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“It has dulled my edge”, he said.

In Music, TV on 2011/06/27 at 9:27 pm

It’ll sound pretty pathetic, but I’m always in the search for a new favorite series to keep track on. For a while there was Mad Men. Then they went on a hiatus. A very SERIOUS one I might add, since the word has been spreading that the show won’t air again until next year, if then even. Afterwards my inner male instincts (also noticeable when playing videogames brought to me personally by an overexcited older brother, not that gaming is suitable only for male specimen) took over a bit and I found myself hooked on the overly mastodont-y series Spartacus, both of them for that matter. Gods of the Arena was a severe guilty pleasure, almost too severe. Also, I have always had a thing for the past. Probably why history’s been my favorite subject in school since I was like ten. So it wasn’t a big surprise that I consequently fell for the renaissance drama The Borgias, now also on a mid-season hiatus. So then, what’s there left to watch you ask? Well, there is one show. One that is so vulgar, so obnoxious, so over-the-top that it redefines the word in the television medium. Why watch it then? Because it’s so funny, so seductive and completely addictive. Season 4 of True Blood aired just last night and I’m about to stream it right now. Yes, it went a little overboard last season (a little is an understatement actually) but right now I’m in serious need of anything remotely close to a drug. TV-drug that is, not the other. Crack is wack, guys.

(Not to make this post another I-only-wrote-about-something-that-I-felt-like-writing-for-a-moment I’m adding some music as well. It’s been on my repeat for so many times now.)

“If you won’t say a few words, I will.”

In Director, Fashion, Film, Life on 2011/01/01 at 10:09 pm


Thought I’d be clever and do a summary when the year just started, not when it just finished. But the idea doesn’t strike me as that bright now that I think about it.
Oh well, let’s begin shall we?

Eventwise

It’s been an interesting year, and I’m referring to my personal experiences which come to think of it sounds ridiculously pretentious, and sort of is, really. But for the moment being, let’s roll with it and be realistically aware next time. So, what’s happened? I graduated. It was the only thing I could think about in the entire spring semester (so I didn’t have to deal with school anymore and could relax on Sundays instead of worrying sick of how many irregular verbs there are in French for the exam on Monday). So that was a big deal. And I said goodbye to a lot of people, greeted many new as well, and also formed stronger relationships with old friends while watching other friendships fade out bit by bit. I realised that I wasn’t in the same place anymore, that I had changed and it felt like these people hadn’t. I could’t look at them in the same way anymore. So in the end, it felt like the right thing to do. I decided then also to take a sabbatical [year] and not start school right away. The motivation was gone, as you could tell, and I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea. This coming from a straight A student (well, almost anyway). So for the last six months I’ve been traveling, socializing while being perfectly comfortable with it, working (kinda) and you guessed it – relaxing. And to tell you the truth? It’s been fucking great.

Filmwise

Oh, it’s been a good year indeed. Or at least, not a year with too many disappointments. Actors and directors that are dear to me have done exceptionally well and had wonderful successes. Mr Nolan dazzeled us all with his dreamproject Inception which I may add was his first ever film to make, but with technology not well-advanced and no money backing him up ten years ago he decided to “practise” as he called it with other works in the meantime. And what works they were. I just checked the list of most successful films (compared in profit) and Inception made a whopping 825 million dollars worldwide and ranked in at fourth place, beating even that Twilight-nonsense! And as for Mr Bale, he had a stumble with critics over Terminator Salvation, but has had the chance now to redeem himself with the boxing-epic The Fighter, which I didn’t see coming at all. I watched the trailer (mistake, as always) and was not exactly encouraged. But nominations are rolling in and it’s looking good at the The Golden Globes, possibly The Emmy’s – and dare we say it – The Oscar’s as well. People, this guy’s been in the biz for almost 30 years (and been a fine actor throughout) and not had any recognition of this sort whatsoever. It’s about damn time. Okey, I just realised that I’ve only talked about my two favorite men in showbusiness but these times call for celebration, or in this case, appreciation of the best sort! I’ll probably do a more proper review of 2010’s films sooner or later.

Fashionwise

Everyone went dissing on the ’80s for fifteen years or so and then in 2010 it made a monster comeback. We all realised color isn’t such a bad thing after all. Even I, who wear black most of the time, widened my gaze a bit and started embracing reds, blues and mustard-yellows like never before. Alright, now it sounds like I dressed in a different color every day but that would be taking a tad too far. For inspiration we watched films like Heathers and Desperately Seeking Susan. But this happened in early 2010, if not a continuum from late 2009.  So by the time we’d seen every color of the rainbow there is, history repeated itself and we went back to basics, just like twenty years ago. Yes, the decade I was born in and that has a special place in my heart (corny but true) – the ’90s were all over the place. Now we looked for inspiration in shows like Beverly Hills – 90210 and Twin Peaks. Suddenly minimalism was coveted and the brand Céline was leading the way. I found myself cutting away armsleeves (wait, isn’t that ’80s ?) and rediscovering Wayne’s World, but if anything I went back to my roots regarding music. All of a sudden shredding was awesome again and grungebands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and The Breeders became favorites. And they still are. But I wouldn’t say that I left one trend and went for the other, instead I understood that I could wear whatever I want basically and ended up with different kinds of combinations. I’d have big hair and wear a t-shirt one day and be elegant and neutral the other. But I wasn’t going to give up my body-hugging dresses and close-fitting skirts for anything, and that’s how we end up at the third (and most welcoming) trend of the year: Mad Men (which is late ’50s/early ’60s basically). Thank God for Joan Holloway and those curves. While the other two trends were bright or nostalgic, I have to be honest and say that I enjoyed this one the most.

Mad Men: Season Four

In TV on 2010/12/19 at 1:13 am

Mad Men – Season Four – Episode Six: Waldorf Stories.
Probably my favorite of the series (not season) so far.

Find it here: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=UIF5TXUH

And on this amazing website you can quite literally find any other series out there as well:
http://tv.blinkx.com/show/mad-men/v9gj-7U7V4gagDrp