Kitano and 9/11

Even in Japan, almost everything on TV right now is something about the 9/11 remembrance. Earlier tonight there was a live show with Takeshi Kitano in New York as host. It was very strange seeing him being serious on Japanese TV, as we’re used to seeing him being a complete clown all the time.

Dolls_ca

And speaking of Kitano, I finally saw HANABI (FIREWORKS) recently. Another great Kitano film. I am really looking forward to seeing his new film, DOLLS, which just recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It’s a bit of a departure from his usual directorial projects as he doesn’t appear in it. You can get more info on the film, as well as a beautiful Flash intro, at the official site.

RAH-XEPHON

I’m watching a late-night Japanese animation on TV right now (started at 2am) called RAH-XEPHON. I think it just started, but man, talk about fucked-up. It’s kind of like walking into a David Lynch film during the strange bits. The presentation is very cool, all dark colors, and letter-boxed. It takes place in a sort of future, and there seems to be angel-type figures fighting, and then it jumps to someone who thinks he’s dead, or maybe not. Lots of talk about gods. There’s confusion as to what world/dimension all the characters are in. Very strange indeed. It sort of feels like the last 2 episodes of EVANGELION. The soundtrack for the show is really nice, mostly piano, and great at creating the proper mood.

iCal

Apple released their new iCal program today. I’ve already started using it and must say that it’s pretty nifty and easy to use. I’ve been trying to get my schedules in order for a while now, and hopefully this will help out. It’ll also be nice when their iSync program comes out at the end of the month, which will let me put all of my calendars on my iPod.

Also, after having listened to a few other tracks from the band OK Go that I found online, I have to say that nothing else excites me like the single. I really hate these one-great-single bands. I’m having a harder time finding Ikara Colt tracks.

Rawk.

In Japan we get to see 2 episodes of THE CONAN O’BRIAN SHOW a week, that they show during the weekend on CNBC Asia. I was watching them this week and on one of the shows there was a performance by a band called OK Go. They rawk, and have a definite Pixies vibe. Not long after, I saw the video for the same song (“Get Over It”) on SpaceShowerTV (a music video channel). I’ve just downloaded a bunch of MP3s to check them out some more. Also, today I saw a video by a band called Ikara Colt. I swear that at first I thought it was a young Sonic Youth (the video is made to look old, and you don’t see the member that well). They also have the rawk.

A New Look

As you can see, I’ve just made a big revision to the site. I’m still playing around with it, but this is something I like a lot better than what I had up last week. The idea is that a lot of links are going to be popping up in boxes, here and there. I’m planning on getting links to all of the stuff I’ve done on the Web in the past 4 years. At the bottom you’ll see a link to AS (Acadiespatiale.com), which was the main project I worked on for close to 4 years with my good friend Guy Bourgeois. It was a site that promoted Acadian (French speakers from the Maritimes, in Eastern Canada) culture and ideas. We officially closed the site last week, which is now going to give us more time to work on future projects, one of which is this site for me. I’ve been writing a weekly column in French for the whole time about my life in Tokyo, often including pics, and this is what I hope to continue here, but with even more updates thanks to the ease of use of Blogger.