Thursday, January 31, 2013
Currently reading / watching / listening to...
* Under The Skin by Michel Faber. The less you know about this sci-fi thriller the better, because this well-written novel in which a mysterious girl picks up hitchhikers is full of surprises. Scarlett Johansson will play the lead in Jonathan Glazer's movie adaptation.
* Chi's Sweet Home 6 by Konami Kanata. A cute Japanese manga series about a cat.
* The first season of Boardwalk Empire. Intelligently made chronicle of the life on Nucky Thompson who was equal parts politician and gangster. Memorable actors and set design.
* Vanishing Waves (2012). A dreamy and visually stunning Lithuanian film about a neuron-transfer scientist who experiments with the thoughts of a comatose woman.
* Amour (2012). This French film about an elderly couple's last days together mirrored my grandparents' current situation and how illness severely tests their bond of love. The film taught me that when in the same circumstances, many people act alike and say the same things. Amour was so true to reality that I was certain that Michael Haneke's inspiration was autobiographical (I looked it up and it was inspired by the suffering of an aunt, crippled by rheumatism at the age of 92). I can already say that Amour will be one of my favorite films of the year.
* Paranormal Activity 4 (2012). Not sure why I watched it considering I disliked the previous episodes.
* American Mary (2012). Canadian film about a medical student who ends up performing underground surgeries for easy money. It felt forced and silly and I don't understand the rave reviews the film gets.
* The Conversation (1974). A paranoid surveillance expert goes through a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple he is spying on will be murdered. Stylish, intelligent and subtle; this is Francis Ford Coppola at his best.
* Kotoko (2012). Tsukamoto's latest is a trip (literally) into the mind of a psychologically unstable woman. A fascinating watch, but not an easy one.
Ludovico Einaudi, Eliane Radique and Philip Glass. I also went to a concert of The Bersarin Quartett and a mesmerizing audiovisual performance of Murcof and Simon Geilfus.