Sunday, June 25, 2006

Autumn, not fall, fool!

I'm a foreigner here in London. Yeah, sure, that's like half the rest of its population, but it's fun discovering little things that can prove I haven't been around here for long. Like saying "Since last fall..."

Then comes the moment when the pretty British real estate agent O. replies "Huh! You say fall??" like it's the funniest word she's heard and you realize British people have their own way for saying such a simple thing and that you have to sound funny to learn some things. "Oh sorry I should say autumn, right?"

I wonder how many times it's going to happen to me...

Monday, June 19, 2006

We can only hope. And try.

The terrible dilemma of our lives. Whatever happens, it is evil beyond compare.
Why struggle, then? Why choose? If all alternatives are the same…
Evidently we go on, as we always have. From day to day. At this moment, we work to defeat the police. But we cannot do it all at once; it is a sequence. An unfolding process. We can only control the end by making a choice at each step.
He thought. We can only hope. And try.
On some other world, possibly it is different. Better, There are good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.
We do not have he ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious.


Philip K Dick - The Man In The High Castle

Monday, March 06, 2006

Istanbul

Ολες (σχεδόν) οι ωραίες πόλεις έχουν κι ένα ποτάμι. Στην Αθήνα βέβαια, που είμαστε πιο μάγκες από τους άλλους το μπαζώσουμε για να έχει το Αλτερ θεαματικότητα όταν βρέχει. Αλλά εδώ στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, όχι απλά ποτάμι, ποτάμια, κόλποι, γέφυρες, δύο ήπειροι ενώνονται: είναι θαύμα. Αξιζαν τον κόπο τα χιλιόμετρα που περπάτησα.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Commentaries, DVDs and directors' voices.

Now that I'm listening to the voice of an artist I admire as much as anyone, it ocurred to me once again, how beneficial for movie-lovers the DVD have been, for multiple reasons. I thought about that because Coppola is an ideal example: he's as gifted a director as anyone, but he's not any kind of celebrity giving various interviews about himself and his movies. He doesn't make movies often and he talks about them even less.

Movies he has made, like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now (which I like even more) are real masterpieces, and every time I watch them I'm left with the desire to learn as much as possible about them. I google them, I check message boards, hold discussions about them, but nothing's like hearing their creator's voice explaining you his own perspective of his own masterpiece.
In the era of videotape I wouldn't have even imagined this wonderful possibility. Today, I'll be listening to F.F. Coppola for (at least) three hours, two weeks after I watched Se7en again, while hearing David Fincher's voice commenting on his movie together with Brad Pitt.

I love my laptop..

..and my wireless connection, as well, of course.

I'm watching the Godfather Part II for yet another time, but this time, listening to Francis Ford Coppola's commentary, which I just discovered that is contained in the Godfather DVD collection.

And, since it's well over the tenth time I'm watching the movie, I need not pay much attention to it, so I have no problem having the company of my brand new laptop with me so that at the same time I can blog, use my MSN Messenger, surf and read things like the very very interesting Francis Fukuyama article in last week's New York Times Magazine, titled "After Neoconservatism". Here's an excerpt:
"Radical Islamism is a byproduct of modernization itself, arising from the loss of identity that accompanies the transition to a modern, pluralist society. It is no accident that so many recent terrorists, from Sept. 11's Mohamed Atta to the murderer of the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to the London subway bombers, were radicalized in democratic Europe and intimately familiar with all of democracy's blessings. More democracy will mean more alienation, radicalization and — yes, unfortunately — terrorism."

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Movies coming: One more

Lest we forget: The Black Dahlia, directed by Brian de Palma. According to imdb it's going to be released in October in the United States. Not a clue for Europe.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Anxious, anxious, anxious

My first job interview is coming tomorrow. Let's try not to be panicked, ok?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Quote of the Day

From Dan Savage's interview at the Onion's AV CLUB:

AVC: You joke about people getting your advice and then killing themselves, but do you have any actual anxiety about the effect your column may have on people?

DS: No. I feel like I'm a compassionate guy, but I also feel if somebody's grip on life or sanity is so tenuous that a joke in an advice column that usually is nothing but jokes pushes them over the edge, then if not me, it would have been a leaf blowing past them that did it, or something else. You almost have to feel that way, doing this. And also, I'm not a big anti-suicide guy. I don't regard suicide necessarily as this huge unspeakable act of selfishness or tragedy. Some people take themselves out for completely legit reasons. Hopefully they'll get help, hopefully they'll think about it, but if they want to check out, I feel like they have a right to do that. I hope that nobody checks out because I made a joke at their expense, but anybody who's so weak that they could check out because of some stranger in the newspaper, in the anonymous treatment of their letter, is gonna bleed to death in a rainstorm if their skin is that thin. You can't really obsess about it.