June 20 - 26 | 2016

TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! (1989)

So, here I am on a Wednesday evening. It's as hot as it can get mid-June and all my friends are out and about. I don't think there's any 02 left in the atmosphere. Thank God I bought a fan. I can go and get some air, hang with friends and be an averagely social 25 year old girl, or... continue crossing off that long IMDb list. Hmm... I've added some of Almodóver's earlier works... Should I?

I haven't been particularly connected to Almodóvar's movies while growing up. Except for "Hable Con Ella", some of his movies that I've seen had always seemed to me on the verge of superficial, but portrayed as deeply emotional & intellectual. 

That Wednesday evening I stayed home with my brand new fan and a bowl of cherries, and decided to try some old Almodóvar and some young Antonio Banderas. I picked "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"  from 1989, which is about the love story of a psychologically unstable man (Ricky/Banderas) who kidnaps a porn star/junky in an attempt to make her fall in love with him. Hideous as it may sound, Almodóvar tells a ridiculous and raw love story which depicts the despair and lust for love in our overly social, but actually lonesome society. 

Ricky / Antonio Banderas

Ricky / Antonio Banderas

"I'm 23, I have 50 000 pesetas, and I'm all alone in the world."
- Ricky

Now, I wouldn't go into discussing the plot furthermore for people who haven't seen it. Check the trailer here (although, I believe, it doesn't give you the slightest idea of the movie, except for the notes of ridicule). 

I read somewhere that this movie poses a moral question regarding the kidnapping and it made a lot of people upset. Naturally, kidnapping is not lawful, but so is manslaughter and we still watch action movies. "Tie me up! Tie me down!" will remain in the folder "Movies I would watch again" as it gives a socially acceptable scenery to the socially unacceptable, weird people in our society (as you have psychologically unstable person and a porn star drug addict as the main roles in the script). Since everything is portrayed as a metaphor (and should be accepted as such), the kidnapping is a metaphor for the search and desire of love, the battle and the journeys that these acts lead to. Almodóvar's genius communicates this to the viewers by creating an atmosphere which feels surreal in the calmness of the acts that the script unfolds into. 

Definitely recommended to the urban loners out there. I'm talking about the movie. Or the fan?

 

SHAKKA
Nothing Hill influencer

I was browsing through Chip's music library and I stumbled upon an interesting track, a mixture of grime, hip-hop, r&b with summerish vibes and tribal elements. The visuals were also quite impressive. The name of the artist - Shakka, songwriter and producer from Nothing Hill, who has been over the internet for some time now, but recently started to gain more recognition.

I especially love the dance that he and the girl do together, close to the end, when he is brave enough to reach her. When he released the song, Shakka said "The song is me trying to make theme music to the events that occur when a nerd like myself finally finds a way to get the attention of the finest specimen of woman in a club"Now, I would expect more profound reasoning, but still, Shakka is a pretty neat guy, who by the way is still unsigned - The rise of the unsigned artists? (a favourite ice breaker of mine).

Here's one more joyful track to get you started for a party (featuring JME - I can't name one song with JME that's no good?!).

PS: Do you know what "shaka" stands for? 

 

THE ART OF SLOWING DOWN

I'm really an overactive person. I almost never drink coffee, yet I wake up with an energy shock through my body that looks and feels pretty much like a heart attack. I juggle 10 things at the same time, I rarely have a moment in my day when I just sit still, I think and over think and always remind myself time is limited. (Must DO things!). 

Last year I picked an edition of KINFOLK that was dedicated to the Slow Movement. Now, I've never read about it before and it was quite interesting, though it's one of those things that are close to the mind, but you've never had the ability to grasp before. 

Official definition of the Slow Movement (thank you, Wikipedia): "... advocates a cultural shift towards slowing down life's pace." By slowing down, we learn to appreciate - be it human relations, food, art and history, and basically all areas of life. 

I try and try, from time to time, to slow down my pace, knowing that it's good for my health and it recharges my thought and creative processes. This week I took off to the seaside with my two dogs, leaving all work behind and limiting human interactions to greeting the staff at my vacation home. Work has been pretty hectic for the last couple of months which acts as an adrenaline boost to me, yet I find myself too tired at times, like my batteries have run out. I try to teach myself to switch off, even through the work week, or through the work day - when I start to feel that stress is overtaking me, I sit back and relax, stop rushing everything and just breathe. One thing I can confirm - it's a NO HEADACHES GUARANTEE :) 

It's pretty much self-taught mechanism that works with practice. So, you can read some guide books or articles about it but it all comes from practicing self-control (as it's that self-control that makes you lose control and relax).

Peep this picture of Lara the dog, who just had her first trip to the seaside!!! (teeth? she has them plenty!)