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  1. Rest
    January 31st, 2015 8:03 AM
    Oh, and you loved Big Hero 6 too! MY MAN.
  2. Rest
    January 31st, 2015 8:01 AM
    LMAO Dick Poop, that's honestly worse than the Adele Dazeem mispronunciation from last year.

    I was checking your Letterboxd lists and I was thinking of making my own list, but I reckon quite a few of the films I've watched in the past week that I thought were absolutely stupendous (Norte, the End of History, Jealousy, and The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears among others) are all 2013 releases by virtue of worldwide release dates, hahah. That and The Immigrant. ;;

    I gotta watch a few 2014 essentials like Inherent Vice, Selma, American Sniper, and Under the Skin before I prepare a list but I do have some films in mind. I did watch The Grand Budapest Hotel a week ago and it was honestly SUCH a treat. What a well-done film, it just hit all the sweet spots technically and aesthetically. In my top 5 for sure.

    Anyways, your favorite perfs of 2014? :]
  3. Razor Leaf
    January 30th, 2015 2:07 PM
    Razor Leaf


    is how my exams went, haha
  4. Rest
    January 22nd, 2015 8:12 PM
    Yeah, I can understand that Birdman doesn't roll very well with a couple of the film critics but there's lots to recommend when it comes to other types of people. I love Deakins (his work in Jesse James was stupendous and it's a shame it shared the category with TWBB in the year it was nominated) but that field definitely has to go to Lubezki this year. The characters besides Keaton were drawn in very broad strokes I thought... the acting was certainly very solid but the lack of character detail pulls it down a bit because there's not much to work with from there. I also quite liked Naomi Watts! Her reaction to Norton's character wanting to bang her on-stage and then the ensuing argument was very, very, very funny. I also quite liked Emma Stone here (don't like the monologue part but the quieter portions were very engaging, and her presence was alluring though I think I'd credit it to the director himself for making it work) and Norton as a caricature of his supposed real self was sometimes-hilarious and sometimes-grating I thought. Birdman definitely needed more Amy Ryan, though that might be bias because I adore her. I don't imagine I'd nominate them in their own categories though.

    A friend is a huge Björk fan and I borrowed his iPod to listen to it. I'm not Björk-versed as the only other albums I've listened to from her are Vespertine (which I listened to quite a long time ago and have a very faint memory of it) and Biophilia (which was -okay-) so I can't do a fair comparison whatsoever, but there's a lot of very captivating, sweeping soundscapes and I enjoy the romantic lyricism. Think I'll listen to Björk's other albums now that I'm intrigued!

    I've seen videos, and Tune-Yards has the best kind of energy when it comes to a live setting I feel. There was this one video where she was playing Powa live and my hair was raising all the way 'till it end where she was hitting her highest vocal notes. Would LOVE to see her live.
  5. Razor Leaf
    January 21st, 2015 7:34 AM
    Razor Leaf
    shh stop leaking our promotion requirements

    Aw really? ): Is it just that you don't much like him or just preferred his older stuff? I honestly dunno what to think about AnCo. I find them really inconsistent with random amazing moments and then a load of kinda... honestly, annoying stuff that doesn't really go anywhere. Yet they did some of my favourite tracks ever.
  6. Razor Leaf
    January 21st, 2015 6:15 AM
    Razor Leaf
    ooo your post has links

    convenient cat dog 8)
  7. Razor Leaf
    January 21st, 2015 6:12 AM
    Razor Leaf
    yeah I need to decide on mine still. Apparently contrary to you I thought 2014 was pretty awful for music and I'm struggling to find five albums I even liked that much. So far though 2015 has already been excellent. New Panda Bear yo.

    Thanks. I'll need it, haha.
  8. Razor Leaf
    January 21st, 2015 5:54 AM
    Razor Leaf
    I am displeased that Lost in the Dream is only 14th.

    No. One more to go then FREEDOM but I dunno what I'll be doing with it ):
  9. Rest
    January 21st, 2015 2:07 AM
    Love that you put in Transgender Dysphoria Blues and Nikki Nack in your top 15 (which honestly could have made my list if I just made it longer, hahah), and I LOVEEEEEEE the Holy Vacants addition. I'm really diggin' it ;]

    Your favorite tracks off LP1 and Black Messiah are also my favorite tracks in fact! My day just isn't complete without me playing Sugah Daddy or 1000 Deaths at one point in the day.
  10. Rest
    January 20th, 2015 9:28 PM
    Eyy man, my understanding is that it's Boyhood's to lose BP-wise, though I've heard of Birdman and American Sniper being predicted (the latter due to the sheer momentum it had from precursor to Oscars). While we're on Birdman, I watched it just yesterday. JESUS. It's the best-looking film of last year, I think? It's a technical and visual feat front-to-back, I literally couldn't look away. The claustrophobic, maze-like and cobwebbed theater setting, lush effects, the one-shot-style cinematography, the editing are all so cool and audacious. Otherwise though, I think it's missing a certain je ne sais quoi to it that could have turned it into something great. It's a cool film but I was struggling to get "something" out of it. Idk? It's also really angry and abrasive. There were certain points where I thought that it could have really used a breather from the shouting matches and the agitato.

    BTW. Listen to the new Bjork album. NOW. It's magnificent and massive and beautifully weird.
  11. Rest
    January 15th, 2015 9:24 AM
    I totally get you. I used to be a bit bitter about bad films getting the lion's share in nominations, and bad films getting nominated at all (I was pissed about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting BP but I'm whatever about it now) but I can look past things like that happening these days. I can enjoy the fact that Jonah Hill is now a two-time Oscar nominee and Jackass is an Oscar-nominated film series, hahaha.

    Well, like I said I haven't seen most of the nominated films but I do enjoy that Steve Carell's an Oscar nominee now and I love the nod for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in Animated Feature, which almost makes up for The LEGO Movie exclusion. Otherwise, everything looks pretty OK, like you said. Nothing surprising from what we've been seeing in the awards season so far.
  12. Rest
    January 15th, 2015 8:04 AM
    And sorry for the late reply, I've just been away from my laptop, only been checking in via phone, hahah. I'll check The Hum out. I've listened to Album Time but it didn't impress or make a mark on me that much, I'll give it a re-listen again though, though I love anyone who has Black Messiah at the top of their AOTY list. It's such a triumphant and successful comeback for D'Angelo. Seriously, Ain't That Easy, 1000 Deaths and Sugah Daddy give me goosebumps all the time. Super glad you liked Holy Vacants, it's a near-perfect album in my eyes. It's rock music morphing into so many different forms of anger and madness.

    Nope. I watched Black Coal Thin Ice via more "surreptitious methods". We have zero art films going through Malaysia besides the local crud so I have to resort to shiftier methods of watching them, heheh.

    What do you think of the nominations this year? Good? Bad? I can't tell really because I've only watched one of the Best Picture nominees (Boyhood, hahaha). By this weekend I'll go on an Oscar marathon though. Whiplash is next in my queue of film-watching.
  13. Rest
    January 15th, 2015 7:46 AM
  14. Razor Leaf
    January 13th, 2015 12:32 PM
    Razor Leaf
    tbh it's weird in that I dunno what I'm gonna do with myself after exams. I'll have to come out of hibernation. Meep.
  15. Rest
    January 13th, 2015 8:57 AM
    Nice list! Love the inclusion of Obvious Child, Edge of Tomorrow and Black Coal, Thin Ice. I haven't seen much films from last year to make a concrete list but I can see The Immigrant (Two Lovers was an INCREDIBLE film and this was a worthy James Gray follow-up), The Babadook (with the tensest and most intricately textured sound design I'd heard in any film, plus Essie Davis in just the most batmuk crazy, totally star-making role) and Boyhood (which admitted has quite a few flaws but otherwise struck so many chords with me) topping my own, I hope!

    I need to watch Birdman, seriously. It's depressing that I still haven't seen it yet.

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    My name is Jon. I used to be a Super Moderator here until about 2005. I came back in 2011 and was one AGAIN for a year, for some weird-ass reason! Now I just lurk. I'm British, live in London, and am a lawyer.
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Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 2:25 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
Posted inCulture... meh!

Apologies for those expecting a Futurama reference, but I can assure you that I have not missed a 'the' in the title of this blog post.

I assume that maybe three people will check this out (those three being shenanigans, maccrash and Rest), but I thought I'd do my part to publicise the brilliant new short animated film World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt. The brief synopsis is below, although...

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 6:07 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 1
So I wake up this morning, have a shower, get dressed, open up Twitter: all standard Sunday morning stuff. And then this pops up on my Twitter feed:


Posted March 10th, 2014 at 3:18 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 6
So... it's been a while! But it'll be worth it when you see evidence of my visit to London's first cat cafe! Similar to the ones in Japan, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium opened up on March 1 of this year in London (about 15 minutes from my house)... and it's already fully booked up until June! Deservedly so, as well. Home to about 10 rescue kitties - all adorable - it's a supremely relaxing environment where you can read a good book (on offer included The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Long Day's Journey Into...

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 7:37 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 1
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The following may not be suitable to all ages.
The following is suitable for people aged 13 or over.

A bit of background is necessary for this one, as it's my favourite in this burgeoning 'series' of blog posts and a bit of context goes a long way.

At the end of last month, in and around Thanksgiving, I went to the US for just over a week to visit some friends out there (one in New York who is from there originally, the other in Virginia who's doing an internship at NATO for 6 months). I'm lucky enough to have been to NYC a number of times, so have done...

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 1:33 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
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A pretty interesting article comparing Nintendo's recent fortunes to those of Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1980s.

If you like either of those things (whether recent or from the early 1980s), I suggest checking out this article.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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