Sierra Madre del Sur


Va terminando el Valle de Oaxaca. Los lomeríos se van haciendo más elevados. Al pasar Sola de Vega, cruzando el río, las curvas son más pronunciadas. El bosque es predominantemente de ocote. El olor a trementina es fuerte por instantes. Ascenso y descenso. Se pasa por Juchatengo, a la orilla del río, que fue Atoyac al cruzar el Valle. Otro ascenso hasta el Cerro del Vidrio. Ahí hay una bifurcación, a Puerto Escondido y a Juquila. El verde es intenso. El terreno con pendiente pronunciada. La carretera sinuosa. Los peregrinos dejan huellas de su fe y esperanza en los árboles y sobre el terreno. Por la tarde la niebla va bajando y cubriendo la inmensa montaña.





Araucaria, pinos y ocote

Cascada de Amialtepec


I'M GONNA MARRI NEW YEARS EVE

Having a little party at my friends house tonight, so thats a good excuse to play dress up. Haha i'm just wearing my pink vivienne westwoods and my pink strawberry camerabag so they will match my hair!

Just the last post this year..




I hope for all of you that you'll have a wonderful start into a great and happy new year!

This year for me was full of some awful news in my private live - but also some really nice new friends I met.. 

I will be back with some new ideas for this blog tomorrow - but first:

 Start your new year right - and treat it with respect and love - because it's filled with miracles just for you! 

Thank you all for following this blog - and listening to me! 

(it's really great that so wonderful people out there seem to care about what I think.. I am still amazed. THANK YOU!!)

Thank you for all the nice comments you you left!!!

Yours

Irene


Flick of The Day: Ran

One of the most celebrated Japanese film-makers of all time, Akira Kurosawa has a long and varied career as a director. Due to his westernised style of filming, he was always more popular outside of Japan then in his native land. Along with  Yasujirō Ozu, Kurosawa became the most recognised Japanese director in the west and nearly all of his work received some form of release in the US and Europe during his lifetime and the inevitable American remakes followed. Most notably, his classic tale of feudal Japan The Seven Samurai was the basis for John Sturges cowboy romp The Magnificent Seven while Yojimbo became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars. Perhaps his best work is this sprawling epic re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear and today's flick of the day, Ran
An elderly warlord played by Tatsuya Nakadai is the King Lear of this piece and like Lear attempts to split his long fought for kingdom between his three sons Taro, Jiro, and Saburo. Taro and Jiro flatter to deceive and proclaim this to be a great idea while Saburo sees that this will only cause chaos and treachery. Interpreting Saburo's disagreement as a threat to his authority, he banishes him from the valley. Inevitably the old lord soon falls out with his two sons Taro and Jiro and sets off a brutal and bloody war for control of the kingdom. Across a number of expertly filmed set piece battles, this war plays itself out. Of course the great lord, now left to wander the plains with only his jester for company comes to see the error of his ways and that Saburo had his best interests at heart. 
A distilled version of Shakespeare's classic tale, with far less wordy speeches and much more emphasis on visual imagery. This film is worth seeing for that alone, Kurosawa had an eye for a shot that so many Western directors would kill for. From the natural beauty of the opening scene at a boar hunt to the epic battle scenes with variously coloured armies clashing on fields and castles, this is a feast for the eyes. In one particularly stunning scene, the ambient noise is removed letting the Takemitsu score soar while the combined armies of Taro and Jiro attack the castle which contains their banished father. Arrows, blood and ritual suicide glide by the screen.
All in all, this is one of Kurosawa's best, epic in all aspects including its length which comes in just shy of 3 hours, this is one of those films to see just for the sake of seeing it. The story is a well trodden path at this stage but Kurosawa's unique visual style and a cast of some of the best Japanese actors of their day carry it through. This would be the great master's last epic and it is fitting perhaps that it the tale of Lear.

FREE RICHARDSON






Charlotte Free one of my favorite models shot by Terry Richardson one of my favorite photgraphers.


The Rum Diary.


Hunter S Thompson was an American writer who started life as a journalist and went on to write various best selling novels. He is credited as the originator of what became known as gonzo journalism, an exaggerated form of reportage where the writer becomes part of the story via a first person narrative. His other claim to fame is his excessive use of drugs and alcohol, which inadvertently led to him sadly committing suicide in 2005 at the age of 67. There had been two feature films based around his work, the first of which Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) starred Bill Murray as Thompson, the second Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) was directed by Terry Gilliam and this time Thompson’s friend Johnny Depp portrayed the journalist.

Richard Jenkins.
After a hiatus of nineteen years Bruce Robinson, who was responsible for Withnail & I (1987), was brought in to write the screenplay and direct The Rum Diary (2011), which was based on Thompson’s novel of the same name. Written in the 1960’s it was not published until 1998.  This time Johnny Depp not only starred in the film but also took on the function of producer. He plays the role of Thompson’s alter ego Paul Kemp a journalist who in 1960 moved from New York to San Juan in Puerto Rico to work on a daily newspaper and found him embroiled with some very unscrupulous US entrepreneurs.  

Giovanni Ribisi.
Lovingly shot on location in San Juan, the strength of this movie is in its very clever use of both verbal and perceived humour and the brilliantly drawn characters played by a superb cast: Richard Jenkins as the newspapers editor Lotterman, Michael Rispoli as Bob Sala news photographer and Kemps room mate and Giovanni Ribisi who steals ever scene he’s in as the substance abusing and Hitler loving Moberg. Depp’s love interest, there always is one, is the beautiful Scarlett Johansson look alike Amber Heard.   Johnny Depp executes his lines with great panache and really gives the impression that he is enjoying playing his role almost as much as this viewer enjoyed watching the film.

Mr Depp and love interest Amber Heard.



E já lá vai mais um



Segundo o calendário que nos "orienta", termina aqui mais um ano. Para mim pouco ou nada me diz, uma vez que tenciono continuar o meu caminho, ou seja, com projectos, com energia e com amor para os meus amores e amigos. De todas as formas, que venha lá esse tal ano novo, que será muito bem vindo!( espero)

E uma vez que Anouar Brahem me acompanhou muitas e muitas horas a fazer o que mais gosto, que é ter "as mãos na massa", tinha que o escolher para acabar este "tal" ano. 

Top 10 Albums of 2011

Because, why not?

#10. Girls, "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" Something about the pastiche-nature of Girls' songwriting approach lets me down a bit, but this is a still a very enjoyable pop excursion.

#9 Grooms, "Prom" An album that works so well as an album it's sometimes hard for me to differentiate individual tracks--that said, "Expression Of" is an excellent distillation of what is powerful about Grooms, namely the dynamic tension between the pent vocals and the taut, interlocking guitar lines.

#8 Extra Life, "Ripped Heart EP" Another engagingly ill outing for Extra Life, one of the most sonically masterful yet strangely unacknowledged acts going in music today. "Strong Brother, Weak Brother" is a forceful yet recondite endeavor, dialoguing with pop music while at the same time not setting aside the group's consistent insistence towards vital self-exploration.

#7 Parenthetical Girls, "Privilege IV" The entire Privilege sequence of EPs has been among my favorite as they have rolled out, but this entry, in particular the "title track" "The Privilege," strikes me as a true leap forward for P Girls. It's one of those songs that is so good upon hearing it once you feel as if you've been preparing to hum it to yourself your whole life.

#6 Nat Baldwin, "People Changes" Baldwin's songs on this record, both his originals and the two excellent covers of Arthur Russell and Kurt Weisman, testify to the power that is earned through solitary devotion to one's craft--charting Nat Baldwin's development is not a matter of the linear--it is a matter of sounding ever deepening reaches.

#5 PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake" Strangely, I've never previously been a fan of PJ Harvey. This album changed that. The recording is a masterpiece--the dynamics here are astonishing--and the songwriting and singing is incomparably strong. This is truly a dimensional record--it gives one a full feeling of space.

#4 Wye Oak, "Civilian" Not even really sure what to say about this record aside from that a) it's awesome and b) I wish I could write songs like these. It took me a while to get fully inside these songs but then I found, to my delight, they were fully inside me and I've been vibing deep ever since.

#3 Delicate Steve, "Wondervisions" Few records I've ever heard have brought me so much manifest joy. Feeling down? Put on Wondervisions. Feeling confused? Put on Wondervisions. It works. This is music that lifts the soul.

#2 Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues" I saw them live not long after the record came out and it was astonishing. I've turned to this record a lot this year--the mood, the music, the lyrics--they all kind of suit me.

#1 Sam Mickens, "Slay & Slake" What, you expected an "objective" list? Sure, I'm biased, but I really find Sam's to be amongst the most iconoclastic voices presently going--who cares less for sacred cows, for the dogmas of the desperate, for the faith in selling-out that is so many artists' creed? Also: the music is genius, challenging, and extremely gratifying in a life affirming way.


Okay! Happy New Year!


PINK CRUELLA THE VILL

A little sneak peak of my hair that I dyed yesterday. I'll post more picturesof it later.

Completely havin kittens.. ..2011 wrap up - and a new one..

 Welcome to the last completely having kittens post of 2011..


This is part of a meme hosted by Michelle @ THE TRUE BOOK ADDICT.

Michelle re-posted some of her favourite Cat Thursday pics, which she shared with us through 2011. I'd like to share three of them with you, too before I am going to show you twelve of my favourite this year (followed by a "brand new" one on this blog..)

Here are three I borrowed from Michelle, who posted loads of great pics beside those..: 



And my favourite of them:




Okay - here are my 12 favourite pictures I posted this year on this blog:

 I was participating on this meme before I started it here - I did it on another blog of mine NOT SOPHISTICATED (I'M THE SWEET AND SIMPLE KIND)..

Frankly - I love almost every picture I posted in this series - so I had a hard time to pick just twelve of them.. But here we go - and of course we'll end with my favourite picture of them all..

We had a lot of cats showing their pals (most of them I confess are my favourite actors):

Ava Gardner



Agnes Moorehead



 Elizabeth Taylor



Marilyn Monroe



James Mason



Judy Garland



 Alain Delon



Ursula Andress
(I simply had to re-post both pictures..)




Peter Lorre



Laird Cregar



Romy Schneider


 And here is the new picture - sporting one of the few actors I dare to call by first name when talking about her (another one would be Romy Schneider..) - our cat-lady of the week is a lady who would have turned 110 years this week:

Marlene Dietrich


* Decemeber 27, 1901  Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany
† May 6, 1992 Paris, France

Thank you all for listening!

Yours

Irene

Andi Muise, Andie MacDowell, Andrea Krakhecke, Anna Catherine Hartley, Anna Draganska, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

Andi Muise
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Andie MacDowell
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Andrea Krakhecke
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Anna Catherine Hartley
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Anna Draganska
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Anna Maria Perez de Tagle
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