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Day 245: [BELATED] Alors, Alors by Dumas

15 Feb

From Quebec, DUMAS is a super babe. Seriously. He kind of reminds me of the guy from Across The Universe what’s his name (Jim Sturgess?)

ANYWAY, the video is a little creepy, but the song is addictive. I really love it!

I hope you do too… so enjoy “Alors, Alors” by Dumas.

Day 233: Ostinato Del Caminito by Black Prairie

3 Feb

This song is incredible! It’s a combination of bluegrass, folk, french music, and a little bit of avant-garde dark material that makes it completely epic!

I love Black Prairie, and I’d say more but I have to get back to my homework.

So enjoy “Ostinato Del Caminito” by Black Prairie

Day 203: Trains by Jérôme Minière

3 Jan

Hey again!

For my post today, I wanted to feature a really neat singer right out of Quebec.

I’m in a new French class, and my teacher is a huge music nerd (like me! Hoorah!). He played a song by Quebec singer Jérôme Minière at the start of class and I instantly fell in love!

Of course the song I liked is non-existent in the world of YouTube so I picked another really pretty song called “Trains”.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what he’s singing… otherwise, I’d post the lyrics to the song, but regardless it’s really awesome. And the video is also incredibly pretty!

Enjoy the gorgeous “Trains” by Jérôme Minière!

Day 188: Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler by Pink Martini

19 Dec

Hello everyone!

I wanted to feature a song today that is in French. Yes, good ol’ français!

Sure, most of you will probably not feel the way I do, but I get this song stuck in my head on a regular daily basis. It’s sweet and lovely (and also featured in that game “Flight” I featured a couple days ago!)

Enjoy “Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler” by Pink Martini (the title translated in English is “I Don’t Want To Work”)

Day 136: Foux De Fa Fa by Flight Of The Conchords

4 Oct

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I’m taking first year french right now with two friends of mine, and one of the greatest inside jokes we share involves Flight of the Conchords.

Their song “Foux De Fa Fa” pokes fun at the character’s lack of knowledge of the french language. So, naturally, us new ones like to quote the song all the time.

So, if you’re like me and don’t know any French (or even if you do), check out “Foux De Fa Fa” by Flight of the Conchords!

Day 113: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain

10 Sep

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

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Today, I want to feature my all-time favorite movie, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) (known in America as Amélie).

As you guys probably know by now, I’m a movie fanatic. Normally, I would hesitate to name my favorite movies (since there are so many out there I love), but Amélie is by far the best movie I’ve ever seen.

The plot is incredibly unique: Amélie Poulain was born and raised by two strange parents. She was incredibly sheltered (due to a heart problem her father-doctor didn’t realize was fake), and grew up with her imagination as her best friend. Now, she is an adult living in Montmartre, working at a café called “Les 2 Moulins” (the two windmills). One night, she finds a small box containing childhood treasures of a man who used to live in her apartment. She decides that if finding this box changes this man’s life forever, she will become a full-time do-gooder. The movie embarks on her journey to change the lives of the people around her, while she attempts to change hers as well.

It’s glorious, beautifully filmed, and absolutely wonderful.

Here’s the preview with English subtitles:

BIG WARNING: While I advise everyone see this movie, it is rated R for a reason! There’s a few things here and there where it is explicit, but it’s done sparingly enough to make it a minor drift in the focus of the film. But once more: there are graphic scenes… so you’ve been forewarned!

Anyway, I adore this movie with a passion. All the characters and situations make it like a modern-day fairy tale, and Yann Tiersen’s score for the film is amazing.

But the best part of this film is it’s attention to detail. In fact, that’s the point of the film: everyone has something that makes them unique: Nino Quincampoix collects torn photobooth photos, and the glass man paints the same painting every year. It’s these things that the movie makes a point of mentioning, pointing out that no matter how strange you are or what you do there is hope for you in the future. In the cases of the people in this movie, hope is named Amélie.

I really admire this film, not only because of it’s strange filmmaking skills, but because it is exactly the way I want to see the world. I saw it when I was a kid (probably not the best idea the more I think about it…) and ever since I’ve been trying to improve the daily lives of those around me. I feel like if Amélie was real, she would be proud of me for this blog… at least I hope so!

Anyway, for the sake of everything, please check out Amélie… it is strange and wonderful and it never fails to make me fall in love with it again and again and again.

Here’s a scene that I adore:

Day 69: A Town Called Panic in “Cake”!

28 Jul

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After staying up late for the past few days, I’ve reached my tired level. So unfortunately, I must cut my blogpost short for tonight…

So tonight I want to show you a really silly little video called “Cake” from a TV show called “A Town Called Panic”. The show is from Belgium and it is a stop motion animated series about Cowboy, Indian, and Horse (who all live in a town called Panic). While the original series is in French, the English dubbed version is just as funny.

This past year, they released a feature film in theaters with the same name, and it is an hour and fifteen minutes of nutty fun. For those of you who have instant watch netflix, you can watch it instantly on your computer! (just look up A Town Called Panic).

Without further ado, I bring you “Cake” from “A Town Called Panic”

If you like this video, check out the article I wrote over at the Oregon Voice here! (it’s all about stop motion animation!)