Coffee and Cigarettes: the halitosis effect

Coffee & Cigarettes

I saw Coffee & Cigarettes yesterday, a movie by Jim Jarmusch. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a ‘comic series of short vignettes’ with as main theme people drinking coffee while smoking. Jim Jarmusch started the project in 1986 (for Saturday Night Live) with a scene by Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright. I was kinda looking forward to it, but for some reason, it didn’t do much for me. Yes, Bill Murray is good in “Delirium”. Yes, the “Cousins?” scene is OK. But Iggy Pop can’t act, and an equally shitty job is done by Meg White, Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Joe Rigano, and some other names. Most of the stories weren’t really compelling. And, but that’s a personal opinion, I do not consider smoking and drinking coffee at the same time a ‘cool’ thing to do or watch. For one, it doesn’t do wonders for your breath…
At which point I’d like to refer to Stinken uit de bek by the Nieuwe Wereld orkest.

Coffee & Cigarettes

[Listening to: “Breathe” – Groove Armada – AnotherLateNight]

Untamed Cinema: Grayson, the trailer, not the movie

Grayson 1
Grayson 2
Grayson 3
Grayson 4
John Fiorella has written, produced, directed and acted in his own low-budget trailer for a movie that has not been – and might never be – made.

In a nutshell, the idea for GRAYSON has been swimming around in my head for too long – so, with the help of a handful of talented artists, and four credit cards, I set out to shape the idea into a reality.
The objective was simple – tell a new and exciting story about the former boy wonder that leaves audiences wanting more. Did I hit the mark? You be the judge.

Together with his partner in crime Gabe Sabloff (who worked for the movie as D.O.P, actor, animation artist and probably catering and key grip too), he has made an impressive short movie/trailer.

Apparently, the two worked weekends for 18 months, creating storyboards, acting, directing, shooting, and editing a gorgeous short film designed to pique interest in a movie about what happens after Batman dies and Wonder Woman and Superman go to work for the enemy. It’s a professional-looking and well-edited piece of work (that anamorphic lens pays incredible dividends for them) that somehow manages to come in at a budget of just under $18,000.
(via: metafilter.com)

See the movie here: theforce.net

Be sure to take a look at the ‘Behind The Scenes’ (BTS) video, it is incredible to see how inventive these guys were with their limited budget. Some more info about that on howstuffworks.com.

[Listening to: “Very Good Friends” – smoothouse.orgSmoothpod]

Top Ten Smelly Celebrities

A friend told me about an off-the-record list of celebrities with unpleasant body odor, where Brad Pitt supposedly featured as #3. Some Googling later, I found out Brad has moved up to #1! Here is the list as compiled in May 2004 by Mikael Jagerbrand:

#1. Brad Pitt
#2. Russell Crowe
#3. Hayden Christensen
#4. David Bowie
#5. Courtney Cox
#6. Robin Williams
#7. Christina Aguillera
#8. Cameron Diaz
#9. Metallica
#10. Bob Dylan
from: ncbuy.com

I remember a Friends episode “The one with the rumour” where Brad Pitt did a guest appearance. Brad and Courtney on the same set, what an olfactory delight.

Finding Nemo – Voices and faces

I was watching Finding Nemo with my daughter – kids are a great excuse to see animation movies – and was slightly bothered that I did not remember all the original voices. My daughter sees it with Dutch (actually Flemish) dubbed voices, and you lose some of the jokes.

So when she went to bed, I checked out the writers’ comment and heard them drop actor names for the great voices, and for most of them I could not put a face on them. I started out looking for Albert Brooks, but as these things go, I checked most of them out. I’ve put the results in Finding Nemo – Voices and faces (a Pixagogo album).

Here are some highlights:

Marlin
Marlin
Nemo
Nemo
Dory
Dory
Coral
Coral
Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
Alexander Gould
Alexander Gould
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
Elizabeth Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins
Gill
Gill
Bloat
Bloat
Peach
Peach
Bubbles
Bubbles
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett
Allison Janney
Allison Janney
Stephen Root
Stephen Root
Bruce
Bruce
Anchor
Anchor
Chum
Chum
Crush
Crush
Barry Humphries - also Dame Edna
Barry Humphries
Eric Bana - also Hector from Troy
Eric Bana
Bruce Spence
Bruce Spence
Andrew Stanton - also the writer and director
Andrew Stanton