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"like a rat, I long to be beautiful"

Earlier this year young Patsington went to the Rotterdam Film Festival, where his short film was being shown. While there, he saw a Japanese film called Linda Linda Linda, and returned singing its praises. It's about a group of girls in a Japanese high school who form a band, but need a new singer. So they choose the first girl who walks past, who happens to be a rather shy Korean exchange student who doesn't really know much Japanese yet. I thought it sounded great, and Patsington kept saying how much i would love it, but it's not available on DVD anywhere and I couldn't find a torrent of it – until last week. It took, seriously, about five days to download, because there were only about five people in the world either seeding or downloading it, but it finally finished yesterday and we watched it last night. And as Patsington predicted, I absolutely and utterly adored it – it's so funny and charming and the girls in it are really cool and cute. I wish I'd seen it when I was a teen. So if you can get your paws on it, I strongly recommend it - after all, how can you resist a film of which this is the climactic scene?

It rules!

As did the gig I went to on Wednesday, which featured both Patsington and my own sister leedy, whose top pop combo the Jimmy Cake (whose dazzling roster of celebrity fans includes Cillian Murphy and, um, that's it. But come on, that's pretty good!) played their first gig in about a year. Now, I don't lavish too much praise on my relatives, but ver Cake were absolutely freaking amazing - I was awestruck. I was not awestruck by a band that played earlier in the evening, although I was amused. It appears that the shoegazing revival is well and truly upon us, a fact which makes me feel about a million years old as I realised that when I was actually listening to Ride, this band hadn't even started primary school. Or, possibly, been born.

Nevermind, I can listen to the Long Blondes to cheer myself up, as at least they sing about remembering what it was like to be 19 but being glad that those days are behind them. That Blondes album really is very good, isn't it? And I do like the lyrics although I could do with a bit less of the I-don't-trust-other-women which keeps cropping up throughout the album. But the glorious spiky tunes cancel out my irritation.

And finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, biascut! See you later!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 24th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
Ooh! Send me the torrent? It looks great.
Nov. 24th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
I will! It's definitely worth the lengthy downloading. And that song will be stuck in your head for days...
Nov. 24th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
Awww, SUCH cute smiles on their faces at the end!
Nov. 24th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
I know! I love the way they look at each other and start grinning when they realise it's all going well. And apparently they were all playing live, as well, which makes it even cooler. It's such a realistic depiction of the cameraderie of being in a band, too.
Nov. 24th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
That's adorable! If you still have it downloaded, could you do me a copy?
Nov. 24th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
I will! It will be in two discs, because the file was divided into two separate avis. Also, I couldn't get the subtitles to work on mPlayer, but then I downloaded VLC and it worked perfectly.
Nov. 24th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, that film looks adorable!

And ta muchly - glad you liked our gig. That previous band really were like the last decade and a half or so never happened, weren't they? I think one of them was actually gazing at his shoes.
Nov. 24th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
He was! Brian and I both noticed it at the time!
Nov. 24th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh please, please ... any chance of a copy! It looks great!
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