Category Archives: Film

Day 103 – ‘Hartst’

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I am grateful for ‘Hartst’.  It is the first short film I wrote and directed with my friend Winne Henckens.  We created this movie as part of an art project, entitled ‘Versteende Verhalen’ (Roughly translated: ‘Stony Stories’).  It is something I am very proud of.  The result turned out great and I actually enjoy watching it again.  In case you are wondering, there is not supposed to be any sound, because any song you play while watching it changes the feeling of it entirely.  So we wanted to leave it up to the spectator to choose their own soundtrack and consequently their own meaning of the story.  I am grateful I got to work on this project, because it taught me so much.  I had performed in several short films before, but this was the first time I was on the other side.  The writing process was so much fun and the recording process was outright exciting.  I would love to create more art in the future and in the meantime I remain grateful for everything I have created so far.  Thank you to all of those that helped me out along the way.

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Day 80 – Disney Movies

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I am grateful for Disney Movies.  They have been a big part of my youth and still now I enjoy watching the classics or I even find myself going to the movie theaters to watch the newest ones.  I always felt like they were some kind of medicine.  Whenever I was sick or feeling sad, I would crawl up in the couch under a blanket and turn on a good old Disney Movie.  Works every time.  What I also like about it, is that they got to be so international.  Even now, here in my Mexican host family’s house, I find about fifty Disney Movies belonging to my host siblings.  I think it’s so cool.  By now, I’ve watched Disney movies in Flemish, Dutch, French, Spanish and obviously in English.  It actually almost feels as if you’re watching a different movie if you watch the same Disney Movie in a different language.  Definitely a lot of fun!  My favorite Disney Movie – and that is a hard thing to choose, because I like almost all of them and for completely different reasons – is The Emperor’s New Groove.  I absolutely love that one!  It’s so funny.  I just love how it makes fun of Disney Movies, while being a Disney Movie itself.  Brilliant!  Maybe I should go through my youngest host sister’s collection again and pick one out for tonight.  Her name is Alexia, she’s nine years old and the cutest little girl.  I’m sure it won’t be too hard to convince her to watch it with me…

Day 24 – ‘Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain’

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I am grateful for the wonder of the movie called ‘Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain’ by the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please do so.  Every time I watch it, I get so touched by it. The story, the characters, the colors, the scenery,… is just beautiful.  And I don’t know why it makes me so emotional, but it does, time and time again.  I also love the soundtrack by Yann Tiersen and  I can play most of the songs on the piano.  I am so grateful for pieces of art like this.  They make life more interesting, more beautiful, more vibrant.  Oh, how I love being a film geek.