mercredi 1 juin 2011

Evolution of a classic :

do you want to touch me .

A song that orignaily came out in 1973 , written & performed by one Gary Glitter . A british glam rock , Bowie wannabe , & when you hear the words and see the video combined you kind of understand why this man is a convicted pedophile . These images are just disturbing , click here to witness the strange original video .

Taken out of conext , or out of the mouth of Gary Glitter , the song becomes bad ass . Like totaly bad ass .
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts covered this song in 1982 a very kitcsh, very 8o's , Joan Jett , all lesbian like , in a bikini for no apparent reason . It kind of makes you want to get in to a bar fight . Click here to feel all that homo-erotic rage .

2o1o , do you like Glee ?
Of course you do . Because Glee is kind of kick ass & really makes everyone happy .
Gwenyth Paltrow , good actress , good singer , great song , with her two back up singers/dancers :
Naya Rivera & Heather Morris . Click here to see the coolness it's become .

vendredi 17 décembre 2010

dimanche 12 décembre 2010

fishnet stockings, kick ass nickname & some roller skates.

Based on a novel by Shauna Cross, who also wrote the screenplay, I will not
pretend that I know who she is.
The novel is called Derby Girl. I haven't been able to find it seeing as I live in
the south of France, and it's not easy to come by. I do not know what the book is

The movie on the other hand. Drew Barrymoore's directorial debut was in my opinion,
a hit. She is in it, but she isn't one of those directors who gives herself a title role
in the movie that she is working on. I am not a fan of Ellen Page, I have seen Juno, and I thought is was good, but I guess it didn't live up to my expectations, I saw it after the Oscar win, and all of that great buzz I guess I was expecting something amazing. And I saw something good, witty, but not amazing.

I think that Ellen page is quite overrated, not a bad actress, but a bit overrated. Again.
This is nothing but my opinion. But I guess she was okay for the part, I don't know who else I would have cast in the lead role as Bliss, but I don't think it would have been her.
Landon Pigg (Unfortunate name, yes). Who is first and foremost a musician. Never heard
of him before he was cast as Ellen Page's love interest, Oliver,I liked him.

I think everyone else was well cast, this movie made me quite the fan of Kristen Wiig and got me in touch with my new found love for the forgotten Wilson brother, Andrew, who plays Razor, the lovable roller derby coach of the underdog team "The Hurl Scouts" who never win but don't really give two shits.

But I think I am getting ahead of myself. I am talking about all of this and not really talking about what the movie is about. For those of you who haven't seen it, Misfit teenager Bliss, that seems to have only one friend, Pash, both of whom work at some kind of typical southern diner. Bliss stumbles on a roller derby flyer, lies to her parents. Her and Pash make their way to go watch. Bliss has found her new calling. There is a love interest, at some point things go wrong then they get better, la dee da, everyone is happy. I mean everything that happens in the middle is good, I am just not going to sit here and type it all. Good actors, (Alia Shawkat who plays Pash, is great, pretty, funny, you get a feeling that her and Page are really great friends).

Wonderful soundtrack, funny, witty, entertains, good cast & crew.
For her first time Drew Barrymoore really did something great.

If you haven't seen it, do so. If you have, well watch it again. And again.

This particular article is dedicated to my sweet, dear cousin Rebecca, whom I love muchly.

dimanche 5 décembre 2010

lundi 15 novembre 2010

my original soundtrack.

(n. coutouzis)

o1. when i walk into a room:
Got To Give It Up Part o1 by: Marvin Gaye

o2. when i feel like shakin' my boot(ay) in a language i don't understand:

o3. when i feel that left over teenage angst:

o4. when nobody is around:

o5. when i was in grade school:

o6. when i am feeling old school:

o7. when i truly believe i am ghet-to:

o8. when i am walking down the street:

o9. when the lyrics are so offensive i feel bad to sing along, but i do it anyway:

1o. when i can't help the Jersey in me:

11.when i am feeling nostalgic:

12. when i am feeling happy:

13. when the Swayze shaped hole in my heart begins to ache:

14. when i am feeling oh so 8o's:

15. when i wish i was at a concert:

16. when i am feeling girly:

17. when i want to hear a masterpiece:

18. when i wish i was still in high school:

19. when i want to be inspired:

2o. when i think about home:

jeudi 4 novembre 2010

"and those seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"

Right now, I will not be telling you what (in my opinion) you should love, this is more a current events issue.

I am currently living in the south of France, between two towns, Carcassonne, where I spent most of my life & Toulouse, the French city I adore & work in.

At the moment the French president Sarkozy is trying to pass a law which entails the legal retirement age to be 62 (or 64, can’t remember) instead of 60, & the French are doing what they do best… I mean other than drinking wine, and making cheese and whatnot, the French are known for their notorious ability to go

on strike, and to drag that strike on until you decide that you want to kill yourself because the smell of the garbage in the street, the petrol being cut off and transportation be fucked up to an extent beyond all belief. So because of this strike I am sitting in a bus that is replacing a train because the train station has been evacuated to protect it from demonstrators… So I will get home to Carcassonne in a good two hours, instead of an hour train ride or a 45 minute drive on the high way.

And why? Because people decided working an extra two (or four) years was a big no, no.

Now it’s not that I don’t follow politics, or that I am not passionate about things but to be honest I don’t really care. Yesterday I was at the farmers market, getting my onions, being all French and whatnot… And there was a demonstration, a peaceful one at that, but everyone demonstrating couldn’t have been older than 17. Holding up sign “Police everywhere, Justice nowhere” . Fine, sure, that is most likely true, but what does this have to do with retirement? I remember being in high school, when strikes were going on, going to demonstrate was a way to get out of class walk in the street for half an hour then spend the rest of the day with my friends in town, ask me today, what one of those strikes were about, I would be incapable of telling you… So I conclude that the underage demonstrators are just looking for a good reason to ditch.

“Dad, it wasn’t my fault, I was out in the street, fighting for the cause, it’s not ditching when you are standing up for what you believe in.” And that could work on parents, maybe not mine, but on some parent out there.

Now for the demonstrators that aren’t 17, but older and actually have to think about retirement… Is it really that bad? Having to work a few extra years? I understand everyone doesn’t have the means to go after their dreams, some people need to work, because they need the money & wether you are having fun is quite irrelevant… But is it so bad that two (or four) extra years will actually kill you?

Is it so bad that you must ruin my life & make me get car sick in a crappy ass bus, next to a dude wearing way to much after shave that makes me want to puke more? Huh? For the past two weeks, I have had limited subway access, almost no town buses, garbage piling up in the streets, and people shouting constantly… I just want to be able to wonder freely within the streets of Toulouse without having to worry about some public place being evacuated by men with machine guns. I want to be able to go home for the weekend without having to sleep off the bus ride (we are caught in traffic behind a tractor I might add).

To calm you & myself down (because as a reader, I can only imagine how enraged my article has made most of you) I give you the listening styling of Mr. Bob Dylan:

Homesick Subterranean Blues.

Will this actually calm anyone down? Maybe, maybe not.

Something a little more recent?

High Times - Landon Pigg (yes, that is an unfortunate name) ft. Turbo Fruits

(I am sorry aboutthe quality, but I will NOT put up those cheesy videos with the slideshow of cliché pictures & lyrics). This is a good song, written for the "Whip It" OST, good movie, good OST, which will probably be subject of my next article.

lundi 25 octobre 2010

" Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them."

WALL STREET: It’s like Oliver Stone was in competition with himself, and heck, why not? And in this case it’s a win-win situation, I mean, if the sequel is bad, he always has the classic, 1987 “Wall Street”.

So, let’s start with that one. I am not a fan of Michael Douglas, I am not a fan of Charlie Sheen, and saying that I am not a fan of Darryl Hannah is an understatement, but this movie just worked, “Wall Street” will be quoted until the end of time. It is just a classic movie, Oliver Stone directed this movie beautifully and you would think that a movie about Wall Street would be boring, but no, you are hooked from beginning to end, even someone who is as Wall Street retarded as I am, it’s a comprehensible movie that everyone has access to, and well, it makes stock brokers bad ass, and I find that cool. Now it’s the 8o’s so we can forgive the corny bits, the synth music from opening credits to the closing ones, the love story that you don’t really care about because you just can’t figure out what was going on with Darryl Hannah’s hair.


“Wall Street o2: Money Never Sleeps” so in 2010, I am still not liking Michael Douglas, I am in love with Shia LaBeouf and I don’t really know much of Carey Mulligan. I think any fan of the first movie went into this one with super high expectations. With today’s economy, this movie could have been very interesting. And if this

wasn't a sequel to a great classic, it would have been wonderful. But shit out of luck, you don’t want to have to follow a movie of such magnitude.

Don’t get me wrong, I am impressed with Shia’s ability to cry on cue, and you know, you just feel that Michael Douglas won’t let you down in portraying the asshole that is Gordon Gekko, he will do something horrible before this ends, you know it, you feel it, and without a doubt he does it. What is disappointing is that he grows

a conscience, which is not very “Gordon Gekko” like… I mean everything ends very nicely but I personally feel cheated, what happened to “Greed is good”?

The man that you loved to hate, has an epiphany, and becomes a nice guy. Literally, no transition, just lookin’ at his computer screen, bein’ his evil self, and then, poof, he decides to make everything all better.

Carey Mulligan doesn’t bother me, not the way Darryl Hannah did, but if she wasn’t in the movie, I don’t think I would have cared. Throughout the whole movie, you don’t know if LaBeouf’s character is like Gordon, or if he really just wants to do well. There is no doubt about his love for his girlfriend; Mulligan & LaBeouf have an undeniable chemistry. There is a whole “go green” subtext & I guess in this day & age you can’t get away from it. But again, you don’t really know if LaBeouf’s character is an idealist who wants to be a do-gooder while making a profit or if he is as greedy as the next guy & just wants the profit.

I went in with low expectations, not because I thought the movie would be horrible but because I just loved the first one. And like I said, if this wasn’t a follow up to such a classic, it would have been a good movie. The story was there (other than the green subplot which was kind of useless), the acting was good even if there were some characters that brought nothing to the storyline (Susan Sarandon plays LaBeouf’s mother, she didn’t do a bad job, but the part didn’t bring much to the table), the script was good, the directing was amazing (you can never say any bad of Oliver Stone), the location was great (when is there ever anything wrong with New York?).

It is just a true shame that this wasn’t just a movie on its own. If it were it would have stood on its own two feet… And it could have been great.