Oh, this is difficult

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Moriarty was real

At least that’s what someone at my university seems to think:


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Dit lelijke haakje…

…op het cover van mijn dure woordenboeken – wie is daar verantwoordelijk voor?! Dat kan toch echt niet? (En die man…waarom zijn er tegenwoordig op alle taalboeken mensen te zien? Daar heb ik zo’n hekel aan.)

PS. Ik weet dat mijn pijl echt een kunstwerk is, dank je wel.

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The Deep Blue Sea, and other film news

I just got a ticket for The Deep Blue Sea which will be shown at a film festival around here. I’ve seen it before, but not on the big screen. I also have a vague memory of reading something about it last year, seeing a promo picture and thinking ‘oh, that’s the guy from Wallander‘. But it sounded like a boring love story, so I kind of forgot about it.

Until this year when etc. (more about this another time, maybe), I watched it, and oh god, I am so glad I did, I don’t know how to say this, but it made me believe in the existence of art in film again. Maybe I’ll write more about this some other time, trying to explain it, but long story short: stunning performances. Not a perfect script, but the actors make up for it, the feeling I had when the film ended would have made up for anything. All the actors are amazing, especially the three leads, oh I definitely need to write more about this, but it will take me a while to attempt to put my thoughts into words (e.g. how Simon Russell Beale personified everything about the world his character lives in without having to say a word, I simply cannot put this into words, you have to see it, no, feel it). But for now I’ll stop.

As for the festival, I also got tickets for seven other films. I’d like to see more, but some are sold out (Jagten for example), some are shown at times I have to be somewhere else, and I REALLY DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH TIME ANYWAY, waaarrrgh. Uhm, anyway, I’ll go pick up the tickets next week.

And if I stop being lazy for a moment, I could also go see We Need to Talk About Kevin tomorrow. I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be showing it…

Apropos — Only Lovers Left Alive, is this real? (Yeah, I know it’s not new news.) I’ll believe it when I see it! Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt in a Jim Jarmusch film? WHAT. Swinton and Hiddleston in the same film alone is basically too great to be true, but then there’s Hurt, too? And Jim Jarmusch directing? And…how am I supposed to handle this awesomeness? (…but why does it haveĀ  to be about vampires?) Well, for now, I will read nothing about it, will not look at any production stills, will not watch the trailer once it’s released (hey, it did work for Moonrise Kingdom, well, the trailer part at least…but the pictures were everywhere, what can I say). And then I’ll go see it completely unbiased and without any expectations.

OK, let’s be real, if it isn’t absolutely fantastic, I’ll be sad. And cry. A lot. Or be angry. And smash some things. Or not. But I really don’t want to know anything about it before I see it.

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Haneke’s Amour

Gut-wrenching. Right now I don’t want to write more about it. Anyone who’s ever had a relative spend their last few months at home, seeing their slow demise, might feel the urge to leave the cinema at one point or another. Not an easy film – not that this is what I was expecting -, and certainly not one I will watch again soon. But I didn’t leave, and I’m glad I didn’t.

OK, so I do want to write a bit more about it, but only two or three things. (Contains spoilers.)
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