Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I will be very careful the next time I fall in love, she told herself. Also, she had made a promise to herself that she intended on keeping. She was never going to go out with another writer: no matter how charming, sensitive, inventive or fun they could be. They weren’t worth it in the long run. They were emotionally too expensive and the upkeep was complicated. They were like having a vacuum cleaner around the house that broke all the time and only Einstein could fix it.
She wanted her next lover to be a broom.Sombrero Fallout, by Richard Brautigan
Confession - I haven't actually watched Tuff Turf as yet. It stars a very young, very pretty, very swoonable - did I mention pretty? - James Spader (ps. SWOON).
Judging by the outfits and narrated trailer alone, I'm gonna bet this is a film that will be added to the hallowed halls of the best movies you've (I've) never seen. I like how it reflects my up and down relationship with 80s fashion - the more conservative everyone else dresses (aka North America I'm looking at chu) the more I long for some colour and sex AKA personal style beyond Urban Outfitters. 80s you ain't looking so bad.
"We are a people who lack defined goals. We have never leaned to love. We lack leaders and coherent programs. We have no spiritual center. We are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain. Fortunately, we have not lost our sense of proportion.
Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock." - Woody Allen
You can read the whole speech here.
It Felt Like a Kiss started life as an experimental film I made for the BBC last year. My aim was to try and find a more involving and emotional way of doing political journalism on TV. I decided to make a film about something that has always fascinated me - how power really works in the world. To show that power is exercised not just through politics and diplomacy - but flows through our feelings and emotions, and shapes the way we think of ourselves and the world.Adam Curtis
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After living underground for several years I'm glad to have not one but three windows in my very own room - facing the street though so I also feel a little exposed. I'm also excited to decorate my window area with plants, vases filled with flowers and/or terrariums!
(via Ringo, Have a Banana!)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
OK so I'm sure I'm not the only girl obsessed with this opening shot of Scar-Jo's bum in Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation'. So obsessed in fact that I tried to find me own high waisted semi-sheer peachy pink cottontails - but y'know we always want the real thing right? Turns out they are Araks underwear brand and Sofia's been buying them ever since - there you go!
FYI these John Kacere paintings are what inspired the shot. Now all I need is to go to Japan and don a pink wig!
(via so much to tell you)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Shit like Mandy Moore's newie 'Love, Wedding, Marriage' just makes me want to stab myself in the eye. Sugary pap-crap about relationship 'problems' its just like y'know whogivesacrap?! Oh no my gorgeous husband was married before! Oh no I just work too gosh darn hard trying please everyone and be perfect -wahwah!
Maybe I'm getting more jaded and cynical (yeah right maybe) but give me Woman Under the Influence and/or this vintage doco A Married Couple screening at TIFF Lightbox this weekend or give me death!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Those who know me know I love 90s cinema and a lot of Queer Cinema so it makes sense that I love Gregg Araki and his films. It was super fun in a film nerdy way to listen to him talk about his films and his inspirations (thanks to living in Toronto and being 20 minutes from TIFF Lightbox at any given point).
Unsurprisingly a lot of his inspirations like a lot of 90s film makers are very film schooly - based on auteur theory and a love of screwball comedies and couple-on-the-run movies. Seeing clips from Doom Generation and Nowhere etc made me super nostalgic for my early 20s when I got obsesso about Araki and seeing a clip from his first film Three Bewildered People in The Night made me want to see it super badly (reminded me of Mala Noche Gus Van Sant's first film) but stupidly I didn't realise it was screening straight after the In Conversation which was a bit of a blerg. I couldn't even find the trailer online to show you guys!
I did however find a stream of his lost MTV pilot - I know right - called This Is How The World Ends which you should check out if you love Araki and his referential and escapist style as much as I.
TRIVIA - Margaret Cho's first role was in Doom Generation - crazy right?!
TRIVIA 2 - Though I pegged The Living End as riffing on Bruce La Bruce which Araki neither confirmed or denied he did say that Splendor was based on Ernst Lubitsch's Design for Living (I haven't seen either...yet).
TRIVIA 3 - Rose McGowan and Jonathon Schaech who starred in Doom Generation hated each other
TRIVIA 4 - James Duvall Araki's muse of sorts is straight but used to say he was bisexual to not offend his gay fan base - Araki commented to Duvall that to be bisexual you have to sleep with a guy first.
TRIVIA 5 - Araki often casts in coffee shops just like Hollywood of ye olde and his love for LA makes me think a lot about Los Angeles Plays Itself and that I wish it had included more Araki.
On a side note I tried to convince someone to see Antichrist recently based purely on the Chaos Reigns fox - they didn't bite.
So it looks like Hesher is finally(!) coming out. I was supposed to see it in 2010 at the Sydney Film Festival (after hearing about it for a year or so prior) but due to my short trip and their scheduling change I didn't and was mega-bummed that it didn't come to Melbourne Film Fest or get general release and then ensued talks of cuts, recuts then re-cut trailers and re-re-cut trailers etc which just served to send the negative talk about the film in filmy circles (of my friends) in a deep dark spiral - I still hope that this film will be good (same with Your Highness) and will check it out when it finally comes to light on May 13. Fingers crossed.
Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.
Incredible archival material mixes seamlessly with 16mm recreations featuring actors. Based on actual teenage diaries, the footage resembles period home movies made by kids themselves. Stylized narration dramatizes this turbulent story and a contemporary soundtrack heightens emotions. The result is a visually explosive, pop meditation on how teenagers were born.
Website - also they have an awesome blog going on that y'all should check out. They are currently seeking funding for a 2012 release. I love seeing all these trailers for films in progress its exciting!
Also now I really want to read Jon Savage's Teenage
Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm enjoying finding out things about my new adopted home Toronto things people know like Margaret Atwood and Bruce LaBruce but even more awesome is new stuff like The Weeknd whose digi download mixtape (backed by ya boyfriend Drake PS also from Toronto) has got the blog kids a buzzin' its got that more laid-back Drake vibe about it too in case you were wonderin'.