Movie: Roger Spottiswoode: Ice Bound (U.S.A. Canada, 2003)
Based on the story (and book) of Dr Jerri Nielsen who was wintering at the U.S. South Pole station when she found out she had breast cancer. The script of this schmaltzy movie seems to consist entirely of characters spouting homilies and life wisdom to each other when its not engaged with exposition and a terrible, cliché-ridden voiceover.
The set design is very nice, though. All of the polar stuff looks good, so if you can look beyond the actors and whatever it is they’re doing in the movie, its not bad.
I was at the Midnight Sun Film Festival with my wife and some friends, in Lapland. The photo was taken around two at night, after we came out of the screening of the Guy Maddin movie Brand Upon the Brain!.
The drive back to Helsinki took fourteen hours. We drove in a new car with a beautiful soundsystem on which every song sounded gorgeous.
My article Battle Against Primitivism from the 2004 Knudebook Beyond Role and Play, edited by Jaakko Stenros & Markus Montola, has been translated into Slovakian by Tomá Kozlík, and published here.
Guidebook: Arturo De la Barrera Werner: Antarctica – Navigation Guide (unknown publisher & year)
This is a bilingual (English and Spanish) navigational guidebook my mother brought to me from Chile. It’s full of navigational data, so I don’t really understand much of it, but it feels very professional! It looks like the material and printing has been chosen mainly to withstand the extreme conditions of the Antarctic sea.