Archive for July 2006

7.31.06

Kurt Cobain doc

Must see: Kurt Cobain About A Son. Premieres at Toronto’s Real to Reel this year.

An intimate and moving meditation on the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain, based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audiotaped interviews conducted with Cobain by noted music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana.” In the film, Kurt Cobain recounts his own life – from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame – and offers often piercing insights into his life, music, and times. The conversations heard in the film have never before been made public and they reveal a highly personal portrait of an artist much discussed but not particularly well understood.

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7.30.06

The self-indulgent Miami Vice post

No decent movies opened in our area last night – no Little Miss Sunshine, not up for Woodie’s Scarlet obsessed Scoop – and so, I set aside my personal No Gratuitous Violence rule (erected a few years ago during Russell Crowe’s Master and Commander wherein I reached an oddly memorable violence saturation point), and we reduced ourselves to Miami Vice.

I’d forgotten how much I fun gratuitous violence can be. I kid. I kid. But, yeah, it was well done in typical Michael Mann style, totally striped down, there weren’t even opening titles or credits. It certainly wasn’t a throw back to the beloved TV series. Mann even managed to make Crockett’s quick jaunt to Havana for “the best” Mojitos in his “go-fast boat” decidedly un-cheesey. The movie also features the most spectacular location for a drug lord’s estate in the history of movies – I’ve yet to figure out where. The only major disappointment: no souped-up Miami Vice theme song and no rock star cameos. (Remember all those great cameos?! Remember when Crockett married Sheena Easton??) The new soundtrack was decent, some Goldfrapp, Nina Simone, Patti LaBelle doing Moby. (Note: Chris Cornell is the new Phil Collins.) And, while the movie was a fresh, no-nonsense take on the Miami Vice phenomenon, it made me wistful for the original series with its pleated lavender slacks and superbly random soundtrack.

Below, my favorite and most memorable Mimai Vice episode “Cry” because of Godley & Creme’s awesome song. Recognize the drug dealer? Multiple choice: a.) Dee Snider b.) Ten Nugent c.) Michael Bolton

Cry Part I:

Cry Part II:

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7.28.06

Renaissance

Following my mention back in Feb, here’s the English trailer for Renaissance, the animated sci-fi noir flick by Christian Volckman. Young girl is kidnapped in Paris circa 2054 and mystery ensues. Stunning animation. Out September. Miramax.

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7.28.06

Amy Lee rocks

… and she gets bonus points for designing her own costumes. Evanescence is back next week with a new single. Ultimate Guitar has all the details on their new album, The Open Door. You know you want it.

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7.28.06

Manhattan dream house

(via inhabitat)

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7.26.06

The Veils

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Geez, I’ve been meaning to post about The Veils new album, Nux Vomica, for months, but writing about singer Finn Andrews intimidates me………so I’ll just link to Obscure Sound who posts three tracks from Nux Vomica: “Advice For Young Mothers To Be,” “Calliope!” and “Not Yet.” (You’re welcome.) Nux Vomica is out September 11 on Rough Trade.

P.S. The Veils’ first album, The Runaway Found, was my under-a-rock musical find of 2005 (though it was released in 2004.) Last year, I probably listened to this album, as a whole, more than any other straight-up *rock-n-roll* album besides Spoon’s Gimme Fiction. Their MySpace has three gorgeous tracks from Runaway Found. What’s even more impressive is that most of the songs on Runaway were written by Finn when he was 17.

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7.23.06

Wow

Stunning images from the full theatrical trailer for The Fountain. You can tell this film will be so much more than just a movie. Each frame is a work of art.

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The Fountain blog has some screengrabs too.

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7.21.06

Get the message?

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Little girls in Israel sign messages on shells that will blow-up other little girls in Lebanon.

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7.18.06

Highway to hell

Steven puts it perfectly on his latest post over at deconsumption, which is worth reading if you’re curious how some people are prepping for the (various) possibilities ahead:

So much is going on in the world and I’m finding so little that I feel is worth writing about. The world appears to have shifted into a higher gear on its highway to hell in a handbasket, but I can’t really find anything all that poignant to say about all these events because it’s all so obvious to my mind.

Amen to that.

His post, Weblog of Anne Frank, is also worth a look. It brought to my attention Bhadgad Burning, a young woman’s blog about the US occupation of Iraq. This excerpt from her latest update hit me hard:

It’s difficult to believe T. is really gone… I was checking my email today and I saw three unopened emails from him in my inbox. For one wild, heart-stopping moment I thought he was alive. T. was alive and it was all some horrific mistake! I let myself ride the wave of giddy disbelief for a few precious seconds before I came crashing down as my eyes caught the date on the emails- he had sent them the night before he was killed. One email was a collection of jokes, the other was an assortment of cat pictures, and the third was a poem in Arabic about Iraq under American occupation. He had highlighted a few lines describing the beauty of Baghdad in spite of the war… And while I always thought Baghdad was one of the more marvelous cities in the world, I’m finding it very difficult this moment to see any beauty in a city stained with the blood of T. and so many other innocents…

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7.16.06

Prince Charming

The autobiography…. (via xo)

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