Boys



Boys by Charlie XCX
featuring: Riz Ahmed | Stormzy | Ezra KoenigMark Ronson | Khalid | Brendon UrieDan Smith | MNEK | Cameron Dallas | Mac DeMarcoDRAM | Joe JonasG-Eazy | Aminé | Joey Badass | Tinie Tempah | Connor Franta | Diplo | Max Hershenow | Poet | Barns Courtney | Rostam Batmanglij | Ty Dolla $ignWiz Khalifa | Jack Antonoff | Tom DaleySwet Shop Boys | Buddy | Theo Hutchcraft | Jay Park | Fai Khadra | Flume | A.G. Cook | Kaytranada | Jay Prince | Vance Joy | Shaun Ross | WSTRN | Taka Moriuchi | Fred MacPherson | Tommy Cash | THEY. | Denzel Curry | Oli Sykes | Portugal. The ManChromeoSage the Gemini | Shokichi | Caspar Lee | Mic Lowry | The Cobra Snake | Will.I.AmTom Grennan | Jack Guinness | Carl Barat | Tristan Evans | James McVey | Prince and Jacob | Charlie Puth | Frank Carter | Liam Fray | Laurie Vincent | The Fat Jew

Nothing will ever be the same again





I would love to write a personal review for each movie, as most of them made a strong impression on me in one way or another. But since my writing skills are zero, this post would take forever to get published and it's already a week late... But here's a list of what I saw at this year's film fest and my level of enjoyment for each film.


Loveless
by Andrey Zvyagintsev | Belgium, Germany, France, Russia | 2017
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Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. Loveless won the jury's prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


Lady Macbeth
by William Oldroyd | United Kingdom | 2016
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England, 1856. Catherine is married to an embittered older man. Their marriage is loveless and her new family regards her as an unwanted burden. The vivacious young woman grows increasingly lonely. When her husband goes on a lengthy trip, she awakens from her lethargy and strikes up a passionate affair with a rebellious grounds worker, no longer willing to give up her newfound happiness. A gripping debut by William Oldroyd.


The Beguiled
by Sofia Coppola | USA | 2017
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Based on the novel "The Beguiled" by Thomas Cullinan: During the American Civil War, a girls' boarding school seems to offer a safe harbor amid the ravages of war. But when a wounded soldier is found nearby and brought there to recuperate, the orderly life of the finishing school is disrupted: The girls find themselves falling for the man's charms, and jealousy and intrigue start poisoning their lives together. An erotically charged game full of twists and turns begins, claiming victims on all sides. Sophia Coppola became the first woman in over 50 years to win Best Director at Cannes for The Beguiled.


Happy End
by Michael Haneke | Germany, France, Austria | 2017
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Georges Laurent wants to die. His daughter Anne has taken over the family firm, the former patriarch is tired of life and bickering. Director Michael Haneke, the painterly master of family guilt and alienation, draws a portrait of isolated family members, of adulterers and the blindly privileged – and of a granddaughter who is much too young to share her grandfather's wish.


Through The Wall
by Rama Burshtein | Israel | 2016
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Michal is 32 years old. She became religious 12 years ago, and now is she getting married. A month before the wedding, while checking out the catering for the event, her groom has a change of heart and calls off the wedding. Michal feels unable to go back to ordinary life, to the usual course of courtship. She feels this is the moment to change something very basic in her personality. She decides to trust in the benevolence of the Creator, and go ahead with the wedding in one month, even though she doesn’t have a groom yet: "I have the venue, the dress, the apartment; God can easily come up with my groom".


Sommerhäuser (The Garden)
by Sonja Maria Kröner | Germany | 2017
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In the sweltering summer of '76, a shared family yard becomes set and setting for this grotesquely funny sitcom, as the adults bicker over selling the garden and the kids are free to explore the mysterious neighboring lot. Then they hear about a girl that has disappeared... Sonja Maria Kröner's feature debut Sommerhäuser time-warps back to the 1970s to paint an atmospheric family portrait.


La Región Selvage (The Untamed)
by Amat Escalante | Mexico | 2016
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A meteor strikes in the mountains of Mexico. Down below in the valley, Alejandra and Ángel’s marriage is in trouble: road worker Ángel is having an affair with Alejandra’s brother Fabián, despite his macho demeanor. Then an alien creature appears, spreading lust and destruction. A mix of sci-fi and social drama, Amat Escalante’s film was shot in his home town of Guanajuato by Chilean-Danish DoP Alberto Claro, who also lensed Melancholia and Nymphomaniac for Lars von Trier.

Music for 2017 | Part II

These are the soundtracks for my summer. What will be yours?

Arca
by Arca
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"Arca, it is told, was conceived at a Victorian burial ground. “[O]ne of London’s largest cemeteries, and a famous spot for cruising,” a press kit states. “They became part of the material of the album: it just felt right to be around the dead; and gay men cruising around the dead. There was so much poetry: life. Death. Gayness.” Yes, an icon is born." — Ben Levinson, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Desafío


Everything Is Forgotten
by Methyl Ethel
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"Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your..."
 — Ubu by Methyl Ethel
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Ubu


Slowdive
by Slowdive
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"Slowdive don’t sound as young as they once did, but they’ve aged in a way that sounds natural." — Joe Davenport, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Sugar For The Pill


No Shape
by Perfume Genius
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"Star-like ripples burst through an operatic crescendo, glistening with glittery, electronic swells and angelic vocals that give the promise of an album that is both tenacious and sensitive." — Sammy Maine, The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Slip Away

See also: Part I

Viae Romanae Maiores

A curious map of the Roman roads in 125 AD in subway map style by Sasha Trubetskoy. Click to view LARGER.


Music for 2017 | Part I

Who needs some fresh new tunes on their playlists? This is what I have been listening to:

Nothing Feels Natural
by Priests
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"I thought I was a cowboy 'cause I Smoked Reds. You thought I was disgusting. All the jock frat boys called you a hipster fag and I think you liked it, I think you loved it. I wrote a bunch of songs for you but you never knew and you never deserved them. Who ever deserves anything anyway? What a stupid concept!" — JJ by Priests
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ JJ/Nothing Feels Natural


Forget
by Xiu Xiu
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Too dead to be this dumb
Too dead to be this young
Sing me to sleep
GoGo
Too dead to be a duck
Too bear to be a rug
What have I done
GoGo
 — Jenny GoGo by Xiu Xiu
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Jenny GoGo


50 Song Memoir
by The Magnetic Fields
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"Following his late-1990s triumph 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt began cannily organizing his Magnetic Fields songs. There was 2004’s alphabetic i, followed by the genre filters of 2008’s Distortion and 2009’s Realism. In 2012, Merritt took on a slightly defeatist project—“the concept is there is no concept!”—with Love at the Bottom of the Sea, an album whose lack of thematic unity resulted in a disappointingly uneven listen. Now, the Magnetic Fields return with a record that, like 69 Love Songs, forces Merritt to get focused and inspired. 50 Song Memoir is easily the best gimmick Merritt’s stumbled upon since the turn of the century. Arranged chronologically with a song for each of the first 50 years of Merritt’s life, 50 Song Memoir is a conceptually satisfying work, spanning five discs and two-and-a-half hours without feeling repetitive or samey." — Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ '68: A Cat Called Dionysus

See also: Part II

Meraki


Meraki by Habitants
This is a brand new song (and brand new band founded by members of The Gathering), but this is the kind of music I used to listen to before I became an elitist.