Film review: The Human Stain

This little movie is, to my surprise, really good. I like the manuscript, although the fuzz about the black race, is somewhat unrealistic. “Why”, maybe someone would ask. Well, we all know Anthony Hopkins, right? Well, in the movie he plays a black man. A black man. Black man?!
But, that little fact aside, the movie and the story is quite interesting.
Hopkins plays great as always, Ed Harris is wonderful, while Kidman and Sinise are standard.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

About the 2004

The year of 2004 is over and it is time to reflect over the year; the most rememberable and most forgettable moments, favorite movies, albums, games, how was it in general.
Well, I can say that 2004 was a big mixture of good and bad experiences and moments (surprised?).

So here it goes, first the bad things in 2004:
February 1 – A hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 251 pilgrims.
March 11 – Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people.
March 17 – Organized violence breaks out over two days in Kosovo. Nineteen people are killed, 139 Serbian homes are burned, schools and businesses are vandalized, and over 30 orthodox monasteries and churches are burned and destroyed.
April 25 – Referendums on a United Nations plan, which proposes to re-unite the island of Cyprus, take place in both the Greek and Turkish parts. Although the Turks vote in favor, the Greeks reject the proposal.
April 28 – Abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is revealed on the television.
September 1 – Chechen rebels take between 1,000 and 1,500 people hostage, mostly children, in a school in Beslan, Northern Ossetia. The hostage-takers demand the release of Chechen rebels imprisoned in neighboring Ingushetia and the independence of Chechnya from Russia.
November 2 – U.S. presidential election: Incumbent president George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry.
November 7 – U.S. forces launch a major assault on the Iraqi town of Fallujah.
November 28 – Explosion in coal mine in China. Death toll expected to be above 150.
December 26 – The strongest earthquake in 40 years originates from the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra island in Indonesia, measuring 9.0 on the Richter Scale and creating tsunami tidal waves that sweep across much of the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 150,000 people from South Asia to as far as Somalia in Africa are reported to be dead.
December 28 – Susan Sontag, writer and activist dies.

Now the good moments:
February 3 – The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
March 29 – The Republic of Ireland bans smoking in restaurants, pubs and bars.
April 21 – Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed an Israeli nuclear weapons program in the 1980s, is released from prison in Israel after an 18 year term for treason.
May 1 – the largest expansion to date of the European Union takes place, extending the Union by 10 member-states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus.
December 26 – The re-run of the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election takes place. Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko is declared the victor.

My favorite album of 2004 is probably Pain of Salvation’s Be. Very close to this one is Adagio’s Underworld. Both great albums of progressive metal.

Favorite movie is “House of Sand & Fog”, because of the fantastic manuscript and wonderful actors as Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connely.
I also must mention “Lost in Translation”.

My favorite online radio is “Khaha.com” for making me laugh all those nights I spent in front of my PC.

The favorite game is Mafia. Although I am playing this game since 2002, it still amazes me. But if I should name the game that got out in 2004 than it is probably Rome: Total War.

So, the year 2004 was very rich in moments of every kind, but THE MOMENT OF THE YEAR is definitely October 6 when I got a beautiful daughter Hana. She is simply a new light of my life.

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* facts are taken from wikipedia.org

“Hot stuff” under chilly circumstances

Have you ever wondered why are those reality shows like Temptation Island, Survival, Love Hotel (?) etc. always recorded on some exotic islands with the hot climate, under the palm trees and turquoise color of the sea?
I mean, why do we, as human beings, connect love and passion with sunny beaches, palm trees and hot bikinis?
Why not shooting this kind of programmes in Siberia, Greenland or Northern Sweden? I am sure some sweet lovin’ could be brought to life also there… That could be so “hot”…