Double bill

City of God has just had another outing on the DVD player this week, it depicts the lives of a number of inhabitants of Cidade de Deus in Rio de Janeiro and is based on real events surrounding the growth of organised crime in the favelas. The plot centres on two boys growing up in the midst of the madness and their differing viewpoints, it's ace, not least because all the actors bar one were taken from the Rio slums.

Next up is one of my all time favourites , Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", both a piss take and a salute to the great Jacques Cousteau who, if you're of a certain age will of held you transfixed with his deep sea diving exploits in the 60's and 70's.
It stars Bill Murray in one of his best parts as Zissou on a madcap mission to destroy the shark that killed his partner . It was a complete flop on release but that says more about mainstream cinema goers than it does about this film.

Seu Jorge, an unknown musician picked from the slums of Rio for a part in City of God  and an established actor / musician by the time he appeared in The Life Aquatic where his Portuguese covers of Bowie songs from the 70's are part of the film and a subsequent album. Of course he only covers Bowie's early work because as we all know he hasn't made a decent record since '77.

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