Saturday, 15 January 2011

Joaquin directs the Silversun Pickups

Youtube has been around forever and it's only lately that I'm actually spending proper time exploring it and realising the excellence of having access to millions of music videos, clips you've heard about but never seen before...heck, I'm even in a sort of music video on Youtube (this is not a lie-it's by an unknown Glasgow band so you won't be able to find me). I just discovered that Joaquin Phoenix (one of my favourite actors) directed a music video for the Silversun Pickups (one of my now favourite bands of all time) and I thought I'd share it with you; so here it is:

I think Brian from the Silversun Pickups has a look of a young Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins going on here. Apparently it was shot at about 3am downtown LA after the band had just finished a long tour which is probably why they all look a bit wasted (and Brian quite frankly looks a bit mental). Love the 'little lovers' in flight. Impressive film work from Mr Phoenix.

I'm looking forward to watching Joaquin in Casey Affleck's (his brother in law) Mockumentary "I'm still here". I think it's out on DVD soon (or maybe now). I don't even know if it was released in cinemas here but there was a lot of debate in the American media, amongst film critics etc. if this was a 'real' documentary and if Joaquin had actually had a very public meltdown, was high on drugs, forgot his barber's number and so on. Watching him in his shades and beard on the David Letterman show makes for funny, if uncomfortable viewing, but to me he's always had such a weird quirky thing going on I was only a little bemused by the news that he was retiring from the film world to persue a career in rap. But thankfully his P Diddy days were only a wind up and he was just putting his acting skills to good use to wind up tinseltown. It must have been so liberating for him to have the upper hand for once with the media and play them for fools. Respect to JP.

Friday, 14 January 2011


I took a quiz on my talented Mum's blog to find out what Jane Austen character I am and apparently I'm Elizabeth Bennet which is good because that's probably the only Jane Austen character I'm actually familiar with! I liked Jennifer Ehle's portrayal of her in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice. Now where is my Mr Darcy?
Here's a wee link to the quiz if you fancy taking it:

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!