Archive for April, 2009

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What the hell, IFC, what the hell?

Thursday, 30. April 2009

Okay, so IFC is making an Anita Blake adaptation. Apparently, they’re only going to make one movie, at least at first. For anyone who’s ever read the books and then googled it and found the million websites dedicated to casting every single character in the series, this is of course exciting news.

But here’s the thing (of course there’s a thing). According to Reuters,

IFC is targeting the movie to its core audience of men 18-34 and plans to air it next year.

Hang on. Please rewind. IFC is targeting MEN?????!!!!!

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Links

Wednesday, 29. April 2009

Books

Short story by Rachel Swirsky: A Monkey Will Never Be Rid of Its Black Hands.

The Nebula Award Winners are online.

Guess the book from one cool line.

Movies

Twilight: The first picture of the pack is online. Not sure yet what to think…

New clip from 9.

Raiders of the Lost Ark remade completely by fans over the course of seven years.

There might be a sequel to Dr. Horrible! OH YES PLEASE!

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle live action movie planned. Should I be delighted? Scared? Horrified?

Clichemageddon.

SnagFilms – free online documentaries.

Judd Apatow and the Man-Child.

Music

Not only a wonderful idea, but also an example of perfect sound editing:

Politics

So, it’s okay to strip 13 year olds to look for drugs? More on that here.

US refuses jet to fly over their airspace because a US-critical journalist is on board.

Consent and Sex.

Completely Different Things

This is Broken.

Football players swapping jerseys. Nice… very nice… I especially like the “play again in slow motion” function. Yum.

Media Packaging Mashups.

Get mp3s from youtube videos.

The Best Cake Wreck yet.

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Answering Questions Asked Through Google XXXIII

Tuesday, 28. April 2009

Today’s question is short and sweet:

“what can you do in bielefeld”?

Some people would say, “nothing because it doesn’t exist“. But let’s indulge a little bit and pretend that it does exist, here are the Main Sights, according to Wikipedia.

But I guess, apart from that you can pretty much do everything in Bielefeld that you can do in any other city of it’s size.

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29 Questions – Meme Monday

Monday, 27. April 2009
  1. When showering, do you start the water and then get in, or get in then start the water?
    Water first. Takes a bit to heat up.
  2. Do you read the labels on your shampoo bottle?
    Only if I’m really bored. Which I usually am not. At least in the shower.
  3. Do you moan in the shower like the people on the Herbal Essences commercial?
    Nobody moans like that.
    Trust me.
    Nobody.
    At least not from shampoo.
  4. Have you ever showered with someone of the opposite sex?
    Actually, no. But it’s on my to-do list.
  5. Have you ever been forced to shower with one of your siblings?
    No. But we took baths together when we were little.
  6. Have you ever brushed your teeth in the shower?
    Yeah. I’m a wanderer. I usually do something else while brushing my teeth. Like checking my mail. Or showering.
  7. Have you ever dropped your soap on your foot?
    Sure. Who hasn’t?
  8. How old do you look?
    Older than I am.
  9. How old do you act?
    Depends on the occasion. Something between 5 and 80.
  10. What’s the last song you sang?
    I sang along to The Do’s On My Shoulders.
  11. Have you recently become a member of anything?
    Uhm, no.
  12. What are your plans for the weekend?
    I don’t know. Long weekend coming up. Probably relaxing and reading and watching a film or two…
  13. Do you kiss with your eyes open or closed?
    Closed. Did you ever kiss with your eyes open? It looks really weird.
  14. Whats the sexiest thing about Condoleeza Rice?
    She’s smart.
  15. Does anything on your body itch right now?
    Yeah, actually, my neck. Stray hair.
  16. Who’s the sexiest famous woman alive?
    Cate Blanchett.
  17. Who’s the sexiest famous man alive?
    Christian Bale.
  18. Does every family have a crazy uncle?
    Probably. I don’t know. Maybe sometimes it’s a crazy aunt/brother/sister/mother/father/…
  19. Have you ever smuggled something into America?
    Nope. I’ve only been once and then I was a really nice girl.
  20. Does playing the guitar make a girl/guy more attractive?
    If they play it well, it’s sexy.
  21. Do you live in a city with a good sports team?
    No. Vienna might be many things but it’s not very sporty.
  22. Have you ever finished off the popcorn and ate the junk from the bottom of the bag?
    What junk? ;)
  23. Have you ever had sex in a tent?
    Nope, not the outdoorsy type.
  24. What about in a boat?
    see #23
  25. Have you ever dated a Goth?
    No.
  26. Would you rather receive amazing oral sex or have amazing sex?
    Amazing sex. More fun for both.
  27. Can you fix your own car?
    What car? Anyway, no.
  28. Would you want to kill George W Bush yourself if you were guaranteed to get away with it?
    No, not myself, nor give the order or anything. I don’t abstain from killing because I could get caught. And people who say that, scare me shitless.
  29. Should guys wear pink?
    Guys (and girls) can wear whatever colour they want. Personally, I don’t really like pink. But that’s my personal taste.
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Big Fish (Daniel Wallace)

Monday, 27. April 2009

Big Fish is the novel by Daniel Wallace Tim Burton based his wonderful movie on.

Plot:
Edmund Bloom lived his life to the fullest and always told fantastic stories about it. His son William always saw him as the biggest liar. Now, Edmund is dying and William is trying to reconcile the father and the stories into one whole picture he can comprehend.

The book is a lot like the movie (or better, the movie is a lot like the book). The stories are wonderful by themselves, but in the context, they are even better. I really liked it.

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Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

Sunday, 26. April 2009

Mansfield Park is Jane Austen‘s third novel.

Plot:
Fanny Price lives with her aunt and uncle, the Bertrams, and their children, Thomas, Edmund, Maria and Julia. During all of her childhood with them, she has heard by the well-meaning but rather insensitive people around her that she’s not much worth and that she’s forever obliged to them. Only Edmund has ever shown her any real kindness. Thus she grows up a shy young woman with very strong principles and very much in love with Edmund, who doesn’t suspect a thing.
When the siblings Henry and Mary Crawford move into the neighbourhood, things get shaken up quite a bit.

Mansfield Park is probably the least popular Austen novel  – and I can see how that happened. Still, it is also probably the most satirical and best written (at least of the ones I’ve read so far) of her novels.

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[SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS]

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Le silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence) [2008]

Saturday, 25. April 2009

Le silence de Lorna or Lorna’s Silence is a Belgian movie by writers/directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. It stars Arta Dobroshi and Jérémie Renier.

Plot:
Lorna (Arta Dorbroshi) is an Albanian immigrant in Belgium. To get the Belgian nationality, she married junkie Claudy (Jérémie Renier), a coup arranged by Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione), a small time criminal on the rise. After she’s got her nationality, Fabio plans to kill Claudy so that Lorna can marry a rich Russian also in search of the Belgian nationality. And then, things get really fucked up.

Le silence de Lorna is not a feel good movie. [Ha! That might well be the understatement of the year.] But it’s one that’s incredibly well acted, well written and well done in general. It’s just so very depressing…

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Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England) [2006]

Friday, 24. April 2009

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále or I Served the King of England is the adaption of Bohumil Hrabal‘s book of the same name by Jirí Menzel. I started to read the book but didn’t finish it yet. So don’t expect much comparison.

Plot:
Jan Dite (Oldrich Kaiser) is released from prison and looks back on his life as a younger man (Ivan Barnev), obsessed with becoming a millionaire and, of course, women. As a waiter, he stumbles through the history of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War and Communism.

The movie is a bit too long and suffers from the same problem I have with the book: Dite remains completely alien to me. The way he thinks, the way he makes decisions and the way people around him react to him is honestly a mystery to me. [Which also means that it's quite an adaptation of the book - it's hard to translate stuff like that from one medium to the next.] There were some funny scenes and some scenes where I would have thrown popcorn, had I bought any.

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Video Vriday

Friday, 24. April 2009

Since we haven’t featured one single Austrian band yet, I will remedy this situation now. Unfortunately, I don’t know that many Austrian musicians or video, so I’ll just go with a usual suspect.

Waldeck – Make My Day

Waldeck is from Vienna, so even if he had to go to England to become famous, he’s Austrian. The video to Make My Day is not spectacular, but I like the 20s style, which I think fits the song and the voice very well.

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Top 10: Actors I’d Watch In Anything

Thursday, 23. April 2009

After last week’s Actresses I’d Watch In Anything, here’s the promised follow-up with actors.

Now, I have to admit that sex appeal is also a factor in this little list. What can I say? I’m a heterosexual woman, I can’t turn my libido just off (though that would be helpful sometimes). Anyways, no matter how sexy, I do think that all of the guys mentioned here are talented as well.

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