Monday, May 31, 2010

Best gay music

Some music has the additional value of being of special significance to gays. I've made a Spotify list of the "gay music" I like the most.

Feel free to give me ideas for further additions...

(For you who don't use Spotify: here's the list itself:
Jay Brannan: Half-Boyfriend
The Weather Girls: It's Raining Men
Naked Boys Singing!: The Naked Maid
Naked Boys Singing: Muscle Addiction
The Mamas & The Papas: Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Elton John: Daniel
Sin With Sebastian: Shut up (and sleep with me)
Marvin Gaye: Sexual Healing
The Waterboys: A Man Is In Love
Alf Prøysen: Mannen På Holdeplassen
Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive
Julie Andrews: My Favorite Things
Starmania: La chanson de Ziggy
Sister Sledge: We Are Family
The Pointer Sisters: I'm So Excited
Judy Garland: Over The Rainbow
Pet Shop Boys: New York City Boy
Cindy Lauper: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Charlene: I've Never Been To Me
Hedwig & The Angry Inch OST: Origin of Love
South Park OST: I'm Super
Bare Egil Band: Grana er streit
Bright Eyes: First Day Of My Life
Jan Eggum: Utenfor
De Lillos: Kokken Tor
Enrique Iglesias: Heroe
Mama Cass: Make Your Own Kind Of Music)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Eurovision winner

I didn't see the final last night, but think the winner is quite good.

My three favorites didn't do too well. Belgium got 6th place, Norway got 20th place and Lithuania didn't even make the final.

The ones I didn't like, Bosnia & Herzegovina, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia got 17th, no final, 3rd and no final...

Movie: Invincible

It's always kind of painful to watch these movies that are based so closely on an old wornout formula: an underdog tries to make it big in sports, struggles for a while while being treated badly by everybody and then... Well, you know how it ends. But once in a while there are movies that do it so well that you can ignore the pain: movies such as Rocky and Karate Kid. (I'm talking about the original one here...)

Invincible is not in that class. However, it is quite okay. Mark Wahlberg has gone from musician to underwear model to actor in a quite convincing manner (although some will still say the best part of his career was the underwear ads for Calvin Klein). And if you like American football, it's probably cool to see the plays in the movie.

But if you prefer boxing or karate, there are certainly other movies in this genre that you should rather see...

Invincible (2006)

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 78

"Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing." (Bernard Baruch)

"Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from every doing so." (Gore Vidal)

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's." (Oscar Wilde)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Movie: Fish tank

Katie Jarvis is Mia, a teenager who has experienced far too little love and security in her life, and therefore does not trust love even when it comes along. She swears at her kid sister, who swears back, and is in constant rebellion against her mother who still lives as if she was a teenager. She has problems interacting with family, friends, officials and lovers.

Fish Tank is a grim portrayal of how some young people grow up in unsuitable circumstances and how they try to navigate these. Painful as it is, the movie is still quite successful - until the end, where the director is tempted to make some bad choices.

The movie made the cinemas in Norway thanks to Arthaus, the independend minded distributor owned by the film societies.

Fish Tank (2009)

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 77

"When nice traits were handed out, I got to choose between a long dick and a long memory. I can't remember what I chose."

"I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so." (Edward Heath)

"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied." (Otto Von Bismark)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Movie: Nord

Norwegian movies have aquired an image of being a bit strange, with strange and quiet people doing nothing particular in a Norwegian landscape. Cool and Crazy, Elling and Kitchen Stories are movies close to that image. So is the movie "Nord" (North).

This is a road movie without roads. Jomar is a 30 year old man who has psychological problems. Suddenly he decides to leave his home and work to travel north to see his ex-girlfriend and his son. On the way he meets other people who are even stranger than himself, including a homophobic young guy in need of a close friendship with a man.

Sadly, as many other movies without much action, it is a bit boring at times. Long scenes of Jomar on his scooter or skiing is not particularly interesting. In other parts, it is more entertaining, although never exactly funny.

Nord (2009)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Movie: Einaym Pkuhot

A gay man, Aaron, is living in a orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in Jerusalem. He is married to a woman and has kids, and he has just taken over the butcher shop that his father had run all his life. Then a beautiful man enters his shop, seeking a place to work and a place to stay.

The movie is a quite good portrayal of how religious beliefs interfer with love to make peoples' lives miserable. It is also interesting to look inside such a society.

On the other hand, it does not really feel fresh in the international context (although it probably is in Israel). It reminds me of many movies I've seen before - Latter Days comes to mind.

Einaym Pkuhot (2009)

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 76

"Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy." (William Whitelaw)

"The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity." (Benjamin Disraeli)

"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays." (Oscar Wilde)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Movie: Halbe Treppe

This is a moderately funny movie about two couples who enter a crisis as they are no longer sure which combination of man and wife they want to have.

The humour is partly in the depiction of the rather dull and grim lives they lead, in which the major event is that a parrot escapes. The main character runs a grill "tent" halfway up some stairs, where he is constantly driven out of his mind by an ever-increasing group of street musicians.

Halbe Treppe (2002)

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 75

"I married beneath me, all women do." (Nancy Astor)

"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." (Robert Benchley)

"A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste." (Whitney Balliett)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Movie: Tarik El Hob

"The Road to Love" is the English title of this quite beautiful French movie. Sociology student Karim is starting a video project to describe homosexuality in Arab countries. He regards himself as a heterosexual man, but the project turns into a search for his own identity as much as a search for the truth about Arab homosexuality.

I enjoyed the movie a lot. The director is playing with the images, switching between the images taken by Karim and the images of Karim and his interviewees. The film is also a beautiful love story, called "Achingly romantic" by Toronto Independent. (Of course, I don't actually read "Toronto Independent" - I just took the quote from the DVD cover...)

There is also a bit of skin to be seen in this movie - even full-frontal made nudity. That is only natural, but far too often censored out.

Tarik El Hob (2001)

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Movie: Mary and Max

A decidedly adult animation movie, this: the number of fish killed in the movie would make the most hardened child cry. Moreover, there is alcohol abuse to be seen...

It is an unusual movie. It can be quite sad at times, and then suddenly have a hysterically funny gag that lightens the mood. The story is about two unhappy people, Mary (living in New Zealand) and Max (in New York) who starts to write letters to each other. A difficult idea for a movie, maybe, but it works wonderfully.

Some oneliners:
"When I was young, I invented an invisible friend called Mr Ravioli. My psychiatrist says I don't need him anymore so he just sits in the corner and reads."

"Butts are bad because they wash out to sea and fish smoke them and become nicotine dependent."

"It would be good if there was a Fat Fairy. She would be a bit like the Tooth Fairy but would suck out your fat."

"Max hoped Mary would write again. He'd always wanted a friend. A friend that wasn't invisible, a pet or rubber figurine."

Mary and Max (2009)

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 74

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." (Oscar Wilde)

"Nostalgia isn't what it used to be."

"Don't worry, my boy, you will surely get a friend in your new school. He may not be real, though."