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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields



This photo above is from the film site: http://stereogum.com/113301/strange_powers_stephin_merritt_and_the_magnetic_fi/video/

I saw this movie today at the Vancity Theatre at 11 AM. This was the first movie of 2010 VIFF that I have gone to this lovely theatre at Seymour near Davie. The theatre is a real treat, lovely red velvet seats and a curtain to match.



This is the 6th movie that I have seen at this year's VIFF and by far this was the hippest and funniest of the lot. This year I tried to stick to the theme of music, and decided on this movie without ever having heard Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. I will be fixing that for me and for you. This movie is a gem, a laugh out loud. However this is not a comedy, the comedy comes as our reaction to Stephin's cantankerous quick witted view of life. He is not an easy man to get along with I hear in the movie but he has life long friends which is not an easy way to live for anyone. His wit is dry, his talent boiling over.

Stephin site is here at this http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/

All my Little Words



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo8vW_0H_Kg

The clip below was added to the movie, in a slightly shorter form. I author Lemony Snicket (American novelist Daniel Handler) who sent Stephin Merritt in his place to the morning show in Atlanta.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Ob9TJueBQ&feature=more_related

The last words are Stephin Merritt, the track list to his 8th album Realism.

01 “You Must Be Out of Your Mind”

02 “Interlude”

03 “We Are Having A Hootenanny”

04 “I Don’t Know What To Say”

05 “The Dolls’ Tea Party”

06 “Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree”

07 “Walk a Lonely Road”

08 “Always Already Gone”

09 “Seduced and Abandoned”

10 “Better Things”

11 “Painted Flower”

12 “The Dada Polka”

13 “From a Sinking Boat”

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