Tuesday, October 30, 2007
On Youtube, you can see the Haka (Ka Mate) dance performed by gingerbreads.
A little more serious and also useful to learn a little bit about the Maori culture and Haka, there is a little excerpt of 5 minutes which is in fact a documentary on the All Black team and their Haka.
The Rugby World Cup 2007 had also its official song, which is a tribute to the New-Zealand dance... The lyrics are in the Maori language, the English translation is available on internet...
Now that you know more about Haka, you can watch rugby games and maybe perform the Haka with your friends...
Sunday, October 28, 2007
British Vision was interesting in the sense that it displayed lots of paintings, sculptures and other masterworks made by a wide range of British artists, such as Francis Bacon, William Blake, John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James W.M. Turner (just to quote a few names).
Whenever I visit an exhibition where paintings are displayed, I cannot help being reminded of a piece of artwork called Arrangment in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother, most commonly known as Whistler's Mother, painted by James Whistler. In the brilliant film Bean with Rowan Atkinson, Mr Bean comes across this painting. Wait and see what happens…
My point was just to show what a real catastrophe looks like. The curator of the MSK had probably seen this film: some of the paintings were protected by a glass screen…
[PS. This blog entry was slightly edited on 6 February on the basis on the corrections suggested by Professor Vandelanotte.]
Friday, October 26, 2007
The film thus deals with a very serious subject and is very hard and cruel. It shows that at the time of the Inquisiton, the Chruch had all the power and did not hesitate to use inhuman practices if the rules of the Church were not respected. Indeed Inèz is tortured so that she confesses (even if it is not true!) and the state in which she comes out of prison bears witness to all the sufferings she endured there. However, the film is very well made and worthwhile. I really recommend it! If you want the see the trailer of the film, just click here!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
In an unlikely turn of events, it now turns out Control will be screened locally in Namur, only once, on Monday 29 October at 8.30 pm in the "Cameo 2" cinema. I have in the mean time managed to see it, so I can recommend it all the more heartily!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Anyway, the YouTube video I embedded is really worth watching if a) you hate A&F like I do (probably because I'm nothing like those models), b) you want to see a huge company being ridiculed in a smart way and c) you like shirtless young men (which, to be honest, we all do to some extent ;) ).
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Starting this month and continuing into March 2008, the small independent theatre ”Cinema Zed" in Leuven pays tribute to the rich history of comic films by programming a fine selection of films, along with documentaries and even two academic lectures. A series of silent films (with comic acting stars such as Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton), including major classics The General and Modern Times, is followed by a wide range of humorous films directed by the likes of Jacques Tati (Jour de fête), Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot), Woody Allen (Annie Hall), Monty Python (Life of Brian), Pedro Almodovar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), and many more. If ever in the coming few months you're up for a laugh, you may want to look into the comic films programme (PDF file) to plan a night out. After all, as some of you already know, Leuven is only a train ride away (two train rides, strictly speaking).
The title given to the special programme on comic films, Laughing Matters, is of course a pun, playing on the ambiguity between a verbal and a nominal reading of the word 'matters' (in addition, the nominal reading reminds one of the idiomatic expression 'that is no laughing matter!'). Apart from being a pun, however, Laughing Matters is also the title of a documentary made by Rowan Atkinson (best known for his roles as Blackadder and Mr Bean) in 1992, in which he pretends to be a comedy professor lecturing on the kinds and techniques of visual humour, techniques which are illustrated with clips from films and comedy programmes but which are also demonstrated by "Kevin" (Atkinson again). Unsurprisingly perhaps in this YouTube age, the full programme can be viewed online, in five separate parts of about ten minutes each. Embedding was disabled for this video, but you can go directly to the relevant YouTube page to see this highly amusing documentary.
P.S. If ever you want to download videos from YouTube, you can read instructions on how to do so in an older blog contribution by a former student.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
It's that time of year again! Jack-o'-lantern on every porch, gingerbread in every oven and children repeating that same old mantra in every street: « Trick or treat?! » Well, I thought this was the perfect time for me to share my passion for horror movies with you. If you thought your English assistant was a creep, well, wait until you read all this...
Yes, I am a big horror movie fan. The gorier, the better. But like for all cinematographic genres, I think we need to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to horror movies. In what follows, I will try to make a few suggestions of what I consider good horror flicks.
The goriest movie of all time has to be Peter Jackson's « Braindead », but then again I wouldn't say his movie is frightening. It is actually quite funny to see so much fake blood, or at least I find it funny and I believe at least one person in BAC2 agrees with me (you know who you are).
No, if you're looking for stuff that will scare the hell out of you, well try Stephen King's « IT », Michael Haneke's « Funny Games» or Takashi Miike's « Ôdishon » (sometimes spelt « Audition »). This last one starts of as a regular Japanese movie, a bit like « Ringu », but after about 45 minutes, everything goes south to say the least. If you're into vampire stuff, try "Shadow of the Vampire" with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. Dracula has never been scarier...
I also love Zombie movies, especially early ones by George A. Romero (we're not related, I guess) such as « Night of the Living Dead ». By the way, Romero (not me, him) will be releasing a Blair Witch-kind of movie called « Diary of the Dead » which looks very promising. There's another such Blair Witch-esque Zombie Flick called « The Zombie Diaries » and it sure looks scary.
If you're into the apocalyptic kind of movies, you should definitely go for Danny Boyle's « 28 Days Later » and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's sequel « 28 Weeks Later ». And let this be absolutely clear: real Taboulé is made with lots of parlsey, and the « 28 XXX Later » series is NOT about zombies; it's about infected human beings losing it. Like most Zombie fans, I am eargerly awaiting the film version of Max Brooks's « World War Z ». Now THAT is a scary book if there ever was one.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tired of that ol' Jamie Oliver cookbook? I've got something for you! BeardyMan brings you the most entertaining cooking course EVER. If you're interested in this kind of performances aka beatboxing, you might as well check other beatboxers such as Rahzel (aka the Human beatbox from The Roots), Mr Scratch and our very own Roxorloops (yeah, he's from Belgium!!! Check his skills parts one and two).