thank you 2009 (
December 22, 2009, 4:54 pm
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I haven’t blogged in a while, but I figured I would post a quick list of my favorites things cultural in 2009…

so thank you 2009 for…

…anything Patrick Watson did (Wooden Arms, Divan Orange and Jazzfest shows, Concert à emporter…)
…The Antlers’
Hospice. It made my soul shrink
…Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest. It proves music can still come in multicolored artwork and not suck.
…Tori Amos’ Midwinter Graces ; she reinvented the holiday album in the most subtle ways
…Pop Montreal, the most fun any music-lover can have in this town

…Il Divo. It reignited italian cinema in my eyes and showed me that I can still be dazzled by directing
…Avatar that made me witness what seemed to be a big turning point in cinema technology
…Helen Mirren in The Last Station
…the dog in Up !
…Two Lovers for having the same effect as The Antler’s hospice (see above)
…”The rabbi is busy” in A Serious Man
…Panique au village and Mary & Max for being the best animated films I’ve seen in a long while
…Inglorious Basterds
…MO’nique in Precious

…True Blood’s zombie freakout
… Lost going apeshit with time
rocking the shit out of Curb
endless laughs I got from watching CNN


I must be forgetting stuff. But who cares ?


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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