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L'Avventura is a classic Italian arthouse movie which deals with existentialism within a group of young upper class people who find one of their friends unexplainably disappears. And that's it in a sentance. The mystery of the disappearance is never explained and it has many meanings that you can read about on various movie sites. It's a film that nowadays you just watch to say you've watched it. Some of the themes are interesting and it's all very beautiful and you see the justification in it being remembered. However, it was never going to really engage me.


The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
is a faux Shakespearian tale that has a long, slightly annoying title, which also gives a clue into the ending of the film. It is a movie that sometimes crosses the line into pretentious, but some of the visual moments really stand out in the mind for days afterwards. I've watched a fair amount of gore in my life, unaffected, but the final scene in this film is pretty disturbing. The movie is enjoyable and I loved the over the top nature of it, but it really lacked something fulfilling. The material did not quite live up to the other aspects of the film. It is like someone wanted to adapt a Titus Andronicus but they wanted to skip most of it and just concentrate the on revenge by cooking bit.

15th Apr, 2009

"Well a person can work up a real mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all." - Here Comes A Regular by The Replacements.

"I hope that I don't fall in love with you, falling in love just makes me blue." - I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You by Tom Waits.

"This would never happen if we lived by the sea." - Must I Paint You A Picture? by Billy Bragg.

"Sun down, yellow moon, I replay the past. I know every scene by heart they all went by so fast." If You See Her Say Hello by Bob Dylan.

"I will not pretend, I will not put on a smile, I will not say I'm alright for you when all I wanted was to be good. To do everything in truth. You bloody mother fucking asshole." - Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole by Martha Wainwright.

"I can't believe that the axis turns on suffering when you Taste so good." This Is Love by P J Harvey.

"I wish I could buy back, the woman you stole." Y Control by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

"We're nothing, and nothing will help us. Maybe we're lying then you'd better not stay, but we could be safer just for one day." "Heroes" by David Bowie.
In case my computer dies and I need these playlists for sentimental reasons!!!

December 2006
Listen Up! - The Gossip
Atlantis To Interzone - Klaxons
Please Please - McFly
But Julian, I'm A Little Bit Older Than You - Courtney Love
Wish I Was Dead Pt. 2 - Shout Out Louds
Sugar High - Coyote Shivers
My Boyfriend's Back - The Ravonettes
Sway - Bic Runga
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
Turn It Up - Robots In Disguise
Boy From School - Hot Chip
E-Talking - Soulwax
Emergency - Paramore
He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) - Hole
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Sing Songs Along - Tilly And The Wall

Janunary 2007
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
A New England - Billy Bragg
Leader Of The Pack - Twisted Sister
This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race - Fall Out Boy
Am I Not Yours? - Cursive
I Melt With You - Modern English
Standing In The Way Of Control - The Gossip
Carolina Rain - Ryan Adams
Argument - Robots In Disguise
Pacific Coast Highway - Courtney Love
Y Control - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Some Velvet Morning - Primal Scream
Samson - Regina Spektor
Sitting, Wishing, Waiting - Jack Johnson
E-Talking - Soulwax
Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin
Behind A Painted Smile - The Isley Brothers
Funeral Face - Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Poetry Boy - Kind Of Girl
The Wings - Gustavo Santaolalla

February 2007
Rewind - Paolo Nutini
Alala - Cansei De Ser Sexy
Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights) - The White Stripes
Death Of A Disco Dancer - The Smiths
I Don't Want To Know (If You Don't Want Me) - The Donnas
Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton
Crazy - Aerosmith
Who's David - Busted
New- No Doubt
Accident And Emergency - Patrick Wolf
Nothing Compares 2 U - Shiny Toy Guns
Transatlanticism - Death Cab For Cutie
Don't You Know Who I Think I Am? - Fall Out Boy
Random - Lady Sovereign
Portions For Foxes - Rilo Kiley
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go) - Garbage
Just Like Honey - Jesus And The Mary Chain

April/May 2007
Too Drunk To Fuck - Nouvelle Vague
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Elvis - These New Puritans
Consequence - The Notwist
We Are Not The Same - Good Shoes
Perfect Exceeder - Mason vs. Princess Superstar
Halloween - Ryan Adams
I Touch Myself - Jack Off Jill
40 Boys In 40 Nights - The Donnas
Hang Me Up To Dry - Cold War Kids
Terry - The Hot Puppies
Area Codes - Ludacris
Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado
Punk Rock Princess - Something Corporate
Keep Your Hands Off My Girl - Good Charlotte
Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
I Wanna Have Your Babies - Natasha Bedingfield
All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
Chelsea - Stefy
Tony The Beat - The Sounds
Everlong - Foo Fighters
On A Rope - Rocket From The Crypt
Romeo And Juliet - The Killers
Swing Low - The Gossip
Our Velocity - Maximo Park
Objection (Tango) - Shakira
My Favourite Game - The Cardigans
Thou Shalt Always Kill - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder
Playground Love - Air
Subculture - New Order
Fools Rush In - Bow Wow Wow
Thanks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Walk With Me - GoodBooks
Reel Around The Fountain - The Smiths
Theme From The Chalets - The Chalets

October 2007
It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan
Daydreamer - Adele
Title And Registration - Death Cab For Cutie
Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
Ball And Chain - Martha Wainwright
Sound Of Summer - Art Brut
Passenger Seat - Death Cab For Cutie
This Modern Love - Bloc Party
Glendora - Rilo Kiley
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
If She Wants Me - Belle And Sebastian
The Sound Of Settling - Death Cab For Cutie
Emily Kane - Art Brut
Action And Action - The Get Up Kids
Dancefloor Destroyer - You Say Party! We Say Die!
A Lack Of Colour - Death Cab For Cutie
Secret Smile - Semisonic

January/February 2008
Green Eyeliner - The Hot Puppies
Natural's Not In It - Gang Of Four
I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend To Dance With You - Black Kids
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
I Didn't Like You Anyway - The Donnas
The Beat That My Heart Skipped - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Once, Twice, Again! - Dartz!
Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four
So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson
You Have Killed Me - Morrissey
Gloomy Sunday - Billie Holiday
Picture This - Blondie
I'm A Realist - The Cribs
Anyone Else But You - Michael Cera and Ellen Page
The Great Escape - Patrick Watson
Miss Sunflower - Ryan Adams
Sea Of Love - Cat Power
Rainy Monday - Shiny Toy Guns
Going To A Town - Rufus Wainwright
Bright As Yellow - Mazzy Star
The Bomb - New Young Pony Club
Don't Mix The Colours - Courtney Love
Fascination - Alphabeat
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Prescilla - Bat For Lashes
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - Frank Sinatra
Thinking About You - Radiohead
Hyperballad - Big Heavy Stuff
I Can Hear The Bells - Nikki Blonsky

2:42

So it's the perfect length of a pop song, eh?

This made me wonder what sits at that length on my playlist!

The best examples I could find were Emily Kane by Art Brut, Boys Don't Cry by The Cure, Spooky by Dusty Springfield, I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow, I Second That Emotion by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Thinking About You by Radiohead, Celebrity Skin by Hole, What She Said by The Smiths, Elvis by These New Puritans, You Could Have Done So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand and the less traditional Men Are Bastards by Elle Milano.

There's more, but these are the ones that stuck out the most. One thing I saw was that only one Motown song was here, which was the factory for perfect pop songs in the 60s and beyond. It's not even the best by the band let alone the record label.

But apart from that the other songs are full of elements of the perfect pop song although some I would say are probably quite contrived in that they were probably made to be 2:42. I'd imagine the Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, Art Brut and These New Puritans songs were made for it. Especially Emily Kane, which part of me says is the best pop song on the list, a slightly smaller part of me guns for Celebrity Skin and there's equal measures that are gunning for The Smiths and The Cure.

Most people would say Boys Don't Cry is the only choice on this list, but really it's probably Spooky that's the real winner. Equal parts sex and innocence, there's something magical, summery and also ultimately sad and downright spooky about the song. The Elle Milano song is ultimately the one that made me giggle to be at the infamous 2:42 length, repeatedly singing "It's not, it's not just to get your clothes off". However, Radiohead's probably has the best pop song subject matter of masterbation.

Boys Don't Cry or I Want Candy get the simple and to the point approach across the best. You Could Have It So Much Better tries to catch the spirit of 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' by The Rolling Stones, but characteristically Franz Ferdinand make it a bit more complex, whether that's a good thing I'm not sure. It's view is to make you "get up, get up" and sometimes it would, but it often fails and I never have the compulsion to listen to it, I like it, but I forget that.

What She Said by The Smiths is the most effecting for me personally, they single handedly (ok, maybe not) drove me to buying my first pack of cigarettes. Fortunately I haven't kept up that habit but still that's pretty powerful, if pathetic. The romanticism and my want to be like a girl in a Smiths song definitely makes me consider it heavily. The line was, "What she said, I smoke cause I'm hoping for an early death and I need to cling to something" which still sounds ridiculously cool even nearly four years after my 17-year-old self with a penchant for being tragically romantic first considered it in a Science classroom.

I have to say, based on my own playlist, Boys Don't Cry might be the perfect pop song. But with acts like Cazals releasing To Cut A Long Story Short and the superb Elvis by These New Puritans maybe the perfect pop song is not with us quite yet.

List of songs with my name in...

There are a hell of a lot of songs with my name in. A scary amount of Caroline songs!

My favourite two are:

Carolina Rain by Ryan Adams ("With a tattoo over his heart that spelt out Caroline/He was silent but his rosary well it drifted into the custody/Of a sheriff that had just been deputised.")

Caroline Says II by Lou Reed ("But shes not afraid to die/All her friends call her alaska/When she takes speed, they laugh and ask her/What is in her mind/What is in her mind/She put her fist through the window pane/It was such a funny feeling.")

But there's loads of others and I've decided to make a list, mainly for myself. Recommended have *.
(Ones I've heard)


Sweet Caroline by Status Quo/Elvis Presley/Neil Diamond/Roy Orbison
Caroline No by The Beach Boys*
Caroline by The Clarks
Caroline by Ryan Adams*
Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs/Automatic 7 (NOT Social Distortion!)*
Caroline by Concrete Blonde*
Caroline by Firewater
Caroline Says I by Lou Reed*
Caroline's A Victim by Kate Nash
Caroline Yes by Kaiser Chiefs

(Ones I haven't)
Caroline by Jefferson Starship
Caroline By Danny Kirwan
Caroline by Angie Aparo
Caroline by Seventh Day Slumber
Caroline by Dan Hill
Caroline by Harry Chapin
Caroline by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Caroline by Lemar
Caroline by David Gray
Caroline by Brooks and Dunn
Caroline by Fleetwood Mac
Caroline by Jawbreaker
Caroline by Kirsty MacColl
Caroline by Crematory
Caroline by John Butler Trio
Caroline by Alphaville
Caroline by Chicago
Oh Caroline by Cheap Trick
Callin' Caroline by Darryl Worley
Goodbye Caroline by Aimee Mann
King and Caroline by Guided By Voices
Katie and Caroline by Of Montreal
His Daughter Caroline by Chuck Berry
Cabin In Caroline by Flatt and Scruggs
Down In Caroline by Bill Monroe
Waltz For Caroline by Steve Winwood
The Hills Of Caroline by Vince Gill
Caroline's Suitcase by Sham 69
Caroline I See You by James Taylor
Caroline (Are You Ready For The Outlaw World) by Steppenwolf
Does Caroline Know? by Talk Talk
High Tide On Caroline Street by The Automatic

Films in the 08

Films I've seen for the first time this year:
Citizen Kane
Hairspray (noughties)
Hairspray (eighties)
Control
Superbad
Wedding Crashers
Juno
Evil Dead
Sweeny Todd
Reality BItes
Lolita (Kubrick)
Magnolia
27 Dresses
Velvet Goldmine
American Psycho 2: All-American Girl
Deathproof
Planet Terror
Wristcutters: A Love Story
The Jane Austin Book Club
Silence Of The Lambs
Requiem For A Dream
When Harry Met Sally
Quills


Films I need to see:
The Third Man
Persuasion
Belle Du Jour
Caddyshack
The Dark Knight (Batman movie)
Be Kind Rewind
Godfather (all of them)
Casablanca
The Shawshank Redemption
All About Eve
Sunset Boulevard
Breathless
Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
This Is England
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Memento
Alien
Pan's Labrynith
Spirited Away
Life Is Beautiful
Blade Runner
Old Boy
Fargo
The Big Lebowski
There Will Be Blood
V For Vendetta
Brief Encounter
Hero
Pink Flamingos
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Brazil
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Dazed and Confused
Cannibal Holocaust
Dancer In The Dark
Goodbye, Lenin!
Little Miss Sunshine
Taste Of Cherry
All About My Mother
Being John Malkovich
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Grave Of The Fireflies
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Drugstore Cowboy
Paris, Texas
Kiss Of The Spider Woman
The Exorcist


Films you need to see (if you haven't already):
Strictly Ballroom
Run Lola Run
The Man Who Fell To Earth
The Graduate
The Science Of Sleep
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Hook
It's A Wonderful Life
40 Year-Old Virgin
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Heathers
Serenity
Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Battle Royale
Blue Velvet
The Wicker Man
Deathproof


Films that don't live up to the hype:
Gladiator
Psycho
Knocked Up
Star Wars

11th Nov, 2007

Me and Jesus are the 66th most popular (name).

66Jesus Caroline

I think you know that this means I am the daughter of god or something.

6th Nov, 2007

Oh crap. I'm like ill. And I keep thinking I'm okay, then doing stuff and feeling worse than before. Great. On Saturday it felt like my brain was going to burst out of my skull and every smell made me feel physically sick. Especially the smell of sambuca. Obviously I didn't stay until the end. Most of the people I was with left quite early anyway. No lectures tomorrow. I missed one on Thursday, mainly because I woke up with bright orange hair and face paint on my face still. However being David Bowie is fun. As is being Anna Nicole Smith. I only ate out today. I'm terrible. I'm always going to waste my money on stuff. Ack. People on the internet make me angry. For I am Caroline, professional retard. I keep getting lots of junk mail. I have to make decisions about New York. I should be working at my degree but keep putting it off. Someone told me the other day that a cretin/kretin meant you were a christian. But they lied. Wikipedia says so. Oh and at the time there were some pf those 'crazy christians' in the room and I said 'Fuck I don't want anyone to think I'm a christian. Ewww. As if.'

I'm stealth. I'm also an atheist who was singing Christmas carols as part of her degree today. That should piss off anyone who is easily offended. Remember offence is deffo a choice. I'm like two people jumping from the twin towers on 9/11 and fucking on the way down. Guten Nacht.

Bored

1. Do you think you will be in a relationship 3 months from now?
Doubt it

2. What colour are your eyes?
Hazel

3. What does your last text say?
I don't know, my phone doesn't save the texts I sent.

4. Do you smoke cigarettes?
I try not to, but when I'm drunk and depressed and want to feel even worse I do.

5. What is one thing you question?
Um, everything.

6. Do you lead people on?
I don't.

7. Are you married?
No.

8. Have you ever told someone of the opposite sex you loved them and meant it?
No.

9. Do you have a crush on anyone?
Yes.

10. Is there anyone that doesn't like you because of something you didn't even do?
Probably. I think there is actually. Silly woman.

11. Do you miss someone?
Yes.

12. Do you think they miss you too?
Yes.

13. Will you ever speak to them again?
No.

15. When is the last time you laughed?
A couple of minutes ago?

17. Did any of your friends go out with your ex?
No.

18. What are you wearing right now?
Keyboard t-shirt, jeans.

19. Are you mad at anyone right now?
Not really.

20. How is your hair?
Dry. It always is.

22. Are you taken for granted?
Who knows? No.

24. Did you stay friends with your exes?
No.

25. Where do you keep your money?
The bank.

26. Do you remember the most naughty night of your life?
Not all of it.

27. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone?
Alone.

28. What are your initials?
CMD.

29. Who/What made you angry today?
Nothing. My timetable still no being available.

30. Baseball or Football?
Football.

31. Ever gone skinny dipping?
No.

32. Do you love anyone?
I don't love anyone.

33. What are you afraid of?
Rats. AIDS.

34. What's one thing you've learned this year?
Exclusive relationships aren't for everybody.

35. Do you find yourself loved?
No.

36. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to?
Yes.

38. Paramore or Nickelback?
Paramore.

39. What's something that really bugs you?
People who get in my way because they're too busy being selfish cunts that walk really slowly.

40. If you could say one thing to a certain person what would you say?
Let's make love and listen to Death From Above.