Monday Morning Music – DM Stith – Ichabod & Apple (2005)

I had the pleasure of discovering the music of David Michael Stith as the support act to Sufjan Stevens in Dublin nearly 3 years ago. Twas a lovely surprise, now its time for you to enjoy him too. Melancholic tunes to wind away your Monday blues, or perhaps add to them. A lovely mix between Nick Drake and Elliot Smith. Just what I need today.

DM Stith ” Pity Dance”

The Grand Budapest hotel (2014)- a view

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The king of whimsical hipster film has returned, this time with something a little more disappointing, The Grand Budapest hotel.
The usual cast assembled, the trademark 180 degree pans appeared and the POV shots established right from the start. Unfortunately The Kinks and Elliot Smith don’t sit well in 1930’s Europe so that’s a swing and a miss.
I was let down with the plot, it was rather boring with small snippets of humour. It seemed not as much effort had been poured in. No elaborate lists or wonderful collections. No Wes worlds, at one stage there is an escape route map, we hardly see it. It’s those small wee details that took the magic away a bit.
The aspect ratio also frustrated me. A mix between 16:9 and what seemed 3:4 to distinguish between periods of time. Not necessary and rather distracting.
It’s a nice film, something to enjoy but it most certainly is not his best. Go instead to see The life aquatic on the Talk ship as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, see Murray at his finest.
Good night

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Archive photography : Russian ballet in Australia

Sometimes while browsing an archive you discover something that just completely sucks you in.

Dimitri Rostoff as Malatesta in Francesca da Rimini, Original Ballet Russe, 1940

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These shots from the Ballets Russes Australian tour in 1940 are just amazing. 74 years old and still striking and empowering.  The reflection in the behind the scenes top shot is gorgeous and the intimate feel was what first caught my eye. The intensity of the other two sent me on a wild tour going through the Flickr Commons.

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(Enjoy the rest of this visual treat)