Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Paintwash story of the Big, Pink, Flying Cow

Do you know that pink cows can fly? You would not believe, but I saw one yesterday out of my window. Swear to God and 52 angels! A bloody, pink biiiiiig flying cow!

I screamed to the cow: "what are you doing, cow?".
He replied: "moooooooeee"
I shouted angrily: "you are not supposed to fly, you are pink!"
He responded anxiously: "moooooooeee"

I was upset, he pretended not to understand me. As if I spoke in another language! I could not tolerate such a absurdity and spread my wings to also fly out of my blue window.

This cow was different than other cows. His wings were much bigger and his eyes were almost the same size as my elephant ears! And I can assure you those are big (and sexy ;)) !!

I asked again:

"what are you doing cow, where are you going?!"
He responded: "moeeeee moe moeee mooooeee!!!!"

"ahhhhh" I said and turned around. He could have told me earlier he was going for a paintwash!

This was the paintwash story of the Big, Pink, Flying Cow, and if you dont believe me read the Bible it is all written in there!


I am asleep
But then awake

or am I asleep?


I dont know
but now I know that I dont know

Its better
Now I rest

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I see...

two aliens behave quite silly
under a moon of yellow

Mars says 'hello' and 'goodbye' to Venus
while Jupiter counts the craters on Pluto

the earth turns away and sighs
the sun comforts her with golden rays

I have seen it all from my lazy chair
through my blue coloured windows

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Love poem

Sometimes you can see the sun going down a little
In a fraction of a second she seems to shiver and hold her breath
Nobody knows what causes this sudden disruption

Maybe it is a hesitation of the thermal radiation coming from her tachocline
Or maybe it is the supergranulation reprogramming its electromagnetic waves
Or perhaps it is Aton's fury finally erupting after old Egypt's betrayal

Or maybe it is because she mourns for her child who died a sad deaht* of wind
She perhaps sighs and then sinks a little to enforce her strength into the hearts of people
We do not know, but it sure is sad...

*why I (mis)spelled it this way? Well because the big Internet G does not allow such words....

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Battle Royale

Language: English
IMDB Rating: 8.0/ 10

Plot: Forty-two delinquent students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of delinquent students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a new forum of reality television.The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the dheaht*, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all dtie. The movie focus on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mistuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and classmates to survive (IMDB)?

*why I (mis)spelled it this way? Well because the big Internet G does not allow such words....

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Vampire Hunter

Language: English/ Japanese subtitles

IMDB Rating: 7.8/ 10

Plot: In the far distant future, vampires rule the night. But because of the fearless bounty hunters, their numbers dwindle. One such is D, a half-breed born of a human mother and a vampire father. He is hired by a father-son team to retrieve Charlotte, a lovely young lady, who was abducted by the vampire Meier Link. However, they also hired the Marcus Brothers for competition. In a race against time and across the lands, D and the Brothers fight their way through demons and monsters to save the woman, and slowly begin to suspect that she wasn't taken against her will...and that another threat looms in the distance... (IMDB)

The Banquet

Language: Mandarin. English subtitles
IMDB Rating: 6.5/ 10

Plot: In 907 AD, the Tang Dynasty is in tatters; infighting snarls the imperial family. Crown Prince Wu Luan loves Little Wan, but his father takes her as his Empress. Wu Luan goes into exile, studying dance and music. His uncle muerders his father, taking throne and Empress; uncle sends assassins to kiill Wu Luan. The Crown Prince eludes dtheah and comes to court. The Emperor arranges for Little Wan's coronation and dispatches Wu Luan to a distant land; he then calls for a midnight banquet on the 100th day of his rule. Poison, treachery, Wu Luan's return, and the love of the innocent Qing for Wu Luan set up the final entanglements. No Fortinbras or Horatio lay the daetd to rest (IMBD).

Part I

Part II

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Green Street Hooligans

Language: English
IMDB Rating: 7.5/ 10

Plot: Unjustly expelled from Harvard when a stash of cocaine is found in his possession, Matt (Elijah Wood) moves to London to live with his sister and her husband Steve (Marc Warren.) He is quickly introduced to Steve's chirpy, cock-sure younger brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam.) Initially, Pete is reluctant to get acquainted with Matt and allow him to tread around the capital city with him because he may be seen by others as an 'outsider', but after a heavy drinking session with him and his mates he quickly changes his opinion of him. On the way back from a football match, Matt is viciously accosted by a gang of Birmingham City thugs, until Pete and his friends step in and save him. It is from here that Matt learns the truth about Pete and his friends- they are football hooligans, operating the GSE (Green Street Elite) 'firm.' Initially afraid of the violence, Matt soon ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends- but as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating climax where London's most fierce football rivals- Millwall and West Ham United- are set to go head to head (IMDB).

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Dementia 13

A real cult classic from nobody else, but Francis Ford Coppola himself! This is Dementia 13!

Language: English
IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

Plot: John Haloran has a fatal heart attack, but his wife Louise won't get any of the inheritance when Lady Haloran diees if John is daetd. Louise forges a letter from John to convince the rest of his family he's been called to New York on important business, and goes to his Irish ancestral home, Castle Haloran, to meet the family and look for a way to ensure a cut of the loot. Seven years earlier John's sister Kathleen was drowned in the pond, and the Halorans enact a morbid ritual in remembrance. Secrets shroud the sister's demise, and soon the family and guests begin experiencing an attrition problem. (IMDB)

The Cube (1969)

Language: English
IMDB Rating: 7.8/ 10

Plot: A man awakens inside a white cube, covered in a four-by-four grid. He has no memory of how he got there and there seems no way out. But as time passes, panels open temporarily to admit an intruder or onlooker. They pop back through their panels but bar the man from going through, pointing out "this is MY door; you'll have to find YOUR door." The intruders vary from individuals to a child on a tricycle and and a rock band. More and more people start to come into the cube, filling it up and this developes into a sort of cocktail party. A rock band comes through sometime during all of this, singing The Cube's theme song, "You'll never get out, you'll never get out, you'll never get out till you diiee." At one point the man sees himself, a double, and has a dialog with himself about how he has to find HIS way out. Is the man a prisoner? An inmate? Someone on a voluntary retreat? The stories change with each new visitor. Eventually, just as he succumbs to despair, a square panel clicks open. The man crawls through it and discovers he is in a clinic corridor. A therapist welcomes his escape form the Cube and takes him to his office. There the therapist reveals the reason the man was in the Cube. Or does he? Once in the office the man was given a fountain pen to sign some forms before being discharged. He accidently cuts his finger, and when he sucks the cut he tastes not blood but .... strawberry jam. The office then dissolves into ... the white cube. Fade to white (IMDB).

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

La société du spectacle

This is a must see, although the book is of course a lot better...

Language: French/ English subtitles
IMDB Rating: 7./ 10

Plot: The 90 minute film took a year to make and incorporates footage from The Battleship Potemkin, October, New Babylon, Shanghai Gesture, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Rio Grande, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Johnny Guitar, and Confidential Report, as well as Soviet and Polish films, industrial films, American Westerns, news footage, advertisements, and many still photographs. Events such as the muerder of Lee Harvey Oswald (who assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963), the revolutions in Spain in 1936, Hungary in 1956 and in Paris in 1968, and people such as Mao Zedong, Richard Nixon, and the Spanish Anarchist Durruti are represented. Throughout the movie, there is both a voiceover (of Debord) and inter-titles from "Society of the Spectacle" but also texts from the Committee of Occupation of the Sorbonne, Machiavelli, Marx, Tocqueville, Emile Pouget, and Soloviev. Without citations, these quotes are hard to decipher, especially with the subtitles (which exist even in the French version) but that is part of Debord’s goal “to problematize reception” (Greil and Sanborn) and force the viewer to be active (wiki).

In addition to the above film material, I think it is also perhaps worth checking this more contemporary version of the spectacle.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

An Inconvenient Truth

Language: English
IMDB Rating: 8.1/ 10

Plot: Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore (IMDB).

David Harvey: Lecture IV

Having given you earlier the first and second lecture of David Harvey, I now give you his third lecture on Marx's Capital.

David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at CUNY, has done an amazing service by making his course “Reading Marx’s Capital” available online. Harvey is one of the preeminent Marxist thinkers. His most well known books are The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, and The New Imperialism.

Class 4 Chapters 4-6. An open course consisting of a close reading of the text of Marx's Capital Volume I in 13 video lectures by Professor David Harvey.