‘Phil Spector’ Directed by David Mamet

The Morning Benders’ Yours Truly session interview made me think of Phil Spector. I watched David Mamet’s HBO film ‘Phil Spector’ recently and found it very weird. Given all of the big star actors, I felt as though I should’ve liked it, but it came off mega cheesy to me… But perhaps that’s what Spector was all about.

This is a still from my most memorable scenes from the film:

pacinoAnd I suppose real life too:

phil-spector-headBy far my favourite opening scene and Ronettes tune. Mean Streets was released in 1973, ten years after the tune was originally released. Thanks Phil!!!:

Throwback: The Morning Benders

This video is three years old, an infant in human years. It makes me think of summer and ice cream thanks to a gig these guys did a while back in Toronto.

Turns out a new pal of mine was also at that gig and recorded some of it for your enjoyment years later.

This is by far their best:

Study time with Night Beds (worst title ever)

I went through a period of big love for Night Beds and their debut album, but I think this video could use so much more exposure. It’s just so lovely:

As Night Beds’ members were packing up after their performance, I asked Yellen if he ever has to work on his voice or if he was just born with it — I’d assumed the latter. “I actually just started taking voice lessons,” he said. “I knew I could be so much better before heading out for this tour.”

Album: George Harrison ‘Living in the Material World’

1973 was a good year…

I also started listening to Gram Parsons’ album GP recently, also released in 1973. 1973 was the year Parsons died of an overdose… He was two months shy of club 27….

This post however is about my favourite Beatle–George, and his brilliant album Living in the Material World.

And this marvelous documentary Martin Scorsese directed:

Gush: Take this Waltz threads

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 5.04.23 PMStumbled upon this gem flipping through an old issue of Elle magazine. It features Lea Carlson, a Toronto-based Costumer Designer.

I always have to remind myself that the scenes in my favourite movies are not real and that every inch of an actor has been planned out (as much as I want it to be real). As summer rolls around in Toronto, I’ve caught myself thinking a lot about Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz. A movie I liked but didn’t love.

What keeps me coming back to the film is not the plot, but rather the visual aesthetics. The actors, the location (Toronto!!) and the sweltering image portrayed throughout the entire film. Polley did an amazing job capturing Toronto’s sticky summer heat. I remember last summer I spent a long time gushing about some outfits Michelle Williams wore in the film. This article was the perfect companion to my love for the film’s tiny details. I anticipate this summer will be no different, this still remains my summer inspiration for 2013:

This is the dress that Carlson was referring to in the article:


take this waltzHere are some other outfits that I adore from the film:

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