…entre nous soit dit…

between me you and the gatepost.

Shout out to The Doors

Ok so last night I decided to watch the movie ‘The Doors’ starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. I’d heard about it before and been told it was really good, so on Thursday when I went to the video store to get out ‘A Street Car Named Desire‘ and ‘In Cold Blood‘ for university, I nabbed The Doors as well.

Val Kilmer actually has an uncanny resemblence to Jim Morrison (left: the movie poster featuring Val Kilmer), although that’s probably more to do with the hair and the jaw structure than anything else, and he does an extremely good job in the role.

Along side him was Meg Ryan, which was a great suprise to me, because of all the female actresses I could think of for the part of Pam, there’s no way she would have even come close to the top of that list. No way. I’m still not sure I liked her for the part. I think it’s her voice that had me iffy about it (as strange as that may sound). But watching the movie, I couldn’t believe some of the things she was put through. I had no idea she even existed (below right: the real Pam Courson and Jim Morrison – she’s fucking gorgeous), but more to the point, some of the things that happened were just plain crazy!

[NOTE: the following are spoilers, so if you plan on watching it (which you should) then don’t read the following]

For example there’s a thanksgiving scene in which Jim and Pam are supposed to be hosting the party, but they both take acid, so they’re completely tripping. Jim comes out with the “roast” duck which is charred black. Pam gets really upset when she sees that Jim’s “mistress” came to the party and they start to have a fight and get pulled apart. Then Pam sees the duck and continues to go off her head at Jim screaming that he killed her duck. Their fight escalates until there’s a knife involved and they’re both threatening each other. Jim puts the knife in her hand kneels before her and pulls his shirt open and they stand there for a minute yelling at each other with knife still held above him. Then they realise they love each other sooooo much blah blah blah and they’re just high. Everyone leaves at that point rather than put up with anymore of their craziness.

There’s a couple of threatened deaths throughout it. Jim threatens to jump out windows/off building ledges outside windows a couple of times and Pam has to climb out for him. He also has another fight with her which results in her locked in the cupboard and him setting it on fire before bailing. She gets out and they get back together a while later. They were both outrageously high in basically all of these scenes though. Both drug addicts obviously.

There’s another really weird scene which was the one I was originally told about and why it was recommended to me – to see the drug tripping scene in the desert  – the Peyote scene. True to form, it was crazy, but not quite as crazy as I was expecting I guess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely worth watching for that like 2 minutes of them just completely tripping out. (click on the link to the youtube video and skip forward to 1.30 mins. And the best parts end around 4.20 mins)

The amount of drugs they took though, I honestly just don’t know how the fuck they managed to stay alive (for as long as they did). I really really don’t. It was inevitable that he was going to die, but I just don’t know how he survived as long as he did. He had one fucked up drug fueled lifestyle – that is for sure.

Still, if I’d been alive at the time, I have no doubt I would have joined them, and no doubt that I would have thrown myself at him aswell – he was fucking sexy. You can’t deny it:

Then again, he makes long hair look fucking good, and his jaw line is pure drool-worthy! I have loved this picture of him for sooooooo long. And who could resist his singing and lyrics? Sometimes they’re completely wacked up, but who gives? I don’t know why but I’ve always thought guys from that era were kind of good looking. Weird huh. 

But anyways back to the movie: they managed to get a lot of historical events which was awesome – a lot of the crazy things that he did on stage was put into the film (as it should be). For example to the left is the real picture of Jim at one of the concerts they performed and it’s portrayed in the movie – with him falling in exactly the same position and wearing exactly the same clothing. He had been sprayed in the eye with pepper spray by the cops right before that concert, was so high that it was surprising he didn’t have a heart attack right there and then on stage. He was arrested halfway through that concert and never finished it. 

And without further adue, seeing as I’ve delayed it so far, here’s the actual trailer for the movie:

I remember the first time I heard the doors, it was at my Dad’s house. I guess he liked them all along, but he went through a phase of really liking them and just leaving the dvd of the different concerts on play permanently. He’d get the hue speakers connected up and blasting as he went around the house doing things. Maybe that’s why I originally thought the doors were so cool, but then I actually did grow to love them. So much. Now they’re one of my favourite bands of all time… and like all good bands, sadly, one of the members had to die – it’s pretty much the rule.

Lets face it: they were fucking legends.

Don’t try denying it.

It won’t work.

SIDE NOTE: I was disgusted to find in my youtube search for the thanksgiving scene that one of the results that came up as a listed match for my search of ‘the doors movie scene death’, was a video bout Edward Cullen from Twilight entitled ‘Eyes, Arms .. and you Lips || Edward’ POV’. I was positively horrified. And to top it off, it was a stupid and pathetic fan made video by some peanut sized brain swoony chit. SHAME ON YOU YOUTUBE!


March 27, 2010 Posted by | drugs, drunk/drinking, Film Review, just a quick note, just for shits and giggles, movie review, movies, photography, youtube stuff | Leave a comment

80 Films To Watch

In light of the recent events and my sudden desire to eat chocolate and not do very much (yes how pathetic, I agree), I decided that I could at least make this slightly productive. So I’ve decided that over the next few weeks… ok maybe the next couple of months… I will try and watch the majority of the films that have ever received the Oscar Award for Best Film. I figure they have to have won for a reason, so I may as well watch them.

Of course this list is extensive, so I have narrowed it just slightly. I will at least be watching every film that has won from 1980 on wards. Before the year 1980, I was a bit more selective as to which films would make the cut for my list. The bold films are the ones I am yet to watch, while the ones listed in italics are the ones I have already seen. All in all, there’s still 50 films to this list, 34 of which I need to watch.

2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire”

2007 – “No Country for Old Men”

2006 – “The Departed”

2005 – “Crash”

2004 – “Million Dollar Baby”

2003 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

2002 – “Chicago”

2001 – “A Beautiful Mind”

2000 – “Gladiator”

1999 – “American Beauty”

1998 – “Shakespeare in Love”

1997 – “Titanic”

1996 – “The English Patient”

1995 – “Braveheart”

1994 – “Forrest Gump”

1993 – “Shindler’s List”

1992 – “Unforgiven”

1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs”

1990 – “Dances with Wolves”

1989 – “Driving Miss Daisy”

1988 – “Rain Man”

1987 – “The Last Emperor”

1986 – “Platoon”

1985 – “Out of Africa”

1984 – “Amadeus”

1983 – “Terms of Endearment”

1982 – “Gandhi”

1981 – “Chariots of Fire”

1980 – “Ordinary People”

1979 – “Kramer vs. Kramer”

1977 – “Annie Hall”

1975 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

1974 – “The Godfather Part II”

1972 – “The Godfather”

1971 – “The French Connection”

1968 – “Oliver!”

1966 – “A Man for All Seasons”

1965 – “The Sound of Music”

1964 – “My Fair Lady”

1963 – “Tom Jones”

1962 – “Lawrence of Arabia”

1961 – “West Side Story”

1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

1954 – “On the Waterfront”

1951 – “An American in Paris”

1943 – “Casablanca”

1940 – “Rebecca”

1939 – “Gone with the Wind”

1937 – “The Life of Emile Zola”

1929/1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”

Of course, the films that actually take out the awards aren’t always necessarily the best, and sometimes there are some other films, which come very close to winning as well, but only gain the nomination. Let’s add a few of them to the list, creating an extra 20 films on the list.

2008 – Frost/Nixon

             – Milk

2007 – There will be Blood

2006 – Babel

2005 – Capote

            – Munich

2003 – Lost in Translation

2002 – The Pianist

2001 – Gosford Park

– In the Bedroom

2000 – Chocolat

            – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

1998 – Saving Private Ryan

1997 – Good Will Hunting

1996 – Fargo

            – Jerry Maguire

1993 – The Piano

            – The Remains of the Day

1992 – Howards End

1990 – Awakenings

Now lets get started on the list of miscellaneous films to be added to my list and ones that are “must sees” according to many different people. First lets start with 6 of the Stanley Kubrick collection of films for the list:

The Shining
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
2001: A Space Odyssey
Eyes Wide Shut

Personally, I think I will probably cringe the entire way through ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ thanks to the fact that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were cast as the leading roles (and I hate them both and think them pathetic actors), but Kubrick will hopefully be worth it. Next up is 7 of actor/director/writer Woody Allen’s collection, who has created some truly strange, yet renowned things. I have only seen Match Point so far of his works, but that movie was truly one of the strangest I have ever seen.

Vicky Christina Barcelona

Match Point
Anything Else
Deconstructing Harry
Another Woman
Love and Death

And last of the director’s that I want to watch a collection of, is renowned director Quentin Tarantino. So to the list I’m adding another 4 films to see.

Inglorious Basterds
Sin City
Kill Bill: Vol. I
Kill Bill: Vol. II
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs

I can’t think of any other directors that I really want to see at the moment. However there are a few other miscellaneous and more current films, which I would also like to watch:

21 Grams
Apocalypse Now
Revolutionary Road
Star Trek
Before Sunset
The Mist
Transformers 2
(still to be released)

Well that brings the list up to 80 movies in total. I figure that is definitely enough to keep me going for quite some time. A couple of months I should say, although since University holidays are coming up, and seeing as I rarely use my study breaks before exams properly, it might be somewhat faster. 

Oh and for anyone that hasn’t already watched it, go and see The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. It’s an amazing film with a story line that is both beautiful and traumatic.

NOTE (29/05/09): As I watch the movies, I will take them out of bold print, change them to italics and make them blue so that it is obvious which ones I manage to tick off the list. I’ve also added all the films I still need to watch to ‘THE WATCH LIST‘ along the right side of this blog page. As I watch the movies, I shall take them off until finally the list disappears.

May 25, 2009 Posted by | ambitions, bored, Film Review, lists | 4 Comments

The Priviliged Life

Does anyone wonder just how damn small and sheltered each of us really are? This is speaking to all the privileged people in the world I suppose, considering anyone who is poor enough to really experience life and appreciate it probably don’t have enough money or means to have the internet. so if you’re looking at the internet and better yet, you’re reading this, then let me open you’re eyes now: you’re privileged. There might be others out there who are more privileged than yourself, but you are none the less privileged.

Blood Diamond Poster
Today I watched Blood Diamond (you know the one nominated for 5 academy awards and has Leonardo DiCaprio in it). Now normally I’m not one to get all thrilled about Leonardo DiCaprio and I would be one of the last to say that he is a brilliant actor and I was inspired by him (although i have to admit to having watched Titanic a million times even though it’s commonly bagged as the worst movie ever and a guy’s worst nightmare as a date), but Blood Diamond actually had me really interested and watching intently.

Other people I have talked to have said that DiCaprio was good, but the movie was too slow, but I really didn’t think so. For anyone who hasn’t watched Blood Diamond, it’s a story about the trade of “dirty diamonds” from war torn countries or “conflict diamonds” and about the civil wars in places like Sierra Leone (which is where the movie is based in 1999). In 2003 the “Kimberley Process” was signed by forty nations in an attempt to stem the flow of conflict diamonds but they’re still being traded throughout the world. Solomon Vandy (payed by Djimon Hounsou – who should have got the academy award for Best Supporting Actor in this film) portrays what it’s like to be a family caught in a war torn country in Africa . He is taken by the rebels and forced to work at one of their diamond mining camps. It’s here that he discovers a large pink diamond that the rest of the movie centres around and is the reason that his and DiCaprios character’s lives collide.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I suggest you do because it’s really eye opening and it actually makes you think about it. Personally I thought about a great many things. At the moment I’m in a phase in between knowing my goal for a career in life. My ambitions have changed and this movie has helped to cement my newly formed ideas of becoming a free lance journalist. Jennifer Connelly, who plays the reporter in the movie, gives a convincing performance and her character was nothing short of an inspiration to fuel my new ideas, although memories keep plaguing my mind such as people like Jill Carroll who was kidnapped inIraq and her Iraqi interpreter was killed. Something in my head keeps suggesting that might not be the best way to go (then again what is), and believe me it comes very close in a couple of instances for that being the same ending for Jennifer Connelly’s character.

But none the less, the idea of being a free lance journalist somewhere like Sierra Leone or Iraq or somewhere else with real pieces and stories to tell, not just boring columns on the atrocities of the upper class suburban family who loses “everything” when their holiday house is burnt to the ground in bush fires. I mean honestly, this movie really makes you think about how sheltered life is and how much is taken for granted. Living in a suburban area, I walked outside my house after watching this to a completely quiet street lined with perfectly tended rich house (most of them being two storeys or bigger and each with a pool) and Christmas lights lying all over the house across the road – there weren’t any guns or bombs going off, no child soldiers walking around yelling and killing everyone in sight like they’re ordered, or even a refuge camp with a million people each of who are suspected as rebels and living in a hut barely made of rags, paper and sticks.

The people shown in this movie – they lose everything. Solomon Vandy is taken away from his family and saved at the last moment from having his hands cut off by the rebels, only to be put into hard labour that’s life threatening on a daily basis and then only manages to scrape through each of the attacks after that. He has to do everything he can to find his family again. He finds his wife, daughter and baby, but by then his son has been made a child soldier – so he searches every rebel camp he passes looking for him and when he does find him, his son is so changed that he yells at Solomon and shouts that he is a traitor, which results in Solomon’s capture and re-enslavement. Even when his son’s looking at him down the barrel of a gun, he doesn’t give up

There are other families out there with similar or worse stories. Occasionally you here one or another one is made into a movie (like that of the Rabbit Proof Fence or Hotel Rwanda – both which are brilliant movies), but it’s the other ones that you don’t here about – the ones that go unnoticed – that are still there and still affecting the people. Stories like that of a boy I used to know whose brother (who was a mere 10 years old at the time) saw his own father shot in the streets of Burma after getting caught in the middle of gang warfare. Or of a Sudanese student who was at school while their house was raided, their family and servant killed and house set on fire. Those stories are just everyday ones that no one ever hears about. Those people know what it’s like to appreciate life, living in places like Australia, America or England.

All of these places are so safe and nice compared to where they’ve come from, and yet the people who are lucky enough to have grown up and lived in these safe place all there lives are too sheltered and spoilt to realise just how lucky and privileged they are their whole lives. It’s taken completely for granted. They don’t realise that the latest style of headbands or belts aren’t what really matters and they probably won’t ever realise that the survival instincts that lay dormant in themselves play an everyday important part of someone else’s life – their life depends on them. The closest these sheltered people come to the war torn countries is while they’re sitting on their $2000 Italian leather couch watching television on their $10000 home entertainment system and a thirty second ad comes on from World Vision with a little kid with a pot belly, grubby face and brown water. The most the person will say to that if we’re lucky is, “Aw! Look at that poor kid. I really should sponsor one.” Then thirty seconds later when the ads over they’ll be back to thinking about the Simpsons on tomorrow night or the equally meaningless program like the Bold and The Beautiful.

But at the end of the day and after all my thinking, it becomes ironic really doesn’t it? Because tomorrow morning I’ll wake up in our suburban home, decide what to eat out of the multitudes of food that would feed a family in Africa for a couple of months, spend thirty minutes in front of the mirror deciding what to wear to work, where I earn more money in one day than they do in a year and then I’ll continue about worrying about if I should buy a lap top of my own despite having the family computer and 2 other laptops in the house before we go away on our trip across half the world. Yes, Ipods, playstations, gameboys, huge flat screen televisions and the newest style of BMW’s are all very nice and good. But none of these now common household items will help anyone to appreciate life more – they won’t even allow people to realise how spoilt or lucky they are to be living such a privileged life.

After all, each one of us is just one tiny speck in the world – just like a singular grain of sand on a whole beach. You don’t even notice how lucky you are to be the grain on the top layer… Just to keep it in perspective.

May 12, 2008 Posted by | ambitions, Film Review, life, society | 2 Comments

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

perfume movie poster

Perfume has got to be one of the strangest yet most fascinating and well done movies that I have watched of late. This was not a movie that I was aware of until my sister bought it and decided to put it on and I, being my usual movie-buff-self, decided to watch as well. it turned out to be a very good choice that I was most happy to have made despite the sometimes odd and unexpected scenes.

The story of Perfume is based on the best selling novel by Patrick Süskind, set in 18th century France where the the story follows the tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. We are first introduced to Jean-Baptiste in the first scene as his mother gives birth to him and leaves on the fish rubbish pile believing him to be a still born like all her other pregnancies. However he is not and from the beginning of his life he is shown as being an extraordinary child who has a olfactory sense that would make blood hounds jealous. He is able to duck flying objects by smelling them coming, visualise environments he cant see by their smells and even smell things that to u mere humans apparently have no smell. Later in life he discovers not only how much he enjoys these sensations unique to him, but also that even more strangely, he doesn’t have a smell himself.

After accidentally killing a woman  whose smell enraptures him so completely, a graphic scene of him ripping off her clothes and smelling her entire motionless corpse, he embarks on his own mission to not only recreate her smell, but also to create the fabled perfume that when smelt made the person feel as though they were in a state of heaven. This leads to the murders of more women and a few dark humoured moments of his own until the climatic scene involving a large orgy of people, which is rather unexpected and surprising for the viewer to say the least.

Ben Wishaw as Jean-Baptiste

The cast of the movie was selected quite well with Ben Wishaw giving a brilliant, and at times chilling, performance as Jean-Baptiste. Large parts of his character are portrayed through looks alone because his Jean-Baptiste is bigger on smelling than talking, and at those times he usually gives a bone chilling performance to almost perfection. Along side Wishaw we see other actors such as Alan Rickman (more commonly known to the younger generations as Snape from Harry Potter now days) who gives a fairly convincing portrayal of a worried father from the 18th Century, although at times I just can’t help but feel the white wig is so odd for him compared to the usual black greasy hair, he tends to ‘over act’ at parts and has little separation between his tendencies of how he portrays each of his characters in different films; Dustin Hoffman, who plays the once famous perfumer that has lost his touch but teaches Jean-Baptiste. He gives a somewhat lacking performance with an accent that is atrocious as it swaps between being a main attempt at Italian to British to American, but it’s the American accent that becomes the most out of place and annoying; and Rachel Hurd-Wood (previously seen as Wendy in P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan) gives a fairly brilliant portrayal of a young innocent lady who becomes the unfortunate final target. She seems to have matured since her last film role and looks stunning with the flaming red curls contrasting with beautiful blue eyes.

rachel hurd-wood

Perfume is a film not to be missed, even if only so that you can watch the bizarre ending and the somewhat graphic end scenes they are so unexpected. Overall all enjoyment factor is hard decide given the strange quality of the story but if the strange is your sort of movie and you don’t mind the odd time period piece, then this would rate fairly high.

May 10, 2008 Posted by | Film Review, fun, lists | Leave a comment