Archive for July 2009
Although I still think that someone needs to adapt one of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults into a feature film, I still highly approve of Wes Anderson’s attempt to one of Dahl’s children novels, the Fantastic Mr. Fox. I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and evidence of this project in the works has surfaced.
The film stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and Brian Cox.
Here are the first looks:
Film releases November 13. Read more about it in the following links:
Wrote a whole long post after I came home from a long day of work and dropping by Pershing Square. I am past my vent, still in awe of Rocco, and basically just wanted to present the video of his intro song to you. The video is shown in the next post after this one.
Below is a still from the video:
I can’t talk about coffee houses and a coffee tour and not mention Cafe Du Monde. This was probably the number one place I ever had coffee.
Besides the fact that they are known for their long-standing coffee stand, chicory coffee, and beignets, they are located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. I remember that I chose to not drink coffee on this trip, but gave in when we got to New Orleans. I couldn’t resist. It was raining that day (also was the 2-year anniversary of Katrina). The seating area inside, under the roof, is also open to the outside street.
So we were seated under the roof, eating beignets and I was having a cup of black chicory coffee, and rain was wetting the streets near us and sliding down the roof. I don’t really know how to describe it that well. All I know is that with those donuts, coffee, the rain, the French Quarters, the liveliness of the people there, it was the ultimate coffee experience so far and I have been wanting to go back ever since to sit at Cafe Du Monde and drink a cup of coffee.
I recall a group of Du Monde employees gathering around some tables, looking like they were having the time of their lives. They were laughing, being so animated and jubilant, and dancing so merrily that for a second I felt like I was witnessing a celebration of family and good friends. It pretty well reflected the whole pleasant and sociable atmosphere we felt all around New Orleans. The energy was felt all around, at least in the downtown and French Quarters area. I can’t speak for outside the populated area, only that I knew not to venture out with the high crime rates and deserted areas.
I think I heard about Du Monde before, but didn’t realize really that I was at THE place. We were looking up places to eat at in New Orleans (Mother’s is another highly recommended place for sweet potato pie, po-boys, and gumbo), and I came across this Cafe Du Monde online. We had a taxi take us to Decatur (which wasn’t really that far at all from where we were staying). I wrongly pronounced it “Deck-etter” at first, which is probably why I remember what street Du Monde was on.
I think that’s about everything I remember. It’s been two years. All the places around Du Monde are also worth checking out, taking a walk in. I miss the southern riverfront jazz music. I will definitely go back someday, hopefully soon.
The Original French Market Coffee Stand: see their web site here.
It’s still puzzling to my mind, why people are such fanatics about coffee, people like me. I start loving everything coffee, like the smell, accessories, best places to sit to sip coffee, and coffee houses. One of my ultimate dream trips is a coffee house tour.
I started thinking about doing that trip just now, and remembered a unique coffee house I came across two years ago. Traveling on the road around the U.S., we came across Rembrandt’s Coffee House in Eagle, Idaho. The coffee house is a former church. I remember high ceilings, tall colorful windows, art on the walls, and many different places and types of places to sit. The whole room had the classic church shape, symmetrical with a large arch. There was a small stage for mic nights, they also did movie nights.
I googled this coffee shop and came across their website: http://www.rembrandtscoffeehouse.net/.
So if you’re ever around Eagle, check out Rembrandt’s.
I had seen an image of Ben with Michael Jackson and Marlon Jackson back in January of 1977 at Ben’s house in San Francisco (see above). But yesterday I came across another picture of Ben interviewing them along with a couple more brothers:
I love love love old photos (sorry to say “old”, Ben). But these photos, I believe, will set an amazing tone and palette for an upcoming project. I already have so many questions, so many ideas. I can say so much right now, but probably should wait until a better time …. Meanwhile, I suggest if you don’t know about Ben, Google/Wiki him, watch Almost Famous, and read his books! And enjoy the photos!
We had posted an article about Ben and Michael on our site. I saw these following links in the article:
Have you heard of NOTCOT? It is a fantastic blog that people can offer submissions to. The blog is filled with square eye-candy images featuring unique concepts, products, designs, art, and much much more that gain the interests of numerous kinds of artists.
To be honest, I was just thinking a couple minutes ago why my submissions never make it live on NOTCOT.org. I had even been considering minutes ago about writing a mock blog post to list steps of what it took to be in NOTCOT’s favor (consisting but not limited to “impractical installations”, a so-easy-to-make website that the person who blogs on it must be an intellectual artist, plants and lawns in places where they don’t belong).
But to be fair, I have really only shared two. There was one I came across, a stop-motion video created by Brandon Goodwin featuring Darren King, drummer of MuteMath (I’m a fan). The video consists of what looks like photo cut-outs of the characters that act out a cute scene of a boy and girl getting along, and a mean cowboy who goes after them. All this takes place in a house.
I thought, girl in cute dress, boy in fedora and the decades clothing, cute story, unique video concept taken to a new level, how can NOTCOT not post this?
So I admit, a few minutes ago, I thought that this second submission was a true sign of NOTCOT maybe just not being all that I had hoped. I came across another one of their postings which took me to a website that had a white background, simple and large clean text of two solid colors, and large images. I thought to myself, this is what it takes to be in the NOTCOT club. And I’m not in that club. I sent them a link to a YouTube video.
I scrolled down. I see a P.I.S.S. invention, a contraption that allows a guy to pee into what looks like leads into a watering can-like spout to feed plants. This is what they like, not a YouTube video featuring a drummer of a progressive rock band.
I scrolled down some more. And there it was, in its own box. Darren and girl dancing on a magazine, with my name underneath, and a caption with words I submitted:
So there it is. Does this make me officially part of the NOTCOT club? I feel like I have done a good deed. Whatever, it isn’t much, but I will always remember my first, just as I remember my first IMDb credit (I believe it had something to do with a project related to Lindsay Lohan’s dad ….). In any case, it is there, for NOTCOT readers to click on and also join in on the love for Darren … and girl.
So what does NOTCOT like? Apparently, drummers of progressive rock bands … and paper-cut music videos, very Gondry-esque … and P.I.S.S. contraptions. So it’s a whole variety, but the point is they catch your eye, whether with great interest or great doubt.
(Now why they didn’t take my first submission of amazing camera shots of Ken Block’s stunt driving and why they took a submission of a bad skateboard commercial, I’ll never know. It was Ken Block with Rob Dyrdek. Maybe it was the Dyrdek part that held the submission down.)