“Izzy – like all of Page’s roles – is a tough, independent woman who isn’t there just to bolster the leading man. Does Page feel a responsibility to seek such roles out?
‘Yeah absolutely,’ she replies before I finish the question. ‘Also if I played those other kinds of roles I would just die a slow death. But yes, I think it’s really important, but it can be hard. Only 23% of speaking roles in films today are for women. It feels we’ve gone backwards.’ Partly in response to this, she has started writing her own script ‘which is definitely feminist – definitely. But of course, if you just write a script in which the woman has control over her destiny and love isn’t the main thing in the film, that’s seen as super feminist.'”
1. Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic I’ve been a huge fan of Monáe going all the way back to 2008’s Metropolis EP; she’s got an insane voice, sick moves and a ridiculously cool sci-fi aesthetic that is like, 100% up my alley. The latest single definitely doesn’t disappoint; it’s the second track from her new album The Electric Lady (the first, Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu, is also crazy good), which is set to drop Sept. 10. I am obviously so beyond stoked.
2. Kate Nash – Fri-End? To be honest, I’m not super-enthused about Girl Talk, the actual album, but the concept is solid and I do love the fact that she just clearly does not give a f*ck what anyone thinks. There are a few catchy ones, though, so it’s not a total loss. “Fri-End?” is probably my favorite, if only because I appreciate her commitment to wearing those vampire teeth for the entire music video.
3. Lady Lamb The Beekeeper – Hair To The Ferris Wheel Disregard the questionable moniker; this song is out of control. It starts out as a slow-burning folk jam but when the tempo picks up it’s super catchy. Um, definitely not for everyone but if you’re into indie rock and in the right mood she’s got a bunch of good stuff (see also Up The Rafters and Bird Balloons).
4. Alabama Shakes – Always Alright Either you already know, or you’ll never know.
5. Joan Jett – Crimson & Clover The most badass cover, for real. Joan Jett is the shit. Although “Bad Reputation” will always be the “Freaks and Geeks” theme song to me, which is a terrible thing to admit, I realize. Did you guys see The Runaways with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie? Fantastic role for Stewart, who I am fairly obsessed with as a person even though her acting can be questionable. But that’s totally off-topic. Here:
Thus concludes volume one of “Currently Listening,” which will probably be just as regular a feature as everything else I post, i.e. there will probably be another one in six months/never. Sort of like Bob Dylan’s book, although I still haven’t completely given up hope for Chronicles: Volume Two…
Last night started out as an ordinary lazy Sunday night, until I stumbled across this post on Twitter and everything changed:
As you may or may not already be aware I think Charlie Hunnam is pretty much the greatest thing to ever exist, and I ran out of Sons of Anarchy seasons to watch on Netflix a while ago so this movie seemed like a decent substitute.
But Deadfall turned out to be one of the greatest bad movies I have ever seen, and I truly mean that as a compliment. It’s actually not really a “heist thriller” at all, as no actual heist ever takes place onscreen, nor is one alluded to after the first 30 seconds of the film. The heist is just a catalyst to set in motion an impressive series of terrible decisions; every single character is an enormous screw up, and every time one of them tries to fix something they just end up making it worse for themselves.
Spoilers ahead! I would recommend watching this movie if you’re entertained by hilariously bad things, otherwise I am happy to break the plot down for you.