PHIL/GEEK/PHIL


“This is intense shit”…
August 8, 2008, 12:22 am
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…these are the first words i uttered after watching Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (on 35mm print mind you) tonight. I had seen it previously in my late teens, and didn’t think much of it.I thought it was overhyped. God, I was wrong !

Today, I realize the genius of it. It must be totally cliché to say that this an wondrous work. but guess what ? It is.

Nothing I say can give it justice nor can it change the simple fact that YOU CAN’T DIE WITHOUT SEEING THIS. Everything about it is so perfect, that I’d better leave it at that and wish you a nice day.

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A Glass portrait
August 7, 2008, 12:39 pm
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Here I go again with Philip Glass.

I just saw the film Glass: A portrait in 12 parts.
Directed by Scott Hicks, who also directed another piano gem, Shine, back in the days. He shares his interest and fascination with Philip Glass in this rich documentary that follows the composer around for a year, as he writes 3 music scores, one opera, and various other pieces.

Expect discussions about creativity, artistic vision and technique. But also expect to find a window into Glass’s personal life, through a very acute and intimate portrait of the man, his passion, his relationship with his family…. The film is spattered with interviews from key figures of his life as well as collaborators (Woody Allen, Ravi Shenkar, Martin Scorcese, Errol Morris, etc…) The film also adresses his relationship with critics, which have often been too harsh with him, as well as his personal life, that is more complex than it seems.

This is all highly interesting, and Philip Glass comes off as a fascinating, complex and versatile man, who goes beyond the “composer”.

I was totally taken by the film. It inspired me and made me want to be a better musician. I’ve always been one to love structure and order within chaos. that’s what Philip Glass is all about. Strangely enough, that’s also how this film function. It has twelve distinct parts, and they function like a music piece, juggling around a million ideas on an organized, structural canevas.

If you’re lucky enough to have this film screened in a theatre near you, go check it out.

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last night
August 7, 2008, 12:20 am
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astounding.fabulous.improbable.marvellous.unbelievable.
belittling.fascinating.humbling.
unspeakable.awesome.
dreamy.powerful.unbearable.charming.unimagined.extraordinary.phenomenal.
strange.terrific.creepy.
tremendous.unreal.unrealistic.unusual.wonderful.
wondrous.clean.perfection.radiohead.last.night.
more to come…



Zack and Miri Make a Porno
August 5, 2008, 12:26 pm
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Next Kevin Smith Film…. looks H.I.L.A.R.iou.S.
Check out this teaser for the film, featuring Seth Rogen.



Wolf Parade
August 4, 2008, 4:11 pm
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I was never the biggest fan of Wolf Parade, nor was I ever their smallest. I greatly (and I mean greatly) appreciate their talent, but something about their music just doesn’t connect with me on an emotional level. My appreciation of them is strictly technical.

Regardless, I was impressed by their show last night at metropolis : setting aside the crazily entertaining songs, amazing vocals (so rare these days) and totally fresh dynamics, I was mostly happy about the fact that the whole thing felt like a bar concert from a start-up band. And I mean that in the best way possible : no stage decoration, no fancy lights, no custom-made apparel or flashy gear. It was just them, with their instruments, rocking out. This is the way rock should be and this is the way it isn’t nowadays. So Hats off for them !

And for that, I will listen more and more to their music to try and “connect” with it. Because they clearly deserve my attention and I feel bad for not giving them more of it.

Enjoy Call it a Ritual, a great song from their new album