Monday, January 30, 2012

Lime's Sunday Supplement, 29.01.2012

Let's just pretend it's still Sunday...

By the way - how do you like this picture? Is it nice, or too amateur/ wannabe?

The snow is falling - temperatures too. Yes, winter has finally arrived in my home town, and I'm just about the only one happy about this. I finally have the very best excuse to stay inside with a cup of tea and enjoy my first Induna-order with some of 2011's most promising haven't-seen-yets (The Dirty Picture, Delhi Belly and Shor in the City).
It's also time for some improvement on this blog, for instance I've created a page called "LINKS", so that the right bar looks a bit better. I'm not going to change the layout yet, though... that's always a stressful thing to do.

Tomorrow I'll make my second visit to the theaters this year - Carnage. I can't wait for it.

Home, India and elsewhere.

last week, India: Agneepath | trailer
Trailers and posters can be misleading.
This one has too be good, it simply has to. Please.
next week, Home: Carnage
Trailers and posters can also be awesome.
And films can have an awesome... aura.
next week, Elsewhere: The Woman in Black | trailer
Looks like a fresh new horror film is on its way.
Goodbye Harry - hello Daniel.

Books, magazines, blogs.

So happy that my favorite Manga, Sailor Moon, is finally getting re-published in Germany. I sold my collection about a year ago, thought it's too childish. Then re-discovered reading Manga.
The old cover-design was a bit better, but it's still a wonderful thing, because you have to pay a lot to buy the old books, which are not available in stores.

We're currently reading this book in school - and it's fantastic! If you normally read 1000+ pages with tiny letters and no illustrations, and you pretend to be an intellectual (yes, I'm talking about myself) - then you will love this. Because it's intellectual and childish at the same time. (And there are many illustrations).

I'm sorry I didn't comment on other blogs a lot last week, I hope I'll catch up on that soon!

Thoughts and new discoveries.

Blue Danube by Strauss from the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Can't get it out of my head.


Did you discover anything new or beautiful last week?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

More men who hate women

But still just one cyber-punk who hates men. Fincher is bringing Lisbeth back.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Directed by David Fincher | USA
Written by Steven Zaillian & Stieg Larsson (novel)
★ Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig


When I first heard that Hollywood had plans about producing its own version of the Swedish surprise hit, like many people my only thought was: "Why?". Is this about money, do they want to exploit the fame of the books and previous books? There is nothing you can improve, is there?
Moreover, I could not in the slightest imagine an other actress playing Lisbeth Salander than Noomi Rapace.

I then found out that it was Fincher, the creator of some of my favorite films of the past few years, who was going to direct the remake. Not fully convinced, I watched the leaked trailer some weeks later - and at that point I was finally hooked. Hooked by an unexpected amount of style, cool music and most surprisingly (seeming) originality. I was sure then, that I was going to love the film.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lime's Sunday Supplement, 22.01.2012

I know, I know. My weekly write-up has already changed name and form two times - from "The Weekual Thursday PP" to "Thank God It's Thursday", where I included other new releases than just Indian ones.
My problem is that Thursday is a very busy day for me - I have 7 hours of school, two hours at home, 1 1/2 hours of ballet, and maybe a visit to the cinema at night.

That's why I decided to move this feature to my (normally) least stressful day of the week. This means that I won't just be able to talk new releases, but also new soundtracks, trailers... whatever I can think of.

I hereby declare Lime's "Sunday Supplement" open!

"But what's it about?"

My latest rentals/ borrowings. Thought the Great Gatsby is a mafia-film.

I often wonder how people decide which movie they're going to watch. It's much of a coincidence I think, considering what a vast amount of "must-sees", "classics" and blockbusters there already is - increasing each year.
So what we watch is more or less destiny - even though, of course, in the end we decide. But what do we decide from? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why is Dil Se my favorite movie? or All the things I love about Dil Se..

"Philosophy is not about finding the answers, it's about asking the questions".
- My philosophy class book.

Dir. Mani Ratnam | India
★ Shah Rukh Khan - Manisha Koirala - Preity Zinta


Any great movie could be my favorite one, a thought that made me shiver of fear when I first tried to put together my 100 Favorite Films list. But it happened to not just be any movie, but a movie that had followed me through many years and that has never stopped intriguing me every time I watch it. 

Having finished the list, there was suddenly no other movie I could imagine, that could be my favorite. The thought surprised, even unsettled me - after all, I hadn't actually seen Dil Se.. for about two years. It was time to finally re-watch it with eyes that are quite different from the ones of my 13-year old predecessor. 

I was scared but also excited. And you know what? I feel I admire and love this film even more than I did before. Dil Se.. is not flawless, objectively speaking - so what makes it so special to me?

That's what I want to find out in this post, namely by listing all the things I love about this film. Of course I won't be able to fully understand and explain the greatness of this film, I know that - but it's an attempt that I have to do. And an excuse to make a lot of screencaps.


Friday, January 13, 2012

The Lime is on Facebook

And this is our awesome profile picture.

Dear fellow bloggers, readers and visitors,

it's been a few months now since I joined the Twitter-tree and some other plugins to use for this blog and my own pleasure. Facebook was always the first option, because it's so widely known and surely effective. But even though I love The Social Network, I've never been a true fan of social networking sites. Not because I don't use them - facebook, as I said, is quite effective.
No, it's because of the way (I dare say) most people use them, and that has affected the picture of facebook that I have in my mind. It's a picture of narcissism and low-brow-ness.

So I didn't launch a site on facebook for this blog before today. Why today, then? Because we can be different. I don't personally put a post on facebook every time I go to bed or eat breakfast or whatever, and I don't put embarrassing pictures or statements on there. I like my facebook. And I want you to like the facebook of Lime Reviews & Strawberry Confessions.
Sounds innovative and rebellious, actually it isn't. It'll be like most blog-sites out there... I'll post what's on here and maybe some pictures and thoughts. But the point is: that's great. That's all I want.

And as I know from personal experience, facebook is the #1 page of most people, I mean... many people are on there a lot. So you don't have to go to your blogger account every time you want to know what's going on here, you can just go on facebook.
Another thought of mine, which is quite selfish, is that maybe you could tell your friends about it, you know... kind of show them the site and then they'll kind of click on the link and then this community will kind of get even bigger and more interesting.

Let's keep it this way and not add more words, this was really what I wanted to say.
Oh, and before I forget:

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mette's 2011 Retrospect - The Music

The retrospect series continue... this time, we've come to the world of melodies and stuff like quints that I neither understand nor want to understand. 
It's true: even though I love music, I don't know much about it, and I have never studied it as intensely as movies, fashion or the solar system.

There are many people that know more about this, we conclude, and people who have found all the great tracks of 2011 that I haven't heard yet. I don't listen to a lot of new music.

That's why this post will not deal with say, the best albums or songs of 2011, but the wonderful songs that I discovered in 2011.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mette's 2011 Retrospect - The Films

Like me, you might already have read many lists about the year that went by. 
Books, things that happened, people that died/ got married/ were born. And of course, lists of favored films. 
These lists, at least the film-based ones, often consist of ten motion pictures. I feel that listing my ten favorite films of the year is something I want to do, however I would also like to highlight the films that won't get the chance to be included in the list.

Therefore, my retrospect will look a little different than most. The list of my top 10 films of 2011 can be found at the end of this post, before that I will present you to all the films that I liked. 

Moreover, this retrospect includes eight "officially" 2010 films that I had no legal opportunity to watch in the year of their official release. Many of them are well-known, successful films, but I hope you still understand why I want to include them. The films are in the order I've seen them in. 

That was it then, let's go.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The IMDB Tops: 10 thoughts on... The Shawshank Redemption

Dir. Frank Darabont | USA
★ Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bon Gunton


Current IMDB rank - rating - votes

1. Who would have thought that the currently most popular film would be such a softie? I'm not a frequent cineweeper, but the final sequence touched something very deep down - as corny as that sounds.
It was nothing I had expected, not even a few seconds before the tears started falling. It was like somebody had suddenly turned on some magnificent music that you hadn't heard before, but that still sounded familiar (sounds corny again).

2. Speaking of familiar, The Shawshank Redemption is a very good film, but there was something familiar, well-known about each and every scene. It was like all the good "mainstream" films put together, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering its cinematic position. 
Watching this film, I feel, has helped me understand cinema and cinematic taste more, and how hard it is to hit the right notes for the audience in fusion with your own artistic standards... and what an example of that can look like.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Introducing two brand-new features...

It was somewhat a coincidence, that the first two films I would watch this year are the currently most popular film (according to the IMDB), and the film that is currently on top of my 100 Favorite Films list.
My first thought was: I have to write about these two. 

Slowly, an idea began taking shape in my mind... why not re-watch all of my current favorite films? It has been so hard to put the list together, and I'm still not a 100% sure if I really rated the films the way I would rate them if I had seen them recently. Because, as we all know, tastes change during time.
And why not... why not try to watch and re-watch the current most popular films of all time? It's only 250 pieces, not as overwhelming as the famous 1001 I'm working on too. And most certainly, a lot of the most popular films must also be included in the Bible of Films, don't they?

I know I won't be able to do this in one year, except if I stop watching any new releases and other unknown films. This is a project that will take time, but I'm willing to try. 
Challenge accepted, as Barney would say (what, you don't know who Barney is?! ...well, this is neither the time nor the place).

By the way, don't expect (or fear) over-long ramblings about current or new favorites, or films that I can't believe people would like. Most of the posts will be of a rather short length, considering the quantity of films I will be writing about - I need to have time to watch, too. Oh, and leisure time of course. Which is the time when I watch movies. Okay, then... time when my friends, family or teachers would like to either see me or see me doing something that is important.

I think I will write a lot of "x thoughts on..." sort of posts. I can also already tell you that I probably won't be able to properly review my nr. 1 favorite, but I'll think of something. 
Another thing that is more or less luckily related to my Discovery of 100 Favorite Films, is that I'll try buying a lot of the DVDs that I don't own yet. Lucky, because I will have more good DVDs, and the makers of my favorite films will earn money... unlucky because I'll have to spend money on it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new features, and are ready to come with me on this journey.
PS: Some kind of 2011 retrospect post or post series is also coming up, so keep an eye out.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Month: Films of December 2011

Happy New Year, guys! I wish all of you the best for 2012, cheers to a bunch of good new films, the upcoming award season, joy and happiness - and everything else!

Before I start looking at the film-year as a whole, I put some words together on the surprisingly not-so-few film experiences I've had last December.

Sadly, there's only one Indian film on the list, but I'm planning on catching up with the 2011-releases as soon as possible. More to that later.

Watched for the very first time:

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) Nina Paley - USA
The Ramayana how I would've made it. Without having read the whole original text, I hope I have the right to say that in my opinion, Nina Paley included a remarkable variety of aspects of this ancient holy text - and that seemingly effortless, with a lot of humor and especially a lot of creativity.
The songs that surprisingly turned out to be Old Hollywood style, were just my thing, too, even though after a while they all sounded the same.
This movie can be seen for free legally - check it out whenever you have the time: link.
Rating: 8.0

Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) Woody Allen - USA/ Spain
I have a hope that I'm not the only crazy person out there who buys loads of DVDs and then watches the oldest buys last? However, I had this Woody-Allen DVD-Box that I got really cheap, and I felt the time had come to finally watch this (I have a friend who is totally in love with it... mostly due to Javier Bardem though).
And what is my conclusion? Well... it's nice. Nothing more, nothing less. Flirty, light, entertaining - and it has a dash of philosophy.
Rating: 7.4