Friday, May 31, 2013

(81) And Roslin wept... + links

By sati (harlequinade) Friday, May 31, 2013 30 Comments
  • Well my week was a slight improvement over the shitstorm of last one. My dissertation finally got approved. If nothing fucks up I'm gonna defend it next Friday so keep your fingers crossed!

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Soundtrack Wednesday - Spring Breakers

    By sati (harlequinade) Wednesday, May 29, 2013 , , 27 Comments

    Track: Your Friends Ain't Gonna Leave with You
    Artist: Cliff Martinez
    Movie: Spring Breakers

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Behind the Candelabra

    By sati (harlequinade) Tuesday, May 28, 2013 , , , , , , , , , , , 27 Comments
    I'm not the biggest Steven Soderbergh's fan but I'll hand it to the guy - he has his own style. I enjoyed quite a lot of his movies, with Solaris sitting firmly in my top 20 of all time for a decade now. When Soderbergh announced his retirement plans and that Behind the Candelabra will be his last movie I did feel that cinema is losing something. His films are quite unique, elegant, subtle and interesting.

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Game of Thrones 2x09 Blackwater

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, May 27, 2013 10 Comments
    What's the worst thing that can happen during Game of Thrones season? Hiatus. We are dealing with one now. There was no new episode last night, thanks to Memorial Day weekend. I thought it may be a good opportunity to give the season 3 recap treatment to the series single best episode. Blackwater.

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Iron Man 3

    By sati (harlequinade) Saturday, May 25, 2013 , , , , , , , 34 Comments
    Iron Man 3 was supposed to be the end of the trilogy ."Supposed to be" because now I hear they are planning on doing more movies. Whether it's true or not, the third part focusing on the adventures of Tony Stark is an entertaining summer blockbuster, but for me it was the weakest part of the trilogy. There was just a little too much silliness here and the villain weren't as menacing as he should be to provide the strong sense of danger.

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    (80) You promised me Game of Thrones, HBO. You promised! + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, May 24, 2013 24 Comments
  • If I were Cersei Lannister, life would be so easy. Her ability to diss people and not give a fuck is wonderful.

  • Monday, May 20, 2013

    Game of Thrones 3x08 Second Sons

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, May 20, 2013 , 32 Comments
    When the writers stay close to the books, great things happen. New episode, Second Sons, was definitely a step up from last week's disappointing episode. We got fewer storylines here, but each of them had a nice pay-off, a lot of great acting and yes, even shy glimpses of hope. I saw a lot of people complain about the lack of great scenes with Peter Dinklage this season. Well, I guess they are all happy now.

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Saturday TV Special: Farewell to The Office

    By sati (harlequinade) Saturday, May 18, 2013 , 14 Comments
    On Thursday, after 9 years, The Office reached its finale. The show that was originally inspired by British comedy series with Ricky Gervais was one of the most well known and popular series in the world. I watched every single episode of it, often times more than once. The first 7 seasons, the ones that still had Steve Carrel in it, had some of the funniest moments I've seen on TV.

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    (79) Attack, attack! + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, May 17, 2013 48 Comments

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Game of Thrones 3x07 The Bear and the Maiden Fair

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, May 13, 2013 , 22 Comments
    What is this saying? "It's always calm before the storm"? Well, apparently in season 3 of Game of Thrones things have to get really lame before they become great. Or at least I'm hoping it's the explanation for the quality and the content of the latest episode. The Bear and the Maiden Fair, the episode that was written - for the third time in series's run - by George R.R. Martin is unfortunately the worst episode of the season.

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    (78) Welcome to Hell + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, May 10, 2013 38 Comments

  • Well my week was...not good. It was a nightmare. Turns out my professor doesn't have the time to read my dissertation so I still don't know whether it's good or not. He told me he will get back to me so it's not cool as he is unpredictable and I'm literally checking my inbox 100 times a day. Plus he is not the most pleasant person so if he doesn't like my paper it will be hellish as I really don't know how to make it better. Hopefully he will go easy on me and I'll defend it in June because I really just want it to be over. Haven't been this stressed out in years. At least with the bar exam if you learn and know stuff - you pass. Here it is kinda arbitrary and I hate the shit out of that.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Side Effects

    By sati (harlequinade) Wednesday, May 8, 2013 , , , , , , , 34 Comments

    For the last few years director Steven Soderbergh was growing increasingly disenchanted with Hollywood. He finally decided to retire and Side Effects is his second to last movie - that title belongs to Behind the Candelabra, HBO produced film that actually found its way to this years' Cannes competition. Soderbergh's disenchantment definitely shows - Side Effects is one of his dullest and most uninspired movies.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Game of Thrones 3x06 The Climb

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, May 6, 2013 , 22 Comments

    This week's episode of Game of Thrones wasn't quite the ride as thrilling as last week's, but we did get plenty of amazing things including one of the most breathtaking shots in the whole series and a shocking death, for book readers and non book readers alike. Unfortunately, we also get to see Sam and Bran.

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

    Movie of the Month - May - Drive

    By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, May 5, 2013 , 38 Comments
    I don't drive. If I did, there would be thousands of causalities. Oh My God. What If I drove over an animal? But I enjoy sitting in the car, while someone who knows what they are doing is driving. It's so relaxing. You have music on and you see all those places and people through the window. It's especially amazing at night.

    Watching Drive is a bit like that, except you are sitting in front of the screen watching the movie. But it completely captures the vibe - the film has an amazing style, but the style never hides the substance. Drive is one of those movies that are destined to become a classic - it's the kind of story that is both intriguing and entertaining. And all of that because of the protagonist.

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    (77) I told you to keep quiet about that fucking mill. + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, May 3, 2013 38 Comments

  • Oh, HBO. Thank you. For that rain and that open shirt. Thank you so very  much.
  • As I requested last Friday, we did see Jaime's ass in last episode. So I'd like to formally request that we see naked Richard Madden this Sunday. Please. Please. PLEASE.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Rising Stars: Saoirse Ronan

    By sati (harlequinade) Wednesday, May 1, 2013 40 Comments
    "Be the person I'm playing. That's what acting is. You're pretending to be someone else."

    I noticed I haven't written anything in this feature for a while. Also as with Performances I Love it seems to be dominated by women. I don't even know why that is and I will try to change it soon, but not just yet. Saoirse Ronan seems to be involved in a lot of projects nowadays and the new trailers for Byzantium and Violet and Daisy were released recently, so she is the star of today's post.

    Saoirse Una Ronan was born on April 12th 1994 to  parents Paul and Monica Ronan in New York City. Although she was born in the United States, Saoirse moved to Ardattin, Ireland with her parents when she was 3 years old. Her father, Paul Ronan, is an actor in his own right, starring in films like The Devil's Own with Brad Pitt. As a baby, Saoirse accompanied her father to the set of that movie and was carried and held by Pitt.