Friday, June 23, 2017

Bookshelf Part 6

Yet another pack of books some people might find interesting enough to read. And some might question my - why yes - questionable taste.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 36

On this day in 1342 (according to Shire Reckoning) Bilbo Baggins returned to his home at Bag End, but today's Throwback Thursday is not to the Middle Earth. It is to the theme of travel, visiting places and so on.
Because, as the poet once said:
Let us wander where we will,
Something kindred greets us still;
Something seen on vale or hill
Falls familiar on the heart;
So, at scent or sound or sight,
Severed souls by day and night
Tremble with the same delight -
Tremble, half the world apart.
(R.L. Stevenson, Swallows Travel To and Fro)
Today's music is very world music.

[Movie Review] Pandora

Starting a movie or a drama with Kim Namgil is like opening a Pandora box indeed - you never know what horrible death awaits his character by the end. Probably his own fault because no one can surmount an enormous mountains of suffering and deep, soul tearing pain as beautifully and hauntingly as him.
Even here, in this uneven and a bit too long (2:16) movie, he managed to show a fracture of his talent, and his last moments have been haunting me for months now, so as a cathartic treatment, I decided to write a bit about this movie.
Plus, Namgil-nim speaking with saturi.
Spoilers ahead, because I don't give a damn about your soft shells hiding even softer flesh.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

[Review] Baekhee Has Returned

This is a 4-part drama that aired last year, and last month I stumbled upon it and then, completely spontaneously, I decided to give it a go. And despite the style of it being over-the-top comedy, this little series is pretty heavy from all the social issues it tackles.
The review is short, don't expect any in-depth analysis.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 35

On June 15th 1991, we witnessed the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano (Philippines), the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth in this century. Therefore, today's Throwback Thursday is to the year 1991. 
I also had songs about volcanoes in mind, but I was afraid that one pun-loving man on my t-list would have a field day.

Unwatchable - a short movie about rape as a warfare

I was on my "war movies" path to continue watching many of such on my list, but lately, and unexpectedly, I have seen probably one of the most horrific depictions of war.
The movie is called Unwatchable and it's about the conflict in Congo. And the very specific method of the warfare - which is rape.
This is a short video, around 22 minutes in total and consists of 3 parts: first one (the main movie is around 6 mins. long) introduces a white family in rural England destroyed by a group of soldiers, and the fragment asks: what if this would be happening here? Here being in the rich, sophisticated West. And then we have the narration of Masika Katsuva, a survivor of something unimaginable.
Warning: the movie is cruel and not for people of weak nerves.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 34

In 1989, albeit on the 6th of June (yesterday), there was a second that made the date: 01:23:45, 6/7/89. Therefore, today's Throwback Thursday presents songs titled as those numbers.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

War movies (Part 1)

This list gathers all war movies that I have watched this year so far and that were made after 2010. This way, I cannot sing paeans to Black Hawk Down. The list is in random order.
War movies are probably my most favorite genre of movies, and sadly our modern world gives me plenty to watch - new movies about new conflicts. There are hundreds of those - some deal with WW2, some with earlier conflicts, and some with 21st century ones.
Maybe you'll find something to watch as well.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 32

On May 25th, in 2008, SHINee debuted. Therefore, today's Throwback Thursday takes us back to some of their songs that spell the name.
This day also went down in history as First Steps of Gods Day.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 31

Today's Throwback Thursday is to anger. Timeless. Limitless. Overwhelming. Burning like the frozen water. Not for those who don't like noise. Because there's mostly noise.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 29

On April 27th, 1986 Soviet authorities ordered the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Therefore, today's Throwback Thursday is to the wonderful year of 1986.
I know all of you missed the 80's, right?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bookshelf Part 4

Another bookshelf presented. As always, I don't include academic books because even though they can be fun, they are sometimes regional and no use telling about them.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 28

Today's Throwback Thursday takes us to the year 1611. Macbeth was performed for the first time. Therefore, songs about greed, err... something and marching forests.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 27

Today's Throwback Thursday is to the year 1970 when Apollo 13 announced: "Houston we've got a problem!" This is why today - songs from the year 1970.
This is also a special year for me.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sending the demons away during Sōjinsai

A short article translated about the festival called Sōjinsai in Saitama prefecture. The main aim of the event is to banish the evil deities causing plagues and illness.
It's always held on the second Sunday of April.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 26

1320: The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath. Therefore today is Tartan Day. And today's Throwback Thursday is to Scotland.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

[Review] The Last Kingdom Season 1

The Danes don't like Saxons. The Saxons don't like Danes. The Danes like the lands of the Saxons.
The end.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 25

Today's Throwback Thursday takes us to the March 30th, 1891, when British Steamer "Utopia" sank off Gibraltar killing 574.
Because that's what utopias usually do. 
The antithesis of utopia, in the common understanding, is dystopia. I'd argue that the latter is rather a mirror image, distorted whenever possible, but it's not the complete opposite. It's probably almost the same ontic entity but with one tiny molecule of some quality more. It's not another quality. It's like chocolate. One may dream a world of chocolate to live in. But after some time within a world like this, having nothing more to eat or drink, not seeing anything else but chocolate flowers, one might shoot themselves between the eyes.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taiwan songs

I've been going through a list I made this month when  was roaming the YouTube in search of a nice music and I thought about sharing some Taiwanese music I came across that didn't make any list or couldn't be included into any TT. I could easily make 50 posts only with Jay Chou's songs, but here I tried to put some reins on my smiling stupid face.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 24

In 1903 on this day, Wright brothers obtained a patent for a plane. Therefore, today's Throwback Thursday takes us on a flight.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bookshelf Part 3

Another month, another post.
Last few weeks I've been reading lots of boring, scientific-ey stuff not worthy being mentioned here. Also, gros of those are in my own native language and I doubt anyone would be interested to hear about a book on hermeneutics.
Without further ado, let's do it!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nat King Cole's Birthday

There will never be the voice quite like his. I wanted to fill the background with hearts, but then I said to myself: damn girl, you have more class than this. I'll swoon in silence then.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 23

"I have one aim—the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing."
On this day, in 1898, died Aubrey Vincent Beardsley.
Today's Throwback Thursday is inspired by his work. Because he was  inspired by Michelangelo. Bless him.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

[Review] The Event

The series that ended only after the first season. Ended with a cliffhanger, but that's nothing surprising, lot of them ended like this. I'll be honest, I wasn't even sure to continue watching after a very confusing first episode, mixing timelines of the events. It was a hard watch, as for me, but I'm glad I persevered through - in overall I tremendously enjoyed this little sci-fi series about clash of species. Clash of politics.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 22

Today's Throwback Thursday is to 1891 when a Great Blizzard in England killed 200 people and 6000 animals. And lasted for 4 days.
That's why today's motif is - snow. Granted, there's this one song I won't be putting here.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni's Birthday

Author of the portrait - Jacopo del Conte (fragment)
He didn't celebrate the day, his leech family remembered him only when they needed the money (granted, they always needed it), they even attributed Pietà to someone else the first day it was uncovered (so our Artist had to carve his name on the belt across Mary's chest). That is why we are here to celebrate!
By buying a 5-meter long block of a discarded Carrara marble we'll never be able to turn into David.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Antonio Vivaldi's Birthday

Vivaldi was born in 1678. The most beautiful music was composed during Baroque, you know. That's why I'm throwing Beethoven into Baroque too.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

New Releases From Taiwan 2017/1

I had almost 400 songs to listen to since November, so forgive me for not including all of them.Honestly, no country can beat Taiwan right now in terms of MV making and the sheer spectrum of songs. The tairyuu is no joke.

Throwback Thursday Part 21

Books and lilacs. Two lovely things. Also Lilac Wine by Jeff Buckley.

Since today is World Book Day, Throwback Thursday is to the book inspirations in music. When I was drawing up a list, I came up with over 70 songs that had any references to books, so I had to cut the list short.
And no, no Iron Maiden here, because they made references to every most of the classic books.
I was trying to find anything based on the Faust, but except for Muse and one song I couldn't remember the artist of, I had to give up.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

[Review] The Sound of a Kim Namgil Awesomeness

This review has been sitting on my blog drafts dash for a year, because as we all know, I only review the highest forms of art, and well, this movie is not it. But it gets 65118297 stars just because of the cast. THAT's how professional I am.
But seriously, skip this one.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bookshelf Part 2

Due to various unforeseen circumstances, I couldn't read as much as I wanted, however I managed to read some. In most cases, it was a light reading indeed.^^

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 20

Today is Fat Thursday in my country, therefore today's TT will present a list of songs that have something to do with sweets. It might be the title, it might be the lyrics.
Not suitable for diabetic people.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 19

Today is Hippo Day, this is why TT is about animals. 
I had also the premiere of Franz Liszt's symphony Orpheus to celebrate on this day, but I chose hippo.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Taboo (UK) - first impression

Well, color me impressed. And here the whole short introduction could end.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 18

On this day, February 9, in 1965, a U.S. Marine Corps Hawk air defense missile battalion is deployed to Da Nang.* Therefore, today's TT is to the Vietnam War - mostly soundtracks from movies about this conflict.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

[Review] The Expanse Review S 1

SyFy series are either hits or misses. They can make an absolute genius-infused ones or a complete rubbish. There's nothing in between. The Expanse belongs to the former category. I have to admit, their series are the first ones I ever check out; maybe because of my penchant for science-fiction or maybe I just am a masochist.

Bookshelf Part 1

Hereby I announce a new tradition (sic!) that shall be continued through the eternity. A weekly (or bi-weekly or whimsically whenever) update on interesting (or not) books that somehow slipped through my fingers. 
Because I take exhibitionism to a new, written level.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Ash is Back. The Evil Dead too...

Ash is back. Bloodier. Gorier (is that even a word??) and funnier than ever.
Only for people who think fighting against a large intestine is fun.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 17

Today's TT is to February 2nd 1962 - when 8 of 9 planets aligned together for the first time in 400 years!! Oh-em-gee!! It means absolutely nothing except for the fact I can write this post 55 years later! This is why the songs are inspired by planets. AKA: some of my faves crammed into a horribly far-fetched category to satisfy my needs!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

[Review] Apparitions


It is a difficult show and it helps if people could have some real knowledge about the Church's doctrines from a real source and not hearsay, own suppositions and unverified stories you can hear all the time. The main topic of these episodes is possession and the ways of dealing with that. If someone doesn't believe in possessions - they will find the show rubbish. If someone entertains an idea of a spiritual disturbance, they might find it intriguing. And even if someone is neither, well, this is a great show, with solid acting and great cinematography.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 16


To honor Paul Newman's Birthday, today's TT is to the music from his movies. Even though I know we would prefer to throw ourselves into his pretty, pretty eyes.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday Part 15


Today's TT takes us back to the great classical music - because January is Goethe's Faust month!