Category Archives: movies, music, books

The geisha world

I have just finished to read Geisha, a Life, by Mineko Iwazaki, which turned out to be a delightful night reading.

Mineko was one of the most successful geisha (geiko as it is called in Kyoto) of her generation. In this auto-biography she presents the fascinating Japanese geisha world, and makes clear the real function of geisha: artist women instead of mistress.


Tom Jobim

Clube do Tom is an official meeting point for fans.

You can find the discography, lyrics, curiosities, and even original recordings to listen.

I found Jobim’s original handwriting for the song “Aguas de Marco” interesting and graphically beautiful. Published in 1972 in occasion of its first recording, in the “Pasquim” newspaper, Rio de Janeiro.

The Big One

The Big One, 1998, by Michael Moore.
It is the third of Moore’s films that we see. We started with the blockbusting Bowling for Columbine (2002), that was a punch in the face. A portrait of contemporary american behavior and (for me) an introduction for their politics.
We liked Moore and his serious-critique-with-irony-and-fun style so much that we ended up seeing Roger&Me (1989) a couple of months later. Also a really good movie.
Finally yesterday we saw The Big One. As we could expect, he is simply genius the way he presents his cause, and you feel completely involved. The dirty things you always knew that surrounded us gets more clear.


Moebius, 1996, by Prof. Gustavo Masquera R.
Interesting movie by the students of Universidad del Cine, Argentina.
Buenos Aires metro has missing train inside its net. A mathematician will help findind out were is it.

Naked Lunch

1991, by David Cronenberg.
A surrealistic movie: I would suggest not to try to go in depth with the meanings… it is hard to understand what the hell is going on!
But it is really fun if you simply enjoy the crazy events that happens with the main character.
Here is a nice review I agree with.


Crash, 1996, by David Croonenberg.
I even had a discussion with Lorenzo yesterday after seen the movie, because he supported that it was a good one and I disagreed. I didn’t (and don’t) like the main theme – Crash fetish – and thought the the movie exposed too much something that I’m not interested in knowing in depth.
But… after a good night of sleep and a fresh mind, a must agree with him: it is a good movie. Cronenberg was simply fantastic not only on the shootings and aesthetics, but on keeping you hypnotized seing something you don’t or shouldn’t want to see – like a car crash.