Archives for the month of: October, 2012
Boo! I enjoy giving out candy on Halloween, but watching a creepy movie, with the lights turned off, is a Halloween tradition that I miss. Unfortunately, Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Germany. Some people dress up, but there’s no “trick or treat” or children going from house to house.

Here are some movie tips to enjoy your Halloween.

The Nameless (1999)

A mother receives a phone call from her daughter who has been missing for five years. The mother investigates and discovers a terrible secret. This horror film is relentlessly downbeat and certifiably creepy. 

Dead End (2003)

Dead End

What appears to be a formula movie about a family picking up a hitchhiker turns out to be very original and truly scary. 

The Vanishing/Spoorloos (1988)

Spoorloos

Rex and Saskia are on vacation when Saskia disappears without a trace. Rex decides to find her, but to no avail, until something happens. The ending will haunt you.

Boo! I enjoy giving out candy on Halloween, but watching a creepy movie, with the lights turned off, is a Halloween tradition that I miss. Unfortunately, Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Germany. Some people dress up, but there’s no “trick or treat” or children going from house to house.

Here are some movie tips to enjoy your Halloween.

The Nameless (1999)

A mother receives a phone call from her daughter who has been missing for five years. The mother investigates and discovers a terrible secret. This horror film is relentlessly downbeat and certifiably creepy. 

Dead End (2003)

Dead End

What appears to be a formula movie about a family picking up a hitchhiker turns out to be very original and truly scary. 

The Vanishing/Spoorloos (1988)

Spoorloos

Rex and Saskia are on vacation when Saskia disappears without a trace. Rex decides to find her, but to no avail, until something happens. The ending will haunt you.

On Saturday the weather was terrible, and I spent most of the day indoors doing chores and catching up on work. I rarely watch TV these days, but when it rains, I give myself permission to engage in some relaxing entertainment like TV. I was lucky and found Singing in the Rain, known in Germany as Du Sollst Mein Glücksstern Sein (You Should Be My Lucky Star).

I had never seen the movie, and it was weird watching it dubbed into German (fortunately, the songs remained in their original version). Interestingly, the transition between the dubbed German dialog and the American songs was done really well. I didn’t notice a difference. It’s how I would imagine Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly to sound like in German. In the movie, one of the character’s, played by Jean Hagen, has a strong Brooklyn accent. Somehow, the German actress dubbing Ms. Hagen’s voice managed to convey what a Brooklyn accent would sound like in German. She did a great job. Now, I can’t wait to see the original American version.  

On Saturday the weather was terrible, and I spent most of the day indoors doing chores and catching up on work. I rarely watch TV these days, but when it rains, I give myself permission to engage in some relaxing entertainment like TV. I was lucky and found Singing in the Rain, known in Germany as Du Sollst Mein Glücksstern Sein (You Should Be My Lucky Star).

I had never seen the movie, and it was weird watching it dubbed into German (fortunately, the songs remained in their original version). Interestingly, the transition between the dubbed German dialog and the American songs was done really well. I didn’t notice a difference. It’s how I would imagine Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly to sound like in German. In the movie, one of the character’s, played by Jean Hagen, has a strong Brooklyn accent. Somehow, the German actress dubbing Ms. Hagen’s voice managed to convey what a Brooklyn accent would sound like in German. She did a great job. Now, I can’t wait to see the original American version.  

This video has been around awhile, but it still brings a smile to my face. 

Hilary Evans sent me this powerful video about factory farming. The only way we can end this cruel industry is through our pocketbooks. Let’s end industrial farming. Make it possible. 

Berlin is celebrating its 775th birthday today. Twenty-five years ago when Berlin celebrated its 750th birthday, it was a divided city, a result of the cold war. And, in 1937, during its 700th celebration, the specter of the Nazis hung over the city.

Today, Berlin is undergoing a renaissance and thriving. It’s becoming a music, art, and cultural center for Europe. Young people are flocking to the city, and its nascent technology sector is growing. The city has a bright future, as well as a colored past.

As part of the celebrations, there will be fireworks near the Nikolaiviertel and Neptunbrunnen, a craft market, theatrical presentations, and free admission to the Deutsches Museum. 

Berlin is celebrating its 775th birthday today. Twenty-five years ago when Berlin celebrated its 750th birthday, it was a divided city, a result of the cold war. And, in 1937, during its 700th celebration, the specter of the Nazis hung over the city.

Today, Berlin is undergoing a renaissance and thriving. It’s becoming a music, art, and cultural center for Europe. Young people are flocking to the city, and its nascent technology sector is growing. The city has a bright future, as well as a colored past.

As part of the celebrations, there will be fireworks near the Nikolaiviertel and Neptunbrunnen, a craft market, theatrical presentations, and free admission to the Deutsches Museum. 

When I saw the headline: “Meat Loaf Backs Romney, citing the candidate’s ‘backbone’.” I thought, this must be a joke. I can only wonder what Meat Loaf has been smoking. 

If ever a candidate lacked backbone, it’s Mr. Romney. His position on the issues changes hourly (health care, abortion, gays, foreign policy, economy, etc.) depending on the audience. And his ability to pander to the lowest common denominator would be comical, if it weren’t so effective at getting votes. 

For example, although I didn’t vote for Mr. McCain during the last election, one of his shining moments came when he corrected a woman at a town hall meeting after she called Obama an “avowed Muslim.” Mr. McCain took the microphone and told her that Mr. Obama was a decent family man that he disagreed with on the fundamental issues. The was the decent and right thing to do. 

By contrast, during a Question and Answer period, a woman told Mr. Romney that she believed Pres. Obama should be tried for treason (a capital offense). Mr. Romney ignored the comment and talked about the sanctity of the US Constitution. His silence says it all.

When I saw the headline: “Meat Loaf Backs Romney, citing the candidate’s ‘backbone’.” I thought, this must be a joke. I can only wonder what Meat Loaf has been smoking. 

If ever a candidate lacked backbone, it’s Mr. Romney. His position on the issues changes hourly (health care, abortion, gays, foreign policy, economy, etc.) depending on the audience. And his ability to pander to the lowest common denominator would be comical, if it weren’t so effective at getting votes. 

For example, although I didn’t vote for Mr. McCain during the last election, one of his shining moments came when he corrected a woman at a town hall meeting after she called Obama an “avowed Muslim.” Mr. McCain took the microphone and told her that Mr. Obama was a decent family man that he disagreed with on the fundamental issues. The was the decent and right thing to do. 

By contrast, during a Question and Answer period, a woman told Mr. Romney that she believed Pres. Obama should be tried for treason (a capital offense). Mr. Romney ignored the comment and talked about the sanctity of the US Constitution. His silence says it all.