PHIL/GEEK/PHIL


Lost 4.13-14 : There’s no place like Home (parts 2 and 3)
May 30, 2008, 5:07 pm
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there are many three-letters combinations that will very well sum up how I felt : WOW, OMG, WTF, LOLETC

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Here are random reactions (the ones I can remember)

  • Sawyer has grown into a complex, interesting and touching character. I love that !
  • Great start : they kill off the freighties in the first 15 minutes. I was NOT expecting that at all. I thought they were going to be central to the episode.
  • Damn ! Sun’s screaming was heartbreaking
  • Tour de force by Ben this episode. He did it all : Smirk, irony, emotion, craziness, mystery. He was so good in this episode, that he even made me cry when he turns the wheel. What a sacrifice !
  • Two awesome BEN lines : 1 ) -Locke : “How deep is this hatch!!???” – Ben, after long pause : ” Deep” ; 2 ) Locke :” you just killed everyone on that boat” – Ben, after other long pause : “So?” HAHA Priceless!
  • Damn ! the island fucking dissapeared AND the sky turns white again (electromagnetism again…)
  • Charlotte, by saying two words, has become one of the most interesting characters to watch for next season
  • jack made some terrible choices in this episode and looked pretty out of it the whole time. I love that Jack.
  • Great to see the end of that flash-forward scene with Jack and Kate.
  • Penny/Desmond reunion : touching and sincere. Unexpected too.
  • No Jacob. That’s fine.
  • How the heck did Malcolm David Kelly (actor playing walt) grow so much in two years?
  • That orchid video was a bit confusing. But it does confirm time travel shit.
  • Locke in the coffin ! I was not expecting that at all ! I was rooting for ben.
  • Is michael dead? Jin ? I guess this wouldn’t be the first time they explode in mid-sea in a finale and don’t die…
  • YAY ! Locke is the all-powerful leader of the others !

Wow, I can’t remember much more, but I know I have barely covered 50% of the episode. I’ll try to remember more and come back to add them 😉

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Some praise for Coldplay…
May 30, 2008, 4:54 pm
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coldplay

I read this about coldplay today.

[quote] See, they don’t have it in them to be Radiohead, making nice-but-vaguely-difficult records for 30-something £50 Men who want to feel ‘cutting edge’ while only buying one record a year, nor would we want them to. Because they are fantastic at what they do, ie sneaking alternative culture into the nation’s subconscious while pretending to be dinner party music.[end quote]

I have always thought that coldplay’s music, eventhough it is totally mainstream , is a dumbed down, sugar-candied version of interesting indie rock; and I believe that their success collaborated in large to make indie rock more accessible to the mainstream public. They ease them in : It’s like slowly entering a pool of cold or hot water. Slowly…. to avoid being shocked ! Which is why I will always respect them and their contribution to the industry, but not necessarily like their music.

Album comes out in 3 weeks. We’ll see what I have to say then.



The end of EVERYTHING ! (slight exageration)
May 29, 2008, 7:07 pm
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tonight is the lost finale. Can I hide my excitement ? NA-AAH !

I’ll post my reactions tomorrow.

For those of you who have never seen this video below : it was released last year in july (2007) as a gift for hardcore fans. Just to show you that they do indeed plan ahead and know what they are doing. I’m almost sure we’re going to see that video again tonight, in a more detailed, non-outtake-y way….



With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly…

Here it is. Glorious. The first sigur ros single from their forthcoming album. It’s called – and we all know what that means – Gobbledigook. The band made it available for free on their website at sigurros.com

All I can say is that it sounds nothing like their usual repertoire : it’s more agitated, has an acoustic feel and is very rhytmic and fast. We’re miles away from what is expected of them.

I felt a lot of animal collective vibes (especially from the sung tungs era) and I don’t mean that in a bad, they-plagiarized-them, way. I mean it in the most exciting way ever ! Sigur ros sounding like animal collective. That’s like heaven on earth.

Enjoy a listen

PS: the title of this post is the translation of the upcoming album’s name (Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust). And by the way, we get a treat on that album : their first song in english !!



A silent crisis…

I’m not one to usually preach for world causes, but this particular one is something that has always been very frustrating for me. So here it goes.

from the Associated Press :

The rangy 3-year-old weighs less than 10 pounds, or 4 kilograms. She cannot speak. She doesn’t want to eat. Health officials say she is permanently stunted.

Bizunesh — whose name, sadly, means “plentiful” — is one of untold numbers of children hit by this year’s double blow of a countrywide drought and skyrocketing global food prices that has brought famine, once again, to Ethiopia.

The U.N. children’s agency said in a statement Tuesday an estimated 126,000 Ethiopian children urgently need food and medical care because of severe malnutrition — and called the crisis “the worst since the major humanitarian crisis of 2003.”

The U.N. World Food Program estimates that 2.7 million Ethiopians will need emergency food aid because of late rains — nearly double the number who needed help last year. An additional 5 million of Ethiopia’s 80 million people receive aid each year because they never have enough food, whether harvests are good or not.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



Lost 4-12 : There’s no place like home (1)
May 16, 2008, 2:15 pm
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There’s not place like home indeed.
What a rewarding episode, considering it’s just part 1 of a 3-part finale. I was expecting merely a setup episode, which I got – but with so much more.

  • The reason why this works well, is that, while being strictly a setup episode when it comes to on-island action, there’s a lot going on in the flash forwards. How rewarding is it to see the survivors come back home, see their families and loved ones (expect for kate — sad)! Not to mention the numbers coming back, sayid and nadia’s reunion, Sun’s amazing faceoff with her dad, and jack finally finding out about claire ! Wow ! this felt like a series finale.
  • I’ll add that awkward press conference, where the survivors are giving the other ashamed looks as they perpetuate the lie… very powerful scene. These Oceanic corporate dudes are creepy, and seem to be tied to the army. Charles Widmore has got to be behind all this.
  • Also great was the appearance of the Others. the real ones. the badass ones. Finally we’ll start getting a sense of who they are and whether they have four toes or not (!). Maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the temple.
  • the orchid is finally here ! Can’t wait to  see how that whole thing turns out.  How do you “move” the island ? Are we going to see a new Marvin Candle video ? and what about those rabbits ?
  • one of the best moments : Sun stands up to her father with that amazing assertive look of hers. She looks gorgeous in that scene by the way
  • Best Line (not sure about the exact quote) : “How many times to I have to tell you John, that I ALWAYS have a plan”.

It seems like there are like 50 storylines to follow during that finale, all of which are really intense and promising : the freighters and C4, jack and sawyer heading to the orchid, Ben surrendering, Locke going rogue, sun trying to escape the ship (Michael), Kate and Sayid being “arrested” by the others… not to mention all the oceanic flash forwards

and WHO IS IN THAT COFFIN ? It’s about time we found out. I have a feeling it’s going to be ben (which doesn’t mean that his character is out of the show)….



No twist
May 14, 2008, 3:29 pm
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One of my favorite bands, The Notwist, are releasing their new album soon, after a few years of nothingness. Their latest album, Neon Golden (2002), is a gem of a release, combining folk, rock and electronica in perfectly dosed compositions.

Their new album – titled The Devil, You + Me – , sounds soothing, inventive and unpretentious (based on the couple songs I heard from it)

here is the single from it, called gloomy planet, where you’ll find the singer repeats this perfectly crafted sentence : “Let’s just imitate the real until we find a better one”

Oh and did I mention they are german ?

more :
http://www.notwist.com/
http://www.myspace.com/thenotwistnow