Archive for April, 2011

Music I dig 018: Kraak & Smaak – My Synths Are The Bomb (2011)

This album has been released TODAY!! I love the album, I love this track! Kraak & Smaak again DE-LI-VER! This is the soundtrack to my easter-weekend!

Movie I dig 013: Dang Ai Lai De Shi Hou (When love comes) (2010)

I think this was my first encounter with Taiwanese cinema and I must say that this one is not bad at all. In contrary, it’s quite good!

This movie deals with teenage pregnancy, love and generation gaps within a Taiwanese family. I really had the feeling this was a real Taiwanese family. The dialogues seemed very real and the actors made the emotions very credible.

I quite enjoyed it.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a trailer.

Music I dig 017: Skeewiff – Man of Constant Sorrow (Kraak & Smaak Remix) (2007)

A track carrying a hundred years of history and cover versions. Even though this version seems to be very distant from the original (or any other cover version, for that matter). An intense song!

Movie I dig 012: Anche libero va bene (Along the ridge) (2006)

In ‘Anche libero va bene’ the famous and experienced Italian actor Kim Rossi Stuart gives it a go at directing. And quite successfully I must say.

It’s a story about a lower middle-class dis-functional family in an urban Italian area. The story is mostly told through the eyes of 11-year old Tommi. The other family-members are his sister Viola, his unemployed cameraman father Renato and his mother Stefania who is absent most of the time because she keeps on leaving the family for other men. So most of the time it’s just the father and his two kids who make up this family. The father is always struggling to make ends meet and underneath seems to be struggling because the mother of his children comes and goes. This makes him very very edgy. He sincerely tries very hard to be a very loving and good father, but being on edge like he is, he can go from the coolest and sweetest father in the world to an angry mad man in seconds and over the littlest things. Viola seems to be this kind of annoying, kind of sweet girl. Played quite good by Marta Nobili. In a few scenes she (and a friend) tries to make Tommi touch her. This sexual exploration is only touched upon very lightly. Something I can appreciate. Let’s not make a big deal of something that clearly isn’t. I can imagine how this would’ve been blown-up in American cinematography. Mother Stefania (played very credible by Barbora Bobulova) decides to show up after leaving them all behind, halfway through the movie. This shakes the already fragile family up quite a bit. It is clear that this has happened before and father Renato consults his children whether they want to forgive their mother again. I’m not spoiling any more.

The father Renato is played by Kim Rossi Stuart who also (as aforementioned) directs the movie. He wasn’t even supposed to play this role, but the actor who was initially supposed to play Renato drew back from the project 15 days before shooting would start. Considering this, the achievement in bringing such a complicated character to live deserves even more praise. The real star in this movie, however, is Alessandro Morace, who plays Tommi in such a credible and mesmerizing way, that this can only promise much much more in the future from this young actor. The ways he finds to portray all the necessary emotions to the screen is simply magnificent! Overall the movie is a true gem, but just because of Alessandro Morace’s acting it’s a must to see!

Movie I dig 011: Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) (2010)

After watching ‘Les Petits Mouchoirs‘ I’m ready to go-go on a summer holiday at the beach. Sea food, beach-life, friends, meeting new people, sun and fun!

It’s a bunch of friends who decide to go on their annual holiday at one of the friends’ beach-house in the south of France, despite one of their friends being in the hospital after he was hit by a truck while driving his scooter. While being on this holiday everyone of these friends seems to have their own personal issues. Telling more would spoil it.

All in all I had a really good time watching this movie. The characters are quite likeable and the directing is done nicely.

Movie I dig 010: Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Shit! I love Spanish movies and that rapid fluent Spanish tongue! That was the first thing I thought when I was watching ‘Maria Full of Grace‘. Obviously it makes a difference when it’s a stunning young latina who’s using that tongue. And stunning is exactly what Catalina Sandino Moreno is; both in physical appearance and acting! Considering that this is her very first movie, she deserves nothing less of a standing ovation.

It’s a story about a girl working in the flower-business who is sick and tired of her job, her boring boyfriend and pretty much her entire life as it is. One day she quits her job and starts looking for something else in Bogota. On the way there she meets this guy which she met earlier on a night out. He gives her a ride and learns that she is looking for a job. He offers her a job as a courier, even though he is a bit hazy about the details. Deciding against what her instinct, likely because of being sick and tired of so many things, she decides to accept the job offered.

After this follows a very real and informative story about drug trafficking and it’s (sometimes) harsh consequences. This movie has won so many prices for a very good reason. It really is that good!

Movie I dig 009: Potiche (2010)

This is one pleasurable movie. It’s not complicated, nor is it shallow.

Basically, Potiche is a story about a house-wife who seems kind off naive and silly. She’s got a husband straight from hell. They own an umbrella-factory and have a son and a daughter. Then, the husband falls ill and needs to take some time off the job. Despite what everyone thinks of her, the house-wife steps forward as his replacement. I’m not going to spoil any further.

The house-wife is more than wonderfully portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Really, she is the star in this one! You can always count on Gérard Depardieu to work the screen!  The last actor worth mentioning is Fabrice Luchini, who plays the evil evil husband. He must have had so much fun playing this character. Wild and relentlessly ridiculous is what he is!

This movie will definitely put you in a good 70s mood.