Jazz-Brunch at LaBellevilloise

I always wanted to have Photoshop! I finally got it, and as you can see, I enjoy it pretty much…



Posted in Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

”Le sauveur” in Paris (Dalí)

Salvador Dalí in Paris

Turn on the music before reading:

click on the words and pictures for further information! 

If  you are in possession of the poster with the melting clocks, this exhibition certainly is made for you! Dalí turned himself into a manufactured product, a ringmaster with a twirled moustache.

Over thirty years after the major retrospective exhibit devoted to the painter at the Centre Pompidou, Dalí’s art has once again managed to attract the attention of the media (won the prize for best exhibition at the “Globes de Cristal”).

Dali 14

Dali 15

Dali 17

Dalí is both a key figure in the history of contemporary art and one of the most questionable masters of our age (in fact, the artist believed himself to be divine and a genius), often criticized for his controversial political attitudes. However, Dalí is primarily known for his surrealist compositions of the 1930s and for his television appearances. He is also the creator of the well-known ”paranoiac-critical” method (optical illusions and other multiple images)

Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, 1938

Dali 9

Dali 5

Here, he used himself as the case study, notably under the prism of Freudian psychoanalysis. Dalí also invented the Dalí -Showman, a manipulator and creator of temporary works and media.


Friendship with Buñuel and  Lorca

His friendship with the other two artists, Bunuel the filmmaker and Lorca the poet, inspired a new style in Dalí ‘s paintings.. In 1927, Bunuel made him open up to cinema, seeing in this art form a new form of creation. Bunuel co-wrote Un Chien Andalou and Hitchcock, who had approached Dalí for help with a dream sequence in his upcoming thriller, Spellbound, staring Bergman and Gregory Peck. He was unhappy with the fuzziness of Hollywood dream sequences.

“I wanted to convey the dream with great visual sharpness and 
clarity–sharper than film itself,”

Un Chien Andalou

In 1929, after he had met Gala, Dalí stood at a crucial turning point in his career. He met the surrealists. From now on, Dalí undertook all sorts of transgressions, in particular in paintings where now every detail seemed to count: invisible father, blasphemed mother, masturbation, melting objects, horses (the orgasm), eggs (the male sexual anatomy)... Dalí claimed that:

''Paranoia uses the external world to reveal the obsessive idea, with the
 disturbing characteristic of making the reality of this idea effective for 

Dali 8

Dali 10
Dali 1

Dali 11

Dalí influenced many things. He invented the shoe-hat, the lobster telephone, the lip-couch…His idea was simple, he just putted two basic things together and made one original. Dali showed us that everything is possible. The dreamworld and irrational unexpected things became more or less realistic now. He painted his fears and his fascinations. Dalí just left an indelible mark in cinema, design, jewelry, painting, fashion, advertising, comedy…, there isn’t much that Dalí hasn’t changed.

“When I paint, the Sea Roars Others Splash about in the bath”

Dalí created his own Theatre/Museum in Figueres (the Catalonian city where Salvador (le Sauveur) Dalí was born. The city often returns in his paintings.) in the 60s. The Museum includes the Mae West Room, which is currently reconstructed here in the Centre Pomidou.


The current exhibition in Paris brings together over 120 paintings, objects, sketches and films. When you enter the showroom, the first thing you notice is that you stand in a giant reconstructed Egg (typical for Dalí who was fascinated by eggs).


The whole exhibition is in fact an extraordinarily lively presentation, as you can hear Dalí talking all throughout. However, there is a lot more than just melting clocks and eggs. The exhibition offers many old creations by Dalí, from almost day one of his career


to his last work.

Last painting


21 November 2012 – 25 March 2013
from 11h00 to 23h00
Buy here
Posted in Art, Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Little Rose Riding Hood

Turn the music on before reading:

HJ Lim-Rachmaninoff-Etude-little-red-riding-hood


Last weekend I went to the playhouse, named the GRAND PARQUET, in Paris to see a play called “La faim du loup.” Everyone knows the story of Red Riding Hood –or rather, they think they know.

The show is inspired by all those tales that reveal that the transgression of dangerous shores necessarily involve the damaging of innocence.

Here, our heroine is a white, modern girl. She could possibly even be seen as a naïve clown, who, wanting to escape the shackles of superficiality, is plunged into her own version of the Red Riding Hood – Rose Riding Hood.

And here is her story:

There was once a village girl, the prettiest that ever existed, and her mother was crazy about her, and so was her grandmother. This girl had a little rose riding hood with a pair of little rose gloves, which suited her so well that everybody called her Little Rose Riding Hood.

One day, her mother, carrying a bottle of champagne (rosé) and a good Havana cigar, asked her to go and check upon the apparently sick grandmother. “Take the champagne and this delicious cigar for that’s what she likes most,” said the mother to her daughter, for the grandmother is no ordinary old woman and she hates tea. Little Rose Riding Hood set out immediately to go to her grandmother, who lived in another village.

Passing through the woods, she met a rather unordinary, old wolf (The poor creature was aged 51, which is quite old for a wolf. (Fortunately this isn’t true for human beings for whom 51 is the summit of good life).

rose gloves

This wolf admired her rose hood and rose gloves. The wolf had a strong desire to eat, but he dared not, because of some woodcutters who were in the forest. In addition, he revealed that it was his birthday and he claimed that his last wish was to know where Little Rose Riding Hood was going.

The poor child, who did not know that it is dangerous to listen to a wolf, and who thought it was disrespectful to refuse someone’s wish on his birthday, said to him: “I will see my grandmother and bring her a bottle of champagne (rosé) and a delicious Havana cigar from my mother. And by the way: Happy Birthday wolf!” The wolf replied: “Does she live far away?” “Oh! yes,” said Little Rose Riding Hood, “it is beyond the mill you see, the first house in the village.” “Well,” said the Wolf and ran off taking the shortest road to the grandmother’s house, while the little girl chose the longest path, enjoying herself gathering nuts, running after butterflies, and reading some pages in her new book (Ivre du vin perdu). The wolf, however, did not take long to arrive at the house of the grandmother. Here follows the part we all know. On knocking at the grandmother’s door and hearing her question “Who’s there?,” the wolf replies “This is your granddaughter Little Rose Riding Hood. I have come to give you your favorite champagne and a delightful Havana cigar sent by my Mother.”

The good grandmother, who was in her bed because she was really ill, cried out: “Pull the bobbin, and the latch will go up.” The wolf did as he was told, and the door opened. He threw himself upon the good woman and ate her up in no time because he hadn’t eaten in three days. Then he closed the door and went to sleep in the grandmother’s bed until Little Rose Riding Hood, who came some time afterwards, knocked at the door. “Who’s there?,” asked the wolf. Little Rose Riding Hood, hearing the thumping voice of the wolf was afraid at first, but believing that her grandmother had a cold, said: This is your granddaughter Little Rose Riding Hood. I have come to give you your favorite champagne and a delightful Havana cigar sent by my Mother.” The wolf shouted, although trying to soften his voice a little: Pull the bobbin, and the latch will go up.” Little Rose Riding Hood pulled the bobbin, and the door opened. The wolf, hiding in the bed under the covers, said to her: “Put the champagne and the Havana cigar upon the stool, and come to bed with me.”


Little Rose Riding Hood undressed (first her little rose hood, then her corset and finally her little rose gloves) and went to the bed.
Somewhat astonished, she said: “Grandmother, you have muscular arms!” “So I can hug you better, my child,” the wolf replied. “Grandmother, you have strong legs!” “So I can run better, my child,” the wolf announced. “Grandmother, what large ears you have!” “So I can better listen to you, my child.” “Grandmother, what big eyes you have!” “So I can see better, my child.” Finally Little Rose Riding Hood remarks: “Grandmother what large teeth you have!” and upon saying these words, the wicked wolf fell upon Little Rose Riding Hood and ate her.

So what is the morality of this story….

Posted in Art, Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Django unchained, totally entertained

click on the words for further information!  

Today, I went to the movies once again. This time I was especially looking forward to going. Why? Simply because of the new Tarantino movie, Django Unchained! In advance, I had read a lot about this film, interviews with Tarantino and many reviews. Anyway, like every  other cineaste, I wanted to make my opinion.

Did you think about John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Sergio Leone when you first heart about Django? Now, here comes something truly different. Inspired by the Spaghetti Western and as a homage to Sergio Corbucci (Django), Tarantino succeeds to make his latest epic more than “a pop art Western”, like Warhol or Rothko.  Tarantino himself had some doubts as to whether this might be the one movie that is ‘’too much’’. In my opinion, it certainly is not. I believe that it’s another masterpiece.

After Inglourious Basterds, which focused on the Nazi regime, Django Unchained focuses on the dark underside of American history. Slavery and prostitution are at the centre of the movie. The film was shot on original locations in the American South. To make the scenes seem as real as possible, Tarantino shot in an authentic whorehouse. It is here, where many years ago 100 of girls were violated and assassinated. Tarantino even believes that their souls were still living there, so everybody had to turn of their mobile phones during the filming in order not to disturb the souls.

Primarily, Tarantino wanted to tell an “exciting adventure story.” “But they should play in the context of slavery so that one really sees the brutality, the Americans have dealt with their black slaves,” he told journalists in Berlin.

Of Django Unchained, I expected much, and I wasn’t disappointed. It is indeed a real Tarantino, a cult film, just like Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. Django Unchained is a long, powerful film, its outstanding brush strokes bright and vibrant, its intellectual points made with significant cleverness and humor. It certainly puts Tarantino among the most inspiring film-makers at work today.

The cast is incredible : Jamie Foxx (who won an Oscar for his performance in Ray) ass Django , knows exactly how his grandparents lived in the racist south. Christoph Waltz just left me speechless. His performance is overwhelming, just as in Inglourious Basterds. In this movie, one has to love him ass Dr. King Schultz, a former dentist who turned to a successful bounty hunter. Together with Foxx, they form a crooked couple. Di Caprio, who plays the villain, gives a splendid playing too. Samuel L. Jackson plays Candie’s (DiCaprio) loyal house slave Stephen. A figure that will be “the most hated nigger in film history,” Jackson predicts. He plays his wickedness so convincingly that a supporting cast-Oscar seems deserved.

Once again Tarantino’s fascination for languages is spread throughout the whole movie. Dr Schultz comes from Dusseldorf and is proud of his German roots. The whole movie is about a German legend. There is also a part of French humor in it. For instance, people have to call Mr Candie Monsieur Candie, even though he does not understand French. He just considers it to make him seem superior.

Tarantino creates a new universe and a fresh view on the history of slavery, and with irony and blood orgies, he keeps his audience under control.


Not a Quentin Tarantino movie without a superb soundtrack: Just before the film’s release “Django Unchained” is now also the soundtrack to the market and promises to be a chartbreaker. The U.S. director thus relies on a personal selection of genre classics, interspersed with contemporary sounds. For the first time, Tarantino does not only rummage through his archives but could also provide exclusive recordings of various music stars.

Django” a classic

Ennio Morricone on the soundtrack is represented as well as the famed melancholic sentimental original song by Sergio Corbuccis “Django“. These songs are from Tarantino’s private record collection. Instead of requesting “clean” versions of these pieces from the ’60s and ’70s, from the record companies, the filmmaker digitized his vinyl “complete with all the clicking noise,” Tarantino writes in the CD booklet.


Jamie Foxx even composed his own song for the soundtrack

Outstanding is the new number “100 Black Coffins“, composed by Django Starring Jamie Foxx and interpreted by Rick Ross. The gloomy rap is a delightful contrast to the “sensitive” “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boyton. “Django Unchained,” Tarantino proves once again that different styles of music can harmonize. Between the musical contributions are lines from the film to hear. Here, we meet to Christoph Waltz’s delicious spoken dialect.

Posted in Cult, Film, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Week 2013

Click on the words to get more information

Today I went to the Spring/Summer 2013 collection created by Boris Bidjan Saberi.


Thanks to my Friend Fanny, who is executing an Internship in that place, we’ve (Elena and I) got on the list and could live this unique experience. A cat walk combined with powerful music, were swinging the entire garage. The show was held at the garage de Turenne. As I entered, everybody was dressed in black except me. Unfortunately, I got not informed about the dress-code. Most of the people were buyers, and you just understood exactly who was a buyer and who was not consumer. People looked extremely different, and they all had their own eccentric style. Very dark indeed.

I didn’t know anything about this designer until now. So I made a little research about Boris. He comes from a German/Persian family and grew up in Munich. In 2003, by the age of 25, Boris began exploring his passion for leather and produced his first handmade leather accessories series entitled ‘UCanFuckW’. He finished his education in fashion design in Barcelona, Spain, graduating in 2006. The half-German, half-Iranian designer started his eponymous label in 2007 and has ever since extended his creations in his atelier in Spain.

Citing street and skate culture as one of his head lifestyle influences, his label is distinctive for its scrupulous sophistication and functional dimension, whilst still giving a dip to his urban references

In 2010 Saberi created his own version of transparent leather to form his outfits.

2011 also saw Saberi experimenting with a self developed, un-tanned leather, which, in its beginning, is exceptionally sensitive. After treating it with different liquids, he achieved a self tanning skin with a fresh touch almost imitate the properties of bone.

It was great to look behind the curtains of such a show! A big thank you, Fanny, once again.


Posted in Cult | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nagyon tetszett: Budapest

click on the words for further information! 

This year I decided to spent my New Year’s Eve somewhere extraordinary (at least for me). Hence, my boyfriend Pit and I decided to go to BUDAPEST!

I had previously asked a lot of people what they think of the city and had only received amazing feedback. Apparently, it was meant to be like a second Paris, only in the East

And let me tell you: Budapest did not disappoint me at all!

L1020624On the first day, we explored the city-life and immediately went to the MENZA restaurant (Étterem és kávézó)! It is one of the most famous restaurants in Budapest. On their menu they have goulash soup and other Hungarian specialties like  ”duck liver pate”,  ”lean bacon with lentil salad ” or ”poppy-seed pastry with vanilla sauce” (for me, the dessert was a bit unusual…).L1020633

In the evening we passed a restaurant named BOCK Bisztró. It looked so good that I immediately went inside to ask if they had any free tables. Fully booked they replied! We were both so disappointed, but we ended up going to another restaurant, which was remarkably good as well. We didn’t get to check out the nightlife (which appeared to be really busy!) on our first day as we were too exhausted.

On the second day, we did some sightseeing on one of those buses designed for tourists  (I think those buses are perfect for tourists by the way, as they take you to all the popular attractions and trendy places). The downside of those open-top buses is that in winter it feels like -30, but with a big coat it was bearable.P1000618

First of all we visited the Citadella. “Citadella” is the Hungarian word for citadel, a kind of fortress. The word “Citadella” is exclusively used in other languages to designate the citadel on L1020691the top of the decisive Gellért Hill. From there, one has a magnificent panoramic view over the whole city and over the amazing castle district! Then we went on to visit the bunker of the Citadella. It was built during the Second World War and is full with wax figures. Those figures seriously make the bunker feel alive, as they look very real.


After that we continued the tour and we visited the Parliament (biggest building in Hungary, inspired by the British parliament). In the afternoon, we felt a bit peckish and so we went to a nice restaurant, Stand Bisztro, near the Parliament at the heart of the city.

L1020737Afterwards, we visited the biggest Christian church in Budapest the St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is certainly magnificent with all the fold details and a great dome. The church is the third highest building in modern Budapest and therefore a reference point. Plus, we got very lucky as during our visit the choir gave a little L1020740performance.

Later on, we went to the Hero Square, ”Hősök tere”.  Here you can find the Millennium Memorial, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art (or more accurately : Hall of Art)


There is also a water well from which the famous Széchenyi Baths (one of many thermal baths in Hall of Art)get their water.The well is 971 meters deep, the well produces 831 liters of hot water (74 degreesCelsius) per minute. So, here I was, freezing and watching, slightly jealous, some ducks that were bathing in this nicely warm water. But hey, that’s life isn’t it? The place is spacious and reminds me a bit of the communist period.


TheHero Square also marks the entrance to the City Parc (Városligeti Műjégpálya) with the largest artificial ice surface in Europe.

Situated in the park is the Vajdahunyad Castle, a gigantic castle beautifully illuminated.

There was even a small food market and as we passed the stand with de meat dishes, one of the vendors offered me a bite of paprika duck to taste. Hmmm delicious! Unfortunately, I was too full to eat a whole meal.

On our way back to the hotel we passed the Bock Bisztró again. So once again I went inside and asked for a table. Fully booked they responded once again! Second time I tried, second time I failed. But I had another idea. At the hotel I asked the hotel manager if he could get us a table for two at the BOCK. But he gave me the same answer: fully booked, not a chance! My plan had failed. In the end, around 10 o’clock we decided to go to a different restaurant, which someone at the hotel had recommended to us. But as soon as we saw the place, we decided not to go in.I asked Pit if he wanted to try at the BOCK – and to be fair, what else could he say than “yes honey”. And this time we finally got our table! Maybe beacause I tried to use every little bit of my charm so that they couldn’t say no. And the effort clearly paid off: the menu was superb, the wine was fabulous, and live music (accordion) contributed to an excellent atmosphere.

Saturday then was the 31st of December, finally! We spent the whole day sightseeing yet again, but we returned to the hotel earlier this time, because apparently our hotel has the greatest cigar bar ever.

P1000663The NEW YORK cafe. In the old days, this was a place philosophers, famous writers and known politicians met. Full of expectations we went downstairs to the bar, looking forward to smoking a smooth cigar and drink a cucumber Hendrickx gin tonic. And here came the first disappointment in Budapest: “NO SMOKING!” The new smoking policy clearly destroyed what we had imagined would be the perfect aperitif. We then resolved to install a smoking area in our room, which was not bad at all!


For dinner, we went to a restaurant called SPOON (situated on a boat). They offered special menus for New Year, but I wouldn’t recommend it. As so often, it was way too

expensive for what it was. A clear tourist trap I would say. However, this did not keep us from celebrating. The streets of Budapest were absolutely crowded. People, old and young, were dancing in the streets to music P1000664(no idea where it came from!) Such a great atmosphere! To finish our lovely evening, we went to the Buddah Bar. Yes, I know it’s French and not Hungarian – but the F

rench just know how to party! Such a great place! I advise everybody that travels to Budapest to go the Buddah Bar Hotel just to take a look.


The last day we went back to the Váci street (váci utca). It is one of the main pedestrian areas and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest (Buddah Bar Hotel is also located there, as well as some other nice restaurants and famous shops).

And then time had come to go back to Luxembourg.

Little side note: Be careful if you fly with WIZZAIR. The limit of hand luggage is ridiculously low!

Posted in Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

”The Master”, a masterpiece

Today I went to see The Master a movie made by the well-known director Paul Thomas Anderson (There will be blood) I’ve been busy the last few weeks but fortunately exams are over and I can sacrifice a little time for my blog.

click on the words for futher investigations

First of all I want to give tribute to the Parisian cinema ”L’Arlequin”. It is the only cinema in Paris that shows the movie in 65mm which is the historical format of all widely acclaimed films, from Kubrick to David Lean. The quality is by far more remarkable than the current numerical technology. The 65mm technique reflects such an authenticity especially for this film, that takes place in the 1950ies.

No less than Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been cast for this ambitious drama.

Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, a WWII veteran who suffered a nervous breakdown. And trust me, the casting directors couldn’t have made a better choice, considering Phoenix’s strong performance! Freddie had expected a life without anxiety and confusion. Regrettably, he couldn’t recover from the ungraspable darkness he experienced during the war.

It is an American postwar drama, which combines sadness, craziness, mystery, and brilliance. Anderson tells a deeply touching story about human beings living in an atmosphere of spiritual dreams in the 50ies. Anyway, there seems a way out of Freddies misery at the moment he meets Lancaster Dodd, leader of a mouvement/cult called ‘‘The Cause’‘. All of a sudden Quell seems to find hope.

Lancaster Dodd, alias “The Master” is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. His character believes in curing physical and psychological diseases by doing . In order to achieve this, he performs confrontational questionings and applies treatments similar to hypnosis, as well as electro-convulsive shock therapy.

What made me watch this movie primarily, was the seemingly weird title. “The Master” doesn’t drop any real hints at what the movie might be about. After ”There Will Be Blood,” which received 5 Oscar nominations, expectations for Anderson’s new film were pretty high (mine aswell!!)
It’s about regaining the existence including a strange relationship between two lost men. A love story between a Master and his fragile pupil.

What kept my attention was also the music during the motion picture. Jonny Greenwod, the composer and guitarist of Radiohead, is given credit to in ”The Master”. A fantastique complement between images and musique inspired by the music of Otto Luening (pioneer of electronic music in the 50ies).

Personally I was overwhelmed by the actors’ performances and how this post-war subject was treated. Both, Freddie and The Master want to communicate forever, sharing their weaknesses as well ass their strengths. The fim doesn’t contain any brutality or violence. It is this kind of movie that I miss so often.

My suggestion : run to the cinema!!


Posted in Cult, Film, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All good things come to an end: Eternal Tango

On December 22nd, Eternal Tango, recently disbanded, played their final gig at “den Atelier”, a live music club in Luxembourg. Eternal Tango is one of the very few Luxembourgish bands having gained both a national celebrity status, while also being famous internationally. Founded in 2002, Eternal Tango, with David Moreira on vocals, Pit Romersa on drums, and David Schmit, Joe Koener and Tom Gatti on guitar and vocals won contests, such as the Battle of Bands (2006, 2007), the Printemps des Bourges (2006) and was nominated four times at the 2007 Elie Music Awards (winning 2 categories).



For all these reasons, this last gig was an event that I simply could not miss out on. Looking forward to the shows for days already, my friends (Lisa, Fanny, Julia and Sophie) and I could barely hide our excitement. The concert was sold out (a premiere for a Luxembourgish band on Luxembourgish soil) and the night promised to be great and the boys certainly didn’t disappoint. The atmosphere at the club was incredible! My friend Fanny cried and danced all throughout the show (little explanatory side note: Fanny’s boyfriend Pit is the drummer of the band, which might explain her pride and excitement, but also her sadness).


After the concert, the show continued at “Soulkitchen” (a stylish bar/lounge just next to “den Atelier). With Luxembourgish “Mettwuerscht” and drinks, the party continued until the early morning hours.

I definitely had an awesome time and I wish the members of the band all the best for the future.

DAVID SCHMIT | guitars + backing vox
JOE KOENER | guitars + backing vox
TOM GATTI | bass + backing vox

Posted in Art, Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment



On sunday, I went to the Rankin exhibition at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.


I visited my brother who is studying in this beautiful city. The Rankin exhibit is a truly unique show. He is one of the worlds most famous fashion and celebrity photographer. At the NRW Forum, one goes through a fantastique world of portraits and experimental pictures. Some images are shocking, some are exotic, some are touching, most of them are strange. The exposition shows his most prestigious photos. Provocative, sensual, intimate. The artist also worked together with some other professionals like Damien Hirst (a famous creator appreciated for his extremely shocking exhibitions)

IMG_3902Beside the portraitures, there are additionally some influential new Cult-pictures.

Rankin started at the age of 21 focusing on picture-taking. He studied economics before his interests in photography became the centre of his life.

Rankin, together with his school friend Jefferson Hack, is the inventor of the famous magazine Dazed&Confused.Their magazine grows to one of the most powerful publication in the 90es and turned into the reference for every photographer and every fashion designer until today.

Rankin creates, besides his photos, documentations, films, music clips and magazines. A new probably known magazine is called HUNGER

He also composed a lot of commercials: Coca cola, Levis, Hugo boss, Vogue and many more.

For the jubilee of the Queen Elizabeth II, the royal house picked no other than Rankin to do her majesties portrait.


MY personal view of the exhibition

His portraits left a massive impact on me. The details and expressions of the models are hilarious. One can find each star inclusive the Queen. The other, more imaginary part,is not everyone’s cup of tea!

Posted in Art, Cult, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Killing them Softly

Killing them softly is a cruel but truly unusual gangster drama directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the 1974 story Cogan’s Trade by George V. The motion picture premiered in contest for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Dominiks technics to put forward the violent scenes is extremely realistic. I even had difficulties to watch them. One feels every punch, every broken jaw, every broken nose and every lost tooth. He uses extreme slow-motion and supremely particular music. During the entire Film one can watch those terrible long scenes, prolonged discussions between two men.There are several long depressive monologues about how fucked up life is. At the beginning, one thinks that the scenes do not make any sense, but then they stay in your mind just for hours.

The movie is not comparable to any other gangster movie (there is probably a bit of Tarantino in it, but in a very small dose). It has nothing to do with Goodfellas or Godfather. It is not just any traditional gangster film. There is a lot of smart dark humor which makes the film a bit less serious. An interesting and even important subject in the motion picture, is the financial crisis from 2008 and the problems in the American society. During the whole movie one can hear speeches from Barack Obama or George Bush. At the end, the whole American system is criticized.

The gangsters are ordinary people, just like thousands of us:

Jackie Cogan is a cold opportunist looking out for number one. Frankie is a fidgety chancer down on his luck. Russell is a junkie always cooking up harebrained schemes. Mickey is a depressed alcoholic with a penchant for prostitutes.

The film contains a terrific cast:

Brad Pitt once more shows what a talented actor he is. He is ”the man’‘ himself. Probably one of the few legendary actors comparable to Brando, Dean or Newman. The other actors: Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta are excellent.

The biggest impression left in my mind is the music in the film. Dominik chose the music ultra carefully. From the beginning on (even the trailer) the music fits perfectly to every scene and makes it sometimes strange to watch. It releases a truly special feeling. A film to watch!

Below you can see the full Killing Them Softly soundtrack listing:

01. Moon Dance – Carl Stone

02. The Man Comes Around – James Wilsey

03. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries- Jack Hylton & His Orchestra

04. Heroin – The Velvet Underground

05. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams – Nico

06. Love Letters – Kitty Lester

07. I Think This Town is Nervous – The Wreckery

08. It’s Only a Paper Moon – Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards

09. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

10. The Feeling In My Nuts – Marc Streitenfeld

Posted in Cult, Film, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment