Monday, 26 January 2009


... was in Istanbul last weekend for charity related activities which includes a popular TV show. She was angelic as usual..

Thursday, 22 January 2009


So many things have been written about Obama so I am not gonna go into that. I am also hopeful. However, I am not a US citizen so it does not affect me directly. On the other hand, whatever USA does, has an impact on the world. I just do not think it can get any worse than the 8 painful years with the dickhead below.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Three Monkeys

With his latest work, 3 Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the talented Turkish director, presents a masterpiece. I have seen the movie yesterday and I am amazed by the poetic expression of Ceylan.

The movie is dark and painful. It questions the moral of society and how one suspends himself from other people's pain and suffering. Even though it is a story of a family and the paths they take to avoid facing the truth, it's also about personal tendency to close our eyes to that we prefer to ignore.

Shots are brilliantly composed and the colors match the mood of the film perfectly. 3 Monkeys is such a great art-house film and a proof of how much a director can show his brilliance. Ceylan's movie has recently won the best director award in Cannes. It is now included in the shortlist for last eight in the Foreign Film Oscar. Since it is not a commercial movie I doubt that it will win the Oscar but it is very obvious who I am rooting for.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Wingsuit Base Jumping

I have seen some extreme sports videos but this is nothing like that. I cannot imagine anything else that exceeds the adrenalin level in your blood than doing this.

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Prison Break to be Cancelled After This Season

According to the latest news, this will be Prison Break's last season.

"The show just played out," says Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. "Creatively everybody feels enough stories were told ... we want it to finish strong and not just gimp out next season."

"Prison" has four more episodes set to air, and might shoot a could extra series-ending episodes as well.

"They have a cool ending," Reilly reassured.

I could not have agreed more with this decision. It started great, it continued great but this season you really feel that everything that can be told has been told and they are now stretching it. I hope they have a good ending for this great show!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

The North Wind Blew South

Kudos to Keith Loutit. Awesome video technique and composition

The North Wind Blew South from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

For the ones who are interested; The technique that makes it look like he is shooting the miniature models is called tilt-shifting and the fast forward is called time-lapse.

If you liked this, check out his other videos as well here.

Vicky Cristina Maria Elena

Aceto's post about this subject inspired me to write about this great movie I have seen recently.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is about two American girls, spending the summer together in the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona. The tale starts with Vicky and Cristina who have opposite attitudes towards life and love. They meet Juan Antonio, a mysterious yet magnetic painter and are seduced by him. Things get even more complicated when the crazy ex wife of Juan Antonio, Maria Elena, is added into the picture.

The film stresses out the impossibility of love. As Maria Elena puts it "only unfulfilled love can be romantic." It also analyzes the issues of traditional marriage and partnership in today's world. In the end, we are puzzled with the questions of if anyone in the world can achieve a desired level of total satisfaction through relationships. Otherwise, we are stuck with the "idea" of overrated romantic love affairs.

Even though it sounds like otherwise, this film is a classical comedy without exhausting you with the overused theme of love. However, this movie manages to leave you sour after the end with its approach to love and happiness.

I would highly recommend Vicky Cristina Barcelona, to anyone who would enjoy some self exploring. Besides it has two great scenery in it; Barcelona and Scarlett Johansson