This must be the place (2011)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, David Byrne, Eve Hewson, Judd Hirsch


How to go about this? It helps to be a child of the 80’s.

Cause if you’ve never heard of The Cure (band), then you’d miss out on the striking resemblance of Sean Penn to Robert Smith.

If you’ve never heard of Siouxie and the Banshees (band), you’d miss out on the *wink* with Cheyenne and the Fellows.

And it helps also to know who David Byrne is, Talking Heads, and that “This must be the place” is a song by Taking Heads, sung by David Byrne and is mostly known under the title “Naive melody“.

But all that aside, this mustn’t stop you from going to see this movie… or at least stick trough it.


Cheyenne is a retired pop star, in his fifties, living in Ireland and still looking like in his pop star youthful days, with nothing much to do than try to keep himself busy with ordinary things like going grocery shopping. You can say he’s pretty bored with himself. His beautiful house is clean and modern, and taken care of by his (professional fire-fighting) wife, who even takes care of the dog for him. A game of pelota in the empty swimming pool could be considered a highlight of an otherwise mundane day.

News of his father’s death has him going back to New York for the funeral. A father he hadn’t seen in over 30 years, and of which he now has the diaries filled with notes and sketches of. Cheyenne cannot make heads or tails of the writings, but soon finds out that his father had been on a quest for most of his life. And Cheyenne wants to honour that quest, now his father has died.


I liked it. I didn’t know what to expect of it, especially because of the trailers. Maybe some people might get bored by the tone of speech used by Penn, but it fits with the character. A naive character, childlike, bored with how things are going… it fits.

There are some scenes that somehow feel like inconsistent, but it’s not that troublesome. McDormand and Penn work well as a couple: she’s in control and stable, he’s a bit subdued and needs a strong person in his everyday life.

The side stories are sweet and may not seem important (well, yeah, side stories), but they do add to how we should look at Cheyenne, as a troubled and sensitive person. He feels responsible for having contributed (though indirectly, and even that is debatable) to a most unfortunate event because of his gloomy songs, his influence. He doesn’t feel like an artist, not like he has done anything of importance. And what he can do for his father, even though maybe too late, is important. It validates him and sets things right.

I let each decide for themselves, but I enjoyed how the movie visually was presented (the style) and the actors that performed true to their character.

I leave you with a trailer:


Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011) film

A couple of weeks ago I recorded with the digicorder (the European TIVO, I think) a documentary film  on the Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011), to reflect on the years passed and how they ended up making their 7th album: Wasting Light.

I loved the Foo Fighters since their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. I devoured that album. For weeks on end. Knowing every word.

As with most things, I got obsessed with them back then. I was 15 years old… so young… so young… (am in my late twenties now, and having a hard time accepting it). I had just gotten out the Heather Nova period, which was preceeded by The Smiths and my Foo Fighters period would be followed by a heavy Cure obsession which lasted a long time until college, where I got into the blues of Chris Whitley with a lot of enthusiasm. These past couple of years have been pretty obsessive-less… which is a nice break, because buying CD’s can be heard on the wallet, let me tell you! At least I have a job now. I still wonder how I got to buy all those albums in high school like that and not be broke!

Still, I should thank my brother’s excessive CD collection, which has taught me a lot on different kinds of music and is easy access to pick and chose… borrow, I mean. 🙂 Continue reading “Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011) film”

The Cure 4tour 2008 (world tour)

It’s my birthday today. Last night I went to a concert by The Cure with my sister, who bought the tickets as a gift for me. I always wanted to go to a show of theirs. An avid fan I am. A Curist you might say (it’s a term they mainly use in France for fans).

Though I know terms like New Wave and Goth are never far off, I can honestly say that I have not seen that many (yes admittedly a few) black dressed/fizzy haired/makeup galore types at the arena. If you google the band, often enough they are classified under ‘alternative rock’. I am pleased with that term. But you know by now how I feel about labelling and stuff… it bothers me a bit. You can’t put anything in just one box, you need several.

It struck me that people of all sorts were there to catch the show, and this pleased me. The Cure is for everyone and anyone. Music has no boundaries. Cause hey, I’m actually too young for Cure, and they speak to me musically in so many ways.

My sister, though for her it’s a reminiscence of her youth – having been a teenager throughout the eighties (she’s going to pinch me for writing that here) -, isn’t actually a fan but knows a few of their songs. I warned her she’d be in for a treat, cause a Cure show is a hell of a show. They are known to perform for about 3-4 hours. And they did so last night: MORE than 3 hours we got to be entertained. Now honestly! Which band or artist these days performs like that, I ask you! And don’t forget, they aren’t getting any younger! Having started back in 1978 and several line-ups later… it’s fricken unbelievable.

The current line-up consists of Robert Smith (vocals, guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums) and Porl Thompson (guitars) who has re-joined the band after several years of absence. He played with them mainly throughout the eighties and nineties.

I treated myself to a t-shirt. I know it’s silly, but I couldn’t resist. I had an amazing time. I danced, I sang, I screamed, I had a blast.

Though they played so many songs, I can recall by heart 26 of them now. Unbelievable. They played over 26 songs in one night! I am going to list them below, not in the order they played them of course, but after the list I once made (did I mention I was a fan?) according to album:

Three imaginary boys (1978-1979)
  • Killing an …
  • 10.15 Saturday night
Boys don’t cry (1978-1979)
  • boys don’t cry
  • jumping someone else’s train
Seventeen seconds (1980)
  • a forest
  • m
Faith (1981-1982)
  • primary
Pornography (1981-1982)
  • one houndred years
Japanese Whispers (1983-1984)
  • the walk
The head on the door (1985-1987)
  • push
  • close to me
Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1985-1987)
  • why can’t I be you?
  • just like heaven
  • hot hot hot!!!
Desintegration (1988-1990)
  • lovesong
  • lullaby
  • pictures of you
I forgot on which album it is but it’s definitely on Mixed Up
  • never enough
Wish (1991-1993)
  • from the edge of the deep green sea (my favorite song ever)
  • Friday I’m in love
  • to wish impossible things
Galore (hit singles of ’87-’97)
  • wrong number (bonus track on that album)
Bloodflowers (2000)
  • (I forgot the song but definitely one)
The Cure (2004)
  • the end of the world
  • alt.end (I think but am not certain of this one)

Carpe diem and all that jazz….

Video (yeah yeah I know ‘the cure again?!’) called Just Say Yes.

I suffered from a very bad headache today, but looking at the people on the tram I noticed that there were a lot of sad and troubled faces, while I’m sure they were not having a headache. Made me think people are stuck in a rud and don’t there saying yes to things coming their way. Hey, I’m the first to admit it isn’t easy and that I often say no to opportunities without knowing why. Overthinking and fear the main cause. So I just wanted to sent out a positive vibe saying: just say yes.

The acoustic version you can find here sounds better to me, but I thought if I post them in black and white with serious faces, it might lose some appeal. But seriously, it sounds great and I’m just fond of acoustic guitars (as I might have mentioned several times before…)

Duet with Saffron (former Republica lead singer).

Song was Robert Smith’s reaction to all the “just say no” campaigns that reigned a few years back.

Warning: it’s very pop, happy, colourful, just you know!