Thursday, August 29, 2013

TIFF 2013

Still need to make a few more cuts, but my final list will be chosen from the following titles:


The Armstrong Lie - Alex Gibney

Blue is the Warmest Color - Abdellatif Kechiche

Dallas Buyers Club - Jean-Marc Vallee

Devil's Knot - Atom Egoyan

Finding Vivian Maier - John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron

Night Moves - Kelly Reichardt

Prisoners - Denis Villeneuve


Long list:

12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen
Belle – Amma Asante
Can a Song Save Your Life – John Carney
Child of God – James Franco
Closed Curtain – Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Partovi
Cold Eyes – Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo
Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas
Fading Gigolo – John Tuturro
Hateship Loveship – Liza Johnson
Life of Crime – Daniel Schechter
The Mayor - Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Carlos Federico Rossini, Diego Osorno
The Past – Asghar Farhadi
R100 – Hitoshi Matsumoto
Sarah Prefers to Run – Chloe Robichaud
A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhangke
The Unknown Known – Errol Morris
When Jews Were Funny – Alan Zweig
Why Don’t You Play In Hell? – Sion Sono
The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
Witching & Bitching – Alex de la Iglesia
You Are Here – Matthew Weiner

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tears For Fears - Ready To Start



"Having appreciated artists like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, Gary Jules/Michael Andrews, Adam Lambert & Dizzee Rascal covering & sampling our songs over the past years, we agreed that some reciprocal cross-generational love was in order. We decided to give Arcade Fire a twist of TFF. Enjoy."



I'm very happy right now.

Monday, August 19, 2013

J-Zone - Peter Pan Syndrome





Loving the production here. The drums are so good.

Available September 5, 2013: here

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

JAY Z - Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film / MCHG


This might have been a little more interesting if he had more to offer to the participants than rapper hands.

I don't believe I've publicly shared my opinion on Magna Carta... Holy Grail yet. I don't like it.

Actually, Picasso Baby is the only song on the album I like, and even this one feels a little gross. Jay is that friend you don't want to be around when he discovers or experiences something new. The one who gets married, and all of a sudden every conversation somehow revolves or touches on marriage, in the process making you feel wrong for being single.

The rest of the album just feels...old; from his performance on Tom Ford (should have got a rap kid to do the hook), to the overarching messaging on the album. Yes he speaks on his child, marriage, and something on Oceans, but mostly it's still I, Me, Mine JAY Z, which is kind of hip hop I suppose, but on your twelfth studio album?

To draw a comparison to television programming. I've always said by the end of the 3rd season, you should know most of the characters, and most of the their actions and arcs become predictable. By the end of the 5th season you get the feeling that the show can probably wrap things up, and anything more starts to feel unnecessary.  JAY Z (is the all caps things official now?) is far past season 5 at this point. I need a change in programming.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Simulacrum


[sim-yuh-ley-kruh m]

1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.

Origin:
1590–1600; simulācrum
likeness, image, equivalent to simulā ( re ) to simulate + -crum instrumental suffix



Wu-Tang Clan - Meteor Hammer (Featuring Ghostface, Action Bronson, Termanology)


Anotha Level - Phat-T (Featuring The Pharcyde)


Camp Lo - Swing (Featuring Butterfly)



There are probably a few more examples that I'm missing.

Feel free to add in the comments section.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

RAPPERS ARE TAKING OVER; or, The Fatigue of the White Man



Thought this was a little interesting.

Jon Caramanica in a discussion with Ben Ratliff about the latest Pitchfork Festival, touched on attitudes of some indie rockers who seems a little put-off by what they're seeing as a possible climate shift in their audience.  People are having more fun watching Lil B!

My advice to them...do better.