domingo, fevereiro 28, 2010

Scorsese's own praise of folly

sexta-feira, fevereiro 26, 2010

the reflection

Lately I find myself wondering about how easily we grow old and bitter. I take the bus to the elementary school where I teach drama lessons - or supposedly I try to do that - and there I am, my forehead creased and I try to read (I can't) I try to listen to the music (I can't) so I look through the window and suddently I see this reflection of an older man worried sick about tiny problems and how will he manage to do everything we wants to get done in that day, I look inside his eyes noticing the big black circles he wears around them and there's some kind of sadness that suits the music that is playing in that moment in the unconscious of his mind, around that void space inside the brown pupils a tag cloud floats and the words are related with work and undone things on more than 24h schedule that in fact it's not real, the thing is that in the middle of that he wonders about how old is getting and how fast that process is happening... I try and search for a glimpse of happiness and joy and I can actually perceive it a little blured surrounded by shapes and shades of grey and green which I realize are part of the sky and trees that make the landscape almost at the end of my trip. I get back to what I have to do, I there I go to face those kids whose lives are, already at that time, more complicated and hard than mine and still I find that I have no skills or aptitude to pedagogy or even to fatherhood...

human control


“Behemoth” — first seen in New York in 1992 — is a powerful, dark, unlovely and exceptional piece. Its dancers frequently move with slow, heavy emphasis; at times they slump through the torso. Sometimes it looks like a primitive effort to reproduce ballet or Merce Cunningham technique; sometimes its society becomes a strange mechanism, with lines of dancers moving like the hands of a magnetic compass in response to the moving, seemingly magnetic, leg of one central dancer. And sometimes it freezes in midaction; obsessive reiterations and festinations suggest neurological disturbance.

Dance Review | Mark Morris Dance Group

quarta-feira, fevereiro 24, 2010


Early in their relationship the two developed a special coded language to discuss themselves through notes and cartoon drawings in which Mr. Bachardy was a cat and Isherwood an old horse, and the movie develops these dialogues into short animated sequences. During a rocky period in the early 1960s when Mr. Bachardy began pursuing sexual encounters outside the relationship, they referred to his behavior as “mousing.” Mr. Isherwood’s anxiety, in which he imagined living without a partner, was reflected in his novel “A Single Man.” (...)

glorious moments

C. Isherwood's The Berlin Stories was the starting point for the John Van Druten play I Am a Camera, which in turn went on to inspire the film I Am a Camera as well as the stage musical and film versions of Cabaret.

stormy weather

domingo, fevereiro 21, 2010

Ms. Streep 16th Nomination

Nowadays “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “A Cry in the Dark” would be scruffy little Sundance movies. “Out of Africa” would be in French. “Silkwood” would be “The Blind Side”.

by, A.O. Scott

sábado, fevereiro 20, 2010

nieuwZwart | New Black

"Já não ia a Portugal há muito tempo, isto vai parecer tudo novo. E é mesmo novo. Escolhi propositadamente pessoas com quem nunca tinha trabalhado antes, e disse-lhes que só queria ver coisas que nunca tivesse visto antes. Em certo sentido, 'nieuwZwart' é uma auto-crítica: precisava de fazer outras coisas, e o espectáculo também é sobre isso. Sobre a necessidade que às vezes temos de largar a pele, sobre como o excesso nos faz parar e evoluir doutra maneira, sobre nascer e renascer", diz [Wim Vandekeybus] ao Ípsilon.

sexta-feira, fevereiro 19, 2010

they're (almost) back!


speechless about this

quinta-feira, fevereiro 18, 2010

quarta-feira, fevereiro 17, 2010

meeting the wrong guy at the right time

Based upon Lynn Barber's autobiography.

An Education

terça-feira, fevereiro 16, 2010


Sem título (Autopia)

segunda-feira, fevereiro 15, 2010


Heads of State - NYTimes


poe's valentine

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!—they hold a treasure
Divine—a talisman—an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure—
The words—the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets—as the name is a poet’s, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto—Mendez Ferdinando—
Still form a synonym for Truth—Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.

Poe, Edgar Allan

back to science fiction

flying around with American Airlines

domingo, fevereiro 14, 2010

with body and soul


happy valentine's day

sexta-feira, fevereiro 12, 2010

normal life

When you google for "normal life" the first few items to appear in your webpage are related to "Normal Life" a 1996 movie, directed by John McNaughton and starring Ashley Judd and Luke Perry based on the real lifes of husband and wife bank robbers, Jeffrey and Jill Erickson.
After that some items show you descriptions of what "normal life" is to some people... Having found that this search was unproductive I decided to search for "meaningless life", since that was the main concept behind the conversations and thoughts I've had about this subject, and I ran into this from Alan Watts (which has died in the day I was supposed to be born nine years later). This speech about "meaningless life" conducted by Watts himself is about our perception of reality and the infinite possibilities we have to face in order to get to know who are we? Often we tend to ignore that we are something that results from what is around us, we are what we let the universe do to us, we are what we don't know, we are what we make of us.
Taking it from here... often I find myself jealous of not having a "normal life" that kind of life that is just right next to us, the other side of the world that sits side to us in the subway, that registers our grocery, that takes care of our medical and dentists appointments, that washes our hair, ... That side of the world that we don't know, and that it's not supposed for us to know, the families that pick up their kids at school after a normal day at work, that after that cook dinner silently humming the latest pop hit and we'll eat it commenting the news that are on tv, quickly forgetting about those to tune in the night soap opera or the soccer game that will probably give them the greatest joy the'll have for the whole year and they will suffer for that, and cry, and yell to the tv screen telling the players what they should be doing. That side of the world that have regular schedules, that have a regular job - dispite the crisis -, that have a special thing they call "free time" to spend doing what they couldn't do during the week, and they'll run off to the nearest mall and spend it there searching for the latest offers... That side of the world everyone has the possibility to be a part of and yet not everyone wants to be a part of it, getting to a point where, like me, will miss and envy the innocence and homeliness that this lifestyle has to offer, the opportunity to give it all up and change it all for that regular schedule that would bring back the possibility to have "free time" and spend it with friends, and develop new projects without being worried with other's deadlines and burocracy, and - who knows - make a trip to a dreamplace without having to be always running back to this life that seems to have caught a ultrasonic train into the future and that doens't have stops till a point where it may break and mwybe then we'll be able to look around and see what surrounds us, to look out through the window and observe the landscape, and the soundscape will be real for we don't have nothing on our ears to stop us from listening to it, but that will happen when it stops, till then the soundscape will be of music to clear out the voices of that other part of the world, the one that maybe we don't want to be a part of, because that's because we chose to be in this side looking through the glass that sometimes - it depends in which side the sun is in - may be darker and others brighter than ever.
Even so the other part of the world will always be there, if only to cause jealousy, or fulfilment, or both at the same time... and it will wait for us, we'll end up paying it a visit, but the rest of the time we'll spend it here, I'll spend it here, where I decided to be, where nor tiredness or deception will tear me down, for now.

quinta-feira, fevereiro 11, 2010

on nothingness

A. McQueen (1969-2010)

On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family.

Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.

quarta-feira, fevereiro 10, 2010


terça-feira, fevereiro 09, 2010

Veneno Cura (Raquel Freire)


Prémios Autores 2010 | Gala SPA . RTP

segunda-feira, fevereiro 08, 2010

about artistic love

domingo, fevereiro 07, 2010

today i saw:

quinta-feira, fevereiro 04, 2010

quarta-feira, fevereiro 03, 2010

recommended for me

IRM Charlotte

Oscar® Nominations

Actor in a Leading Role

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film

* “Coraline” Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
* “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
* “Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

* “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
* “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
* “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
* “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
* “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
* “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

* “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
* “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
* “Nine” Colleen Atwood
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell


* “Avatar” James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

* “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
* “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
* “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

* “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
* “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
* “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

* “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
* “District 9” Julian Clarke
* “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
* “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

* “Ajami” Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” France
* “The White Ribbon” Germany


* “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
* “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

* “Avatar” James Horner
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
* “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
* “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
* “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
* “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Picture

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

* “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
* “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
* “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
* “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
* “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
* “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

* “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
* “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
* “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

* “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
* “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Let the best ones be the winners!

segunda-feira, fevereiro 01, 2010

52nd annual Grammy Awards

Song of the Year

Poker Face”, written by Lady Gaga and RedOne (Lady Gaga)

Pretty Wings
, written by Hod David and Musze (Maxwell)

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, written by Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart (Beyoncé)

Use Somebody,” written by Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)

You Belong With Me,” written by Liz Rose and Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)

Michael Jackson Tribute