Saturday, October 30, 2010
This is one of my favourite blog posts of all time from Tavi's blog Style Rookie which i hope you are all reading. I wish I had blogs like Style Rookie when I was a teen to look to for culture inspiration and knowledge that other people where into stuff that I was. Its weird how easily isolated one feels in high school even in the 90s when the internet was around! It was only movies like these that made me feel connected to something special and that weird cool teenage girl thing was a lifestyle choice not just a phase. These movies are also still some of my all time favourites - in fact Heathers will remain my all time favourite movie forever I think.
I also think Girl and Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael would fit really well into this series.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So like if anyone has mp3's of these tracks I would totally be sending you postive vibes for days. Otherwise I'll just sit here like Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network pressing refresh.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"I’m not a schizophrenic, I’m just a, a… I’m just Jewish. There’s a difference." - Adam Green
About HOW TO ACT BAD:
For the past year filmmaker Dima Dubson has been following musician and friend Adam Green around New York, Los Angeles and Europe documenting the life of this cult music troubadour. HOW TO ACT BAD will bring you up close, and offer an intimate portrait of the singer/songwriter, artist, rock star and human being Adam Green, from Dima Dubson's unobstructed perspective.
The film will reflect the excitement and artistry in the creative life Adam is living - from his music to his paintings and sculptures to his current filmmaking project (known as “The Lake Room Movie” starring Macaulay Culkin, Devendra Banhart, Jack Dishel and Dev Hynes among others). HOW TO ACT BAD will also offer a candid peek into Adam's personal life and show him both alone (as alone as he can be in the presence of Dima and his camera) and with his friends.
HOW TO ACT BAD is a film about an endlessly creative person as generous with his virtues as he is with his faults, all of which make him a most fascinating subject.
If you want to see more amazing footage of Adam Green AKA "the singing man" by filmmaker Dima Dubson help HOW TO ACT BAD get that paper and get real paid by spreading the word or contributing to the film's Kickstarter campaign. Its all for a good cause y'know.
PS last time Adam came to Australia he pretty much single handedly made Rockwiz culturally relevant and funny -AND duetted with Toni Childs. Its one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I would have paid to see that truly - or at least I would pay to see it again.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
In other musical news x film noir swooning Rita Hayworth is absolutely golden in Gilda. 'Put The Blame on Mame' is one of the best musical numbers I've ever seen.
I also love this softer guitar version from earlier in the film as well.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
In the Where Are They Now movie files. I'd like to know about The Passenger. Yes Adam Scott may have caught my eye but the soundtrack also looks very good as well as the road movie vibes. Also Gale Harold! I want to see you in more good movies please with bigger roles and possibly better hair.
Also Lukas Haas! I loved his 5 minute return to big time screen time in Inception (almost as much as the Ellen Page x Joseph Gordon Levitt smooch).
Will have to try and track down this stuff - motivation for a move to Canadia?
Hi-Fidelity is up there with some of my favourite comfort movies/books. Something about this film makes me feel like everything is going to be OK - I'm not sure if these things are about time and place (a lot of my comfort movies/books seem to be from 17-19). This Comfort Cannon also includes Almost Famous, Whip It, Virgin Suicides, Igby Goes Down, Reality Bites, Heathers, Girl, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Royal Tenenbaums - you get the idea.
As far as TV shows we are looking My So Called Life or Seinfeld marathon and maybe Season 4 of Six Feet Under - and if things are really dire and dreary I'll go on mental vacay with a 7 season Gilmore Girls marathon - oh yes this is who I am - but don't knock it till you've done it.
There are probably a few more but you'd be pretty safe in saying if it has golden-era Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Winona Ryder and John Cusack and the non-optional awesome soundtrack - I'm gonna be watching it when I'm feeling rough around the edges - bonus points for losers-redeeming themselves!
Also Bruce Springsteen giving me love life advice IS MY DREAM!
Hey remember when I couldn't remember my favourite first kisses? Well I remembered one! Its from All The Real Girls one of my favourite movies of all time (undersung indie yes pls) directed by the amazing David Gordon Green. One long beautiful take with two great actors Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel - swoon now!
PS see this movie!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Yep this is pretty much my fashion vibe in my dreams. Sofia Coppola is like a non-smiling Audrey Hepburn. I don't really want the bag she's advertising for Louis Vuitton - who cares - I just want THAT cape/coat thing and those pants and no boobs so I too can wear round neck white t-shirts without looking like a pregnant mum from the 'burbs.
I really hate tap dance scenes. Natalie Portman in Garden State. Susan Sarandon in Elizabethtown. Even Kate Winslet doing this. Its annoying and very Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I hate that they are pitching Blue Valentine to be another Wimpster meets MPDG scenario because from all reports ITS NOT. Preview makers suck don't they?
For every rule there is an exception - Jamie Bell can tap dance anytime he wants.
I should also mention that musicals are the exception to this rule - this is about non-musicals films that just throw in some tap dancing jus' for the cutesy factor and often its like 'your tap dancing totally sucks anyway'.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I actually don't know if I have any crying songs ie songs that make you get all choked up and weepy. I'm actually not much of a bawler when it comes to popular culture, I rarely cry in movies and I can't remember crying to a song ever. Maybe its because I listen to so much sad girly folk I'm immune to its boo-hoo powers.
I am a big fan of cathartic angry-sad songs and Bruce Springsteen writes some awesome ones. 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' is totally one of my faves of these. I'd probably cry some 'rage' tears to this next time the man keeps me down.
Can anyone recommend some 'crying songs'? Or better yet some more cathartic angry-sad songs?
PS what makes a song make a man cry but not a woman or the article that originally inspired this
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
This Ted Leo and Liz Phair "Fuck and Run" duet at the Matador thingo at Las Vegas is the cutest thing ever - I personally DON'T care what else Liz does as long as she keeps singing these Exile in Guyville tracks. I want to see live pls! Also want the Ted Leo solo version up on daTube - thanks!
PS You should also read this over at This Recording and worship at the alter of Molly Lambert who has raised TV recaps to an artform - AND how have I not heard the phrase "catch feelings" before?!
"I came back to England determined. I had these images I came back with, it was like Marco Polo or Walter Raleigh. I brought back the image of this distressed, strange thing called Richard Hell. And this phrase, 'the blank generation'. [...] Richard Hell was a definite, 100 percent inspiration, and, in fact, I remember telling the Sex Pistols, ‘Write a song like Blank Generation, but write your own bloody version,’ and their own version was 'Pretty Vacant’.” --Malcolm McLaren in an interview in Please Kill Me, the Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain