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  1. maccrash
    February 25th, 2015 02:45 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Mr Cat Dog
    February 21st, 2015 04:53 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 psyducking 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...
  4. maccrash
    February 21st, 2015 10:00 AM
    man I have no idea what changed but now it just feels so full of life, and "Falling in Love Again" kind of psyducks me up every time I listen to it now. "thanks for showing me around last night I hope you don't think I don't care" is such a great line to me for some reason, and the synth line that goes through like 30 seconds of it towards the end is just golden. and everything else on the album is so full of emotion too. I thought it had kinda been sapped of its emotion because of the production when I'd first heard it but the production is actually really good, it's very dynamic and Loud which is pretty much what this muk begs for. when I get my license I'm gonna drive around with it a lot.

    and The Hotelier live is such a psyducking experience. "An Introduction to the Album" was religious. I was screaming along the whole time. they were opening for The World Is a Beautiful Place so it was just an extraordinary gig, I myself would kill to go back there.
  5. Mr Cat Dog
    February 18th, 2015 05:37 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I saw St. Vincent last year, hence the date: 25th October 2014. She didn't do any crowdsurfing, unfortunately, but was her tripped-out weird self between songs.

    Will let you know about D'Angelo on Sunday. Should be good! And I'm well aware of how much scum I am!
  6. Mr Cat Dog
    February 17th, 2015 07:49 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Funny you should mention that, FKA twigs is actually playing London on Thursday and I tried to get tickets but they're all sold out and I'm not paying £200 for secondary market tickets.

    St. Vincent, on the other hand...

  7. Mr Cat Dog
    February 17th, 2015 06:50 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Also, not to make you too jealous:

  8. Mr Cat Dog
    February 16th, 2015 09:16 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Yeah, I know Hong is prolific; I've just never seen anything of his. I'll try Oki's Movie and give it a shot.

    Glad you like my picks. I will do descriptions as to 'why' for each of them; I wrote some for the first three categories (including one in which I liken Mark Bridges to Roger Deakins) but then work started and I had precisely 0 time. And congratulations on finishing your exams! Now be a good cinephile and watch all the films on my lists that you haven't, yet!
  9. Mr Cat Dog
    February 14th, 2015 12:40 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Happy Valentine's Day. Descriptions will have to come later when I'm not swamped with work!
  10. Mr Cat Dog
    February 12th, 2015 04:31 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    You posted your most recent VM to your own profile so I've just seen it now when profile stalking! And I've just started a new job this week and it's been hella busy on my end so my blog thing will have to wait until the weekend. I'll put up the actors then because I know you want those first, and then do the rest at some point.

    I've never seen a Hong film before. I've heard that if you've seen one you've seen them all, but I haven't seen any so I guess can't really comment. You a fan? And yeah, The Tribe is absolutely amazing. I was a bit skeptical going in: how good can a film told entirely in un-subtitled Ukrainian sign language be? My fears were alleviated within 5 minutes and my jaw was practically on the floor throughout. It's utterly mesmerising. See it as soon as you can!
  11. Rest
    February 11th, 2015 03:46 AM
    I'm DYING to want to go to a festival. I've been searching for films to see but apparently the ones I'm keen on are all still in the festival circuit, namely The Tribe (Your Film of 2014 which honestly looks fantastic), Hill of Freedom by Hong Sang-Soo, Hard to Be a God by Aleksey German and Lav Diaz's From What Is Before). So many good stuff coming out!

    Anyways sorry for the late reply! Exams season right now and I've been cramming to death this past week. Pray for me ;; Will probs return to my old film-binging-till-the-mornin' ways come Friday! And don't be such a tease! Update your dead blog already
  12. Mr Cat Dog
    February 8th, 2015 11:00 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Also, given its guild showings so far, maybe Birdman for Best Picture isn't such a pipe-dream after all!
  13. Mr Cat Dog
    February 4th, 2015 11:15 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Interesting thing with Margaret: after its general 'meh' reception in the US, it got released in the UK about 3 months later into a sum total of one screen in the entire country. However, around the same time, its US critical reception was starting to turn a corner upon re-appraisal and the UK film critics ended up falling head over heels for it, with most of the papers giving it five stars and everything. I was always going to see it because I loved You Can Count On Me and was, at the very least, curious about the long delay. What I hadn't anticipated was having to queue (for all the hype that had been created about it!) outside this mukty cinema that it had been dumped in, and being part of the first public screening - a sold out showing - for this 2.5 hour domestic drama that, ordinarily, I would have been the only one seeing. It was certainly an experience, I can give it that! I think the tremendous UK response ended up reaching back to the US and further around the world and letting more and more people seeing it.

    I like your list a lot, 'predictable' as it may be. (I certainly don't think The Immigrant or Norte or even The Tree of Life would be in too many lists such as this.) And yeah, the holy trinity of A Separation, Margaret, and Holy Motors (although I'd add ISABD on a similar level to those three) are all complete masterpieces. So glad you agree!

    For me, the only festival is the London one in October. While I'd love to go to Cannes or Berlin or Venice, I don't think they're going to be on my radar any time soon. The good thing with London is that it acts as a sort of 'best of' for most of the other festivals in the year, including the three above and Toronto/Telluride and all that. So I have no complaints if I only have to go to one a year!
  14. Mr Cat Dog
    February 3rd, 2015 12:26 PM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I think Norte is on DVD now, so I have no excuse, I guess. Maybe. 4 hours is a psyducking long time. I'll think about it.

    The 'film blog' consisted of a review of Haywire, and a prediction for the 2012 Oscars before I gave up and decided professional film blogging was definitely not in my future! And given how much procrastination I've done this week in putting this alternative Oscars thing up, I can understand my younger self! But I will do it, even if it appears on the night of the ceremony itself.

    In the mean time, I've seen outlets do 'best of the half-decade' lists (because slow news January I guess...) so I thought about my own and tada: http://letterboxd.com/culturemeh/list/fewfewfewfw/. I'll probably delete it after you've looked at it and told me what films I've forgotten, hence the slapdash title of me hitting my palm against the keyboard and clicking SAVE! Let me know thoughts on it, k?
  15. Mr Cat Dog
    January 31st, 2015 08:47 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    What's hilarious is that the President (!) of AMPAS managed to pronounce the Ida cinematographers' names perfectly in great, albeit slow, Polish but then some sort of Freudian slip occurred when it came to a two-syllable English language set of words! The announcers practice these a few hours beforehand, as well, so she had no excuse! At least John Travolta had dyslexia (I think???)/lack of preparation when it came to his faux pas, however hilarious it was.

    You should definitely do a list of your own! I, for one, would love to read it! I'm just anal about release dates and whatnot, but you should totally do a list of your very own for the films that you saw last year. I'd read it and like it and whatnot. The only one of those three that was on my radar at all was Norte, and I categorically avoided seeing it every time I had the opportunity to do so - despite raves from people I admire - because of its length. Cinematically shallow, I know. Diaz's next one was playing at the London Film Festival, but that one went straight out of the window when I heard it was 5 hours+!!! I know, I know: bad cinephile. I did watch Shoah and Satantango in one sitting each, which I'm proud of, if you'll judge me less!

    I'll be very interested to hear your perspectives on Inherent Vice and American Sniper, which I had completely different reactions to than I expected to when I entered the cinema in each case.I imagine you'll like Selma and Under the Skin, knowing your tastes, so they aren't as controversial! And yeah, Grand Budapest is great. It's a toss-up between that one and Royal Tenenbaums for favourite Wes Anderson, as I normally run verrrrrrry hot-and-cold on him.

    I'm putting together a little 'alternative Oscars' chart on a blog that I forgot I had for almost two years. I've narrowed everything down to nominees and honourable mentions, but now I'm working on explaining my choices for whatever reason. Once that's finished, I'll forward it to you accordingly. But until then, my favourite performances will be a surprise! :D

    And yeah, Big Hero 6 was great! I loved the look of San Fransokyo, the characters were all really appealing, the action was well choreographed, I was just so happy watching it! I want my very own Baymax, also!

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