joycefoundation.ch 4 January 12
We just returned from a longer vacation in Tschierv and this time during our stay in Zurich we discovered the Joyce Foundation. It has been there for years and I am shocked that I only found out about it now.
I have visited Joyce’s grave outside Zurich a number of times but never considered looking for anything else.
The foundation comprises a large library on James Joyce and has a wonderfully friendly and interesting staff.
I am looking forward to visiting the Foundation again sometime this year.
- Title: joycefoundation.ch
The Concert for Bangladesh 31 July 11
Categories: Concert / Mention
Watched this wonderful concert again on its 40th anniversary weekend.
- Title: The Concert for Bangladesh
Amy Winehouse 29 July 11
Drugs and alcohol killed her. She is responsible for what she did, but she had deep pain for which she was not responsible. She was responsible for how she dealt with it, which brings us back to the beginning of this circle.
- Title: Amy Winehouse
Alice in den Städten 19 July 11
Categories: Film / dvd-mine
It was nice to view this film again after at least 30 years. Some of the images were imprinted in my memory, as I imagine they were imprinted on Wenders’ as well.
I recently found this DVD for sale and bought it, along with Falsche Bewegung, also by Wenders. It is good to look back at his early work.
- Title: Alice in den Städten
- Directed by: Wim Wenders
- Writing credits: Wim Wenders (Veith von Fürstenberg)
- Starring: Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer, Lisa Kreuzer, Edd Köchl, (Chuck Berry also appears)
- Cinematography: Robby Müller
- Year: 1974
PJ Harvey 11 July 11
She gave an excellent concert. Intelligent, strong. Glad I went to see her.
- Title: PJ Harvey
- Venue: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
True Grit 8 July 11
Categories: Film / dvd
I watched the film to the end with many breaks. I know it is based on the novel and not to be considered a remake of the Henry Hathaway film with John Wayne, but if you know this film a comparison is inevitable.
I love the actors in the Coen Brothers film, Hailee Steinfeld (Mattie) was wonderful, but it was thin:
- The lighting, the color timing of the film, was generally very light and washed out, presumably to create a stark, harsh atmosphere, but for me it just looked washed out. color timing →
- I liked the language, emulating, I guess, 19th century U.S. American English, but Jeff Bridges’ accent was weak. I have the feeling that they worked on his accent using the older language instead of separating the two while preparing for the film.
- Matt Damon didn’t suit the role of La Boeuf for me at all, however much I like Damon. And though his Texas Ranger hat may have been authentic, it was a bit embarrassing and distracting.
- Jeff Bridges seemed more grimy than gritty. I was more aware of him being unhealthy than being tough.
- And Dennis Hopper’s stunning and chilling artistry in the 1969 role of Moon just rises up and overshadows the entire scene at the cabin.
- Title: True Grit
- Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Writing credits: The Coen brothers, based on the novel by Charles Portis
- Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
- Year: 2010