Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Christoph zwitschert!

Samstag, August 13th, 2011

Seht Ihr, so etwas passiert wenn ich mal nicht arbeite. Nachdem ich vor einigen Monaten schon den Widerstand aufgegeben habe und mich bei facebook angemeldet habe, bin ich heute vor lauter Langeweile hingegangen und habe mich bei Twitter angemeldet. Twitter, das ist, für diejenigen die es nicht kennen, diese komische Seite wo Gott und die Welt in kurzen Nachrichten so ziemlich alles mitteilt. Musiker kündigen ihre Konzerte an, Nachrichtenseiten bringen die Schlagzeilen, Schauspieler beschweren sich über die miserablen Bedingungen am Set ihres neuen Blockbusters, und alle anderen teilen der Welt mit, was sie soeben zu Mittag gegessen haben. Völlig überflüssig, sollte man meinen, aber ich muss zugeben schon länger in Versuchung geführt zu sein. Hauptsächlich um Stephen Fry “folgen” zu können, dessen “Tweets” legendär sind.

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I H8 Social Media

Samstag, April 16th, 2011

Meine Mutter sagt immer, man solle Prinzipien haben, aber kein Prinzipienreiter sein. Ein schöner Grundsatz, an den ich mich jedoch nie halte. Meine Prinzipien sind mir wichtig. Sie definieren mich. Sie geben mir Sicherheit in einer Welt, die ich nicht mehr verstehe. Und sie sind alle gut begründet. Wie meine Abneigung gegen diese ganze „Social Media“ Geschichten, diese „sozialen Netzwerke“, diese Internetseiten wo mein sein ganzes Leben preisgeben kann ohne jede editoriale Kontrolle. Und Facebook ist von diesem ganzen Dreck die allerschlimmste Seite. e-stalking (das Wort habe ich erfunden, falls jemand anderes es benutzt, ist es gestohlen!) leicht gemacht. Ich hasse Facebook. Und seit heute bin ich dort angemeldet.

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There and Back Again

Donnerstag, Januar 21st, 2010

Wie einige von Euch vielleicht wissen, bin ich mit einem Hobbit befreundet. Dieser Hobbit, Sebastian Hebig mit Namen, ist vor ein paar Stunden zu einer sechsmonatigen Weltreise aufgebrochen und schreibt darüber auch einen Reisebericht – unter eben jenem Titel “There and Back Again”, allerdings auf Deutsch. Zu finden ist das Ganze unter www.sebastianhebig.de und da ich Sebastians Stil und Eloquenz, aber auch seine Neugier und Weltoffenheit, kenne, kann ich versichern, dass dies auf jeden Fall lesenswert ist. Also, Lesezeichen setzen und virtuell mitreisen!

The Return of the Bilingual Adventskalender

Mittwoch, November 25th, 2009

For English version, see below the dotted line (made of stars).

Vor zwei Jahren, als dieser Blog noch von meinem jugendlichen Enthusiasmus getrieben wurde und ich noch dachte, damit einmal die Welt zu verändern (was heute natürlich längst geschehen ist), kam ich zu dem Schluss, dass meine Kurzkritiken, die ich bis heute nur verschämt als Kritiken bezeichnen kann, nicht ausreichten. Und somit schuf ich den ersten Bilingual Adventskalender. Leser der ersten Stunde können sich vielleicht noch an jeden wundervollen, vielversprechenden Tage erinnern. Verglichem mit meinem heutigen Stil war meine damalige Einleitung geradezu eloquent.

Heute kann ich nun voller Stolz verkünden, dass 2009 Zeuge der langerwarteten Rückkehr meines Adventskalenders wird. Und genau wie 2007 werde ich auch dieses Jahr jeden Tag über einen Weihnachtsfilm schreiben. Es ist jedoch leider so, dass selbst ich als großer Freund der Weihnachtsfilme, es nicht aushalten kann, 24 weitere dieser kitschigen, kindischen, unendlich sentimentalen Filme zu sehen. Deswegen bin ich diesmal nicht hingegangen und habe nach einer weiteren Dickens Verfilmung oder der alljährlichen Weihnachtskomödie gesucht, sondern bin meine Filmesammlung durchgegangen und habe Filme rausgesucht, die irgendetwas – egal was -mit Weihnachten zu tun haben – ohne im engeren Sinne Weihnachtsfilme zu sein. Ein Beispiel gefällig? Der Pate, der Mafiafilm aller Mafiafilme (außer dem zweiten Teil, natürlich), hat eine Szene, die an Weihnachten spielt. Deswegen wäre er eine Option für den diesjährigen Adventskalender, obwohl der Film herzlich wenig mit Weihnachten zu tun hat. Nach diesen Kriterien würden natürlich auch einige der 2007er Filme in diesen Kalender passen, aber diese werden – ebenso wie Der Pate – ausgelassen. Es wird also 24 kleine Überraschungen in diesem Adventskalender geben – und ich garantiere, dass einige der Filme wirkliche Überraschungen sind.

Auch das Format für die Einträge habe ich etwas überarbeitet. (Habe ich eigentlich schon zu der Übersicht des alten Adventskalenders verlinkt? Ich glaube nicht. Hier ist sie.) Alle Einträge in den Adventskalender werden vier Fragen beantworten: Worum geht es? Was hat das mit Weihnachten zu tun? Verkörpert der Film den Geist der Weihnacht? Und natürlich, besonders wichtig: Lohnt es sich, den Film anzusehen?

Aber genau wie vor zwei Jahren werden alle Einträge, wie es sich für einen bilingualen Adventskalender gehört, sowohl auf Deutsch als auch auf Englisch erscheinen, sodass sich hier die perfekte Möglichkeit zum Erlernen einer Fremdsprache bietet, was für jeden von uns ein Ziel für die Weihnachtszeit sein sollte. Aber in der Weihnachtszeit geht es auch darum, zu teilen und zu helfen. Und deswegen hier meine ausdrückliche Bitte, mir doch bitte Filme zu nennen, die den Kriterien für diesen Adventskalender entsprechen. Denn ehrlich gesagt ist es gar nicht so einfach, 24 davon zu finden.

Und dann, ab dem ersten Dezember, freue ich mich jeden Tag über die Gelegenheit, der Erste zu sein, der Ihnen “Fröhliche Internetweihnachten” wünscht.

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Two years ago, when this blog was still powered by my youthful enthusiasm and I still believed it would changed the world (today, it has already done so), I decided that my short movie reviews that I was and still am ashamed to actually label reviews, were not enough and that I should stretch my writing muscles somewhat and so I created the Bilingual Adventskalender. If you are a reader of the first hour, you might remember those days of wonder and unfulfilled promises, as well as just what this strange “Adventskalender” thingie is. If you don’t remember or have joined the ever growing ranks of my readers at a later date, let me quote from the original introduction:

“In Germany, the time leading up to Christmas, from December 1st on, is called “Advent”. It is traditional to have (at least) one “Adventskalender”, advent calendar, for that time. In the most common form it is a cardboard box (which you can hang on a nail) containing 24 “doors” numbered 1 through 24 that you open on the corresponding day of December. Usual there is a small piece of chocolate (Remember, Germany is The Land of Chocolate!) in there, behind which is a picture, both depicting something to do with Christmas. Nowadays of course, there are Adventskalender containing all kind of things: lottery tickets, small toys or even bottles of beer are just some of the things you encounter everywhere. In some neighbourhoods people even decorate their windows and open a different one every day to display to the world. So as far as German Christmas traditions go, this is one of the big ones.

The internet, on the other hand, isn’t very traditional. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do traditional things in the world wide web as well. Others have done it before me, so I can’t claim to have come up with the idea, but I will nevertheless host my very own little Adventskalender here. Sadly, I am not a nifty programmer, so you will not be able to see a beautiful winter landscape with tiny numbers on it that only lead to the hidden treasure on the proper day. Instead, I will just gift you with a new movie review every day.”

Today, I am proud to announce that 2009 will feature the long awaited return of my Adventskalender. And just like in 2007, I will write about a Christmas movie every day! But this time, there is a twist. For you see, not even I, unconditional lover of Christmas movies, can stomach another 24 of those cutesy, corny, cheesy and damn sweet films. So instead of trying to pick up another version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol or this year’s Christmas comedy, I went through my DVD collection and picked out films that have something – anything – to do with Christmas. This means that while all the films the 24 days leading up to Christmas will reveal have some connection to Christmas, they are not traditional Christmas movies (at least for the most part). You require an example? Fine, here is one: The Godfather, the mafia film to end all mafia films (except for the sequel, of course), features a scene set at Christmas. Thus, it qualifies for the Adventskalender, even though people don’t generally associate it with Christmas. Some of the films included in the 2007 Adventskalender would probably fit this year’s theme better as well – they are, however, omitted – just like The Godfather. So you can look forward to 24 little surprises in the next weeks – and let me assure you, there are some real surprises included.

The format of the reviews is also different from the original instalment (Did I link yet to the page listing all the old entries? I think not. Here it is.). The reviews will all be ordered under four questions to fully explore the theme: What is the film about? What connects it to Christmas? Does it embody the spirit of Christmas? And lastly and most importantly: Is it any good?

Just like 2007, however, the reviews will be written in both German and English, so this is also a perfect tool for learning a foreign language, something which we should all strive to do in times of Christmas. But Christmas is about something else as well: giving and sharing. So if you know of any movies that fit the criteria, please, please, please tell me about them. Truth be told, I’m really struggling to fill those 24 spots.

And then, from December 1st through 24st, let me be once more the first one to wish you a very Merry Internet Christmas every day.

3D is NOT the Future

Sonntag, November 1st, 2009

Listening to Hollywood bigwigs (Jeffrey Katzenberg, the head of Dreamworks Animantion, for example) and hot-shot directors like James Cameron, even some critics are falling all over themselves to proclaim that the future of film-making is three dimensional. More and more studios are making more and more films in the “revolutionary new format”, that is going to be as much of a game-changer as sound film and colour film were once. I’m here to tell you that this is all lies.

Let’s face it: 3D is a gimmick. Nothing more, nothing less. It is hardly original. The first major movement for 3D was back in the 1950s and contrary to popular opinion they were neither viewed through those horrible red-green-glasses we all know from amusement parks, nor were only B-movies made that way, but also such classics as Dial M for Murder or Kiss Me Kate.* The technology used was almost identical to the one used today, so all those claims of 3D in the current incarnation being anything new are the first big lie.

The second big lie is that 3D is actually in any way superior to normal, 2D images. All those claims that the world around us is three dimensional and that it would only be natural to have them in film as well are just, to put it bluntly, bullshit. Transferring a three dimensional image onto a two dimensional plane (commonly called a screen) is not natural and actually presents our eyes with problems, because they can’t focus properly. Some people can deal with that, others can’t – through no fault of their own, of course, simply because their eyes refuse to see things that aren’t there.

And to top it all off, they tell us that the days of headache inducing images are over. I wish it were so, I really do. The idea of 3D is fascinating. But even with modern technology, headaches, nausea and all the other side-effects are still prevalent, as this article points out far more eloquently than I ever could. Please read it. Seriously. Right now. Don’t continue reading this until you have finished it.

Now that you have read the Slate article, let me just point out the reason for this stream of consciousness rant. Last night, I saw Journey to the Center of the Earth, one of the few non-animated 3D films released so far. I saw it at home with those silly red-green glasses, so that might impact my opinion somewhat. But in all honesty, it was a surprisingly solid, enjoyable flick that was (almost) completely ruined by 3D.

In December, James Cameron is releasing his newest film, Avatar, the first film he has made since Titanic in 1997, in 3D. Since Cameron films are usually completely devoid of plot, interesting characters or anything resembling good entertainment besides special effects – what is often called the Michael Bay school of film-making – we can expect it to be rather bad, because there is no way the effects are as great, unique and new as Cameron promises. Still, people are going to flock to theatres and there is even a chance I might be among them. But in January, can we please forget about the future and go back to making good films? Because sooner or later, even Hollywood will realize that 3D is not the future.

And if they don’t, I have a problem, because I just can’t see the damn effect. Me and between 10% and 30% of people.

*There is even a non-profit organization working today to find and restore as many of these early 3D movies as possible, dating back to the 1920s. Find out more here.

Minute Movie Review – Rachel Getting Married

Samstag, April 25th, 2009

Review:

Just in time for her sister Rachel’s wedding, Kym is getting out of drug rehab. In the next few days, she and her family struggle with her addiction, her role in the family now and their past. Filmed with handheld digital cameras, Jonathan Demme delivers a film that often seems like a documentary, telling a compelling story about a family. Sadly hindered a bit by “independent syndrome”, i.e. too much quirkyness and unrealistic fantasies about real life, the film is nevertheless interesting, fueled by a great cast and a feeling of being right there in the moment.

Random Observations:

Rachel Getting Married at imdb.com

In a movie filled with great performances – especially from the riveting Anne Hathaway in the lead role, Bill Irwin and Rosemarie DeWitt, newcomer Anisa George, playing Rachel’s best friends, is still noticeably great.

If anybody has seen the movie and could tell me, where Kym is going in the end, I would be forever grateful. There doesn’t seem to be any consensus on the internet about the question.

Symptons of “independent syndrome” in the film include a upper-class white woman from Connecticut marrying a music-loving black man from Hawaii in an India themed ceremony. Sure, that much cultural diversity in reality would be very nice, but it’s not particularly common.

Do you think I should trademark “independent syndrome”?

There is a guitar player, a young guy with curly hair, in the film that plays at the most inopportune moments throughout the film. Watching it, I was sure it would be the son of a producer or something – turns out his name is Brooklyn Demme and he is somehow related to the director.

Minute Movie Review – Anchorman

Sonntag, April 12th, 2009

Review:

“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” is a comedy about a 1970s San Diego news team that must deal with changing times when a female anchor joins them. From the Judd Apatow production power house, Anchorman is typical of that comedic style by combining clever insights, slight parody and celebrity cameos (Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins) with plain silliness. But while that combination often works quite well, the mixture just isn’t right in this film, which drags even though it is just 90 minutes long and which features more annoying than funny scenes.

Random Observations:

Anchorman at imdb.com

The worst thing about the film is that what feels like 20% of the running time is dedicated to Will Ferrell pretend crying about various things. It’s annoying for the first ten seconds and only gets more annoying as it drags on.

I feel sort of conflicted about the film because there were some elements I really enjoyed, while I didn’t enjoy the film in its entirety. Maybe it would have been a better idea to just look for the funniest scenes on YouTube.

You found what you were looking for!

Mittwoch, Januar 14th, 2009

Over the last several months, it has happened occassionally that people used a search engine and were brought to my site. Most of these searches were pretty straightforward and I’m fairly certain that the people looking for “die welle review” or “christoph hartwig” found what they were looking for. There were some other quests, however, that were fatally unfulfilled. Since at Fabricated Truth we do everything for our readers, even one time readers who are unlikely to ever return, here are some of the search terms along with a guess what the person was looking for – so that the next time they will find an answer. (weiterlesen …)

Dr. Horrible’s Nice Reminder…

Samstag, Juli 19th, 2008

Just a quick reminder for all those that may have already forgotten about it: Only until tomorrow, Sunday, at Midnight (no idea which time zone, though) can you watch all three acts of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog for free online! After that, you have to pay and, if you live outside the US, pray that it will actually be made available in your home country. So watch it now! It’s funny! But be warned – the ending is very Whedonesque. Click on the banner above or this link to watch it now – the 45 minutes it will take may well be the best of your weekend.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Mittwoch, Juli 16th, 2008

During the Writers’ Strike in Hollywood, many of the people working there were extremely bored. Among those was Joss Whedon, geek hero and creator of Buffy and Firefly. Thus he created Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The other reason was to show that alternative means of distribution, i.e. the internet, would also work. Now, the first act of the three part story has been made available – just click on the banner above. The second and third act will follow Thursday and Saturday and it will just be available through Sunday – afterwards, you have to pay for it. So go and watch this funny supervillain musical – and help show the big corporations that not everything about the internet is evil and that they can actually make money there.