Wednesday, March 22, 2006



Pink Panther - Steve Martin / Directed by Shawn Levy (avoidable)
Good Night, and Good Luck - David Straithairn / Directed by George Clooney (fabulous)
Se7en - Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey / Directed by David Fincher (must-see)
Memoirs of a Geisha - Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh / Directed by Rob Marshall (good)

I've been listening to a lot of alternative metal, which is actually very straight-forward 4/4 nu-metal with a tinge of noir. Still, its good music. Also some other stuff, here's a list:
  • Dark New Day - Twelve Year Silence (good alt metal)
  • 10 Years - The Autumn Effect (very boring)
  • Lacuna Coil - Karmacode (almost as boring)
  • Joe Satriani - Super Collosal (similarly boring)
  • Eric Johnson - Bloom (smooooooth)
  • Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (simply brilliant)
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl (excellent indie-style Brit rock)
  • Mattias Eklundh - The Road Less Travelled (solo guitar wizardry)
  • 36 Crazyfists - A Snow-Capped Romance (inventive hardcore)
  • Dave Navarro - Trust No One (alternative rock, not bad)
  • Helmet - Meantime (good, angry hard rock)
  • N.E.R.D. - Fly or Die (Hip-hop done right)
As you can see, a lot of therefore are therfore justified when they say, 'I liked their old stuff better.'

I need more sleep. Waking up is over-rated. I'd rather just close my eyes, and pretend to be surfing Savage Chickens, a neat comic strip made on post-it notes. Here's one of my favourites from there. Good night, and good luck.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Worship her, she's French!


Alias Betty (Betty Fisher et autres histoires)

Directed by Claude Miller, Starring Sandrine Kiberlaine, Nicole Garcia

This is a fine French film, a wonderful story told in as bleak a manner as possible. It tells of the novelist Betty Fisher, who loses her son while her mother is in town to visit. Now what kind of mother would this woman be if she didn't replace the lost child with another one straight off the street? Betty's mum thinks so too, and in less than a day, Betty finds herself caring for another child. The kidnapping makes the local news, which causes a lot of trouible for the actual mother's boyfriend. Several other stories also surface, and each one is tied together with another, culminating in a grand, mind-boggling finish, one that satisfies, and also leaves one quite tongue-in-cheek indeed. Edouard Baer plays the bungling Alex Basato, a con-man living off his mistress. His character undergoes trials and tribulations of all sorts, and is sure to have you in splits.
A very well-made film, with excellent camera work and a lot of great acting. The French sure know how to tell a story!