JC Is My Co-Pilot

One of last year’s more remarkable collaborations came from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales. Their Room 29 was released on the consummate classical  label Deutsche Grammophon. Cocker’s witty and droll lyrics were inspired by room 29 at the infamous Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

The following video is a live recording of one of my favorite tracks from the album. To dive deep into the lyrics, check out this Chilly Gonzales fan site.


About Betty’s Boob

Late last week, BOOM! Studios announced the forthcoming publication of About Betty’s Boob by Véro Cazot and Julie Rocheleau. According to a press release, this original graphic novel promises “an affecting and inspired examination of one woman’s painful, surreal, and oddly humorous journey following a mastectomy.”

As someone who had cervical cancer and currently has a benign [though very painful] fibroadenoma, I am very intrigued by this book. I am hopeful that it will pair well with Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s stellar Cancer Vixen.

About Betty’s Boob is slated for release in June 2018 through BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint.


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In True Love with Charlotte Hatherley

Here’s a taste of my favorite albums of 2017. True Love, by Charlotte Hatherley, is definitely at the top of my list. Some may know Hatherley as the former guitarist of Ash. Currently, she plays guitar for Birdy.

On the side, Hatherley has created a lush, gem of an album. And I can’t get enough of it! Here’s “A Sign” from True Love. You can learn about the inspiration behind the song here.

Stay tuned to this blog for more of my top albums of 2017!

Review: Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is what an action-drama should be. Disclosure: I’m a Peter Berg flunky (“Clear Eyes! Full Hearts!”). I even own Battleship, but who doesn’t like a movie that stars Tim Riggins, Eric Northman, and actual Navy veterans?

What impressed me the most about Deepwater Horizon were the sets. After the movie,  I watched all of the bonus features and learned about how much were actual “live” affects. Flames, explosions, geysers of mud … they even built their own mini rig on the water! Say what you will about Berg, but the man is extremely passionate and doesn’t half-ass things (I met him once, and he was a wee bit intimidating).

Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg (R) promoting Battleship with Alexander Skarsgard (L) and Brooklyn Decker (center) at WonderCon 2012

John Malkovich oozes creepiness. His character personifies corporate greed and his accent is kinda amazing. Thankfully, my hometown boy, Mark Wahlberg, made no attempt to sound southern. Maybe just slightly less Dorchester.

If you’re keeping track, this film rounds out Kurt Russell’s Trio of Movies with Facial Hair (Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk being the first two). I can never unsee what I saw in Bone Tomahawk. Never. You should watch it.

Deepwater Horizon felt like a good tribute/depiction of the actual events. Berg wanted people to remember that there wasn’t just an oil spill (the worst in our nation’s history) but that lives were lost. Sure, they take liberties, but I’m not so close to the subject material to take umbrage. I don’t know if I will be able to say the same about Patriot’s Day.

Deepwater Horizon was the eighth movie that I’ve watched this year. Check out my film diary on Letterboxd