Skip to main content

Paris, I love you!

on a whim (total whim) earlier this week I bought "Paris, je t'aime" which I've been meaning to see for a really long time. and I thought to myself, because I think to other people besides myself, "I should buy this because otherwise I'll never see it." wham! bought it.

now, I knew beforehand it was directed by many different directors and featured an A cast with some of my favorite people (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Juliette Binoche, who caught my eye in "Dan in Real Life" of all pitiful things) but I wasn't sure how they went about doing it.

it was a series of vignettes, short films with probably the longest maxing out maybe seven minutes. as cliched as it sounds, there's something for everyone. and it's lovely. it's such a great concept, too- a love letter to a city touching on every aspect of love (platonic, romantic, familiar, etc). I know this is probably not like, the first of its kind, but it left quite the impression on me. Even the ever-dirty Nick Nolte in his role was charming!

I liked each of the films, really. the Elijah Wood/vampiress one was a bit odd, but sweet nonetheless. the one involving the mimes was probably my least favorite, but the drunk redeemed it for me. as for favorites, the dying man and the cup of coffee, Natalie Portman and her blind boyfriend, the man with the woman passed out in his backseat and Oscar Wilde's grave probably rank among mine. as well as the tourist at the end who doesn't seem to know du Beauvoir and Sartre, who may as well be me in the future, let's face the music.

this is a really self-indulgent film review. I apologize.


and not only are the actors amazing, but the directors! some of the more familiar names, like the Coen Brothers and Gus Van Sant along with those less-known (well, for dipheads like me anyway) all shine.

at the end, it's all tied together in a beautiful if not sentimental sequence where all the characters' lives intersecting. to the sounds of, yes, Feist singing "We're All In This Dance" which sealed the deal for me. I am an aspiring Francophile, have been for years (shhhhh) and so I loved the movie. it's heartbreaking and it's exhilarating and I don't care if you end up hating it see it once before you die.

apparently, there is a film like this with Tokyo as the focal point but I couldn't find much information on it because I'm lazy like that. and then there was "New York, I Love You" which was released this May and oh guess what didn't stop in Erie:

also, all my so-inclined female friends out there: Gaspard Ulliel is in "Paris" which should sell you on it alone.

to close, here's Feist and you can't bring it down on a more perfect note than this:




Popular posts from this blog

"Chang-E" - Emmy the Great (new album out 10/9)

Emmy the Great drops her new album tomorrow on Bella Union - the fastest album she says she's ever created.  "April /月音" was completed after a trip to to her birth city Hong Kong in 2017. In early 2018, Emmy the Great made "April /月音" in a two-week period in Brooklyn - which was delayed for release until now because of her maternity leave. After recording this album, Emmy moved (for good) back to Hong Kong.  Since her original trip to Hong Kong, things have become quite tumultuous there. Said Emmy. "I’ll never know why the city called me back, but I know what it gave me. In return, I want to give it this album. That Mid-Autumn, nobody could have predicted what was to come, neither the atomization that began with the anti-Extradition Law protests in June 2019, nor the struggle for democracy that continues now, through the Covid-19 pandemic. To witness your birth city in its greatest moment of need is a powerful, humbling event, and I know I watched Hong Kong

Give JR a Break

Recently, I've been reading some sites that have criticized James Roday, the lead actor on the USA show PSYCH for an apparent weight gain. But you know what? Who gives a flying fizzle stick if James Roday is slightly larger than he was 4 years ago. Apparently, it wasn't enough to scare away his current girlfriend/ co-star Maggie Lawson. (Who is one hell of a Catch!) And NO they are not engaged. That seems to be nothing more than a rumor, but there is a very high chance of it happening in the near future. Anyway, as long as PSYCH continues to entertain I don't mind about James Roday's waist. He, and Dule Hill, and Corbin Bernson too, can eat all the fried broccoli they want. The last episode of PSYCH wasn't so smashing, but I don't blame it on dietary issues. QATFYG: Are you keeping up with Psych? And who is hotter, James Roday or Maggie Lawson? (Trick Question but idk why) PS: If you have heard any more news on Roday and Lawson becoming Roday-Lawso

"Round the Bend" - Zoon (Beck cover)

My favorite album of Beck's has long been "Sea Change," for approximately the 20 or so years it's been out. I would probably regard it as one of my personal favorite records, for its wistfulness and its beauty. When I heard about Zoon (aka Zoongide’ewin) - the musical project of Daniel Monkman - covering the "Sea Change" track "Round the Bend," I was somewhat skeptical simply because the album holds such a place in my heart. Now, prior to hearing about this cover, I wasn't so familiar with the work of Zoon. And now, I've got to say, in my best Owen Wilson - Wow.  Apparently we both hold the 2003 Beck album in high esteem. Said Daniel about "Sea Change," "After my first listen I was so moved and at the time I was going through a pretty bad break up and this album helped me process my depression. Throughout my time away from music I’d always have a copy beside me; it kept inspiring me that I could try any kind of music style. I