Saturday, May 31, 2008


Saw M83 last night at The Mod Club. It was a beautiful show.

The vid for their single "graveyard girl":

Woke up and watched 'Hellraiser' for the first time. Loved it. Creative, dark and hot and pushing the envelope. Why don't they make horror movies like that now?

Sigur Ros has a new album coming out. Too bad the new video and song sucks. A departure in a bad way. I love them and the work of Ryan Mcginley (and you think pairing the two would create a dream team) but go to their website and check out the vid for yourself. You will be disappointed. Hopefully the rest of the album doesn't sound like "Gobbledigook."

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

One, two, Freddy's coming for you...

I finally watched 'Nightmare on Elm Street' for the first time late last night.
Loved the imaginative dream sequences and blurring of reality and dreams. Johnny Depp was looking pretty good getting sucked into the bed by Freddy!

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is a photographer I have just discovered and here are a few examples of his work (from his "Hustlers" series). From 1990 to ’92. DiCorcia photographed male prostitutes in Los Angeles at the height of the conservative crackdown on “indecent” art and in the wake of the Reagan Adminstration’s tardy response to the AIDS crisis. Apparently he cheekily paid them with money he’d received from a 1989 National Endowment for the Arts grant- brilliant! I love how the series blends and blurs the line bewteen a documentary perspective on hustlers and the Hollywood myth of the male prostitute. I like the cold, detached feel.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dark and Beautiful

The new Presets album does not disappoint! Pick it up.
Check out the dark and beautiful vid for "this boy's in love." Is this what love sounds like?

Two posters for upcoming films I am dying to see:

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dandelion Pollen

Last night I finally caught 'Water Lilies' at Inside Out. I meant to see it at the Toronto Film Fest then at the Cinefranco Film Fest but missed out. It played to a full theatre of mostly lesbians. And I loved the film! It is beautifully shot and well acted. I really appreciate the attention to little details and the importance of gesture in the film. Why does everything need to be spelled out in North American cinema? 'Water Lilies' also features a great score by Para One, known for his electro sound on Institubes.

I also finally payed a visit to the Glad Day Bookshop- the first Canadian and second longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore worldwide. I don't know what took me so long. Though it is a bit cramped between the shelves, it is a nice feeling.

Check it out if you are ever in Toronto.

I picked up C. Bard Cole's 'Briefly Told Lives' based on Dennis Cooper's praise for it on the back cover and I can't put it down! The story "Used to Dream" really grabbed me.

I also picked up the new 'Remixed and Remastered' dvd of one of my old favs, Gregg Araki's 'The Living End.' Can't wait to see (and hear) the fresh, new print.

Dandelion pollen was drifting around on the breeze today. I had my interview for next year. One more year of film school left and then the real world. How scary. Anyway, you submit two scripts and have an interview and the profs select who gets to direct next year. My interview went well. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I picked up the new Presets album. I'll let you know what I think.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dream Boy

Just got back from seeing 'Dream Boy' at Inside Out. It is based on the book by Jim Grimsley which was very important to me during my early teens.

It stars Stephan Bender (who apparently played the younger version of Clark Kent in 'Superman Returns') and Maximillian Roeg. Both actors are extremely good- and it doesn't hurt that they are easy on the eyes.

Unfortunately, director James Bolton (who spoke at the screening) almost does the book justice- but misses the mark. Though the development of the boys' relationship is beautifully crafted through gestures and stolen glances instead of cliched dialogue; the powerful climax is sucked dry of suspense and emotion by clumsy editing that does not allow the viewer to connect with the violence that ensues or provide time to grasp + grieve in the aftermath. There are many delicate moments in the film that resonate but they are often offset by over the top performances from the supporting cast and moments that are so trite they come off as funny (unintentionally, of course). Overall, the film is not a complete failure and does not ruin the book for me. It just falters and falls short of being excellent.

I have to be up early for work tomorrow, but here are some awesome shots of Marc Jacobs from the upcoming issue of Interview Magazine. I wish Andy was still alive!

And here is a pic of me from last night:

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Beginning

I'm not sure what shape this blog will take or what purpose it will serve.

I have a horrible memory and can't keep up a diary. Maybe this will help me remember things.

I am a filmmaker. Maybe this will be a place to play with ideas.

Today is Wednesday, May 14.
Today I learned that on this day in 1939, the world's youngest mother gave birth. Her name was Lina Medina and she was 5 years old. Yes, five. She never revealed the father of her child.

I would also like to say R.I.P Robert Rauschenberg.

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