Friday, 27 November 2009

Regina Spektor

Over the past week, it seems the only thing motivating me to work in any way is Regina Spektor's new(ish) album Far. It's possibly the first album ever in which I have thoroughly liked and enjoyed every song. Not all will become my favourite songs, but all are beautiful and some are simply transcendent. Being too broke to go buy the album itself has meant you will often see me in the afternoon absently doing translations and switching songs on YouTube every 3 minutes. This however has finally enabled me to actually see some of her music videos (not that I've been staring at the screen instead of working...) and I have to say - they're just so sweet. That pretty much sums them up - they're beautiful, quirky, original, funny, thoughtful, challenging and just so sweet, just like the songs and her herself. Anyway, I decided it was about time I did one of my famous top 10 lists for my favourite Regina Spektor songs. Because, you know, I do really love her so much :) It was ridiculously difficult to narrow it down to just ten, but I did manage. Just about.

10. Carbon Monoxide (Soviet Kitsch)
09. Oedipus (Songs)
07. Braille (Eleven Eleven)
06. On the Radio (Begin to Hope)
05. Samson (Songs)
04. Eet (Far)
03. Après Moi (Begin to Hope)
02. Hero (500 Days of Summer)
01. Us (Soviet Kitsch)

and, in case you haven't had enough - über cute video (and über awesome song)

Outside the cars are beeping
Out of sun
Just in your honour
And even though they do not know it
All mankind are now your brothers

Monday, 16 November 2009

43. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Somehow, despite the fact that he didn't actually direct this, I consider this to be the quintessential Tim Burton film. Maybe it's the scope of imagination used in the film. Maybe it's the comically beautiful songs. Maybe it's the extraordinary level of detail that went into each shot. Or maybe it's just catching sight of Jack Skellington's grinning face on the tightly curled rock peak and smiling. Whatever it is, The Nightmare Before Christmas remains my favourite Burton/Selick film, and is perfect to watch in that little period between Halloween and Christmas.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Seriously, I'm alive

Unbelievable, right? But yes, I live on, and so does this blog. I have missed it :) But oh my word, university is just so exhausting. Seriously, all you people who go/went to uni, did you realise you'd actually have to work so hard?!? In between two essays, four translations, five lectures, two speaking classes and endless grammar a week, I'm not entirely sure when I've had time to breathe, let alone write this blog. Don't get me wrong, I love it - I am that masochistic - but jeez does killing yourself over Kafka and the subjunctive take time. But anyway. I am back. I know you're all happy :) I can hear the cheering. And I'm happy - I really want to make time to post this blog regularly - it's something from my old life that keeps me anchored. Plus I just love movies, and after showing the Breakfast Club to some friends tonight (I'm spreading the love :D), I realised I needed to return to the mothership.

So, quick post, 'cos it's twenty to one and I have a French speaking class tomorrow with a guy called Guillaume who looks continually bewildered by how bad I am at French...

Trailers that have come out!!

01. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

So this admittedly looks like it could be a case of style over substance - and from the few reviews I've heard, it's not as good as it is meant to be. However, that's OK - I think what is really focal here is the sheer imagination being employed (Oh my god I sound like I'm writing an essay. Stop.) Still, it's Heath Ledger's last film. It's got Johnny Depp. And it looks fecking spectacular.

02. Invictus

Um, because Morgan Freeman + Matt Damon + Clint Eastwood must = brilliance. Plus it's already generating Oscar buzz, and I just love Oscar buzz - gets you so excited :D

03. Uncertainty

Ok. This doesn't look that good. But it could possibly be good. And, erm, Joseph Gordon Levitt is pretty :) This trailer has got me through many an essay crisis.

Am also finally seeing An Education this Wednesday (hopefully) so a review should follow shortly :D

Oooh, and also, something I wanted to discuss with you guys. After having read a lot of amazing fashion blogs recently, namely The Clothes Horse, Maverick Malone and Qin at the Disco amongst others, I'm kind of wanting to do maybe a little fashion thing of my own once a week, a what-I'm-wearing type thing. Now, I don't pretend to be as knowledgeable as you guys about fashion - I don't follow runways, I don't know much about designers and I can't really afford magazines (although I am considering getting French Vogue and putting it under my work budget :D). But I do love day to day style and street fashion, and I love playing around with my clothes and trying to express myself through them in unusual and different ways. (I kind of feel like I'm applying for a job interview here...). So yeah, what do you guys think?? I've been wanting to do it for a while, and yeah. Feedback and all would be love. I probably won't get round to it 'til New Year at least, but it's something to think about xxx