Watch/Read/Travel: Markus Guentner

May 4, 2015

Gattaca (Andrew Niccol, 1997). The story about the ‘natural’ born kid who is on his way to make his dream come true but in this not so distant future world it not possible for him because of his genes … only perfect and ‘valid’ people are accepted for the ‘higher society’. This movie is very poetic, romantic and epic with a lot of complexity in it. Everything is almost perfect … the storytelling, settings, dialogues and the amazing music by Michael Nyman. For me, all three main actors (Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law) at their best roles!

Andrew Niccol: Gattaca

Andrew Niccol: Gattaca

Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984). Part one of the trilogy. For me the best ‘sci-fi’ book ever. William Gibson created an unbelievable cyberpunk world and really started the whole genre. The book is definitely not a light fare, it’s Gibson’s vision of a dark and technical future. This book is a pattern for a lot of things that surround us today. Movies used a lot of his ideas, but never approached the original, and I think it’ll never be possible to do this. Gibson created a complete own dimension and visualize it out from the inside instead of giving an ‘overview’. The book is not easy to understand, because of all these new and groundbreaking ideas and terms he created with no exact definitions… just a very own story.

Seychelles

Seychelles

Seychelles. The most beautiful and the calmest place I’ve ever been to. Before I got there I thought: OK, postcard pictures always look better than the original place, but it was a blast! It looks exactly the same in real life! No… much better! The perfect place to relax. The environment is amazing, almost untouched. Most of the time you’re really alone on a 500m beach. The number of travellers is restricted and the prices for tourists are quite high. But a lot of the people there told me that they use the restriction and the high prices to save the environment and the rain forest. There are still places and islands where it’s not allowed to go… The citizens there are so lovely and hospitable… and not to forget: the fantastic Creole food! I hope I’ll be back there one day.

 

(Markus Guentner)


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