Archive for December, 2009

Happy Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I do this every year. Here’s John.

We could use more of this.


Brian Cox Teaches Toddler To Recite Shakespeare

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

I found this over on the the Live For Films blog and it is just fucking brilliant. I’ve always adored Brian Cox and when you put his mastery with the open mind of sweet young Theo the result is sublime.

From the mouths of babes.


Rediscovering Carla Bley

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Back in the ’80′s I loved Carla Bley and her music. It was always a very original take on modern jazz, laden with humour and wonderfully quirky tangents that could easily fry your brain with repeated listenings. One of my favourites was Musique Mecanique II (At Midnight). I fell back into that rabbit hole this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed finding this neglected tune and many others like The Reactionary Tango which I haven’t heard in a very long time.

Do yourself a favour and have a listen – and just when you’re about to give up on it – keep listening – because it just weirder and more funny.

And the layers of meaning within the repeated phrases begin to lend a solemnity that catches us by surprize. Delicious stuff.


John Lennon

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I had meant to post about this yesterday but as a man once said: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”

It’s hard to believe that it was 29 years ago when John Lennon died and left us a legacy of music, art and the relentless quest for peace.

John Lennon

Too many people engage in building saints and martyrs from the remains of those who have gone before us, providing examples of what it means to be a decent caring human being who refuses to profit from the suffering of others. Lennon was no saint – he was just a man – but a damned fine one and we should all be so lucky as to find a part of who he was, and what he believed in, within ourselves.


10 Things I Hate About Commandments

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

There’s a whole whack of these re-edits of movies and trailers. Really inspired stuff like Scary Poppins, or The Shining and a host of others stick out above the crowd but this one is really slick and really funny.

With a well deserved hat tip to the work and writings of Ralph Rosenblum, Sergei Eisenstein and Walter Murch.


P. S. Thanks Fred!