Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week Recap (7/14-20)


Boyhood (2014): 91%
director/writer: Richard Linklater
actors: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke
production company: IFC Productions, Detour Filmproduction


House of Cards - Season 2, Episodes 1 - 6
directors: Carl Fraklin, James Foley, John Coles
writers: Beau Willimon, Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz

Louie - Season 4, Episode 5


AFI - Black Sails in the Sunset (1999)
label: Nitro
producer: AFI

Circa Survive - Discography

Radiator Hospital - Torch Song (2014)
label: self-released
producer: Radiator Hospital

Bombay Bicycle Club - "Luna"
Family of the Year - "Hero"
FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks"
The Mowgli's - "San Francisco"
Perfume Genius - "Queen"
Radiator Hospital - "Cut Your Bangs"
Real Lies - "North Circular"
Sharon Van Etten - "I Know"


Circa Survive w/ Ume @ The Sinclair

Monday, July 14, 2014

Week Recap (7/7-13)


The Boys in the Band (1970): 89%
director: William Friedkin
writer: Mart Crowley
actors: Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux, Leonard Frey
production company: Cinema Center Films, Leo Films


House of Cards - Season 1, EP 12-13: 79%
director: Allen Coulter
writer: Gina Gionfriddo & Beau Willimon

Louie - Season 4, EP 1-4
director & writer: Louis C.K.


Circa Survive - Violent Waves (2012)
label: self-released
producer: Circa Survive

Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain (2014): 79%
label: Nonesuch Records
producer: Jonathan Wilson, Conor Oberst

Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband (2014): 78%
label: Because Music
producer: Little Dragon, Robin Hannibal

Manchester Orchestra - Cope (2014): 71%
label: Loma Vista Recordings, Favorite Gentlemen
producer: Dan Hannon, Manchester Orchestra

Rx Bandits - ...And The Battle Begun (2006)
label: Mash Down Babylon
producer: Rx Bandits

Circa Survive - "Bird Sounds"
Fever Ray - "Now's the Only Time I Know"
Little Dragon - "Pretty Girls"
Tokyo Police Club - "Miserable"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Inspirations: Jim Hodges

The other day I went to the Institute of Contemporary Art, where they had Jim Hodges' cumulative exhibit entitled, "Give More Than You Take." I never heard of Jim Hodges nor did I know what his work was all about. My first impression was through his "Movements" series, which are these grand, reflective, oddly shaped and arranged, mirrors. From there, I didn't expect the rest of his work to be so entirely different from each other. All of his pieces and collectives stand as their own. They are all individualistic and have their own point of view. There is very little to compare between his pieces. However, a few constant themes and ideas seemed to navigate beautifully through his exhibit. His attention to the natural world and to the fabricated world is undeniably poignant and he balances between the two with incredible ease. A few of his works even brought to mind my favorite artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and then seeing a piece that was inspired by his work just made sense. During the exhibition, I recall feeling an undeniable peace throughout Hodges work. It is very evident that Hodges knows how to edit his pieces to the bare minimum to get his ideas across, and he does so with unflinching poise.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Jim Carrey's Commencement Speech

Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 Maharishi University Graduation

"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality."

"You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."

"We're not the avatars we create. We're not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through. All else is just smoke and mirrors, distracting, but not truly compelling."

"As far as I can tell, it's about letting the universe know what you want and working towards it, while letting go of how it comes to pass."

"Take a chance on faith, not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don't believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it"

Monday, July 7, 2014

Week Recap (6/30-7/6)


Obvious Child (2014): 82%
director/writer: Gillian Robespierre
actors: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gabby Hoffman, Gabe Liedman
production company: Rooks Nest Entertainment, Sundial Pictures, Votiv Films

Ivory Tower (2014): 75%
director: Andrew Rossi


Orange Is the New Black, Season 2: 81%
favorite episodes: 2 ("Looks Blue, Tastes Red"), 10 ("Little Mustachioed Shit"), and 13 ("We Have Manners. We're Polite")
directors: Michael Trim, Jennifer Getzinger, Constantine Makris
writers: Jenji Kohan, Sian Heder


jj - Discography (2009 - present)
artists: Joakim Benon & Elin Kastlander
origin: Sweden

The Tallest Man On Earth - Discography (2006 - present)
artist: Kristian Matsson
origin: Sweden

The Matches - E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals (2004)
label: Epitaph Records
producer: Joe Barresi, Mike Green, Matt Radosevich, Miles Hurwitz

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold (2012)
label: Dull Tools, What's Your Rupture
producer: self-produced

Radiator Hospital - Something Wild (2013)
label: Salinas Records
producer: Kyle & Sam

jj - "All White Everything"
Rx Bandits - "Meow! Meow! Space Tiger"
Sylvan Esso - "H.S.K.T."
The Weeknd - "Often"

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Week Recap (6/23-29)


The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) :: 68%
director: Frank Oz
writer: Lynne Reid Banks
actors: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins
production company: Columbia Pictures Corporation, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Paramount Pictures


Orange Is the New Black: Season 2, EP 6-9
directors: Andrew McCarthy, Daisy von Scherler Mayer
writers: Sarah Hess, Alex Regnery & Hartley Voss

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 3, EP 2-4


As Cities Burn - Discography

FKA Twigs - EP2 (2013)
label: Young Turks
producer: FKA Twigs & Arca

The National - Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
label: 4AD
producer: Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner

Daft Punk - "Instant Crush" (Featuring Julian Casablancas)
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - "We're All Water"
Imogen Heap - "Half Life" & "Canvas"