"I resent films that are so shallow they rely entirely on their visual effects, and of course science fiction films are notorious for this. I've always felt that there's another way to do it: a lot of effort should be expended toward rendering the environment of the spaceship, or space travel, whatever the fantastic setting of your story should be–as convincingly as possible, but always in the background. That way the story and the characters emerge and they become more real."
Did forget to mention that I finally managed to watch Stalker to its end.
The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around The Corner. True. Ever watched a movie 'bout Backgammon?
Watched The Dagger of Kamui the other day. It's like a blatant rip-off of every shinobi/martial arts cliché mixed up with caracters and fighting styles torn out of every beat 'em up you can name. Except that this is where those all started from in 1985. The editing was really weirding me out at times and the second half of the story is turbo-lame it was quite entertaining. I'm not at all sure if I should recommend this to anyone or not, though - and that's another weird thing about this flick...
Now it's been 22 days since I've arrived here – never have I been outside my home country for so long. So far it's been great and the only downside I can come up with right now is that I can't understand folks mumbling about, try as I might. Despite making steady progress learning norsk (bokmål!) it's still so hard for me to decipher what people are saying. I'll keep at it, it'll surely work out one day.
It's raining pigs and dogs today, even a public landslide warning has been issued for our kommune. So we'll just stay inside trying to stoke up our fireplace. The weather hasn't been as good since my first week so we didn't hike around as much as we could then, so no new photos for now :/ But that gave me time to delve into shader programming and make some huge progress, just you wait.
Last weekend we had the pleasure to attend WENIFF, the West Nordic International Film Festival holding place right here in Ålesund. Getting ahold of some tickets was a pain in the ass cause apparently not a single person in this town knew anything about it. Three days before the fest even the woman at the counter of the local newspaper, that's where the fest was supposed to be situated at, asked me where I'd heard of such a thing! In the end we just showed up on Saturday to buy our day-tickets for around 6€. Yes right, that's about half the price of a regular screening and buys you a pack of the cheapest kjøtt at the supermarket. Or six hours of decent short films. I had my problems understanding as to why we were the only two persons in the audience for an hour and why there were just about twenty people in total at the end of the evening. It seems the officials didn't invest in much promotion other than pasting up some posters in the streets. Well, maybe next time this event gets the attention it deserves. We saw a few supposedly-but-actually-not-at-all funny ones, but all the other ones were really and I mean really great. Especially several works from Kosovo got me, I can't even remember when was the last time I sat in a movie theater trembling like that. This is the trailer of my personal favourite:
In other news I had my first job interview at the local order office. It was my shortest ever and the very first that didn't get me a job :D They were really looking to hire someone capable of speaking fluent Norwegian, no excuses. I expect several other replies arriving in next week, let's hope there're some positive among 'em.
I set up a plan to become one of the world's mightiest 3.957% in 72 hours. Watch me.
oh Hlynur …
Thanks to the lovely archive.org I was able to revive a couple of posted images from the past. And I still haven't upped any pics from Česko :/
I just watched Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and was truly captivated by its serenity. Halfway in I knew it's been an awful long time since I've seen a movie I like this much. Thanks for the recommendation, Astrid :)
homing pigeon's underway
this is my joint right here, happy 25th!
Finally I'm allowed to upload this. It's one of my entries for a small annual film festival among my friends. It was the first time I ever edited actual video footage and despite some minor flaws I've never been this satisfied with something I've created. Somehow I even ended up winning the great trophy: a somewhat antique Samovar. :D The whole evening was mad fun packed with loads of awesome short films, music videos animations and whatnot. My friends are the greatest =)