The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

Holy. Shit. #MadMaxFuryRoad #SDCC 

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Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus: “Do You Believe In Shame?” (Duran Duran cover). 

Movies I’ve Seen In 2014 (January - June)

Here’s a list of all the films I’ve seen (for the first time) so far this year.

1. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958, Japan)
2. Election: Volume 2 (Johnnie To, 2006, Hong Kong)
3. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Johnnie To, 2011, Hong Kong)
4. American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013, USA)
5. Exiled (Johnnie To, 2006, Hong Kong)
6. Forces of Nature (Bronwen Hughes, 1999, USA)
7. Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2013, USA/France)
8. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (Ki-duk Kim, 2003, South Korea/Germany)
9. Chimpanzee (Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, 2012, Tanzania/USA)
10. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013, USA)
11. Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves, 2013, USA/China/Hong Kong)
12. Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback, 2013, USA)
13. Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan, 2010, Canada)
14. 96 Minutes (Aimee Lagos, 2011, USA)
15. Head-On (Fatih Akin, 2004, Germany/Turkey)
16. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954, Japan)
17. The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955, USA)
18. Mine Games (Richard Gray, 2012, USA)

19. The Counselor [Director’s Cut] (Ridley Scott, 2013, USA/UK)
20. Dark Angel (Craig R. Baxley, 1990, USA)
21. The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014, Australia/USA/Denmark)
22. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012, France)
23. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski, 2013, USA)
24. Goodbye First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2011, France/Germany)
25. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (Johnnie To, Wai Ka Fai, 2002, Hong Kong)
26. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013, USA)
27. I Was a Male War Bride (Howard Hawks, 1949, USA)
28. Running Out of Time (Johnnie To, 1999, Hong Kong)
29. Hours (Eric Heisserer, 2013, USA)
30. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (Lars von Trier, 2013, Denmark/Germany/France/Belgium/UK)
31. Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 (Lars von Trier, 2013, Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany/UK)
32. Chico & Rita (Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba, 2010, Spain/UK)
33. Flirting with Disaster (David O. Russell, 1996, USA)
34. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012, UK)
35. Kingdom of Heaven [Director’s Cut] (Ridley Scott, 2005, USA/UK/Spain/Germany/Morocco)

36. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix Van Groeningen, 2012, Belgium/Netherlands)
37. Non-Stop (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014, UK/France/USA)
38. Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2010, Japan)
39. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014, UK/Germany)
40. Agora (Alejandro Amenábar, 2009, Spain)
41. Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas, 2014, USA)
42. The Signal (David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry, 2007, USA)
43. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013, UK)
44. The Keep (Michael Mann, 1983, USA)
45. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg, 2013, USA)
46. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony Rosso, Joe Russo, 2014, USA)
47. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006, France/Italy)
48. Miracle (Eric Guggenheim, 2004, USA)
49. Pi (Darren Aronofsky, 1998, USA)
50. Breathless (Ik-Joon Yang, 2008, South Korea)

51. Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014, USA)
52. Would You Rather (David Guy Levy, 2012, USA)
53. The Double (Richard Ayoade, 2013, UK)
54. The Thing Called Love (Peter Bogdanovich, 1993, USA)
55. The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014, Indonesia/USA)
56. Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009, France/Belgium)
57. Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan, 2005, Canada/UK)
58. Vice Versa (Brian Gilbert, 1988, USA)
59. Thief (Michael Mann, 1981, USA)
60. In Your Eyes (Brin Hill, 2014, USA)
61. Popeye (Robert Altman, 1980, USA)
62. Chloe (Atom Egoyan, 2009, USA/Canada/France)
63. Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996, France)
64. Clean (Olivier Assayas, 2004, France/Canada/UK)
65. The Voices (Marjane Satrapi, 2014, USA/Germany)
66. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner, 2014, USA)
67. Man of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013, USA/Canada/UK)
68. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, 2008, France)
69. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012, Canada/France)

70. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013, USA)
71. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013, USA)
72. Mood Indigo (Michel Gondry, 2013, France/Belgium)
73. Neighbors (Nicholas Stoller, 2014, USA)
74. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987, China)
75. Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France/USA)
76. Frank (Lenny Abrahamson, 2014, UK/Ireland)
77. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (Isaac Florentine, 2013, Thailand/USA)
78. Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014, USA/Japan)
79. A Touch of Sin (Zhangke Jia, 2013, China)
80. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013, Japan)
81. Memories of Matsuko (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2006, Japan)
82. The Fox Family (Hyung-gon Lee, 2006, South Korea)
83. The Company (Robert Altman, 2003, Germany/USA)
84. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014, USA/UK)
85. Kamikaze Girls (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2004, Japan)
86. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014, USA/Australia)
87. Vampire Academy (Mark Waters, 2014, USA/UK/Romania)

88. Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! (Daihachi Yoshida, Japan, 2007)
89. In a World… (Lake Bell, 2013, USA)
90. Cheap Thrills (E.L. Katz, 2013, USA)
91. 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014, USA)
92. The To Do List (Maggie Carey, 2013, USA)
93. Chef (Jon Favreau, 2014, USA)
94. Showgirls 2: Penny’s from Heaven (Rena Riffel, 2011, USA)
95. The Frozen Ground (Scott Walker, 2013, USA)
96. The East (Zal Batmanglij, 2013, USA/UK)
97. Cold in July (Jim Mickle, 2014, USA/France)

Check out last year’s lists here.

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Interlude Before Murder….
She smiled at him. Carlotta Cain of the full figure, the dreamy eyes, the enticing red electric mouth….
"There’s something different about you, Chambers," she said. "Something I like. Oh, yes. Of course. I know. YOU’RE DENUDED!"

Avon paperback original
9th book with Peter Chambers
Seattle Mystery Bookshop



Interlude Before Murder….

She smiled at him. Carlotta Cain of the full figure, the dreamy eyes, the enticing red electric mouth….

"There’s something different about you, Chambers," she said. "Something I like. Oh, yes. Of course. I know. YOU’RE DENUDED!"


Avon paperback original

9th book with Peter Chambers

Seattle Mystery Bookshop

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8½ - Federico Fellini - 1963

Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale

Bipolar Sunshine: “Deckchairs On The Moon”. 

Song of the summer? 

Very possibly. 

My Musical Mind (22/07/14)

feat. music from Kimbra, Bat for Lashes, Blood Orange, Jhené Aiko, Allison Iraheta, Lykke Li, Got a Girl, Tinashe, The Weeknd, SZA and loads more.  

Plus listen to commentary/clips of 5 of my favourite songs of the fortnight* in the latest Black Diesel Radio mini-edition.

Welcome to my musical mind. Where fifties swing meets noughties electronica. Where blues, rock, latin, funk, hip-hop, pop, country, jazz and southern fried soul will all be given a workout. Eclectic is the watch word. Embrace the chaos kids.

Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus - Do You Believe In Shame? (Duran Duran cover)*—allison-iraheta—-halo-circus-cover-duran-duran-024939852.html
Bat for Lashes - Skin Song
Bipolar Sunshine - Deckchairs On The Moon*
Blood Orange feat. Skepta - High Street
BROODS - Mother & Father
David Andrew Sitek & Tinashe - Xylaphone
The Death of Pop - Mirage
FEMM - Fxxk Boyz Get Money
Glass Animals - Gooey
Got a Girl - There’s a Revolution
Jhené Aiko - The Pressure
Kimbra - Miracle*
Kitten - Devotion
Lykke Li - Gunshot
Majid Jordan - Her
Marlene - Indian Summer
Octave Minds - In Silence
One Republic - Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Mix)
PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake - Recognize
Princess Superstar - Chick Habit (April March cover)
Puss n Boots - Don’t Know What It Means (Live on ‘The Tonight Show’)
Saint Pepsi - Fiona Coyne*
Sigma feat. Paloma Faith - Changing
Sinead Harnett - No Other Way (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
SZA - Moodring
Tove Lo - Not On Drugs
The Weeknd - King of the Fall
Wet - Move Me

Other songs I blogged in the last two weeks

TIANN - Devil’s Touch
Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed - Watch Me
Harts - Lovers In Bloom
Jhené Aiko feat. Cocaine 80s - To Love and Die
Kitten - Cathedral
Dynatron - Cosmo Black (from ‘Cold in July’)*


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