🎡 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.

πŸŽ₯ Scrooge (1970) β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½ & A Christmas Carol (1984) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Both films bring back vivid memories from my childhood. After a rewatch of the 80s version with my youngest daughter, I think I slightly prefer George C. Scott’s interpretation above Albert Finney’s.

George C. ScottAlbert Finney

πŸŽ₯ The Fallout (2021) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Beautifully shot and heartfelt film written and directed by Megan Park, about the aftermath of a school shooting and how teenagers are dealing with a traumatic experience like this, among all normal challenges. Jenna Ortega is a very talented actress.

The fallout poster

Short visit to the exhibition Vensters in Museum IJsselstein, while I was there to create some visual documentation of my video-installation that is still on display as well. And also to make some preparations for an upcoming soundwalk scheduled for the spring of 2023.

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πŸ“š Finished reading: The Stoic Challenge by William B. Irvine. Unfortunately, not nearly as good as A Guide to the Good Life.

πŸŽ₯ The Poseidon Adventure (1972) β˜…β˜…β˜…

Last Friday, I went to an interesting symposium as part of the exhibition Mountains and Molehills in Eye Filmmuseum, a retrospective of the work of Fiona Tan, which I also visited afterwards. I especially enjoyed the lecture of my personal hero Douwe Draaisma, on photography and memory.

πŸŒ±πŸ¦” Just reinstalled the camera inside our hedgehog house. Last year, it stopped working halfway through the winter season, and we weren’t able to capture any hedgehog / hibernation activity. This year, it should hold on for a few months longer.🀞