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!
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.
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.
Today it will be instrumental music.
First up is the opening/closing score from the film Carnage composed by Alexandre Desplat. The man is diverse. He has composed for my favorite my favorite like Syriana, Fantastic Mr Fox; remarkable ones like King’s Speech and The Queen (I yet have to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close); and even Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 1.
If you like strong character-driven movies without any special effects and sets, Carnage is your ticket. I enjoyed it a lot. You don’t know when the movie will end and after it does you leave wondering which character was the sane one? First appearances can be deceptive. With a cast full of Oscar winners (and a nominee) and a stellar director like Polanski you know it is something special. It will be a shame if Jodie does not get a nomination for this role.
From 2011 we go to a classic from the 50s. Patricia by Perez Prado. You must have heard it before, even if you haven’t.
Now we are back to 2007. On The Nature Of Daylight is a masterful composition by Max Richter; I will post more of his work later. The video is a ballet performance created by David Dawson for the first AIDS gala held in Munich in 2007. I have not seen enough of ballet to critique anything but the subtle and beautiful performance transpires to even novices.
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?