Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner Concert

On March 11th my husband and I went to see Mark Farner’s (from Grand Funk Railroad)  concert at Bar Opinião venue, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I’s always great to see great musicians in small venues. You get to see and listen to everything so much better. General enjoyment level rises 200%. Mark masters his guitar and sings with the same energy as the old times: age has not deteriorated his voice and talent. It was an awesome concert.

Now I’m on the hunt for a Bob Dylan ticket. If I get that, there’s only Paul Simon left on my bucket list.

This is a video recorded from Mark’s concert:



Mark Farner

Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner in POA, Brazil

Melancholia by Lars von Trier

After seeing “Antichrist” I became scared of ever seeing Lars von Trier‘s films again, because it was so disturbing that it actually affected me emotionally for a few days. Thinking twice, however, I guess it’s impossible that anything be made in a near future that is as depressive and disruptive to the viewer as “Antichrist”. Also, Von Trier’s filmography isn’t exactly known from it’s cheerfulness and comedic scripts, and “Antichrist” was like the pinnacle of emotional overcharge that a movie can have. “Melancholia” couldn’t be any worse in that aspect. So I went to see it. It is very artsy, like all von Trier films. “Melancholia” has such stunning cinematography that even in case it was a silent movie it would have been great – but the music and sound are as awesome as the cinematography. The preamble in slow motion passes a feeling of gravitational force, of heaviness, of something that is both stronger than you and out of your control – so out of your control that you may collapse phenomenally, just like a giant celestial body crashing into another. It’s a relief to see Kiefer Sutherland in a non-action role, and unlike Jack Bauer, this time there’s nothing he can do to save the world – and even if there was I don’t think he would bother, because his character is rather coward. Kirsten Dunst did a very good job and has good onscreen chemistry with Charlotte Gainsbourg. This is the second time von Trier and Gainsbourg work together, and I think it worked out very well. Charlotte’s character in “Melancholia” is very different from her’s in “Antichrist”, but not that much: I still wonder what it would be like to see her laughing out loud, for instance.

I rated “Melancholia”  8.0 on IMDB. Currently it’s rated at 7.9, with almost 6.000 votes.

I’ve seen this film at Guion Center theatres in Porto Alegre, which tends to exhibit alternative/indie/non-mainstrem films.

Other films seen recently:  Super 8,  one of the best films I’ve seen lately, it’s like “The Goonies” meets “E.T”  and it brings back so many good childhood memories; The Tortured, which was surprisingly better than its IMDB rating suggested;  Hanna, which was a waste of good actors on a story that could have been better developed; Green Lantern, which was barely OK;  The Town, which I’d call Snatch by Ben Affleck;  Sucker Punch,  Mongolian Death Worm, (not notheworthy unless you’re into B-films just for the giggles) The Uninvited, which is worth watching  and much better than expected, The Tunnel, another  great ‘Blair Witch’ sytle film, ‘based on true facts’  that is worth watching, Monsters, an average action film that resembles “Cloverfield” from a far.

Origins 2011

The boundary between early and mid- summer for me is marked by the Origins Games Fair, which generally falls on the last weekend of June. With the except of last year I’ve been to the convention since 2000, as well as a couple times before that.

Quick Note – Paul McCartney to Play in Brazil

I’m aware this is not really blog material (at least yet), but I cannot contain my silly fan excitement: Sir Paul McCartney is finally coming to play in Brazil again, this time with the “Up and Coming”  2010 tour. He will be playing in November 21st and 22nd in São Paulo, at Morumbi stadium; and on November the 7th in Porto Alegre (which happens to be where I live, hence my overexcitement!), at Beira-Rio stadium. The tickets for the Porto Alegre show will be for sale starting next week. No word on the ticket price yet, but honestly that’s the most unimportant detail.  I am more worried about the exact date and place of ticket sales.

Follows a link to Rolling Stone magazine relating the great news:

Paul McCartney Show in Brazil is Finally Confirmed.

I promise I will (try) to come up with a decent show review not permeated by silly fandomness!

Catching up with the “Lost” finale

 I have (finally) seen the much hyped “Lost” finale.

Before I started, my sister warned me over and over: “I think you’re going to hate it.” Oh, well…

Being direct and short: watching the “Lost” finale was like watching the finale of any Brazilian primetime Soap Opera – lots of cheesy “I love you” moments that made me cringe, and a final scene with all the main characters gathered happily in a very uber mega happy reunion – that is very soap-operesque!

I can live with the fact that they appealed to the religious side, but I guess they did it in the wrong manner. The ‘raw’ finale,  per se, was decent – but that “happily ever after(life)” scene in the church at the very end really screwed it all up.

It would have been enough a good ending letting Jack to die, Hugo to be the new Jacob and Ben the new Richard, while the lucky bunch escapes the Island on a plane fixed with duct tape. They could as well have had someone to be the new Black Smoke, suggesting a neverending cycle — all that would still have given our beloved characters a fair end;  it would have kept the suspense atmosphere that permeated thoughout the entire series; and most importantly: it would have been up to Lost‘s main character: the Island!

The Island has always been the series main character, and the “We’re all on a church in Heaven” scene was like running a bulldozer over the Island. That final scene was so misplaced and awry, it belongs to any other TV series but “Lost”. It made all the side-flashes of the last season cheap, worthless.

After all these years of expectations towards the end… it was, not completely, but very disappointing indeed…

Shutter Island

Saturday I watched “Shutter Island” with my friends @tilatil and @carlagene.  I went out for the company, not the movie per se, thus had I no clue about the plot whatsoever – no reviews, no synopsis, no nothing. I knew it had the word “island” somewhere in it’s title and Leonardo DiCaprio played the leading character – instant bad dejà vu here, since the only DiCaprio+island movie that I had ever seen was trully bad.

Before the movie, a promotional short-film/advert for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was exhibited (such edition of the World Cup will take place in Brazil). The short movie location: Israel. The characters: Palestinian arabs and Israeli jewish, adults and kids. One of the kids is playing soccer in the alley, when the ball decides to go for a ride, take a detour and land just in the middle of a group of palestinian arabs. After one moment of silence and tension, arab and israeli kid look at each other, realizing that, underneath the habitual attire, both are wearing the yellow brazilian soccer uniform shirt. The kids then smile at eachother, and go play soccer together. A message at the end said “Brazil’s soccer brings people together all over the world.”

Hippieness apart, I really liked that ad. Anyway, back to the movie.

So, there was I, expecting nothing beyond the joyous company of my friends. That was only until the opening credits rolled in – by then I already loved the film. A ferry boat coming out of the mist just to land by the docks. Year 1954. Suspenseful soundtrack. Had it been anything of trully awful that came out of that intro, I’d still keep for “Shutter Island” a tiny room in my heart – because I love films that take place in past decades, specially the 40’s to 60’s;  because I love stories that involve ships and boats and sailing, in spite of being scared to death (yet not less fascinated) of the ocean, this worldwide mass of water that surrounds me and could swallow me far into it’s deepness to never bring me back to surface again. </ramble>

The good surprise is what followed was a fairly elaborate and interesting plot. Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job – and I immediately sympathized with his character’s seasickness. I was impressed by the subtlety and skillfullness of his acting: he slowly, smoothly – almost imperceptively – goes from  ‘dutiful-sane-Marshall-with-dramatic-past’ to  being a ‘stone-cold-psych-ward-crazy-dude’.  I know he’s familiar with playing crazy men, but none of them had made that transition so smoothly. It’s not a repetition of  his role in The Aviator. Mark Ruffalo’s was noteworthy as well. No comments needed on Ben Kingsley.

The film brings up a few topics: the dark side of psychiatry and it’s legitimacy and ethics, being that criminals deemed mentally ill were sentenced to Shutter Island,  guinea pigs to a bunch of old arrogant psychiatrists’ experimentations. Martin Scorsese succeeds in making psychiatrists look bad. Doctors apart, anyone who ever entered a psychiatric hospital knows reality is not too far behind fiction. Actually it happens to be quite loyal to many and many hospices out there.  Trully sad,  filthy and decadent.

I have to confess I figured out what the ‘plot twist’ was 45 mins into the movie, which made my friends very angry, because I made a comment (assuming they’d figured it out too, naturally), so I kind of spoiled it… anyway, I guess I’m not to be taken as the rule here: I have seen way too many films of this kind, enough to guess the plot twist very early in the story. Reckon everyone else’s reaction, I wouldn’t say it’s a predictable plot. Can’t remember any plothole for the momment.

“Shutter Island” is rated 8.1 at IMDB, and, until I finished this post, it was #218 on IMDB’s Top 250 list.

Similar films: Memento, Identity, A Beautiful Mind, The Machinist, Secret Window, The Others, Hide and Seek.



*infinitos gritos histéricos de uma fã obcecada*

*ainda não caiu a ficha. tô nas nuvens*

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