Thursday, October 29, 2009

Artsy. Zero social skills.

music: Port O'Brien - My Will Is Good


Chatting with G. about music and movies at an art exhibition - oh wow, how very artsy of me. As I was walking home, I ran into R. and he told me about a painting exhibition organized by the University of Art and Design (UAD). This is the first time I've seen works by UAD students and I was quite impressed. These ppl are really talented. Also, Catherine Millet, editor in chief of Art Press Paris was there (she was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Cause earlier today). R. told me about her; I don't wanna pretend I just knew who Catherine Millet was or why she was there. I do know about Art Press. I've never read it, but I suppose now I have a reason to borrow some issues from CCF. I guess I would've liked to take some pics just to remember some of the works I liked, but there were too many professional photographers, and I would've been too embarrassed to be seen with my toy-like camera. I was already embarrassed about my clothes. No matter what I wear, I always feel ridiculous. I love it that now I can wear summer dresses w/ boots, which feels so comfy. However, longish dresses/skirts look bad on me (I'm short and I will not wear heels). Why am I talking about my clothes? R. took lots of photos, so I'll just check those out once he uploads them on FB *grin*. Fuckity fuck! I hate it that I have to wake up at 6 a.m. Why did it feel so weird to hang out with G.? I mean, it was for 5 min or so, anyways. I wish I could hang out with him more, but then again, what on earth would I talk to him about? I mean, I can talk forever about music and movies but I do realize that can be annoying for some ppl. Just for some? Yeah, I guess for most ppl. And lately, because I don't know what to talk about w/ some ppl or maybe because I don't pay attention to what I'm saying, I've developed this really uncool habit. Um... actually, I hope it's not a habit. I hope it hasn't happened more than two or three times because I certainly don't wanna be labeled a name-dropper. I was talking to G., and for some reason I mentioned sm's name; I immediately wanted to slap myself or sth cause that was so not cool. How come I haven't listened to Port O'Brien till now? They sound pretty good, and fun, too. And this Bridezilla band seems ok, too. I don't think I have time to sleep anymore. I need some black coffee.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

One more time with feeling: 'Hooked'

music: Regina Spektor - Eet*

If you haven't already seen my Twitter / Facebook updates, here's the piece of news: Hooked / Pescuit sportiv is the opening film at this year's Osian Film Festival (India), AND Nitesh of Indian Auteur has given me the unexpected chance to write about this movie, here (also, the text is edited by Nitesh).

Writing this just reminded me of how much I liked Pescuit sportiv. I'll def have to check if it's out on DVD.


*on Friday, I went to Anamaria & Alex's concert, and now I can't get that song out of my head

Sheep happens

music: Declan De Barra - Red Forests

It's the second year when the guys at Anim'est organize a three-day follow-up in Cluj, and if last year I only saw a series of short films, I promised myself that this year I would go see at least one feature a day. Um, yeah... that didn't happen. I only managed to go see Miyazaki's Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind, and Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

I'm so angry at myself because while watching Nausicca I could barely keep my eyes open; I was so tired (but I don't know, I should've had some coffee or sth *grr*). Plus, I would've loved to write sth about these movies, but that requires lots of hours (it's Japanese animation! I need more than two or three hours to write about Japanese animation. I know, I know: I'm so slow.) Besides, I have a ton of reading to do for school (it just never ends! but if I put Résiste on repeat and sing along - you don't wanna hear that - it gets a little better *sigh*).

So anyhow, loved the movies:

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind


Miyazaki's work is really amazing - I don't even need to say that, it's a known fact. One day, I'll make time and watch all his movies. (Uuh, btw: reading his filmography, I was surprised to find out he directed 15 episodes of Lupin III between 1971 and 1972. I used to watch Lupin III on Italia 1 or Canale 5, I don't really remember, when I was about 9 or 10 *grin*).

Afro Samurai: Resurrection


I read about Afro Samurai on the website of Otaku Magazine right after it was released, a couple of years ago (or wait. was that post about the tv series? now I'm confused...), so I was glad I finally got the chance to see it. The animation is outstanding! And I loved Lucy Liu's voice acting. However, the story line is full of clichés; it's the same old revenge story. Also, is it really that difficult to pronounce "Sayonara" correctly (i.e. with a long "o")? Seriously!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quotes

music: Górecki - Miserere, op 44

"La solitude comme forme de résistance" - Pascal Quignard's view on loneliness (at Culture Vive, RFI).

*****


"The album is named 'Know Better Learn Faster' because you can't," explains Thao. "By the time you realize you should, it's too late. And I enjoy the predicament and the totally devastating, unfunny humor of that."

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Comedy Cluj (II)

music: Love of Lesbian - Universos Infinitos

Update: Comedy Cluj ep 1 / Comedy Cluj ep 2 / Comedy Cluj ep 3


La Chevre



Hindemith


La Cienaga


Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution


Du Levande


Ridicule

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Comedy Cluj (I)

music: Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard - These Roads Don't Move

Titanic vals


Secretul armei... secrete





















Louise-Michel


David & Layla


Free Floating


Jour de fete

Saturday, October 10, 2009

@boredtodeath

music: Monsters of Folk - Map of the World



After having watched the pilot for HBO's Bored to Death, I posted a tweet about it, and surprise! The guys at HBO (@boredtodeath) asked me and two other Twitter users if they could quote us in a promo for Bored to Death. (I had no idea Twitter can be so fun!)

Now, I think it's obvious that I don't watch Bored to Death on HBO (*shh!*). (I'm sure it will be picked up by HBO Romania, but only after the first season is aired in its entirety in the US) So of course I haven't seen the promo (I was hoping it would eventually be on youtube, but no luck there). Anyhow, thanks to @thepegisin, I can now share a still of said promo *yay*.

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic

and the original tweet:

Not a feminist blogger. Not yet.

music: Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists

A while back, E. told me she and a colleague of hers intended to start a collective feminist blog. Ever since she let me know the blog was up and running (http://alicedowntherabbithole.wordpress.com/ - I love the name of blog :) I've been trying to think of a topic for the blog. Herta Muller winning the Nobel Prize for Literature seemed a pretty cool topic. Plus, thanks to the free access to SAGE Publications, I had found this really interesting article about literature and feminist theory. Indeed, it seemed like all this was a great basis for a good piece of writing. But, in the end, I was so unhappy with what I wrote that I decided I wouldn't send it to E. anymore. It's painful how bad it is. Still, Herta Muller winning the Nobel Prize is a huge deal, so I will write here an approximate translation of what I would've written for Down the Rabbit Whole.

*****

October 8, 2009: Herta Muller wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. A German female writer of Romanian origin wins the Nobel Prize. Yes, indeed, wow! But what it's interesting here is the part about "female writer", and not so much the part about the "Romanian origin". Herta Muller is only the 12th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. However, the fact that during this decade we have three women who won the literary Nobel (Doris Lessing in 2007 and Elfriede Jelinek in 2004) makes me almost optimistic. Is it really possible? Is the literature written by women taken more seriously than in the past? Or is it just that, in the case of Literature, gender has become irrelevant, and the term "writer" is universal?

In 'I am not a woman writer'. About women, literature and feminist theory today* (published in Feminist Theory). Toril Moi asks why the question of the woman writer disappeared from the feminist theoretical agenda around 1990.

But I'll start with the end of the article. To the question "What is literature?", Toril Moi gives the following answer:
Literature is the archive of a culture. We turn to literature to discover what makes other human beings suffer and laugh, hate and love, how people in other countries live, and how men and women experienced life in other historical periods. To turn women into second-class citizens in the realm of literature is to say that women’s experiences of existence and of the world are less important than men’s.

If I take a look at the list of Nobel Prize winners for Literature and also at the literary works that have passed the test of time, I can only come to one conclusion: literature offers us a masculine perspective on life. I'm not sure what high scool kids have to read nowadays, but my question is: why Camil Petrescu and not Cella Serghi, why Hemingway and not Woolf, why The Catcher in the Rye and not The Bell Jar?

Herta Muller, Doris Lessing and Elfriede Jelinek have the advantage of the Nobel Prize, but what about the rest of contemporary female writers? How will their work survive in time? I think it's important that the issue of the woman writer reappeared on the agenda of feminist theory so that the work of other female writers (Jeanette Winterson comes to mind) can be valued as it deserves to. And because, in the end, if feminists don't take care of this, who else will?

* http://fty.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/9/3/259

(This piece of writing doesn't make any sense, right? I mean, it has no structure! Ufa...)

Update: Here's my first feminist blog post. Very frivolous stuff.