Pastime

Favorite tv series from the past half a year

Godless (22.11.2017) – first and most importantly, the story of the series is beautiful. It’s set in the 1880’s in couple of small west american cities. There are two main characters, two ex friends and partners, two nemesis. Frank Griffin (played by Jeff Daniels) is an outlaw who terrorizes small towns, steals money and other goods from people and do other kinds of criminal activities. Roy Goode (played by one of my favorite acters Jack O’Conell) was a kid without parents and future and he join Griffins group at early age, but one day during a heist, he steals the money and runs away. From there on, Frank dedicates the rest of his life to hunt down Roy and take back his money. During the heist, Roy gets shot in the arm, but he still manages to get away. While his running away, he stumbles upon a farm where a woman lives with her half-native american son and his native american grandmother. During the days his staying there and healing from his gun wound, he gets friendly with them and starts helping them out with the farm. Near the farm there is a small town where the population is mostly women, because one day in the past there was an accident in the mine and all of the men working there died. The town sheriff is determent to protect his people from Griffins outlaws so he goes out in a hunt for Frank thinking is best that he finds him first and kills him, before he comes to his town and burns it to the ground.

There’s lot of drama in this beautiful western show. The cast is amazing, they’re doing a wonderful job. I have to mention Merritt Wever (she played dr. Denise Cloyd in The Walking Dead) who plays Mary Agnes, sister of the town sheriff and the main protector of the town itself. She is incredible in this series! The most important thing about this series are the cinematographic! Oh my god, how beautiful they are! They did classic western shots with wide perspective and scenes, but they’ve put a modern touch to it. Fantastic work!

I highly recommend it, it’s a must watch! And this is coming from someone who never thought of watching a western show before.

 

Altered Carbon (02.02.2018) – this show has the most intriguing plot, but what’s more important, it has the most beautiful futuristic settings. It’s set in distant future where consciousness is digitized and stored on a chip that’s located in the persons neck. When a person dies and the chip is saved, they take the chip out of the body and put it another one so the person who died can continue living, only in a different body. Once the chip is destroyed, the person dies for good. The main character is Takeshi Kovacs (played bu Joel Kinnaman, most of the time) who’s a prisoner who wakes up in a new body 250 years after he was “put down”. He’s hired by the richest and oldest man, Laurens Bancroft (played by James Purefoy) to solve his latest death. Was he murdered by someone or did he committed suicide? From that moment forward, Kovacs goes into all kinds of conflicts and troubles and along the way, he’s conflicted by his own ghosts from the past.

I like this series because it has everything. Lots of action and adventure, lots of mystery and drama, appealing sci-fi settings and a tiny bit of comedy elements. The cinematography is remarkable. Probably the main reason to watch this show.

Jessica Jones season 2 (08.03.2018) – I loved the first season, so I was very excited about the second. Plus, I waited years for it! In this season, Jessica is focused on finding the man, or group of people, that made her into what she is today. Along the way, she stumbles upon a very important person, someone from her past who she thought was dead. Someone who has the same ability as her, but much stronger. Someone who was made at the same time, at the same place, by the same people as her. While Jessica is fighting her battle, her sister Trish gets involved by trying to help her get to the truth. Somewhere along the way, Trish finds herself wanting to be the same as Jessica, so she sets herself in finding the people who gave Jessica her ability, but for her own reason. One thing I really liked about this season is that they devolved Malcom’s and Jeri’s characters to a point where they became one of the main characters on the show. I especially liked the drama around Jeri, it fun to see how a strong almost untouchable person fights a series of unlucky events in her life and menages to stay herself.

 

A guess, Netflix has some great tv series. I love tv series, I watch them more than I watch movies. I always follow at least dozen of them at one point and I’m always in a search for new and better ones. It’s my favorite way to spend free time at home.

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Currently reading: “Flight To Arras” by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Finally, I have stronger concentration to be reading more books. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve read 3 books and now I’m on to my 4th. After “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” I’ve read “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells and it was AMAZING!

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It’s not a life changing book, but it’s so fun. That’s what I needed at the moment and I’ve really glad I stumbled upon his book. I also bought “The Invisible Man” and I wanted to read it after “The Time Machine”, but I book another 3 books and I’ve read 2 of them instead. Those are:

“The Golden Cangue” by Eileen Chang and “The Bathroom” by Jean Philippe Toussaint. I had high expectations for the first one, but I didn’t really enjoyed it that much. At moments it was boring, and that when it ended I felt a wave of sadness and realized it wasn’t that bad. The second one was a fun story and I kinda liked it. Both of this books are short and you can read them in one seating and they are more of a story to entertain your evening.

At the moment I’m reading “Flight to Arras” by Antoine de saint Exupery.

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I’ve just started reading it so I still don’t know if I liked it. Next on my reading list a 2 other books of his, so I hope they will be entertaining.

 

Currently reading: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

After I finished the Michelangelo book, I’ve moved on to two books by Virginia Woolf: “Mr. Dalloway” and “A Writer’s Diary”. The first one was okay, a little slow in a Woolf kind a way. The second one was really good, I love reading her personal thoughts and experiences. I’ve came to a conclusion: I like her style of writing, but I love her more as a person than as a writer. I find her to be a fascinating person.

After Woolf I moved on to “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” by Friedrich Nietzsche and I’m still reading it. I like it because there are a lot of great thoughts that are blowing my mind. But, at moments it feels like I’m reading the bible, so that is why I started to parallelly read another book: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. It’s perfect to break the seriousness of Nietzche and have a little fun.

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Tv series suggestions: Stranger Things

Okay, the new and second season of “Stranger Things” came out on 27 October and it’s been one of the main talk all over social media. To be honest, I love this show.

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I’m not going to talk about what the show is about, because most of you know it anyway. I’ll just say this:

I binge-watched it in two days and I reeeeeeeeaaaaally liked it! The characters are even better developed in this season, they didn’t wasted any time or story on any of them. They intertwine well with each other, as the flow of the story goes, all of the characters are mixing in a great way. The plot is partly tense, partly dramatic, but with elements of both humor and romance. The sci-fi is on high level. I really liked that almost “Twin Peaks” atmosphere that was going on throughout the whole season, just as well in the previous one. Again, in this season they’ve put the accent on that 8os vibe and they totally managed to convey it correctly. From the cloths and hair styles, to the home interiors and of course, the music.

A weekend well spent.

Favorite place in the city

The autumn sun feels like a lightweight delicate cardigan, soft and soothing on your skin. The yellow paths are crunching under my favorite Reebok Royal’s with every step I take. The crunching of the crispy leaves is my dearest autumn melody.

The season is changing.

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Change is beautiful. But what does it bring?

I’m soaking up the scrumptious wind that makes me think of roasted cinnamon pumpkin and warm cup of salep. I feel right at home under the orange canopy, relaxed, de-stressed. Leaves are abandoning their trees and finding their place on the ground. Piles of shades of yellow and orange are making me feel tempted to jump into them like they’re a big fluffy bean bag. Yellow bright sun rays are cutting their way through the yellow trees and leaving their light spread all over the ground.

A heavenly scene.

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