πŸŽ₯ Quiz Show (1994) β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

Lately, I somehow daisy chain together the films I watch based on one of the participating actors or the director. After Ordinary People, this was the second film directed by Robert Redford. Next up: Batman, hopefully with an equally great John Turturro.

Quiz Show still

🌱 Today was a calm, almost spring like day and I decided to start pruning the fruit trees in our garden. Now they’re growing older, it’s a more deliberate activity than just cutting a few twigs here and there. Luckily there’s enough (super interesting) theory behind it! πŸ“š

Practical gardening: pruning

πŸŽ₯ Twilight (1998) β˜…β˜…β˜…

Probably the last film by Robert Benton I will watch. It was not a great film, but an OK murder mystery, with a talented cast with Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman and (again) Paul Newman.

πŸŽ₯ Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) β˜…β˜…Β½

Again a lot of visual spectacle (especially in 3D) but again a very problematic storyline

“I believe when my work arrives at one mood, it’s as if I am praying.”

– Morton Feldman πŸ’¬

🎡 This afternoon, I was listening to ‘For Bunita Marcus’, one of my favourite compositions by American composer Morton Feldman. I first heard it in 2008, while I was in St. Petersburg, and was immediately hooked. This quote very strikingly captures the spirit of all his music.

For Bunita Marcus Morton Feldman

πŸŽ₯ Nobody’s Fool (1994) β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

After Kramer vs. Kramer, I decided to watch another film directed by Robert Benton. I really liked this one too. A tragicomic portrait of grumpy old Sully (Paul Newman) based in a small town during a snowy winter was just what I needed.

Nobody's Fool stillNobody's Fool still

Currently reading: Zingend brons by Luc Rombouts πŸ“š

🎡 Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest album 12 is one of his best albums yet. A heartfelt, yet beautiful musical journey in which he reflects on his battle with cancer and mortality. Sakamoto 12

⚽️ FC Utrecht 1 - 1 Feyenoord, Galgenwaard Utrecht (8 Jan 2023). Every once in a while, we like visiting a local football match. There was a great atmosphere, although my daughter was even more impressed by the minute of silence for Pelé before the game.

πŸŽ₯ Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Somehow, I’m watching a lot of classic Family Drama films lately. Perhaps because now I’m getting older, I can relate more easily to the themes covered? I liked the hopeful message of Kramer vs Kramer. Made me grateful for my own family situation.

Kramer vs. Kramer still

πŸ₯ΎThis afternoon we had an unexpected but very enjoyable walk in the wintery forests of Doorn.

πŸŽ₯ Ordinary People (1980) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

4 times Oscar winner. The directorial debut of Robert Redford. What a great drama film this is. In my opinion, this is the best Hollywood film ever made about family, personality conflicts, grief and mental illness.

Still from Ordinary People (1980)

πŸŽ₯ Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

Yet another film by Philip Kaufman. Great build up of tension and paranoia in the first half, after which it turns into a full-blown horror flick. Very much enjoyed Donald Sutherland as health inspector.

Donald Sutherland

πŸŽ₯ The Right Stuff (1983) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Just realised that I already watched an earlier - and just as great - film by Philip Kaufman. With Sam Shepard as the ‘supersonic’ hero Chuck Yeager.

Sam Shepard

πŸŽ₯ The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

A young Juliette Binoche and Daniel Day-Lewis (among a great cast with Lena Olin, Stellan SkarsgΓ₯rd, Erland Josephson) in an adaptation of Milan Kundera’s famous novel. Curious to see more films by Philip Kaufman.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche

Yay! As of today (and with a little help from @Manton :), I’m running my micro.blog from my own custom domain! And from now on, as an added bonus, I can even participate in the Mastodon fediverse from this same online identity. Feels just about right!

πŸŽ₯ Fear and Desire (1953) β˜…β˜…β˜…

Stanley Kubrick’s directorial debut, and I liked it very much. I don’t really get all the hate this film gets. Being a student film made on a tight budget, it really has to be watched like that.

Still from Fear and Desire

πŸŽ₯ Full Metal Jacket (1987) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

While working on a new project proposal, I came across this great quote by Albert Einstein:

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.

– Albert Einstein πŸ’¬

πŸŽ₯ Avatar (2009) β˜…β˜…β˜…

Rewatch with the family at home, in preparation for the sequel in our local cinema. Our daughter loved it. I enjoyed watching it in upscaled 4K, but found the story even more problematic than the first time…

πŸŽ₯ White Noise β˜…β˜…β˜…

Watched with friends. We agreed that it was a well made film with a lot of visual spectacle, but also a bit over the top regarding references to other films and genres. Nevertheless, a nice first watch of the year.

White Noise publicity still

I’m looking at the statistics on my micro.blog and I think I found my natural blogging rhythm: about 3 short posts per week feels about right.

Next up: quit Twitter, add my own domain name, activate ActivityPub, and create a mastodon compatible username.

Onwards to 2023!

Micro.blog 2022 stats

πŸŽ₯ Loving Vincent (2017) β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

Loving Vincent film still

β€œThe conscious is a theatre with a single seat…”

– Douwe Draaisma πŸ’¬

Currently reading: Het Verborgen Raderwerk: Over Tijd, Machines En Bewustzijn (1990) by Douwe Draaisma πŸ“š

I’m re-reading this book on AI that I first read more than 20 years ago. It’s still a fascinating read, in light of the new wave of AI tech that became public recently.