Blue Bayou – Justin Chon Scripted, Directed, and Acted with Alicia Vikander

January 15th, 2022

  • (Young up-and-coming actress Sydney Kowalske gives in a stunning performance as Antonio and Kathy’s daughter, Jesse LeBlanc, in Blue Bayou, which is only her second movie, and fourth acting effort altogether, to date.Sep 17, 2021)

    At Cannes with Linh Dan Pham

    Blue Bayou is a must see, Justin Chon spent four years, scripting, getting the steller cast.

    Justin Chon begged Alicia Vikander to work him. Alicia Vikander was impressed that Justin Chon was familiar with her early film. (See youtube here with great responses.)
    Alicia Vikander spent time in New Orleans to learn the accent.

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    Alicia Vikander from “Pure”, A gem of Swedish Cinema.

    Adieu Jean Jacques Beineix – Betty Blue, Diva, Moon in the Gutter Director

    January 14th, 2022

  • (Betty Blue)

  • Jean Jacques Beineix (8 October 1946 – 13 January 2022)

    Betty Blue director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies aged 75
    The French film-maker, who gained worldwide prominence for films like Diva, died in Paris after a long illness


    Cars Without Men – Jan 12, 2022

    January 12th, 2022

  • (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)

  • (それ お 送る – Send it)
    (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)

  • (Photo by Fung Lin Hall – Dec 31,2021)

    Happy birthday Haruki Murakami (Jan 12, 1949)

  • My Poverty Shaped like a Cheescake (A short story by Murakami translated by PeterCat)

  • RIP – Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927 – January 6, 2022)

    January 8th, 2022

  • (Sidney Poitier and John Cassavates from the Edge of the City directed by Martin Ritt)

  • (The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn)

  • This reader has been reading “This Life” Sidney Poitier’s autobiography.

  • RIP Peter Bogdanovich – We All Laughed, Now What??

    January 6th, 2022

  • (Audrey Hepburn & Peter Bogdanovich )

    Peter Bogdanovich A Loving Cineaste and Fearless genius of Cinema (Peter Bradshaw)

    • “We All Laughed” and “Saint Jack”(Ben Gazzara was directed by Peter Bogdanovich)

      Peter Bogdanovich on John Cassavates

    • The Thing Called Love – River Phoenix

    • What are you doing? “Driving”

    • Ben Kingsley in “Daliland”, Ben Whishaw in “Surge” – Goodbye 2021 – Happy New Year!

      December 31st, 2021

    • (Mary Harron directed the Daliland)

      Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali – Daliland

      Oscar winner Ben Kinglsey is no stranger to inhabiting larger-than-life characters. From Gandhi to Schindler’s List and Sexy Beast, the actor’s career has spanned a wide variety of roles with presence and gravitas. Despite his comfort with such parts, Kingsley says that approaching the enigmatic and iconic Salvador Dalí in Mary Harron’s Daliland – the story of the artist’s strange and fascinating marriage to his tyrannical wife Gala (played by Barbara Sukowa) – was still a “daunting task”.
      “He was exhausting and exhilarating to portray,” comments Kingsley in his first interview since wrapping the movie. “Dali’s cup overflows. I had to give myself the opportunity to take risks. Dali encouraged me to take risks. That could have been catastrophic, but it could also pay off. If I’m in Dali’s silhouette, then I must allow myself to take certain risks. His artwork, writing and public appearances were one risk after another. He was not a character that one could portray carefully.”

      Ben Kingsley can play just about any ethnicity (see photos here)
      (Happy birthday Sir Ben Kingsley)

    • Ben Whishaw was terrific in ‘Surge”, a film he made with his friend. (Kanopy was streaming).

    • RIP Jean-Marc Vallée Canadian filmmaker, an Engaging & Energetic Filmmaker from Canada

      December 27th, 2021

      Jean-Marc Vallée Canadian filmmaker passed away

      With Reece W.
      Reece was a producer and and actress for Big Little Lies, earlier she was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, a Canadian filmmake in “Wild”

      Cafe de Flore

    • Young Victoria

    • Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, who played the lead won awards for “Dallas Buyers Club”

    • The Passing of Our Wise Seer, Joan Didion

      December 23rd, 2021
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      Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

    • (See a full film on youtube)

      (Directed by Frank Perry, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthny Perkins, Play as it lays, written by Joan Didion)

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    • The Center will not hold

      Photo by Annie Leibovitz

    • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

      “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
      “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
      That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    • Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches and Harrison Ford built this deck at Joan Didion’s home’

      Remembering Joan Didion: ‘Her ability to operate outside of herself was unparalleled’

    • Paris Review interview

    • Cooler than “All About Eve”, Eve Babitz – (1943-2021)

      December 23rd, 2021
    • Eve Babitz (1943-2021) was the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time, L.A. Woman.

      ( Eve Babitz, pictured in Ed Ruscha’s “Five 1965 Girlfriends,” from 1970.)
      (Photograph by Julian Wasser / Courtesy of Ed Ruscha)

      Ed and Paul Ruscha on Eve Babitz Death

      HDP: Do you think that she had any influence on you in terms of the evolution of your own art?

      Ed Ruscha: Oh, I guess I’m influenced by everything. There’s nothing that crosses my path that doesn’t influence me in some way or other. Even if I reject it, I’m influenced by it. And, so, sure. I mean, she was a strong figure and I think everybody respected her. All the artists respected her, and and we were curious about her because she was a hot number. She did well with it, you know. (laughs)

    • Eve Babitz on the time She played Chess Nude with Marcel Duchamp

      The only trouble was, I had been taking birth control pills for the first and only time in my life, and not only had I puffed up like a blimp but my breasts had swollen to look like two pink footballs. Plus they hurt. On the other hand, it would be a great contrast—this large, too-LA surfer girl with an extremely tiny old man in a French suit. Playing chess.
      (After I saw the contact sheets, I never took the Pill again.)

    • Rare Interview Eve Babits long sober cool author

      Eve Babits introduced Salvador Dalí to Frank Zappa.

    • A Documentary of Colette Urban, by Katherine Knight

      December 20th, 2021

    • (“Pretend Not to See Me”)

      See the film at Kanopy or here online

      Katherine Knight is a Photographer who directed “Pretend Not to See Me”

      Colette U.

      What does it mean to live on the edge of the country, but at the heart of art?

      At her spectacular oceanfront farm in Newfoundland, performance artist Colette Urban becomes a half woman-half bear, dances a tango while strapped into bungee cords, wheels nonsensical record contraptions and turns herself into a parody of consumer goods.

      “I am timid in the real world. Performance and this idea of disguise are a real comfort to me. I’m not me. I’m someone else once I am in that role of the performer.”

      This is a film about following a dream, having courage and believing in oneself. It’s about embracing risk and sustaining courage through acts of the imagination. It’s an astonishing representation of Colette Urban’s enigmatic art performances set against the rugged beauty of rural Newfoundland

      Émilie du Châtelet & Voltaire

      December 17th, 2021
    • Google celebrated Émilie du Châtelet (17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749)


      (via wiki)

      Relationship with Voltaire
      In the frontispiece to Voltaire’s book on Newton’s philosophy, du Châtelet appears as Voltaire’s muse, reflecting Newton’s heavenly insights down to Voltaire.

      Du Châtelet may have met Voltaire in her childhood at one of her father’s salons; Voltaire himself dates their meeting to 1729, when he returned from his exile in London. However, their friendship developed from May 1733 when she re-entered society after the birth of her third child.[4]

      Du Châtelet invited Voltaire to live at her country house at Cirey in Haute-Marne, northeastern France, and he became her long-time companion. There she studied physics and mathematics and published scientific articles and translations. To judge from Voltaire’s letters to friends and their commentaries on each other’s work, they lived together with great mutual liking and respect. As a literary rather than scientific person, Voltaire implicitly acknowledged her contributions to his 1738 Elements of the Philosophy of Newton, where the chapters on optics show strong similarities with her own Essai sur l’optique. She was able to contribute further to the campaign by a laudatory review in the Journal des savants.[12]

      Sharing a passion for science, Voltaire and Du Châtelet collaborated scientifically. They set up a laboratory in Du Châtelet’s home. In a healthy competition, they both entered the 1738 Paris Academy prize contest on the nature of fire, since Du Châtelet disagreed with Voltaire’s essay. Although neither of them won, both essays received honourable mention and were published.[13] She thus became the first woman to have a scientific paper published by the Academy

      A Memoir, The History of Bones – by John Lurie

      December 14th, 2021

    • (Happy birthday John Lurie – December 14)

      John Lurie’s father used to take him to fishing. John Lurie is a hard working, self taught artist in music, acting and in painting. Basquiat painted and slept at his place. Basquiat was a close friend that Lurie wrote a lot about in this memoir.
      John Lurie is a world traveller.
      He wrote about Africa, one of many places Lurie visited. He wrote.
      “I had been depressed for a long, long time. I could not get out of it. Africa saved me. You can feel life started there.

    • More paintings at his Gallery with great soundtrack from John Lurie’s Strange and Beautiful homepage

    • Strange and Beautiful John Lurie (previous post)

    • Listen to his playing here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_864xjMQY8)

    • John Lurie: ‘I wanted to break into Martha Stewart’s house and change the curtains. My lawyer said no’
      (He’s hung out with Warhol and gone ice fishing with Willem Dafoe, but the Fishing With John man’s new series stars just him and his canvas)

    • (A man, a bull and of course, the Soldier Bunnies. – John Lurie)