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Solitude

Time alone is very important to me, solitude is not a luxury but an essential. I just don’t have a great deal of tolerance for being around other people, regardless of whether I want to be or not. So it stands to reason that today has been a very trying day. I’ve had twelve near continuous hours of social time, I’ve not been by myself for more than ten minutes all day. It’s a price worth paying for getting to see the Captain America triple bill and the all important midnight screening of Civil War. It’s a price I’ll be paying for dearly in the days to come. I’m already paying for it now in fact. Too much social time and having to adjust to being in a strange place at the same time means I can’t sleep. All I need is some time alone, not just from the person with me but from my own thoughts. My goal originally was to write something for my “Fallen Soldier” story before seeing Civil War, it didn’t work out quite so well. I have a lot of notes but so far no actual story. Seeing The Winter Soldier again fixed that. I now know how to start and have a few ideas for later on as well. Problem is I need to write them down now so I can sleep, if I don’t they won’t stop bothering me and I won’t get any sleep anyway.

Although I’m sure I would be having trouble sleeping anyway right now thanks to the end of Civil War, I can’t believe they froze Bucky. Just in case him having his arm torn off by Iron Man wasn’t enough, now he’s back on ice as well. I hope it’s a Han Solo type deal, him being unfrozen in the next film. Up till then the film was perfect, I certainly enjoyed seeing Iron Man getting smashed up and the scene with Antman going giant was just priceless. So many one liners and witty exchanges, too many to remember in fact so I’m glad I’m seeing it again later today. I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I see it either.

The only complaints I have is the fact Daniel Brühl was not in it much, a shame since I liked seeing him playing a different kind of character. Two things I have to mention, it was strange hearing him call Bucky by his actual first name James, weird because of course he played Niki Lauda in Rush, his rival and sort of friend being James Hunt. Second of all Daniel looked different, I can’t put my finger on it but he reminded me of how he looked in Rush a little, before the accident obviously. The other complaint is that there wasn’t enough of Sebastian, I would have liked more scenes delving into his and Captain America’s friendship, hopefully that’s to come in one of the next installments. As for German related trivia, the airport they fought at was in Leipzig, I hope that’s a good omen for later on. I don’t expect Bielefeld to smash Leipzig, holding them to a draw would do. Now I am rambling, it’s not a good mix at all. Popcorn, cookies, a late night and now too many ideas. I can’t wait to get home so I can be by myself again. I was fairly certain I could never live with someone else anyway, I mean actually choosing to because I do live with other people right now, it’s just not by choice. Now I have the proof that even choosing to live with someone may not work, I really do need my own space and a lot of it. This is just one day and night and I’m already going crazy. If it’s loneliness or this then the latter is definitely the better option.

Daniel Brühl – Heute leute – 8/12/2015

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Im Leben von Daniel Brühl

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Why we do the things we do

I only went to see Burnt because Daniel Brühl was in it. In fact if it weren’t for this fact I wouldn’t have gone out at all. Daniel was his usual excellent self but the film was as I expected terrible, the sticker album I’m so looking forward to getting isn’t in stock yet and to make it worse I didn’t even get to have Bratwurst from the Christmas market.

Halfway through the film I started to get bored and wondered why I’d bothered going out at all. I could have waited for the DVD, if I’d done so I could have fast-forwarded through the scenes I found to be annoying. Maybe if I weren’t so tired I would have been in a better mood. I probably just should have stayed in bed. I started thinking similar thoughts on the way home, about why I bother to do anything, especially anything that involves going outside and being around other people. I try my best to remember social rules and what I should and shouldn’t do, but apparently it’s ok for other people not to make the same kind of effort. I certainly don’t appreciate being stared at. You bought a train ticket, not a ticket to a freak show. You think I’m strange, fine, whatever, I certainly find other people strange a lot of the time but I’m not allowed to (and I don’t) sit there staring at those people. It’s somehow worse when they do this but don’t say anything, at least when they call you names you know what their problem is or just what it is you’ve done for them to consider you strange. What makes it worse is the more they stare, the more nervous I get and the more nervous I get, the harder it is to keep still. Though I have to admit I was on edge anyway so it probably wouldn’t have made much difference.

Back to my main point, I knew how the film was going to go, you have an idea of how most films are going to go, so what’s the point? Why bother watching them. In fact why bother doing anything. I got to thinking about the upcoming week, about the press conferences and the videos and the pictures I like to collect and upload. Why do I do any of it, because it’s fun and because I really like doing it or because it’s familiar and safe. How many other things does that apply to, where you do it because it’s the safe option and not necessarily what you really want to be doing? I remember reading in a book once that the difficulty with the author’s autistic son wasn’t that doing something twice would create a routine that he would want to stick to, but that doing it once would be enough to have that effect. I’m not exactly certain what my point was, I just felt like that belong here somehow. I guess what I was trying to say was do I do the things I do because it’s what I want to be doing or because they’re safe and familiar and I don’t know what else to do?

I’m not especially enthusiastic about this international break and yet I’m doing it anyway. Why, because I couldn’t bear not to, it would be unthinkable, it’s an international break. I have to do what I always do, it’s been almost a year now and it’s become routine. Therefore it has to happen because I expected it to. One thing was cleared up today anyway, I was reminded of a reason why I might not have been looking forward to this week. It’s not that I’d forgotten about the reason in question, more that I didn’t want to remember. Today is six years since Robert Enke died. Birthday’s are always tricky anyway, all the more so because mine is so close to Christmas and it’s generally an unsettled and difficult time anyway. But what happened to Enke makes it all the stranger and all the more difficult. Ever since I read that book last year I haven’t been able to let go of it, of what he did.

I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, what the point of it is, or what anything means. When everything seems like such hard work it’s tempting to think that it’s easier not to do anything at all. But not doing anything at all just makes it worse. I don’t know what I’m doing or why. I just know that I have to keep doing it, to keep doing something. Whatever gets you out of bed everyday. Forget about other people, forget about whether they think what you do is a waste of time or not. It’s not important. You have to do what you need to do. Other people’s expectations and standards aren’t important here. That quote from the book about Enke is still worth remembering: “in the morning you don’t feel like you can do anything and so don’t try to do anything, then in the evening you beat yourself up for not having achieved anything.”

Maybe none of it never will make any sense. Regardless you still have to keep moving. Maybe accepting that little of it makes sense is what you need to do.

On the subject of making sense and accepting things, the penultimate episode of River was on tonight. One step closer to getting some answers, one step closer to letting go of River. I don’t want to, he’s a fascinating character and I’d happily spend more time watching him. But I don’t think it’s the kind of show they’ll make a second series of.

In tonight’s episode his partner Ira points out to River that he could talk to him instead of Stevie, that he’s right there in front of him. River admits he knows he could, but then he’d have to come up something interesting to say.

It made me remember something in real life, a conversation where a friend told me they wished I would talk to them a little more, that I would share more of what I’m thinking. There’s one obvious difference here, my friends are imaginary, I know that, they aren’t delusions or anything like that. But the point is the same. I should talk to the person who’s actually there in front of me. But I can’t and in truth they wouldn’t really want me to. I can’t because I can’t talk out loud that much. And as for why they wouldn’t want me to, well because they’d be bored.

Back to the topic of River I’m still not that interested in the case, I mean obviously I want to know what happened to Stevie and who killed her but the real fascination is River and him dealing with her death. This is what makes it worth watching and Stellan Skarsgard certainly makes for compelling viewing.

He’s starting to accept that Stevie isn’t there anymore. At the beginning of the episode in the car he doesn’t talk back to Stevie like he usually does. He looks back at her but says nothing. Then she’s outside of the car, it’s the first time we’ve seen her when she’s not actually with River. She’s outside of the car and he hears the shot again. He knows she’s starting to slip away and he can’t accept it. He’s not ready to let her go yet. But the blood on his hands, what’s that about. I get the symbolism but whose blood is it, Stevie’s or the guy who fell to his death?

Whatever it means I liked Ira’s reaction to it, the way he didn’t make a big deal out of it. He didn’t get freaked out or get mad at him. He didn’t call him names or make a big deal out of it at all. He just calmly asks if he’s ok and then offers to drive. Him and Ira are good together, I just hope nothing happens to either of them in the final episode.

One final thing I have to mention, I know what the shirts look like now. I don’t have to wait until it gets here to find out. There was a presentation and a whole big show in Berlin today with some of the players. The home one is still white and I guess it looks ok, it has kind of a retro 90’s feeling to it, the away one not so much. I don’t like the grey and green. The goalkeeper one is a dark navy blue, it’s nice but I liked the green. I was right about one thing, not expecting it to be here in time for Friday, that is almost certainly not going to happen. So it’s a good thing I prepared myself for the possibility. Some pictures of the shirt and some from the presentation:

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Daniel Brühl – Champions League Final 2015 – pre-match show

Today just could not get any better, an interview with Jogi, a new picture of Hansi and to round things off Daniel Brühl was part of the pre-match show for the final as well. Just in case things couldn’t get any better, the segment included a scene from his new film “Ich und Kaminski” from which there is a picture of him. He’s a big fan of Barcelona because he was born there but he grew up in Cologne strangely enough. Strange because that’s where Hansi played for a few seasons after Bayern. I don’t know if he supports a German team or not, I’ve never heard him mention it. I like to think he does.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #21

This week the format is a little different, instead of answering questions it’s list making. Which is cool, it combines two of my favourite things, making lists and what was until Saturday my favourite number, four. I have to say, writing this has helped take my mind off the events of the weekend a little, at least whilst making the lists I hadn’t thought about it at all.

Stuff that makes you laugh:

1. Minions from Despicable Me. I love those guys, I can’t explain why exactly, they are just super cute. I don’t even like the films that much, I just watch them for the minions. So I was glad to find out that they have their own film coming out this summer.

2.  This scene from Inglourious Basterds, gets me every time, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen:

3. Gifs like these:

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Freiburg_celebrations_24. And these:

Jogi sings – Deutschland - Ein SommermärchenAngry_Jogi_4_Serbia_gameJogi - goal celebration - Germany v Turkey 2008Jogi und Hansi 2Jogi und Hansi - goal celebration - Poland 2008Angry_Jogi_Hansi_Klose_miss_Germany_v_ArgentinaFavorite actors/actresses:

1. Daniel Brühl.

2. Stellan Skarsgård

3. Michael Shannon

4. Karl Markovics

Fun things for a rainy day:

1.Watching films back to back whilst wrapped in a blanket and eating the sweetest snacks you can find.

2. Same as the above but with reading instead of watching films.

3. Doing nothing in particular, just lying around talking about random things, like film trivia or whatever comes into your head.

4. Building  a blanket fort or cushion wars. Not now, I mean I haven’t done either of those things as a grown up but if the brilliant blanket fort episode of Community is anything to go by, I bet it would still be a lot of fun now:

Movies to cheer you up:

1. The Guard

2. Toy Story

3. Iron Sky

4. Inglourious Basterds

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Be grateful for something, be happy, look forward to something, those things seem impossible right now. What should I be grateful for, that Freiburg finished 17th and not 18th in the table? That they at least had a shot at survival going into the final weekend of the season?

In another post I said I never wanted the season to end, now I really mean that. If the season never ends, Freiburg won’t get relegated and find themselves once more in the 2. Bundesliga. It feels like the end of the world right now. It’s felt that way since around 17:15 on Saturday. It took just five minutes for H96 to score, five minutes to score the goal that would threaten Freiburg’s safety.Seventy five minutes later their relegation was all but confirmed when in the 80th minute a certain Czech defender bundled the ball past his own keeper. Not just relegated, but relegated in a sense at your own hand, or rather foot in this case. There was a false ray of hope just ten minutes later when in the 90th minute Nils Petersen pulled one back. His 90th minute goal against Bayern meant the world last week. Here it wasn’t even a  consolation goal, just a painful reminder of what could have been. How things can change in the space of a week, to go from beating the German champions to losing to a team that won just two games in the second half of the season.

16th May 2015 – Freiburg make a little bit of history and beat Bayern, to make it even sweeter the player who scored the winning goal is a former Bayern player who actually scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern against Freiburg. After that most people think they will beat the drop, and I am as happy as can be.

23rd May 2015 – A week after beating the German champions, Freiburg lose to H96 and with that sacrifice their status as a Bundesliga team. The home of the mastermind of Germany’s world cup victory last summer no longer has a team in the top flight.

As for looking forward to anything, if the weekend had gone differently I would be very excited for the DFB Pokal final this weekend. Not just for the game itself, but because in the days leading up to it there are five previous Pokal finals on TV to watch. To make things even more special, I will have the place to myself for the entire weekend. It will be a very Germanic weekend, six games all in German and none of the English only speaking people will be here. How wonderful it would have been, to not hear a word of English all weekend. I am still a little bit happy about that last part, though it seems wrong to feel happy about anything right now.

Revisiting the Marvel Universe

In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron I’ve been rewatching the films in the Marvel Universe. Technically I should rewatch season 1 of Agents of SHIELD and start to watch Agent Carter too but I barely got through AoS the first time round and I’m finding the second series equally as troublesome so I’m skipping that. So far I’ve seen Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and Avengers.

Next up is Iron Man 3 and now I’ve got to that I regret my decision to do this. I’ve seen Iron Man 3 three times, twice at the cinema and my opinion wasn’t altered by the subsequent viewings. I disliked it as much as Iron Man 2 and now Iron Man is officially my least favourite Avenger. What I disliked most about Iron Man 3 was the reason given for the vice president’s betrayal of his country, but not just that, it was the way it was revealed. A shot of his daughter in a wheelchair was considered enough to show to the audience why a man would betray his country. I didn’t like that at all, like that’s all “normal” people need to see and they will automatically understand. Disability is viewed as a enemy in a way, seeing as how it’s the center of not only the vice president’s betrayal but also of the Extremis program as well.

I have to say I did like the Mandarin though and the reveal that he was in fact an actor hired to play the part of a terrorist. Apart from that I found it as tedious as I found Iron Man 2, I no longer find Tony Stark an interesting character (at least not in his own films) and the second and third film lack the wit and intelligence of the first one.

I did like him in Avengers, in particular his interactions with Bruce Banner. That for me is the stand out feature of the Avengers film, the humor that is to be found in the interactions of the Avengers. My favourite moment of the entire film is when Hulk smashes Loki into the ground saying “puny God.” I think Mark Ruffalo is perfect as Bruce Banner, I much prefer him to Edward Norton in the role. I liked his line when Cap tells him to get angry: “that’s my secret Captain, I’m always angry.”

I’ve realised that the humor is my favourite thing about the films, the action stuff is of little interest to me so I’m not going to complain about which villains I do or don’t like or any of that.

Another reason for watching them all again was to figure out who my favourite Avenger is and which of the films I like the best. I’m not done watching the films but I already know the answer to the second question at least. My answer is unchanged, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my undisputed favourite. If not only because in this one, I actually enjoyed the action scenes as well as the rest of the film. Also because I think it’s better written than the others, the one liners and the overall dialogue are far better than the others. I saw it at the cinema at least five times and I couldn’t imagine sitting through any of the others films that many times in the space of six weeks.

I had a hunch TWS would be a favourite of mine before I even saw a single second of it, the reason being that it was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo who worked on Community. Joe Russo in fact directed what are not only my most favourite episodes of Community but what I also consider to be some of the best TV ever. The paintball episodes, the Dungeons and Dragons episodes and the missing pen episode.

The Russo brothers are directing the next Captain America film and Avengers Infinity War Part 1 and 2. All of them will also be written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, news which makes me happy indeed, though not even that can make up for the fact that Tony Stark is in the Captain America film. Given that Daniel Brühl is in it, I will most likely want to see it quite a few times, which means having to tolerate the presence of RDJ a lot. As it turns out Daniel is playing Baron Zemo, I can’t wait to see what his costume will look like and to find out where he fits into the story in regards to Von Strucker, if he’s in this film that is. From what I’ve read and been told by someone who is far more knowledgeable about these things than myself that would seem to the case. I’m not into comic books, my sole comic book experience consists of reading the first Nick Fury comic where he duels with Von Strucker. I have nothing against comics, or graphic novels as they are sometimes referred to these days, I just can’t get into them.

This is what Baron Zemo looks like:

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As for my favourite character, that is actually none of the Avengers. My favourite character is Dr. Eric Selvig, partly because I like Stellan Skarsgård and partly because of how great he is in Thor: Dark World, he is easily the best thing about that film. My favourite Avenger would be either Hulk or Thor. Hulk because I can identify with being angry all the time, with that risk of turning into a monster at the drop of a hat, though obviously I don’t turn into a green hulking giant. It’s not quite so clear to me why I like Thor so much all of a sudden, at least not until someone asked me this the other day, “is the reason you like Thor so much because he’s from another planet?”

That may very well be the reason, the fact that he doesn’t get any of their references and is usually a step behind in the conversations. Then of course is so is Steve but it’s different with him. he’s from another time not another planet.

The death of my champions league dream

With Dortmund crashing out of the the final 16 stage of the Champions League after losing tonight at home to Juventus 0-3 that destroys my dream of an all German final in Berlin. Bayer Leverkusen are out as well after losing on penalties to Atlético Madrid, though of course I never thought they would get anywhere near the final. Now Bayern are the only German team left standing. I guess it would be cool if the final were between Bayern and one of the Spanish teams, preferably Barcelona. Then it would be a half German half Spanish final, just like Daniel Brühl. And if I’m remembering correctly, he’s a Barcelona fan as well.

I’m kind of annoyed, not because Dortmund lost or because they could have played better, or because I’ve been cheated out of my all German final dream, I’m annoyed because I stayed up to watch this game and I really shouldn’t have. Though if I’m being honest, they were only part of the reason, the other two reasons are Hansi related and sticker related. I simply had to finish my new Hansi story before going to bed, equally I had to order and pay for my new stickers and album before going to bed.

We’re starting the Euro 2008 collection this month, a box of 100 packets of stickers, the German version of course and in the original box. After this is the 2006 World Cup album and this season’s Bundesliga album. My 2012 album is just three stickers away from completion, the Swede I’m missing plus two others which I got in a trade but apparently the person I traded with got confused between the international version and the German one, thanks to their carelessness I now have two stickers with white borders when they are meant to be purple. I’m not risking another trade, I’m buying them online instead.

I really should not have stayed up for the game, but I got so wrapped up in my new story and my notes and ideas for other things that I was just too excited to even contemplate sleep. I’m starting to pay for that now and I know I’m going to pay for it tomorrow. I know it’s a very short sighted way of viewing things but as long as I’m awake for Freiburg’s game this Saturday at 14:30 and for Germany’s game on Wednesday and Sunday then anything else is unimportant. It’s interesting that such a sleeping pattern is not at all healthy or responsible but that it can be very conducive for writing.

Films in 2015 to look forward to

Alone in Berlin – I just found out that a film is being made of this. Alone in Berlin is one of my favourite books ever; this is really great, though it’s not so great that the film will be in English, I’m a stickler for realism and it’s really distracting to have a film set in Germany and the characters speaking English, especially when one of the actors in question is actually German. I hope it turns out to be better The Book Thief last year.

Colonia Dignidad – Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist in the same film, I don’t need to know what it’s about that’s enough of a reason right there to be excited and to add it to my must see list. As it happens the film itself sounds like something I would enjoy. To make things even more interesting Martin Wuttke (Inglourious Basterds Hitler) is in it too. The director is Florian Gallenberger who’s worked with Daniel Brühl before on City of War: The Story of John Rabe which is a fairly decent film, not flawless but not as bad as some people make it out to be.

The Face of an Angel – another Daniel Brühl film, the reviews I’ve read online so far have been negative, that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm any, I’d rather make my own mind up and truth is I’d go to see practically anything Daniel is in regardless of how bad anyone says it is.

Inherent Vice – I’m currently reading the book, it’s the first Thomas Pynchon book I’ve attempted on the advice of someone online. They said it was a less intimidating introduction to Pynchon than say Gravity’s Rainbow which I have up next to read. I’m 100 pages into Inherent Vice so far and loving it, so I can’t wait for the film. I’m not a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson though I do have fond memories of Magnolia. I’ve also seen Punch Drunk Love which I couldn’t get on with and There Will Be Blood which I’m still trying to make my mind up about. I want to see it a second time to decide once and for all but I keep putting it off which probably says it all. I am psyched to see Joaquin Phoenix play Doc, he’s the best thing about Gladiator and I really liked him in Her last year.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – “A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.” – I bet this gets a limited release and I won’t get a chance to see it at the cinema, that’s a shame since I would put that in my top five of films I really want to see. It sounds fantastic, exactly the kind of thing I would enjoy, partly of course because I love the Coen brothers and Fargo.

Stones for the Rampart – Another one I’ll probably have to wait for the DVD release for. Nazis and the Polish resistance, like I could resist that.

Chappie – I like Neill Blomkamp and count District 9 as one of my favourite films, true Elysium was a little disappointing but I’m sure this will be excellent (despite Hugh Jackman who I don’t like being in it) not least because Sharlto Copley is in it.

Soldiers of the Damned – this probably won’t be very good, a low budget horror film, Nazis and the occult, but I’m a sucker for stuff like this so I’ll see it if I can.

Child 44 – One of the reasons I’ll dislike this is the same reason I’ll dislike Alone in Berlin, they’ll be speaking English (hopefully not with Russian accents, I find that doubly distracting). Despite the language issue, they have assembled a mostly excellent cast. I think Tom Hardy will be perfect as Leo, Noomi Rapace as his wife less so. I find her very overrated, I didn’t rate her performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I’ve yet to see her impress me in anything else either.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – obviously I’m less excited about this since I no longer have any interest in TK. I also found the first Avengers film kind of dull, it has lots of funny moments but overall the film is very forgettable. Still I feel compelled to have it on my list, if not just because of the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo. I also really like Chris Hemsworth as Thor. I would be more excited for it if Dr Eric Selvig was in it, I don’t care that Loki isn’t, I can live without him.

Rosewater – Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, it sounds interesting and as a bonus Kim Bodnia (Martin from The Bridge is in it).

Kicking Off – It’s about football, I’m sold. Basic summary of the plot, their team needs a win to avoid relegation; they don’t get that win, so the two main characters plan to kidnap the referee, sounds fun.

Red Army – a documentary about the Red Army hockey team. Cool, a sports documentary and the former USSR, will be lucky to see this at the cinema, very unlikely to happen.

Minions – I saw Despicable Me 2 before the first one and I’m glad I did because if I had seen them in the proper order I would not have bothered going to see the second one. I didn’t find it as funny or entertaining as the second one. I do love minions though; they are incredibly cute, simply irresistible.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E – on my list purely because Christian Berkel and Alicia Vikander are in it. I wish Henry Cavill wasn’t the main character, Man of Steel, two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

Midnight Special – the latest collaboration between Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon. I don’t care what it’s about, doesn’t matter, anything with Michael Shannon in is worth seeing. He also has Freeheld and Frank & Lola coming out this year.

Spectre – I’m not fond of Daniel Craig as James Bond (my all time favourite is Timothy Dalton with Pierce Brosnan coming a close second) but I have to see this. Not just because I got my wish, there’s a note on my iPod from the 10th March 2013 saying that one of the roles I’d like CW to play is a Bond villain. In a conversation about the same subject I said that he would be perfect to play Blofeld, it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to picture him like that. And that’s who he’s rumoured to be playing.

The Hateful Eight – where better to end the list than with Quentin Tarantino’s latest project. With or without CW this will be undeniably awesome. The US date is listed as being the 13th November. Shame that’s not the UK date, it would make a fantastic birthday present.

A new year?

Today is the first day of a new year and it feels no different to yesterday. The only difference is that where my Quentin Tarantino calendar was there is now a huge Die Mannschaft one, the picture for January is the team celebrating after the Argentina match. The one other indicator that it’s the New Year is that there’s no post, it’s weird, the middle of the week and no mail. Plus I’m expecting quite a good few packages in the mail, some which I cannot wait to get my hands on, so it’s frustrating on that count as well.

At the beginning of each and every year, it’s impossible not to think the same thing, where did all that time go? When you look at the months ahead, it seems like such a long time but it’s always gone before you know it. You always feel like you should have got more done and read more books. And spent less time watching things you’ve already seen. That’s sort of taken care of itself, for whatever reason I’m less interested in watching TV at the moment. I’m not going to bother analysing the possible reasons, I’m just going to accept it and treat it like a gift, and hopefully the time can be put to better use and not solely spent playing Playstation.

Another thing I can’t stop thinking about is how I sometimes wish I could go back in time and relive certain events, not to do anything differently, just because I’d like to experience those things again. Like seeing Rush at the cinema or Django Unchained.

I normally don’t do anything to celebrate, nor do I watch any of the stuff on TV, I treat it like just another day. I made one exception to that this time around; I celebrated the New Year on German time because I watched online the celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate. I’m very glad I did since they showed all that has happened there this year and one of the things they showed was of course the homecoming ceremony for Joachim Löw and the team.

I don’t understand why people get drunk on New Year’s, unlike some people I wasn’t one of the unlucky idiots who woke up with a hang-over today, of course that’s not just because I didn’t consume any alcohol last night but also because due to the odd time at which I got to sleep yesterday, I haven’t been to bed yet. Apart from fireworks it was strangely quiet here, well at least in the sense that no-one in the vicinity threw a party, there was still some very talkative and not at all quiet idiots close to home. Another reason not to get drunk, people who do so don’t seem to know that they are talking rubbish and that they should shut up.

My only plans for the first day of the year were to watch Germany v Portugal (their first WM 2014 game) and the 1998 and 2002 official World Cup films. The 1998 one providing the most entertainment despite the fact that Germany was eliminated in the quarter finals by Croatia. The source of the fun is that the German team featured none other than Oliver Bierhoff, Jürgen Klinsmann and Andreas Köpke. The last game I watched of 2014 was Germany v Portugal, the third place match from the WM 2006 and it’s perfectly mirrored by my choice for today’s game. It wasn’t intentional, in fact it wasn’t my first choice, I was going to watch the final since I’ve only seen it once and to be honest I don’t remember a great deal of it. But it bothered me to watch them out of order, so I decided to start from the beginning and watch them all.

In some ways 2014 was similar to 2013, in both years the focus of my obsessions switched at almost the same time. In January/February of 2013 it was Christoph Waltz, then in September I abandoned him for Daniel Brühl. In 2014 Thomas Kretschmann replaced Daniel in February, and then of course he himself was replaced in the summer by Joachim Löw. The summer was when he replaced him but it was in September that I began my collection.

I hope this truly is a new year, that I can avoid a repeat of that, not least because I don’t have another German lined up to replace him. And because I don’t want him to be replaced, plus it would be rather inconvenient given the amount of money and time I’ve spent on my collection, that didn’t prevent the others from falling out of favour though.

Whereas with 2013 I feel like I can easily divide the year up according to my obsessions, it’s not so easy to do so for the past year, not so much because it all seems the same, it just seems a little murkier. Maybe it’s because in 2013, in terms of progress and me being less helpless and doing more for myself, it was so much more noticeable. The steps taken were bigger. So now it feels like I’m hardly moving at all.