Month: May 2013

Fun Friday: Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

Well, it’s that time of the week again when I post something funny I’ve found on the web, and this week it’s a song that has been stuck in my head all week.

It’s called ‘Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk), and is easily one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. It’s pretty damn catchy as well.

For those of you who don’t know, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction set in Victorian times, but with future technology. However, in recent times, it’s come to include a whole subculture of fashion, artistic styles and unusual inventions. This video makes fun of some of the lazier inventions …
Anyway, enough of my rambling … Enjoy the video!

I have to admit this song really makes me want to form a barbershop quartet.

Vintage Band Of The Week: The Smiths

The Smiths were a British indie rock band that formed in Manchester in 1982, and broke up in 1987. The band was incredibly influential and has since achieved a cult following.

The members were Morrissey (lead singer), Johnny Marr (lead guitars), Andy Rourke (bass guitar), and Mike Joyce (drums).

 

The Smiths in 1985.

The Smiths in 1985.

Over the course of five years they released four studio albums, several compilation albums and numerous singles.

You’ll like The Smiths if you like….
+ Libertines
+ Pink Floyd
+ The Cure
+ Crowded House
+ Morrissey
+ REM
+ The Doors

One of their best songs:
‘There is a light that never goes out’

The Smiths are without a doubt one of my all-time favourite bands, due to their amazing lyrics, catchy tunes and general all-round awesomeness.

Thanks for reading, check back next Monday for another Band of the Week Post!

Thoughts on “La vie est un long fleuve tranquille”

La Vie Est Un Long Fleuve Tranquille.This afternoon in French class we watched a movie called La vie est un long fleuve tranquille, (which translates to ‘Life is a long, quiet river’). It’s a comedy made in 1988 by Étienne Chatiliez, and it tells the story of two children who were switched at birth, one going to a upper middle-class family, and the other going to a poor  family. Twelve years later the mistake is discovered and the child living with the poor family is sent back to his real parents.
It was an odd movie, but kind of enjoyable. It was very hard to understand, as we didn’t have subtitles for English! But I quite enjoyed it though.

~Les Choristes~ Film Review

Les Choristes Film PosterYear: 2004
Director: Christophe Barratier
Screenplay: Christophe Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval
Music: Bruno Coulais
Awards: It was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Foreign Language Film. It was also nominated for eight César awards, winning two for Best Original Score and Best Sound.

Les Choristes (The Chorus) is among the best French films to achieve international success since Amélie.
Wonderfully acted with a beautiful score, it’s easy to see why it was nominated for eight César awards and two Academy Awards.

It tells the story of the kind Clément Mathieu (the fantastic Gérard Jugnot), who arrives in 1949 to teach at Fond de L’Etang (‘Bottom of the Pond’), a boarding school for ‘difficult boys’.

Gérard Jugnot plays Clement Mathieu

Gérard Jugnot plays Clément Mathieu.

In his first week he discovers the boys are cruelly treated by the brutal headmaster M. Rachin (François Berléand). Soon after he finds the boys singing rude songs about him behind his back, and decides to assemble a choir. Soon after he realises one of the troubled boys, named Pierre Morhange (the equally wonderful Jean-Baptiste Maunier), has an incredible singing voice and real musical talent.

Jean-Baptiste Maunier plays Pierre Morhange.

Jean-Baptiste Maunier plays the troubled singer Pierre Morhange.

The choir gets progressively better and leads to a transformation in the children, as well as the other teachers and M. Rachin. However, with the arrival of a new boy, the cruel, troubled Mondain, trouble begins.

Les Choristes is a lovely film, uplifting and heartwarming without overdoing the sentiment. Although at times it is predictable, it remains a wonderful French film. The actors are fantastic across the board, with the children giving solid performances, in particular Maunier, who almost steals the show as Morhange. However, Gérard Jugnot is the  stand out here as the kind and understanding Clément Mathieu.


The music in this movie (composed by Bruno Coulais) is absolutely beautiful and suits the film perfectly. The music is very much a part of what makes this movie so enjoyable to watch.

Overall I loved this movie and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys French films or classical music. At times it is predictable, but ultimately it’s a well-made, wonderfully acted film with gorgeous music and a heartwarming message at the core.

Parkinson: Masterclass by Lang Lang

Last night on Parkinson (ABC 1), there was a Masterclass by Lang Lang, who is considered the best Chinese pianist of his time. He has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and all of the top American orchestras. He has inspired more than 40 million Chinese schoolchildren to take up piano throughout his career. Needless to say, his interview with Parkinson was fascinating as he talked about his childhood and technique, and played some of his favourite pieces, before giving a masterclass to a Royal Academy of Music student.

For the musically inclined, his advice is invaluable, his playing almost entrancing. He is truly a gifted pianist and musician. For the next 13 days, you can watch the catch-up episode here on ABC iview. And you can also watch this fantastic video of him performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.

Enjoy!

La fête des mères – Mother’s Day

Pour la fête des mères hier, j’ai fait coupons, pour promener le chien, nettoyage de la maison ou à cuire le dîner. Ma mère aime obtenir des coupons au lieu de bijoux coûteux. Voici beaux modèles des coupons de la prochaine fête des mères. C’est un beau cadeau! 🙂
Click on the images and save them, and then you can print them out and give them as a nice gift next Mother’s Day 🙂

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Merci! 🙂