Posted by: Rocky | January 25, 2010

Ronaldinho is backkkkkkkkk

Ronaldinho was in unbelievable form against Siena last weekend.  The reason?  “I feel loved and I am happy. I came on the field happy and everything turned out fine,” he claimed after the game.  Perhaps he met a nice italian girl who can tolerate his protruding gums and horse-like teeth.  Good for him.  His third goal is unrealll.

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Posted by: Rocky | January 17, 2010

Amazing Images from Amazing Films

 

Lost In Translation

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Requiem For A Dream

Posted by: Rocky | January 17, 2010

A Woman Under the Influence


I cannot get this film out of my head, and it has been 6 years since I have seen it.  I first heard about it in Roger Ebert’s 100 Great Movies, so I decided to rent it while living in Paris.  I had never seen anything like it.  It is a difficult film to write about, as I am still trying to figure out what I liked about it so much.  It’s realism startled me.  Gena Rowlands delivers the best performance I have ever seen.  Those are 2 things that come to mind.  Rereading reviews on IMDB put some of my thoughts to words:

“Like Cassavete’s earlier independent films, “Woman” has an element of excess, but you come away from the experience with these characters under your skin in ways a film with less excess wouldn’t allow. It’s true this film is probably the height of angst. There are scenes of family arguments that are indeed difficult to watch. At the same time, you are amazed by what you are seeing. The entire cast goes beyond whatever was asked of them, mostly Rowlands, whose character is so completely out there in terms of human behavior the performance could easily have become caricature. Instead Rowlands builds a believable emotional picture of a mind in distress, on the verge of collapse. She’s funny, hateful, scary, sad… you name the emotion, but her character isn’t a hodge podge. It’s a unique personality, like someone you can picture meeting in real life, then later wonder to yourself: What the hell was that?”

Ebert’s insights:

“Because his work felt so fresh, it was assumed that Cassavetes was an improvisational filmmaker. Not true. He was the writer of his films, but because he based their stories on his own emotional experience, and because his actors were family or friends, his world felt spontaneous. There was never the arc of a plot, but the terror of free-fall. He knew that in life you do not often improvise, but play a character who has been carefully rehearsed for a lifetime.”

Posted by: Rocky | January 17, 2010

Obscure Footballer of the Week: Mame Biram Diouf

Mame Biram Diouf (age 22) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United.  He is currently on loan from the Norwegian club Molde FK.  Why is this clown player of the week?  Because he scored his first goal for Man-U on Saturday against Burnley after being subbed in for Rooney in the 74th minute.  Valencia sent a long ball that took one bounce, and Diouf beat the keeper to it, his head ball from about the 18 softly dropping in the net.  Not bad for his second appearance for Man-U.

Posted by: Rocky | January 9, 2010

Harmony Korine

Is the man.  Just figured out who he was like a week ago, and am still in shock with how cool he is.  Dropped out of NYU Film School after a semester, wrote the script for Kids when he was 19.  Since then has been making weird experimental films with mixed reviews.  Regardless, an extremely creative and funny dude.  His two appearances on Letterman are awesome.  This kid hangs out.  

Posted by: Rocky | January 8, 2010

Films I Watched Over Break

Did not see that many, but here are the films and ratings (out of 4 stars)

Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade (short)- ***

Inglourious Basterds- ***1/2

Strangers On A Train (again)- ***1/2

Gomorrah- ***1/2

Beautiful Losers- ****

The Seven Year Itch- **

Up- **1/2

Avatar- ****

I Love You Man- **1/2

Tyson- ***

Paranormal Activity- ***

Posted by: Rocky | January 7, 2010

College/Frat Life

I have recently taken an interest to historic images, especially colleges in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  They interest me not only on a nostalgic yearning for the good old days level, but also sartorially.  I love the style of students attending Ivy Leagues in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  The best way to illustrate this style is through the following photographs.  More reading on this subject can be done at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/fashion/18codes.html?_r=1.

How frats should be (Sigma Chi, Northwestern 1949)

Proud to say this reminds me of 201

Practicing for a Sobriety Test

University of the South, 1940

No iphones, Call of Duty 2 or Blu-Ray DVD’s.  Just a pipe, a paper and some good conversation.

Posted by: Rocky | December 28, 2009

Classic Footballers

 

George Best

 

Maradona

 

Bobby Charlton

 

Pele

Posted by: Rocky | December 28, 2009

Little Secrets

Is Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets” the next “Electric Feel”? I certainly think so. I got the same”this is something special” feeling my stomach when I heard both for the first time. Only time will tell.

Posted by: Rocky | December 28, 2009

The Remains of the Day

Just finished The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro.  Really enjoyed it, despite it being very depressing.  Highly recommended if you are interested in social class in England in the 20th century.  Love the title too.

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