Down and out in Hong Kong and Rio

7 04 2015

Two interesting recent movies:

“Insanity” is a new Hong Kong film featuring one of China’s hottest current stars, Huang Xiaoming, as a psychiatrist determined to help a patient who is struggling to turn his life around after committing a violent crime. Its a bit implausible in places, but generally entertaining with its stylishly filmed HK locations and appearances by indie it-girl Fiona Sit and Singapore actress, Alien Sun.

“A Wolf at the Door” is  Brazilian, and in its breezy camerawork and look at the lives of Brazil’s new middle class, it reminded me of last year’s great “Neighbouring Sounds”. This is a much more straightforward genre flick though – a dark war-of-the-sexes thriller about an abducted child in the aftermath of an affair. The hunky Juliano Caazrre appears as a gruff local cop.



28 03 2015

Brazilian DJ due Selvagem. You can listen below to their mixtape, Beats+Space. The pair are playing in Sao Paulo this weekend at one of their monthly Selvagem parties.


9 03 2015

The Amazonian pop starlet’s latest, “Insight”.

Dônica – Casa 180

10 02 2015

Caetano’s son looks so much like him is scary. This is his band, Dônica.

Sao Paulo, mon amour…

21 12 2014

Bearded North American hipster takes a fun video tour of Sao Paulo. One of the youtube comments, in reference to the city’s current drought, said “typical hipster blah blah, don’t come here there is no water.”

For MY hipster guide to South America’s craziest city ;) – see here.

Or you can read my short essay on the city here.

A Wolf at the door

21 12 2014

The title reminds me of this. Can’t wait to see it, recommended by a friend in Rio (thanks Junior!)

World wide weird

17 11 2014

The Brazilian city of Belem, on the banks of the Amazon, is best known for its colourful riverside market of rainforest herbs and strange, monstrous fish, almost constant rain and more recently, a vibrant music scene that has spawned the likes of Jaloo and Gaby Amarantos. It was also here, in my early twenties, that I experienced one of the more exotic episodes in my travels, waiting out in a decaying nineteenth century brothel for an emergency credit card – my lifeline to the outside world – to arrive. Yet this week it has been in the news for a string of “whats app” murders, preceded by a mysterious text message telling people to stay off the streets..

The residents of outer-suburban Paris were terrorised by a tiger this week, sighted (and photographed, indistinctly, of course) outside a local supermarket. Despite a massive military manhunt the beast has still not been found, although after several days and some track mark analysis, the threat was downgraded to “Eurasian lynx”.

And finally, a sinkhole opened today on a busy pavement in Hong Kong’s own Causeway Bay, swallowing a passing pedestrian, who was later rescued by an ambulance. A friend told me something similar had happened in Beijing once, but there the unfortunate victim had been boiled alive by leaking hot water pipes.


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