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Dear Godfather

I went through a fairly large stage where I was convinced that I wanted to be a filmmaker. It seemed like such a fitting role for Lori Noel: I'd get to be creative, work on movie sets, write stories, put together visual works of art on screens and boss people around. I even went so far as to make an almost full length documentary on the kids at my school, I'll spare you the linkage... but it's on youtube if youre super curious. Anyways, Here's filmmaking at its best, in my opinion.

If you've been keepin up you'll know that my absolute favorite director and filmmaker is Sofia Coppola. (Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette)
So, you'll understand how excited I am about her new film, Somewhere, starring none other than Elle Fanning. The second coming of Dakota, with cuter facial features.

Sofia and Elle on the movie set

(anyone thinking Elle looks eerily like Kirsten Dunst here...? note: Kirsten Dunst has starred in two of Coppola's films. guess she's got a type.)

Another great filmmaker of the right here and now? The grand prize winner of the video contest for Monsters of Folk's Dear God. Produced by Kathleen Bryson and Directed by Nele Hecht. This video is a bit long but you have a minute, really watch it. It's a bit chilling when you let the concept sink in. Plus this kid is adorable.

Post links in the comments of your favorite films:) 
Oh yah, and I just recently figured out how to add videos in my blogs, hehe:) so check out the page on the side called music for you, which contains some nice little videos of songs I've been listening to a lot. 


Carnivaleque Rebellion

I'm all over a new photographer. Funny thing really.. all my life I never gave a damn about photography, considered it an inferior artform even. But recently I'm struck by some of the iconic shots coming my way that can't be described as anything but art.

Yesterday I came across this one by a man named Joseph Szabo. I saw it in a really cool magazine that's worth checking out called Adbusters (all about questioning the media and society's "norms"). His pieces are so beautifully simple and unpretentious. I'm in love.

I can't believe I havn't mentioned Olivia Bee yet! She's the best thing since olives and bees. A 16 year old camera wonder that takes the most amazingly whimsical pictures of pretty people doing pretty things. They are so fairytale-esque. The picture at the top of this blog's homepage belongs to her and is actually a secret link to her magical website. Check it out :) This is one of her many beautiful self-portraits:


Stardust son of Rage and Love

Straight to the point:

Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway was the most amazing thing I've seen. Not show, THING, out of everything in the world. This was seriously completely off the charts insane. It lived up to all my huge expectations that have been building since the spring when I first heard about the new show by Green Day, nutured and bred from their album American Idiot, soundtrack to my middle school days. I've had my upfront tickets for months now and I travelled all the way to the great N Y C to fulfill my longing.

I hope your jealous when I tell you that I was literally close enough to the stage to feel the spray of spit fly from John Gallagher Jr.'s mouth as he belted the opening number. This was followed, without much unneccesary dialogue in between, by  my favorite song of all time, Jesus of Suburbia (yah, the entire 9 minute long epic tale). I don't have to tell that I was already perched on the edge of my seat when Whatsername finally emerged from the shadows, hair flying everywhere, clad in the purple boy briefs with a streak to match.

Then my favorite song from the cast version of the album came up. 21 Guns blew my mind ( in a way no snarky comments by TH could ever come close to) when the entire chorus came on to sing in perfect harmony. The cast stood, looking into the distance and then let themselves fall to the ground metaphorically depicting both the lead character's struggle with drugs and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Easily the best number. Actally, not so easily, they were all amazing.