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Absolutely no particular order or any kind of top here. It would be too hard and unfair to do that. It’s just movies that I love. Mostly arty, poetic, slow, dreamy, biographic and smart. Just the way I like it.
1. The Holiday (2006). Since we’re all in Christmassy mood by now. There’s something charming about this one that I can’t quite put my finger on. It does pretty well for a chick flick.
2. Closer(2004) It’s witty, it’s beautiful, it’s with Natalie Portman, it’s true, it’s painful. I rest my case.
3. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006). As queer and intriguingly beautiful as her photos and subjects.
4. My life without me (2003). I adore all those silences. And the rain scene at the beginning which makes me feel like I am standing myself with bare feet in the grass letting the summer rain pour on me. Also the glass music is mesmerizing.
5. New York, I love you (2009). Oh, much better than the Paris version. Such beautifully put together stories which go straight to your heart. No way around it. I love it.
6. What dreams may come (1998). Unreal and fascinating scenes. Every scene feels like being in a painting. It was really inspiring the first 15 times I saw it. (Ok, maybe not 15, but at least 4).
8. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). For the warmth and the feeling of a crazy summer vacation with a taste of mediterranean wine. Also the images of Gaudi’s buildings make my brain climax.
9. Before Sunset (2004). I was hoping from the first second after I finished watching Before Sunrise that I get to see if they meet or not as promised. Once again splendid views of a great city with a great deal of melancholy. Also Julie Delpy is still bewitching in her very French way.
10. Bright Star (2009). Not another movie picturing the 1800s that would scream fake like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Finally some proper acting. Each frame seems as carefully composed as a Renaiassance painting. Watching it is like reading a poem in images.
11. Ghost World (2001). Art, young Scarlet, young Thora and the end of school with a lot of irony and modern culture floating around. Adorable.
12. In the mood for love (2000). Oh, the music of Shigeru Umebayashi combined with all those smoky, rainy, speechless scenes= in the mood for love.
13. Chungking Express(1994). For the accurately rendered feel of the urban life, for how insanely hot an asian chick with blond hair, trenchcoat and dark sunglasses can look, for the funny lines, for the terribly pretty faye wong and that awesome version of California Dreaming.
…Because Volda is covered in snow, because I can’t help listening to carols already and because I always liked old Christmas cards:
The author is a nice lady called Charlotte Joan Sternberg. And I love the simple coziness of her paintings/cards.
Aleksandra Chabros, children illustration, children illustrations, david fuhrer, gorjuss, illustration of sheep, illustrators, IreneShpak, Javier Alcalde, Jeremy Vickers, jermilex, kmye-chan, lian-blackdream, microbot23, monster illustrations, Nicolas Gouny, paintbrushing, pesare, Steve Harpster, surrealist illustration
Some of them I even have on my wall for some inspiration. Not that I ever get anything done.
2.Watching the sound of music, by Steve Harpster aka sharpie99
3.Cereal Monster, also by Steve Harpster aka sharpie99
4. Bath time, by imaginism
5. Running through the forrest, by Javier Alcalde
6. Elevate Year 4 Map, by Jeremy Vickery aka jermilex
7. Elevate06, by Jeremy Vickery aka jermilex
8. love is stronger than nature, by Nicolas Gouny aka ploop26
9. Breakfast, by IreneShpak
10. follow me traveling, by lian-blackdream
11. The magician, by kmye-chan
12. Foxgloves, by gorjuss
13. le cirque imaginaire, by toia bates
14. Vacation, by pesare
15. Big Tree, by David Fuhrer aka microbot23
Since I have to limit my personal possessions to a seasonal 25kg I can carry with me on the plane, my library is mostly borrowed. A few though are so close to my heart I just have to take them.
From left to right.
-the little corner is a piece of a long-wished for book: The Big Book of Illustration Ideas. It was a birthday present from my nice brother. I am looking forward to getting the 2nd volume, twice as great as this one.
– The big big thing next is a fantastic pop-up book with which I can lure any kid into liking me. It is a short Norwegian version of Alice in Wonderland which my boyfriend gave me as a present (with no occasion at all :D)
-After that is one of the prettiest little things. It is a series of ghost stories written, adapted and illustrated by Chris Mould, in Norwegian. He has such a vivid drawing style. I never get tired of looking at it. Also, now I can read it!!
-Cooking for Geeks. It was on the new stuff shelf in the library. So, did you know if you make an omelette on really low temperature for 30 minutes the eggs taste like cheese? I will try it one day.
-How to be an illustrator. A book I bought in the comic book store in Bergen, Outland. I love how the author takes you from how to prepare a decent portfolio which doesn’t scream “student” to how to write an invoice.
-A glossary of literary terms. Just a leftover from my Modern Literature class this semester. hm…should take that one back.
-Theories of mass communication. Yes, I must start preparing for my bachelor thesis.
-1st volume of Harry Potte, which I am reading in order to polish my Norwegian.
-The fellowship of the ring. Because I am trying to not be obtuse and give it a try. (I fell asleep during the movie.Twice.)
-Travesuras de la Nina Mala by Llosa. Bought it in the airport before leaving Romania this summer. I enjoyed as I usually enjoy every word Llosa writes.(oh, it’s in Romanian )
-Ishmael. Still have a little left of it. So far, potentially life-changing. Read about it in a favorite books thread and wanted to give it a try.
-Atonement. Mandatory lecture for school. It changed the way I enjoy books. Thanks to my teacher also.I would normally not put up with such a great level of lyrical in prose, but this book is so intricate it caught me. Also I bought it for just 1 buck in a used books store.
-Brave New World. Because so many people are recommending it. Not started yet, but we’re getting there.
-an agenda I got from school. Grocery list and fast sketches material.
-A diary book I got from one of my friends for my birthday years ago. It’s my dream diary.
Oh, and here is a bit of the lovely Chris Mould illustrations.
And I will end with a glimpse out my window. It feels like Christmas…