Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Serge Gainsbourg was a French cultural icon and the title of this movie certainly reflects the filmmaker’s admiration for him. People from outside France might not consider a man who drunkenly told Whitney Houston on live television that he wanted to fuck her a hero, but Gainsbourg was revered in his homeland.

He was born Lucien Ginsburg in Paris in 1928 to a Russian Jewish family and his childhood was forever tainted by the occupation of Paris by the Nazis and the ensuing events of World War Two which meant that he and his family had to flee France in fear of their lives. Lucien was a talented painter and as a child already showed signs of the infamous womanising streak that he would become known for in later years. There is a very funny scene in the film where the young Lucien attempts to seduce the model from his painting class and brings her out for a drink.

As the movie skips forward in time Lucien becomes disillusioned as a painter and instead earns money from playing the piano in bars. He focusses more on songwriting and changes his name to Serge having been told that Lucien is a “hairdresser’s name”. The louche chainsmoking hard-drinking persona that became known throughout the world begins to take shape.

The casting in the movie is its main strength. Eric Elmosnino is both physically and aurally perfect as Serge and inhabits the role in much the same all encompassing way as Marion Cotillard did with Edith Piaf. Laetitia Casta is as alluring as Bardot ever was and the scene where she twirls around Serge’s apartment wearing only a sheet is magic. The late Lucy Gordon (who tragically committed suicide after the film) looks eerily like Jane Birkin and her English accented French is very endearing.

Gainsbourg is an impressionistic view of the singer. The film is based on the graphic novel by Joann Sfar (who directs Gainsbourg) and this influence can be seen in Serge’s alter ego who stalks him throughout the film, almost like a devil on his shoulder, and the Humpty-Dumpty Jewish character who springs to life from a poster. Anyone coming to this film expecting to know facts and details about Serge’s life will be disappointed, this is not that kind of film, but as an interesting look at a complex individual this is a great movie.

Hit So Hard: the life and near death of Patty Schemel

Being a fan of grunge in my teens and also being a huge fan of drummers, I really have to see the new documentary about Patty Schemel, the original drummer for Hole. Patty was a friend of Kurt Cobain’s and was considered to be frontrunner for the position of drummer in Nirvana until Dave Grohl auditioned (and once you’ve heard Dave Grohl most other drummers come second I reckon). She was the drummer for the Live Through This album and tour but just as recognition and success came her way she began to self-destruct in true grunge style due to heroin addiction.

The documentary contains never before seen footage of Hole on the road and in the studio, plus Patty’s private tapes, as well as tons of interviews with family, friends and band members. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Where are they now: Fairytale Characters

Sometimes when a girl is supposed to be finishing her book, procrastination takes hold and she spends fifteen minutes writing things like this:

Where are they now – Fairytale Characters

Sleeping Beauty

Became addicted to meth due to her desire to stay awake and “reclaim my life”. Currently undergoing rehab at an undisclosed facility.

Cinderella

Involved in lengthy divorce proceedings with Prince Charming citing infidelity as the reason for dissolution of the marriage. The Fairytale Enquirer has reported that the Prince is “charming” quite a number of other princesses and is consequently in violation of the “happily ever after” clause.

The Three Bears

Recently liberated from a Russian circus where they had been imprisoned since being sold by a vengeful Goldilocks.

Goldilocks

On the run from the Three Bears. Witness Protection Programme Codename: Brownilocks.

Alice in Wonderland

It is thought that the pill Alice took to make her smaller was in fact Microdot LSD and she is now in a permanent flashback state and sectioned in a psychiatric facility. Barring another unfortunate incident with a mirror, medical staff expect that she should be able to rejoin society in a few years.

Snow White

Her days as “the fairest of them all” are long since over and she has been campaiging for rights of the vertically challenged for many years with great success.

Pinocchio

Although Pinocchio did eventually become a real live boy, his years as a wooden puppet left deep mental scars. Completely unable to deal with the human aging process, being used to his wooden wrinkle free features, he became an early devotee of Botox. Developing acute Body Dysmorphia, Pinocchio endured many agonising plastic surgery procedures. Unfortunately he is now virtually unrecognisable and as a result has become a recluse, allowing only Gepetto to see him.

NYC March 2011 – A Photo Diary

 

My beautiful sister Sarah and her husband Paul at Pogues gig
Me and my Brother in Law at Pogues afterparty in The Magician
The Mars Bar
Surveying the wreckage after the Pogues gig
The amazing bar at Schillers on the Lower East Side
My step-dad Terry and Foxy at breakfast in The Pink Pony
Vintage shopping on Ludlow Street
Terry and Me
Hiding in my new fur in Max Fish on Lower East Side
Street Art
Sarah and Foxy in Times Square

Monster Truck and fundit.ie

Monster Truck Gallery in Temple Bar are using the new fundit.ie site which is an online initiative providing a platform for people with great ideas to attract crowd funding (similar to kickstarter.com). Monster Truck are looking for funding to set up a video projection screen on their gallery window located at 4 Temple Bar. It is proposed that it will be a new visual arts space in Dublin, providing artists working in moving image a space to show their work to the thousands of people who pass by every night.

Temple Bar, once purported to be the Cultural Quarter in Dublin, is now more infamous for tacky tourist shops, awful bars, even worse buskers and raucous hen and stag parties. I truly hope Monster Truck gain the funding they need through this initiative as it will being back some much needed culture to the city centre. Donate to their project here.

Check out the Monster Truck fundit.ie video below: