Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

SUNDANCE WINNER WINTER’S BONE TO BE RELEASED IN EUROPE

It’s really annoying to leave a film festival with the pesky certainty that, after all the queuing and waiting, you’re getting back home missing that one film you should have seen.

The seemingly endless film programme brochures don’t help too much, since they usually praise the virtues of pictures that turn out to be disappointing and plainly describe those which in the end walk away as festival champs. Read the rest of this entry »

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HURTS to perform at Botanique

Mancunian duo HURTS will perform at Brussels’ Botanique concert hall on October 30, 2010.

Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson will present their first album, an 80s-influenced extravaganza reminiscent of Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Hilary Swank up for her third Oscar?

If Julia Roberts did it with poisoned water, Swank can certainly pull it off with an unfair murder conviction case.

The trailer looks nothing out of the ordinary, but it has everything Academy voters like, plus Hilary really can cry (I still feel shivers down my spine when I think of the sexual identity crisis questioning scene from Boys Don’t Cry). Read the rest of this entry »

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SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE TO OPEN IN DECEMBER

Sofia Coppola’s much anticipated fourth long feature Somewhere is now completed and the trailer is already available. Somewhere tells the story of an idle actor (Stephen Dorff) enjoying la Dolce Vita until he receives the unexpected visit of her 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning. The story is mainly set in the (in)famous Chateau Marmont, which is a good omen for the film after Coppola’s terrific use of Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel in her 2003 critically acclaimed Lost in Translation. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Irrepressibles at Les Nuits Botanique

Boston-based musical duo The Dresden Dolls famously described their style as Brechtian Punk Cabaret, lest the press invent a term that “would involve the word gothic”.

That might well be true, but by doing so they created a movement that has found fans and followers all over the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sundance sensation Cyrus to open in July

I promised my friend E. some time ago to post in IoL some entries about the best films out of Sundance 2010, so here goes the first instalment with Cyrus, one of the year’s most promising comedies.

Writer-directors Duplass Brothers move away from previous ultra-low budget efforts like The Puffy Chair and Baghead and from the mumblecore indie film movement they contributed to create and give a shot to a first foray into more mainstream territory with a studio film. I didn’t catch any screening in Sundance, so I cannot judge its virtues, but I am very curious to see if Cyrus actually rises to the buzz it generated in Park City or if it was due to the typical festival overreaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Howl Kicks off Sundance TwentyTen

2010 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with the screening of Howl, directed by former documentalists Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet).

I didn’t catch the film’s premiere, where Sundance creator Robert Redford and Howl star James Franco set the ball rolling for this year’s fetival, but I had a chance to see the picture on Tuesday morning screening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Álex Montoya’s short film awarded at Sundance

Snow came back to Park City today and I found shelter in the Prospector Square Theater, where I caught one of the screenings of Yo, también (Me, Too). The film was preceded by the short film How I Met Your Father, by director Álex Montoya, which was honoured yesterday with a Special Jury Award in the short film category. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buried premieres at Sundance

Some cinemagoers queued up last night up to six hours to catch the world premiere of Rodrigo Cortés’ second long feature Buried in the Library Center Theater at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and, for those eager for a breathtaking, nail-biting experience, it was worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry »

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BARBARA STANWYCK’S BALL OF FIRE

People who, like me, grew up in the 80s, were exposed to two very different TV experiences: the highly successful American evening soap operas which, on the trip over the pond to my native Spain, were relegated to the newly established, housewife-oriented daytime slot, on the one hand, and the Hollywood classics which, back then , still enjoyed primetime status, on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 PREVIEW: FRENCH HORN REBELLION

As I was going through my favorite artists of the year to make my 2009 best of list (see entry on the blog), I was tempted to include Brooklyn-based duo French Horn Rebellion, but it would have been somehow hard to justify the decision of ranking them in a Top Ten Album list when all this pair of brothers has ever published are two EP,  the gorgeous Up All Night and Beaches & Friends. I can’t resist to mention them in my blog, though, since they may be the band to quote same time, next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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TOP TEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, Camera Obscura, Girls, Gossip, Jack Peñate, Peter Yorn & Scarlett Johanson or even sizzling Little Boots could have made the cut, but here is my list of the ten best albums of the year. Leave comments and suggestions of your own.

10. GRIZZLY BEAR, Veckatimest. Preceded by unanimous praise of the critics in general and of fellow British band Radiohead in particular, the Brooklyn-based band published a much anticipated third album that shies away from the very fashionable psychodelic wave and delivers a calmed compilation of adult pop songs.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=grizzly+bear+two+weeks&search_type=&aq=1sx&oq=griizly+

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Butcher Fallacy and the Sundance Kid

It all started with a ficticious trip to the butcher’s and ended with the journey of a lifetime.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I see it all. I was getting ready to go to the conference on Hitchcock and De Palma when Mr. T announced a meat treat for a post conference dinner. He would go to the shop, he said, while I enlarged my film knowledge by courtesy of Laurent Vanclaire. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas time at Cinematek

Miracle on 34th Street would probably come second to It’s a Wonderful Life as the most popular Christmas rerun and, although maybe not as legendary as Capra’s fairytale, the film is not the slighest bit less enjoyable and delicious.
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Wave Machines to perform at Botanique

It’s somehow a paradox that one of the best bands emerging in the aftermath of the phenomenal success of Brooklyn-based duo MGMT comes, of all places, from Liverpool, a city more widely acknowledged as  a base of Brit pop acts than as a suitable breeding ground of electro pop music. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hitchcock vs. De Palma

Widely regarded as a second-rate director, mainly due to the lack of originality of his film material and the unmistakably glossy, B-movie varnish that impregnates his films, Brian De Palma could well be considered a true auteur, that is, a creator with a thematic and stylistic consistency in his work.

To say that Hitchcock is an influence to De Palma is, admittedly, an understatement, but it might be as simplistic to call him a sheer rip-off. Read the rest of this entry »

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BURIED to play at SUNDANCE

Rodrigo Cortés follow-up feature after his critically acclaimed debut film Concursante will make its world premiere at the Sundande Film Festival. Buried stars up-and-coming actor Ryan Reynolds. As we wait for Buried first images, have a look at the Concursante trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emilie Simon concert. Monday, 23/11 at AB, Brussels

She presents her new album The Big Machine, recorded almost entirely in English in America. Too similar to Kate Bush to claim any originality (the track “Nothing to do with you” could easily be mistaken for any of the less known songs of Bush 1978 The Kick Inside), she’s still interesting enough to see on concert.

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Official video of the song DreamlandEmilie Simon Dreamland clip officiel

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PASSION PIT moved to March

Tonight PASSION PIT were supposed to play at Brussels’s Botanique, but the concert has been cancelled :-(.

No worries, though. They will come in March 2010 to the same venue.
One of the best new MGMTesque bands (together with Wave Machines). Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lady vanishes (1938) in Cinematek

The Lady vanishes (1938), Alfred Hitchcock- this Sunday, November 22 at Cinematek (Brussels) at 19:15.

Widely regarded merely as Hitch’s most famous English picture, this is actually one of his best.
Flawless script, fast pace and wonderful performances. The chemistry between Redgrave and Lockwood is as good as William Powell’s and Myrna Loy’s in the Thin Man movies. Wayne and Radford are perfect as the odd couple of sleuths. One of the best mystery-comedies of all time.
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