Archive for the France Category

Wild Woody

Posted in celebrities, film, France, white people on November 11, 2010 by John

Woody Allen interviewed by the Paris review.

Allen talks about comedy, working to your ability, and his adventures in prose. A little trim on the film side but otherwise earnest and smart.

Cannes Lineup Unveiled

Posted in 2009, film, France with tags on April 24, 2009 by kevin

It is exciting to hear that Tsai-Ming Ling and Haneke will be in competition. Which films do you fancy? Or what judges do you fancy? One of them, Shu Qi, is a “porn star turned object of contemplation in rapturous Hou Hsiao-hisen movies she professes not to understand.”

The full list and announcement

Cannes Has Hell to Pay

Posted in film, France, Guns, men, web chatter on May 29, 2008 by John

“Acting is not acting if you act. You have to tell the truth, and I learned that in my career only at the end of my 37th movie.”

This quote came from Jean-Claude Van Damme about his new film J.C.V.D.  It’s a biopic about JCVD staring JCVD.  That’s what it claims to be at least.  It’s really some strange meta comedy that puts him in existential crises, custody battles and entanglements with bumbling bank robbers.  The word on the street is that Cannes loved it (Really).

Anyways here’s a trailer, or at least what the French think passes for a trailer. (Really worth watching.)

MOSTLY VIA

Festival Cannes ’08

Posted in 2008, art, film, France with tags , , on May 12, 2008 by Shiv

Just thought I’d post a lil reminder to those who are interested. For years now, for some reason, I’ve been fascinated with this festival. And I went! And touched Mr. Kar Wai, which was great. So, my allegiance continues. I’m not aware of most of the films screening this year but Indiana Jones will have its premiere, along with the re-edit/re-release of Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time (Redux), a new Wenders film and a new Charlie Kaufmann. Should be neat (whenever they all do make it over here). For the full list and more info, go here.

One of my favorite parts about this festival is the poster. Last year they had a shot from In the Mood for Love and in ’06 had a poster of Samuel L Jackson and Wong Kar Wai (and all the rest of the judges) jumping in the air. Delightful. This year, Mr. Lynch has fashioned the poster.

A Little Ultraviolence in the Morning

Posted in 2007, France, men, music, ultraviolence with tags , , on May 2, 2008 by John

Justice is still rad. Kanye proves this point by giving the internet their new video for Stress. It’s a fun time. Also I was listening to a mix they made last year for Fabric Magazine. It’s fantastic. I put it up for you. The tracklist after the jump.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from stereogum.com posted with vodpod

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Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie

Posted in 2008, food, France, italy, news with tags , , on April 26, 2008 by kevin

Bread Contest

The French, after more than 10 years, reclaim the title of best bakers in the world.  Contest involved Baguettes and other typical pastries.  Taiwan was 2nd place with Italy following after.

Outlandishly Coping With The Apprehensions of Adulthood

Posted in 2008, animals, art, film, France, history, melty faces, occult, out-of-body experiences, supernatural, the future, the past, videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2008 by Thomas

Last night, a friend and I were discussing the new faces of art/life/other-things-of-the-like, and he mentioned Ray Tintori, a new young name in film, who recently directed this video by MGMT. Below is the youtube video but given the aesthetic purposes of the video I recommend watching the higher resolution here. Regardless of whether you’re interested in the video, the song pretty great in itself.

We talked about what motivates these reasons for using low-grad equipment and fidelity and the possibilities of it being more emotive and effective than strenuous attempts of “professionalism.” Of course, other such proponents of this freewheeling expression that where mentioned was of course those kooky kids from Wham! City. One of the most notable elements of the music video is the idea of the occult, which has curiously become a large point of interest with young people these days as well as other artists such as Animal Collective.

Another interesting area where these themes have been present in the artistic world was 100 years ago in France with the Northern-Paris collective who called themselves Les Nabis (meaning “the prophets” in French). Similar to the aforementioned artists, the Nabis painters such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard were interested in using heavy-handed brush strokes in order to evoke the emotion in their subjects and pay more attention to the idea of color rather than theme.

Now don’t misread this, I’m not simply trying to name drop; moreover, I’ve noticed that responses have been floundering on the blog I hope that this will spark an open discussion on some of the techniques discussed and whether or not they seem as credible as I might be led to think.

Ray Tintori’s first short film can be found here.