The Amelie Soundtrack still goes hard.

I was talking to wayabovebrooklyn​ this morning about albums I can listen to straight through, and I had forgotten about this.  Like every other artsy queer in America, Amelie was a big part of my life for maybe 14 months, but even though I’ve grown up and stopped being ridiculous, everything about it is still good so I feel wholly justified in stanning for this soundtrack.

   


   

Also, I’m trying to make a film scores playlist, so y’all holler if you have any favorites.

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Finding the Right Coach, Gender Aside
  • Q. After everything that happened in Monday’s match, how are you feeling?
  • A. Yeah, I feel fine. I felt fine yesterday evening after the match. I started to feel good about an hour after the match; I started to feel better. And, yeah, I woke up this morning and I wasn’t really sore, or stiff, or anything. So, yeah, I’ll just try to work out what it was in the next couple of days, look at everything I drank, everything I eat, and make sure I do everything I can to recover.
  • Q. So you still don’t have a sense yet of what caused it?
  • A. Well, there’s a few things that it could have been, but I don’t want to say anything specific because that could be completely wrong. But, yeah, there’s a few things you can do differently.
  • Q. I wanted to speak to you about having a female coach, because, obviously, you’re one of the first top guys in tennis history to work with a female coach from outside your family. I heard you asked for a list of possible female coaches, so it wasn’t just that Amélie happened to be a woman, but that you were looking specifically at the category of female coaches. Why did you want to do that?
  • A. When I was growing up, when you come on the tour and no one is doing it, it’s not something that’s done. And when I was, like, 18, it’s also not just you that dictates who your coach is, it’s also organizations, like, obviously, with Brad [Gilbert], the L.T.A. [Lawn Tennis Association] were involved with that. Your family can also be involved as well, and it wasn’t really until the last couple of years where I’m thinking like, well, basically, why not? That was it. Why couldn’t it work? What are the reasons for it not working? A lot of men obviously coach on the women’s tour, and there’s no reason why a woman can’t coach on the men’s tour at all. I mean, just because there’s differences in the women’s game, in the men’s game — definite differences, that’s clear when you’re watching the matches — but a woman can have just as good of an understanding of the men’s game as anyone else.
  • Q. You watch a fair amount of women’s tennis. What are the differences you see in how the game is played, the mental side as well?
  • A. The mental side I don’t necessarily want to comment on, but there are differences in the way a man’s brain works and a woman’s brain works — I think, anyway — so there are going to be some differences there, scientifically. And in terms of the technical stuff, I don’t think there are huge amounts of differences. Women hit the ball flatter than men, for sure. And, I mean, if you look at statistics in terms of serving and receiving, there are a lot more breaks of serve in the women’s game, so the return game is extremely important. And the women that can hold onto their serve the best — Serena [Williams] is the best at that, I think — they will tend to be the best in the world. So, yeah, there are differences in the two sports, and obviously, the speed of the ball is slightly different. Like here, they’re playing with a women’s ball and a men’s ball, and the women’s ball is quicker.
  • Q. How much did you watch Amélie when she was playing? Your careers overlapped a fair amount.
  • A. I watched a little bit. I wouldn’t say I watched her play loads, but when I did watch her, she played a slightly different game style to a lot of the women, and actually, the men. Not many of the men really serve and volley nowadays, not many play a single-handed backhand, and I think there’s probably even fewer on the women’s tour than for the men. So she had a slightly different game style, she played with more variety than a lot of the players, and I liked that.
  • Q. Did you have her variety in mind when you hired her? People have said that, for example, [Roger] Federer might have hired [Stefan] Edberg because he wanted to come to the net more, like Edberg did. Is it the same for you? Is it fair to say that part of why you hired her is because you wanted to incorporate some more Mauresmo-type assets into your game?
  • A. It’s not necessarily to bring her game into mine, it’s just more that, if there are things that I can do on the court which I’m not necessarily tapping into or haven’t been using the last couple of years, I feel like it’s something that she can help me get back to and explain to me better. But there are a lot of coaches that have played completely different game styles from their players. It’s just about the way they see the game and if they can explain things to their players in a way that makes the player understand it. That’s really the most important part of being a good coach.
  • Q. Do you think what you’ve done is part of a bigger current trend of accepting women into men’s sports?
  • A. To be honest, I’m just of the feeling that it’s not about gender but about the right person to do the job. Sometimes, 10 men could get hired over 10 women, and sometimes, it should also work the other way around. It’s about finding the right personality for the situation and the right person, basically. And to me, it isn’t about whether it’s a man or a woman. It’s about finding the right person for the situation, for the team’s or the individual’s needs.

176) Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

8/10 - An intelligent, well-directed and well-acted romantic drama, with the added twist of being classed a not-so thrilling thriller too. Excellent performances from Audrey Tautou (Amélie) as the Turkish hotel maid and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) as the Nigerian Hotel Front Desk operator. In particular, Sergi López’s performance (Pan’s Labyrinth) shone as the greasy Hotel Manager at the centre of all that is uneasy about this film. It’s set in the places of London you don’t often see, unless you go looking for them; Weird hotel rooms, back alleys, sweatshops and taxi offices, this intriguing and gritty look at the capital provides the perfect backdrop to this unusual film. It’s bleak, at times absolutely horrible, but ultimately it’s that glimmer of hope that keeps you going. 

On Netflix - Highly recommended.

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