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Soundgirl November 29, 2010

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I think Popjustice might be my blog BFF.  It’s probably the one site I check every day (let’s forget that brief period when I’d check Perez about 10 times a day, ok? They were dark times and I’ve gotten over it.). It’s a little sanctuary, a place where people don’t bitch about pop music for the sake of it. It’s a place where I don’t have to argue why it’s ok not to write your own songs, where miming isn’t the worst thing in the world and where you can say that a song reminds you of kelly Clarkson and mean it in a good way.

Their song of the day today is by SoundGirl and it’s brilliant. That lead singer is bbbeeeaaauuutttiiiffffuuulll.


Enter The Void November 1, 2010

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I finally managed to see Enter The Void last week, after missing the first few screenings that Curzon did. I’m not sure I chose the best day to see it, it’s very much a visual assualt and I was massively hungover.

Enter The Void is Gasper Noe’s lastest film, after last year’s Irreversible. It’s supposed to be a “pscyhedelic melodrama”, telling the story of a junkie in Tokyo. Of course, Tokyo looks fucking mad enough, but Noe has made the whole thing into one big trip. Tonnes of neon strobes, everything is either shot from the first person or slightly above their heads and lots of horrific noises. It’s not a fun film. We had to endure five minutes of white strobing every half hour or so, lots of WinAmp style 3D shapes while people got high and even sex from the vagina’s point of view (think giant jap’s eye continually jabbing at the screen). The close up on the aborted foetus was a real low.

Technically, it’s incredible. I’ve no idea how they did half the shots, and I certainly admire his boldness with the subject areas but after an hour I was ready to leave, hoping that every black screen would be the end. It loses it’s narrative strength after that first hour, turning into something that was just annoying. The film clocks in at a mighty two and half hours, for something that is so brutal it’s a big ask of people to endure it.