December 10, 2014

Christmas Card

This will probably be my last post for December as I am helping my family with yet another move (this time to a different city). Happy Holidays!

December 1, 2014

Death And The Maiden (Hans Baldung Grien)

Death and the Maiden is a common motif in Renaissance art, especially in painting and music. It developed from the Dance of Death, with an added erotic subtext. Hans Baldung Grien (c. 1484 – 1545), depicted it several times in his paintings.

November 5, 2014

Music Box

I have a long list of horror movies waiting to be reviewed (mainly for my pleasure), yet today I decided to make a top of my favourite music-related movies (never say “musicals” when I am in the room).

This Is Spinal Tap (1984): I think British humour is the kind I can relate to the most. I like the absurdity of it. I like the sarcasm and lack of prohibitions. Spinal Tap tells the story of (fictional) British heavy metal band Spinal Tap, in documentary style. I will never get tired of the “up to 11” joke. :-D

Amadeus (1984): I was too little when I saw Amadeus for the first time (first grade, I believe) and I instantly became obsessed with it. I found it so strange and unlike anything I was supposed to watch or like at the time. I was drawn into the surreal and mad world of it and I would watch it again and again. I wanted Tom Hulce to be my best friend – alongside Robert Smith (happy times).

Sid And Nancy (1986): Gary Oldman; and the Sex Pistols. That should be enough.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): I have rather unpleasant memories linked to this movie but I do come back to it quite frequently (in a masochistic manner). The only thing I would change about this is Frank’s platforms – I‘d give him pumps (preferably of patent leather). “Science Fiction Double Feature” is the kinda song that you must love in order for me to like you.

Velvet Goldmine (1998): I‘ve mentioned this film before. You can read all about it here. I know every single scene by heart; lyrics included.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001): I truly love Hedwig. So melancholic and beautiful. No happy-endings, no. I think my revulsion towards Michael Pitt has its origins on this one (I had an epiphany last season on Hannibal).

Favourite Soundtracks

I don’t make much sense today, do I?

October 22, 2014

Madman, Killer, Kleptomaniac

A few months ago, I had this crazy idea to just pick up an art book and sketch or paint every single picture in it (for practice). I haven’t been properly trained as a painter, although I would really like to. This was my third portrait. The photos don’t do the painting justice; it’s more detailed and even in real life (said the narcissist). Yet, it does need some touch-up. However, I think I’ll just leave it alone, breathe a little.

Halfway the first layer of things, I noticed the description: “Madman, killer and possibly a kleptomaniac”. We don’t judge here.

October 6, 2014

Undead

Health issues have kept me offline for quite some time. I am still in the recovery process, but well enough to actually sit in front of a computer screen without passing out. It’s a long way home.

September 16, 2014

The Hanging Game


My mums through my lens that will probably replace the flower oil painting in the kitchen – so sick of that painting, I’ve been thinking about replacing it for too long.

Since I couldn’t find anything big enough to take the place of that dreadful Still Life, I thought why not combine a few prints into a larger frame.

It took me about a year to think of the mums alternative. Hopefully it‘ll take me less than that to actually hang them on the wall; when I’m down, I’m down:-/

August 24, 2014

Deep Breath

I thought it would be hypocritical to write a Doctor Who “Deep Breath” review today, since I saw the episode more than a month ago (yes, I am one of the many bad whovians who couldn’t resist and watched the leaked episodes), but I decided to do it, anyway. Well, sort of; as I am going to write a more generic spoiler-free review of the new series. So far, the only episode that made me (a) jump off my seat and (b) actually care for the Doctor (like all post-regeneration, introduction episodes should) was the fourth one, “Listen” (probably one my new favourite Who episodes ever).

There were a few things about “Deep Breath” that I really liked, like Madame Vastra’s speech (when the veil disappeared, I was happy for Clara), the Half-Face Man (great visuals, by the way – not present on all occasions but that’s another story; we should be more interested in the plot, right?) and, well, Capaldi himself. He has a strong presence and he gets so much better on the following episodes.

I knew 11 was going to call Clara but I was expecting a voice, to be honest. Seeing Matt Smith on my screen, truly surprised me. Not as much as other things on coming episodes (hint, hint), but it did. By the way, 11 was not one of my favourite Doctors but I did like him. Yes, I know they didn’t think up the phone scene for me but for all the fangirls out there who already miss Smith and wished for a younger Doctor, but I did enjoy the cameo.

Another pleasant surprise was the fact that I am (finally) starting to like Clara – both role and Jenna’s acting have improved. Hopefully she is going to make it through the season (whenever I start to like someone on a TV series or a movie, they either die or really die). Not sure about Missy, yet.

Speaking of Clara, why the heck did she make so much fuss over the Doctor’s change of face? She’s seen all of them! She knows how it goes. She can’t be that ignorant and superficial. Or are they suggesting we (whovians) are?

Finally, I like the new take on the theme. Very 80’s. The opening credits, not so much (sorry, Billy; I envy you, that’s all).

August 12, 2014

Les Yeux Sans Visage

Dr. GĂ©nessier, a famous surgeon, feeling guilty over his daughter’s facial disfigurement in an accident for which he was responsible, uses his assistant Louise to kidnap young women in order to transfer their faces to Christiane’s.