Thursday, December 4, 2008

Minuscule - La Vie privée des insectes

Minuscule is a growing collection of short animations that follow the day-to-day existence of insects.
Absolutely worth watching. Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rivers and Tides

This documentary is a tribute to Andy Goldsworthy and his work. This Scottish guy is a land artist, a photograph, a philosopher... He makes sculptures with wood, stones, leaves... and then watches them as they decay and eventually get destroyed.
There are some very nice photography books of his work, but watching and listening to him as he works on these art pieces is really enlightening.
Warmly recommended if it happens to show at your local non mainstream movie theater...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monthy Python toujours

For the ones still not tired of good old Monthy Pythons, this site has some of the best sketches of the flying circus, and with french subtitles. un plaisir a voir et revoir.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The MacGyver of Africa !

At 14, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from found materials and scrapyard parts such as a broken bicycle, tractor fan, melted plastic pipes, bamboo and used copper wires, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Enjoy his story on his blog with a short movie awarded at Pangea day

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ray Lamontagne

Blue eyed soul crooner Ray Lamontagne has a new album out, Gossip Against the Grain. The record is filled with hopelessly romantic and melancholy tunes. Perfect for those cold autumn days. The YouTube is from an older performance at the BBC when Ray was promoting his previous album, Till the Sun Turns Black. His new album is featured on his MySpace. February 24th LaMontagne will play the Orangerie in Brussels.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hunger by Steve McQueen

If you need a movie to cheer you up, Hunger is not it! I just saw this last Sunday, a brilliant film on Bobby Sand's hunger strike in the early eighties. McQueen portraits the Maze, the prison where IRA captives were held, with almost no dialogue, but with loads of impressive and nauseating images. No need to take pop corn, you won't eat it.

Hunger in the Guardian
Steve McQueen interviewed in IndieLondon

La France a-t-elle encore les moyens de son ambition ?

Union pour la Méditerranée, JO de Pékin, Afghanistan, guerre dans le Caucase, on a rarement vu autant la France, et son président, faire la Une de l’actualité internationale. Il faut dire que depuis le 1er juillet, la France a l’honneur de présider l’Union européenne. A ce titre, elle parle au reste du monde au nom de près de 500 millions d’habitants. Il faut en profiter. A la fin de l’année, les Tchèques prendront le relais.
Dans une Union européenne à 27, la prochaine présidence française aura lieu… en 2022 ! D’ici là, la France rentrera dans le rang.

Pour nos amis Outre-Quiévrain. Je sais pas si vous connaissez ce magazine de France 2 particulièrement bien fait... en plus c'est en ligne!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Et si il reste quelque chose apres l'ecole, t'as l'ESA ensuite pour agoniser !


by Mike Leigh

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

au debut elle est un peu énervante, mais vers la fin je me demandais si elle n'avait pas raison...

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness

What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.


de Bouli Lanners

Yvan, dealer de voitures vintage, la quarantaine colérique surprend le jeune Elie en train de le cambrioler. Pourtant, il ne lui casse pas la gueule. Au contraire, il se prend d'une étrange affection pour lui et accepte de le ramener chez ses parents au volant de sa vieille Chevrolet. Commence alors le curieux voyage de deux bras cassés à travers un pays magnifique, mais tout aussi déjanté.

Film franco-belge en couleur, 2008, tous publics

Not really super joyfull, but not too sad. Great images, actors and nice atmosphere hanging over the whole movie.