Mood Indigo

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On Saturday night, me and my friend decided to go to Cinémental, Manitoba’s Official Festival of French Language Films.  We saw L’Ecume Des Jours (Mood Indigo), a new film from director, Michel Gondry. He directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of my favourite movies, so I had high expectations. Gondry is known for surrealism and his artistic flair, which comes out with abundance in this film.  Mood Indigo is a busy mess of colour and futuristic devices that were visually stimulating, but difficult to get used to.  Most of the film is spent watching the characters frolic and participate in strange behaviour, and it felt as if Gondry was getting carried away. There are eels popping out of sinks, shoes that run off on their own, clothes that bite people, and a pet mouse who is a miniature grown man that runs around.

The main character Colin begins lighthearted, wealthy, and without a care in the world. He has a personal slave, or assistant (his role is unclear) named Nicolas, who takes pride in his work. When Colin is jealous that both Nicolas and his friend Chick have love interests, he decides that it is his time to be swept off his feet. Enter Audrey Tatou, who plays Chloe, a sweet girl who Colin is immediately smitten with.  The movie then depicts their whimsical dates and experiences in the strange world they live in.  Chloe eventually gets sick, with a ‘water lily in her lung’, and we see how everyone copes with the devastating news. This is perhaps Gondry’s take on cancer? The film begins quite bright and colourful , but the scenes slowly starts to wilt in colour and eventually fade into black and white, as the characters fall deeper into despair. Although, no matter what happens to the characters, it is difficult to care as you can’t relate to much in this film.

I should say that I’m usually open minded and typically like films that are “out-there”, but Mood Indigo provides no context about what is going on.  No explanation about what year it is, and there are mysterious people furiously typing on typewriters that is intercut with the film, so the audience is left wondering if they are crafting everything we see? The film has a Tim Burton feel, although the whole experience is a sensory attack and you are unsure if this is artistic genius or if someone spiked your drink.

I couldn’t get past the extreme alternate reality, and it resulted in a significant lack of compassion for the characters.  I commend this film on creativity – I can’t tell if everything was built or computerized but artistically, it was beautiful.  Everyone I talked to after the film had no idea what to make of it, and overall I think the story lacked in substance.

I recommend checking out Cinémental while the festival is still on. Visit http://www.cinemental.com/accueil_en.html for more info.

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Conventional Thinking = Conventional Results

Have you heard of Ivan Cash?

On his website here is his bio:

“Hi, my name is Ivan.

I’m a San Francisco-based interactive artist and freelance creative who specializes in social projects that inspire radical engagement and participation.

I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and experiences through giving talks, teaching at Miami Ad School, and collaborating with culture-shaping companies like Facebook and Wieden+Kennedy. 

I’m founder of the Snail Mail My Email project and author of the accompanying book. My work has exhibited internationally, been featured in CNNTIMEWall Street JournalFast Company, and Juxtapoz, and I was recently recognized as an Art Directors Club Young Gun

Nothing would make me happier than if you closed your eyes for 20 seconds and just listened to your breath.”

I stumbled upon a lecture that Ivan Cash did about his creative work, entitled: “Take Risks, Break Rules, and Kick Ass.”

It inspires me.  He says some VERY interesting things, and has a creative, inspirational past.

Check out his work. >  www.ivancash.com

Soul Medicine Pychic Shoppe

A few months ago I went to Soul Medicine Psychic Shoppe to have my tarot cards read.

Visiting a psychic is something that has interested me for a long time, but I’ve always been skeptical of the whole experience – how can someone know such intimate things about people they’ve never met? I find the idea of connecting with spirits, and opening “third eyes” creepy..  also the negative portrayal of psychics in films, and TV shows made my expectations.. erm, low.

We called on Tuesday and made an appointment for the upcoming Thursday, but ironically when we went in, the woman working thought we meant the following Thursday.

Bad sign. (Shouldn’t they have predicted that?)

The place itself was very “whimsical”, it was dark and full of (almost laughable) psychic accessories.  Crystal balls littered the room, incense burned, magic books and oils were on display over dusty shelves.  The woman (I keep calling her woman, but she didn’t give off a psychic vibe and she wasn’t really a secretary?) was able to fit us in right away, luckily.

My mom went first, then me and my grandma were brought into the back room, which felt oddly like the Gryffindor commonplace (sorry, nerdy Harry Potter reference), and we were served biscuits and tea in flowery china teacups.

It was an interesting atmosphere, to say the least.

The deal was 30 minutes for 30 dollars.  A dollar a minute.  As I waited for my turn I felt very perplexed, feeling woozy from the tea – but that was probably my imagination.

My mom came back looking normal, not as if she just received some shocking revelation and said…  “that was good.”

So, it was my turn.  I was introduced to the tarot card reader, Val, and we went into a little tent like room surrounded by sheets, and we sat on either sides of a tiny table.

Now, if you do this – WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN. You think you’ll remember, but you won’t. Or record it on your phone even, I don’t think they mind.

I’m recalling this experience from only a few months ago, and I can barely remember what she said.  At first,  I was asked to think of a question. Something I badly wanted answered. I was told to say it in my head, and Val helped me separate the cards into 3 piles. I then chose one pile to work with, and she began with a jolting question for me, which was a bit shocking that she knew.

I answered as vaguely as I could, then she laid out the cards and explained what the structure meant.  Weirdly, what she said pertained to my initial question and also incorporated some current things that were going on my life.

She didn’t say anything too too specific, but it was strange how she was so dead on about a few things. The main message was that I’m on the right path, and there is a lot of travelling in my future. (Woo!) I know this sounds incredibly vague, but I’m just leaving out what she said for my own privacy.

The experience was an equal mix of strange and nice,  it didn’t feel like a hoax.  Also, after talking to my mom and grandma she knew oddly specific things about them as well.

Soul Medicine Psychic Shoppe recently moved locations, (I went to their previous Nairn location) and are now found at 136 Provencher.

It’s not too expensive and I’d say they’re worth checking out.

http://soulmedicinepsychicshoppe.yolasite.com/

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