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  1. Mr Cat Dog
    March 20th, 2015 8:17 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    ...you haven't seen Spirited Away!?

    You need to get that **** sorted right now. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Your friends are right to make fun of you, and they should continue to do so until you've watched it accordingly!
  2. Mr Cat Dog
    March 20th, 2015 7:13 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I did love that cat, not gonna lie. Did you hear he had cancer quite recently?

    Princess Kaguya finally comes out in the UK today, so I'm going to see that straight after work. I saw When Marnie Was There when I was in Tokyo last year, so after tonight, I'll have seen every single Ghibli film ever, which I'm quite proud of!

    Saturday is the start of the London LGBT Film Festival, which is an offshoot of the main London Film Festival in October. I've never been to this one before, but there are some films that caught my interest when they were making the festival rounds last year that have popped up on this schedule (The Falling, Girlhood and Dear White People), so Saturday will consist of me seeing The Falling.

    Other than that, I am going to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep a lot. Work has been a bit long and stressful this week, so I'm going to look forward to getting reacquainted with my bed.

    If you loved Cherbourg, you'll adore Rochefort. They're not the same film by any means (the tone is quite different in each of them), but I'm sure you'll find much to like.
  3. Mr Cat Dog
    March 18th, 2015 3:07 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I have the complete opposite reaction to Schwartzman than you do in that, for the most part, I've never really liked a performance of his. Not in a Wes film, not in Scott Pilgrim, and definitely not in Listen Up Philip. The performance of his that I've liked the most is probably I <3 Huckabees, but he's still the weakest link in that cast by far. As for Listen Up Philip, I went in expecting to love it and everything (except for the gloriousness of Elisabeth Moss) just fell flat for me. The dialogue felt overwritten and was a case of horrible characters being horrible to each other in a completely uninteresting way; the look of the film felt completely fake with its '70s style cinemtography that just looked like a bad Instagram filter; and it felt like it went on forever. To me it just felt all surface-level, without anything at all under the surface, except when it came to Moss' character, and that amazing close-up of her face. That nearly single-handedly saved the film for me, but by that point it was a case of too-little-too-late.

    And please don't apologise for the word vomit! I love reading word vomit! Much moreso than actual vomit. That's not nice to read at all.
  4. Mr Cat Dog
    March 17th, 2015 9:33 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Oh, you did proper rankings and everything. Good job! I'm so glad you liked Oscar Isaac: the man is a genius! You know my feelings about the ones that I've seen, so the only real 'surprise' on this list is Schwartzman. I haaaaaaaaated Listen Up Philip but loved Moss in it, but did you like the film on the whole?
  5. Mr Cat Dog
    March 16th, 2015 11:52 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Ugh, I'm so happy for you! I wish I could go back and watch Cherbourg for the first time again. It's absolutely brilliant and so is The Young Girls of Rochefort (with a Gene Kelly cameo, if you're into Singin' in the Rain). Haven't seen Lola, but I'll try to, given your recommendation!
  6. Mr Cat Dog
    March 15th, 2015 11:59 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Completely agree re: Martin Short. If/when you get around to Inherent Vice, he's essentially playing the same character. Very disconcerting. My main thoughts about the show are in the C&M thread, but I think it might be better spread out, rather than binged like I did. Maybe I'll go back in a few weeks and rewatch at a more leisurely pace.
  7. Mr Cat Dog
    March 12th, 2015 2:29 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Well, I just listened to Illinois, and it was certainly substantial! There were definitely some tracks that I liked a lot, but I completely understand the Bon Iver comparison (which isn't a selling point to me). Think I'll need to give it another listen when I'm less tired.

    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme, however, I could easily listen to on repeat for the same time as Illinois (like 70 minutes or something) and never get bored: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYNbp0u8WjA. Females are strong as hell!
  8. maccrash
    March 12th, 2015 1:45 PM
    **** I just saw that you've downloaded Carrie & Lowell but haven't listened yet. it is absolutely ****ing monumental. I loooove Sufjan in the first place so maybe I'm a tad biased but it's definitely my favorite album of his and probably will end up my AOTY even though it's only March. it's devastating and beautiful. aaaaaaaaaaaaa
  9. Mr Cat Dog
    March 12th, 2015 7:08 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Ah, you and me are complete opposites in our musical love. I cannot stand most traditional ones; especially stage adapations. Sound of Music drives me up the wall, the opening sequence of West Side Story annoys the **** out of me etc. (Although I do like Chicago, but more as a guilty pleasure than anything else.) Ones made especially for the screen, however, I tend to like more. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, A Star is Born, New York, New York, All That Jazz, and the aforementioned DotD (which you should definitely check out for all of its Bjorkiness; I run very hot-and-cold on von Trier but love this one and Dogville) are all some of my favourite films of all time.

    Is it bad that I've never heard a Sufjan Stevens song? I always got him confused, until fairly recently, with Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam so never really explored his musical ouevre. The Tame Impala song is good, though. Not a massive fan of theirs but this one was nice to listen along to at work.
  10. Mr Cat Dog
    March 10th, 2015 4:54 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I'm so glad I'm not at university any more. Although, even still, we only had exams at the end of the academic year (so, May/June), so I guess I count myself lucky in that regard.

    Re: MttS: I loved Julianne Moore. I loved Mia Wasikowska. I loved how ugly everyone looked. I loved the score. I haaaaaaaaaaaated everything else. Absolutely hated. When I left the cinema, I thought to myself "at least it wasn't as bad as Cosmopolis" but then as I walked back to my hotel (I saw it in Austria), I kinda reconsidered my opinion. It just seemed to really strike a nerve with me, for reasons I can't really explain. At least it's never boring; I'll give it that.

    I would not have had you pegged as a musical fan! I guess you like music and film so it sort of makes sense, but even still, the styles of something like Sondheim et al are quite removed from Trophy Scars and whatnot. What are your favourite musicals!? Are you more of a traditionalist (Sound of Music, My Fair Lady etc.) or do you like the more avant-garde ones (Dancer in the Dark, Hedwig and the Angry Inch etc.) or both?
  11. Mr Cat Dog
    March 8th, 2015 8:34 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    You seem to have exams all the time! Didn't you have some a few weeks ago!?

    Ray is getting some story but Shosh is retreating as a character, unfortunately. It's definitely becoming The Hannah And Friends Show, however, instead of Girls. Honestly, I'd recommend Broad City before Girls; that **** is great! Just started Kimmy Schmidt this afternoon and it's very watchable, even if it's not yet at the heights of 30 Rock.

    And your list is hella interesting! I detested Maps to the Stars, but I appreciate it's very polarising so understand how people can love it. I'm so glad you liked American Sniper but am really surprised that Jersey Boys is there! I didn't see it, but I also didn't read anything good about it in the slightest (which led me to not see it), so I'd be fascinated to hear what you liked about that. I had an opportunity to see Jauja at the LFF but passed it up for something else (can't remember what); when it gets generally released, I'll be sure to see it. But yeah, fascinating list!

    Didn't hear anything great about Lilting, so I didn't see it. I'm also not a big Ben Whishaw fan, so I guess I'm glad I didn't miss anything, even if it meant you had to be subjected to it!
  12. Mr Cat Dog
    March 7th, 2015 3:30 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Jake Lacy was on the latest episode of Girls and as soon as I saw him I thought "Rest is going to be so happy!" It's a brief stint, but he's very good in a small role.
  13. maccrash
    February 25th, 2015 2:45 PM
    that whole song is full of stunning lyrics really. probably my favorite song of theirs now, tbh. "Heated Swimming Pool" is wonderful, I'm partial to "Christmas Card" and "Catalina Fight Song" personally. let me know what you think of it on this next go.

    "Your Deep Rest" is one of the most affecting songs ever lyrically as far as I'm concerned, it's absolutely heartbreaking; there are literally no weak tracks on that album. I used to think "In Framing" wasn't great but I was so wrong.

    no good emo releases this year as far as I've heard; however TWIABP will probably be putting out their next record sometime soon so I'm so excited for that. new Viet Cong was good; personally (and this is weird for me) my favorite release of the year so far is the new Drake type. I don't even know why. I'm so so so so so excited for new Sufjan Stevens, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Mountain Goats stuff tho. that's gonna be great. never listened to the new of Montreal, actually! only albums I've heard of theirs are Hissing Fauna and The Gay Parade.
  14. Mr Cat Dog
    February 25th, 2015 12:12 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I like Birdman. I understand why people hate it so much but I just can't muster up that level of vitriol for a kooky comedy about the theatre/Hollywood/art and all that. It wouldn't have been my first pick in any category (I'm still on the Dick Poop train when it comes to cinematography) but it's better than an Imitation Game sweep or something like that. Silver linings! If there was one that slightly irked me, however, it was the screenplay award, as Birdman was good in spite of, rather than because of, its screenplay! And it would have been a perfect opportunity to recognise Wes Anderson.

    Thank you for the very kind words but, especially for the next few months, I'm just going to be too busy to do any serious writing. I'll only probably see about one or two films per week (including repertory ones like Punch-Drunk Love and Blow-Up) in any case, and when I do log them, it's more a case of word vomit than anything else.

    I was really disappointed in Kumiko, as I'd heard good things about it and Fargo is one of my favourite films of all time. I knew the brief outline of the true story upon which it was based, and the film didn't illuminate anything new, nor did it make what I did know remotely interesting. If it were challenging or doing something against the grain, I'd recommend seeing it in spite of my lack of enthusiasm, but the worst thing about it is that it's so boring!

    And yeah, I'd already seen the rule changes. Interesting. That is, until OITNB/Shameless/Jane the Virgin successfully campaign to be reclassified, then it all becomes the exact same as it was before! I guess we'll wait and find out. I love a good entertainment judicial arbitration!
  15. Mr Cat Dog
    February 21st, 2015 4:53 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Here's the best picture I could take. Was pretty far back.

    If you ever get to see him, get as far to the front as possible and he will touch your hand many, many times! He went into the crowd at least twice, split the set roughly equally: half Black Messiah, half Brown Sugar/Voodoo (which I don't know as well, but 'Brown Sugar' was definitely a highlight). Two encores, the latter of which was an extended 'Untitled (How Do You Feel)' where he gave props to all of The Vanguard, which was a really nice touch. Only bad part was he kept us waiting a lot: started about 40 minutes late, and reeeeeeeally pushed it with the length of time waiting for encores; people next to me were a bit pissed. Other than that it was ****ing amazing!

    Also, before I left, I put some - very wrong - Oscar predictions up on the ol' blog. You should check 'em out if you have time. They will be wrong, but I guess I'm sticking with them...

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