Friday, 27 May 2011

The films of Louis CK

In an interview, American stand up and filmmaker Louis CK described a film he tried for a few years to get made. 'It's about a beautiful, but obnoxious Hollywood PA. One day she's driving through LA, talking on her cell, not paying attention, when she hits something with her car. She gets out to see what it is; she's hit and killed a little girl, with a full grown beard.'

The PA is eventually sentenced, not to jail, but to have a beard grafted on her face for ten years.

Let's watch the films he has made. This playlist should work: 'Hi How Are You?', 'Brunch' and 'Ice Cream'. 



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Life As An Independent Astronaut

Great idea, and I love the homemade quality of his suit. Nice one David Wilson!

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Writing Soundtrack May 23-27

Diagram of defence  

Other Side - Family Portrait- Family Portrait

Honest James - Thurston Moore - Trees Outside The Academy

Nobody Knows - The Feelies - Here Before

Echo Lady - Wet Hair - In Vogue Spirit

Biddies - Mo Kolours - EP1: Drum Talking

Terra - Julian Lynch - Terra

257 - NHKyx - yx aka 1ch aka Solo

Birdhouse 1 -  Matana Roberts - The Chicago Project

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Friday, 20 May 2011

Writing Soundtrack May 16-20

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Up we go

Departing - Quiet Evenings - Transending Spheres

The Axiom (Andy Stott remix) - Badawi - The Axiom EP

Tangled - Hideousmen - Tangled/Sirens

Loudest Shop Vac In The World - Don Caballero - Pungasm

Albatross - Wild Beasts - Albatross

House Jam - Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna

Mediumship - No Joy - Ghost Blonde

Short People - Randy Newman - Rhino Hi-Five: Randy Newman

Fog Hammers - Quiet Evenings - Transcending Spheres


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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Roy's Jeans documentary

There seems to be a bit of a trend for short documentaries about artisan producers. So far, I've watched chocolatiers, a luthier and an angry pizza chef talk about what they do, but my favourite by far is this film about Roy Slaper, of Roy Denim. Each pair is handmade by the man himself. You can read more about Roy on the excellent Grain and Gram site.

There are so many cool things about this film: the way it's shot, graded, edited, and the choice of music. It fairly zips along as we watch Roy craft apair of jeans. But that's also part of the problem. I wanted to know more! Why does he make his jeans? How did he get into it? Is he really into denim? How long did it take him to train?

Who knows, maybe he's the strong silent type and didn't want to talk. It's still a great piece of film. 


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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Healthcare: Hidden Voices documentary

This is superbly shot, edited and sensitively depicts its stories. Raises a whole bunch of questions like any good doc and it'll probably make you angry too - and it should. What would we do without the NHS eh? Nice grade n'all!



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Monday, 16 May 2011

Good stuff from NFB

The NFB is concerned with all things documentary, animation, interactive and film from Canada. There's some really great stuff there. 

Like this colourful doc about plastics. The script is out there as well, I can't imagine anything like this getting to shoot stage now. Shame because it's got a great rhythm. "Plastics Ben, plastics."


What do you do with William Shatner in a studio? Make him sing "O Canada."

"Shatner Ben, Shatner."


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Monday, 9 May 2011

I don't like Ice Cream (new Battles video)

It's a bit too Mike Mills in the AD department and a massive nod to the El Guincho "Bombay" video. I quite like the song, well, I really liked it when they played it at ATP and one of them introduced it in a funny voice. But that's another story...


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Writing Soundtrack May 3-13