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I wanted to name this post Drive vs. The Dark Valley, yet I did not. I came over Drive while listening to some relaxing music; the original movie soundtrack was suggested by YouTube. I watched a trailer and I said to myself that this is not the usual action movie. The music composed by Cliff Martinez was not a match for just an action movie, so I said to myself that this must be something different.

I remember Ryan Gosling from All Good Things, Oscar Isaac from Ex Machina, and Carey Mulligan from Never Let Me Go.

Yet it was something different that triggered my desire to watch this movie. There were some electropop tunes in one of the tracks that reminded me of the sound of Sinnerman by One Two Three Cheers and A Tiger featuring Lana Sharp, the song that I will always link with The Dark Valley (Das Finstere Tal). Vincent Pierre Claude Belorgey, known as Kavinsky is the composer of Nightcall, the song that triggered my interest for Drive.

How about listening to these two songs again, then comparing the actions in Drive and The Dark Valley? I’ll be curious about your opinion!

Kavinsky – Nightcall

One Two Three Cheers and A Tiger featuring Lana Sharp – Sinnerman

Drive – movie trailer

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn


Posted in Movie, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis

For some musicians that perform or play folk music, a daily life seems to look like this week experienced by Llewyn Davis back in 1961, a week depicted in Ethan and Joel Coen‘s “Inside Llewyn Davis“.

A fantastic true-life drama (as written on a poster towards the end of the movie)

> Oscar Isaac
> Carey Mulligan
> John Goodman

Posted in Literature, Movie, Music

Never Let Me Go

After watching Mark Romanek‘s “Never Let Me Go“, words such as “fury“, “outrageous” “dehumanization” came into my mind. I was willing to know how much fiction and how much truth lies beneath this dystopian film. So I was looking for “National Donor Programme” (the name and NDP initials were clearly shown on a van’s rear door).

Director: Mark Romanek


So I have discovered that the film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s homonym dystopian science fiction novel. He won the Booker Prize in 2005, and he previously won this prize with The Remains of the Day.

Until now I only knew about Iced Earth‘s album named Dystopia, not having a single clue about the meaning of this (rather new) word:

dystopia – an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives

Speaking of “a new word“, one may wish to discover 3freewordsaday, Vocabulary Building the Easy Way! Actually there are not one, but three words each day!

Anyway, fiction or not, I was intrigued by the idea behind this movie (book) clearly explained by one of the characters in the movie, a new teacher in (Hailsham) school, to her students:

None of you would do anything except live the life that it was already set up for you. And sometime around your third donation your short life would be complete. That’s why you were created to.

The other day (this is an update) a dystopian sky photography found on Capricii [pseudo] literare urged me to integrate it within this post, so here it is:

Dystopian Sky
Dystopian Sky

Reading further on this topic on the web, I have found “National Marrow Donor Program Research Website“, were it is stated:

Extending and improving lives through innovative stem cells therapies.

It is something somewhat different (at least in statement) than the methods (“therapies”) in the movie, but I still have a question mark regarding the methods in the film. I hope that science and medicine made a step ahead and moral methods are used.

Well, a fact for the end: I grew up in such a dystopian society from the day I was born until the last days of my 18th year of life (December 1989)!

Below, you’ll find the trailer and (fictional singer) Judy Bridgewater‘s song, “Never Let Me Go“, sung by Jane Monheit.