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Christmas, New Year, Gandalf and His Snowmen

shiny christmas.

shiny christmas. (Photo credit: rhoadeecha)

It seems another year is about to end. 2012. I can’t say this has been the most exciting or interesting year of my life. It has consisted of daily routines, relaxing and thinking. Thinking of life in general as well as my life. And  making some new plans on how to take over the world.. Err, I mean, to improve my life. Sorry. Freudian slip.

Anyway, I saw two interesting films/tv specials earlier this month. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2012: The Snowmen.

First of all, how can Peter Jackson and his friends make three 3-hour epic films out of a children’s book? And what about the outcome? I watched the 3D HFR version of the movie and it was fine. A bit like “welcome back to the Middle Earth, friends and fans of Arda, enjoy!” The 3D HFR was an interesting thing to get used to and at times, it made the action scenes almost too intense. Fortunately, there were some action scenes because the first hour of the movie was a bit boring with all the songs. It’s not that the songs were bad (they weren’t!) but they were just a bit unnecessary. Still, it was a great movie.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's liv...

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s live-action version of The Lord of the Rings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What about The Snowmen? First of all, there was Gandalf (sir Ian McKellen), albeit only as the voice of the Great Intelligence. In short, it was good. Much better than last year’s “now we need a Narnia story” Christmas Special. The “thinking” snow thing was a bit, well, childish. But who cares? We sort of found out who Clara Oswin Oswald is, was or will be. Some questions were answered and much more questions popped up. Damn, mr. Steven Moffat is a very cunning man.

Anyway, for the last couple of days I’ve been working on something interesting again. I’m trying to finish the EToS website and (promise not to tell anyone!) we’re also trying to get our music video released next week. Before that, there’s a lot of things to do: writing biographies and press releases and much more. It’s funny and weird that most of the band related things must be done in front of the computer. I mean everything from the song-writing process to releasing videos, singles and albums. And everything in between.

So, I wish you all a happy new year 2013! May it become an even better year for us all!

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Posted by on 29.12.2012 in In English, Life

 

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TV Show of the Month: Sherlock

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during...

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during filming of Sherlock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been almost three months since my last “TV Shows of the Month” post, so I’ll write one now. It’s so hard to choose. There are great British tv shows: QI (Quite Interesting) and Sherlock, great American TV shows: Game of Thrones and 30 Rock and even some great Finnish TV shows: Alivaltiosihteerin tv-ohjelma and Putous.

For those who aren’t Finnish, Alivaltiosihteeri is a Finnish comedy trio who have been doing a radio comedy show for more than twenty years. Their humour is, well, you could say it’s a more political, less surreal version of what Monty Python used to do in their tv shows in the 70s. And now that I’ve started talking about radio, I must mention the best Finnish radio show ever (well, ever since the 90s): Paskalista (“Shit(ty) List”) that only plays the worst songs ever.

Sherlock Holmes

Well, back to the track. It’s so hard to choose. But I’ll have to choose Sherlock, a modernized version of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of taking place in the Victorian England, this version is full of modern gadgets: Sherlock uses the Internet, mobile phones and other modern equipment all the time. Also, the modern version of Sherlock isn’t a cocaine addict who smokes pipe but has a healthier life style. His only (?) addiction is nicotine patches.

The series has been co-created by Steven Moffat, also known for Coupling, the modern version of Doctor Who and The Adventures of Tintin.

If you enjoy detective stories, check it out! The first series was shown in Finland by Yleisradio last summer and the second series will be shown in June.

 

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