Monthly notable news (W12-16)

Another month (or so) has passed at lightning speed. Lots of stuff to do, particularly now that spring has come. We had plenty of rain at first, however now the weather is more enjoyable but still a little chilly. The humidity has made my left knee (and a bit my right ankle) hurt and, for a week, my back pain came back with a vengeance — libraries can be hard work sometimes (and not only for the soul; although it can be amusing too). I also had an episode of high blood glucose and I feared I would become a full-blown diabetic but it returned to my pre-diabetic “normal” after a week. This is no work for old men…

It has been a busy month. We’ve visited the notary twice for mom’s succession paperwork and there was plenty of work around the house particularly for the garden cleaning. I also had to deal with many unexpected problems: some strange Bell bug kept me from my blog for a week and I had some leaky roof, front door handle and water heater issues (the latter two just this weekend). Installing two more Outdoor Nest Cams (as one of my cheap IP cameras died following water damage inside the window) has been a strain on the Bell Wi-Fi causing serious performance problems. I’ll probably solve this issue by going back to Videotron, but only for the internet (I’ll share my sister’s).

A question on FB made me look back at my collection of old books and share my love for them. I also purchased a new Telephoto Mirror Lens for my camera. My TV viewing habits didn’t change much. I still watch too much TV: the new season for old series (When calls the Heart, Into the Badlands, Doctor Who) but two series are particularly worth mentioning for their quality: Anne and The Expense (and its beautiful opening credits with Norwegian vocals — listen on Soundcloud and Youtube). I also wanted to go see Ghost in the Shell in theatre but the reviews were not too good so I decided to wait. However, I’ll definitely won’t miss the Valerian‘s movie when it is released!

I have always considered blogging (and writing in general) as an essential mental exercice (as much as my daily walks) to keep in shape, the mind sharp and age better. However, now I have some doubt. It sometimes feels like a strain since I have less and less time to do it. I have to split my waking hours between my wife-together time, my me-time and work (from which I always come back exhausted). Lately, I had lots of problems with the blog (the Dropbox issue, not being able to log in for an entire week) and it leaves me with the dilema of having to choose between fixing the layout on the old posts or writing new material (or try to do both and be unhappy with the result). I just wonders if it is really worth it.

Maybe I should try less to DO something and just take more time to enjoy life right now (going to movies, to the museums, to the botanical garden, READ more, etc.) without always thinking about sharing it, what I would say about it, which angle I could use to explain the subject better or tell an interesting story about the whole experience. My health won’t improve with the years and I am quite sure that there is less road in front of me than behind, so maybe I should just take the most of it and enjoy the moment. Who’s reading me anyway. Although, I often say that I am writing for myself, so I can read what I wrote one day and remember how it was (particularly when I would not remember it at all). It is just like a journal left adrift in the binary stream of time, to create some sort of posterity.

Both ways seem kind of selfish: if I do write I feel guilty of not doing more of my life and, if I don’t, I feel I am letting myself down. Either way it is a losing battle. •Sigh* It’s the age-old depressing philosophical question: Did I ever really lived and did it really matter? I can only press on and hope for the best.

Finally, I nevertheless managed to stay acquainted with the (ever so depressing) affairs of the world and gathered a few notable news & links — which I share with you (in both french or english, and roughly divided into a few thematics), after the jump.

[ Traduire ]

Continue reading

Capsule reviews

The Giver

In a post-cataclysmic world, humanity survives in a small utopian society which is peaceful and content, but colourless and deprived of emotions. With his coming of age, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned a role as Receiver of Memory and instructed by the Giver (Jeff Bridges), who telepathically shares with him all the memories from the ancient time in order to give him the wisdom necessary to advise the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) in her decisions. With this knowledge comes the realization that this seemingly perfect society is in no way morally better than the previous one: citizens are drugged into conformity and when they become less useful or rebellious they are “released to the Elsewhere”, i.e. murdered by lethal injection! To justify their authoritarian ways, the Chief Elder says “When people have the freedom to chose, they chose wrong every single time” — true, but at least they have the freedom to be wrong! By reaching the distant borders of the community, the hero wants to reset the society in hope for a better future (and to save the woman he loves, Fiona (Odeya Rush)). Based on Lois Lowry‘s young adult novel, this science-fiction movie succeeds, with a relatively small budget ($25 millions), to create an entertaining and thought-provoking story, making us ponder the moral values of our society. Even if it’s a little reminscient of Logan’s Run, this is an excellent movie well worth watching.

[ AmazonBiblioIMdBWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

Victoria

This British drama TV series depicts the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession (after the death of her uncle William IV) to her mariage with Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and the birth of her first child (also named Victoria). It was produced by ITV in the UK and will premiere on PBS’s Masterpiece next week. In a way, it is very similar to the series The Crown that depicts the early reign of Queen Elisabeth II. It is quite interesting to see all the politics and trials that play out around the English monarchy at such an important time in history (the Victorian era was particularly characterized by the industrial revolution and the development of railways). It’s also funny that there is so much German blood (from the House of Hanover and the House of Saxe-Coburg) in the British monarchy, and it created quite a stir at the time. But I must admit that what first caught my attention is the fact that the title role is played by Jenna Coleman (who has also interpreted Clara Oswald, one of the best companions in the new Doctor Who TV series, but also acted in Julian FellowesTitanic and in Dancing on the Edge). Also starring is Rufus Sewell, who plays Victoria’s counsel and Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. I also liked the haunting music theme. I really cannot resist a British historical drama, even less a very good one. Don’t miss it!

[ AmazonIMdBWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

Dark Angel

This is a two-part mini-series (although it feels more like a TV movie cut in two) produced by ITV in the UK and starring Joanne Froggatt (Anna in Downton Abbey). It will be shown on PBS’s Masterpiece later this year. Inspired by David Wilson’s book Mary Ann Cotton: Britain’s First Female Serial Killer, it tells the sordid story of Mary Ann Cotton, a black widow who poisoned three of her four husbands as well as eleven of her thirteen children in order to collect insurance money and survive the harsh conditions women had to endure in nineteenth century England. You can’t help but feel some sympathy for her. A good period drama as it is often the case with Brit TV. Recommended.

[ AmazonIMdBWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

Eye in the Sky

An interesting movie showing, from the British point of view, all the procedures and decisions behind a drone strike in Somalia, as well as the moral questions it raises. If you could eliminate three top wanted terrorists as well as two suicide bombers preparing for an eminent attack that could kill up to eighty civilians, would you do it even if it meant probably killing one innocent girl? The collateral damage question is always a difficult choice between two evils. In a way, nothing much happens in this movie as the story is told almost in real time. Everything is in the debate, which makes it clearly a political movie. But is it an apology of war or a critic of the politicians inaptitude? Maybe both? Interesting indeed!

[ AmazonBiblioIMdBWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

A Ghost of a Chance

Emi (Eri Fukatsu) is a lawyer whose client is accused of murdering his wife. But he couldn’t have done it since the night of the murder he was pined down in his hotel room by a ghost! What sort of defence can you build when your only witness is the ghost of a samurai? You manage to make him testify, of course! A funny japanese movie just as I like them, with a great line-up of actors (Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe, Kiichi Nakai, Koichi Sato, Takayuki Kinoshita, Yūko Takeuchi, Tadanobu Asano, etc.)!

I stumbled on this movie while watching TV Japan — a New-York based Japanese language channel operated by NHK Cosmomedia America and broadcasting a compilation of the best programming from the top Japanese networks and studios, including news and entertainment programs such as movies, dramas, variety shows, anime, sporting events, etc. (and available in Canada thanks to Bell Fibe TV!). I am glad that they show movies subtitled in english once in while.

[ AmazonAsianWikiIMdBWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

Suffragette

Maud (Carey Mulligan) works in an industrial laundry house and gets involved by chance in the suffragette movement. Participating in illegal protests causes her to be outcast by her husband, which in turn drives her even further into political activism. Protests become more and more violent with property damages and bombings, hunger strikes when they were jailed, but it fails to really attract attention since the government controls the press… Until one woman, Emily Davison, is killed on a race track in front of the king. In 1928, women’s rights were finally recognized in Britain. But it took fifteen years to get there and the movie doesn’t show how Maud managed to survive during that time (if she could). Meryl Streep has a brief cameo as one of the movement’s leader, Emmeline Pankhurst. It’s unbelievable to see how bad were women’s living and working conditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For that, it’s an interesting movie but I found it was lacking passion.

[ AmazonBiblioIMdBOfficial sitesWikipediaYoutube ]

💊     💊     💊

[ Traduire ]

Weekly notable news (week 33)

Here are twenty-five notable news & links that I found interesting, amazing or plain weird (in no particular order & some in French) / Voici vingt-cinq nouvelles et liens notables que j’ai trouvé intéressant, étonnant ou tout simplement bizarre (sans ordre particulier et la plupart en anglais):

[ Traduire ]

Weekly notable news [week 31]

Here are a few notable news & links that I came across this week:

Funnies

Non Sequitur: Monday, March 21, 2016 (The two-party detour)

Dilbert: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (The Elbonian Religion)

[ Traduire ]

A few more notable news

Here are a few notable news & links (mostly anime & manga related) that I came across recently:

[ Traduire ]

A new Macross TV series

A new Macross TV series

I have recently learned (via Anime News Network) that a new Macross TV series is in production. Titled Macross Delta (no doubt because of the unique delta wing design of the new Valkyries), it is the story of the “Tactical Sound Unit” Walküre, a group of five singers who battles the Var Syndrome which is consuming the galaxy, alongside the mysterious Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Kingdom of Wind. 18-year-old Minori Suzuki will play Freyja Wion, one of the singers.

All the details on the show (staff, characters, cast, designs, and teaser video) were revealed at the end of October in a streaming special event. Shoji Kawamori (Studio Nue) is the overall director as well as the Valkyrie designer. The director is Kenji Yasuda (Satelight), with scripts by Toshiba Nemoto, mechanical designs by Stanislas Brunet, character designs and animation direction are by Majiro and Yuu Shindou (adapting the original designs by Chisato Mita).

A special preview will air on New Year’s Eve. In the meantime you can check the official website and this Youtube teaser video:


[ Traduire ]

La Rose de Versailles – Episodes

Samedi dernier, avant d’aller me coucher, alors que je prenais des nouvelles de mon entourage en parcourant Facebook, je suis tombé sur une entrée de NHK World qui annonçait une émission de “Booked For Japan” dédiée à Riyoko Ikeda! J’ai rapidement consulté l’horaire et découvert que l’émission était en cours. Alors j’ai immédiatement ouvert l’application NHK World sur mon iPad pour l’écouter. C’était plutôt intéressant (C’est juste dommage qu’on ne puise pas revoir ces émissions “Sur Demande” car j’aimerais bien la visionner de nouveau et vous y référer…) et cela m’a rappelé avoir lu que Riyoko Ikeda avait repris la production de son manga Versailles no Bara avec de courtes histoires publiées en feuilletons dans le magazine shōjo Margaret de Shūeisha.

Continuez après le saut de page >>

Booked For Japan” est une émission où l’animateur Robert Campbell, un spécialiste de littérature japonaise, discute chaque semaine avec un invité célèbre de sa lecture préférée afin de révéler ses valeurs et sa vision du monde. Le livre favori de Riyoko Ikeda est Man’s Search for Meaning de Viktor Frankl [Amazon, Goodreads, Nelligan].

Riyoko Ikeda est une mangaka de grand renom. Née en 1947, elle fait donc partie du célèbre Groupe de l’an 24. Elle a surtout produit des manga shōjo ou josei historiques comme Oniisama e… (Très cher frère, 1975, 3 vols), Orpheus no Mado (La fenêtre d’Orphée, 1975, 18 vols), Jotei Ecaterina (L’impératrice Catherine, 1983, 5 vols), Eikou no Napoleon – Eroica (La gloire de Napoléon : Heroica, 1986, 11 vols), Porando Hishi Ten no Hate Made (Jusqu’aux frontières du ciel – Histoire secrète de la Pologne, 1991, 3 vols) ou encore Niberunku no Yubiwa (L’Anneau du Nibelung, 2000, 4 vols). [Voir aussi pour références, en anglais, ANN et Baka-Updates]

Toutefois, elle est surtout connue ici pour Berusaiyu no Bara (ベルサイユのばら / La Rose de Versailles, 1972, 10 vols) qui fut adapté en animation (connue ici sous le titre de Lady Oscar, 1979-80, 40 eps), au cinéma et même en comédie musicale (par la célèbre troupe de revue Takarazuka) ! Il me semble incompréhensible que de tout l’ensemble de son excellente oeuvre, La Rose de Versailles soit son seul manga à avoir été traduit ici (les deux premiers volumes ont d’abord été traduit en anglais en 1980 par Frederik L. Schodt pour l’éditeur japonais Sanyusha mais ce ne fut jamais disponible en Amériques — il en a toutefois mis un bref extrait dans son livre Manga! Manga! The world of Japanese comics [Amazon, Goodreads]; la traduction française est elle toujours disponible chez Kana [Amazon, Goodreads, Nelligan]).

Riyoko Ikeda est aussi une femme aux talents multiples car, après avoir produit près d’une quarantaine de superbe manga, elle fait le choix difficile en 1995 de changer de carrière et entre à l’Université Musicale de Tokyo pour apprendre le chant! Après une brève carrière de chanteuse classique professionnelle, elle se rend compte qu’il est plutôt difficile de vivre du chant et revient tranquillement au dessin. [voir une entrevue et un extrait de concert sur Youtube]

Sous la pression de ses fans, Ikeda avait déjà écrit plusieurs compléments à ce qui est sans doute son ouvrage le plus populaire. En 1984, elle avait publié Berusaiyu no Bara Gaiden (ベルサイユのばら外伝 / La Rose de Versailles Side-Stories) qui compilait quatre récits secondaires reprenant les même personnages et introduisant comme nouvelle protagoniste une petite fille nommée Loulou: “Loulou et la poupée qui l’accompagne”, “Le fils du général de Jarjayes ?!”, “Le pirate turc et la religieuse” et “L’élixir du diable”. Ce volume a été publié en français sous le titre La Rose de Versailles Vol. 3: Hors-Série par Kana [Amazon, Goodreads, Nelligan].

D’une certaine façon, Eroica, en 1986, avait aussi été conçu comme une suite à La Rose de Versailles en continuant le récit de la révolution française avec l’avénement et les exploits de Napoléon Bonaparte. Il est vraiment dommage que cette (longue) série n’ait jamais été traduite. De même, si l’on pousse une peu plus loin, on peut aussi considérer comme une suite la série des BeruBara Kids (ベルばら Kids / “BeruBara” étant la contraction typiquement japonaise pour “Berusaiyu no Bara”; 2006, 7 vols) une auto-parodie en 4-komas (histoires humoristiques en quatre cases) qui met en action les personnages de La Rose de Versailles en format SD (Super-Deformé) ou chibi (enfantin). Incroyablement, un premier volume de cette série est maintenant disponible en français chez Tonkam sous le titre La Rose de Versailles Kids. On aura vraiment tout vu !

Toutefois, et là on entre finalement dans le sujet dont je voulais vous entretenir, la véritable suite de La Rose de Versailles ce sont les Berusaiyu no bara episodes (ベルサイユのばら エピソド / La Rose de Versailles – Episodes). En effet, ce n’est que quarante ans plus tard que Riyoko Ikeda nous revient avec une véritable suite! Le tout premier de ces nouveaux épisodes est paru dans un livre “spécial anniversaire” joint comme extra au numéro célébrant le cinquantenaire de Margaret, le magazine hebdomadaire shojo de Shueisha (le #10, paru le 5 mai 2013). Il s’agit d’une histoire courte de seize pages qui se concentre sur André quand il était un jeune garçon et avant qu’il ne rencontre Oscar.

Couverture du Margaret 2013 #10 et extrait des pages 1-10 de l’épisode #1:

Un deuxième épisode parait dans le Margaret 2013 #22 (du 5 novembre 2013):

Puis un troisième épisode parait dans le numéro double de Margaret 2014 #3-4 (30 Jan & 5 Fév):

Et un quatrième épisode parait dans Margaret 2014 #12 (20 mai 2014):

Cet épisode est dédié au subordonné d’Oscar, Alain de Soissons
L’épisode 5, qui suit le Major Victor Clement de Girodelle, est paru en deux parties: une première partie de trente-sept page dans le Margaret #22 (publié le 20 octobre 2014) et une seconde partie de trente-trois pages dans le Margaret #23 (publié le 5 novembre 2014), chacune comportant cinq pages en couleurs. L’épisode 6 a lui aussi été publié en deux partie: l’une dans le Margaret #8 (publié le 20 mars 2015) et l’autre dans le Margaret #9 (publié le 4 avril 2015) totalisant une centaine de pages. Cet épisode nous révèle le secret de la naissance d’Oscar!

Margaret 2014 #22 (20 oct) et Margaret 2015 #8 (20 mars)

En août 2014, Sueisha a compilé les quatres premiers épisodes en un onzième volume de la série La Rose de Versailles et en a profiter pour rééditer les dix premiers volumes. Les épisodes sont respectivement intitulés: “André Grandier”, “Girodelle”, “Hans Axel von Fersen” et “Alain de Soissons” d’après le personnage sur lequel l’histoire de chaque épisode est centrée. Dans cette compilation, le premier épisode comporte une quinzaine de pages en plus dont certaines en couleurs. Le volume comporte 184 pages (dont vingt-quatre en couleur) et se détail à ¥ 713 (à peu près $7.50 Can). Il est disponible sur Amazon au Japon mais peu d’autres détails sont connu pour l’instant et aucune annonce n’a encore été faite sur une éventuelle traduction française. Je n’ai trouvé pour l’instant qu’un seul article qui commente, en anglais, ce nouveau volume. Considérant le talent et ce que j’ai précédemment lu de l’oeuvre de Riyoko Ikeda, je ne doute pas que l’histoire soit fort intéressante (et, de plus, j’adore les manga historiques). Quand au dessin, le premier episode et les extraits que je vous ai présenté ici, parlent par eux-même et démontrent aisément que l’artiste a su pousser son talent encore plus loin. C’est tout simplement superbe!

Je vais probablement me procurer le premier volume japonais (pour mon épouse surtout), en attendant la parution du volume 12 (probablement cet été ou cet automne) et espérer que cette suite soit publiée rapidement dans la francophonie!

[ Translate ]

The year in media entertainment

As I stated several time lately: I really watch too much TV and here is the proof.

This list of the movies and TV series that I’ve watched in 2014 is far from exhaustive as I am sure I forgot many of them (particularly movies or series that I don’t recall because I’ve watch them on TV without taking any notes and therefore they left no trace). The movies were watched mostly on Dvds. This time I’ll also try to rate them according to this system: [0] Bad, [1] Meh, [2] Average / Really I don’t remember, [3] Good, [4] Great and [5] Excellent. I’ve also indicated when the TV series are British [UK], because it is usually a sign of better production quality (certainly in the writing). I’ll start with a Top 10 for which I’ll try to give a few comments [to be added a little later, sorry] and complete with a simple list of the rest (but I will add a link to at least provide a few production details). The top 10 of the movies was hard because I could’t find enough titles that I really liked. The top 10 of the TV series was even harder because there was so many good ones. Here we go… after the jump:

Movies Top 10

Battleship [4],

Belle et Sébastien [3]

Book thief (The) [4]

Chat du rabbin (Le) [5]

From up on Poppy Hill [5]

Great Beauty (The) [5]

Hiroshima mon amour [5]

Oblivion [4]

Philomena [4]

12 years a slave [4]

And the rest: A courtesan with flowered skin [3], A drop of the grapevine [3], A la recherche du temps perdu [2], A sparkle of life [3], After Earth [2], Becket [3], Blossom bloom [3], Blue Jasmine [3], Cape Nostalgia [3], Divergent [3], Elysium [4], Ender’s game [3], Fly, Dakota, Fly! [3], Gravity [4], Hana [3], Hobbit : The desolation of Smaug (The) [3], Hunger game : Catching fire (The) [3], Hyde Park on Hudson [3], Iron Man 3 [2], Jobs [2], Light shines only there (The) [3], Lone Ranger (The) [2], Monuments men (The) [3], One third [3], Our family [3], Pacific Rim [1], Quai d’Orsay [2], Quartet [3], Salaud, on t’aime [4], Saving Mr. Banks [2], Star Trek: Into Darkness [1], Sur la piste du Marsupilami [2], Taira clan saga [3], Thor : The dark world [2], Tokyo: The city of glass [3], Twenty-four eyes [3], Zero Theorem (The) [2].

TV Series Top 10

Äkta människor (Real Humans / 100% Humain) S. 1 [5]

Bletchley circle [5]

Endeavour [5]

Firefly [5]

Manhattan [5]

Murdoch Mysteries S. 7-8 [3]

Newsroom (The) S. 3 [5]

Outlander [4]

Returned (The) / Les Revenants [4]

True Detective S.1 [4]

And the rest: 24: Live Another Day S. 9 [1], Almost Human [2], Atlantis [2], Birdsong [1, UK], Breathless [2, UK], Call the midwife [3, UK], Click [2, UK], Constantine [1], Continuum S. 3 [3], Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey [3], Crimson Field (The) [3, UK], Death comes to Pemberley [4, UK], Defiance S. 2 [2], Doctor Zhivago [3, UK], Doctor Who S. 8 [2, UK], Downton Abbey S. 5 [3, UK],

Top10 media for 2013

I have now a little time to do a retrospective of my activities for 2013. Here’s a top 10 list of all the media I’ve read or seen during the past year. It’s not exhaustive and they are not listed in order of preference, but rather in alphabetical order. I won’t elaborate on any of them (I don’t have that much time) but whenever possible I’ve put a link either to a commentary I’ve written on the subject or to Wikipedia so you can check detailed information about each of them.


My top 10 books

À la recherche du temps perdu
L’Âne d’or
Cesare Vol. 1-3
Furari
Hitler de Shigeru Mizuki
Hokusai par Shotaro Ishinomori
Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts
La Maison en petits cubes
Thermae Romae Vol. 1-5
Une Anthologie de Jiro Taniguchi

According to Goodreads, I read thirty-seven books in 2013. They were mostly manga. It sounds little but I’ve been busy. Check the link for the complete list.

My Top 10 Movies

Anna Karenina (1961 BBC TV adaptation starring Sean Connery!)
Cloud Atlas
Hitchcock
Karakara
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper
Stupeur et tremblements
Sucker Punch
To Rome with love

The other movies I’ve seen are: L’Arbre, Argo, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!, The French Lieutenant’s woman, Habemus Papam, The Lady, Letters to Father Jacob, The Lion in Winter, Northanger Abbey, Prometheus, Satyricon, The Secret world of Arrietty, Skyfall, Swann in love, Total Recall (2012). However that list is not exhaustive since it includes mostly movies I’ve borrowed at the library and none of those I’ve watched on TV (particularly on the fabulous Turner Classic Movies channel).

My Top 10 TV series

A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Season 1 & 2) [see my comment]
The Borgias (Season 3)
Continuum (Season 2)
Downton Abbey (Season 4)
Foyle’s War (Season 1 to 8)
Game of Thrones (Season 3)
The Newsroom (Season 2)
Orphan Black (Season 1)
Ripper Street (Season 1 & 2)
Vikings (Season 1)

For the TV series the choice for the top 10 was a much harder one. There was so many excellent series, mostly from the U.K., that it made the selection difficult. I really think that I should watch less TV, but with such a huge choice of titles it is impossible to resist:

Almost human, Atlantis (Season 1), Ben Hur, Bleak House (2005), The Bletchley Circle (Season 1), Bomb girls (Season 2), Broadchurch (Season 1), Call the midwife (Season 1 & 2), Copper (Season 2), Defiance, Doctor Who (Season 7), Elementary (Season 1 & 2), The Fall, Falling Skies (Season 3), Father Brown (2013), Grey’s Anatomy (Season 9 & 10), Hawaii Five-0 (Season 3 & 4), Homeland (Season 3), Mad Men (Season 5 & 6), The Mentalist (Season 5 & 6), Mr Selfridge (Season 1), Murdoch Mysteries (Season 1 to 6), Must love cats (Season 1 & 2), NCIS (Season 10 & 11), NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 4 & 5), The Paradise (Season 1 & 2), Real time with Bill Maher (Season 11), Sherlock (Season 1), Southcliffe, Under the dome, Unforgettable (Season 1 & 2), Utopia, The Vampire Diaries (Season 4 & 5), The Walking Dead (Season 3 & 4), The White Queen.

And I am sure I am forgetting many titles…

[ Traduire ]

Tempus edax rerum

Yesterday, I’ve finally watched the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special “The Day of the Doctor” recorded the previous day on my PVR from Space (and still available to watch online; although it is also available on iTunes). Apparently, it was widely watched and quite appreciated by the fans. Although not by all since I read an opinion article of a guy who couldn’t understand the appeal of such a cheap and childish show… I thought the show was great, so I totally disagree.

Yes, Doctor Who is just a simple show for kids and that’s exactly why it is so powerful. It reaches to our deepest and strongest imagination. It is whatever we want it to be. It reflects our hopes and fears, our own reality (and I am not the only one to think that), it amazes us, it is sublime. It is the simplest and the most complex story of all time. It is a paradox. And that’s why I love it so much, despite the fact that all its parts, separately, tell me I should not, but all together they blow my mind. It is funny, but it makes me sad. It is so simple that I cannot comprehend it sometimes. We should not fight it, but just let go and enjoy…

Just for the love of the Doctor.

[ Traduire ]