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Chuck & Snakes August 27, 2006

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I saw the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown last night at the 9.30 Club.

Damn it was funky, it was fun, it made you move and it was one continuous beat for 2 hours +

He’s 72 and he still knows how to get on down and ‘Bust Loose’

If you get a chance download some of his stuff and check it out. The style of music originates from DC so it was good to be here to see it. There were horns, a damn loud bass drum and a bit of Hip-hop thrown in. Awesome fun!

And this afternoon?

Snakes

on

a

Plane

Oh yes. Full report later 🙂

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I can’t help it…i’m getting old and sentimental August 17, 2006

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From the actor that brought us one of my favourite movies ever, Garden State, we now have The Last Kiss

Zach Braff is awesome. This movie looks awesome. Writted by Paul Haggis, who brought us Crash (which I saw on the plane back to Australia and was awesome).

I may be getting old. I may be getting sentimental, but just watching this preview made me feel a little mushy inside.

The Remember to Breathe Meme (Thanks Ducky) August 13, 2006

Posted by Mick in Diary, Film, Memes.
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Thanks to Ampersand Duck, there’s a new sort of meme that fits right into my mood of tonight.

Tonight i went and saw a movie by myself for the first time ever. I am not sure why I haven’t ever done it before, but I just seemed to think it was either extremely sad, or a lonely thing to do.

In the end it was neither. I enjoyed the movie, “A Scanner Darkly” and then I enjoyed reading half a book, “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept “, in Kramerbrooks. A great little bookshop in Dupont Circle. I am going to go back in the morning and read the rest.

But back to the meme.

A list of 12 things that keep me alive and enjoying this world we live in…

In no particular order:

1. The sounds and smells of the ocean.

2. The warm sun on any day of the year.

3. Music. All kinds. Anywhere. Anytime.

4. Watching children play. Sharing in their innocence.

5. Alone time. The chance to be within myself and enjoy it.

6. Smiling to myself and watching others smile

7. My team winning.

8. The possibility of love.

9. A book that immerses me and influences the way I look at the world.

10. A thunderstorm

11. The feeling in my mouth after a spicy meal.

12. The smell of a freshly cut lawn.

Like Ducky, this list could change from day to day, but it includes things that will always be there no matter where I am in my life.

2.17am. Time to sleep….

Oscar Movies…..again. 2 Down. February 15, 2006

Posted by Mick in Film.
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Well, if you read my blog last year, you will remember I had a mission to see all of the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar Nominated Films for that year. I failed miserably, only seeing 2 of them before the Oscars happened.

So, it’s time to try again! The Oscars are on March 5th, and I have now seen 2 of the 5 nominated ‘Best Picture’ films.

They are:

Brokeback Mountan
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich

So, 3 to go in 3 weeks. I reckon I can do that. Crash is a DVD movie anyway, so it should be easy.

So, here’s a couple of my opinions on the 2 I have seen.

Munich

Let me just give you a quick rundown on Eric Bana’s career…..

So. yes. He’s had a diverse career. His role in Munich is like something you have never seen him do. Not only does he do a pretty damn good Israeli accent, he acts his way so well through this movie, you feel proud to have known him as the guy that impersonated Ray Martin.

I have not been a huge fan of Spielberg’s recent works. To be honest, I haven’t seen them either because his fascination for Tom Hanks is really starting to wear thin with me. Now, if he started a fascination with Eric Bana, I might reconsider. This film is strong, well cast and even though it runs for 2 hrs 45 mins it keeps you enthralled and unsleepy (I was really tired when I went into this movie). I didn’t really know the story of the Terrorist incident at the Munich Olympic Games, but after this movie, you really will know all about it. It’s almost filmed in a documentary style, but the character that Eric Bana plays really pulls you into the film and keeps you wanting to find out more.

No Spoilers here, but the ending may not be to everyone’s liking. I didn’t mind it. I thought there was a lot of texture and a real under current to the film which you really have to keep track of otherwise you may fade.

Anyway, I’m being vague. It’s good. It’s not usual Spielberg tripe. And Eric Bana is the best actor to come out of Australia since…..well…for a while. 4 bombs from me!

Brokeback Mountain

I just came out of this movie about 2 hours ago, so it’s still very fresh in my head. Firstly, let me say that if I were gay, I would so want Jake Gyllenhaal. Damn, I almost envy Heath Ledger getting to kiss him. But I digress. This is a freaking excellent movie. As far as movies go, too many times we see the same old worn out stories rolled out again and again. But has there been a film about gay cowboys recently? I think not!

This movie makes me want to go to Wyoming. Some of the scenery shots are magnificent, and the music? Damn, it may have been country and western styled, but it (almost) had me getting into it.

But what makes this movie so frigging good is the acting. They both act well, but Heath just kicks arse in this movie. I have not seen him perform like this ever, and I have seen most of his movies. (10 Things I hate about You included!) He portrays the confused, likeable, quiet cowboy with scary ease and his thick country American accent was almost perfect. The story in this film keeps you interested and the emotion it invokes, althought probably very different with different people, really pulls you in.

I am not the best person to ask, “Did you like the movie?” after coming straight out of the cinema, because I have a habit of saying that it was “..the best movie I have seen this year.” But this movie is, and maybe it will be all year.

I enjoyed picking the female actors in this movie too. Find Velma from Scooby Doo and Jen from Dawsons Creek.

It’s great! It’s gay! It gets 4 1/2 spurs from me.