TIFF & Rock im Park echoes

June 14, 2010 at 9:15 am (Festivals, Movies, Music)

My 2 week holiday ended a few days ago – I apologize for the lack of posts, but seeing 20 films in 5 days at TIFF and then 15 concerts in 4 days at Rock im Park pretty much filled most of my time.

TIFF was great as usual, with the only exception that, because I had to leave for Nuremberg, I only stayed in Cluj for half the festival. However – I did get to see 20 films, and had a wonderful time all around. In terms of movie recommendations, my favorites were Korean drama Mother, directed by Bong (the guy who did The Host and the best part of Tokyo), Dagur Kari’s new flick The Good Heart, and Russian drama How I Ended This Summer, an impressive visual treat that deservedly won Best Cinematography at this year’s Berlinale.

Last Thursday, I headed to Nuremberg for Rock im Park, 4 days of rock awesomeness that ended with an absolutely brilliant performance from Muse. Without any doubt the best show I’ve seen in the last couple of years, maybe one of the best shows I’ve ever seen live (right up there with Radiohead and Tool), Muse rocked in front of a packed 60.000 crowd.

The greatness of the show was probably complemented by the fact that their opening act, 30 Seconds to Mars, was absolutely horrendous – one of the worst live concerts I have ever seen. Out of the 75 minutes spent on stage, Jared Leto used at least 40 to do nothing – just sit there and talk to the audience. They barely played 7 or 8 songs (in 75 minutes!), with Leto avoiding all the tricky vocal parts and ruining all of their great stuff that sounds so good recorded. I still can’t believe I missed Alice in Chains for this – hey, at least I got right up front, and watched Muse from the second row, so overall it was worth it.

Other than Muse, highlights of the festival included Them Crooked Vultures – who completely blew me away with a fantastic live performance, Stone Sour – who was really good but overshadowed by what came a few hours later (i.e. Muse), and We Are the Fallen – who played at noon in an unbearable heat and with a very small audience.

In terms of disappointments, other than 30 Seconds to Mars, I have to include Rage Against the Machine, who kicked off the festival with a lifeless performance that sounded like crap and didn’t get the crowd as involved as I thought it would.

Meanwhile – don’t forget about Sonisphere, next weekend in Bucharest. You’ll also be able to find me @ Sibiu for the Serj Tankian show, and @ Peninsula, for Korn.


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