Saw this recently after a recommendation from a friend. It’s a sweet, enchanting film; a documentary (with some choreographed pieces added to great effect) looking at the lives of three male characters living and growing up in Bombay Beach, a run down seaside resort in the middle of the desert. The soundtrack is excellent, especially the Dylan tracks. See the trailer. This film deserves a larger audience.
So wish I could go to one of these gigs, sounds absolutely mad. It’s the brainchild of Damon Albarn - get some of Africa’s most famous musicians on a train joined by a heap of Western talent and head across the country making music together and putting on impromptu and planned performances along the way.
Tickets are still available across the country as well as the London gig this Saturday (8th Sept). I’d love to see Amadou & Mariam and Baaba Maal live.
No idea how it will work, so many artists!
More info and tickets here: http://www.africaexpress.co.uk/
Went to a secluded beach for an evening kayak/swim/bbq session with the house mates before heading back to London. Saw a fisherman catch a seagull, some members of the group went skinny dipping in the cool waters, then finished off with a bonfire. Will miss Cornwall and these friends so much.
135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema
Flavorwire magazine asked their readers “What are the most beautiful movies ever made?” and compiled both the reader and magazine favourites into a video essay. See here for the resulting post with credits and an annotated version. They’ve put it to a great soundtrack which Moon fans will recognise. Some truly stunning cinematography on show here.
This film is getting ridiculous reviews. Judging by the trailer it looks stunning, thought provoking…remarkable. Definitely on my list to see and possibly buy.
"This is one of the films of the year" Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian
“But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny. His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent. The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible. They are marginalized by our social and cultural world. They are the oppressed, exploited proletariat, robbed of the fruit of their labour and despoiled of their humanity. Hence the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.”
Been meaning to dip into A Theology of Liberation for quite some time now.
Easily the best documentary I’ve seen in a very long time, this film is a shocking portrayal of a society in crisis. With murder rates spiralling out of control, areas of Chicago resemble a war zone and the cycle of violence shows no signs of abating. One organisation decides the only way to stop the violence is to confront and literally interrupt it. The camera follows three ‘Violence Interrupters’ who work tirelessly with those seeking revenge by listening, accepting and mentoring them. Their main aim: to teach that peace is possible. Both heartbreaking and transforming, this film showcases the incredible people who do dangerous and crucial work on the streets of Chicago. See the trailer here.
Can’t get enough of this. Anyone fancy trekking across Iceland?
Jonny’s Recent Decent TV
So, it’s 3:30 am and my mind is buzzing; it appears I have insomnia again.
I’m being dramatic, I don’t have insomnia, just awful sleep patterns. I find blogging helps, or so I tell myself. It actually furthers the problem and means I probably won’t get to sleep till at least 5am. I currently have little to wake up for though so its no biggie. I am unemployed and usually spend my days pottering around the house, keeping the fire stocked up, the odd bit of cooking and watching TV. Lots of TV. Not live daytime TV. No, high quality catch up programmes on iPlayer and 4OD. So I thought I’d share some of my current recent decent TV programmes.
1. Top Boy
4. Coach Trip
My favourite this week has been Top Boy. Currently on 4OD, Top Boy tells the story of an inner city gang and it’s effects on the community around it. Set on a rough estate in East London, it’s gritty, authentic, excellently acted and has a great script. Ashley Walters (aka Asher D of So Solid Crew fame) puts in a decent lead performance as Dushane, a drug dealing gangster stuck in a life of crime. Oh and did I mention its beautifully filmed? The cinematography is stunning.
This is way up there on my list of films to watch…
'The Interrupters' is a documentary following the work of an organisation called CeaseFire which aims to end gang violence in Chicago. The film focusses on three “Violence Interrupters”. All of them are ex-gang members and most have done time in prison for offences ranging from drug trafficking to murder. Their aim is stop killings before they happen, confronting gang leaders and resolving conflicts before the violence escalates. Essentially they're trying to save lives. Extraordinary people doing extraordinary work. Out in cinemas now.
Been wanting to see this film since it came out in cinemas. It’s now on dvd. Humanity at its finest.