The Voice is a popular tv show (much like Idols or X-Factor, but obviously with a different angle) all over the world, but here in cold Belgium, we’re gearing up for the second season, and I for one cannot wait! Coaches Natalia, Koen, Jasper and Alex battle with their teams, and try to come out on top. Glenn Claes ended up on top last year, and I cannot wait to see who’s going to be making it deep this year.
For the real The Voice fans there’s even a whole online team headed by Steffi Vertriest and Fabrice Chan. They’ll be back this year to cover all the action on Facebook and Twitter!
Below are a couple snapshots of what The Voice feels like in Belgium – and a YouTube video of last year’s winner Glenn!
Digital 3D has welcomed Spielberg and Scorsese but at this year’s Oscar, the Best Picture award went to a good reel of black and white which is just like the pioneering films which made people smile the Great Depression.
The Artist is far from revolutionary. It has been done before just like in the Silent Movie of Mel Brooks in 1976. The story line is also not new with a troubled character successfully rekindling a line of communication with the public.
Check out the A Star is Born and Singin in the Rain and you will notice the key references. The Artist starts things off with a premier where George Valentin played by Jean Dujardin screens his newest film to a big reception. The lead character is like the epitome of silent film icons, slick hair, eyebrows fixed, mustache groomed, and a perfect jaw line.
After the premier, George is seen with Peppy Miller portrayed by Berenice Bejo a professional dancer that gets a role for a next project. The presence of of Peppy and Valentin screams amid the silence. Just seeing them is pure pleasure.
Then the talkies come (but of course we do not hear it). It is an innovation that brings his star to stardom. And George, who remains silent, falls out of favor.
The director Hazanvicius was able to make good use of all conventions of the silent cinema and made use of them well we must say. It is entertaining from start to finish with a good blend of conflicts and comical relief.
The Artist might not be appreciated by everyone but it deals a lot with a good dose of history, art, and cinema. It is a great watch even when in line with the very modern Hugo of Scorsese.
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I can even watch a pre-recorded program while they are recording. Now I never have to miss a favorite show.
If I’m not at home and all of the sudden remember that a show I have been waiting for starts in 10 minutes it’s no longer a problem. I can record any program I want right from my smart phone or computer. I don’t have to be sitting in front of the TV anymore. I can even set up recordings for different rooms in the house. Search options make it easy to find what I’m looking for. I can search by the name of the show, my favorite actor, genres or sports teams. I can customize my settings to record only new shows, all shows or only one show. With HD the picture is crystal clear and I can even get HD in 3D. I used to miss the shows I like all the time or turn on the TV to find there was nothing on but infomercials. Now I never miss a thing and I can always find something entertaining. DirecTV offers the latest technology. With free installation, a variety of packages to choose from and special offers you can’t go wrong. I love my DirecTV system.