got the new macbook pro on wednesday, and have been stupidly using up half my week of holiday loading stuff into it... apparently I've been culling software, but you wouldnt know it. the frustrating things are reinstalling software with machine code/activation code crap, finding fonts, missing serial nos, etc etc. the music gear is the most annoying...
BUT I cant complain - a fast 300 Gb HD and 4Gb RAM. and I will have my life back in order. really. after 2 months without my computer, half the time has been spent locating data and putting it back where it should be.
so I've been watching movies while the computer has been busy.
the leonard cohen tribute "i'm your man" is stunning, as much for the interviews as the music. nick cave is humble and generous, bono tries to be... i heard first-hand of 'grown men' weeping at his mclaren vale concert here and am so sorry i miised it. a classy film and worth seeing. (and to think he was just that annoying drone guy my older brother used to play....) i admit i've only 'recently' gone back and listened to him and finally 'got it'... (but, you know, i have old records and even old CDs of other icons....)
finally saw the whole of sigur ros' "heima" movie, after having started to watch it about 10 times late a night. amazing. gorgeous. stunning. brilliant. no wonder the critics have raved, but more importantly it seems to capture so much of young adulthood - creativity, relationships, environment, heritage, openness. a remarkable meditative experience.
and the rest of 'manufactured landscapes' by edward burtynsky which I've blogged about previously. i have to say again that for anyone with an interest in technology, globalisation, and art, this is mind-boggling. burtynsky photographs technology and its effects as others photograph nature, and here his main subject is china. the factories, refuse, people. the scale, scope and global stretch are staggering.
[aside: i've been thinking for about 6 months of running a fortnightly late afternoon wine and cheese filmfest at college called "the twiligh zone"... any takers?]
and a bit of bruce springsteen's "seeger sessions" dvd, which i have to say seems, quite shallow and contrived by comparison, even though i love the folkyness and the music itself.
last night we went to see metro street, a new australian musical put on by the SA state theatre company, starring veterans deborah byrne and nancy hayes and three younger actors. front row seats. the cast singing in our faces. it was billed as a drama about family life - it was about dashed career hopes, breaking relationshionships and terminal illness. nevertheless a great script, fabulous complex music with poetic lyrics and excellent staging. the writer is matthew robinson.
The Advertiser said "As with most musicals, Robinson's score has its highs and lows - a few
toe-tapper tunes, a hint or two of Sondheim, some very busy narrative
numbers and even one Annie Get Your Gun turn. His lyrics are better
than his script which tends to cliche - but this bright young
playwright/composer is just getting started. His promise is immense."
well yes - lyrics reaching at deep issues, drama script was good, not great, but lifted by performance. musically it wasnt andrew lloyd webber thankfully. several brilliant numbers with multiple characters onscreen in different 'scenes' singing complementary melodies together.
go see it.