Cat stuff by Uno + Henrik Berggren

My esteemed colleague Uno came by straight outta Japan yesterday and gave me the above. That fucking wooden cat takes ages to muddle together and I really like it. It’s more of a puzzle than a creature. Uno said it was probably more of a punishment than a gift.

And he gave me some lovely kitty papers, too.

Speaking of nothing, don’t miss this interview (in Swedish) with Henrik Berggren. For those of you who don’t know who he is, hear his band Broder Daniel. Berggren’s debut solo album is out in May. This year! That debut album is almost as mythical as My Bloody Valentine’s “MBV“.

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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Manchester by the Sea (2016) - IMDb 3/10

    2017-04-16 15:28
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    Just because the film naturally carries a containment of sorrow and gloom, it does not explain its complete dreariness. It's got bits of chronological experimentation and nice views of the sea, but otherwise, this is forgettable. See Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" instead.

  • Fifty Shades Darker (2017) - IMDb 1/10

    2017-04-15 18:28

    I actually thought this film would not be as bad as the first one, but obviously, I was wrong. This is overwrought in no sense of the word, and if it were human, it would be incarcerated indefinitely. This film actually violates basic human rights in ways the first one didn't, so I guess that's what this new version brings to viewers. In no way is this erotic, interesting, or entertaining. The people involved in this should look themselves in the mirror and not make a third film, which _will_ be made.

  • T2 Trainspotting (2017) - IMDb 6/10

    2017-02-22 22:58
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    This is more a film, I think, which is about aging and repeating your past than anything else. Sure, the characters are older, but I cringe a lot as Boyle has chosen to have them repeat some of their "fave lines" from the first film, 21 years later, for no apparent reason. The slow parts move best, for example, where Renton visits his father, despite that one being sappy. The "new girl", basically a Renton, doesn't bring much to the table. However, Robbie Carlyle steals the show; where Ewen Bremner's "Spud" previously did, by being a comedic maestro with his movements and druggy cadence, he is now converted into a caricature of himself - and yes, I am aware that druggies who have been on dope for more than two decades tend to turn into caricatures in more ways than one - while Begbie offers more. A lot more. Carlyle's acting is so strong that even Begbie's most obvious characteristics - e.g. as displayed where his son stands up against him by wanting to go to college to learn hotel management instead of joining his dad in a life of crime - turn interesting. He's a tour de force. Still, while this film is interesting and entertaining, it is too much of a parody of itself to become a truly interesting introspective. And the plot turn at the end was really a bit too tell-tale and boring to me.

  • Medicinen (2014) - IMDb 1/10

    2016-12-12 19:00

    A car crash where your newborn child dies would be a less hurtful experience than watching this film. I'm kidding, but there is some truth lodged in that statement. This film is very "inspired" by "The Devil Wears Prada". By this I mean Nutley and his writer cohorts have concocted a story about an abhorrent person - played by Bergström, despite many doubts on my site as to what "playing" could be, according to herself - who starts ingesting a medicine that seems to change her life. Naturally, this medicine is a sugar pill. The medicine is also the only thing which is sweet about this film. The script is so poorly written that any, and I repeat, _any_ breathing thing - or dead - could easily excrete something which would improve and best this depressing piece of scatological experience, which all should avoid at all costs. Actually, I could go on forever about how bad everything from the direction to casting, acting, the soundtrack and segues are, but I will not. I refuse to. This is on par with Nutley-Bergström's "Angel", which also marked a new milestone in the string of eulogies to Swedish cinema that seems to be their goal. I'm angry to know the couple seem to use films as an excuse to a) go abroad and senselessly film scenes that have none or very little function for a film and b) have Bergström cry and copulate. Don't see this, even for "fun", which was why I saw it. I will never, ever see this film again, and I hope Bergström-Nutley never, ever make another film, write one nor act in one for the sake of humanity.

  • Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) - IMDb 4/10

    2016-11-26 17:10
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    This film stretches beyond a regular action film and even really dips into the true meaning of the word apocalypse, but that's the most positive thing about it. Miike has been taking some major leads from Shakespeare, considering he lived a few hundred years ago, this film is truly not very original. Having said that, it's missing in atmosphere. It doesn't pace well and lost me a bit after 30 minutes and did not win the loss back. Having been Shakespearian before that, this film segues into being laughable and filled with fight (as most films by Miike are). Not recommendable to anyone who doesn't want to dabble in martial arts action-cum-half-assed weird dreaming, having fallen asleep with "Macbeth" on your face.


On constantly feeling like a failure

The above is from a long interview with the author Walter Mosley from The Paris Review. The interviewer first asked him whether he wrote to impress his parents. No, he was too old for that, he said, as he was 38-39 years old when he attained some kind of success. He then said what’s in the text above.

I just think of how I love his “And I’m important? Motherfucker, you are not important.”

Mosley creates and doesn’t think his shit is to be set in stone. It’s like Ramones’ music, to me: it may be bubblegum music, but it may change worlds.

Gotta remember that: rather do, than compare, or fear failure.

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Easter food, film and music

OK, that’s not all but I’ve not got patience nor pics to say more about food. I’ve been too into watching films – “Manchester By The Sea” is extremely overrated if you ask me, and yes, I’ve seen “Fifty Shades Darker” which deserves 0 or possibly 1 point out of 10, mainly for being creepier and actually written even worse than the first film – and doing nothing much at all. Also, let it be known that I really want to see Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper“, his second film with Kirsten Stewart. I love Assayas, ever since his “Summer Hours“. I really liked “Clouds of Sils Maria“.

Also getting deeply into black metal, thanks to P3 Dokumentär and the book “Blod Eld Död” by Ika Johannesson and Jon Jefferson Klingberg1. I will write more about this in a relatively short while, but I can say that Abruptum, Dismember‘s “Like An Everflowing Stream” (really death metal, but whatever) and Darkthrone – notably their “A Blaze In The Northern Sky” – are currently what’s up.

So to compensate, here’s a black metalish picture of Blixa; may I also add that the more ugly, the less pretty the quality is, the more black metal something is. I’ll probably get nailed to an upside-down-turned cross by someone who listens far too much to Mayhem, Shining, or Dissection because of this.

  1. Which is due for a release in English, in 2018[back]
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Pelikan Souverän M800 Black: welcome

I actually really like my Pelikan Souverän Stresemann M400, and it’s very, very fine with its big B nib. However, yesterday, thanks to the powers of Lukas, I bought his M800, which is a slightly larger pen:

The ink above is Pilot’s Iroshizuku Murasaki-Shikibu.

I love the length and the F nib that goes with it. I’m so used to my Platinum 3776 with its EF nib, which is – in Pelikan’s world – something like a super-EF nib. The M800 is great to write with, and due to how the nib is designed, one can hold it upside-down to write with a lot thinner nib size. It’s almost like having two pens in one.

When I press the nib, something really happens. It’s a very sensitive pen, and it feels as though it’ll work forever. Pressing hard onto paper results in more ink. No waste, no drool, and it’s excellent on my non-feathering TWSBI paper.

Now, all I need is a Platinum Izumo Biwatame (Tan) Urushi Fountain Pen

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