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Monday, January 28, 2008

Stephen King's The Mist

Frank Darabont is well known for his excellent Stephen King's adaptions The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption and so the expectations regarding his newest King project were very high.

The movie had the look and feel of a B-Movie from the 80s (except for the cell phones), nevertheless I was very pleased with it. The story is almost identical to the original and focuses on the tensions which erupt in the supermarket between the realists and the a steadily growing group of religious fanatics. The monsters are more often than not vague shadows in the mist, which give them an especially surreal feeling. The biggest change to the original was the ending. At first I thought: "Shoot, not another happy ending", but on closer reflection I realized that this ending was much harder and more brutal than the original.

All in all a very good Stephen King adaption, which works good as a suspenseful horror movie as well as a study of human behavior under stress.

Rating 8/10.

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Just found an unpublished Blog-Entry in my Drafts-Folder... so here goes.

(Originally written on 09th January 2008)

Enchanted was the state I left the cinema yesterday after seeing the movie of the same name ;).

This is one of the kitschiest movies I've seen in a while, but the story is told in such an honest and innocent way, that I didn't mind. In addition it doesn't take itself or the Disney canon too seriously and is riddled with hilarious scenes.
Amy Adams deserves a special mention for her perfect portrayal of the innocent girl from a fairy tale which has to come to grips with the harsh reality we all live in.

If you can bear the kitsch, you shouldn't miss this feel-good movie! :)

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

An Lár @ Bären Buchsi

After a lineup change and a one year absence from the stage, I was very curious to see the "new" An Lár. And so it was clear that I had to travel all the way to Münchenbuchsee to soothe my curiosity.
The concert was great! In two hours and 20 minutes the quartet played a mix of old favorites and of brand new songs, using more than 15 different instruments (guitar, mandolin, violin, accordion, banjo and a variety of flutes and whistles). In addition to mixing old and new songs, they also alternated between songs and dance tunes. It would have been nice to have a couple of people to dance with, but in the end most people were just enjoying the show. Nevertheless, it was a great evening :) and I'm looking forward to another An Lár gig.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wow, CMU!

I just received the Letter of Acceptance for the Masters of Information Technology Program in eBusiness Technology at Carnegie Mellon University!
I'm intensely relieved, incredibly happy and speechless *g*

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wes Anderson did it again & lucky 300!

The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic rank very high amongst my favorite movies and so it was clear I had to see The Darjeeling Limited as well.
I wasn't disappointed, Wes Anderson again manages to portray a dysfunctional family with a lot of congeniality and humor. Some of the best parts of the movie get along without words or action, just quiet scenes where one can observe the different characters and their reactions, proving again that images have the power to carry thousands of words.
In my humble opinion this is one of the best movies of the year, and you shouldn't miss it!

Rating: 10/10

By the way, this is my 300. blog post since 29. July 2003. Thanks for sticking around! :)


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Rincewind spotted in Zurich: More evidence

More evidence has come in to support the rumour that Rincewind has indeed visited Zürich in mid-December:

and as could be expected he was on the run, however, what from couldn't be determined ;)

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Death Proof Party @ Abart, featuring The Tarantinos

A new year has started and so the time was ready for the (soon to be) traditional Tarantinos concert in the abart. The concert was embedded in a 'Death Proof' party to commemorate Quentin Tarantino's latest movie.
The concert was a blast, The Tarantinos played all the greatest hits from Quentin Tarantino's movies (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown and of course Death Proof) as well as reenacting a couple of key scenes creating a tremendous atmosphere. The audience called for several encores before the party could finally resume.
The party itself was great fun as well, especially because many of the Rock N' Roll songs played reminded me of my youth ;).
To make a long story short, I'm looking forward to the next gig by The Tarantinos!

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What do we learn from this? My recent blog posts where way too tame ;)

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 in retrospect

Happy new Year!

Now is a good time to see what I have done in the last year:
- read 102 books
- went 32 times to the cinema
- went to 26 concerts / events
- saw 3 Musicals (in the US)
- saw 3 Theatrical Plays
- visited 3 countries (Indonesia, Germany, USA)
- collected 3 certifications

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