December 28 - January 3 | 2015-16

Gaspar Noé's LOVE
Love(d) it.

As my week started with a movie marathon, during which I saw Enter the Void (2009) by Argentinian film director Gaspar Noé, I knew the time has come for me to finally witness LOVE (2015)

Although dubbed as unofficial porn movie and proven very controversial, Love, for me, was quite an amazing experience. It is true that the movie features real sex scenes by the actors themselves, which you never see in movies (as the main actor points out, even in Nymphomaniac they've used body doubles). But after the first shock of graphic sex scenes and the development of the love story between the main characters, I stopped being shocked. My brain accepted the invitation into the very thunderous relationship of this couple, of which a big part was their sex life. And that makes sense. Sex describes the relationship of two individuals, and their relationship is entangled in their sex life

Love is indeed a beautiful love story. Than you, Gaspar Noé! 




Paul Arden (1940 - 2008)

Paul Arden (1940 - 2008)

Paul Arden is an impressive guy, who was the Executive Creative Director of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi between 1987 and 1992. Then he went on to set up his own company while having a regular column at The Independent

Arden has written three books in his lifetime, all of which represent his advertising & creative ideology. This week I had the chance to read Whatever you think, think the opposite.

Arden lines out that making wrong decisions is better than making right ones, as the last never takes you to new places. As the foreword states:

This book explains the benefits of making bad decisions. It shows how risk is your security in life. And why unreason is better than reason. It's about having the confidence to roll the dice.

The author goes on to give examples of people who have chosen not to take the right decisions and ended up being pioneers in their field. He stresses that it is better to act than to regret you've never acted. Being creative, unconventional, experimental are characteristics of successful people. But what is successful to you? Probably different than what is to me, states Arden. Therefore you should always follow your personal point of view, rather than trying to fit the expectations of others.

The book is a great reminder for the ones lost in their daily life. Don't forget to say WHY NOT? from time to time. Also, creative as he is, Paul Arden has filled it with great imagery from fellow artists and its truly a joy to be perceived visually.