Sunday, September 01, 2013

Maisy ❤ August 2013

reading time: ca. 3 min


Hello there, lovely person
as always, my monthly media recap turned out to be quite lengthy, so let's cut to the chase real quick -

Read: The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954/55)


first off, i am addicted to anything Lord of the Rings. so please excuse my lack of judgement and objectivity. i won't be able to write a proper recension - let's just say i am already aching to read the books all over again and watch the movies in December! 

there are however a few things worth mentioning, i noticed while reading the epic trilogy:

- i know, i know, i said i was a LOTR addict, but! that doesn't mean i know the books by heart (they are just close to my heart, so to speak). for example i wasn't aware of how strictly the narrative perspective of Frodo/Sam/Gollum and Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli were seperated! it might be due to the movies, but i was conviced to recall that - from the point on where the Fellowship splits up - they would switch perspective frequently.
instead we follow of Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli on their quest to find Merry and Pippin for the length of the entire third book! In its turn, the whole fourth book focuses only on Frodo and Sam. Same goes for the fifth and most of the sixth book! that definitely surprised me. (so how could i call myself a true LOTR fan before without remembering things like that?! lol)

- so after reading The Hobbit and keeping my (critical) eyes peeled for the appearance of Radagast (which did not occur!), now i see how (but not why) Peter Jackson got the (questionable) idea to include the (ridiculous) Brown Wizard Radagast in his latest movie. he did make an appearance in the first LOTR volume. i'll give you that, Peter Jackson. (but why - why? you were wise enough before to leave this absolutely simplified, misinterpreted... this joke figure... this scarecrow of a wizard out of the Lord of the Rings!)

- i don't know about you, but when i think about the Lord of the Rings, i think of the most beautiful panoramic countryside descriptions (well, and also of brutal slaughter in war, but that's not the point). while reading i came to realize that although Tolkien does depict the books' settings in several amazing paragraphs, they are actually quite general, and not as overladen with detail as i thought. he doesn't need too many words to create an image of his universe. which is great! (#ShowDontTell) 
i think, overall those powerful but subtle scenery descriptions are one of my favourite aspects of the trilogy. apart from its brilliant plot, pace and emotional composition, that is.
if you haven't read the Lord of the Rings yet, go read it. if you have, be my friend.


Watched: Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013)

This month's movie i watched in an ubercomfortable cinema of the Astor Film Lounge in Cologne (where i randomly happened to meet German actor Moritz Bleibtreu whom you might know from movies like Run Lola Run or The Baader Meinhof Complex - or even World War Z, had almost forgotten about that!)
The cinema was definitely an impressive experience by itself, but also the movie succeeded to impress me. 
Mr Morgan's Last Love centers about an old retired man, Mr Morgan (Caine) in mourning for his recently deceased wife, and the young, open-minded dancing instructor Pauline (Poésy). Mr Morgan's lonely, gray, pining away life is stirred by Pauline's plain, fresh-morning-breeze-like spirit.
 The film explores the relationships between families, spouses, children and parents, between human beings. Most scenes are dominated by a soft, rosy, pastel colour scheme, almost translucent, displaying the romantic but also tranquil atmosphere of Paris. Along with the calm, honest dialogues, you can tell it's a German-French production.
bottom line: quiet and sweet, but also serious and deep, like a forest-crowned lake in September.

Maisy rates: 7.5/10


Honestly, i haven't watched any movies lately - apart from the ones i featured on Becoming Alice - i haven't watched anything in weeks. usually i'd be considered a serious film and series junkie, but now it's been almost three months since the last time i watched a series! i can barely believe it myself. but i guess it's a good thing, i means i had other things to do during these wonderful warm and sunny summer months. social things and stuff.
Still I did kind of have another movie favourite, even though it didn't run in theatres but only on Youtube: The Proxy (Stuart Ashen, 2013)



- sci-fi, parody, hommage
- entertaining, gripping plot (love Ashens' humour)
- very good camera quality
- authentic perfomances
- support by powerful actors (Nathaniel Parker, Daisy Head...)

You should also check out Ashens' newest production: Quest for a GameChild



Listened To: Wake Me Up (Avicii, 2013)

it just makes me dance. what else can i say about this song? i listened to it more than a hundred times already. like, literally, 107 times, no kidding. i listened to it in my bedroom, in the kitchen, on the train, in the car... it's the perfect mixture of house, dance and electronic, if you ask me. (better don't ask me though, i'm really bad when it comes to music genres)
a little bit of trivia on the side: did you know that Avicii named himself after the buddhist term Avīci or Avichi, meaning the lowest level of hell?! who knew.


other stuff i listened to in August:
- Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson
- Little Boxes by Walk Off the Earth (love)
- Lose Yourself Walking on the Fume by Hudson Taylor
- Everything at Once by Lenka
- Favorite Girl by The Icarus Account
- Get Some by Lykke Li
- One Day by Asaf Avidan (Wankelmut Remix)
- One More Night by Maroon 5 (Alex Goot & Friends Cover, lovelovelove)
- Star Wars Medley by Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens
- Battlefield 1942 Theme


Every year around August/September i get this feeling brewing inside me... that it's time to reread Harry Potter.

I guess this is quite a nerdy favourites post, isn't it. Oh, well...



Maisy



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