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Troy

born: 1984
born in: kingston, jamaica
lives in: new york
What is it about the creative spirit that often makes it so self-deprecating and sometimes so self-damaging? Did we all suffer the same childhood torments? What happens to the same spirit that drives people to points of world-changing genius? And what... [more]

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posted on 11.18.09
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I'm rethinking all that stuff I want from IKEA…thanks in part to Mon Oncle, my new-found favorite film by Jacques Tati. 


Mon Oncle takes comedic jabs at everything a “comtemporary-ist” would find cool and chic and of-the-moment (slap in the face to yours truly), buts it’s interesting because Mon Oncle was filmed and released circa 1958.  The film, set in post-war France, follows M. Hulot, an awkward simpleton of a man, as he charms his jaded nephew in a gadget-film home…post-war France apparently had an obsession with modernity and consumerism.  Le film was well received mind you; it won an Oscar for “Best Foreign Language Film”, a “Special Prize” at Cannes, and a New York Film Critics Award.  The sets are fabulous, the je ne sais quoi of the characters are fabulous, and the sounds of the costumes are even more fabulous. C’est la vie.


(Available HERE IN FULL via YouTube)

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posted on 11.17.09
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Alicia Erian
Alan Ball
Summer Bishil
Aaron Eckhart
Toni Collette
Maria Bello
Peter Macdissi

Scumbags don’t always suck and some kids just like sex.


These are the realizations I’ve come to after watching Towelhead – the film adaptation of Alicia Erian’s story of Jasira, a thirteen-year-old girl blossoming faster than a night-blooming cactus in Houston, Texas.


The film has several mini-climaxes that grab you by the PC muscles and make sure you’re paying attention, like when Jasira’s Lebanese father pummels her in a car (a scene sure to make you think of Rihanna) and when young Jasira (played by Summer Bishil) announces who she lost her virginity to, to a room full of people. 


As the characters (directed by Alan Ball) are pushed through their earthly trials and learn what they can, you come to see their value to Jasira and her awakening.  And as this happens, you may find yourself thinking that perhaps she does, in fact, now have enough life experience to decide and acknowledge to herself that “yes, I do like sex” and “yes, I know who I want it from”.

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posted on 11.17.09
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Milla Jovovich
Olatunde Osunsanmi
Will Patton
Hakeem Kae Kazim
Corey Johnson
Enzo Cilenti
Elias Koteas
Alex Collier

The inhumanity of it all left me chilled, frightened, and at times, in tears.


Actress Milla Jovovich opens The Fourth Kind declaring that “every scene in this movie is supported by archive footage.”  The footage she refers to depicts hypnotherapy sessions that Jovovich, as Dr. Abigail Tyler, conducts to help troubled patients come to terms with mysterious dreams featuring an even more mysterious owl.  At times, the archive footage shown is a little too “pretty” to truly be real, but it is none-the-less suspenseful and disturbing; disturbing enough to make The Fourth Kind (directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi) the first movie to ever have given me nightmares…three nights in a row.


Burglaries, intrusions, and unwanted forms of invasive contact (human or otherwise) have always been one of my biggest fears…it’s one of the reasons I prefer compact city living as opposed to oft-secluded rural life – living in an apartment complex, if I “go”, there’s a good chance all my neighbors will have to go with me.  It’s a selfish thought, but more comforting than going alone.  And yet, somewhere between the childish ignorance of characters like Sheriff August and the take-you-away audacity of the “owl”, I became fed up with this world and the next and suddenly the idea of a New England colonial with a picket fence doesn’t seem so bad at all.


Below the trailer, I've included a clip (more on youtube) of Alex Collier, one of the world’s most notable UFO contactees.  His words may help elaborate on the subjects of alien contact and worlds beyond our own.

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posted on 11.02.09
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Lady Gaga

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Christina Aguilera
Kylie Minouge
The Pussycat Dolls
Lady Gaga
The Backstreet Boys
The Black Eyed Peas
Rihanna
Hitmanbreakeroftheye

I’ve often heard that you don’t have to be talented to be an artist, you just have to create.  What genre is more fitting to this belief than pop music?  Here are some chart-topping selections by chart-topping divas and remakes by a young singer known as “hitmanbreakeroftheye”.


hitmanbreakoftheye has disabled youtube embedding, but click the link, watch it on youtube, give him some love, it's worth it.

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“There are dozens of amazing videos of people doing the Single Ladies dance in their bedrooms! Youtube creates so many weird phenomenons.”
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posted on 11.02.09
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Nina Simone

Behold, she who is…Nina Simone.


Nina Simone’s artistry is so vast and expansive that it is often difficult for people to categorize her.  She is generally lumped into Jazz, but I put her in the get-inside-you-and-make-you-jive category.


Nina Simone is and I think always will be one of my favorite artists - true, passionate, talented, and troubled.  Below are some of my favorite Nina Simone songs and performances.  And the very last video, an interview where you can get a sense of Simone's passion..."If I had my way, I'd've been a killer!"

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“Are you drooling? Want me to wipe that? Nicole here and I can do MORE than just wipes.”
Posted over 3 years ago
“speechless!!!”
Posted over 3 years ago
“THIS IS DEVINE BLESSINGS from Above! THank you soooo much!”
Posted over 4 years ago
“Brilliant!”
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