Friday, 20 January 2017

Chet (the cat) in the Hat

portobello/victorian times

Corr! About time, where HAVE you been?!!

I went to the cinema. Why?

The phone's been ringing ALL day, I haven’t had a moments peace.

Liar. Who was it?


What did he want?

Wanted to talk about The Mue.

Everything ok?

He’s agreed to be a co-curator.

Brilliant, did you give him a badge?

You bet, of course he wanted a hat.

Bob? Bob in a hat! I can’t imagine that!
His head’s too wide and a little bit flat.
He will say it makes him look fickle and fat.
Or much more likely, stupid, in fact.

What film did you see, Dr Seuss?

No. Born to Be Blue.

The 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed, produced and written by Robert Budreau, starring Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo that was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival ?

That’s the one – you’ve been reading Wikipedia.

What’s it about?

Well, Variety's reviewer, Andrew Barker, noted that the film is "about a character who happens to share a name and a significant number of biographical similarities with Chet Baker, taking the legendary West Coast jazz musician's life as though it were merely a chord chart from which to launch an improvised set of new melodies.” I can read Wikipedia too you know.

Ok, so what did you think?

I think Andrew Barker might have been spot on but the film was great, albeit harrowing.

Harrowing ? Why ?

You watch a man tearing himself apart and destroying so much, and the acting is so strong you feel every moment of suffering. But the music was glorious and the visuals fascinating.

Carmen Ejogo IS beautiful.

Not only that. But the film isn’t depressing.

I hate films that depress me. Was it uplifting?

You couldn’t say that but it was well crafted and inspiring.

You’re taking up the trumpet?



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