Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Maisy ❤ January 2014

reading time: ca. 3 min


It's time for my first monthly recap this year :) I promise, it'll be crazy this time. Let's go!

Read: The Daily Life of a Grandma and her Odd-Eyed Cat (2013)




I apologize for the absence of books in my "read" section, but since i've been working on my two seminar papers (don't have to take the Media exam again, yay!!) i haven't had any time to read ever since Christmas, so i have another news article to share with you instead. Not that it was actually any "news" - it's from last spring, but better late to the party than never, right?

So who is this old lady and the odd-eyed cat?

The lady is Misao, a 89-year-old Japanese woman, and the cat goes by the name Fukumaru (meaning that the god of fortune will come and bring peace). Ten years ago, Misao found the cat abandoned in a shed, and ever since her granddaughter and photographer Miyoko Ihara has been documenting the tender relationship between the granny and the cat.


"Partly because they are both hard of hearing, my grandmother and Fukumaru are always looking into each other’s eyes." (Miyoko Ihara)

There is an entire website built around the old woman and her cat, with lots of amazing pictures to look at. I love the relationship between those two. Since i don't own the rights to the images, i've made are a few screenshots to give you a glimpse of their inspiring friendship.
 


Watched: The Strange Little Cat (2013)

source: awardcircuit

I swear, i did not plan to make the theme of today's post about weird cats! I actually had to watch this film, a Swiss-German production, for my film seminar and write a review on it, so I'll publish an abbreviated, translated version here on my blog. 

Ramon Zürcher's film debut "Das merkwürdige Kätzchen" presents a charming and, yes, strange choreography of everyday family life. The plot - where the most excitement consists of a bottle cork smashing a light bulb - takes place exclusively within their own four walls of an apartment in Berlin. Three generations of a middle-class family get together for dinner, but in spite of their brisk activities each member of the family seems to be isolated and somehow forlorn.

Long, repetitive camera shots and a reduced soundtrack make the 70 minutes seem lengthy. The audience might catch themselves peering at their watch, wondering when and especially how this bizarre story might end. The most bizarre thing about this film is the mundane. Loose shirt buttons, chopping onions, returning deposit bottles, conversations about washing machines and facial skin care masks... nothing seems too mundane to be film-worthy. 
With mechanical casualness the characters walk back and forth across the screen, leading to disjointed conversations, and whereas in most movies the protagonist would hang up on the phone without saying goodbye, Zürcher will let his characters say bye up to five times. This closeness to reality in cinema has become strange to us. 

Zürcher's perceptive eye captures even the least spectacular facets of everyday life, which intertwine into an absurd ballet-like choreography. The single events are not linked to a causal chain, but seem to be thrown into the room and either picked up by chance or overlooked. 
Standing out in this visual stream are those scenes in which one of the characters dares to take a tentative step into the outside world by sharing a n intimate story from their memory. What could be the invitation for social exchange remains a monologue, and a microcosm of what Zürich does throughout his entire movie: observing, waiting, carefully feeling ones way to interaction with the others. 

In quiet, static shots he captures glances, gestures, guesses. A magically spinning bottle, a moth fluttering aimlessly through the kitchen. And of course the eponymous cat - the least strange of all - slinking from one scene to the next. 

The film is filled with details that don't reveal anything, but simply and plainly refer to those little mysteries in life, the little cruelties and intimacies. It is a study of the human family, a film not about cats, but strange people. 

Maisy rates: 7/10


Listened to: Wing

source: thestandingroom

OH MY GOD, THIS MADE MY WEEK! Honestly, i think i've never had that much fun while listening to a song - i literally peed my pants laughing :'D

Wing is a New Zealand singer of Hong Kong origin who, well, how do i say this, makes every song sound very special
My personal highlights so far are Stop the Nonsense, Lady Gaga's Pokerface and Beyonce's Single Ladies

If you are having a down day, you must go check out this awesome Asian lady and her cat-voice :))

apart from the wonderful Wing, i didn't really listen to many songs last month, didn't have my laptop for 2 weeks (mending), so didn't have my iTunes either - 

- Yellow by Coldplay, covered by Landon Austin
- Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, covered by Sam Tsui, Kylee & Kurt Hugo Schneider
- Applause by Lady Gaga, covered by Sam Tsui
- Demons by Imagine Dragons, covered by Tyler Ward & Kina Grannis
- Timber by Pitbull ft Kesha, covered by Tyler Ward & Alex G
- Timber by Pitbull ft Kesha, the actual song ;)
- Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
- Willst du by Alligatoah
- Bubble It by LuuX & Mr. Shammi (lol.)




Maisy



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