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This doesn’t work on people.

If you let someone in and they leave it’s like a horcrux; a part of you goes with them and eventually if it happens enough you’re left with not a lot and it’s all very soul level: Voldemort.

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For children, childhood is timeless. It is always the present. Everything is in the present tense. Of course, they have memories. Of course, time shifts a little for them and Christmas comes round in the end. But they don’t feel it. Today is what they feel, and when they say ‘When I grow up,’ there is always an edge of disbelief—how could they ever be other than what they are?

— Ian McEwan (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

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For a long time, memory researchers assumed that memories were like volumes stored in a library. When your brain remembered something, it was simply searching through the stacks and then reading aloud from whatever passage it discovered. But some scientists now believe that memories effectively get rewritten every time they’re activated, thanks to a process called reconsolidation. To create a synaptic connection between two neurons the associative link that is at the heart of all neuronal learning you need protein synthesis. Studies on rats suggest that if you block protein synthesis during the execution of learned behavior pushing a lever to get food, for instance the learned behavior disappears. It appears that instead of simply recalling a memory that had been forged days or months ago, the brain is forging it all over again, in a new associative context. In a sense, when we remember something, we create a new memory, one that is shaped by the changes that have happened to our brain since the memory last occurred to us.

Slate Magazine, “The Science of Eternal Sunshine by Steven, March 22, 2004

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Shade Another Day: The Mariah Carey Story

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Spanish Film Festival (Australia)

It’s always interesting and important to see films at film festivals. Attendance and discussion supports the filmmakers, and ensures more movies and more festivals.However, they’re often of varying degrees of quality. At festivals I’ve seen amazing movies and I’ve almost walked out on others. This time, instead of just reading the festival-provided synopsis/sales pitch, I decided to compile the IMDb ratings and see what it showed for the upcoming Spanish Film Festival.

At first glance, the Spanish Film Festival is basically a selection of 6/10 rated movies. The lowest rating movie scored a 3.4, followed by a 4.7 (Keep in mind that some of the lower-rated ones have been reviewed by less than a 100 people.) The highest rated movies scored an 8.0 (a movie which also appeared at the MQFF) and four movies in the 7s.

The average rating of films in the Reel Español (films from Spain) selection was 6.18. Meanwhile the Reel Latino (films from Latin America) scored slightly higher with a 6.65. The Reel Colaboración (international co-productions) reported an average film rating of 5.91. Below are the individual IMDb ratings for each movie.

Reel Español
Tres-60: 4.7
El bosc: 5.5
Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica: 5.5
Combustión: 5.7
Alacrán enamorado: 5.7
Menu degustació: 6.1
Barcelona, nit d’estiu: 6.2
Las brujas de Zugarramurdi: 6.3
La gran familia española: 6.4
Alpha: 6.5
Tres bodas de más: 6.5
Stockholm: 6.8
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados: 6.9
Mapa: 6.9
La perla de Jorge: 7.0

Reel Latino
El cerrajero: 5.8
Paraíso : 6.1
El verano de los peces voladores: 6.1
Vino para robar: 6.5
Las analfabetas: 6.7
Matar a un hombre: 6.7
Los insólitos peces gato: 7.3
Azul y no tan rosa: 8.0

The Reel Colaboración
Inevitable: 3.4
Pensé que iba a haber fiesta: 5.3
Séptimo: 5.8
Caníbal: 5.8
La distancia mas larga: 7.4
La jaula de oro: 7.8

It must be noted that IMDb is not the authority on movie ratings and reviews (and I’ve personally disagreed on many movies with high and low ratings alike.) However, it is one of the most popular sites and the only site which held ratings for all but one of the movies on show at the festival (Tierra de Sangre isn’t officially released yet). Rotten Tomatoes and other newspaper and movie review sites did not recognise the majority of movies on offer.

It’ll be interesting to see some of these at the festival and compare my own thoughts to the others who have seen and rated the films. I guess in the end, you can’t really attach one specific number to an entire movie experience. Just go.

'Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos.'

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