[Sharing] A Juan Carlos Copes

I love seeing tango danced in movies. The most recent one I recall was El Ultimo Cafe in the Sci-Fi flop “Upside Down” (IMHO at least). The one I am sharing here is similar, yet different.

It’s from the movie “Tango”, directed by Carlos Saura, scored by Lalo Schifrin, featuring Argentine Tango dancer Juan Carlos Copes as one of the supporting character. The scene here was of a group of tango dancers rehearsing for a tango show.

The directer presented the scene in layers, with darkness and just a Bandoneon, gradually adding on the sequence, lighting, and music. It’s so much like the dance itself, building on basic moves and adding more and more elements.

Sounds good, isn’t it? See for yourself.

一切從音樂再開始(有少量劇透)

人生每一個階段都有不同的渴求、重視的原則。人與人之間的互動,往往因為各自的主次之分而出現矛盾、衝突。如何求同存異?『一切從音樂再開始』嘗試以不同角度檢視這些問題。作為一齣拍得浪漫而不落俗套的商業電影,處理得很得體。

Dan 係一個過氣唱片公司高層,因為老婆Miriam出軌而失婚,事業亦走下坡。在夜店買醉之時遇上與歌星男友Dave鬧翻、被朋友慫恿下上台唱歌的唱作人Gretta 。Dan被Gretta的才華吸引,進而遊說為她出唱片。事情發展下去,慢慢影響兩人在人生路上的方向。

導演John Carney(前作:『一奏傾情』)再以音樂人的故事為題材。兩齣戲相比,『一奏傾情』有點「無奈的結局」,而『一切從音樂再開始』則重於人們為保住關係而嘗試妥協,同時以Gretta為中心互相影響。故事主線以Dan和Gretta加上一群音樂人在紐約街頭巷尾錄製音樂為主,同時側寫各人物關係,原則和渴望。又因為女主角係唱作人而不忘借題發揮,暗諷唱片業對歌手的不公平對待。

選角方面,起用近期以『變形俠醫』『復仇者聯盟』電影大收的麥克雷法路飾演落泊星探,頗為入格。姫拉麗莉的Gretta由最初感情失敗到最後堅強獨立,一幕比一幕迷人。飾演的Maroon V主音亞當列維做返自己已經可以,發揮尚算自然。在『宇宙生還戰』中飾演主角胞姊的希莉施丹菲今次擔任情竇初開的主角女兒,亦是隨劇情推進而越見可人,更客串在其中一首歌中bass solo一番。另外,在『唱Opera的保羅』擔正的占士高登(飾演Gretta的好友)、飾演Miriam的嘉芙蓮堅娜,演出都恰如其分。

作為一齣音樂電影,Begin Again的音樂自然重要,亦頗有驚喜。全片音樂以人物分別,Gretta的歌充滿singer/songwriter的清新、歌詞發自人物內心。Dave的歌曲則流行曲味濃厚,反映他投向大眾皃走向,與Gretta風格大相逕庭。姫拉麗莉初次主唱,聲底明顯不足,但表現出奇地好,補足有餘。雖然只有四首歌,但已足夠令我離場後即上iTunes Store購買原聲大碟。(謎之聲:説好了的專輯呢??我:你肯補足其他歌,一定買!)個人心水:Like A Fool (歌詞直接到point,旋律簡單上腦),Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home屋頂版(有Dan同Violet父女對jam)。

無論你是否音樂愛好者,『一切從音樂再開始』都係一齣睇得開心、聽得開心的好戲,誠意推薦。

Everyone had priorities in their path down the stream of life. And people get together for various reasons. Different priorities can cause friction between people; how to resolve the differences? From my view, Begin Again is a pleasant yet poignant way in dealing with the messy reality of differing priorities.How to make a record

How to make an album

Dan (Mark Ruffalo) was a struggling record company executive that had his glory. Divorced and hardly productive, he walked in to a bar for a couple of drinks, where he saw a reluctant Gretta (Keira Knightley) performing on stage, singing a lonely song about hopeless people contemplating life. Somehow Dan saw talent in Gretta, strike up a conversation with her, and offered to produce an album with her music and the sounds of New York. Things went for an unexpected turn, which change both of their lives.

Director John Carney took up again a theme about music lovers, after his award-winning film “Once”. I found “Once” being more of “separate lives”. “Begin Again” was different, more about people stick together and tried to make compromises.

The plot was straight forward, and the director didn’t deviate from his way of handling love affairs of main characters (you would know after watching “Once”). As the main theme is Gretta’s record, a lot of scenes are dealing with the actual recording, which they do on the streets and parks of New York, and beautifully filmed. The interaction between Dan and his family, as well as Gretta with Dave, were decently presented, crossover through Gretta as the centerpiece, and provide contrast in terms of how the characters deal with betrayal and different priorities. And having Gretta being an independent singer/songwriter, the plot also took a jab at the recording industry, and Dan went along with the album project being independent.

Casting was wonderful. Ruffalo as the depressed and out of work A&R man was spot on, while Knightley was becoming more and more attractive as the story progresses, and she shined brilliantly all the way the end. Levine got the rock star look just right, as he was just being himself. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game) played well and adorable as Dan’s daughter, Violet, who yearned for her old man’s attention while they lead different lives. James Corden (lead actor in this year’s “One Chance”) as Gretta’s best friend, as well as Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote) as Dan’s ex-wife, were also cast well.

And there’s the music. They were well written and produced by seasoned musicians, while the director and Glen Hansard (musician and lead actor of “Once”) pitched in for two songs. The lyrics were particularly good, with very strong emotion and storytelling elements, reflected the singer/songwriter genre that was dominant in the plot. Surprisingly, even though Knightley proclaimed her almost total lack of music training, her singing was pretty good. I found myself picking up the soundtrack from iTunes immediately after the end, and the playlist is now a regular on my phone, the music is that good. My favorite: “Like a Fool”, for the frankness in the lyrics, and “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home”, the roof top version, for the jam by Dan and Violet. It might sound greedy, but if we can get the whole album produced, with the songs in the movie plus some more, I would not doubt snap it up the moment it were released!

As a music lover, I recommend this delightful, elegant movie to you, whether you like catchy music or not.

You are not an arrow

You are not an arrow.
There is no string behind you.
You can just go.

Move with purpose.
Move with grace.
Move with the focus of an arrow.
Even though you are not.

Aim to be true.
Aim with control.
Aim for the heart.

You are not an arrow.
You are a dancer.
With a purpose.
To dance comfortably together.
With your partner.
Through thick and thin.
Good or bad.

Afterword:
I wrote this after a particularly insightful private lesson of Argentine Tango. As you can see, I am no regular writer of poems, so don’t shot me for making poetic mistakes.

Ciego

上星期在iTunes library再見Canaro的Ciego,play count竟然過千。相信因為這歌是上半年表演的曲目,準備時聽了個不亦樂乎的結果。現在只要歌聲響起,步伐便自然跟上拍子,可見已是滾瓜爛熟。

聽這個版本,怎麼都聽不出沈重。但如很多探戈曲目一般,現實並非如此。

Ciego在西班牙語是「盲目」。歌詞所講的,是傷心過後,男人回憶負心人的所作所為,感嘆自己的當局者迷。提醒自己認清事實,不再執迷。

當然,聽不懂沒大不了,只是在這裏,歌詞為歌提供另一個欣賞的層次。

引一小段給大家參考:(來源:http://www.planet-tango.com/lyrics/ciego.htm)

Ciego, estaba ciego en mi delirio…
Ciego, porque ese amor era un martirio
Y ahora que cayó
la venda de mis ojos
me asqueo al recordar
tus lindos labios rojos…
Ciego, bendita sea mi ceguera
si al fin
saltó la venda y vi que eras
una vulgar muñeca de cartón!…

Blind, I was blind in my delirium…
Blind, because that love was a martyrdom.
And now that the blindfold
fell off my eyes
it disgusts me to remember
your pretty red lips…
Blind, blessed be my blindness
if at the end
the blindfold fell and I saw you were
a vulgar cardboard doll…

Podsafe音樂特區 #216 – 復活、改革

闊別五個月,終於回來。不辭而別,十分抱歉。

今集把考慮良久的改革實行,希望大家多多指教。

歌曲列表:
Hillary Reynolds Band – Good As New
Margo Rey – Get Back
Eric Doney – Sandbox
Matthew Ebel – State Of The Union (http://www.matthewebel.com)

電影足跡:評「狼的孩子雨和雪」
Audio Blog: 公僕的角色

在此下載本集節目
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Jingle由Apple GarageBand提供
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Podsafe音樂特區#215 – It is raining (seriously)

狂風雨夜的一集,繼續認真地做我嘅節目。

歌曲列表:
Laura Clapp – Let It Rain
Heather Thornton – Too Many Things
Laura Marie – This Time
Geoff Smith – Rose
Allison Crowe – Skeleton and Spirits
Matthew Ebel – I Wish I Were (www.matthewebel.com)

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“I Wish I Were”由Matthew Ebel提供
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Podsafe音樂特區#214 – 調整期

終於回到咪前。調整仍未完成,但the show must go on。

歌曲列表:
Brother Love – Summertime
Matthew Ebel – Drive Away
Geoff Smith – Stuck in the Middle
Blake Morgon – Maybe I’m Amazed
Mike Errico – Skimming
Jonathan Coulton – Drinking with You

在此下載本集節目
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Podsafe音樂特區#213 – 強勢回歸!

休息近一個月,終於有時間做節目!

歌曲列表:
Bob Dean – Can You See It
DIRK – One Night (instrumental)
Karyn Ellis – Low
Ken Kurland – Love Rediscovered
Trio Arjento – Every Song I’ve Written
Mike Errico – Please Stop Leaving

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Jingle由Apple GarageBand提供
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Podsafe音樂特區#212 – 迷糊

過去兩星期狀態不佳,有啲迷糊。反之,今晚節目選曲則毫不迷糊。

歌曲列表:
Geoff Smith – Here Nowhere
Mary Lemanski – City Lights
Green Apple Independent Group – Linda
Matthew Ebel – Get Over It
Mike Errico – Whatever You Say
Allison Crowe – By Your Side

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Podsafe音樂特區#211 – Guys singing love songs

今晚除咗最後嘅一首tango外,全部都係一班麻甩佬唱情歌。

歌曲列表:
Geoff Smith – Gravity
Mike Errico – Ever Since
Matthew Ebel – An Ordinary Guy
Jonathan Coulton – Drinking with You
Mike Errico – When She Walks By
Boleros En Femen – Desde el Alma

在此下載本集節目
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歌曲由Music Alley提供
Jingle由Apple GarageBand提供
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