Archive for July, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – David Yates

It finally all ended! As expected the second part of The Deathly Hallows was dynamic and concentrated on the main theme of the saga, the confrontation between Harry and you know who. It is obviously more powerful and entertaining than the first part, the dynamics of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil must be epic and it is.

But the characters are underdeveloped; the main trio Harry-Hermoine-Ron is obstructed by the incapacities or lack of real acting experience of Radcliffe, Watson and Grint while the other parts, some brilliant, are cut back by too short appearances.

The fat lady can sing but she does not sing above all expectations but she might reach the ones of the most faithful fans.

Concentrated on the main conflict the last parts of Harry Potter revealed that the narrative’s forte relied on the episodic characters, episodic clashes and the small details of wizards’ life and their community. The true charming wickedness is there.

Anyway, the Harry Potter series remain one of the most important ones in the last decade’s pop literature and cinema and time will tell exactly how much of it was really worth the global frantic attention.

My opinion is that the story reached its perfection and uniqueness with the third part, The Prisoner of Azkaban. That’s the main jewel in the crown for me.

Biophilia – Björk – MIF 10.07.2011

to Sma and Matei Vlad

It felt like a close encounter of the third kind. Björk gathered the public for her new album in small groups, closely around the place where her music emerges from classical and innovative instruments, a female choir and her own powerful voice. She moved inside that narrow circle light as a feather, barefoot and made us keep our breath in fear she might sense us and vanish like a deer or that she might hear our off-key humming and dive under like a siren. She was indeed as shy and mysterious as a deer and siren but only between songs while thanking us for our awkward and hysterical howls and whistles.

It was not a concert but a master class that gradually poured energy into the audience. This energy was finally used for a revolutionary blast. “Declare Independence” blew us up. I, at least, felt very close to a blessed heart attack.

The new album is a mass for the newly born religion, “ecologism”. Hopefully the new faith will have nothing in common with the last couple of monotheistic religions’ extremism. Björk has definitely a pantheistic approach to it so there’s some hope.

Biophilia is definitely a show worth attending, for fans and neophytes too for it is ingenious, innovative, powerful and sensual. The set list included lots of songs from previous albums, a generous treat from the artist.

This show proves it again; Björk is the main artist of the last two decades, there are few important DJs, who hadn’t remix at least one of her songs and there are also many great rock and pop artists who cannot go on in their careers without acknowledging her influence on their music.

She is to our times’ music what TGV is to the railway and the washing machine to the beetling-bat and beetling-block, though I guess she wouldn’t mind using the last ones as they are very musical and eco-friendly.

1. Thunderbolt
2. Moon
3. Crystalline
4. Hollow
5. Dark Matter
6. Hidden Place
7. Mouth’s cradle
8. Isobel
9. Virus
10. Jóga
11. Sacrifice
12. Sonnets/Unrealities
13. Where Is the Line
14. Mutual Core
15. Cosmogony
16. Solstice
17. One Day
18. Unravel
20. Declare Independence

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