Love is Blindness

Photo courtesy of Indiewire.com

Seeing the trailer (click on the link below) has me counting down the days for December when F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby comes back to the big screen. Fans of Baz Luhrmann are doubly-psyched.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know that Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton all star in the upcoming film. But what’s really got me going is the music choice for the trailer. Jack White’s cover of the U2 song, “Love is Blindness” is genius. If you’re lucky, it’s the type of song that sends you plummeting back into memories of the emotional firestorm that accompanied first love. For those of you that are robots never experienced an all-consuming chemical reaction with someone else, here are a few more films chosen for their lush style and accurate depiction of that cataclysmic dopamine overload we call desire.

“The Lover” (1992) Jean-Jacques Annaud

Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 Vietnam. The cinematography is lovely, the location lush, and the talent is gorgeous (Tony Leung and Jane March). Stylish and steamy.

“Kama Sutra” (1996) Mira Nair

Two childhood friends (one is a courtesan, the other a princess) grow up to become rivals. Exotic, excellent costuming, beautiful cinematography and solid acting talent. Spoiler alert: the caste system + true love = tragedy.

No video link here, too hot for the blogosphere, but just check out the star, Indira Varma, in costume. Now that’s a girl that can “werq” (Hey, Ru!) a pearl necklace.


Wuthering Heights” (2009)

Emily Bronte’s novel in its umpteenth film iteration. This one is superior for one reason: Um, Tom Hardy. As Heathcliff so, it’s a real bodice ripper. Here’s a teaser for you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Pardon the music but this is a fan trailer – there is no official one for the series)

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Last Dance

We’ve been quiet for a while but hearing that Donna Summer died has been a real bummer. There’s a lot of buzz over her song (and film) Last Dance but we’re die-hard devotees of her other disco-era hits – Bad Girls, I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, On the Radio, her cover of McArthur Park, and Love to Love You Baby are gold. Sad she won’t be making any farewells but we have a feeling we can go and commiserate over Absolut cocktails with friends in the Drag Nation (pretty please?).

Bad Girls came out in 1979. I was nine years old and living in Southern Florida, in West Palm Beach. All my teen babysitters had started wearing stretch satin disco pants or satin jackets (and, yikes, some paired them together). What I flash back to are a set of images: Feathered hair and big sunglasses, Bonne Bell lip gloss (in watermelon or strawberry), Dr. Scholl’s strappy sandal clogs, tube tops and halters, roller skating, and the smell of coconut tanning creme all come flooding back in a weird memory barrage whenever I hear the words “toot-toot” or “beep beep.” In the spirit of the Vulcan mind-meld (if you’re a child of the 60’s or 70’s, you know what I’m talking about) here are the images I could find that might be somewhat representative of this sensory memory. To ensure proper encoding, please click and play the following video…

Bow to the New Queen

Juliet Simms performing in Philadelphia, PA.

Juliet Simms performing in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock goddess alert. No, for real this time. It’s not every day someone with the vocal talent a Grace or a Stevie has just strolls onto the scene and blows you away. But Juliet Simms is showing real promise. Don’t believe us? Check this video out below…

http://youtu.be/JOkufMd6wJY

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Reblog, The Dreaming: Bright Young Twins

We’re diehard Kate Bush fans. I don’t really know how I discovered Kate (I was never a theater geek at high school) but I believe it may have been MTV and seeing the video for “Running up that hill.” And then there was all of 1988, mostly spent with a good friend by the name of Mimi. We’d listen to her while working the kitchen of a bar in Portland, Maine.

I introduced Kate’s music to Bela a few years ago. Now Tony just looks at us with a torturous expression across his face when we sing along. It’s awesome!

Yeah! Check out my crazy eyes.

To see someone else blog about her just warms our hearts so, not to be lazy but Bela and I had to re-blog this post from the British blogging duo, Bright Young Twins.

Twins of Cleverness

After you view all of the Kate Bush videos to the right of “Running up that hill” (don’t deny it, we know you will), tell us if you’re a Kate Bush fan too! We want to hear about how you first heard her. We LOVE a good story!

The Dreaming (album)

Zou Bisou Bisou

Megan Draper, cheap cover artist or fabulosity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, we don’t have real cable and can’t watch Season 5 of Mad Men. However, because it’s all over the Internet, we do know last night’s scene stealer was Megan Draper and her version of Gillian Harris’ song, “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

Here’s the original below, feel free to click, watch and hum for the rest of the day.

Zou Bisou Bisou

I just found this link too, great info on Gillian Harris.