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NBC News reports:

A volcano open to tour groups unexpectedly erupted off the coast of New Zealand on Monday, killing at least five people, authorities said. Officials were unsure of the exact number of people who were missing or injured. Search-and-rescue operations on the island have stalled because it is too dangerous to approach the island, said John Tims, deputy commissioner of the national police.

Police have said fewer than 50 people were on the island when the volcano erupted, so the number of deaths is expected to rise.

A total tragedy! But an active cone volcano… as a tourist destination… was a disaster waiting to happen.

Only Human by Jonas Brothers

Let’s do it one more time.

Diana’s back, this time in the glitz, glamour, and the glut of corruption of the 1980s.

Finally, after a far-too-long wait, the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman, is here, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pin joined by Kristen Wiig, who will be playing the classic Wonder Woman villain Cheetah!

The armour at the end looks badass. This looks freaking amazing! 

By now, I’m sure that over your fireplace in your living room is a bootleg reproduction (read: a browning banana duct taped to the wall) of Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian (read: a browning banana duct tape to the wall).

But there’s only one itty bitty difference between your bootleg reproduction and the original. The original brought in two buyers who paid $120,000 to own that wreck, while your bootleg reproduction will only bring in the fruit flies.

Art Basel is going down in Miami right now, and the HIGH ART piece is no longer because another “artist” ATE IT!

Well, the snacking won’t affect the artwork’s value. Lucien Terras, a spokesman for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald that the piece is not destroyed. “The banana is the idea,” Terras told the Herald.

Photographs by Reuters show people taking photos next to the banana that replaced the original banana in Comedian.

A woman poses for a photo next to a banana attached with duct-tape that replaces the artwork ‘Comedian’ by the artist Maurizio Cattelan, which was eaten by David Datuna, in Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 7, 2019.

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is known for his prank art and his pieces include headless taxidermy horsesduct-taping a gallerist to the wall, and the snatched gold toilet.

There’s several editions of Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian, which is a fitting name since that shit brings out the laughs, and the first one sold for $120,000 to a French lady. The French must love fruit taped to a wall, because a French man bought the second edition for $120,000 too.

Artnet says that because crazy art people are losing it for a banana bought from a supermarket in Miami the price for the third edition of Comedian was raised to $150,000 and will be sold to a museum… WTF?!

Brain cells and art ARE DEAD!

But good for the artist. If there’s a sucker who’ll pay money for it, get it!

A group of Belgian rowers is using the power of thirst for a good cause, promoting LGBTQ inclusion in sports with a steamy locker room photoshoot.

Out rower Simon Haerinck launched the initiative, called Same Sport, Different Sexuality, on Instagram, where the first two posts quickly racked up likes.gay

In the photos, Haerinck poses with straight rowers Niels Raoul Boone, Ruben Claeys, and Henri Steyaert.

They can all “row” me anytime! Cheers to these Belgian athletes.

I haven’t post about movies in awhile, but I watched few on Netflix these past weeks. Yesterday I watched Dear Ex and made me remember what tears are made of.

Below the films I watched:

DEAR EX

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Dear Ex is one of Taiwan’s best films (comedy-drama) of 2018. 

When Sanlian’s (Hsieh Ying-hsuan) ex-husband passes away, she discovers he has altered his insurance policy, cutting out their son (Joseph Huang) in favour of a stranger named Jay (Roy Chiu). Outraged, Sanlian decides that she and her son will confront Jay, but Jay proves equal to her scheme. However, when her son unexpectedly moves in with Jay, she is forced to reassess her relationship with them both

This is as real as life can get. It will scratch the surface of your emotions till your heart comes out busting and you won’t be able to control.

Superb acting, especially by Roy Chiu and Hsieh Ying-hsuan (the female lead). Her portrayal of emotions and tone are done impeccably. In fact she won The Golden Horse Award (One of the most respected film awards in the Chinese-speaking film industry) for Best Leading Actress.

And he deserved an award as well:

I didn’t know what I was about to watch when I clicked play, but it touched me deeply because I know what it feels to lose, and to love someone so much.

Bless the directors and actors for such a gem.

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MORIR PARA CONTAR (DYING TO TELL)

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This film approaches a topic that has not been shown in a documentary before: the psychological consequences suffered by reporters working in war zones.

From Spain and the rest of the world, master reporters tell their worst memories and explain how they deal with them. Moreover, we will get to know more deeply the role of those who help journalists with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Each main character in Dying to Tell will talk about a specific conflict, so we will also take a journey through wartime, from Vietnam to the present day. The film also serves as a memorial to fallen colleagues.

I couldn’t find a trailer with English subtitles but you don’t need subtitles for the horrors of humanity:

A short but essential course in authentic journalism.

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EARTHQUAKE BIRD

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Again, another movie I didn’t know anything about other than it was setting in the 80’s Japan, and a very magnetic Alicia Vikander.

This is neo-noir film, a psychologically atmospheric thriller… That although it was very predictable and slow, I actually enjoyed. Mostly because Vikander is truly hypnotic.

Not memorable, but okay before bedtime.

Fight For This Love by Cheryl Cole

When it gets tough, gotta fight some more.