Winter days are slowly passing by

Well, it is still a winter. Vancouver winter, that is. Meaning few cold and sunny days last week and now we are back to normal – rain. While the east of the continent is struggling with another snow storm, we are facing a rain storm and that just mean a lot of rain. But so far we were pretty lucky for this winter is the driest in decades.

Our evenings are spent in front of TV, there is an excellent Danish/Swedish detective series called Bron | Broen with Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia (my favourite Danish actor, ever since I’ve seen I Kina spiser de hunde). I must admit that last 12 months were marked by Scandinavian movies, TV shows and books for me: besides Bron | Broen, we’ve seen, The Girl With Dragon Tatoo and two of its sequels (with Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist), then USA TV show The Killing which is based on a Danish TV show Forbrydelsen. Then I discovered that our city library have a lot of books of Jo Nesbø, Norwegian author famous for his Harry Hole series about a Crime Squad detective from Oslo. My current spot is on an Swedish author, Anders de la Motte. Last week, after searching through library for something interesting to read, I have found his The Game Trilogy and I am reading third book at the moment, Bubble.

I don’t know how many of you were following film noir, it started somewhere during 1940s and even though critics say it ended during 1950s, it seems that the general idea of “dark movie” existed for decades after (should I mention here my all-times-favourite movie Blade Runner?). And now it is having another revival by Scandinavian authors and directors. More than a welcome revival, if you ask me 🙂

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19 Responses to Winter days are slowly passing by

  1. About the only thing we’ve seen here is a series about a Swedish detective, named Wallender … his endless self-examination is a little tiresome, but the stories aren’t bad.

    On a cheerier front, I actually saw some liquid water outside, a few days ago … es kommt Frühling!

  2. gdare says:

    I know about Wallander except that I don’t like Kenneth Branagh 😛

    I was looking at some photos of Vancouver from February 2013, there were some flowers and buds on trees I’ve seen last year. But not this time, even though we had some sunny days. Too early, I guess….

  3. Adele Brand says:

    I don’t know what season this is in the UK. It rains. It floods. The wind tears trees apart. The sun comes out, and then it all starts again. But I know how dark the BC coastal winters can get, so I’m glad you’ve found interesting things to read and watch.

    • gdare says:

      As I said, we were pretty lucky this winter, it had a lot of cold but sunny days and not as much rain as it used to be the case in previous two. But rest of the world seems to be slammed really hard: snow in Middle east, India and Japan; endless snowstorms in eastern USA and Canada; floods in UK and freezing rain in Croatia and Slovenia that destroyed 90% of forest in some areas.
      Scandinavian film noir goes along with all of that, eh? 😉

  4. rania says:

    actually we i say we have rainless year here in Suria , reading and watching TV is the best choice to spend the time

  5. Words says:

    I’ve read one Nesbo book, but it was a touch gruesome for my taste. I did like the ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series though.
    As for the missing rain, I think the south of England has received the whole of Canada’s allowance. Wettest winter for over 200 years, and ground water is 48 metres above the normal level!

  6. gdare says:

    “…and ground water is 48 metres above the normal level!”


    This reminded me on a floods we had in 2008 or 2009, Danube and Sava near Belgrade were about 20 meters above normal level :left:

  7. Furie says:

    I love a noir detective story myself. I’ve actually been looking into getting the Raymond Chandler novels again in ebook form. There’s something about how that sort of novel flows that appeals to me. Oddly I’ve seen that flow outside of the genre before as well. It’s strange to see without the trappings of the genre.

    I don’t think noir ever ended in film. Rather the genre evolved beyond the definitions that had previously informed it. What people counted as noir wasn’t being made any more as the genre had become something different. There are so many classics out there, both old and new, and so few of them really fit the original noir description.

    • gdare says:

      Evolved, exactly. I remember watching “Le Samourai” starring Alain Delon long time ago. It didn’t only make a big influence to some other directors but help them evolve the theme and make it come to somewhat completely new level (“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”). I better don’t go into SF now :devil:

  8. kimmzifoo says:

    I’m not much for detective stuff. But I do like a noir theme to stuff sometime. I’m complicated :p
    Gorgeous photo.

  9. gdare says:

    Thanks 🙂
    I made a photo two weeks ago, in a nearby Lynn Headwaters Park on one very cold morning. I was playing with settings on my camera and this turned out pretty nice :happy:

  10. coisart says:

    that’s one awesome pictures….

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  12. raniahajqasem says:

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