identities Festival 2015

The identities Festival – Vienna’s biennially queer film festival starts today and will continue until June 21st. They show a wide variety of films from documentaries to short animated films, from recent TV movies to older Hollywood classics.

They have several, partly overlapping topics they focus on this year:

  • Fascinating Personalities
  • Music as Part of the Creative Identity
  • Youth and Coming of Age
  • Black, Queer Identities
  • Sports
  • Swiss Movies
  • Latin American Movies

And tributes to:

  • Yvonne Rainer
  • Vanessa Redgrave

I got an early glimpse into the programming of the Festival and (p)reviewed the following films:

I’ll see many more during the Festival, but I won’t be able to review them quite as quickly as those four. But if you’d like to see what previous years of the festival had to offer, I invite you to browse through my reviews.

I hope I’ll see you there!

Happy 2000th! [Reader Participation Welcome!]

My blog has grown quite a bit over these past years and what you’re reading now is my 2000th blog post on this site. Which I think is pretty damn awesome and warrants some kind of celebration!

So, I’ve been mulling this over in my head. How can I best celebrate my compulsion to share my opinions with the world? And then the simplest answer just came to me: by having even more opinions!

Here’s the deal, though: As a thank you to my plentiful and loyal readers (in my head you’re an army, breathlessly waiting for my blog post every day), you can decide what I should have opinions on! And you can decide in what way I should express them!

This is how this is going to work:

Step one

Choose a book, story, comic, movie, an episode (or two) of a TV show, a political topic, a blog entry, several things to compare – you can choose pretty much anything you ever thought “I wonder what kalafudra thinks about that?” of.
[It should be accessible to me though – a column in a local Taiwanese newspaper might be a bit hard.]
You can also specify a particular question – like what I make of the use of the word chagrin in the Twilight novels. [Please don’t choose that.]

Step two

Choose a form in which I should comment: The usual review, a blog-along or maybe even a vlog… it’s up to you!
If you want something else entirely, I’m willing to consider it – though I might have to draw the line at expressive dance. Also, I really suck at drawing things.

Step three

Leave a comment to this post and let me know what you want from me.

What else

You’re welcome to choose crappy things for me to review – much fun can be had with ranting. The only thing I’d ask of you is that you consider that I only have a limited amount of time – so please don’t ask for a blog-along of War and Peace, as it would probably take me a decade to finish.

Depending on the number of comments I’ll get on this [btw, you’re welcome to invite other people to this], I might not be able to do everything. But within a reasonable amount, I’ll try to get to all the suggestions.

Finally, so this doesn’t drag out into all eternity: I’ll take comments left until May 31st into account and then I’ll try to do it all within the next three months, so until August 31st.

So, get cracking! And thanks again for sticking around and reading! :)

Soul Music (Terry Pratchett)

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett is the first Discworld book about Susan Sto Helit. [My reviews of the other Discworld novels here.]

Plot:
Death has one of his episodes again and left his post, which means that his granddaughter Susan has to take over his job without really knowing what she’s doing. In the meantime the young musician Imp Y Celin comes to Ankh Morpork. When he meets up with the dwarf Glod and the troll Cliff, they start playing a new kind of music – Music with Rocks In. And with that they start events much bigger than they thought at first.

Soul Music was a good, entertaining read. But I mostly just don’t connect with Pratchett in the right way, and this book is no exception.

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Links

Since I decided to join tumblr, the links can be found there from now on. It just makes more sense to get them out quicker and not have such huge posts anymore. That means that this will be the last “Links” post on this blog. And as I just caught up with pretty much the entire internet happenings in July, it’s a massive collection and will be after the jump.

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Links

Comics

[taken from here]

Games

First Pacman Shooter.

Movies

The ENTIRE Fellowship of the Ring made from Lego.

[taken from here]

Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s newest: Arrietty.

New Three Musketeers trailer emphasises the craptastic.

I just love how he gives us a warning when the acapella dub begins – as if you wouldn’t notice otherwise:

Politics

Lee Hall can’t show his opera because there’s a gay character in it (basically). But that’s not homophobia.

TV

Completely Different Things

Female Armor Sucks.

So, a 3D Porn can make you pregnant?

Links

Art

Soviet War Memorial turned into superheroes.

Books

First Science Fiction Novel Published in ChiShona.

Sideways Award Nominees.

Bram Stoker Award Winners.

Locus Award Winners.

Recommended Reading in honor of LGBT pride month.

Movies

The 25 Best Animated Movies, according to Time Magazine.

New Immortals Trailer.

The hotness in this film… I need a fan.

Politics

American Comic Reader faces charges in Canada for having mangas on his laptop.

How Violent Sex Helped Ease My PTSD.

Science

Quantum magic trick shows reality is what you make it.

TV

Doctor Who Black and White Episode Posters.

Darren Aronofsky will direct the pilot of Michael Chabon’s and HBO’s Hobgoblin.

Christopher Eccleston in the next season of Game of Thrones? Yes, please!

True Blood Paper Dolls.

Completely Different Things

How the perception of colors depend on time and culture.

Links

Books

A collection of books nominated for speculative fiction awards.

A run-down of the whole #YASaves thing.

Comics

[via Arysuh, taken from here]

Movies

10 Best Movie Trailer Songs.

First Twilight Breaking Dawn Trailer.

Magneto Was Right.

Hayao Miyazaki in Lego.

Darren Aronofsky. Christian Bale. Edgy Noah’s Ark?

Politics

TV

Torchwood Featurettes. Jack Harkness. Gwen Cooper. Jilly Kitzinger. Rex Matheson. Oswald Danes.

American Gods to Become TV Series – it’s official now! And there will be a sequel to the book.

No Full Season of Doctor Who Next Year.

Completely Different Things

This must be the best news story ever.