Kermode 
 It's only a movie

It’s only a movie

Mark
Kermode
It's only a movie
Reel life adventures of a film obsessive

I would hardly be called a cinephile: I don’t go that often to the cinema, things have somehow improved, as I have been to two film festivals last year, but the truth of the matter is that I probably spend more time listening to film reviews that watching movies. The reason for this is Mark Kermode’s film review, that is available as a podcast. I can listen to it while doing something else, and the reviews, in particular about bad movies (for some definition of bad) are very often very funny. I started listening years ago, when a friend sent me the link for the review of the Star Wars Episode 1 movie (not the original first one). It was a slaughter, but a funny one.

Since then, I have been happily tuning-in to listen to the show. While I have been taking the general advice of the good doctor, this has been mostly a way to weed out rotten ones, more than a definitive guide: I don’t share Mark’s taste for horror movies, tend to watch styles he does not usually mention (french movies, japanese animation), and given the difference in the release schedules between the UK and Switzerland, it is quite rare that a movie that is just out in London will be showing in Zürich. So when the existence of a book was mentioned on the show, I did not pay particular attention, like the movies it would appear in my life, or not…

It’s Only a Movie
Mark Kermode
Random Books
ISBN : 978-0-099-54348-0

I saw the book while doing some shopping in Edinburg, and bought it. I finished reading it during my trip to California, which was oddly appropriate, as the action starts with Werner Herzog getting shot. The book is a mixture of autobiography and film ranting, both aspects are equally interesting, but the autobiographic part was newer for me, as the doctor’s opinion about movies tend to transpire into the podcast. While enjoyable, the style is a bit rough, and after a full book of kermodian prose, I fully understand why Kermode is not presenting the show alone, why Simon Mayo’s presence is needed to structure the rhythm of the show.

In conclusion, a fun read, which certainly made my flight more enjoyable.

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Zürich Hamam
Blaufahnenstraße 3
8024 Zürich

Hamam Zürich / ハンマーム チューリッヒ

Zürich Hamam
Blaufahnenstraße 3
8024 Zürich

私はハンマーム行くの始めがスイスででした。チューリッヒ町の中心であります。冬の天気で本当にいい気持ちです。

My first time in a hamam was in Switzerland. There is one in the very center of the city of Zürich. With this winter weather, it was really a nice feeling.

Ma première visite à un hamam aura été en Suisse, il y en a un en plein center de Zürich. Par ce temps hivernal, c’est réellement agréable.

Hamam Münstergasse
Blaufahnenstrasse 3
8024 Zürich
☎ +41 (0) 44 259 81 82

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Mirror’s Edge

Mirror's Edge Icon

One PS3 game I was looking forward too was Mirror’s Edge: I liked the idea (first person platform game), the settings (a dystopian city) and the graphical style (very clear lines). With so many games going the way of darker is better, this was refreshing change. I bought the game, but alas, it was simply to hard for me. I had trouble finishing the tutorial, and investing the time to master the game is not something I’m willing to do. So I lent the game to a friend, and moved on.

Apple had a special app that linked to some different free content in the App Store every day for a 12 day period around new year. In many cases, the free content was not available in the swiss store, and I was too busy to muck around with store settings to get to the US store. But one worthy content was the iPhone version of Mirror’s Edge. The game is not first person, instead it is a more classical side scrolling platform game. The graphics are, of course, simpler, but the general style has been preserved, and I had fun playing a few levels. In conclusion, for the price I paid it, the iPhone game is really nice, although I don’t really feel like I ripped off Electronic Arts, given the price of the PS3 version. If I were Sony, I would really worry about apple, up until now, no PS3 game could match the fun/price ratio of iPhone games.

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Langue et Jugement

Les langues sont un aspect important dans ma vie, durant une journée normale, je parle trois langues différentes. Décider, selon le contexte, quelle langue parler, est un protocole social assez subtil. Le but est normalement de trouver le moyen de communiquer qui soit le plus confortable pour les participants à la conversation, mais comme tous les protocoles sociaux, c’est souvent plus compliqué que ça.

Si on y réfléchit, le choix de la langue est un jugement, qui porte sur un aspect important de son interlocuteur. Si par exemple je parle japonais à quelqu’un, c’est que je juge qu’il est nippophone, et que sa capacité à parler une autre langue que je parle (par exemple l’anglais) est inférieure à mon niveau de japonais. D’autres facteurs entrent naturellement en jeu, le fait que j’ai envie de pratiquer mon japonais et le contexte social, parler japonais est naturel au Japon, en dehors, c’est plus délicat.
Basculer de l’anglais au français, est aussi un indice que mon interlocuteur a un accent très marqué. Le choix de la langue n’est absolument pas trivial, et même si elles sont le plus souvent amusantes, il m’est arrivé moult fois de me tromper, à me retrouver à discuter pendant dix minutes en anglais avec une jeune femme avant que nous réalisions que nous parlions les deux le suisse-allemand.

On nous répète souvent que la tolérance, c’est ne pas juger, de ne pas inférer d’après l’apparence. Hors, hormis le contexte, ce sont justement l’apparence, le langage corporel, qui donnent des indices sur la culture et la langue probable de l’interlocuteur. Ne pas s’adapter à son interlocuteur est pour moi tout autant une marque d’intolérance.

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