Monday, December 30, 2013

Ett Kort Uppehåll - Göran Rosenberg

Rosenberg is one of Sweden's foremost journalists, so that the research on his father's past is so extensive and thorough comes as no surprise.

What I had not anticipated, however, was his literary ambitions. Much as I do encourage journalists to use a more flourishing and inspired style, though, I didn't think Rosenberg's talent quite lived up to his ambitions. But kudos for trying!

The subject matter is engaging; Rosenberg senior survived Auschwitz and started a new life in Sweden after the holocaust. Not enough has been said, to my mind, about the survivors' first post-war years, which were rendered so much harder by the fact that nobody really wanted to hear about what had happened to them. Indeed, David Rosenberg's past finally caught up with him.

This was gripping and well-researched although the writing was irritating.



Friday, December 27, 2013

The Clash - Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon

This may not be a journalistic masterpiece of research and analysis, but I for one found it extremely refreshing to read first-hand accounts of musicians who actually appear to have their brains intact. No harping on about drugs and girlfriends, no whiny Bill Wyman-figure spewing bitterness : Everyone seems fairly content with their brilliant and brilliantly short career with the Clash, notwithstanding a few regrets which they appear to have all but accepted.

The fact of the matter is that reading this made me want to delve deeper into their work, and that feels like a positive outcome from a book about music.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Beyonce & the F-word

I have not yet had the opportunity to listen to her latest album, nor do I much appreciate her music in general.
BUT - a female American artist who actually proclaims herself to be a feminist!
I am going to have to give her album a shot, out of pure decency! Re-spect!

(For the record, I'll remind you that for instance Lady Gaga, despite her fierce appearances, refuses to call herself one, because she "love(s) men" - whatever that has to do with anything??

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Karl-Bertil Jonssons Julafton - P. Åhlin 1975

A Robin-Hoodesque Christmas tale, severely influenced by its birth date, created of one of Sweden's greatest wordsmiths ever, this TV short tells the tale of a young boy who takes it on himself to hand out post parcels among the Stockholm underworld.

It might be necessary to have grown up with this to fully appreciate it, but I don't think so. Karl-Bertil's angelic kindness is irresistible.


(And yes, this was the last Christmas film for this year. I promise.)

Merry Xmas!




Monday, December 23, 2013

Arthur Christmas - Smith & Cook 2011

1) This is from Aardman studios. They make 'Shaun the sheep' and 'Wallace & Gromit'.
2) A pitch about high-tech Santa's stumbling and neurotic black-sheep son is near-infallible.

As a result, there is no way, I believe, not to enjoy this, particularly when shown at the right season and all!

(Actually, there might in fact be a way. Our kids all deserted the ship, strangely. My husband and I had a good time, though.)

 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - R. Howard 2000

Dr Seuss's children's classic has, it seems to me, travelled fairly little outside the American borders (as opposed to, say, Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House'-series which I did my very best to learn by heart as a young girl in my native Sweden). 

I, for one, have never read 'The Grinch', and as Christmas in Whoville appears to carry a distinctly Disneyesque stamp, which both I and my kids have outgrown, I don't think I will, either. 
Just like my kids, I definitely prefer Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas'.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tremé, season 4

Although I can certainly see why 'Tremé' has had a hard time finding an audience, this is still brilliant TV! 

No murders, no adultery, no snappy one-liners, no gorgeous (nor even famous) actors to be found, but a clever, well-wrought plotline and believable characters.

This tiny epilogue of five episodes is to be the last season, which is simultaneously a pity and of course exemplary as it means there will be no slow decline of the show.

It took a couple of episodes for 'Tremé' to find its rhythm and balance at first (the first three episodes were pretty much incomprehensible) but just like New Orleans itself, its fictive inhabitants have picked themselves up and got their show back on the road.

I'll miss it.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Will I Am, at Bercy

I can't really say what I had expected from Will I Am's first solo tour, but for some reason I was rather taken aback by what we got. However, in artistry, 'surprised' almost automatically equals 'good'!

The show was extremely visually elaborate and the star himself turned out multi-talented : He sang, danced, rapped, mixed other people's music, conversed the audience and even tap-danced.

Perhaps because of my status ad middle aged, I also had not anticipated that an all-electronic show - not a guitar in sight! - could seem to spontaneous.

As a bonus, Will proved to share my tastes in music, having Stromaé perform 'Alors On Dance' and 'Papaouté' to a frenzied crowd. 



Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Sopranos, season 1

I distinctly remember watching this a number of years ago, and soon losing interest as I felt the mob-business took the upper hand on wise guy Tony's psychotherapy.

I can't tell yet whether I'll see the first season through this time, but however that goes, the pilote episode is just excellent. Dr Melfi nodding away, Tony's anxiety attacks and reluctant counselling, the strip club, the Italian family... and the ducks! Genius!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tous Les Mêmes - Stromaé




Although this young Belgian's previous dance tunes have been of various caliber, to my mind, this one is particularly brilliant! 

I am unsure as to whether it has something to do with the north European landscape, but I find no small amount of Jacques Brel-ish dramatic spleen in Stromaé's lyrics.

Poetic, socially engaged, rhythmic and witty, as well!

What's not to like?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

As a playwright, Shakespeare penned tragedies, historical plays and comedies. Some of the latter are sometimes termed romances, due to their ambiguities in content. For instance, the play ends happily though doubts and ambivalence remain.

I always tend to find the romances the most interesting, precisely for these reasons, although admittedly, they often require more than a little of Coleridge's "willing suspension of disbelief". (In 'Twelfth Night', a cross-dressing girl is taken by everyone to be a boy; in 'A Winter's Tale', a long-vanished woman reappears as a statue... )

'The Tempest' is no exception to the rule; the equivocal character of Prospero's personality is largely what adds dept to the play.

Furthermore, Stephen Orgel, the editor, writes excellent and informative introductions. 
Skip this one at your own risk.





Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Hobbit, part 2 - P. Jackson

In no way a knowledgeable Tolkienologist, I am - despite having read the book - wholly unable to tell you whether Jackson has stuck to the original text or gone bananas with inspiration. Judging from his earlier work, I'd guess the former.

What I can tell you, however, is that the film is a colourful, entertaining feast for the eye, well-suited for a bleak winter's afternoon.

Regarding the New Zealand scenery, I'm still not sure exactly how I will spend my time there, apart from flying around in a helicopter, admiring, (problem; the mere thought of climbing into a chopper makes me shit my pants) but I am now ready to emigrate!

For faithful readers now wondering how the above opinion suits my views on adapting novels, I would like to point out that Tolkien's greatness lies mainly in the action rather than in the text. That is why his books adapt so well to the screen.

 

Beginners - M. Mills 2010

Challenged by a friend to establish a top-five list of hot males last summer, I was so short on names it was positively embarrassing. Once the pressure dropped, fortunately, faces started popping up.
So, Maria, if you read this : Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joseph Gordon Levitt, James Franco and Ewan Mc Gregor. 
(None of these can compare to any of my previous celeb crushes - Prince and Johnny Depp - but then I do get older.) (Though my crushes don't!!)

However, reducing 'Beginners' to McGregor's good looks would be a pity!
His character's grief for his gay and gone father is heart-rending, yet the staging is playful and innovative, Mc Gregor for instance regularly addressing his father's dog, who responds in subtitles. 

 A top-notch trifle.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lucia, Swedish Church in Paris

Leave it to the Swedish expats to uphold traditions with near-military rigor. 
If in doubt, please consider that the Swedish Church in Paris gives the annual Lucia concert no less than eight times in a mere couple of days.

Admittedly, it is a rather solemn and awe-inspiring moment, and the choir is first-class.
There is also mulled wine to be bought afterwards.


Picture borrowed from www.scandelights.com . (Lucia in London!) Thanks!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Phil Spector - D. Mamet 2013

I'll admit that the idea of Spector's innocence in the death of the girl at his house had never seriously crossed my mind. A brave stand to take on David Mamet's side, therefore!

Very cleverly - but then, Mamet usually knows his stuff..! - he also focuses on the relationship between Spector and his defense lawyer, rather than on the dead girl or the actual trial.

However brilliant a producer Spector was, he has never given the impression of being anything but a full-fledged shithead, so it is hard to side with him, which actually is in the best interest of the film! 

Excellent actors, obviously. 

Sadly, I found it a bit boring...

As for Spector, I am still pretty much convinced he did it. Celebs have a way of getting off the hook in the US, no matter how bad they look, so for Spector to have been actually convicted, I'd say the evidence must have been rather overwhelming.

 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mr Selfridge, season 1

Heavily inspired by 'Downton Abbey' - the period costumes, various social classes with their distinctive accents, the modernity of the early 20th century etc. - 'Mr Selfridge' nevertheless lacks the fundamental likeability of its predecessor. (And yes, I made that word up. But you get my drift.)

At Selfridge's, most of the staff seems morally devious and has no qualms about exploiting more naive co-workers. This profiteering is made even easier by the fact that telling the two character types apart is a mere child's play. 
The moral depth of these people is nil. It all comes out a bit flat.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mitt Positiva Liv - Andreas Lundstedt

Lundstedt is a Swedish popstar who achieved international success with 'Crying at the discothèque' a decade ago. By then he had already contracted HIV but kept it secret until 2007.

There is, therefore, material for something more than a celebrity-bio and indeed, his diagnosis - or more particularly his way of (not) dealing with it - represents the main interest of this book.

I guess the hyper-sentimental narrative style comes from Lundstedt himself, yet I tend to think his co-writer should have reined in on the hyperboles. (But then, what to expect from someone who is basically a fashion journalist? Sorry, Blankens, but please stick to fashion in the future. You are good at that.)

However much spice a drama queen will add to everyday life, I don't want it in writing!

 



Monday, December 9, 2013

School of Rock - R. Linklater 200

Predictable and conventional to a point where even my film buff 9-year-old thought it was too much.

Interesting observation, though : Why is it that - even in a lot more realistic films than this one - music on film always looks so astonishingly effortless? 

 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Very She & Him Christmas - She & Him

Quirky and facetious Christmas music. While the choice of melodies is conventional (but then, with 'Baby It's Cold Outside', how could you go wrong?) Deschanel's rather weak voice actually upgrades the classics to something a lot more up to date.

The one problem I have with this, is that I definitely prefer more bombastic versions; Barry Manilow, Motown and the likes.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Bechdel Test

 Once and for all :

The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. 

The test is named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. In 1985, she had a character in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For voice the idea, which she attributed to a friend, Liz Wallace. The test  is also known as the Bechdel/Wallace test, the Bechdel rule, Bechdel's law, or the Mo Movie Measure.

stolen from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test
also check out Bechel's own website www.dykestowatchoutfor.com


 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ted - S. MacFarlane 2012



In hindsight, I cannot fathom exactly what it was that made me believe I would enjoy this. Reviews, probably.

As it is, it turned out the dirty-teddybear idea was far from sufficient to compensate for the oppressive use of stereotypes in what ultimately boiled down to yet another weary (and wearying!) coming-of-age story. 

The Bechdel-test feels impossible to even allude to in a post about 'Ted'. Women in this film are girlfriends, period.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gremlins - J. Dante 1984

The lady at the Cinémathèque summed it up nicely when introducing the film last Sunday : It is a blend of producer Steven Spielberg's wholesome family fun and director Joe Dante's gore noir. Writer Chris Columbus's teen-movie touch is also clearly detectable.

My 9-year-olds were thrilled and terrified, but several younger kids were way more terrified than anything else and had to leave the theatre. 
(Frankly, Cinémathèque française, "cycle jeunesse"? Really?)

I personally found it predictable and booooring.




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Eye Has To Travel - Vreeland & Perlmutt 2011

Diana Vreeland was fashion editor at 'Harper's Bazaar' and editor-in-chief at 'Vogue' before going on to exhibit costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is difficult, with this kind of charismatic and energetic person to dissociate her persona from the documentary itself. Is the film interesting because she actually met Hitler, Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson, or is it because the film-makers knew what they were doing?

Whatever the reason, the film was interesting!
It was also more than just an interview-based documentary; namely a document over the several eras Vreeland lived to see, starting with Belle Epoque Paris. Well worth seeing!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Good Wife, season 4

As far as TV-shows-clearly-targeting-a-female-audience go, 'The Good Wife' is a sort of antithesis to 'Desperate Housewives' where virtually all the characters were boneheads.

These Chicago lawyers all kick ass all the time, which is strangely empowering to watch. The moral complexity of some of the cases they defend obviously adds interest. 

Still, the plot is losing momentum, there is no denying it. 
All TV-series eventually come to a point where everyone has already slept with everyone at least once, and the scriptwriters just don't really know what to do with their characters any more. (For a very clear illustration, check out the final season of 'Friends'.) 
'The Good Wife' isn't there yet, but it's clear where we're heading.

Which is a pity, as there IS something special about courtroom dramas! I can't tell you how many times a day I feel like pounding my gavel and growl "Silence! Or I'll have you in contempt of court!"


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Crazy Stupid Love - Ficarra & Requa 2011

... So it is still possible, then, to have romantic comedies be funny and romantic (rather than just tired and repetitive, I am looking at you, Hanks.)! 

This, too, suffers from all the conventions of the genre, which doesn't prevent it from also being quirky and cute. What else do you want from a romcom?!

 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Larry Crowne - T. Hanks 2011

A very forgettable romcom, indeed. My mind kept straying toward more material things such as :

- WHAT has Tom Hanks done to his face? It's him and it isn't, yet it doesn't look like fillers.

- Does macrobiotic, organic, ecological raw-food contain zero calories, or why is Julia Roberts thin as a straw?


Friday, November 29, 2013

Bound, 2 and 3 - Kanye West


Stereotype gender roles, anyone? (I think I want to marry James Franco.)




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Doctor Who

Let me warn you beforehand this is going to be a very unfair review, since I have only seen a shamefully limited number of episodes, and I am not exactly spot-on the target audience age group.

Judging from what I have viewed, though, I find 'Doctor Who' kitschy, witty and a general laugh! 

It is refreshing with a children's show that does not treat its public as a group of dimwits.
 It is also a pity my own children are apparently too dimwitted to appreciate 'Doctor Who'.



Anna Karenina - J. Wright, 2012

True to his ways, Wright places his gem, Keira Knightley, in a gorgeous setting; pre-revolutionary Russia is as dazzling as a painting by Dicksee, and Knightley is bewitchingly beautiful.

Perhaps it's all a bit overwrought, though? The saga somehow dissolves into the framework, and it feels soul-less, in the end. 

My views on adapting literature (once and for all; in their very own post below!) are put slightly to a fault here, since the Russians are not at all my cup of tea and I must confess I am not even certain of having ever read Tolstoy's novel. 

Frank Bernard Dicksee, 'Romeo and Juliet' 1884


 

Adapting Literature On Film

In the words of American poet Ezra Pound, "Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree."

Incontestably, then, plot is subordinate to style. In literature, that is!
In cinema, I reckon the opposite is true.

To adapting literary masterpieces on film, therefore, I can come up with only one reason, namely to sell heaps of tickets to people who for some strange reason prefer to see films showing characters they are already familiar with. 

Otherwise : What Is The Point??



Monday, November 25, 2013

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Yet another coming-of-age story may not at first hand appear to be precisely what the world needed. As Tartt seems to have made them her stock-in-trade, however, the answer finally turns out to be 'yes'.

There is nothing conspicuous about her style, either way, but the story is positively riveting. 
Its resemblances with Dickens 'Great Expectations' are notable, yet instead of weakening the book, they serve to enhance it.

One drawback, however : The elephant size of the hardback copy makes it near-impossible to carry around. = It took me forever to finish it!
On the other hand, once I did have the opportunity to sit down to read, every page felt like Christmas!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Masters of Sex

Setting-wise, this brand new show is successfully surfing on the aesthetics created by 'Mad Men' - dashing 1950s fashion and stiff gender roles.

The plotline - true-life authors of the groundbreaking Masters & Johnson-report on human sexuality - allows for both TV-nudity (breasts, no dicks) and detached, scientific verbalization of the issue. 

High-reaching, this series also broaches a wider range of subjects (infertility, homosexuality, parent-children relationships, female emancipation...) and does so with skill and sensibility.

An extra plus for the gorgeous opening credits!



Friday, November 22, 2013

One-hour Hamlet, Théâtre de l'Agora (Evry)

Boiling down diffident Hamlet from three hours into one is not necessarily a bad idea - especially as a large part of the text remained unchanged in this version.

Have the main protagonist played by a girl was equally interesting, and gave us an inkling of what truly Elizabethan theatre was like, with its all-male casts.

The stageing was dynamic and contemporary. I tend to enjoy modernized Shakespeare, as I can't help feeling he would have, too. 

(You can feel the 'but' coming, can't you? Here it is : )

All that was fine and dandy enough, yet I found it very troublesome to get past the performers' heavy French accents.
As an English-teacher in France, I consider myself well-acquainted both with the French accent and with Elizabethan English - and still, understanding the players was burdensome. I dare hardly think of how tough it must have been for my students..!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monkeys in Bercy - Shaka Ponk

Should you not yet have taken my enlightened advice and tuned in to Shaka Ponk's energizing rock, this would seem a brilliant opportunity!

A live-album making me deeply regret having missed them at Bercy.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Jade Emperor, Stars of the Beijing Circus

Never been much for circus, but when there is no display of overly tamed animals it is actually acceptable. This, furthermore, was not too long and the circus was not overheated.

That the artists were top-notch goes without saying.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Palais de la Découverte, Paris 8th arrdt

Envision a playful, modern, hands-on science museum for children in bright state-of-the-art surroundings.
Then, picture the exact opposite and you have a fair idea of where I took my 9-year-old yesterday.

The planetarium was OK, that is the best I can say about this place. 
If you have a Sunday to spare and nothing to do, then sure, why not go? It's better than watching TV.
If, however, your time in Paris is limited, then take your bambini to La Villette, instead.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Artpop - Lady Gaga

Because Gaga is going out of her way to be a trailblazer while her principal talents lie more in PR than in music, listening to her is always a bit of a letdown.

Not that there is at all anything at all wrong with her music - far from it; clearly her musical skills are largely superior to, say, Madonna's - but she is no Prince (not many are, admittedly) and the soundtrack is way less cutting edge than the imagery accompanying it. 

Nothing innovative; basically, she is plodding along her chosen path, pushing it a bit further with every album, but not making any major changes. Great dance- and running-music, though!

 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Louie, season 3

I must apologize for being so tedious about this, but OCS has been broadcasting two episodes a day of this highly addictive show for ages, now! Clever humour in an intelligent formula (20 minutes definitely constituting the ultimate sitcom length!) - This is just irresistible!

Of course, there is a drawback : I am running late on all my other TV-shows, have a hard time finding time to read; magazines are piling up, and it's all Louie's fault.

Somewhere I read that TV-shows are not supposed to be like homework, but I don't know... Easier said than done.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam


Basic, post-grunge rock music. 
Very, very basic. 
Can't seem to find much to say about it, really. OK running-music.

Can't help wondering : Is this what Nirvana would have sounded like??

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top of the Lake

After Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' I was hell bent on emigrating to New Zealand and spend my time admiring landscapes. For some reason, it never really came to, and judging from the eccentricity of the characters in 'Top of the Lake', that was perhaps all for the best.

Just like it was inconceivable to not compare the early Lady Gaga to Madonna, there is no way I can talk about 'Top of the Lake' without acknowledging everything it owes to 'Twin Peaks'. 

The crime is the same (innocence reviled, how original...), the fascinating setting occupies a large place and the characters are almost as eerie.

I reckon the differences are due to a) time having passed, and b) Campion being somewhat more down to earth than Lynch. (I guess everyone is?)

Brilliant TV, therefore!



Monday, November 11, 2013

Oprah Magazine

How brilliant is this?!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Notwithstanding the magic, the camaraderie and the Weasley twins, what I enjoyed the most about the Harry Potter-books was the relish I felt Rowling took in telling her story.
Sadly absent from 'The Casual Vacancy', it is conspicuous here. (Galbraith is Rowling writing under a pen name.)

This is a classic, old-fashioned whodunit inhabited by particularly endearing main characters. It is nicely non-violent (think Agatha Christie) and London is so present it almost constitutes a character on its own.

A pleasant read, I dare say. (Pronounce in RP)


Prism - Katy Perry

I guess if it's cerebral music you are after, you will perhaps not be searching right at the top of all the charts, anyway?

This very much resembles her previous album, at least to my inexpert ears. 
This one is slicker and less rowdy, but it remains unoffensive, melodious pop-music that will stick with you for weeks after listening.



Saturday, November 9, 2013

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy, 2010

I was a major Banksy-fan even before I first discovered this film, and seeing it again the other night, I can only re-emphasize how much you need to see it, if you haven't. 

Under the pretext of documenting the career of faux street artist Thierry Guetta, Banksy first takes us on a guided tour of today's street art ("the biggest countercultural movement since punk") and then debunks the establishment of modern art. Ensuring you have fun all the while. 


For my views on mockumentaries in general :  
http://ingelaonstuff.blogspot.fr/2012/07/im-still-here-c-affleck-2010.html


Friday, November 8, 2013

Corpse Bride - T. Burton and M. Johnson 2005


Johnny Depp and I go way back. He was my not so secret celebrity crush for decades, until only recently when I realized he does nothing but Disney pirate films any more, and then he walked out on Vanessa Paradis. (To shack up with a 20 year old blonde! How pathetic was that??!)

Anyhow (I seem to be digressing?) to put it short : Depp is attractive, even in puppet-form. And yet! Two brides battling over a dithering groom, albeit Depp, makes for a very thin plotline.

The imagery is elegant, as usual, but the film possesses nothing of the magic of 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' (or 'Coraline' - so I presume Henry Selick is the mystery ingredient?).

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasi

To have read several laudatory reviews and then still be this agreeably surprised by the book must say something about the distinction of Selasi's writing.

Her diction is Toni Morrison-esque, in a way : Dense, poetic; scholarly yet unconstrained. Sheer reading pleasure.

The subject matter only enhances the thrill; intellectual, well-educated Africans are singularly under-represented in Western fiction, and the plotline about a family maneuvering between two continents serves as a reminder that family-stories do not necessarily have to smack of soap opera. 

In short, much as I do enjoy going against the current, there is no denying that everyone was right about this book. Absolutely ingenious.



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lilyhammer, season 1


The first episode was auspicious! Classic fish-out-of-the-bowl comedy, admittedly, but still! 
Van Zandt as the New York wiseguy expatriated to tiny Lillehammer in tiny Norway - in bleak midwinter, of course, for good measure - was huge fun.

After the first couple of episodes, however, it all turned Sopranos-goes-to-Norway, which, admittedly again, is not the worst of references but still did not quite measure up, in my opinion. 
Or perhaps it was just not my cup of tea.

Co-produced by Lasse Hallström and Van Zandt.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Skip the Use, Casino de Paris


A concentrate of white-hot energy! Absolutely brilliant!


 http://ingelaonstuff.blogspot.fr/2012/07/skip-use.html



Monday, November 4, 2013

Louie, season 2



Still the same overpowering brew of basic truisms, swear words, talk about feces and body fluids, occasional gutwrenchingly embarrassing behaviour, self-deprecating humour and New York, the way it actually looks when you see it for real (as opposed to the New York you typically see on film and TV).

All this in the savoury, easily digested format of twenty-minute episodes, very similar to cashews (once you start, you can't stop).

Euro-Punk exhibition, Cité de la Musique


The subject matter is unprecedented, as far as I know, and the amount of documents on display is remarkable; concert videos of more or less illustrious bands, 1970s newsflashes starring brown-clad news-anchors with giant sideburns, fanzines, record covers, posters plus a recording studio with a musician to assist your version of 'Anarchy in the UK' and a hand-operated device allowing you to design and print your own punk-badge.

In all, an inspiring and penetrating exhibit, though perhaps not as arresting as it could have been. (I would have added mannequins, clothes, and more hands-on paraphernalia...)