AT THE MAD TEA PARTY
Welcome all ye Mad Hatters - to this Mad Tea Party. Please do be my guest. And yes, a very merry unbirthday to you too! Want your muffins heatened, or buttered?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hare's musical discovery of the year
It's true - I always wanted love to be hurtful, the March Hare said.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky, that's where I'm gonna go when I die, when I die and they lay me to rest, I’m gonna go to the place that's the best! The March Hare sang.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Do's and Don'ts in public transport, or in life - in general, actually
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The Hare at the Hurricane Tour
Last Thursday I visited the concert Grace Jones gave in Paradiso, Amsterdam (so I updated this.) It was definitely one of the most awesome gigs I ever visited. I never experienced such a hot steaming show, which lasted more that 2 hours. The crowd was constantly over-the-top-excited and didn't get enough. As words can't describe the thing this 60 years-old-mum did, here are 7 truly wonderful and magnificent pics, made by top photographer Caroline van Oosten de Boer:
As there can be only ONE pop queen, so... Madonna: eat your heart out, the March Hare said.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The Hare at the International Film Festival Rotterdam
This week I visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam. I was present during 6 days and visited a total of 23 screenings. The quality of the films was OK for me, but I nearly got depressed from al the agony I was exposed to. The Rotterdam Film Festival is well known for presenting the newest among the newest and the experimental, but certainly not for the mainstream (Hollywood) films. Although alt this agony is beautifully framed, I had - face to face - an over dosis of poverty, anger, pain, lonelyness, grief, hunger, dead, ghosts, people repressing other people, adultery, child murderers and post-natal depressions. Und so weiter. The world is really a cruel and messed up place, I must conclude. It was almost too much.
So here's my list, not in any random order:
(*5 = really good, *4 = good, *3 = OK, *2 = bad, *1= awfull)
Film about the repressed situation of the Indians in South-America. Film striking like an air blow. At least: I ended up crying.
2. Last conversation******
Intriguing Roadmovie (made in one take in a car with 24 camera attached to it!) about a woman who has her last telephone conversation with her lover, during her way to him.
3. The sound of insects - record of a mummy*****
Experimental diary-film about a man who decides to commit suicide by starvation. Wow - unbelievable!
4. Frozen river*****
Exciting thriller about a white woman who gets involved in smuggling of illegal people on the border of Canada and the USA. Got me on the tip of my seat.
5. Slumdog millionaire*****
The visitors favorite of the festival. About a young man from the slums in Mumbai, who wins the jackpot in a quiz. Did he cheat, was he a genius, or was it written? A true Carnival of Light!
6. Troubled water*****
Norwegian film about a child murderer who gets another chance in life as the organ player of a church. Very moving.
7. The blessing****
Danish film about a young mother suffering from a post natal depression. Very suffocating.
8. Wendy and Lucy****
A young woman loses her dog while traveling through a small town. Not very funny if you're a dog lover.
9. Rachel getting married****
About a girl who gets released from mental hospital for a few days as her sister is getting married. With her, all the old family ghosts get released too. A laugh and a tear, and certainly Oscar material for Anne Hathaway who plays the messed-up kid.
10. The hungry ghosts****
Mosaic film about several people in New York trying to life their life. After a few slow films without any narrative and without any conversation it was a delight to hear people talk and communicatie with eachother...!
About a small village in Bosnia where the women own a small curry factory and one day outsiders visit them because they want to buy the land. With a sympathetic touch of magic realism.
12. Unmade beds****
Second feature film from Alexis Dos Santos. Funny and colourfull, about two young people who have to deal with the lonelyness in their lives.
13. A country teacher****
Sympathetic film about a homosexual teacher who moves to the countryside to teach on a small town school.
14. Tokyo OnlyPic***
Very funny animation. Satire on the Olympic Games with made-up sports, rituals and participants. Hilarious!
Funny film about the murder of a young homosexual teacher, and the efforts a TV show take to let his family tell 'the true story on TV.
16. Bollywood hero***
Not bad for a Dutch movie. About an actor who gets a role in a Bollywood movie and along the way wants to do some good work in the slums of Mumbai. (Speaking of Bollywood: I think that since Bombay is renamed as Mumbai, we ought to speak about Mollywood instead, shouldn't we?)
17. Eléve libre***
Interesting film about a young man and his private teacher. What's the boundary between teaching and forcing?
Very slow film about the incestuous relationship between a young man and his sister he meets for the first time. Shocking ending!
Very slow, but not boring film about a sailor who visits his home town Ushuaia (in the south of Argentina) after 20 years of absence. Stay in your seat until the very end, for only then you;ll know why the film is called 'Liverpool'!
20. My magic ***
Nice film about a drunkard father who regains his old job as a fakir-magician, to regain the trust of his only son.
21. Puisque nous sommes nés***
Not my cup of tea, but nevertheless a beautiful shot portrait of two street kids in Brazil.
22. Rule #1***
Asian horror movie about the question: do there are any ghosts in thos world or aren't there any? Afterwards you're not pretty sure...
23. The shout ***
Bit dated film from the late seventies about a stranger who's into Aboriginal sorcery and who gets between a man and a woman.
I was sooo ready to go home, the March Hare said.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Hare learned some exiting German words
In memoriam: Katwijk
Katharina Annebjørk Truusje Wilhelmina IJsolde Koba
juni 1994 - 30 december 2008
Ondanks dat ze al weken ziek was en we dus op haar vertrek voorbereid waren, valt het ons erg zwaar haar te moeten missen na de ruim veertien jaar dat ze bij ons is geweest.
Katwijk is dezelfde dag nog gecremeerd in Stompwijk. We gaan haar op een mooie voorjaarsdag uitstrooien in de duinen van Meyendel.
(Annie Lennox - Into the West)
Katwijk zal altijd ons mooie kleine meisje zijn en we hopen dat ze nu bij haar poezenmama en onze Nilfisk is, en zonder de ballast van haar zieke lijfje vrij rond kan dartelen door de groene weiden van de poezenhemel.
Gedenk haar met Martini, pistachenootjes en muffins, want daar was ze stiekem dol op.
(... the March Hare said.)