Vancouver’s Fool Day?

It might sound quite desesperate to consider as a « worth-posting » information that today was… sunnny. But no mistake, it does not rain THAT much in Vancouver. It is just a pretext for me to post some of the pictures I took in Jeriho Beach. Because sunsets are always awesome, even if the weather makes a fool of us with a suddenly cloudy sky.

Bowen Island, a Fairy Tale Story

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For these days when you feel like doing something special without spending too much time or money, a trip to Bowen Island is the perfect deal. Direction Horshoe Bay to catch a ferry, and in less than 20 minutes you reach the land of this tiny and nice island.

Being on a island always gives a very special impression. There is somehting with these inslanders that you do not encounter on a mainland. In Europe, how many times can you hear about the « insular character of the British »? It is particularly true for a small island like Bowen Island. So close to Vancouver, and at the same time, cut off from the rest of the world. Maybe you get a different impression if you visit in summer, and the renewal of touristic activities. But this saturday, we really felt like visiting a unreal place, imagined by a fairy-tale writer. I tried to faithfully describe this atmosphere through the pictures:

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« Hunger Games », the movie that doesn’t deserve to be compared to « Twilight »

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For someone TOTALLY ignorant of the ‘phenomenon’ “Hunger Games”, I was certainly quite fast to watch the movie in a movie theater. (The best seats ever by the way: in case you’re interested, it the Dunbar Cinema on 4555 Dunbar Street) Waiting in a line with overexcited people using some weird words like “Panem” or “District 12”, came a serious moment of doubt: What the hell was I doing there?

To reassure the non-initiated persons like me, you won’t be lost. It tells the story of a 16 years old girl living in the District 12 (Here it is!), last and poorest districts of the nation of Panem. For the safety of her sister, she volunteers to the “Hunger Games”, an annual reality TV program that shows 24 teenagers (one boy and one girl from each district) trying to survive in a hostile environment. The winner is the last survivor, no need to say that the participants are equally threaten by the other candidates and by the poor living conditions. Now that everything is clear, let’s move to the heart of the problem how is it? The movie being compared once in a while to the “Twilight” saga, I was quite anxious to watch another namby-pamby love story among fury teenage girls. Fortunately, it did not happen. You can watch “The Hunger Games” without fear: it is far from being a “Twilight bis”. First, it is not – artistically speaking – much less painful to watch (yes, I mean that word, “Twilight” is painful). The movie is quite long (maybe to satisfy the readers) but not boring. And more importantly, the “Hunger Games” benefits from its main character, Katniss Everdeen. She’s great – Brave, sincere, strong, active. Yeah, probably too perfect. But from what I heard that’s the problem of the movie, she’s actually much more complex in the books.

As any movie adapted from a book, the “Hunger Games” suffers from the comparison. I can say objectively – as I did not read the books before – that the movie is a good entertainment in many ways and rises unsetting questions because of the very violence of the subject. But this is precisely the shortcoming of the movie. It tries too much to be the new Twilight or the new Harry Potter success saga, therefore trying to reach the largest audience as possible. And by large, we should understand “young” here. As a result, they tend to tone down the violence contained in Suzanne Collins’ books.

Maybe I will revise my judgment after reading the books, that I just started, following the advice of this critique found on slate.fr (–>« Hunger Games, Allez voir le film mais n’oubliez pas le livre »)

Walking Mad

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In the station, it makes a while that the walls were covered with the posters of the new show of Ballet BC, the dance company of British Columbia. The name is « Waling Mad & Other Works », the other works being – in order of appearance – « Between disappearing and becoming » and « Vitulare ». I know, it is not really meaningful. That’s the good and the bad side of the modern ballets: you cannot know what to expect.

I am far from being a specialist in modern dance, but this show was truly interesting (please do not take « interesting » as a polite way to say « weird » or « bizarre ». Sometimes « interesting » simply means « interesting ») I could not say I loved it, but that’s also due to my global reluctance to some aspects of modern dance. The music for example: except the « walking mad » part that used Ravel’s Boléro, the music of the very first part sounded to me like a quite awful combination of sounds… However, dance is like any other forms of art, totally subjective.

Still it seemed in the end that the third and last part, « Walking Mad » was in favour with the audience. The result of an inventive mise-en-scene combined with the great music of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro for Orchestra.The best is to check by yourselves: