The Success of The Bridge

 

The first time I wrote an article for Writer’s Block I talked about my love for Scandinavian television. There is something about Swedish and Danish crime shows, especially, that makes them much more thrilling than any of their American or British counterparts – at least as far as I have seen so far. After the international success of the Danish Forbrydelsen (2007) and Borgen (2010), Sweden and Denmark combined forces and created The Bridge (Bron/Broen, 2011). Since this show, which has won two Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, recently released its third season, I figured it was about time to write about what makes this particular television series as outstanding as it is. Continue reading “The Success of The Bridge”

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How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide

 

No, this is not an article on how to deal with Writer’s Block’s editorial board. I like to think that is something you don’t need help with. Rather, this is my attempt to provide a guide to beat the condition our magazine was named after, the temporary situation where writers find themselves unable to produce any kind of text, whether that is a novel, a poem, a text message, or, in my case, a 500 word website article. It is currently five minutes past midnight, five minutes past my deadline, because I haven’t been able to write anything for days. I think that working for a magazine called Writer’s Block might have actually come back to haunt me, like some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m certainly not the first WB editor to suffer from this condition, and definitely not the first (occasional) writer. Therefore, I decided to come up with a list of possible reasons for the writer’s block condition, and ways that will hopefully help out both you (the reader) and myself to overcome it. A Semi-Professional Self-Help Guide, then. Continue reading “How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide”

These Are the Films I Was Looking For: A Star Wars Experience

I saw my first Star Wars movie less than a month ago. That might not make me the best person to discuss The Force Awakens (2015), the seventh episode in the immensely popular science-fiction franchise. After all, I didn’t grow up with these films, didn’t even know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek for most of my life. (Fear not, I have since seen the error of my ways.) On the other hand, this might make me better equipped to talk about it, since I’m in no way biased about this film, and I wasn’t even really planning on watching these movies before I made plans to watch the latest release with a friend. Either way, since watching my first Star Wars movie less than a month ago, I have been unable to stop thinking about it, and therefore I am going to talk about it here – whether I am suited for the job or not. Continue reading “These Are the Films I Was Looking For: A Star Wars Experience”

The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness

 

A few weeks ago, the American Book Center here in Amsterdam organized a Skype interview with Patrick Ness, award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the soon-to-be-filmed A Monster Calls. The interview, which took place at the ABC Treehouse, mostly focused on Ness’s latest release, The Rest of Us Just Live Here – until it became a discussion on Hogwarts houses and cat pictures. The novel describes the ordinary and focuses on people who are simply trying to live their lives in a world full of superheroes. It also points out that not everyone has to be the Chosen One, something that might be nice to hear in today’s performance driven society. I thought Ness’s answers were really interesting and informative, and I wanted to share them with you. Continue reading “The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness”

Self-Made Success: Badlands by Halsey

 

“We are the New Americana / High on legal marijuana / Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.”

This August, Halsey released her highly-anticipated debut album Badlands to the public. For her already large group of fans, the album has been a long time coming: ever since releasing her EP Room 93 in late 2014, Halsey has been building an impressive social media presence, resulting in an enormous and solid fan base even before her debut album released. The way she did this was by using Twitter and Instagram to frequently speak up about both social and racial issues. The twenty-one-year-old singer (who goes by the name of Ashley Frangipane in real life) identifies as “tri-bi,” biracial, bisexual and bipolar, and is not about to hide her real identity from the world: “Please don’t erase my race because I’m white passing. There is literally nothing I can do about my complexion,” she tweets. Continue reading “Self-Made Success: Badlands by Halsey”

Mad Max: Feminist Road

I am going to be completely honest here and tell you that 1) I haven’t seen the first three Mad Max movies (which were released in the eighties) and 2) my main reason for wanting to see Fury Road is the fact that it has been called “feminist propaganda” more times than I care to count. When a bunch of straight, white men start complaining about too many powerful women in a movie, I will be the first in line to see it.

At a first glance, the plot of the Max Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) seems simple: the entire film is basically one giant chase. Still, there is more to this film than just a bunch of explosions and some cars racing around the desert. In all seriousness, the movie may be called Mad Max, but the true protagonist of this story is Imperator Furiosa. While Max (Tom Hardy) is captured, tortured and used as a human blood bag for the first half of the film, Furiosa (Charlize Theron) spends her first scenes freeing five women from the patriarchal oppression of the tyrant Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). In fact, there is one shot that I feel sums up the true meaning of the film most accurately, and that is when Furiosa uses Max’s shoulder as a rifle stand. Continue reading “Mad Max: Feminist Road”