Half way to “August”

Few days ago, I randomly watched a surprisingly good picture – August: Osage County.

I was first appealed by Meryl Streep, needless to say, I’m a big fan of her. Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, It’s Complicated, Adaptation…just to name a few. For me, she’s a goodness in American film industry.

In “August”, she played a role of a drug-addictied bitter lady who just had her hunsband suicided, living alone in a remote country side, rough relation with her three daughters.

Alcohol and drug are the devil of all. They revel the most ugly faces of human beings.

She’s becoming a bitter woman, literally attack each member of the family. She’s conscious of what she’s saying and acting? Half way…

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Mr Morgan’s Last Love

One of the most moving pictures I saw these days…

It got my attention at the first place because of Paris and French, without having a clue what this picture about. And it turns out to be a wonderful surprise. A story about love and life.

You don´t love life itself; you love places, animal, people, memories, food, literature, music, and sometimes you meet someone requires all the l u have to give, if u lose so u think everything else will stop too. but everything else is just keep going.

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– I’ll come back for you, Pauline

– OK

– OK

This movie is adopted from a French novel “La Douceur Assasine” by Françoise Dorner.

Heaven is in the backseat of my cadillac

Sorry for stealing this title from Hot Chocolate, but that’s how I feel these day.

When you think positive, life smile back to you all the time.

After a gorgeous weekend with a couple who is expecting a baby and a stay in a fabulous hotel in Hveravellir, one of the biggest geothermal sites in Iceland. We went for a movie last night, Frances Ha.

Just by watching the trailer, I wanted to see the picture. Like my boyfriend said, it’s a very French movie (yet it’s directed by an American film maker), meaning it doesn’t tell you anything the picture, very daily life, for some people, it could be a boring picture. But I liked it. It’s a picture about love, friendship and life.

The fact that the picture is black and white, it gives a certain charm.

Few words about Icelandic pictures

Talking about Icelandic picture, you might not be very familiar with. me neither. 

The very first Icelandic picture I saw was “Dancer in the Dark”, which actually is not an Icelandic one, but with the famous singer Björk. I was in university when I first saw it and I loved it. 

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The second one was “101 Reykjavik”, which I saw last year at Bío Paradis, a local antique-styled cinema. It was ok but nothing impressive. A nice picture to see during the Christmas time I would say.

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Then it comes the third one, Of Horses and Men, in icelandic “Hross í oss”(horses in us). It was actually quite hilarious. The story is about the relations between human beings and horses. The post is very attention-catching. I must say the humour are very nordic, meaning the jokes are all alcoholic, sex and snow concerned. But I like the way it was filmed. Horses are like humans, they also have soul. 

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Now, I’m very looking forward to see “This is Sanlitun”, an icelandic picture films in Beijing. This was also an opening picture during the Reykjavik Film Festival. 

 

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Life is love

Last night was the closure of RIFF, I would had been so disappointed if I haven’t seen any pictures. Therefore, I went for a French lesbian love, called “Blue is the warmest colour”, which won a Palme d’Or in Cannes this year. The fact that the picture lasts for 3 hours discourage me a bit, I still wanted to give it a try, since I always have a weakness for everything that is French.

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Well, I would not say that I regret seeing it, but it’s not as good as I expected. First of all, the picture is too long to me, 3 hours sitting in front of the big screen almost killed my neck, plus there’re lots of unnecessary details. Secondly, the loving-making-scenes are too brutal, too much, not artistic enough. I did feel a bit awkward with certain scenes. Last not the least, nothing “dramatic” happens in the end, a missing of “wow” effect. Nothing really deep revealed inside this relationship. Adèle was just turned 18 when she realised that she preferred women to man, but still when she feels lonely, she had sex with her male colleague. She struggles a lot with herself.

For some reasons, this picture reminds me of another french picture, “Amour“, describing love between an old couple. Same topic, different angels.

Life is all about love and being loved. No matter who we are, since we’re born, we seek for love, desire love. Remember three nights before, I went for a symphony, was to celebrate the 70 years diplomatic relation between Iceland and Russia. In the end of the show, the conductor said “life is love” and played their last piece, Tango.

I always believing “Sharing is caring”. So if you love someone, you care for someone, call him, write him a mail, share your inspirations with others.

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Obsessed with crème brûlée

Few days ago, I researched this old classy movie “My best friend’s wedding”. About the end of the movie, there’s a line goes like this:
Julianne is trying to win Michael back, and she said to Kimmy, that image in a restaurant, Michael ordered a crème brûlée as dessert, suddenly he realized that it’s not that he really want, although it looks golden, fancy, sweet and tasty, he wants the Jell-O, which makes he feel more comfortable.

Julianne Potter: No. Crème brûlée can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O.
Kimmy Wallace: I HAVE to be Jell-O!
Julianne Potter: You’re never gonna be Jell-O! Now you need to come clean with your parents about this wedding because if you wait for the “Do you take this man?” part, it’s considered poor form.

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I know a man who’s obsessed with this dessert, once we went to our favorite restaurant with two friends, he ordered this for all of us. When it came to the table, he wasn’t satisfied with it, he asked the kitchen to redo it, the kitchen did, after ten minutes, he had it back, but again, he wasn’t satisfied, since the sugar wasn’t exactly the way he likes. He asked the kitchen to redo again, everyone got a bit embossed, but the kitchen did. Finally, he had it for the 3rd time, I can tell from his face, that he still not liked it. And the reason the kitchen gave was : they don’t have the right sugar. I asked why he liked crème brûlée so much, he said: because you can never get the same!

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality

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It’s been a while that I wanted to see the exhibition of Tim Burton.

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of him, why? Because I don’t like the science fictions!

But after visiting the exhibition, I think that he’s probably one of the most creative guys in the world!!

If you google him, the most used words would be: craziness, insane, abnormal, madness, etc. 

However just like he said: I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.

I mean he’s absolutely right! Who on the earth define “normal” or “real”? Everyone has his own point of view and everything is relative. 

At some point, I’ll re-watch all his movies. 

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The Girl With Many Eyes

One day in the park
I had quite a surprise.
I met a girl
who had many eyes.

She was really quite pretty
(and also quite shocking!)
and I noticed she had a mouth,
so we ended up talking.

We talked about flowers,
and her poetry classes,
and the problems she’d have
if she ever wore glasses.

It’s great to now a girl
who has so many eyes,
but you really get wet
when she breaks down and cries.”