart your life by.

I'll stare at other women so blatantly
you'll hear my eyes peeling,

because sex with you is like Great Britain:
cold, groggy, and a little uptight.

Your bed is a big, soft calculator
where my problems multiply.

Your brain is a garage
I park my bullshit in, for free.

You're not really my new girlfriend,
just another flop sequel of the first one,
who was based on the true story of my mother.

You're so ugly I forgot how to spell.

I'll cheat on you like a ninth grade math test,
break your heart just for the sound it makes.

You're the 'this' we need to put an end to.
The more you apologize, the less I forgive you.

So how about it?

Jeffrey McDaniel

My Weekend in Movie Stills

Happy Monday everyone!

I don’t care if Monday’s blue

Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don’t care about you
It’s Friday, I’m in love

and so on...

The Cure are pretty awesome when you're 13 as well as 25.

I'd rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes.

I want to dress like this for the rest of my life - and live leaning on this wall. Charlotte Gainsbourg is such a charming child/teenager - she's exactly who I wanted to be when I was 13.

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

Wants it needs it gots to have it! Cereal and Cute Woody Allen brooch new from the Sniffle Co! Check them out the puffer one is super cute too!

(via Sniffle Co)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Capsule reviews

So the Star Trek movie was amazing - I really loved it even though i hated the TV show.

and if you're in Melbourne you should go see Girls 24/7 @ ACMI - "Daisies" is showing (and I can vouch for that being amazing) as is my blog namesake and favourite film: "Cleo From 5 to 7 " by my fave director - Agnès Varda.

Winter Blogger Phase

The weather still sucks and bad weather blahness (read: rainy and cold) plus general harshness of reality at the moment is making for quite the Winter Blogger Phase. I crave pretty pictures, dark cinema's, even darker theatres and cozy couches.

Also bambi's (or fawns) - today bambi's make me feel like i might want to do something besides being a lazy kid all winter long - maybe.

Chillin, chillin minding my business

"President Barack Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris before returning to Washington, June 7, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

(via The Official White House Photostream's photostream)

“Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine. Jiggling your knees blankeyed in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.”

Here are some shots of James Franco from the set of Howl the Ginsberg bio pic - not the adaption of the poem (and also starring Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd!). This reminds me of the frenzy of shots taken of Sienna Miller when she was shooting Factory Girl - but I think without the cynicism hanging too thick in the air. I mean it can't ever be as bad as Factory Girl again, can it?

Just because I love Freaks and Geeks, lets take a look at my favourite Franco moment of all time:

Monday, June 8, 2009

Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.” - Woody Allen

things that make me feel better when its raining

giant animal hugs

a flower/horse hybrid puzzle

an indoor picnic

Sometimes I miss YA fiction and how ridiculously melodramatic it is. I also sometimes miss being a teenager as an excuse for being angsty and miserable. Now as a semi-adult I just have work/lack of funds/alcohol and a soon to be post quarter life crisis as my excuse for being cranky.

Though if someone had shown John Green/Pudge this I probably would laugh.

(images via ffffound)

“Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation”

“This life as you live it now and have lived it, you will have to live again and again, times without number, and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and all the unspeakably small and great in your life must return to you and everything in the same series and sequence -- and in the same way this spider and this moonlight among the trees, and this same way this moment and I myself. The eternal hour glass of existence will be turned again and again -- and you with it, you dust of dust!” - Nietzsche

This quote reminds me of Before Sunrise - when Ethan Hawke is teasing Julie Delpy about the fortune teller and how if she was telling the truth there'd be nothing in store for anyone except the same day repeated over and over. Make the same mistakes, complain about the same things, fight the same battles and so on. I guess it fits the post college male cliche to be into
Existentialist philosophers - um, don't what my excuse is today except I'm feeling fatalistic and blah from all the bad weather and bad movies.

(images via wool and music tumblr)

"What are you doing Saturday Night?"
"Committing suicide."
'What about Friday Night?"

No one shows the perils of dating beautiful women who like Pollock like Woody Allen.

i've been out walking i don't do too much talking these days

I still love this scene - and this movie (The Royal Tenenbaums), but am starting to hate Wes Anderson more and more. Partly because of Anderson becoming a default hipster stamp across the world - e.g. Q: What music do you like?
A: Bob Dylan/Tom Waits
Q: What movies do you like?
A: I like Wes Anderson films.
Ready made responses of I'm into "good" music/films etc I'm cool - little bit left of centre etc The thing is Wes Anderson isn't even that good - I loathed Rushmore, what is oft said to be Anderson's "perfect movie". Trust me, I've tried to rewatch and hated it every time, the weird thing is I like snippets I see on youtube, quotes from the film, music from the film but the film as a whole? Just awful. Its pieces just make a great ol' mess.

Also Steve Zissou was possibly one of the worst things I've ever seen and if one more person tells me Bottle Rocket was the best film ever just because its the first Wes Anderson film I may have to hurt them. Darjeeling? It was OK but not spectacular by any means.

Of course there is a lot to like about Anderson e.g. Royal Tenenbaums, good use of music particularly indie music (without being too heavy handed), the colour grading, set and costume design, use of the futura font etc but none of these great aspects add up to great films all the time - sometimes they make it more bearable though.

Also read this and tell me Wes Anderson is all a good thing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

wanna check into the heartbreak hotel sorry we're closed

Kanye and Rihanna - officially paranoid and together at last!

this song was my fave of 808's and Heartbreak - such a jam. the video is just as emo - loves it.

hate on, haters.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

cool guys don't look at explosions. so true.

Lying on my back. I heard music. Felt unsure & catastrophic.

I have mixed feelings about Miranda July after reading her book and about Blonde Redhead after seeing them live. However I still think July is charismatic figure and Blonde Redhead make amazing records. Somehow I missed out on seeing this video directed by July's boyfriend Mike Mills - (the guy who made Sonic Youth cover art). Mills is also in soon to be released at ACMI flick Beautiful Losers - worth seeing to see how batshit crazy Harmony Korines gone!

preety, preety good

"Remember the Woody Allen of the seventies, the guy who several generations of New Yorkers decided was the comedic poet laureate of their era of the city? The man with whom they had a great first date (1973's Sleeper) that deepened into a full-on relationship (1977's Annie Hall) and then further enriched itself into true love (1979's Manhattan), because we always fall in love with the one who makes us laugh? Whatever Works is, in essence, the missing movie from that period—the film that would have rounded out the New York phase of Allen's early career if only he had made it."

(via The Playlist)

So exciting! Larry David and Woody Allen together at last!

Monday, June 1, 2009

“There are now about as many different varieties of letters as there are different kinds of fools.”

I think there is something fascist about a boy who immediately talks of marrying a woman he likes.

I love Whit Sitllman he is one of my favourite directors along with Linklater and Hartley. His few films are some of the funniest and most insightful I've ever seen - the dialogue is so quotable - they don't make em like this any more!Its been over a decade since his last feature - Last Days of Disco - which is about to be released on Criterion - here's what The Playlist had to say about current Stillman projects:

"Waiting for indie, comedy of manners director Whit Stillman is a little like "Waiting For Godot," you never know if it's ever going to come to pass. His last feature, "The Last Days Of Disco," was more than a decade ago (1998) and the filmmaker has talked about two projects -- his "Jamaica project," now titled, "Dancing Mood" and his other long-gestating/ going-nowhere project "Little Green Men," based on the novel by Christopher Buckley -- for several years now, but none have come to pass."

Doesn't look good!

Yo Teach!

"Do you guys know who the greatest rapper of all time is? William Sh-Sh-Sh-Shakespeare. Right the OG Big Willy." If only this series was real! Instead its just a viral market campaign for Apatows new flick Funny People. I guess its working cause i am here bloggin about it...i feel so used.

via (NBC-Yo Teach!)