Film Festival Ghent 2011: documentaries

The film festival is always a good opportunity to watch quality documentaries. This year wasn't any different. It's no coincidence that there are three documentaries in my top 10 of "best movies" at the festival. Actually, we like all these movies very much, except maybe the Morgan Spurlock documentary about product placement.

  1. Senna (Asif Kapadia) (4.77 ; rank 1)
  2. Life in a Day (Kevin MacDonald) (4.39 ; rank 22)
  3. Eenentwintig + Zeven (Kenneth Michiels) (KASK Docs)

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: an additional list of fine movies

A couple of days ago, I published my personal top 10 of movies I really liked at the film festival. Now let's take a look at 25 feature films that didn't make the top 10, but that weren't bad at all.

  1. Win Win (Thomas McCarthy) (4.15; rank 37)
  2. The Future (Miranda July) (3.71; rank 72)
  3. The Help (Tate Taylor) (4.70; rank 3)
  4. The Descendants (Alexander Payne) (3.44; rank 80)
  5. The conspirator (Robert Redford) (4.34; rank 28)

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Film Festival Ghent 2011: my personal top 10

When we go to the film festival, we discuss the movies we've seen with plenty of people. It's always surprising how opinions can differ. For instance: many of the people we know really liked Once upon a time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan). We thought it was boring and the audience agreed: the film received a score of 3.27 out of 5 (ranked 84 of a total of 89 new movies). Many people we talked to didn't like The Future (Miranda July), but we appreciated the movie very much and the audience didn't agree, they gave it a score of 3.71 (72nd place in the top 89).

We've attended 52 screenings, but I've made a top 55 because one of the screenings (KASK Docs; 4.62/5; rank 4) consisted of four documentaries of half an hour. I've counted these four documentaries as separate movies.

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Book sales update

I received a new sales report from Manning. Apparently there are still people buying the first edition. I've now sold 11,454 copies (8,413 paper books and 3,041 eBooks; ebook sales are 26.55% of the total sales). Note that if you buy the second edition, you get the ebook of the first edition for free! These are the numbers for the second edition: 4,314 copies (2,497 paper books and 1,817 eBooks; ebook sales are 42.12% of the total sales).

A book I'll read soon

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Books I've read last month

In my previous Books I've read last month blog, I reported about reading a pile of graphic novels and comic books. Let's take a look at this month's covers:

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Filmfestival Ghent

These are some impressions of the reception after the closing film at the film festival in Ghent. Although the pictures aren't very sharp, you'll recognize the "friends of the film festival". Yes, that's an official title; we were even mentioned in the closing speech by Jacques Dubrulle.

We've seen 51 movie screenings in the last two weeks. We're a tad tired, because we've also been working during these two weeks (we've had meetings over lunch; I've even written code after midnight).

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Google Analytics — September 2011

Talking about the Devil (Google Analytics), here are the stats for September:

Very predictable, wouldn't you say? I told you that we'd lose some visitors during the Summer, but that we'd break another record in September:

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Programmers and Cake mix

Birth of the iText logo

The short bio on the back cover of my books tells readers that I'm the original developer and current maintainer of iText, but half a lifetime ago, I studied architecture. I graduated as a civil engineer in architecture. My goal was to design buildings, not software. Then again: in our field of engineering, we were indoctrinated to believe we could do anything. We were supposed to be generalists, with the potential to become a specialist on any subject we desired.

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