Rashômon (1950)

Your favourite song is probably your favourite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.

Maybe that’s what could be said for movies too, though I mean on a much larger scale. Take, for example the so called ‘classics’ like Citizen Kane, All Quiet on the Western Front, and so on. These movies are repeatedly mentioned in lists of some of greatest movies of all time. In my opinion, if these movies would have been released today, they would be considered very ordinary, even in high definition and with better graphics. That brings me to Rashômon.
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Bird Watching with Jean-Luc Mylayne

Originally posted on TIME:

Photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne has fixated for more than 30 years on a single subject: birds. Celebrated in this year’s Venice Biennale, Mylayne’s work retains an intense resonance. Matt Witcovsky, chair of the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, writes for LightBox about Mylayne’s work.

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The Silence of Others

Rubber against asphalt, leather against concrete.
A blanket of smoke, smell of people all around.
All the madness, all the chaos,
The concrete jungle.

Cars and bikes, buses and rails.
The roar of horns, the voices of men.
Footsteps and chatter, as the crowds gather.
Running after time, (yet) always out of time.

Side by side, but never together.
A sea of faces, breeching and linking.
All in silence, (yet) the noises persist.
The noises that make the silence
(of) The people already gone by.

Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015)

In a time when Bollywood has been surprisingly pushing out repeated hits, the story of Manjhi-The Mountain Man hits the big screen. Based on a truly inspiring story of a man who single-handedly cuts an entire mountain with only a hammer and chisel, and an exceptional actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui to beat, Manjhi was set to be a real classic. Or was it?

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The Greek crisis and the dysfunctional European political space

Originally posted on london-brussels one-way or return:

Igreek-crisis-16t has been sad to see the Greek crisis gathering pace, culminating in a Eurozone summit which, on condition of deep and intrusive reforms, allows Greece to remain in the Eurozone, and offers the perspective of another bailout.  But no one is under any illusions that the crisis is resolved.  It is clear that European integration has reached a very low point, judging by the acrimonious debates at all levels: official, media, and social media.

This post does not comment on substance but on process.  If there is a silver lining to the crisis it is, in my view, the birth of a European political space.  The long-living mantra that the EU suffers from a democratic deficit is well known.  It is coupled with a profound scepsis about the potential for ever narrowing, let alone removing, that deficit: there is no European demos, only demoi.  Democracy continues…

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Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso

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