News to share on a Saturday – Horror stories and Netflix illustrations

  • I am a huge American Horror Story fan (as I love everything that’s either American, or horror). So last week, when the first episode of the new season premiered on September 14, we got to meet the cast of season 6 (that’s also said to be linking together all the seasons so far). The biggest surprise may be none other than Cuba Gooding Jr.! Can’t wait to watch his story on this one. He’s joined by the now  regulars Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Denis O’Hare.
  • And I can’t leave you without this awesome kind of a “Where’s Waldo” Netflix map. The Netflix characters are out in the park and, oh, how I wish I could have a chat with Winona Ryder or Kevin Spacey. Look for characters from Stranger Things, Bojack Horseman, House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black.
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The green kind of Saturday in Bucharest


So, there are many parks in Bucharest. It was one of the first things I loved about the place after I moved here from my Brasov almost two years ago.

Then, probably the thing I love most about Bucharest (and I’ve said this before) are the old streets and buildings.

Even though I haven’t seen all the parks and streets in the capital yet (who has, anyway?), I like walking around and staring at buildings, parks, trees, streets, doors, windows and even people.

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Nouvelle Vague – À bout de souffle (1960)


A couple of years ago I wrote an essay on avangarde cinema, and one of the main characters was, of course, Jean-Luc Godard. His first feature film, À bout de souffle (Breathless), released in 1960, is one of the most influential examples of the Nouvelle Vague cinema (French new wave). It also marked the debut of Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of Godard’s main leading men from now on.

The film gained attention with its bold visual style, witty script and the interesting new way of using jump cuts at that time.

Take a trip back to the French 1960s and watch À bout de souffle. If only for some of these words:

  •  – What is your greatest ambition in life?

            – To become immortal. And then die.

  • I don’t know if I’m unhappy because I’m not free, or if I’m not free because I’m unhappy.
  • When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.
  • When the French say a second, they mean five minutes.
  • Women will never do in eight seconds what they would gladly agree to do in eight days.
  • You Americans are dumb. You admire Lafayette and Maurice Chevalier. They’re the dumbest of all Frenchmen.
  • We’re hiding like elephants when they’re happy.
  • I told you being afraid is the worst sin there is.

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Cea mai urâtă expresie din lume


Am auzit-o ieri în metrou și parcă mi-a căzut un strop de cafea pe pantalonii albi.

Mă doare capul de câte ori o aud. Dar e o durere din aia, fix în mijlocul frunții.

Mă gândesc uneori de unde o fi apărut, dar în același timp chiar nu-mi doresc să aflu. Informația mi se pare prea inutilă ca s-o salvez în memorie.

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3 news to read in bed

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1. Showtime presents a brand new trailer for one of those perfect TV series that have ever been on air: Dexter. The show turns 10 years old this year, so the network is giving fans  „a chance to vote on their favorite episodes on the premium cabler’s website over a four-week period, culminating in a #Dexter10 Fan Marathon with the top ten picks on Saturday, October 1.”

2. BBC will bring seven more Agatha Christie adaptations to the screen in the next four years!

3. 177 film critics from 36 countries named the 100 best movies from the 21st century, with one of the greatest stories ever (and, in my opinion, David Lynch’s best picture) as the best film of the 21st century to date and a Romanian production in top 20! Very proud, indeed :-)

Cover photo source: The Red List


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I got on a train and ran away. For a couple of hours.

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Back in highschool, I used to take my friends to the railway station in Brasov. We would buy some snacks and some sodas and sit on the old chairs in the railway station watching how the trains come and go and thinking about all the places that we could go to.

All of us wanted to travel, move to other cities, sometimes we just wanted to get on a train and go somewhere, didn’t really matter where.

Sometimes I find myself thinking about getting on a random train and waiting to see where it takes me. Last week I had one of those days, except I got on a train knowing where I wanted to go. And I got off in Busteni, Romania, on my way to visit the Cantacuzino Castle.

Even though I lived 50 minutes away from the castle for 24 years, this was the first time I ever saw it. Until October 16th there is a Van Gogh-themed exhibition – “Moving Van Gogh” – and I got the chance to see the exhibition and learn a few more things about the famous Dutch painter.

I also walked around the garden, taking some photos with my old friend – the cellphone – (the view is breathtaking, especially if it’s a rainy day and you get to see the beautiful cloudy mountains) and, of course, had a coffee on a swing chair.

I might go back on a sunny day, only to see how the brown castle shines in the sun. ‘Till then, here are a few things I saw today:

Cantacuzino 1

Cantacuzino 2

Cantacuzino 3

Cantacuzino 4

Cantacuzino 6



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Mic dejun cu bunicii și niște povești despre cărți

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Mi-am petrecut dimineața de azi cu bunicii. Nici n-am ieșit bine în curte, că bunicii deja tocau merele pentru țuică, certându-se cu pisoiul nostru Tarantino și cu micul cățel care nu mai crește, Max, fiindcă stăteau doar după ei prin curte.

Când mă vede, bunica mă întreabă:

– Ioana, porți ochelari?

– Da, voi n-ați apucat să mă vedeți până acum.

– No, încă un intelectual la curtea noastră. Vrei să mănânci o papară cu noi?

– Da, pff ce poftă mi-e.

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