22 October 2009

Mumford & Sons

Thanks to Jo I am instantly hooked on folk rock London band Mumford & Sons. Absolutely billiant.

Description of Mumford & Sons on YouTube: I have been trying to Describe this Racket and I would Say its a Half asleep Pikey and a HillBilly or Two and a Misfit Bass Player that Had No friends all Having a Good Thrash about after Too Much Cider New age Bullshit Man!!

Listen to them now. Do it. Doooooooo it!

20 October 2009

Laneway Music Festival!!

Britomart Square will play host to its first music festival in February.

The day-long Laneway Festival on February 1 will be headlined by British post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen, highly-touted British act Florence and the Machine, and noisy New Zealand pop rock band the 3Ds, who play for the first time in 12 years.

In the past the square has been a venue for concerts, Auckland arts festival shows, and even motorcross, but Laneway will be the biggest music event to be held at the inner city site.

The name of the festival comes from Melbourne's Caledonian Lane where it started in 2004. The idea behind the festival is to bring together some of the world's "legendary" bands with the best up and coming acts for a concert in the heart of the city.

It's this concept of a venue situated in, and around, the lanes and alleyways of the inner city that attracted Britomart to the festival.

Britomart marketing director Sarah Hull said while the area does not have a lot of lanes at present the plan is to create more in the future.

"For us it was about doing something that will fit with the area in the long term. We just think Laneway fits with where the precinct is heading and our long time goal of making sure people get access to the heart of the city."

The line-up, with more acts to be announced in December, is: Echo and the Bunnymen, Florence and the Machine, The 3Ds, The Dirty Three, The XX, The Black Lips, N.A.S.A, Cut Off Your Hands, Family Cactus and Dear Times Waste.

Wild Things

After seeing 'Where the Wild Things' first preview, Arcade Fire was totally stuck in my head (not a bad thing). But the soundtrack (which is cool) is ALL Karen O & The Kids... no Arcade Fire.

Then I read that Spike Jonze wrote the whole script while listening to Funeral ("[the] record is thematically very connected to the film") and that before shooting he cut a mood piece soundtracked by "Wake Up" to inspire his crew.

Sooo... why no Arcade Fire in the movie I wonder?!

19 October 2009

Gomez 18 Oct 2009

It was fucking brilliant. I am way too old to be partying til midnight on a belly full of beer and sake on a Sunday night, but if I am going to do it, I'm doing it with Gomez (and with my Dad)!!

Review from stuff.co.nz - strangely obsessed with comparing them to Coldplay

Photos taken by a friend at the gig:



Movie Wish List #11

Last Updated: 15 November 2010

Surrogates [ imdb ]
Director: Jonathan Mostow; Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames
The Plot: In a futuristic utopian world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, an FBI agent (Willis) begins to investigate the first murder in years, and unravels a vast conspiracy.

Law Abiding Citizen [ imdb ]
Director: F. Gary Gray; Starring: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb
The Plot: After family man Clyde Shelton (Butler) is failed by the court system, he concocts a series of events designed to exact his revenge on the killers of his wife and daughter. And from inside his jail cell, the mastermind lures the prosecutor (Foxx) who orchestrated the unjust deal into his deadly plan.

New York, I Love You [ imdb ]
Director: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner; Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper
The Plot: An anthology of love stories set in New York City.

An Education [ imdb ]
Director: Lone Scherfig; Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina
The Plot: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. Screenplay worked by Nick Hornby - this film is getting all sorts of great reviews.

Flame & Citron [ imdb ]
Director: Ole Christian Madsen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Lindhardt
The Plot: A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

The Vinter's Luck [ imdb ]
Director: Niki Caro; Starring: Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel, Keisha Castle-Hughes
The Plot: In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage.

Where The Wild Things Are [ imdb ]
Director: Spike Jonze; Starring: Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Forest Whittaker, Michelle Williams
The Plot: An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Away We Go [ imdb ]
Director: Sam Mendes; Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney
The Plot: A couple (Rudolph and Krasinski) who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family.

Whatever Works [ imdb ]
Director: Woody Allen; Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill
The Plot: An eccentric older man (David) encounters a Southern belle (Wood) and promptly falls in love. But how will the couple, her family, and his New York City friends mix? Woody Allen, with Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Patricia Clarkson... I'm sold!!!!

Chéri [ imdb ]
Director: Stephen Frears; Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates
The Plot: A romantic drama set in 1920s Paris, where the son of a courtesan (Friend) retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman (Pfeiffer) who educated him in the ways of love.

All Good Things [ imdb ]
Director: Andrew Jarecki; Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The Plot: A detective (Morgan) begins to unravel a missing-persons case that might spell doom for the heir to a New York real estate dynasty (Gosling), who fell for a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks (Dunst).

Adam [ imdb ]
Director: Max Mayer; Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher
The Plot: Soon after Beth (Byrne) moves into her new apartment, the beautiful, emotionally fragile writer is drawn to her downstairs neighbor, Adam, a handsome young guy who has Asperger's Syndrome.

The Time Traveler's Wife [ imdb ]
Director: Robert Schwentke; Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston
The Plot: A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Another book I loved - I am in anticipation of this movie!

Julie & Julia [ imdb ]
Director: Nora Ephron; Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina
The Plot: Frustrated secretary Julie Powell (Adams) tries to shake up her life by chronicling her attempt to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year's time. I really loved this book and can't wait to see it on the big screen, especially with Amy Adams starring.

Two Lovers [imdb]
Director: James Gray; Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
Comment: Leonard (Phoenix) returns to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where he soon falls for two very different women: the family friend his parents wish he would marry (Shaw) and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor (Paltrow). I'm a sucker for an indie romantic drama.

Youth in Revolt [imdb]
Director: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi
Comment: Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday). This could be another Juno (without teen pregnancy).

A Perfect Getaway [imdb]
Director: David Twohy; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant
Comment: A Hawaiian honeymoon turns dangerous for two lovers (Zahn and Jovovich) when they discover they are being stalked by a pair of killers (Olyphant and Sanchez) who are posing as friendly hikers. Sounds a little "done", I know. But the cast is cool, and I have heard some good buzz. The film was made in one month.

Adventureland [imdb]
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds
The Plot: During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.

The Brothers Bloom [imdb]
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo
Comment: A pair of brothers and veteran conmen (Brody and Ruffalo) target an enigmatic wealthy woman (Weisz) as their potential last job, fully unaware of the twists in the road ahead of them. This made it onto all my lists last year - I am hoping this year I will get to see this film.

My Sister's Keeper [imdb]
Director: Nick Cassavetes; Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric
The Plot: When a family matter leads to Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin) learning the truth about her conception, she enlists the services of a seasoned lawyer (Baldwin) in an effort to emancipate herself from her parents (Diaz and Patric).

The Goods: The Don Ready Story [imdb]
Director: Neal Brennan; Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames
The Plot: Used-car liquidator Don Ready (Piven) is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.

The Wolf Man [imdb]
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
The Plot: Nobleman Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to his ancestral homeland, where his brother has gone missing and villagers are being killed by a nightmarish beast. The search reunites him with his estranged father (Hopkins) and draws him near to his brother's fiancée (Blunt), however, Talbot's lager concern is the discovery of a side to himself which he never could have imagined existed...

The Lovely Bones [imdb]
Director: Peter Jackson; Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan
The Plot: Young Susie watches over her family from heaven as they deal with the aftermath of her brutal rape and murder.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [ imdb ]
Director: Phil Lord Chris Miller; Starring: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell
The Plot: Inspired by the children's book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.

Zombieland [ imdb ]
Director: Ruben Fleischer; Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
The Plot: In a world overrun by zombies, a guy described as "the most frightened person on Earth" (Eisenberg) musters the courage to lead a band of refugees on a cross-country pilgrimage to an amusement park where they think they'll be safe.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant [ imdb ]
Director: Paul Weitz; Starring: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek
The Plot: A traveling freak show's most mysterious attraction recruits teenager Darren Shan as his assistant, though the young man soon finds himself used as a pawn in a battle between vampires and their deadlier counterparts.


The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day [ imdb ]
Director: Troy Duffy; Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly
The Plot: The MacManus brothers, who are living a quiet life on the family farm in Ireland, return to Boston to exact their unique form of revenge on the mob forces who have framed the brothers for the murder of a local priest.

A Christmas Carol [ imdb ]
Director: Robert Zemeckis; Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
The Plot: An animated retelling of the Charles Dickens novel about Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey), a Victorian-era miser who is taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

The Fourth Kind [ imdb ]
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
The Plot: An investigator (Jovovich) is dispatched to Nome, Alaska to puzzle out a 40-year-long mystery involving an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Her videotaped evidence looks to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

The Box [ imdb ]
Director: Richard Kelly; Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella
The Plot: A young couple is gifted with a mysterious box that promises them a handsome windfall with deadly consequences.

The Men Who Stare at Goats [ imdb ]
Director: Grant Heslov; Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey
The Plot: In Iraq, reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), whose seemingly wild claim - that he's a member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions - causes Wilton to join Cassady's hunt for the battalion's founder, whose gone missing.

The Messenger [ imdb ]
Director: Oren Moverman; Starring: Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson
The Plot: A soldier (Foster) struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer (Morton).

Playing catch up

I decided on a quiet weekend and ended up catching up on:

+Bones S05 ep 4 & 5
+Dexter S04 ep 2 & 3
+Dollhouse S02 ep 1-3
+Gossip Girl S03 ep 1-4
+Lie to Me S02 ep 1 & 2
+Model Family S01 ep 1-4
+Out of Africa - DVD (Streep and Reford; long and sad)
+Four Minutes - DVD (German w subtitles; female prisoner plays in piano contest)
+Role Models - DVD (Paul Rudd; way funnier than I thought it would be)
+A Film With Me In It - DVD (Dylan Moran. Not very good.)

17 October 2009

Post #300: A Music Note

New and loving:

Editors - In this Light and On this Evening
Karen O & The Kids - Where the Wild Things Are (Soundtrack)
Massive Attack - Splitting the Atom (EP)
Various - (500) Days of Summer (Soundtrack)

Growing a Cat

Phoebe found an interesting resting spot in the sun...



Puffy the Eyebag Slayer

On Monday when I arrived at work in a fluster (late!) I found a parcel from the UK waiting for me! What an awesome start to the day/week (shame it was all down hill from there).



Meet Me On The Equinox

I don't care if this is for New Moon - I really like this song!

15 October 2009

Interview

Check this: Owen Wilson interviews his best bud Stephen Dorff about Stephen's starring role in the new Sofia Coppola flick!! (and a whole lot more)

Read here (you won't regret it)

14 October 2009

'Social networking'

Ok, so I was all set to post a proper real post, I promise. I even have some random pics to upload (no, not of me, of *things*). Instead I have run out of time (must get an early night tonight) and find myself wanting to 'vent', per say, about something entirely different.

(ed: I am also getting distracted by downloading twitterberry app to my crackberry - I am quite into twitter now, no matter how geeky that is :P Like it better than FB)

Hmm, ok, so where was I?! Right 'social networking'. I've been vocal (not here, but inperson) about my dislike of facebook (though I participate). Lately, I've been getting into twitter - I like to blog, and twitter gives me 140 characters to say whatever I want, from my PC or mobile. This concept appeals to me more than fb does - twitter doesn't have to be status updates, but it does go to whoever is following you; like a global text to all your friends. I wish more of my friends twittered (hint hint, become a twit like me ;P)

Anyway, I really only follow celebrities/bands, as none of my friends twitter... Random people have added me, and some of them I have removed (spammers etc).

But today I got an email that a certain texas cowboy was 'following me' on twitter. Those of you in the know will have my reaction, which was an audible gasp, followed by a mental "WTF?!" (I was at work; not about to yell outloud).

It's the ease of which it occurred: 'so-and-so is now following you on twitter' - not even a personal message from him after that. After all these years (friends, then nothing... years pass.... friends again, the nothing... years pass. I honestly have LOST COUNT now), to be casually added, like he now wants to see my tweets.

What about a "OMG, hi... how's it going?" or a "Howdy stranger, s'up?". *sigh*

Ok, vent over. That's all. It's just... well, I won't be dramatic (maybe I covered that base already), but I guess I'm conflicted - it's that ol'emotional thing. Do I really have the energy to be that friend again? How can I not be? Friends get over this sort of thing, that's why they are friends.

I can't help but wonder what Mrs Cowboy will think of him 'following me' though. I got the impression she was ok with our friendship at some point, yet... a bad taste lingers.

How long will this friendship last? Do I take bets? Or am I just being mean and bitter now?! Yeah, I am, I apologise - I did say the vent/rant was over.

Comments, thoughts... hellllllooooooooo?? *listens to the echo of her own voice*

07 October 2009

Google Barcode

I heart google more each day - today they celebrated the invention/anniversary of the barcode. Awesome.