quinta-feira, 24 de abril de 2014

Why can I sleep better while listening Aggaloch?

Yeah. There´s that. 

I´ve noticed that I sleep much better, and quickly, whenever I´m listening to some music that I enjoy. But never I have thought that what is considered doom metal, folk metal, or a myriad other denominations and genres (I´m not going to go there, guys, sorry). Mainly, I´m talking about the band Aggalloch here, which I consider, you know, to be pretty good. Mainly it´s album called 'The Mantle', which can't get enough compliments from me. 


Though the sound of this masterpiece is somewhat mellow (this is even from the wikipedia entry on the album) and more paced - ok, this part, that´s not a 'scientific' description of the sound, that´s only me, a non-expert in musical affairs, talking about how it feels for me - so it makes a perfect sound to sleep to, whether you believe me or not. It also helps that I enjoy the themes and what I can hear from the songs while I´m trying to enter Morpheus' realm.

Not you!
I´m sure I´m not the only one right? That can sleep with what is considered part of the heavy metal (again, not going there) genre playing right beside me? Though, to be fair, as I said above, this album is regarded by them as pretty mellow and of course, you have to keep the sound lower than what is considered the norm at parties and festivals.

Here´s my tip to you all, you mavericks out there. 

quarta-feira, 9 de abril de 2014

I can´t get into Game of Thrones as welll, Pete Holmes!

I was watching this video about Pete Holmes not getting into the famous show "Game of Thrones". And when I was watching I thought that I should have more supporters out there on the web, so I decided I gave it more power. 

The fact of the matter is, I don´t dig much the old sword and cape fantasies of yore in the mold of Lord of the Rings and Co. This is not to bash on the capactity, ability of the people involved, authors and everything, of these books, and shows, and movies, etc, not at all. It´s just that the theme of it all, just seem so old and out of place! It seems so dated. 

A bit of explanation might be interesting here. Growing up in the westernized world, I´ve been presented my fair share of adventures on far, medieval lands, full of color and wonder. And, for a time, I admit, I played the part. It was one of the types of RPG´s I experienced, and for a time, I actually enjoyed it. My first real, complete, 200+ page fiction story was a medieval type of fantasy setting. 

I read the Lord of the Rings´ books and I saw all three movies, more than once for each of them. Ditto with some of C.S Lewis' works, the Narnia books. And some other, even more classical ones, like "the Sword and the Stone", etc. 


So, I know my fair share of it. I don´t know if I just grew out of it, because the truth is, I can´t stand anymore fantasy of that kind. It seems to me that it doesn´t have any philosophical depth to it, and it´s just at best wish fulfilment, and at worst, a bunch of idiotic nonsense and propaganda. Of course, this is not a serious critical review of any of those works previously mentioned, it´s just one guy voicing the first things that come to mind. 

But the fact is I can´t stand things like that anymore. It just seem that it´s too stiffled, too unreal, without being at the same time surreal, deep and thought provoking. It just seem to be saying the same old same old stuff again and again. And I got tired of that. 


So, enter Game of Thrones a few years ago. And no matter how I look at it, it just seem like the same old tropes rehashed again and again. Sure it tries to top the other, more prude shows, like Lord of the Rings, by showing an endless parade of sex, nudity and overall "boobage", and being out there with its themes, being, dare I say, darker than the overall medieval show. I don´t know how dark, because I actually never watched even one full episode. But I didn´t because I can´t even make myself do it. I can´t. My brain can´t take anymore this medieval propaganda bullshit, with the swords and the battles, and props, and all of this, this is just too fake for me. 

That´s not to say that I don´t like anything that happens in a medieval-ish setting. Things like the tales of China Mieville, that happens in places akin to what would be a steampunk setting - a little bit more advanced than a merely medieval setting - those kind of things are very interesting. But it´s not because they are showing medieval-ish cities, or people, or customs, or english people talking during strange meetings and uttering strange nouns (Mother of Dragons! Lord of Light! ... Whatever!), the whole point of those stories is to deal with something else, it´s to deal with the weird, the bizarre, the otherworldly, and that´s what´s interesting. Medieval tales to hear about the conquest of a kingdom of smiths by a kingdom of johns is something I don´t care about, at all. 

So, yeah, I also can´t get into Game of Thrones, and those type of shows, and in fact I wouldn´t want to get into those. 

quarta-feira, 12 de março de 2014

[Interview] A conversation about the mind and writing of R.M Ridley

This week I interview horror and urban and dark fantasy writer R.M Ridley. I´ve known him firstly through his about.me profile, and he appeared to me as a very interesting individual, because he upfronts displays that he possess some hard days living - reasons are stated below. As I am a fellow sufferer, and also a writer, and, other than that, there were so many other things that caught my attention about him, I wrote him and proposed an interview. He agreed to it, and so here it is.

In blue are my questions.
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Thanks a lot for agreeing to do this interview. Let´s start with some questions about yourself. Tell us a little bit about you up until when you decided to write. Tell us a bit about your published material so far, as well.

The ‘about me’ in 100 words or less, goes something like this. I live in Ontario, Canada and have been married for over twenty years to a wonderful, patient woman. We have spent the last decade living on a small homestead, in an old converted schoolhouse, raising chickens and sheep. I am living with severe bi-polar disability and anti-social disorder, and I have my good days and not so good days. I like to garden, both vegetables and ornamental and, when it’s warm enough, enjoy spending the evening sitting on my back deck, drinking gin and tonics, and talking with friends. I have been writing semi-seriously since I was in my twenties, but didn’t give any thought to doing anything with my writing until I was in my thirties. Even then, I would only very occasionally submit short stories to magazines and anthologies, but I was still really learning the craft. Now, in my forties, I’ve spent a decade honing my skills and learning the art of story telling. I have been published in a fantasy magazine, a horror anthology, a mental health collection, and an anthology of paranormal short stories. My publication credits are not many but they certainly are varied.

What do you think about yourself that helped you being a writer, and an horror writer, most of all. You told me you suffered from some psychological issues, right? Which are those, especifically, and also, many horror writers want to dismiss the fact that maybe they also suffer from some psychological issue as well, but others, like Thomas Ligotti, for instance, do not. What do you think about that, and how that helped you as a writer?

I have always had an active imagination – as a child my mother would send me to stand in the corner for fifteen minutes as a form of discipline. When the time was up, I’d remain there. My mother would always say I was ‘cutting off my nose to spite my face’ but the truth was I would be lost in my own little world of story telling and imagining. I write the gauntlet from urban fantasy to horror  and like to blur the lines between them, but horror attracts me because it is visceral. It gets under your skin, deep into your mind, and makes you react on a unconscious, primal level. Everyone has been afraid at some point in their life, tapping into that feeling makes the experience of reading more intimate. Yes, my brain is not ‘wired’ like most people’s brain. Bi-polar and anti-social disorder can make for some trying times, although I’m lucky and my medication takes the edge off the worst days and makes the good days quite livable. Do I think that this weird ‘wiring’ is responsible for my writing – I’d have to say yes. I write very ‘organically’. I ‘see’ a brief moment, or ‘hear’ a dialogue in my head, and capture it on the computer. From that captured bit, I spin out the rest of the scene, almost unconsciously. I never really know where my plot is going for certain. I understand the basic, general overview but all the particulars come as I write them. I have often wondered if I would have that ability if I didn’t also have my mental health issues and time, and time again, I come to the conclusion that they are two sides of one coin. Are all other writers, especially those who tap into the darker side of stories, dealing with mental issues of one sort or another - I highly doubt it. Some probably are and, like me, reach inside to the ‘disturbed’ part of their nature to give form to demons and things that go bump in the night. But then some people plot out every aspect of their novel before setting word one down, and I think they find the darkness, not in themselves, but in the actions of others that they study. But I can only guess.

Do you think living with psychological "issues" increases the power of conveying feeling and emotion by a writer?

For me, it is actually quite the opposite. I have had to ‘learn’ feelings and emotions. I was actually given a page covered with ‘smiley faces’ all with different expressions on their faces and under which was written the emotion the ‘face’ corresponded to. This phenomena due to my anti-social disorder; emotions for me were anger and not anger. I could laugh and have a good time but rarely did I actually feel true joy during these times. So emotion for me is a very new thing, in the scope of my life, and remains an almost intellectual exercise instead of a natural process. That being said, having to learn how people respond, and what visual signs they give, in correspondence to an emotion, may have allowed me to be able to describe a characters feelings through action instead of simply stating it – I’m sure my editors will disagree.

Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a story? 

Oh yes, many times. I’ll be writing an average of fifteen hundred words everyday for a week and then – nothing. As I mentioned, I write from the images that come in my mind and then spin out the scene from there. If the images fail to appear in my head, I have nowhere to go. I’m dead in the water. Usually when that happens, I switch tracks and begin editing another project, so that I am still using the same basic aspects of my mind, just from a different angle.

How is your proccess of writing? Tell us a little bit about it. Do you have any rituals, anything you do everytime you plan to write?

I have no real rituals, if I’m writing in the morning I make sure I have a cup of coffee beside me - which if I’m really in the groove just goes cold. If I am writing late at night, I like to have a cold gin and tonic, which if I’m in the groove becomes warm. Right now, as I have heavy edits to do for my upcoming novel, ‘Tomorrow Wendell’, I’m trying to do my writing in the morning first thing, so that the rest of my day is free to focus on what needs to get done for my editors.

Which are you main influences on writing about the horror genre, dark fantasy, weird fiction and anything of this sort? 

The main ‘gods’ of the pantheon of writers for me are, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Raymond Chandler, and Charles de Lint. But like the ancient Romans, there are many writers that I worship, each for their own special ability.

Do you align yourself with any other kind of genre in fiction? Which other kinds of media do you find amusing? Do you watch serials, movies, nowadays or of old? If so, which ones are your favorite?

I slide between fantasy and horror and sometimes can’t tell which I’m writing. The ‘world’ and characters that currently hold me in their grasp are set in an urban fantasy world. As for reading, I’ll devour jut about any speculative fiction. I can’t write sci-fi but I sure can read it and enjoy it. I love to spend my evening watching movies or good television shows. I’m a fan of anything Joss Whedon does, from Buffy to Avengers. But last night I watched Vivien Leigh portray Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ and enjoyed it so… it doesn’t matter the media, I want to enjoy the moment, no matter the style, genre, or tale. If I enjoy it, it can be any medium or genre.

And what about music?

My tastes in music are fairly wide, including those artists or bands that perhaps I’d rather not admit to listening to in public. About the only thing I don’t generally find enjoyable is old style country and hip-hop – but there are exceptions to that as well. I grew up on Bee Gee’s, Supertramp, and Queen, and during my early teen years listening to Madonna and Prince. Later, I found The Cure and Depeche Mode. Now I often drive my truck listening to the ‘classic rock’ station. The play list on my computer is about as diverse as it comes.

What about some non-fiction and your philosophic worldview? Tell us a little bit of your whole take on things, philosophically speaking, and if that¥s conveyed in your works as well or not? Which are you favorite non-fiction authors, if any?

Philosophy I leave to my wife – she got a BA in it so it’s her territory. I believe that nothing happens without you working for it. That good and bad things happen to everybody, and it is how you deal with it that defines you. I have mental health issues and they impact my life greatly, but if I let them define me - I become them. If I complain and sulk because I was born this way, I let them control me. There are people out in the world far worse off than I am, and I have no excuse to not to do my best, and try to reach a little beyond that. That’s not to say a good temper tantrum once in a while isn’t good for the soul. As for my writing, I never intentionally put philosophy or morals into my stories. I think that is difficult not to do so unwittingly, however. Every writer places a part of themselves in their work, it goes with the territory. How much, or how intentionally, is the question. I rarely read non-fiction. If I do, it is usually research related. I can easily get lost in a book about mythology, the more obscure the culture the better. I had a great time reading the first three installments of Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Mask of God’ but I didn’t read the forth in the series because it was too modern in it’s focus.

So, tell us about your big new release. It is due for June, is that right?

‘Tomorrow Wendell’ will be my debut novel, which I hope is only the beginning of a series featuring Jonathan Alvey, a paranormal private detective, in a world where myth and monsters are real and magic is a drug. This character first saw print in the short story ‘ The Cost of Custody’ in ‘Shades & Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology’. The story was well received by the readers, and the publisher, Xchyler Publications, liked the character and the story quite a bit, so I submitted ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ to them. A short time later, I was delighted to get a contract for the novel in the mail. If I can keep on track, the novel will be released at the end of June of this year. There is still a lot of work ahead of me, but the team at Xchyler Publications are great people. They have already demonstrated to me that they are competent, and know how to bring out the best in me and my writing. In ‘Tomorrow Wendell’, Jonathan Alvey’s newest client is getting predictions he will die in three days. Everything, from horoscopes to fortune cookies, say the same thing. Jonathan tries desperately to find who or what is behind these predictions, and if they are prank or threat. As the hours pass, he struggles to keep his client alive against a variety of creatures of myth and legend, hoping to get past the predicted deadline – but the odds seem stacked against them both.

I guess that´s it. Thank you very much for this, Mr. Ridley.

I had fun and you asked some great questions, so in all honesty, I owe you the thanks.

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domingo, 2 de março de 2014

[Movie Review] The Prisoners - 2013.


This movie is one of the most amazing movies I´ve ever seen, ever. It starts with an old premise: children kidnapping. But how it turns out, and most of all, the atmosphere of it all, it´s just well-done. 

OVERVIEW

I´m gonna take this directly from wikipedia:
"Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and his family attend a Thanksgiving dinner at the house of their neighbors, Franklin and Nancy Birch; that afternoon, both families' young daughters, Anna Dover and Joy Birch, go missing. A police hunt finds an RV which had been parked outside the house, and when Detective David Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to confront the driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), he attempts to escape, but is arrested."
ANALYSIS

First of all, what to say about the character of Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie. Amazing. The guy is an amazing actor, and it shows. Plus, Detective David Loki is one of the most interesting detectives I´ve ever seen on screen. Please give us more of him. He has it all. The circumspection, the emotionless tone, the cryptic tattoos. 

The tone, the atmosphere of it all, is just another great aspect. It´s a movie with bleak landscapes, heavy rain and cold. You can almost feel the tension in the ambience. 

All in all, one thriller movie to stand out. 

What is not so good?

Hugh Jackman´s character in this movie is a huge jackass, pun intended. Sure, in the end, he almost quite get his comeuppance for being a prick, but that´s it. I haven´t simpathize with his character one bit at all. He is a dick to everyone involved in the movie, including his own family, the police force in general, everyone. And yes, he is not only a dick, he in fact becomes a straight up criminal by the end of it. But yeah, his character was one of the downsides for me. Yes, they needed a father who would do anything and become a straight up dick, but...in the end, it didn´t made me happy to see the downfall, specially because he was hurting the very people who were trying to fuck*ng help him - police, family, friends. 

But anyway. 

This, in fact, reinforces the message of the movie, which is prison. The kids were being held against their will, prisoners in one sense. The Alex Jones´character was a prisoner of his own, in his own head. Hugh Jackman´s character was a prisoner of all the feelings he had towards everyone - anger, and all. And by the end of the movie, he became a real prisoner, and, if the movie went on, he would respond by the kidnapping and torturing of Alex Jones, becoming a real prisoner. And so on and one, the motif of a maze, and of people being imprisioned is another thing that speaks highly of this movie, that managed to get a symbolical aspect of it all, as well. 

So kudos. 

And great movie. Definitely recommended. 

Positive points:
- Great Atmosphere;
- Great Cinematography;
- Great main character/detective;

Negative points:
- Keller Dover;

Rating - 5 crows.


terça-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2014

[Anime Review] Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound. One of them old animes of yore. Well, not THAT old, but... not exactly brand new either. 

Anyway, let´s review it!


OVERVIEW

Ghost Hound was one of those animes (and still is, for a lot of people) that has a lot of deep, psychological and philosophical ideas. It´s a realistic anime - you won´t see none of those super martial arts crap, none of cute little strange beings next to the protagonists, etc. None of that. With Ghost Hound, for the most part, you have a typical, quiet, cozy drama story about some characters in a rural Japan city. And that´s it. Well, without the supernatural part, of course. But for the most part, it´s very quaint... and also strange. Yeah, Ghost Hound is a bit paradoxical to me. So brace yourself for a little confusion on this review.




ANALYSYS

Back in the day (Ghost Hound began airing in 2007), when you wanted a cool, intelligent anime - none of that shounen crap for now, please! - you heard a few names. Serial Experiments Lain was one of them, of course. Evangelion was one of them. There were others, obviously. And then you heard about Ghost Hound as well. 

Ghost Hound was one of those deep anime, artsy-fartsy types like to discuss with a pedantic smile. And for the most part is very good.

It starts with the very curious backstory of a fella that had his sister killed while they suffered a kidnaping. This guy starts to have nightmares and visions where he is flying, and it gets to the point where he begins to have OBE - out of body experiences. When he begins to research about why this is happening, his story gets tangled with the story of the two other boys that compose the main group of the series, each with their own drama tale to tell. 

I liked the storytelling. I really enjoyed the way the show is exposed - how it begins. Through some recollection and thrown around imagery, we are being show the memories of the protagonist, Taro Komori, which has no idea why he is having the OBE´s in the first place. The other two protagonists also experience this, and they thus become reluctant friends. 

There´s also a lot of ambience. And to me, that is gold. There´s a lot of that feeling that they live in a creepy rural city east side of nowhere, and that´s just so amazing. That´s not to say there aren´t good people there - there is. Apparently the owner of the temple, the psychiatrist and some others. But there is also a great share of some shady stuff everywhere. And the main dish? The big bad company. The company where Masayuki Nakajima works, Japan Bio-Tech is a proverbial, text book example of a big bad corporation. Everytime it appears, you can´t help to feel that strange buzz that something is not quite right. And indeed is not, because it appears the company´s been doing some strange experiments... 

There are lots of angles and characters and intrigue, and this is AMAZING. There´s the journalist, the teacher, the deadbeat family, marital infidelity, shady experiments, lies and everything you can ask for in a series that also strays a little bit onto horror territory. 

And this makes the series memorable. 

What is not so good? 

In the end, the episodes become kinda rushed up. We don´t see much in the way of closure. Plus, there are some questions that are not made clear - is Myako some sort of reencarnation of Taro´s sister?, for instance, or what the hell was up with Makoto´s father? Or who the hell was the green haired dude?

That guy! Who the hell was that guy?

There were a lot of unanswered questions, and in the end I kind felt it became a mess. But I´m not judging the whole experience as a mess, just the final episodes. If there was a book - I don´t know if there´s one, I´m guessing not - about it, that maybe explained a bit more, or some other work that took it from where this left off... but as it is not, then I can only say the ending feels rushed. Oh well.

In the end, anyway, Ghost Hound is still recommended, but only if you have the patience to watch some slow shows - it can get really slow and quiet at times - and if your thing is more about psychological, surreal dramas. 

Anyway, so long and until the next review. 

Positive Points:
- Great ambience;
- Great characters;
- Weird setting;

Negative Points:
- It can become really slow at certain points;
- Still a bit cryptic sometimes and we have little ideia of what the writer is trying to convey;

Rating - 4 crows. 
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quarta-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2014

[Anime Review] Sword Art Online

Well, with the next installment of Sword Art Online coming together (the intelligently called Sword Art Online II), I figured it was time to put together a review for the first part. 

And here we go!

(As always, all the technical information you want can be found here.)

OVERVIEW

So, Sword Art Online is about the age old question of what happens when people get stuck inside a virtual reality game. Yeah. From the beginning then: there´s a game that uses a type of helmet (Nervgear) that allows one to be fully immersed into a virtual reality where one plays a MMORPG, one of those RPG´s where people play online and alongside a lot of other players (hence the name Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). So they get stuck, because the creator of the game made it so, and they have to get themselves out of the game, by playing all the levels and winning them all. This time, however, they cannot die, because once a player dies in the game, s/he dies in real life.


For some reason (not the being a dedicated gamer reason, but a plot device reason), we have a very cool character that is just so damn good that this dying issue won´t be a problem for him. And, curiously, like Neo in the Matrix, he dresses in all black.

Coming to think about it, there are some similarities between the Matrix and SAO, but this is a subject for another topic...

Anyways...

ANALYSIS

Sword Art Online was a good viewing experience. I confess that the first time I saw it, I actually moved on to another thing in about 10 minutes or so. But after hearing about it for quite a while, I decided to give it another shot, and this time I stuck with it till the end of the first episode. From then on it was cake. All the episodes flew by.

I had a good experience because, despite the story becoming quite boring in the last episodes, the first ones are quite good in establishing the story and the characters. Many didn´t like SAO much, but those that did had a reason. My personal reason was the lamest, shallowest of them all - I liked the main character. To me, Kirito, despite being a bona fide Marty Stu character, embodies what I think main characters should be. I relate to his persona (well, most of it anyways), and his drama, so I could relate to his journey. He is also an overall "cool" character, with all the black clothing and cool aliases (the black swordsman? C´mon!), and cool weapons, and being "super awesome" at the game that everybody is afraid of playing. He is a wish fulfillment, it´s clear, but being that what it was, it was enough for me to enjoy it.

The anime also has an overall good quality of animation, and also a classical soundtrack that goes with it, and at least one song is penned by Yuki Kajiura herself, AKA "Goddess of the Epic Anime Soundtracks".

What is not so good?

Everybody, at least the majority of people I know (or whose opinions I have read), agree in one thing - the second part of the story, wherein the characters move on to another game called Alfheim Online, is crap.

I´m sorry to say it, but I think it is. I don´t know which part is worse, the part where they become elves, complete with the little pointy ears and all, or the part where there are thousands of people wanting to murder Kirito for almost zero reasons, or the part where his sister (turned cousin for obvious reasons) wants to desperately sleep with him, or the part where it turns out the animators thought they could bring a lot more people to watch the anime if they turn up the fan-service by 110%, or the part where.... forget it, it´s all nonsensical.

Some parts more than others. 

Actually, some people might say (I being one) that Sword Art Online jumped the shark, when it became almost like a serial drama about the love between Kirito and Asuna. They gave up their weapons for a time and decided to live together in a house inside the game, even going as far as adopting an AI child to take care of. I mean, what am I watching, a slice of life anime? C´mon. Last time I checked the name of the anime was SWORD ART ONLINE! SWORD! Anyway. 

I know that this is to set up the character arc, and it´s supposed to deepen our understanding of the drama of the characters, and I got this. But it became a little too much, in my point of view. Even worse, considering that they decided to transform Asuna, that was a warrior in par to Kirito, as a mere plot device, in the second half of the show. Not that I don´t care much anyways, because I enjoy these kind of stories as well, being a man. But why delve into so much Kirito and Asuna when she´s just going to become Rapunzel way ahead?

Anyway.

Now, it might seem like I hated the show, but I didn´t, it actually was enjoyable when I was watching it. Like I said, what mainly made me want to watch it was Kirito being a badass, and his character was for me, very relatable. So there was that. In the end, despite thinking the show had declined in quality (plot wise) I decided to keep watching it, and the fights, although diminishing in quantity, still were pretty good. So yeah.

Eager to watch part II of it, and see how good they can make it!

Positive Points:

- Badass character who is not a prick;
- Style;
- Good animation;
- Good soundtrack;
- Good battles;

Negative Points:

- What the hell was up with Alfheim Online?
- Alfheim Online;
- Everything that happened during the second part of the anime... and Alfheim Online;
- Have I mentioned Alfheim Online?

RATING - 4 crows

quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

'True Detective' - not exactly a review yet, but...

What to say about this one?

Well, let´s start from the beginning. I was at my girlfriend´s house, looking at the TV and then I saw a promo of True Detective, on the HBO channel. I thought - really thought, no bullshit here - that it looked great, at the time. It had this gritty feel, mixing the old age buddy cop and whodunit dramas, and I really thought it looked great and all - there was one scene with some birds flying in formation that caught my attention and everything - but I probably wasn´t gonna watch it anyway. 

You see, I was kinda tired of the same old same old drama and buddy cop and detective dramas. If you just look by the genre distinction, how many of those you got? Like almost a million? I´m pretty sure it must be around that number...

Anyway, I decided to watch it at most casually, you know, like one of those shows that we maybe catch on TV if it´s already on, and there´s nothing else that suits our particular interests. The turning point, for me, came when a friend sent an e-mail with a scene from the show, an youtube clip. 

Since the particular scene touched upon some notes I really delve into, philosophical and all, I decided to give it a shot. And I´ve been hooked since then. 

Well, maybe not since the first episode, though it is, REALLY GOOD. But after I saw the second, I could´t wait for the third, and then I saw the third and I want desperately to see the next one. So, I guess I´m hooked, after all, right?


The show, to me, is one of the best pieces of television I have ever watched. Even more so, when we talk television per se. In movies, we have some different experiences, but on TV, not so much. And this really is, for me, a breakthrough in that sense.

Not because it is, you know, a great show, but because the philosophy one of the main characters discuss, every episode, it´s one of the greatest things to be ever found on a TV show, ever. Even people who are not directly pessimists, or nihilists, or what have you, are talking about the amazing performance of Matthew Mcconaughey on the role of detective Rustin Cohle. Well, it´s not just Matthew who is doing a great job, but everybody, together, cast and crew, are really upping the game on this one.



It´s (kinda?) early to say where it´ll go, now, with only three episodes (as of now), but one thing is for sure, I enjoy watching, the characters are great, it has a great pace, great ambience, and for now, Rustin Cohle is running for the title of best (as in, crazy and creepy - the good kinds of crazy and creepy, right?) TV detective since Fox Mulder and Dale Cooper, in my opinion.



So, let´s wait and see, but for now, definitely a great show, and definitely recommended.