Saturday, December 19, 2009

All the weather reports said there would be snow for sure

music: Taken By Trees - My Boys


I love the cold. It makes me feel alive and numb at the same time.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Victim

music: Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is the Move



I've just listened to SOLOBOB's The Victim, and although the music is awful, I kind of like the lyrics -- I guess this song would come in addition to the rather self-mocking Teenage Angst mixed tape I've recently made.

Teenage Angst mixed tape

(all songs *no 19 are included in this youtube playlist)



01. Placebo - Teenage Angst
02. Elliott Smith - Ballad of Big Nothing
03. Radiohead - Creep
04. Bright Eyes - Something Vague
05. Blur - Resigned
06. Muse - Screenager
07. Two Gallants - Despite What You've Been Told
08. The Cure - The Reasons Why
09. Los Campesinos! - Miserabilia
10. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
11. M83 - Teen Angst
12. Green Day - I Want To Be Alone
13. Rufus Wainwright - Vicious World
14. Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat
15. Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
16. Tears for Fears - Mad World
17. Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea
18. Maria Taylor - Xanax
19. Brazzaville - Up All Night
20. Air - Dark Messages
21. Violent Femmes - Nothing Worth Living For
22. The Mountain Goats - Deserters (demo)
23. Chris Garneau - We Don't Try

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hello, Insomnia

music: Leonard Cohen -That Don't Make It Junk



I'll listen to the darkness sing -
I know what that's about.

Friday, December 4, 2009

3 days in wondermovieland

music: Anouk - Michel

I've always thought that deconstructing and analyzing movies takes away the magic. I couldn't have been any more wrong. It's the exact opposite.


For three days, I've been in wondermovieland. CCF organized un atelier d'analyse de l'image avec Florent Darmon, and it was amazing! I was in awe the whole time I was listening to Darmon. (Plus, it's like the Refresh button on my French was activated.)

[to view large, click on the image]

The most important thing I've learned is that I know nothing about cinema. I hadn't seen any of the movies presented during the workshop (at least I had an affirmative answer to the question "Vous connaissez Godard?"), and I realized that I don't even know how to watch a movie. I only follow the narrative line (if there's one) and analyze the thematic aspects of the movie. Hopefully, all this will change. Also, I've come to the conclusion that the quantity of movies I watch is not that important (they say a film critic should have seen over 1000 essential movies); I guess it's more important to watch the same movie several times in order to be able to analyze it in great detail. Then, if I learn how to analyze movies by the book, I can start worrying about the quantity too.

The first thing that I need to do now is to watch all the movies analyzed during the workshop (listed below) and then take all my books about cinema and seriously start learning.

Do you remember?

music: Anouk - Michel



I don't exactly know how I've ended up listening to Anouk's Urban Solitude this morning; but it was certainly nice to rediscover Michel, which I was pretty much obsessed with at the time it came out. I love the simplicity of the video and I love Anouk's look; actually, the first time I saw the video was also the first time I'd noticed how beautiful Anouk was.

*****

I need to write about Lettre d'une inconnue. Maybe writing will help. Or maybe not. All I know is that I need to write about it. Later though. Right now I can barely keep my eyes open. My hands are shaky and I'm afraid I'll drop the cup of coffee that I hope to keep me awake till 6 p.m. Ah, 6 p.m. will bring sadness... l'atelier d'analyse de l'image will be officially closed.