As close as I will get to gangsta’

Do you like dark humor (or is it called black comedy?) like me? My ideal version of such would be the twisted and extremely funny British film Death at a Funeral (the American version was actually the death of comedy). If you are not the touchy kind, please see it.

So if you are comfortable with that style then I recommend a more recent flick, again British, Attack The Block. Bunch of wannabe punk kids defend their shabby council building from alien “big, gorilla, wolf, *******” 😛 in the span of one long night. Varied characters, nothing too ridiculous, and once the pace starts around 19 minutes in, it does not stop. It even manages to follow Aristotle’s classical unities. Believe!

The film has a few funny scenes with cool beats. I could not digest the original song but it had some bits too ‘wicked’ to completely ignore, so I eventually found a satisfying remix to serve both worlds.

 

I think this is not gangsta’ but like the title of this post goes…  The only reason this song is here is for the cowbells at 0:37

 

Lastly, the moment has almost arrived!

This is what inspiration looks like

Bill Cunningham is a New York City based photographer who pioneered the candid street-fashion photography. He is 83 and still at it.

Besides his perennial humility and devotion to his work, his principles are amazing. For one thing, he does not accept any money for his work. “If you don’t take money they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.”

This documentary is an amazingly fun, fast, and intriguing look at a man who followed his passion.

“It’s as true today as it ever was. He who seeks beauty will find it.”

– Bill Cunningham

 

Jews and Muslims

Feels dangerous to even write that heading. So I don’t know how David Baddiel could write such a sharp and funny comedy like The Infidel. The 2 year old movie talks about a Muslim man living in London’s East End who discovers one day that he was adopted… and his birth parents were Jewish, which somehow really makes him one too. So he tries to become a Jew, or his understanding of it, and that is where the the constant humor lies. Many laugh out loud scenes — a woman hip hopping in an abaya comes to mind.

It talks about all the stereotypes each religion faces in an easy but direct way and how, an ending we see coming, we’re not really that different after all. I don’t know why IMDB does not give it a better rating but it is terrific and definitely worth a watch.

 

French Love

Valentine’s Day Special 8/8

Phew! I am so glad to have reached the 8th post. Excuse me as I do my victory tap dance on Doritos…

I’m posting music again today but I’m not cheating because this is not in English but French. Before getting to that, I just have to re-post a video I have already blogged. I did say then to save it for Valentine’s Day.

 

All these French songs are from the 2007 movie Les Chansons D’amour, or Love Songs, directed by Christophe Honoré. The film is a kind of unusual love triangle told in three parts. I began to watch it with little expectation — the best mindset — and was amazed at how gently it reeled me in… it is gentle only if you are comfortable with ménage à trois, so I did have a little difficulty. Its humor and sorrow is well timed. Nothing drags. Each character is carefully defined and unique in its perspective so it complements the whole. First time I saw it I just did not get the full point. The second viewing — something I hardly ever do — made me appreciate the film’s delightfully different take.

Now the movie gets its name because the characters throughout the film suddenly chime into a song because sometimes “that is the only way they know how to communicate their feelings,” according to Honoré. Fifteen in all. But they fit so well that I found it odd only 3 times. Oh, and the actors sang it themselves.

It’s a good thing I don’t understand French because even the dirty or trite sounds lyrical. The music is not typically French in style but apt. for the mood. Here are the best tracks from those 15 songs:

1. Brooklyn Bridge -A nostalgic recollection. Eng. lyrics.

2. Au parc – Passing of time and change. Touching. Eng. lyrics.

3. Inventaire – The girl on how she succumbs into his despicable charms every time. Eng. lyrics.

4. As-tu déjà aimé – A discourse on whether it is better to have loved and lost… My favorite, especially for the way the highest note is reached as it approaches the end. Eng. lyrics.

5. Je n’aime que toi – Making a bridge between a lovers’ quarrel. Lyrics in video.

Perfect movie for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Special 4/8

There are many romantic comedies out there so I won’t talk about the ones everyone knows about. Instead here is one that might have gone unnoticed: How Do You Know.

 

As you can guess the movie is all about answering this most haunting question. Is there an Aha! moment? Is there a lauded public declaration? What are the signs? Do you feel like when you’ve had a tub of popcorn when you see her? Do you feel perennial goosebumps? Do you have to look at your watch or purse when you’re near him? Or do you just check your posterior for any pink heart-shaped arrows?

In real life there are no clear answers or sensations that tell you when he is not Mr. Right or she is The One. Who to dump is confusing too. And that’s where the movie shines from most other flicks. It’s so believable.

That’s what the director is know for too. James L. Brooks has a knack for making multi-dimension characters that are not all bad nor all good. Just like his other directorial Oscar friendly movie As Good As It Gets (which if you have not seen you definitely should).

How Do You Know received mixed reviews. I can understand that because this is not your average Ashton Kutcher-esque rom-com — this is actually about louve, which means there is humor, romance, lot of awkward moments, and the beautiful banal. You’ll laugh and have a good time!

So get snuggy under the blankets and hit play. It might help you answer the question… or leave you feeling more confused.

Funniest murder mystery movie of all time!

These two will definitely have you laughing out loud every 5 minutes and if it doesn’t than you do not have a pulse. What is even better is that they both are clean family fun and yet not honey sappy. You just do not get movies like that anymore. Both are classic whodunnits set in a spooky old mansion at night with an appealing cast. When they all agree to it you know the script is worth it.

GUARANTEE: Watch and feel happy.

Clue – Based on the board game. Both films are better than their trailers.

 

Murder by Death By Neil Simon! It is a little difficult to choose but if I had to then I would suggest start with this one.

Young love singin’

This is what it sounds like when young love sings — free, true, and gushy.

Two pretty romantic songs by The Mostar Diving Club. Though both the titles may seem similar they talk about different stages of louve. Again, might as well save it for Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve to present to your special buddy.

[If romance blows and you’d rather want a carefree song to hum to the next time you go for a walk, or skip stones, Honey Tree is the ticket.]

A scene from Waiting for Forever

The movie the videos are from is also romantic (Waiting for Forever)  but only if you appreciate indie films, because then you are also endowed with patience. Though a bit predictable, the journey of the character to get there keeps you gently engaged. If you’re a cotton ball then maybe even root for him. The film is definitely better than many other romantic movies that come under the tag of romance but add a lot of other unnecessary ingredients.

Now, who else wants to shop for a bowler hat with me?

Worlds Apart

Worlds Collide