Spanish-director

Anne Hathaway has made many rom-coms in her career, but none that take a turn like the one in Colossal. She plays an alcoholic writer who returns to her small hometown, where she reconnects with a childhood friend played by Jason Sudeikis and discovers that she’s somehow linked to a Godzilla-like monster terrorizing South Korea. David Edelstein says

“What I like about Colossal is that the Spanish writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo, has an elastic notion of genre. This is a film that starts off as a giddy comedy before plunging into a grim psychodrama about a woman’s loss and recovery of power, over herself and abusive males—that also happens to feature goofy-looking giant monsters throwing each other around Korea.”

films to watch

so i saw a post listing films in foreign languages and i thought i could expand on the list a little bit but my addition got so massive i decided to move it to a separate post. this list will focus on my target languages and feature a little bit of french as well just to spice it up. 

films are good for several reasons

  • usually quite fun
  • actually challenging if u watch w/o subtitles and the easiest way to achieve immersion in the privacy of your home
  • “productive procrastination”
  • might give u cultural insight as well
  • or encourage you to learn some history!!!!
  • i’m really tired of people watching almodóvar and being like uuuuuuhuuuu look the great spanish director and forgetting that not only are there spanish films not directed by almodóvar but also that spanish is spoken in other countries as well and GUESS WHAT they produce culture

ok here we go!!!!! im really lazy and my computer is agonizingly slow so i can provide no links. if something interests you search for it et voila

WARNING!!!!! long post 

spanish

  • magia salvaje - this is an uber cool colombian film showing largely unexplored areas of colombia which i think is the most beautiful country on earth. it was recommended to me independently by a friend from my spanish class and my colombian pen pal gal. from its website: “magia salvaje es la cinta del mundo natural más ambiciosa realizada en el país (…) [realizada en] 85 locaciones y 20 ecosistemas. (…) un tributo a la belleza de colombia“ tl;dr: cool shit u should watch, it’s available on yt
  • señor ávila - a p good series filmed by the mexican hbo starring tony dalton as an exemplary father and husband that starts working as a paid killer for the mafia, but it’s not all peachy because it affects his personal life and his son gets into some really deep shit. gets a bit grim at times but good nevertheless
  • retrato de un comportamiento animal - really cute indie film made in uruguay. an unlikely couple on a trip to brazil. expect nice landscapes and voseo
  • relatos salvajes - dark humour from argentina, a series of episodes in which people go absolutely bonkers over the most petty shit and also get p violent when you wouldn’t expect them to be. produced by pedro almodóvar if that serves as any recommendation.
  • la historia oficial - another one from argentina. drama. set during the dictatorship and based on true events, follows a family through a period when they would literally tear lil kids from their mothers and drown the parents if they were enemies of the state. watch it
  • juana la loca - spanish historical drama about their queen joan the mad
  • el laberinto del fauno - can we just, omg, ok, i love that film so much. fantasy, set during the civil war in spain. a little girl discovers this world with monsters and other creatures and it’s scary as shit but she goes through these adventures because she cares for her family. watch itttt
  • doce hombres sin piedad - this is the spanish version of the american classic 12 angry men, recorded in 1973. you can watch it on youtube.
  • gran hotel - spanish tv series, historical drama sort of downton abbey style. weird shit is happening in this lovely hotel, what do we do??? apparently available on netflix
  • como agua para chocolate - cute film “about how life used to be in mexico” (imdb) based on the p famous novel by laura esquivel. lovely colours, romantic love and a lot of nice food
  • los diarios de motocicleta - starring gael garcía bernal in an adaptation of che guevara’s memoir in which young che travels the world on his motorbike
  • no - ok this is some amazing shit (oscar nomination holaaaa). it’s a chilean film with gael garcía bernal set in the 1980s. in 1988 pinochet held a referendum in which basically if u said “yes” he stayed as te country’s official and lawful leader and if you said “no”, well, he went. the film is about the campaign that sought to get rid of him
  • talento de barrio - sorry but i couldn’t omit that one. it has daddy yankee in it, period.

italian

  • la dolce vita - please do yourself a favour and watch it
  • la grande bellezza - as above. this is my favourite film of all time. look for the soundtrack on yt and you will know why
  • il bidone - early fellini follows petty thieves in rome
  • il prefetto di ferro - set in the 1920s. giuliano gemma as cesare mori aka the iron prefect who comes to palermo to deal with the gangs. good shit
  • ladri di biciclette - directed by vittorio de sica, set in post-ww2 rome, “a masterpiece of italian neorealism” (wiki). a desperate family needs their bicycle to survive
  • amarcord - comedy/drama, set in the 1930s. coming-of-age. “Fellini skewers Mussolini’s ludicrous posturings … that <<imprisoned Italians in a perpetual adolescence>> by mockig himself and his fellow villagers in comic scenes tha underline their incapacity to adopt genuine moral responsibility or outgrow foolish sexual fantasies” (wiki). won oscar for foreign language.
  • gomorra - tv series based on famed novel by roberto saviano. rival mob clans. good shit
  • il vangelo secondo matteo - “trattando in maniera antidogmatica un argomento di carattere religioso, l’opera fece sensazione e scatenò un aspro confronto intelettuale sulla stampa, proseguendo le non sopite polemiche per le accuse di vilipendio della religione” (wiki). three oscar nominations.
  • una vita violenta - poor kid in rome attempts to transform his life after leaving prison
  • la notte - marcello mastroianni in a study of a deteriorating relationship
  • la nostra terra - cute film which is literally my aesthetic aka people working the land. educated guy from bologna comes down south to start a community and sell organic veg he will grow himself. featuring creepy mafia guy freshly released from prison and sneaky southerners
  • la mafia uccide solo d’estate - drama but also a comedy fresh from palermo. lil boy observes how the mob influences people’s lives
  • il capitale umano - drama. a car accident ties together the lives of two families. people go crazy. great performance by valeria bruni tedeschi
  • il rosso e il blu - follows the lives of three school teachers as they get really involved in the fucked up lives of their students. confusing but oddly satisfying
  • latin lover - fun comedy of how a famed actor dies leaving behind a shitload of lovers, wives and children who all meet for his funeral.

portuguese

  • trash - an AMAZING brazilian film about two favela boys trying to solve a criminal mystery and unearth corruption before an ill-willed police officer gets to them; all thanks to a wallet found in the dumpster they work in. really good cinema with appearances made by rooney mara and martin sheen
  • singularidades de uma rapariga loura - modern portuguese film based on a short stories by eça de queirós. a blooming romance meets an unexpected obstacle. spot on aesthetic and cleverly blended cultural references. directed by manoel de oliveira who is THE MAN, check out his ther shit such as the p recent o convento starring john malkovich and catherine deneuve
  • saneamento básico - p straightforward but fun brazilian comedy in which a small town community will do anything to raise money to fix their sewer system
  • this is embarrassingly short i will make a separate post to expand 

french

  • farinelli - an AMAZING film based very loosely on the life of the most famous castrato singer, farinelli. loooveeeee
  • la religieuse (2013) - a really stuningly made adaptation of denis diderot’s novel about a girl thrown into a convent against her will and desperate to get out who discovers some dark family secrets.
  • tom à la ferme - weird indie canadian film with xavier dolan, a gay man travelling to meet his dead boyfriend’s family and terrorised by said’s boyfriend’s horrible brother. more dark family shit for u
  • yves saint laurent - nice biographical film with pierre niney
  • dans la maison - terrifying and fascinating drama about how one seductive teenager ruins some families. 10/10 would recommend
  • les choristes - really good film about how a music teacher transforms the lives of a class of “difficult” boys. set in the 1940s to spice it up
  • les liaisons dangereuses (1959) - adaptation of laclos’ classic novel, set in the present day. directed by roger vadim.

that’s it - I hope at least one person finds it interesting/helpful!!!

i once promised a crash course in polish thing and i know i’m delaying it horribly but sometime next week i will prepare a similar post about polish films (if u folks are interested, ofc)

Sorry it’s long. TL;DR at the bottom.

I work the breakfast buffet at a hotel. My job is to refill the buffet, clean the tables when the clients are done, and put out new plates and stuff for the next clients. Normally it’s awesome. The hotel is 4 stars in a pretty sleepy french town, so we normally get businessmen who just want to eat their toast in silence before catching a flight. But this weekend I had the woman from hell.
Our dining room holds about 23 people. This weekend we had a group of about 50 Spanish people. Their director was an absolute nightmare. We open breakfast at 8am. She demanded it was open at 4 so they could get their day going. We compromised (because I straight up refused to be there at 4 in the morning) and opened at 6. So already we were changing our policy to cater to her.
Now normally we get lots of different nationalities. Which is great cuz I don’t have 23 people who all want the same thing. But since they’re all Spanish, all the same age (old), and all from the same town, they ALL wanted the same thing. So I was cutting fruit, refilling the juice, and refilling the bread like a madman. And I’m good at my job so I was doing just fine.
But the director wasn’t happy. The minute I would come out of the kitchen, she would walk up to me and say “meat.” To say there’s no more ham. I know this woman speaks french AND English. So she could have easily said “hey there’s no more ham, can you refill this?” In 2 different languages that she knows I speak. But no. She just says. “Meat.” So I grab the meat tray and head to the kitchen to refill it. Because it’s a nice hotel, I can’t just slap the meat on the tray. I gotta make it all pretty and shit, which takes about 5 minutes. I’m in the kitchen for not 30 seconds before she’s knocking on the door. So I open the door and she just says “meat. Now.” Like madame. Plz. I explained to her that it would take 5 minutes..and she didn’t say anything. Just stood there looking at me. So I slowly let the door just kind of..shut..and went back to the meat. She did this 6 times. So something that would have taken 5 minutes took like 10 because she couldn’t wait.
Then when I came out with the meat (and later the cheese and the juice and all the other stuff) so just said “dishes.” To say I needed to clean the dirty dishes off the tables to make room for the next wave of the group. So I went to clean the tables. The second I started, she would say “bread.” So I grabbed all the dirty dishes I could and went back to the kitchen, while she just kept screaming bread at my back. So when I came back out with more bread she just did this huge exasperated sigh and said “um hello? Tables?????” I ended up taking her into the kitchen with me and said “look. How many people do you see in here? Just me. I will get everything done, but you cannot expect me to do it all in the span of 30 seconds. Please just be patient.”
She ended up going to my boss and told some massive lie that I said she was a bitch and that I threw juice in her face and screamed “if you want juice so bad then here!” I mean I wanted to do that I didn’t! Luckily my boss knows I’m not that confrontational, so he said just try to “go faster.”
This lady spent the entire weekend at the hotel, and every single day was like that and I was ready to just spit in her food by the end of it.

TL;DR I’m in charge of breakfast at a hotel and some Spanish lady spent the past 3 mornings barking at me to do something, then when I would do it she would yell at me that I’m not doing something else.

5

Colonia (2015) - Florian Gallenberger

5 bullets on this film:

  • I almost died while watching it. I mean it. I had to count to 10 and breathe to calm down during some scenes because they really made me so so so anxious. 
  • It’s based on a true story, and it makes sick to think that things that were shown in this movie really existed, not so long ago. A religious cult in Chile run by a nazi sounds crazy, but it actually existed!!!!  It’s not really fun to watch because it makes you think about the horrors of this world, but, you know, we have to remember those horrors to avoid them happening again.
  • I don’t even have words for Emma Watson’s beauty and talent. You could see that she really got into the character, and she managed to transmit her desperation to the viewer, I think that’s why this film stressed me out so much. The bad guy (Michael Nyqvist) was also great.  Oh, and by the way, if you ever see Daniel Bruhl, please tell him that  I have a huge (platonic) crush on him. Thanks.
  • It’s set in Chile, but we don’t see much of the country, and the characters don’t even speak spanish. I think the director managed to show the revolution and dictatorship atmosphere really well.
  • The only thing that bothered me was that the characters weren’t developed very well and their actions didn’t always make sense so I was left a little confused. Also, the romantic part was really unnecessary, and it turned the film into the usual blah blah blah love love love kiss kiss kiss.

What brought you to Berlin? I read you wanna bring the summer with you all year long, so, why Berlin? Why this cold city?
It’s very cold, it’s right, but I think that the reason is that there’s a lot of people in the music business, very dynamic people! All the songwriters, all the singers, all the people who are doing music all day, is something that we don’t have in Barcelona and it’s very creative all the time! You have the chance to meet some people and decide to do something together.

So, not just techno and electronic?
No, no, no! It seems like that, yeah… I’m not really a techno fan! I like house music, but not techno, I like things with more melody! Berlin is very unpredictable: you get to meet so many different people and you can be influenced by all these dynamic things that happen to you!

Are you planning to stay?
Yeah, I mean… I’m in an apartment and I think I’m gonna stay a little bit there! I recorded most of the songs there… it feels like home, yeah.

How do you create your songs, in which language do you write? Cause you’re half Spanish, half German…
I do a bit of everything, so I wrote songs in English, not only in Spanish, but this time I wanted to concentrate on Spanish and create a latino album for myself; this is the first time I do a solo album. Of course, it’s very different to write in English or to write in Spanish, I’ve never written in German, ‘cause I didn’t feel like writing my songs in German… So, for this time, Spanish has been easily chosen.

How could you describe your album?
I would describe it as a story: is a dynamic album, I didn’t want to work on an album where all the songs seemed the same. Hopefully, everyone will be able to feel that when they will listen to it: there are ballads, there are uptime songs and some more emotional too… The sound is very organic: you can feel the energy and the positiveness in all the songs of album!
Is this album a concept album?
It’s a concept album in the way where every track has a personal story and it is based on personal experiences, and I think that it could be described as very personal.

What are your musical influences, what kind of music do you like to listen to in your free time?
I like to listen to a lot of different styles! Right now I am listening to an American singer, she’s called Bex, but she’s more dark, that’s something different, that’s really cool. I try to get different influences from everywhere and I don’t like to listen to just one kind of music. It also depends on my state of mind, for sure, the influences for me are different too. I listen to a lot of Juanes, Shakira, also Maroon 5, Coldplay, The Fray, John Mayer, Owl City… I don’t have just one influence, it’s pretty complicated.

Have you ever thought of doing something else, not the artist?
Yeah, I studied engineering and industrial design: I wanted to become a car designer, that’s what I wanted to do before I started this career. I like everything connected to the idea of speed, when you feel the wind in your face…

You told us about your musical influences, but what about artistic influences in general? I watched the “El Mismo Sol” videoclip and it reminds me a little bit of “Into The Wild”…
My biggest influence is the multiculturalism, because I experienced it a lot in my life (he was born in Barcelona, her mother was half Spanish and half Belgian, his father was German and he grew up in Tokyo; now he lives in Berlin). My best friends are half Japanese, half German, a different combination of different people, it helped me a lot in a society like ours where everyone is international, you can meet new people all the time and Berlin is very international as well.
In the video we wanted to show this road trip that explains a little bit my story in a metaphorical way; I left Barcelona to do a road trip and the journey in the video is like the trip I did to go to Berlin: enjoying every moment, meeting new people. When we were writing the story together with Daniel, a Spanish director, we connected very fast because we had the same idea and we felt like it was a very cool story and it was taken by my personal experience too, so I felt it in a particular way.

What do you think is the secret of your success here in Italy?
I don’t know! I wish I knew! Someone told me that in the 90’s there has been like a Spanish wave of music and has gone down, maybe now it’s going up again with a niche of the market! I don’t know, but I think, in general, Italian and Spanish music have always wandered around: in Spain we listen to a lot of Italian music, here you listen to a lot of Spanish music as well. I don’t know, but I’m happy that it happened!

Your first band was with your brother, now how is the relationship between you two?
It’s perfect: we’re very united, he’s very happy for me! I told him that I wanted to do this solo project while I was still in his band, he was the lead singer of the band and I wrote the songs. At the beginning of this journey on my own it was a bit strange, because we always played together, but he is very happy, he is really supporting me and it’s very cool!

You’re a globetrotter: you lived in Japan, you lived in Barcelona, now you live in Berlin… How do you cope with long distance?
I was very lucky when I left Japan, I was 17 and when I was that age Facebook just started, so for many people Facebook is a bad thing, but for me it was perfect, 'cause I could see my friends going to parties, going on whit their lives and even if I wasn’t there anymore I could feel somehow that I was still near to them! It was not an email, it was not something very distant: I was part of their lives and they were part of mine, even if we were miles apart. Nowadays, I think we’re very luck living in a “social-media society”, where all distances are cut short by all these networks! I try to stay in contact with the friends that I left around the world!

How did you choose the songs for “Eterno Agosto” and how did it was the work in the studio?
I worked on 15 songs and the album has 13 of them: I hope that the two songs left out will come out sometime in the future! I like them, I hope that they will be listened to: it was very hard to make a decision, we have to choose between the songs and it is always like choosing between your kids, it’s not very easy! The time I spent in studio was really amazing, I have never worked with the two producers I worked with for “Eterno Agosto” and they’re very talented! When I started working on this album it was August, 2014, so I spent one week in Berlin, then three weeks in Barcelona, and then back again… they were preparing some stuff for when I came back and so it has been a dynamic creative process. We had a lot of fun making the album, we danced a lot and I hope that people will have a lot of fun listening to it, as we had making it.

Do you think that your music reflect the German or Spanish way of living?
I think it reflects more the Spanish way! The style of the music is very latin, is very summer style and it’s quite not like German style! Everyone expects something darker, more techno, in this case! I think I’m half German and half Spanish; more German than Spanish because my mother is half Belgian, half Spanish, it’s complicated… But I feel more Spanish, because I’ve always spent most of the time in Barcelona. The album is more Spanish, is an extroverted album, for sure.

Three words to describe “Eterno Agosto”?
Fresh, positive and fun.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my personal summer hit, since the 21st of April.

Billboard Cover: Lana Del Rey on Why Her Pop Stardom 'Could Easily Not Have Happened'

Lana Del Rey photographed in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, 2015. Joe Pugliese

Lana Del Rey and I were first introduced at an Architectural Digest pimped manse off Pacific Coast Highway during a party thrown, weirdly enough, for Werner Herzog and his bud, the physicist Lawrence Krauss. (Del Rey, 30, has spoken before of her interest in science and philosophy.) On that night, she wore an unformfitting Polo shirt dress with a personal-old-fave vibe. In deglamorized “Stars Without Makeup” mode, she was unpretentious and softly gregarious, like a doe-eyed, underdressed newcomer to the Town. I was at the same table, and she caught me staring off at the horizon. Del Rey was sardonically attuned, nudging her boyfriend, the Italian photographer-director Francesco Carrozzinni, to have a look at the cliché: Old Brooding Man. Her warmth took me out of myself.

Lana Del Rey’s fourth album, Honeymoon, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in September, but when I asked if she planned to go on the road to promote it, she shook her head. “I do everything backwards. It already happened – I’m actually done with the world tour I started four years ago, when I needed to be out there. I really needed to be out there singing.“

That exodus was partly born of the need to heal following a 2012 appearance on Saturday Night Live that elicited a slaughter-of-the-lamb storm of derision over the then up-and-coming star’s seemingly zoned-out amateurism. She was tarred as a poseur – part Edie Sedgwick, part Valley of the Dolls, a Never Will Be Ready for Primetime Player – but it turned out that Del Rey was only at the end of Act One in an all-American A Star Is Born passion play of celebrity crucifixion and resurrection.

Born Lizzy Grant in Lake Placid, N.Y., Del Rey moved to Manhattan at 18. “For seven years I wrote sexy songs about love,” she says. “That was the most joyous time of my life.” The screen that so many gossipy personas have been projected onto (rich preppy, suicidal anti-feminist, morbid dilettante) has instead transformed into a nearly religious dashboard icon of ghostly seduction. She’s a global phenomenon, part of the national conversation and cultural soundscape. Nielsen Music puts her total U.S. album sales at 2.5 million, and her videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. Del Rey is now a few years into her return from the desert, having arrived on a mystery train of Santa Ana winds, existential dread and “soft ice cream” (to quote her song “Salvatore”) that is uniquely her own.

I meet her for the interview at a John Lautner house she rents in Los Angeles. Lautner was a seminal Southern California architect, and Del Rey says her choice of lodging was deliberate. She production-designs her life. She greets me in the drive – inquisitive, friendly and aware. For a moment, she looks like Elvis and Priscilla, all in one. The hair is old-school Clairol dark, the eyes siren green, the auburn ’do the most done thing about her.

“You’d love my dad,” she says. She was just on the phone with him; her parents are visiting. He’s a realtor, and Mom’s an English teacher whose passion is reading history books. Del Rey lives here with her younger sister, Caroline Grant, a photographer who goes by Chuck. (Del Rey tells me that her sister was so shocked by the force of the fans’ emotions during concerts that she doesn’t take pictures of them anymore.)

“My dad’s that guy with perfect Hawaiian shirts and matching shorts,” says Del Rey. “The other day he said, ‘We should see about getting you a vintage Rolls.’ I said, ‘Um, it’s a little attention-grabbing.’ And he said, ‘Uh, yeah.’ ”

What do you do with yourself now that you have nothing on your schedule?

I go for long walks, long drives. I’ll get in the car and drive the streets, feeling for places. I go to Big Sur. I love Big Sur, but it has gotten so touristy. I went to the General Store, and there were hordes. On a Monday! But I’m drawn there. Sometimes I go to write. I’ve been thinking it might be time to do a longer video, a 40-minute video. I was watching The Sandpiper, and I was working on something kind of based on that.

Have you thought of writing something for yourself? Shooting down the paparazzi helicopter in the video for “High by the Beach” was your idea, no?

Yeah, it was. I’d like to write a book one day. But you need a beginning, a middle and an end! I can deal with four minutes – but I’m not so sure about a book.

Your song “God Knows I Tried” fits somewhere between The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” I’m thinking of Cohen because of that line “Even though it all went wrong.”

I love Leonard – because he’s all about women. Women and God.

Does it all go wrong?

It’s hard for me sometimes to think about going on when I know we’re going to die. Something happened in the last three years, with my panic…

I had read that you were prone to that.

It got worse. But I’ve always been prone to it. I remember being – I was, I think, 4 years old – and I’d just seen a show on TV where the person was killed. And I turned to my parents and said, “Are we all going to die?” They said “Yes,” and I was totally distraught! I broke down in tears and said, “We have to move!”

How do you cope?

I saw a therapist – three times. But I’m really most comfortable sitting in that chair in the studio, writing or singing.

The panic won’t last forever.

I don’t think so, but … sometimes you just want to be able to enjoy the view. I think I’m really like my mother, in the sense that I make small lists. To calm myself down. I reward myself. You know, “If I finish this, then I’ll do that” – I’ll go for a walk on the beach or swim in the ocean. I go for swims and am actually shocked I do that. Because one thing I’m terrified of is sharks.

Do you think having a child would chill you out? Do you want to have kids?

I’ve thought about it. Really thought about it lately because I’ve just turned 30. I’d love having daughters. But I don’t think it’d be a good idea to have kids with someone who wasn’t … on the same page.

Someone who…

Who isn’t exactly – like me! (Laughs.) Though maybe it’s best to have kids with someone who’s … normal.

When was the last time you got trashed by a love affair?

The last one – before the boyfriend I’m with now – was pretty bad. It wasn’t good to be in it, but it wasn’t good to be out of it, either. He was like a twin. Not a facsimile twin, but a real twin.

So maybe finding the same person doesn’t work. Are relationships hard for you?

For someone like me – and it’s not a codependent thing – I just like having someone there. I’ve been alone, and that’s fine. But I like to come home and have someone there. You know, to say, “Oh, he’s here. And this other thing (Mimes a table.) is there. And this (Mimes setting down an object on the table.) is there. (Laughs.) I’m very methodical. I have to be. I’m like that in the studio too. Mixing and mastering can take four more months after we’re done – three to mix and one to master. I like having a plan. Though I do leave spaces for ad-libbing in the studio when I write.

Do you mind if I write all this? Because I don’t want to piss off Francesco.

Oh, he’s going to read this! But he’ll have things to say anyway. He’s very … aggressive. (Smiles.) And besides, I didn’t say he wasn’t just like me.

There’s something weirdly shamanistic about your work. You channel Los Angeles in ways I haven’t seen from anyone, at least not in a long while. Places now extinct, streets and feelings that you have no right to be able to evoke because of your age. And it’s so unlikely that you’re the one to be the oracle that way. But it’s for real.

I know. I know that. I love that word, “shamanistic.” I read energy; I always have. One of the books I love – aside from [Kenneth Anger’s] Hollywood Babylon – is The Autobiography of a Yogi. And Wayne Dyer … I was so upset when he died! [Dyer, part Buddhist, part New Thought motivational speaker, was best-known for his book Your Erroneous Zones. He died in August.] He gave me so much over the last 15 years. I went to see a clairvoyant. She asked me to write down four things on a card before I came in, things I might be thinking about, and she nailed all four. I asked about the man I was seeing – that one, before the one now. She said, “I don’t really like to go there, but … I just don’t see him present.” I went, “Ugh.” She’s seeing the future and doesn’t see him present. Oh, no!

Are you aware of your effect on men?

I’ve only recently become aware of the heterosexual males who are into my music. I remember when I was 16, I had a boyfriend. I think he was… 25? I thought that was the best thing. He had an F-150 pickup and let me drive it one time. I was so high up! I panicked and was worried I might kill someone – run over a nun or something. I started to shake. I was screaming and crying. I saw him looking over, and he was smiling. He said, “I love that you’re out of control.” He saw how vulnerable I was, how afraid, and he loved that. The balance shifted from there. I had the upper hand – until then.

Do you want to be in the movies?

Well… I’m open to it all. James Franco asked me to be in three films that were going to be directed by a Spanish director, and I was hesitant. I think he heard my hesitance and got scared. Someone wanted me to be Sharon Tate. I thought, “That’s so right.” At that time, there were three Manson movies being talked about, but none were ever made. So maybe that was the answer.

Have you ever been the “voice of reason” for a friend in crisis?

I have – I can be. It’s easier to do that sometimes … for someone who’s half-checked out.

Meaning you.

Yes. (Pauses.) You know, I was living in Hancock Park once and thought about a movie idea. I was renting this house whose high walls had been grandfathered in, so of course I kept making them taller and taller. And I had an idea about writing something about a woman living there, a singer losing her mind. She has this Nest-like security system installed, cameras everywhere. The only people she saw were people who work on the grounds: construction people and gardeners. One day she hears the gardener humming this song she wrote. She panics and thinks, “Oh, my God. Was I humming that out loud or just to myself? And if it was aloud, wasn’t it at 4 in the morning? Did that mean he was outside my window?” Then a storm comes, one of those L.A. storms, and the power goes out except to the cameras, which are on a different source. And the pool has been empty for months because of the drought. And she goes outside in the middle of the night because she hears something – and trips over the gardener’s hoe and falls into the empty pool and dies facedown like William Holden at the end of Sunset Boulevard.

For me, one of the most interesting things about you and your story – and of course your work – is that you broke through. That it has turned out well.

I think about it, and I’m so grateful. I am aware that it could easily not have happened. That I could have become … an American nightmare. I see her – Lana – I listen to her and watch her, and I’m … protective.

Let’s end with Big Sur. Do you think your interest is by way of your kinship with the Beats? Your enthrallment with Kerouac?

Big Sur challenges me to surrender. What draws me is … the curves. I’m really drawn to the curves. 

Bruce Wagner, a novelist and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles. His new book, I Met Someone, will be published by Blue Rider Press in March.

Movies are just as important

So, as I am sure you’re aware of the book club that is running on this page, I figured that I would make a movie list as well for people who wanted to watch things as well as we read or just one of them. It’ll be horror/ gothic and just things I think go along or are good examples of it, so:

-The Devils’ Backbone (2001)- the sister movie to crimson created by Del Toro. Santi is known as baby Sharpe on this blog as I am sure you are aware. It’s brilliant, soon as I watched it, it became an instant favourite and of course we all know how good Del Toro is at story telling. Like Crimson and its ghosts its not straight forward evil and there’s a lot of sorrow in it, high recommend it. 

-Fragile (2005)- Directed by a Spanish director,  Jaume Balagueró, this movie is seriously twisted…in a good way. It’s about a nurse who works in a children’s hospital that is haunted and one of the girls, who the nurse grows attached too, tells her about the “mechanical girl” called Charlotte. The haunting and bone breaking continues and the horrific truth is revealed at the end. The horror comes from the character of the ghost in this one, visually that is. 

-Half Light (2006)- Directed by Craig Rosenberg, it centres around a woman who lost her son and is haunted by the idea and memory of it. Retreating to Scotland to continue writing her book, she learns about the lighthouse and its owner and the tragedy that occurred. It’s not so much scary but the story behind it is a good one, there’s a twist that you may or may not see coming and I recommend it for those who aren’t into heavy ghosts/ horror

-The turn of the screw (2009)- You’ll know this book is also included in the book club but this particular BBC adaption with Michelle Dockery is brilliant. In fact, if you read or watch it I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to make cross overs with Crimson. About a nanny who tutors two children and is haunted by the previous occupants of the manor that she resides in. Doesn’t sound that scary but its more a psychological horror in this instance, the ending is pretty sad, I felt at least and definitely worth a watch. 

-The Woman in Black and The woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death (2012 & 2014)- Like Fragile this is terrifying in it’s own right. If you can see the play I really, really strongly recommend it. The movies are somewhat of a let down but they’ve been made to fit the expected horror I suppose. Again, you watch it and read it (its in the book club) you can definitely see cross overs with Crimson, one simply being the mourning attire. It’s a personal favourite but again, as with most of these, the reason behind the hauntings is actually a sad one. It’s scary though, don’t get me wrong, the actress is phenomenal it’s just..its just all the yes basically and will probably be my halloween costume this year. 

So that’s all I can think of for now, please take a watch if you really want to or take a read, I will be adding onto this at some point too and in the mean time please reblog and add your own recommendations, can’t wait to see what you think and put <3

bulletnick  asked:

I'm pretty sure that in Spanish, "duende" also means "elf".

Depending on context, Duende could be defined as a spirit, as magic, or as an inspiration. In the concept of Spanish art, it is the ability to attract others through personal magnetism and charm. ‘Duende’ or ‘tener duende’ (“having duende”) loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, often connected with flamenco.

The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, a fairy or goblin-like creature in Spanish mythology. It is believed to be a small creature with magical powers, wearing big hats, whistling a mystical song, while walking in the forest. Traditionally, duende refers to a mischievous spirit that inhabits a house.(1920s, from Spanish, contraction of duen de casa, from dueño de casa ‘owner of the house.’)

While originally used to describe a supernatural entity similar to a forest-fairy or sprite, duende is the “mysterious power of a work of art to deeply move a person”

The duende, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ”The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning this: it is not a question of ability, but of true, living style, of blood, of the most ancient culture, of spontaneous creation … everything that has black sounds in it, has duende.” 

— Spanish poet and theater director Federico Garcia Lorca, “Juego y Teoria del Duende (Play and Theory of the Duende)” (1933), on which he addressed the fiery spirit behind what makes great performance stir the emotions.

Duende now includes the feeling of profound awe experienced when viewing a piece of art, watching a performance, or listening to a music that has deeply moved a person.

This wonderful word captures an entire world of passion, energy, and artistic excellence and describes a climactic show of spirit in a performance or work of art —  enchanting, personal magnetism, charming, magical.

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List of people named in the Panama Papers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A partial list of individuals named in the Panama Papers as shareholders and directors of offshore companies.

The Panama Papers are a massive set of leaked confidential documents detailing the activities of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. Firms like MF help government officials around the world hide secret activities and financial assets by setting up front companies in offshore accounts.

This allows these officials facilitate acts of bribery, secret arms deals, drug trafficking, financial fraud, and tax evasion. Officials are even implicated in heinous acts such as supplying fuel to the authoritarian Syrian air force, and enabling child sex trafficking.

The following is a partial list of individuals that conduct business in these offshore companies. Though not all named individuals are necessarily taking part in illegal activities, MF is nevertheless helping politicians and officials around the world hide their heinous and deplorable activities in offshore tax havens.

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Heads of state and government

Current

  • Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
  • Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
  • Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
  • Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

Former

  • Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Ayad Allawi, Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Ali Abu al-Ragheb, Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
  • Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Ahmed al-Mirghani, President of Sudan
  • Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • Ion Sturza, Prime Minister of Moldova

Other government officials

Algeria

  • Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines

Angola

  • José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum

Argentina

  • Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús

Botswana

  • Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General

Brazil

  • João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies

Cambodia

  • Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice

Chile

  • Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly

Republic of the Congo

  • Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC

Ecuador

  • Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General
  • Pedro Delgado, former Governor of the Central Bank

France

  • Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget

Greece

  • Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras

Hungary

  • Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly

Iceland

  • Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance
  • Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior

India

  • Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch

Kenya

  • Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Malta

  • Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health

Nigeria

  • James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State

Palestine

  • Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy

Panama

  • Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank

Peru

  • César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service

Philippines

  • Imee Marcos, Governor of Ilocos Norte and daughter of former President Ferdinand Marcos

Poland

  • Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw

Rwanda

  • Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency

Saudi Arabia

  • Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia

United Kingdom

  • Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of Lords
  • Michael Mates, former Conservative MP
  • Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords

Venezuela

  • Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army
  • Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA

Zambia

  • Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States

Relatives and associates of government officials

Argentina

  • Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner

Azerbaijan

  • Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev

Brazil

  • Idalécio de Oliveira, potential briber of President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha

China

  • Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, the wife of former Minister of Commerce and Party Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai, and convicted murderer
  • Deng Jiagui (邓家贵), brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping
  • Jasmine Li (李紫丹), granddaughter of former Chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin
  • Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng

Ecuador

  • Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo

Egypt

  • Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak

France

  • Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy

Ghana

  • John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor

Guinea

  • Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté

Honduras

  • César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal

Ireland

  • Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy

Italy

  • Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri

Ivory Coast

  • Jean-Claude N'Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo

Kazakhstan

  • Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Malaysia

  • Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak

Mexico

  • Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto

Morocco

  • Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI

Pakistan

  • Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Russia

  • Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin

Senegal

  • Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade

South Africa

  • Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma

South Korea

  • Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo

Spain

  • Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I
  • Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Syria

  • Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousin and father of President Bashar al-Assad

United Kingdom

  • Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron

United Nations

  • Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Footballers

Named individuals connected with the world governing body of association football, FIFA, include:

  • Eugenio Figueredo, former President of CONMEBOL and Vice President and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
  • Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentinean businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
  • Juan Pedro Damiani, member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
  • Michel Platini, former President of UEFA
  • Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA

Football players include

  • Lionel Messi, footballer for Barcelona and the Argentinean national team
  • Iván Zamorano, retired Chilean football striker, account during Real Madrid years 
  • Darko Kovacevic, Nihat Kahveci, Sander Westerveld, Tayfun Korkut, Valeri Karpin, Gabriel Schürrer and Mattias Asper ex-footballer at Real Sociedad (Spain) had accounts created by the club and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola 
  • Gabriel Iván Heinze, Argentine former footballer, account (with his mother) during Manchester United years 
  • Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine professional footballer 
  • Marc Rieper, retired Danish international 
  • Brian Steen Nielsen, former Danish international and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening 

Other notable people

  • Vinod Adani, Elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
  • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
  • Agustín Almodóvar Caballero, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and model
  • Hollman Carranza Carranza, son of Víctor Carranza
  • Jackie Chan, actor
  • Franco Dragone, theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
  • Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst 
  • Solomon Humes, Bahamian Bishop of a small denomination (also deceased)
  • Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian industrial and politician
  • Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
  • Nico Rosberg, Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas.
Well… I’m open to it all. James Franco asked me to be in three films that were going to be directed by a Spanish director, and I was hesitant. I think he heard my hesitance and got scared. Someone wanted me to be Sharon Tate. I thought, “That’s so right.” At that time, there were three Manson movies being talked about, but none were ever made. So maybe that was the answer.
—  Lana for Billboard: Do you want to be in the movies?
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ENTREVISTA CON JORGE R. GUTIERREZ DIRECTOR DE LA NUEVA PELICULA ANIMADA QUE VENDRA EN NOVIEMBRE “EL LIBRO DE LA VIDA”

Enserio chicos este video necesita mas reproducciones! Mi heroe, creador de la caricatura en Nickelodeon “EL Tigre: Las aventuras de Manny Rivera” (:

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INTERVIEW IN SPANISH WITH THE DIRECTOR JORGE R. GUTIERREZ FROM THE NEW ANIMATED MOVIE “THE BOOK OF LIFE”

Seriously guys this need more views (: My hero, the creator from the Nickelodeon cartoon “El Tigre: The adventures of Manny Rivera”