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Desalination: saline water for human consumption

We live in times of aridity and global warming. All the possibilities to increase the amount of drinkable water must be considered and desalination, in my humble opinion, deserves our best attention. As for the subject we want to treat here, desalination is the procedure of extracting minerals from saline water (seas, oceans…) in order to obtain water suitable for human consumption or irrigation. (There also is, e.g., soil desalination, but it is a definitely different issue). (more…)

music composer Seiji Yokoyama died

Seiji Yokoyama died last 8th of July, at the age of 82 years, suffering from pneumonia. It was (more…)

CETA: made in Italy in danger?

‘Parmesan’ is not “Parmigiano Reggiano”, as well as many Italian specialties are not those ones often sold in the supermarkets and presented as original Italian products. The quality of the ingredients, the nature, the particular pipeline, make a difference which is evident and which is not possible to hide. Made in Italy is Made in Italy and must be defended in any possible place.
According to Francesco Paolo Capone, General Secretary of Ugl workers union,

“The possible approval of the treaty with Canada, the Ceta, would not simply jeopardize many of our mainstream products, such as wheat, meats and cheese, and the southern territories already deserted by the crisis, but would disrupt the whole made in Italy”.

Capone asks for (more…)

Ron Howard between Picasso and Star Wars

Next seasons Ron Howard will be dealing with the genius of Picasso and the saga of ‘Star Wars’. The first season of ‘Genius’, seen in the world by 45 millions of people, was dedicated to Albert Einstein, as we clearly remember, and it is now the time to (more…)

Frozen 2 is coming… for Christmas, a little gift!

Everyone is eagerly awaiting ‘Frozen 2’, which will be released in November 2019.
Next November, however, just to break for a little the anxious waiting, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will give us a present, conceived to accompany ‘Coco’, another DisneyPixar production, and to (more…)

Bob Dylan, the Nobel and the letter he wrote

“Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”
Bob Dylan, referring to the Homeric poems
“In a song, as well as in a human body,
verses are the inner systems, music is  the locomotor system”
Pasquale Curatola (me)

Bob Dylan is a wonderful artist and a very interesting person. His production is enormous and, different opinions on the Nobel prize a part, the level of his art is out of discussion. Just in the nick of time before the deadline to get the economic prize foreseen by the Swedish award, Bob wrote a letter, in which he says (more…)

another year of blog…

Another Year of Blog
(based on ‘Another Day of Sun’, original Motion Picture Soundtrack,
from the album ‘La La Land’, please to listen to while in reading)

Lyrics By – Benj Pasek, Justin Paul; Music By – Justin Hurwitz; Producer – Justin Hurwitz, Marius de Vries;
Vocals [Featured] – Angela Parrish*, Briana Lee, Marius de Vries, Nicholai Baxter, Sam Stone

[Intro: First Girl]
Ba-ba-da-ba da-ba-da-ba
Ba-ba-ba ba-da-ba-da-ba
Ba-ba-ba ba

[Verse 1: First Girl]
I read it every day,
I leave any occupation
I was involved in,
to stay on my best website and (more…)

Voilà Cannes 2017!

Update on May the 10th – Since 2018, movies in the official selection and competition at the Cannes Film Festival will have to have an initial destination for theatrical distribution in France.  Festival managers say so after the bitter controversy over Noah Baumbach and Bong Joon Ho, two films produced by Netflix: Cannes invited “in vain Netflix to accept that these two films” can reach French cinemas, and not the subscribers to the platform only. No agreement has been reached, the Festival says, hence the decision. Cannes “is pleased to welcome a new operator who has decided to invest in cinema, but wants to reiterate its support for the traditional way of displaying cinema In France and in the world.” In the recent days, the rumor of a possible exclusion of the two films was widespread, officially denied by the festival.
Update on May the 4th: the restored version of Michelangelo Antonioni ‘Blow Up’  will be screened during the Festival, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Grand Prix (now called the Golden Palm).  The restoration was done by the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’, Luce-Cinecittà Institute and Criterion, in collaboration with Warner Bros and Park Circus. The restoration was carried out in the Criterion laboratories in New York and ‘L’immagine ritrovata’ of the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’, under the supervision of the director of photography Luca Bigazzi. The ‘Cineteca di Bologna’ will be in Cannes with other restorations too: ‘Soleil O’, made in 1970 by Franco-Mauritanian director Med Hondo, ‘Lucía’, 1968 by the Cuban Humberto Solas, and ‘L’Atlante’ by Jean Vigo (1934), curated at the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’ new headquarters in Paris.

Updates on April 27 and 28: Official Selection is definitely completed with the following films: in competition ‘The Square’, directed by the Swedish Ruben Östlund, out of competition Roman Polanski ‘D’après une histoire vraie’; as for ‘Certain Regard’: ‘La Cordillera’, dir. by Santiago Mitre, ‘Walking past the Future’, by Li Ruijun; among the special screenings ‘Le Vénérable W.’, by Barbet Schroeder, ‘Carré 35’, directed by Éric Caravaca; among the kids screenings ‘Zombillénium’, directed by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord. Among the celebrations, Cannes 70 foresees a homage to André Téchiné, with the presentation of his new film ‘Nos années folles’, and ‘Djam’, a Tony Gatlif film -concert, for the Cinéma de la Plage. Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Cole (amfAR Chairman of the Board) and Milutin Gatsby (amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman) will be some of the supporters of the 24th amFAR Gala Cannes, which will take place on May 25. One of the most important charity events in the world, amFAR Gala Cannes is focused on the fundraising for the search on Aids.
Update on April 25: as for the Jury, director Pedro Almodóvar will be the president; the jurors will be  Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, the German director Maren Ade, the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, the Chinese actress Fan Bingbing; the French actress and singer Agnès Jaoui; the Korean director Park Chan-wook; and the French composer Gabriel Yared. 
Updates on April 21:
* absent from the main competition, Italy conquers the opening of the Semaine de la Critique, the prestigious event taking place on the same days as the Cannes Film Festival (18-26 May) with ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’, directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, an Italian-Franco-Swiss co-production put at the opening the first time for an Italian film.
* Uma Thurman will chair the jury of Un Certain Regard; already a member of the jury directed by Robert De Niro in the 2011 festival, the actress recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project ‘The House that Jack Built’, next to Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz. 
Update on April 20: as for the Directors’ Fortnight (in French ‘Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’), the separately organised selection that usually runs parallel to the official festival from 18-28 May in Cannes, these are the feature films: (more…)

Smile everybody! but…

A good smile is fundamental. If your teeth are not perfectly in order, clean and in good health, it means you are not as fine as you should. (And my dental hygienist always tells me so, spite of being aware of my wonderful smile).
This approach, more widespread in the United States and Anglophone countries than in the Latin world, especially reveals the best of its importance in mass media, adverting, cinema and television: good health a part, a nice smile makes the people glad to hear you and likely to trust you. According to the rumors and the gossip, some actors and actresses came to the surgery to make better what Mother Nature had not foreseen perfect. (more…)

World Press Freedom Day

American Gods (and beyond…)

“There are new gods growing in America, clinging to growing knots of belief: gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon. Proud gods, fat and foolish creatures, puffed up with their own newness and importance. “They are aware of us, they fear us, and they hate us,” said Odin. “You are fooling yourselves if you believe otherwise.”

Neil Gaiman, ‘American Gods’

American Gods’, the TV series, is broadcasted on Starz since April the 30th, on Amazon Prime Video since today, May the 1st. A very interesting experiment, among the most awaited of the season, ‘American Gods’ is drawn from the homonymous Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel and deals with religion, mythology, life. Throughout the history, many gods and many religions passed and, traditional divinities a part, many people consider money, success, technology and mass media likely to be venerated, even more than the others. Now (more…)

#earthday and #sciencemarch 2017

“Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. (…) This Earth Day, We are launching an ambitious goal of achieving global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020. (…) This Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are co-organizing a (more…)

a good Resurrection…

Disney Rapunzel and Eugene, a crucial scene

Stargate and Interstellar actually

According to recent scientific discoveries, those people critic toward films such as ‘Interstellar’ or ‘Stargate’ will have a reason more to take into consideration the opportunity to (more…)

Avatar 2. And 3, 4, 5…

Man is a god when he dreams and a beggar when he thinks.
Friedrich Hölderlin

Avatar 2’ will be not released on December 2018; however, rather than a film only, Avatar’s lovers will have the astonishing possibility to watch five different chapters, which will be realized next years, since now until the 2023, and more. A saga. Director James Cameron, who had already announced a possible delay in the past, declared:
‘Avatar 2’ non sarà nelle sale a dicembre 2018; comunque, ancor meglio che un film unico, gli amanti di Avatar avranno la straordinaria possibilità di vedere cinque diversi capitoli, che saranno realizzati nei prossimi anni, da adesso al 2023 e oltre. Una saga. Il regista James Cameron, che aveva già annunciato in passato il possibile ritardo, ha dichiarato:


the White House in 2020: communication to power?

According to some US news media (Hollywood reporter, AOL, etc.…) Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Iger could run for US President in 2020.
According to CNBC, the candidates for the White House after these four years of Trump could be: (more…)

8th of March…

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith slaying Holofernes, c.1612 -13

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith slaying Holofernes, c.1612 -13


Oscar 2017: #blackandwhite

Please have a look at this old post (winners in the comment)

Aquarius: the star Trappist-1, the possibility of life and other demons

Being correspondent to Pasquale Curatola’s (and of many other geniuses) star sign, Aquarius as the best constellation in the sky was to be taken for granted. Recent NASA announcement on the possibility of water, oxygen and life in some planets of a system put inside that constellation is nothing but another confirmation, if necessary, of His talents ad potentialities.
According to the Greek mythology, (more…)

Bees, butterflies, fireflies at risk of extinction

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.
                                                       (Albert Einstein)
Bees, butterflies, fireflies and other species of insects are at risk of extinction.
In the Chinese County of Hanyuan, located in the province of Sichuan, for example, bees are not there more and farmers had to invent the improbable craft of pollinators, climbing the trees and playing on their own the task Mother Nature had given Hymenoptera. The use of some poisonous pesticides is indicated as the cause: it was used in massive doses for years, and destroyed the bees, making it impossible, inter alia, the activity of pollination.
Neither are better, mind you, fireflies and butterflies! Fireflies, which once were able to create a starry firmament perfectly equivalent to the celestial, (more…)

BAFTA 2017: nominees and winners

(Nominees full list, winners underlined)

Best film

I, Daniel Blake (more…)

Pask birthday…

‘Pask Birthday’
based on ‘Last Christmas’, written by George Michael
Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Pask birthday: today is your day
and, of course, it is to celebrate!
So, then, this year as well as in past,

you’ll have to do something special!

So, Pasqual, today is your day
and, of course, it is to celebrate.
How nice, you really seem to everyone,

and (more…)

ways of (a cynic) governing

[Mankind is] a herd of beings that must be governed by fraud, effigy, and show.

                     Edmund Burke,
The Age of Improvement, 1783-1867

Also of interest:
Vulgus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur (Latin motto)
panem et circenses (Juvenal, Satire X, 81 )
“Bread flour, festivals, and gallows”
(Ferdinand II of Bourbon)

L’umanità è una mandria di esseri che devono essere governati con la frode, l’inganno, e con lo spettacolo.”

 Edmund Burke, The Age of Improvement, 1783-1867

Altrettanto interessanti:
vulgus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur (motto latino)
panem et circenses (Giovenale, Satira X, 81)
Farina, festa e forca” (Ferdinando II di Borbone)

Oscar 2017: nominations and winners

89th Ceremony of awarding prizes Oscar will be host by Jimmy Kimmel, on Sunday, February 26th, on ABC (in Italy broadcasted on Sky Cinema Oscar® HD); Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd confirmed as producers.
Hereafter nominations:


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