Jan 23, 2012

Random recommendations post

Hey guys!

Since it is Monday and I know most of you, like myself, love discovering new films, tv shows, music, magazines and so on, I decided to share with you some all-time and/or current favorites:

TV Show- Sherlock

The fantastic TV show follows Sherlock, a modern day wacky detective in his journey through misterious cases and inmaginable villains, accompanied by Dr John Watson, his loyal friend and partener. I can't write a full review or objectively say what is good or wrong about this show, I can only tell you that it is fantastic and that you should see it right now- it is worth your time! There are 2 seasons released, each one having 3 episodes of 90 minutes each, so basically you have 6 mini-movies to warch! Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson are perfect and their chemistry is dynamite. Actually, mister Cumberbatch has been on my mind lately and I find him fascinating for different reasons, I might write a post about him soon!
Please do see Sherlock!


I'm not a big house/electronic/disco or...well, whatever Lana del Rey's music genre is, but these two songs are pretty good! Lana Del Rey is an interesting case- her voice is so special, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't, but it is something out of ordinary!Too bad her SNL performance was that bad!

Magazine-Vanity fair

In the last couple of years I've been constantly buying Vanity Fair- the American magazine is a great read for many reasons, in my opinion! Firstly, it covers a large array of domains, from celebrities (their usual cover subject), to sports, economy, society, trends, and unsolved cases. It has profiles of known individuals, but told from a different perspective or with untold stories until now; it highlights new talent and gives credit to the ones who deserve it. Second of all, the articles are very well-written, well-researched and easy to read! I must admit, not all of the numbers are great overall, you should check the content table before buying!

Film Website

David Bordwell's website is perfect for film fanatics and theory lovers- not only does it feature a great number of articles on history and movies, it also has many analysis posts on scenes, characters, shooting styles and so on. An interesting read! http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/

Sundance related articles

As you may know, Sundance is in full swing in Utah right now and these articles should help you understand and learn more about the film festival!

What about you, what have you been reading/listening/watching lately? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you all have a nice day and a great week!


  1. Love David Bordwell - his textbook is the only one I've had to buy for uni, ever, and it's fab! Haven't been back to his blog in ages though, I really should!

    What have I been listening to....that's a good question! Nothing new, just have the playlist on shuffle and all that jazz.

    I have a book called 'The Sound of Pictures' that I'm looking forward to starting!

  2. I'm really into Lana Del Rey too. I love her voice.
    There are not enough words to describe my love for Sherlock. I have been writing a bloody review of it ever since the last episode, but gahh I hate my incompetence.
    You must listen to Cumberbatch recite Keats on Youtube! So many emotions...

  3. My TV CHOICE at the moment is COMMUNITY!! I just cannot get enough of that show.

    Music - I am pretty old school usually opting for the Blues Classic, Albert King or SRV. But I really love Friendly Fires!!


  4. @Ruth: "Sound of Pictures"?that sounds interesting :)
    @Nikhat: Yeah, I heard Cumberbatch reading "Ode to..." and it was amazing! His voice is unreal!Thanks!
    @Scott: One of my friends just told me about Friendly Fires, I will give it a listen soon! Thanks!

  5. Great post Diana.

    I hadn't heard of David Bordwell before your post. I just checked out the website, I'm now a fan :)

    Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Great post! I think I'm going to start watching Sherlock tomorrow, since I have some time off and I have only gloomy and dark films left to watch, which I really don't feel like doing :)

  7. My (male) friend sung Vanity Fair's praises a few years ago, and I've been getting it ever since. Really enjoy it.

  8. @Russell: Thanks, I am glad you liked it! David B is great, I love his blog and his analysis of different filmmaking aspects!
    @Sati: Please do, it's great! Can't recommend it enough!
    @Alex: Yeah, I enjoy it, too! It's light read, but still good!

  9. I am looking forward to checking out Sherlock soon. I've just seen a couple of trailers on my friend's blog who loves this show so much, and suffice to say I'm sold!!

  10. Great post.

    Sherlock is awesome.

    I have a collection of Vanity Fair mags for the Hollywood Edition. I think I am missing a few but it is so interesting going back and looking at who the promising young stars were.

    I will check out that film website.

    I only listened a couple of clips from Lana del Ray. The Guardian had an interesting article on her. Fascinating popular culture study.

  11. @Ruth: You will love it, ther are very well made and the chemistry between the two is great
    @iluvcinema: I always love the Hollywood editions of VF and the new talent they showcase, I wonder who is going to be on this year!

  12. I saw the first season of Sherlock quite a while back and I completely agree with you. I've got the second season ready to watch, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I've got some Oscar nominated movies to watch first so that I can review them.