How did Rob come up with the name “Spunk”? Not exactly a name you come up with out of thin air… Around the time of Twilight promo, he also was recommending a book called “Money” by Martin Amis…
“Money” (1984) is a profane, manic, bitingly amusing little tome about a London TV commercial director, John Self, who is trying to make his first feature film in New York City. He is considering casting an actor from the Bronx named Spunk Davis(!). Spunk is a secondary character, but an interesting one. At the beginning of the story, Spunk has idealism, raw talent, and one movie at the editing stage. He develops internal conflicts and corruptions as he is sucked further into the movie business.
First, Self talks to him about changing his name.
Now I had to remember that this was a complicated young guy. He didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He didn’t sniff. He didn’t eat. He didn’t gamble. He didn’t swear. He didn’t screw. He didn’t even do handjobs…
I looked into his clenched face and said, “Spunk? It’s about your name…The thing is,” I said, “in England it means something else.”
“Sure. It means grit, pluck, courage.”
“True. But it also means something else.”
“Sure. It means fight. Guts. Balls.”
True. But it also means something else.”
I told him. He was devastated.
Another section I particularly like is when Spunk voices his helplessness and frustration with his job and with life.
“It’s like my name. It’s — no matter what I do, what I earn, what I act, I’ll always be the asshole. I’ll always be the guy in the joke.”
“Kid, we all are. It’s the twentieth-century feeling. We’re the jokes. You just got to live it, Spunk. You just got to live the joke.”
Spunk’s personal life goes downhill from there. He gets sucked into a relationship with a young druggie actress that is pregnant with a baby that may or may not be his. He decides they will get married. Self suggests,
“Look, Spunk, why don’t you just f—- her a lot for a while and forget this whole marriage bit.”
“You don’t understand,” he said. “She’s teaching me how to live.”
There was no question of that… By his standards he seemed debauched to the point of imbecility… Give the guy a month more of this…and he’d look as whacked and wasted as I could possibly wish.
I suspect that Rob may have, consciously or unconsciously, identified with the character in the book he had just read, not at the end of Spunk’s journey but as Spunk starts out after his first major role. (He’s claimed that he wanted to play the older John Self role in about 20 years, but I wonder about that. It may just be he’s playing with us as usual.) I think it demonstrates a level of self-awareness of his situation at the time and its potential pitfalls. And, in retrospect, it makes me extremely thankful that instead of clinging perilously to a knocked-up cokehead, he sought out a beautiful, level-headed young actress with wisdom, truth, and love beyond her years.
Note added 2/13/12: Reports are that Rob has developed a script for Money… so this post seems relevant to retrieve… :)
This movie revolves around Frank played by Johnny Depp, that takes a trip to Italy to try and mend his broken heart. He crosses paths with a woman by the name of Elise that is played by Angelina Jolie. This movie is remake of the 2005 french film Anthony Zimmer.
This movie is all sorts of wrong. Whoever thought paring up Jolie & Depp should be taken out back and beaten like a dirty rug.This movie was border line snooze fest to just when the hell is this movie going to be over with already. The scenery is beautiful and breath taking at that, but that honestly is the only thing this movie has going for it. The chemistry between Jolie & Depp is non existent. I had trouble even getting into this movie or even believing the story line. Again, Jolie with the freakin accent!!!! I mean really did they not see Alexander?! I mean by now they should know the woman can not do a freakin accent already. It’s like the puppy that your trying to potty train. You keep giving him chance, after chance, after chance and still you leave him out the crate HOPING he will not take a piss on the floor BUT what does he do? he takes a piss on the floor. I give this movie a pat on the head for effort but honestly the pairing of this movie was all wrong and i give it a 1 out of 5 just for the beautiful scenery. If you want to watch this movie I say wait for redbox. Hey its just $1.07 you will have to waste versus the $10 you pay at the theater.
Another movie review, this one of The Tourist. Just LOL, @NerdyBells… I was actually reluctant to see Black Swan and considering seeing this one, but I think I’ll reverse that plan!
The Black Swan
This movie is just all sorts of awesome. The movie stars Natalie Portman as Nina and Mila Kunis as Lily. This movie centers around a sheltered ballerina by the name of Nina Sayers who’s only objective is to be perfection. She finally has received her chance at stardom when the director Thomas Leroy ask her to play the white swan in Swan Lake. Nina jumps at this chance because like Thomas has stated to her “if we would only be featuring the white swan you would be perfection” but she also has to play the black swan. Nina has trouble letting loose and actually touching the dark side that the black swan embodies. However, Lily is a free spirit dancer that has no limits or boundaries and in herself is the black swan that Thomas would like Nina to become. This is the first movie i decided not to have a pen and pad but just wanted to get lost in the movie itself. I wanted to just loose myself in the darkness that is the black swan and i did just that. This movie shows the dark side of the dance world and me being a former dancer loved they showed this side. It had sexuality, obsession, compulsions, fractured identity, and does so in a visually captivating and brutally honest manner that mischievously dances between the real and the surreal. Did i mention Nina is fucking crazy?! Yea she is bat shit off the wall nuts. Natalie Portman did an amazing job in this movie the choreography was amazing as was the whole story line. She embodied this character and without her the movie would not have done so well. At the end you see Nina become the black swan and to me that deserved a standing ovation because she honestly had me freaked out for a second. Let me explain I was actually a ballerina when i was a kid till i was about 14. I saw some things that yea.. lets just say black swan nailed it with the bat shit crazy ballerinas that are out there. Well not only ballerinas but you get my point. To see Nina transform from the white swan into the black swan is mesmerizing. If you have the pleasure of seeing this movie please do. Yes it is a couples movie but not kid friendly so please get a sitter. I give this movie a 5 out of 5 and two slaps on the ass. This movie was just simply amazing and is actually a movie i am looking forward to seeing again as well as owning it.
Movie review of Black Swan by my buddy @NerdyBells! (I flove her rating scale.)
The Bees are a band from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight in the UK that have been around since 2001. They have four LPs to their credit, the last one being Every Step’s a Yes which was released on October 11, 2010. Their distinctly 1960s flavor of indie/psychedelia incorporates garage rock, country, reggae, and jazz. They are known in England for their 2002 Mercury Award nomination, having their music used in several British television commercials, and doing some inspired Rolling Stones covers for the Brian Jones biopic Stoned.
“For all of their seeming ’60s influences, the group comes off as startlingly contemporary, just willing to reach back to artists and styles they admire when it suits them and the music at hand.” - Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
Listen to: Listening Man, Chicken Payback, Wash In The Rain http://blip.fm/tiybor
Tiybor’s Verdict: I almost want to introduce their music to my folks or something! They have a bright and funky sound that would probably be loads of fun live, and I’d be lying if I said their Isle of Wight origins didn’t appeal to my Robsten tendencies… Four stars!
Sources: Allmusic, Wikipedia, MySpace
R/K - The Consequence: by Martybet. Great song, nice style!
Rob looks so happy in every frame of this video… because he IS happy whenever he is around Kristen. (And she looks happy too!) It’s hard to argue with happiness like that…wish some people would stop trying…
ytmonster4eva with That Was Us - Bella and Edward. I swear some of these gals are better at cutting film for maximum emotional impact than movie directors… Hollywood take note!
Asobi Seksu is a New York City band consisting of Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna, with other various folks helping out on bass and drums since their inception with the name Sportfuck in 2001. (Asobi Seksu roughly translates to “playful sex.”) Starting out as part of the “shoegaze” sound, they have evolved into the “dream pop” genre. They have released 4 albums since 2004, with the last being a tour-only CD, Rewolf. They plan to release a new album, Fluorescence, on February 15, 2011.
“Where once there were layered guitars, buried vocals, and tons of loud effects, now there are icy synths, precise arrangements, and upfront vocals….there’s only so long bands can stand to fool with distortion.” [Tim Sendra for allmusic.com]
Listen to: Me And Mary, Thursday, Trails http://blip.fm/tiybor
Tiybor’s Verdict: I like the underlying sound of this band, but I can’t get past the high-pitched Yoko-Ono-light vocal that obscures most of the lyrics, and therefore the emotion, for me. 3 stars for “might be better live.”
Sources: Wikipedia, MySpace, allmusic, Polyvinyl Records
The Station Sessions: com Lee MacDougall-Falling In Love For The Last Time
Nice video of Lee MacDougall for The Station Sessions…
Fiorels90x, previously Fiorels90, is reuploading her awesome videos…I must have missed this gem: R/K My hands will comfort you tonight. Stellar song choice with The Fray’s Say When! Happy Saturday!
Lovely, lovely, LOVELY! From ytmonster4eva, The Story of Edward & Bella from Twilight to New Moon. Just perfect editing with the perfect song - The Scientist by Coldplay. Lovely! (Did I say that?)
Watch: Laura Marling Tour Documentary
It’s been a breakthrough year for Laura Marling (touring the world in support of I Speak Because I Can, getting nominated for a Mercury Prize, recording with Jack White, traveling to India, et al.), and now comes the first victory lap: an 11-minute documentary, directed by Fred and Nick, with new interviews and footage from a few of said tours. The footage from India is particularly noteworthy as that trip led to her new 4-track EP with Mumford & Sons and the Dharohar Project, due out in the States next month. Also: Marling talks a bit about her next album.
11 minute Documentary on Laura Marling! Watch!
Alcoholic Faith Mission - Guilty Scared Eyes
Ever get the feeling that someone knows something that you don’t, possibly something that you’ll never figure out? For some reason that is how this song sits with me, especially coupled with the video. A video so low budget you or I, or even our mothers for that matter could have put it together, but the thing is it fits. It fits so well I would never want anything else. Guilty Scared Eyes is very intro heavy, it just keeps building and building and just when you think you’ll be granted a climax, it evens out, it soothes.
Long post is long. Sorry about that. These guys will be showing up at SXSW this year. No doubt it will be an incredible show.
Music video by SXSW 2011 artist Alcoholic Faith Mission…
Patty13Mai with another great Robsten fanvid, “Only You,” with LOTS of BTS hand-holding and sweetness! Happy Hump Day!!! *WINK*
NEW WTTR CLIP-2 WITH Kristen and James Gandolfini… #NSFW
ohh why is this movie not coming to my country?? >_<
NSFW Spoilerish WTTR Clip #2!!! Holy fishnet stockings!!!