Saturday, 22 July 2017

Coco Austin Lingerie Promotion Day 22



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Friday, 21 July 2017

Coco Austin Lingerie Promotion Day 21



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Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Aviator (4 Stars)


I vaguely remember watching "The Aviator" when it was first shown on television more than ten years ago. All that stuck in my mind was the aerial scenes and the plane crash. Today I finally returned to it, determined to remember more this time. The chances are better. I write a blog now, so if I'm still alive in 2027 I can read this post to remind myself about the film.

The film is famous for several near misses at the Academy Awards. It's the film for which Leonardo DiCaprio should have won the Best Actor award. (He had to wait another 11 years until "The Revenant", which wasn't in the same class as "The Aviator"). It's the film for which Martin Scorsese should have won the Best Director award. (He had to wait another two years until "The Departed", which was definitely inferior to "The Aviator"). It should also have won the Best Film award. The top awards in 2005 went to "Miilion Dollar Baby", which is quite remarkable, because it really wasn't such a good film, as most critics agree today. Jamie Foxx was awarded the Best Actor award for his performance in "Ray", which is so ridiculous that I doubt even Jamie expected it. "The Aviator" was nominated for 11 Oscars in 2005, of which it won five, one for Cate Blanchette as Best Supporting Actress -- wasn't she the Lead Actress? -- and the other four in technical categories. It should have won twice as many.


"The Aviator" tells the story of Howard Hughes from 1926 to 1947.  He was a tortured soul who was unlucky enough to become America's richest man. He was born in 1905. His father made millions from the invention of a drilling bit that was used in drilling for oil. His mother died in 1922 and his father in 1924, making him one of the richest men in America at a precariously young age.

Howard Hughes had a passion for two things: films and flying. He was a multi-millionaire at 20, but his passion for films, or rather his obsession with films, put him in danger of being bankrupt by 25. At 21 he began to make a film called "Hell's Angels" about the fighter pilots of World War One. Over a period of two years he invested two million dollars of his personal wealth in the film (the equivalent of $30 million today). When the film was complete he was unhappy with it, because sound movies had just been invented, so he spent another two years and another two million dollars on refilming it. The gamble paid off. The film earned eight million dollars at the box office, enough of a profit for him to continue with his passions.

Howard made more films, but he gained notoriety for his flying exploits. He set several speed records for planes, including a round the world flight in 101 hours, less than four days. Howard designed planes himself, he let his engineers build them, he fine-tuned them himself, and then he flew them himself, much to the horror of his business associates who thought he was putting his life at risk. Flying was too much fun to leave it to others.

He also bought Trans World Airlines (TWA), which he intended to become America's largest airline company. He spent $18 million of his own money on 40 new planes, because the company itself didn't have enough money. This failed to make him a profit because the boss of Pan Am, Juan Trippe, bribed a Senator to write a bill not allowing companies other than Pan Am to provide flights to Europe.


With Howard's business sense and his knack for making money came a curse. He was obsessive and paranoid. He was constantly afraid of uncleanliness and being infected. He couldn't touch things that other people had already touched, things like door handles. Eventually it got to the state that he couldn't endure personal contact with other people. This became the most extreme in his later years, not shown in the film, but even in the 1940's he spent days alone in a hotel room. He was afraid to visit the toilet -- a place with a high risk of infection -- so he urinated into empty milk bottles in his room.

During his early years, as shown in the film, Howard had many girlfriends who were film stars. The most famous were Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. He also had a relationship with Faith Domergue, who was only 15 when they met. He sent her to school every day in a chauffeur-driven car, because he insisted that education was essential.

Even within the 20-year time-frame the film omits many details of Howard's life. He was a complex man. He might not have been a likeable man, but the film concentrates on the details that make him sympathetic to the viewer. As viewers we rejoice in his strengths and pity his weaknesses. Leonardo DiCaprio excels in portraying him. He really should have won the Oscar for Best Actor.

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Coco Austin Lingerie Promotion Day 20



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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Josie and the Pussycats (3 Stars)


This film is based on the comic book series with the same name published by Archie Comics. I have to praise the film for one outstanding success. It's the first time that I've ever seen a film about a comic book team in which the hair and skin colour of the team members perfectly match the comic.


Just look at the comic book cover for comparison. Perfect! Well, almost perfect. The outfits worn in the film aren't as sexy as they are in the comics.


Josie McCoy, Melody Valentine and Valerie Brown are the members of a struggling rock band called the Pussycats. I use the word "rock" cautiously, because that's not how I would describe their music. A music producer gives them a recording contract on the basis of their looks alone, without having heard them. He has no interest in their music. All he wants to do is sell CD's that contain subliminal messages to persuade American teenagers to buy certain products. He changes the group's name to Josie and the Pussycats in order to drive a rift between the band members, pushing Melody and Valentine into the background.

The girls discover the plot to commercialise their music and fight back.

Don't expect a masterpiece. All the film offers is pretty girls and poor quality music. The girls manage to look pretty without being sexy, in line with the traditional clean family image of Archie Comics. That's a shame. The girls have so much more to offer.


Female bass guitar players are so hot. Or is it just Rosario Dawson?

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Coco Austin Lingerie Promotion Day 19



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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Einfach Leben (4 Stars)


This is the first time I've ever gone to the cinema to watch a documentary. It was worth it. The film's title is ambiguous. It can mean "Live simply" or "Just live". Both translations are appropriate. It's about a small community who live in the mountains of Val Lavizzara in Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland. Their goal is to live a simple lifestyle, as close to nature and as self-sufficient as possible.

First of all, the modern aspects of their life:

They have two solar panels which generate enough electricity for the light bulbs in their house. They don't have power sockets in the walls, because they reject modern comforts like televisions and washing machines. They have no telephone, of course.

The residents have no personal money, but they do have a small communal fund which they use for the things that they can't make themselves, such as clothing. They earn money by selling food in the nearby village and by renting rooms to holiday makers.

As far as food goes, they have everything they need. They keep goats for milk and chickens for their eggs. Everything else is planted. They buy no food from outside. Their diet is mostly vegetarian, but that's based on what's available, not on principles. We see them eating meat when it's given them, but they don't slaughter their own animals.

The community was originally founded by 13 people in 1993. It later split into two groups, but the documentary only shows one of the groups. Three people live in the community permanently, and there is a varying number of visitors, some who come for a weekend, some for a few weeks and others for a whole year. There's also a neighbouring farmer, Katharina, who frequently comes to help. She enjoys the company, because she lives alone in her house further down the mountainside, but she disagrees with the simple lifestyle. She enjoys the comforts of modern life.

It's a hard life. Ulrich Stamani (pictured above) wouldn't have it any other way. He criticises Katharina for wanting to relax in the evening. He says that all he does seven days a week is sleep, eat and work. He has no need for anything else.


I'm fascinated by the lifestyle of these people. The way they live is beautiful and natural, but it's not for me. I would have problems spending even a few days with them on holiday. I enjoy modern life too much. If I were living with them, how could I write my blog? I'm addicted to electricity. I wouldn't say that I'm addicted to computers and the Internet because I'm old enough to remember a life without them, but I need a television and a stereo system for entertainment. I can't do without.

Another reason for not wanting to spend a holiday with them is that I wouldn't be able to communicate. They speak Swiss German, Schweizerdeutsch, but it's barely comprehensible. I've been on holiday to Switzerland a few times, but it was always close to Basel, not far from the German border. Near Basel the language is difficult, but not impossible to understand. This community lives in the south east of Switzerland, close to the area where Italian is spoken as first language, so it's a much more extreme dialect.

Click here to watch a trailer. It gives a brief impression of life in the mountains. It should be enough to scare you away, unless you're a tougher person than I am.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Evita (5 Stars)


Some films are so good that they're worth watching many times. Sometimes I think that I should give up watching new films and only spend time re-watching my old favourites. I most commonly think this after watching a few disappointing films in a row.

"Evita" is a film worth watching again and again. I forget how often I've seen it. I know I've watched it three times since I started my blog in September 2010, but I can't remember how often I watched it before then. I wish I'd started my blog sooner. Summer 2003 would have been a good opportunity, when I bought my first DVD player. From what I've read, Blogger (Blogspot) was first available in 1999, owned by Pyra Labs. Google bought Pyra in 2003 and began to update the service. Since 2006 it's looked like it does now, although I can't compare it because I have no idea what it looked like before then.


As I've mentioned before, "Evita" only missed being included in my "30 films to watch before you die" by an Argentinian's whiskers. If the list had included 31 films it would have been included. Let's hope that it will make it into my 50 favourite films list, which I intend to publish next year. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. It faces tough competition from at least 20 foreign films which weren't eligible for my first list.


Before watching the film today I read Wikipedia's pages about Eva Peron and her husband Juan. This convinced me that the film is an accurate depiction of her life. It's not a detailed depiction. Often events are only referenced in a single line of song or in a fleeting picture, but whatever is shown is correct. I have to praise the lyricist Time Rice and the director Alan Parker for their attention to detail. The film is a masterpiece on so many different levels.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Door (5 Stars)


Don't you sometimes wish you could turn back time? Everyone does. How often do you do something that you wish you could undo? Sometimes you say something, and as soon as the words have left your mouth you wish you had remained silent. It's too late. Sometimes you make a decision, and it's not until years later that you see the consequences. Maybe you took the wrong job. Maybe you married the wrong woman. To take one example from my own life: after graduating from university I wanted to work for two years before returning to do a Ph.D. After two years my boss offered me a 25% pay rise to stay in the company. The money convinced me to stay, which was the silliest decision I ever made in my life. On the basis of money alone, I would have earned much more after completing my Ph.D, but just think of the more interesting directions my life would have taken and all the people I would have met. I'd like to turn the clock back and tell my boss to stuff his offer, but it's too late. It's years too late.

Turning back time to get a second chance is a popular theme in films, especially German films. That's the topic handled in "Fenter zum Sommer" ("Summer Window"). At the moment there's a film called "The grass is greener on the other side" which is currently running in German cinemas; I'll probably go to see it later this week. Second chance films fascinate the Germans, and they fascinate me.


In "The Door" Mads Mikkelsen plays the struggling artist David Andernach, who makes a mistake bigger than anything I've ever done. While his wife is at work he's looking after their young daughter Leonie. He leaves the house to have sex with a neighbour. When he returns he finds Leonie dead in the swimming pool. That's the worst loss of all, but there are other losses, like the aftershocks of an earthquake. His wife leaves him, he becomes unable to work, and he turns to alcohol.

Five years later David is given a second chance. He steps through a hidden door which takes him to the day of his daughter's death. He sees her fall into the swimming pool and saves her from drowning. This might sound like a Happy Ever After scenario, but there's a price to pay. If David wants to keep his daughter he has to become a murderer. Everyone who finds out about his return from the future has to die.

This is a much darker film than the other second chance films. Mads Mikkelsen is perfect as the brooding David Andernach. Even when he's happy we see sadness engraved in his face, as if he suspects the tragedies to come. The film has never been given the recognition it deserves. I consider it to be one of the best German films ever made. It's only been released on DVD in England, but the German Blu-ray has English subtitles.

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