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Pallieter – a film about modernity and nostalgia

March 30, 2012

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A few days ago I went to watch Pallieter at the Cinematek. I am ashamed to admit that despite having spent almost three years living in Belgium, it was my first foray into Flemish cinema. The film is an adaptation of a Felix Timmermans novel of the same name. The film is a romantic and […]

Water and the City

March 30, 2012

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the impact of water on urban environments. Water in a city not only calms and quietens, it also has an astonishing aesthetic effect. Water creates order and harmony and constructs perspectives. Being a liquid, it dissolves harshness in the cityscape and has a certain give to it visually. […]

Review – From Up on Poppy Hill

February 28, 2012

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In the framework of the Brussels Anima Film Festival, I went to see Studio Ghibli’s latest offering コクリコ坂から (From Up on Poppy Hill). Here’s my review. From Up on Poppy Hill, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, is one of transition. Written by Miyazaki père, yet directed by Miyazaki fils, there is a notable change of style […]

Austerity? Not in Brussels

February 24, 2012

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This is not another Eurosceptic demolition piece that would feel at home on the UKIP website. This is the plea of a concerned citizen, who believes that good governance necessitates an accountable elite, in-touch with the people they represent. Leaving aside for now the European Commission’s lack of democratic accountability, which is undoubtedly a significant […]