Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” was the first music video I’ve ever seen. It was the beginning the ’90s and MTV was making an entrance in my country, which was about the greatest thing to happen that year. Needless to say that I was just blown over by Madonna’s video imagery. Not by the controversy though, as I didn’t know there were people who had issues with a brunette girl who liked to pray a lot (I hardly knew who Madonna was). I also imagined, rather naively, that that every music video had to have a storyline. That wasn’t so, yet there are some who impress me every time and with I could watch on and on. What can I say? I love stories.
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. ( World AIDS Day)
One of the first means of raising AIDS awareness was of course, by means of television. In fact, I remember that the first time I’d heard about this disease was while I was watching “St. Elsewhere”, a medical series that was running on NBC. It was 1986 and AIDS was in full bloom, but very few dared to talk about. At least, not on the mainstream media. A year earlier, Rock Hudson had died, an event that shook to the core the idea that AIDS could happen only to …”them”, but still, AIDS and AIDS related topics were rarely featured on the conservative television screen of the 1980s. As I was saying, one of the first major characters that “came out” as HIV positive or AIDS stricken was Dr. Robert Caldwell (Mark Harmon), a womanizing doctor on “St. Elsewhere.” I imagine that at the time the showrunners had difficulties bringing onto the small screen such a character, especially since the audience associated AIDS only to homosexuals and drug addicts. Dr. Robert Caldwell was the first heterosexual character that had AIDS, the first leading man that died of AIDS, and thus marked an exceptional moment in television. Continue reading The AIDS Quilt in Television – a Short Review of TV Movies that Shaped Television
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Who would have guessed? I love this video, and honestly it has made my day.
If you haven’t heard of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” by Jerry Seinfeld, you must have been living under a rock. Or haven’t paid your Internet bill in quite some time. Continue reading Web Series You Must Watch: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld
I know. Halloween is just around the corner, and probably I should write something related to it, but this weekend, researching for some work-related project, I came across two videos that remind me why I love movies. Continue reading When Movies Say I Love You…
To some of you, the name Jason Silva may be familiar, as he is not a stranger to the television world. Jason Silva hosted in 2011 the scientific reality series “Brain Games”, broadcast on National Geographic Channel which explored the components of the human brain. But he’s also the creator of one of the most inspiring web series ever. Continue reading Web Series You Must Watch: “Shots of Awe” by Jason Silva
The Smoke Seller is an Spanish animated short film ( don’t worry, there are no subtitles needed) which surely it will win you over. Although based on an old European legend which is encountered in different versions from the Balkans to Spain, this animation is once again proof that a good story is a life saver. You know the saying that tales were never meant for children? well, after watching this you’ll see why. See it, enjoy it, think about it! Happy Sunday everyone!
I came across them on the History Channel and I’m bewitched. Vikings rule!
New photos from the Dubrovnik where the filming for Game of Thrones is taking place. Continue reading Lena Headey filming for Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik