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continuing from my favorite music post from a couple days ago – here’s my best of list for movies (for the record, i make very little distinction between best and favorite….):
no country for old men. this was simply put, an amazing film from our mn local boys the coen brothers. a movie with more silence than dialog, josh brolin, tommy lee jones and (a terrifying) javier bardem were amazing…. brilliant
juno. another local from me, diablo cody’s witty charming script allowed ellen page’s juno to leap of the screen – my favorite performance of 2007. superb supporting performances from allison janney, jk simmons, jason batemen, jennifer garner and the excellent michael cera.
lars and the real girl. i can’t believe owen gleiberman from entertainment weekly put this on his worst list. for me, this film touched me more than any other film this year. i had a smile on my face the entire time. ryan gosling’s performance was beautiful.
the bourne ultimatum & live free or die hard. action flicks with real story development? shocking. both films kept me on the edge of my seat.
grindhouse. pulp fiction never tasted so good. so over the top – but bloody (pun intended) good fun. gripping at times (hello captain’s mast), deliciously tacky at times (hello cherry!). meta-trash never looked so good
american gangster. i’ve talked about this one before – it’s all about the acting for me. russell & denzel chewing the scenery. mmm, more please.
stardust. mmmm stardust. lovely little film. enjoyed tremendously. anyone who didn’t love – is wrong! yes, i’m talkin’ to cb here! <g>
control. again – i’ve already talked about this one, but the film is quite wonderful. an exercise in restraint. the performances are excellent.
3:10 to yuma. this film got lost in the shuffle this fall – which is a tremendous shame. excellent casting and brava performances (2007 was really the year of the ensemble). a brilliant western that was claustrophobic and taunt as all hell.
other films i dug:
transformers – fun.
simpsons movie – everything it needed to be.
the darjeeling limited – beautiful.
ocean’s thirteen – a return to form.
hot fuzz – wickedly fun.
across the universe – visually stunning, great music.
harry potter & the order of the phoenix. my favorite of the books (thus far) – yet the director cut so much (it became the shortest hp film of the bunch, and it was the longest book) it just felt like a shell of it’s former self. sure there were some great sequences (the climatic fights for one), but it’s just not as vivid as the book.
the golden compass. just not that strong. visually striking – but felt so haphazzzrd and slapped together. i hope the book is better.
300. yes, homo’s – i’m committing a blasphemy here. the movie is exceedingly amazing in it’s visual splendor (and yea, the guys are hot) – i just didn’t care for the characters and the narrative story was weak. i guess it’s just better as porn with the volume turned down.
knocked up. i.just.didn’t.laugh. expected much more.
evan almightly. great premise. awesome cast. horrible preachy result. blech.
the 11th hour. leo, we need hope at least.
films i haven’t seen yet (but really need to):
there will be blood
i’m not there
charlie wilson’s war
2008; expectations – excited to see:
harry potter & the half blood prince
the chronicles of narnia, prince caspian
indiana jones & the kingdom of the crystal skull
the dark knight
new star trek
sex & the city; the movie
reasons to not see this film:
burt reynolds as the kink ?!?@?!??
ray liotta looking like a wiseguy (tho’ i do kinda wanna do ray in a sick sort of way)
reminds me of those really bad dark-ages movies from the 80’s like flesh & blood & beastmaster
reasons to see this film:
jason – fucking – statham looking hot as hell!
however, then there is this:
5 words: jason statham and jet fucking li!
ok, that was 6 – sue me. i love me some jason on jet ass kickin’ booh-ya!
both flicks come out in january…. testosterone never looked so hot.
up above…. current & ink… they are updated.
cause i know you’ve been waiting for baited breath to find out about my favorite music from 2007, i won’t keep you waiting. i will give you a surprise or two (such as, no britney on this list – she’s fun, but she ain’t great) i hope. coming up with a fav’s list for ’07 proved to be a bit of a challenge – not a ton of great music released this year (and a lot of what was released that i loved turned out to be covers of older tunes… sigh)…. here goes:
siouxsie – mantaray (album)
no surprise here i think, the woman is fuckin’ awesome and this record was woefully overlooked in the states. i rather like how the village voice put it: “…mantaray, siouxsie’s blazing solo debut earns (those) accolades with no trace of fatigue, padding, or confusion, as on-it and of-the-moment as justin timberlake…” the record itself is urgent and hard and sharp all at once. equal parts pop/punk/rock and big band. here’s to siouxsie’s solo career! cheers.
mark ronson – version (album)
again, no real surprise (if you spent anytime reading this blog this fall) – but just the same, i’m still in love with this album. it’s consistantly blasting from my car’s cd deck (which you could hear if it weren’t winter and i had the windows down). mark deftly makes modern songs such as ‘toxic’ (britney), ‘the only one i know’, and ‘stop me’ sound vintage and warm and old school. retro never sounded so fresh. and this is a great disk to spin at a party.
robbie williams – lovelight (song)
while the track is from this year’s (us) ‘rudebox’ release (not his best – but there are a couple of really choice cuts from it) – “lovelight”is cover of the lewis taylor track from 2004. robbie & co., turn this slick r&b number into a funky disco classic circa 1978 bee-jees. sweet.
ok, ya got me – this one came out in ’06… but in my defense i didn’t discover it till this year. i remember giving rice’s ‘9’ album a cursory listen in a record store back when it came out and was getting all manner of buzz…. it just didn’t do anything to me that night. i humbly admit i was wrong. this song kills me. this song just rattles me to my core. it just might be my favorite song of the year. “is that alright, yea.”
ok, this one really is my favorite for the year. johnette has been a constant companion this year. while the album it’s from (scarred) is f’ing brilliant, this single makes me remember why i love music. it’s beautiful and violent and passionate all at the same time. a lullaby (?!) to love – love in the real world with all it’s agony intact. nothing is quite like johnette’s voice when she opens up and lets loose. “angels among us, they’re not so far above us”
hold my hand – unkle (song)
hell wall of sound. i loves me some wall of sound and since curve broke up and recoil’s latest is all blues and crap; unkle will have to fit the bill nicely. which isn’t a slam at all. ‘hold my hand’ is just bursting with power and noise and melody. i love it. and they got all buddhist and shit (hehehe) with their lyrics: “are you really living / or do you seek loving / are you happy being / or do you search for meaning”. if i could ever really do music, this is what i would like to do.
crazy – prince & shelby j (live track)
i wrote about this at length here, and here, so i won’t go on much more. except to say, prince needs to release this funk (instead of his semi-interesting planet earth). this is the shit & would blow radio and mtv away.
me’shell ndegeo’cello (live show)
prince with wendy (live show)
these were my favorite shows this year – meshell & co. were insanely tight – nearly boiling over they were so hot. and then there was prince reuniting with wendy at the target center & first ave shows last. dreams really do come true :-)
ooh, another surprise – kate bush’s track for the golden compass isn’t here either… if only cause i refuse to buy the score in order to own it… i’m sure i’ll find it on ebay soon and can give it the real proper listens it deserves
2008 – expectations:
i’m looking forward to a couple of interesting things next year including:
the new madonna record (title tbd)
the debut of the gutter twins (aka greg dulli from twilight singers & mark lanegan from screaming trees)
big blue ball project from peter gabriel & karl wallinger (the first single ‘whole thing’ is excellent (additionally rumor has it pg will release a proper follow up to the killer ‘up’ – not holding breath)
seeing siouxsie in new york in february
the new goldfrapp disk ‘seventh tree’
new basement jaxx (title tbd)
new franz ferdinand (title tbd)
new ladytrone (title tbd)
new portishead – finally!!!!! (title tbd)
very spur-of-the-moment, i popped over to my friends amy’s house tonight to watch a dvd with her and her girlfriend – now, amy is a musician/song-writer (and own’s a great little studio to boot) – and she’s been trying for eon’s to get me in the studio to record some stuff with her.
it’s been about a billion years since i’ve actively been behind a recording desk and as such, i’ve been a bit cautious to jump back in the recording game (especially with amy, she’s hella-talented). so before the dvd, amy and i popped down to the studio to listen to a killer new track from peter gabriel (words don’t come close to describing how much i love this new song) – anywho, amy wanted my opinion on a track she wrote and in the process, about 3 hour’s went by and all of a sudden she’s insisting i take producer credit for her new track ‘beg crawl bleed’.
how f’ing cool eh’? it was so awesome working on new music tonight.
looks like i might be spending more time in her studio working on some of her other tracks in the coming months.
very happy me.
(this is part of amy’s studio; studio 8)
hmmm, we never did get around to that movie… lol
when my mom and dad were married, we moved around a fair bit… after the divorce, we moved around a lot more – whenever the rent was raised, we would move… bounced all over the place. when i entered 6th grade, mom decided i should have some semblance of normalcy (i guess 5 different schools in 5 years may have been a bit much)…. so we stuck to columbia heights, mn (not to say we didn’t move when the rent went up, we just stayed in the same city.
saturday morning while i was driving errands, i found myself in the heights and i took a trip down memory lane. here’s a pic of 6th street in columbia heights, mn where i lived.
we (it was just mom and me) lived in two different places on 6th street… the first was a lil’ house we affectionately called the crackerbox (my bedroom was 11′ square) – it was teeny. then we moved up the street 6 blocks and rented the second floor apt in a duplex. that lasted about a year and then we moved back to the crackerbox when the landlord asked us back and finished the basement so i would have a proper room. it was friggan awesome. we stayed there till my 16th birthday when we moved into a house that my mom bought (still in the heights). the first house she ever owned. that too was friggan awesome.
awww memory lane….
on friday night me and a bunch of mates went to the walker art center’s annual showing of the british television advertising awards(this is year no. 5 for me; it’s become a downright holiday tradition). the brit’s just seem to do advertising better than we do (truth be told, they seem to do an awful lot better than we do)… and this year was no different. i’ve culled a couple of my favorites for your viewing pleasure. here they are, the best of the best:
first up, the commercial for tango clear titled ‘bravo'; an obvious spoof on last years amazingly successful sony bravia commercial. i rather like how this one ends tho’. this one won in the ‘diploma’ category:
next up (still in the ‘diploma’ category) (and prob one of my two favorites) is an advert for guinness:
wanker! indeed. not gonna say much about this one, want you to watch the whole way thru to find out what it’s for:
skipping right over the ‘bronze’ category, we arrive at ‘silver’ with xfm’s ‘roadies’ advert:
into the ‘gold’ category we have one for bbc radio 2. seamless editing here:
and now the thinkbox award for the best television commercial of the year – i do quite like what they did… really beautifully done: sony bravia ‘paint’ (i do really love the random clown bit.. hehehehe)
now, my close friends will tell you i can not tolerate the mass-marketed synthetic colognes and perfumes sold in macy’s and the like – it’s just that working where i work (no synthetic aroma’s with that chemically “binder” that makes the aroma stick to your body all day), i’ve become very – you might say uber-sensitive to synthetics.
however, i must say, i’m loving the new ad (above) for jean paul gaultier’s ‘le male’ fragrance. that shirtless hunk on the right – ooh la la. he has just the right amount of thug mixed with raw animal attraction and sex appeal.
(the other euro-twink boys in the ad? eh…. get rid of ’em)
the pantone color institute has announcedthat the official color for 2008 is #18-3943 tcx aka ‘blue iris’. did you know the world had an official color? yup, me either. did you also know the color for 2007 was ‘chili pepper red’?
people, this is information you need to know. your world is better for it.
there’s also something called colorstrology. according to the pantone colorstrology site, my color is violet quartz. who knew?
apparently, people also find me “easy to be around” and i have an “understanding of human nature that is both perceptive and compassionate” – which means all of you should spend more time paying attention to what i have to say. i’m very perceptive damnit. (by the way, cb is “coral gold” – sounds butch eh?).
so there you have it. you can now safely plan your decorating for next year.
like i said, this is very important stuff people. pay attention.
in my haste to blog this last night i forgot the best part… pantone spokeswoman leatrice eiseman had this to say about the choice for color of the year: “blue iris brings together the dependable aspects of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. emotionally, it ancoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”
seriously. i wonder if she said that with a straight face.
she went on to say this about the selection process: “with blue iris, we felt that it answered several needs, hopes, desires, that kind of thing.”
wow. like i said – important stuff here. i’ve always been looking for a stron blue color mixed with a purple cast that had just a hint of magic. hogwart’s colors should be changed from red and gold, to blue and purple.