Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Life experience
December 30, 2011

“My cover letter, written while watching “Glee,” included gems like “I’m too sour to bother googling it” and “I’m not cool” and ended with me writing about when I cried over butterscotch milkshakes. When they flew me in for an interview and asked me about any skills I had, I flaunted a trick wherein my middle fingers appear to be connected through my palms. The editor said “That’s not the kind of skill I meant.” To which I said: “Well, can you do it?” He could not. I got the job.”

That is a passage from Seven Years as a Freelance Writer, or, How to Make Vitamin Soup by Richard Morgan. Read it, it’s awesome.

There’s nothing worse for your self-esteem than trying to get a job in the media when you’re just starting out. Every day you hear about companies firing more people without replacing them. And every day more people want to work in the media. If you aren’t willing to go the extra mile to get the job, there will be heaps of other people that will. That’s just something you have to accept.

What has also happened is that the media companies have started the application for summer jobs earlier and earlier. Naively, I thought that sending an application before the deadline is enough. Turns out, most of the positions have been filled before the deadline. So now I’m sitting here, writing applications for jobs that have already been filled. If I ever get called to an interview in the future, I am seriously considering flaunting a finger trick, maybe just a different kind that the Morgan one.

I haven’t had a proper media job in over a year. Everything that I have gotten published is old news. Instead I’ve moved to the other side of the world – twice. I’ve met some wonderful, wonderful people and made new friends, fallen in love, studied Baudelaire and Adorno, tried to learn a new language and tried to come to terms with my own westernness. I’ve swam in the world’s largest reef, sandboarded in the world’s oldest desert and almost stepped on a land mine. I’ve learned more than I will ever truly appreciate before I’m old. While I hate that it’s such a cliché to have travel-related life experience stories, all this made me grow.

At some point in my life, I will be skilled and experienced enough to be on the same line as all the other applicants. I’m not there yet, but I will do my best to be. And then the past year will matter.

So while I’m depressing over all these awesome jobs I won’t get, I think about the ending scene of 21.


Must see
November 23, 2011


Also, ch-check this out. It’s awesome.

#MenCallMeThings and re:gosling
November 19, 2011

Two things you should read: Sady Doyle on #MenCallMeThings and Hynek Pallas on Drive (in swedish).

They say things so much better than I ever could.

November 4, 2011

It started with Drive.

It wasn’t a very good movie. I’m sorry, this time I can’t be pretentious – it just wasn’t. It was too much surface and too little content. Even if it looked damned good, it wasn’t enough. Not when this is what plays in the end, as if the audience needs the film to spell it out for them. Two things made it worth seeing: the first 10 minutes and Ryan Gosling.

After this I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, which, ironically, was much better than Drive. And then I realised that I have to watch everything Ryan Gosling has been involved with.

I will forgive him for The Notebook.

Films I want to see again
June 24, 2011

Creativity and resistance
October 7, 2010

A part of me would like to write a long love letter to my class in creativity. It’s what I would like life to be like.

Today we talked about Hume, Nietzsche, Slavoj Žižek and Lars von Trier.

I should be writing about music policies right now, but would like to be watching this instead.

Films I want to see, part 36
September 21, 2010

Anton Corbijn
September 21, 2010

I want to see The American for two reasons.

One is this review by Caroline Hainer. It’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a while (it starts with “It may not be the film’s idea, but The American makes me very keen on traveling down to Italy and buy sex.”).

The other is that it is by Anton Corbijn who’s last film made me very very angry for a week. I liked that. Not many films can do that. Judging from the review, this film can make me as mad, if not more.

Also, if nothing else, the film is probably beautifully filmed. And a Finnish actor is in it.

Raging Sara
July 28, 2010

Went to see Inception today and was pleasantly surprised. Apart from the horrible Hans Zimmer music, it was a interesting film. I liked the irony of escaping reality by going to the movies to see a film about, in essence, escaping reality. And I think Christopher Nolan is aware of that.

Today was my first Imax experience. I think it was a good film to see on a gigantic screen. At the same time I believe that a good film is a good film, and no screen, however big it is, will change that. The same goes for 3D.

Anyway, while sharing my insightful and delightful opinions about Inception, my Swedish friend Alex remarked that my indian name would be Raging Sara. Hence am thinking about changing the name of the blog. The header seems apropriate enough.

La douleur exquise
July 23, 2010

I don’t really date. Coming to Melbourne has reminded me why not.

I suck at it.

I try to convince myself that because I grew up listening to punk and watching Larry Clark films I’m tough and disillusioned when it comes to (for the lack of a better word) relationships. I did grow up listening to punk and watching Larry Clark films. They apparently had no impact on me. What stuck was John Hughes, Hollywood films from the ’50s and sappy indie rock.

I don’t really have to elaborate, you can just watch (500) Days of Summer. I’m exactly like Tom Hansen*. At the beginning, I feel exactly like this. Then it’s all downhill from there.

* Though the film would never have been made if Tom Hansen were a girl.