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Halfdan Reschat
Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.
Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.


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The Photos I Take.
The other day I decided that I needed a Chromecast screensaver of my own photos, which made me realize I should probably make a single album for all my personal favorite photos that I take. A nights I did just that. I went through my photos shared to my Photography G+ collection and added most of them to a single album - which I'll try to keep adding new photos to as I capture more of the world.
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Once Upon a Time Season 7 Family Tree.
Watching season 7 of Once Upon a Time, which is almost a reboot of the first 6 seasons, I realized how confusing the family tree of the characters is.
So, in an attempt to figure out how is related to who and how, I started drawing. This is what I ended up with (and keep in mind, I'm only on episode 13 of 22 - also, I felt out anyone not related to anyone else in the season).

Other Once Upon a Time followers, how did I do?
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Breathtakingly Powerful - Review of I Kill Giants
Note: While I always keep my reviews vague, the brilliance of I Kill Giants kinda makes it hard for me not to say some things that perhaps can slightly spoil the experience of watching I Kill Giants - though not story/plot spoilers, just spoilers as to how I felt throughout the movie. So, if you truly want to get the full experience, stop reading after this sentence and just watch the absolutely amazing movie that is I Kill Giant. You were warned.
Edit: Scratch that. I deleted my more detailed review and wrote this new one instead, so vague that it shouldn't spoil anything, other than that you're in for one amazing movie. :-)

So, I have this list - it's called "need-to-watch" and contains movies that I for one reason or another get a feeling that I need to watch, which I then add to the list and try to do everything I can to not hear a single word about from that point on (and I really do try - and almost always succeeds).

The other day I got a link to trailer for movie that had come out online; I clicked the link and less than 5 seconds into the trailer (before anything was really shown) I paused it. It was one of the movies from my list.
Since it was on my list, I obviously closed the trailer. I then waited until I felt in the right state of mind to watch this movie, that I litterally knew nothing at all about (no, really - I knew NOTHING).
And, so, this fine Friday evening, I watched it - I Kill Giants (2017).

Wow. Just wow. That was one hell of a powerful, capivating, and emotional movie. I don't even have words to describe how amazing of a movie this was to me; but I'll try since this is an attempt at a review after all. :-)

Right off the bat I was intrigued by I Kill Giants; not only due to what was happening on screen, but possibly even more due to how it was presented. This was something special - I knew that - and I could now see why past me thought that this would be a movie for me. (Thank you, past me.)

The movie continued to captivate, intrigue, and move me - more and more, scene by scene. The story and characters kept growing in intimate, sincere, and amazing ways. They weren't just part of a story, they were the story and they were the forces driving the story forward.
I can't mention the characters without highlighting how absolutely amazing Madison Wolfe was in playing the main character of Barbara. Every feeling Barbara expressed, I felt myself - and to a degree I don't think I've experienced so consistantly before when watching a movie.
When a single tear ran down Barbara's cheek, a single tear ran down mine. When Barbara ran through the forrest, my heart started beating faster. When Barbara fell, my breath was taken away. When Barbara stood up for herself, I felt strong. When Barbara felt broken, my heart felt like it was breaking. When Barbara's friend held her hand, I held my own. When Barbara mourned, I mourned. When Barbara was heartbroken but put on a brave face, I cried my eyes out.
What Barbara felt, I felt - and I can't even express how much I appreciate being able to have this experience. This was truly amazing.

There are so many aspects to I Kill Giants that I absolutely loved that I can't even come close to mention half of them. The story was intriguing, interesting, and heartfelt. The characters were complex, real, and powerful. The acting was moving, seemless, and admirably. The scenotography was stunning, alluring, and purposeful. The movie was just about perfect in every way.

I Kill Giants is a masterpiece of its subgenre - and, yes, there are several other movies in this exact subgenre that, if I mentioned them, could possibly spoil this movie.
While several other movies with similar styles, characters, and plots are sometimes pretty damn great, I can't empthanize enough how much I Kill Giants stands out among them. This movie truly does what so many other movies before it have attempted to do and only partially succeeded at. It follows through with perfection in every single aspect of the movie and thereby manages to create something truly magnificent.

No words left.

(List of all my reviews at
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Sunny Day.
Yesterday was an exceptionally beautiful day and it felt like summer is finally approaching. Today it looks like it's gonna being even better. :-)
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Different Ways of Looking Back at Movies from 2017.
As I'm sitting here rewatching the amazing movie Zero Dark Thirty (2012), my perhaps all-time favorite actor (Jessica Chastain) reminded me that it might be time to look back at the movies from 2017 even though I still have quite a few I want to watch but haven't gotten the chance to yet.

Here is a bunch of ways of looking back at the movies that came out in 2017 that I watched.

My 2017 Movie Statistics
- Total movies from 2017 watched (so far): 148 (2016: 169, 2015: 171, 2014: 218, 2013: 210, 2012: 187, 2011: 222, 2010: 175)
- 6 documentaries
- 143 feature/TV films
- 2 mini-series
- 3 short films
- Average rating: 6.6
- Highest rating: 10 (Molly's Game)
- Lowest rating: 3 (The Mummy, Dark Beacon)
- Biggest differences between IMDb rating and my rating: Before I Fall (me: 9, IMDb: 6.4), Molly's Game (me: 10, IMDb: 7.5), Smartass (me: 7, IMDb: 4.5), The Mummy (me: 3, IMDb: 5.5), Le Fidèle (me: 4, IMDb: 6.5)
- Least widespread films watched: Brave Enough (49 IMDb votes), Dark Beacon (144 IMDb votes), Blood Road (176 IMDb votes)
- Most widespread films watched: Logan (~470k IMDb votes), Wonder Woman (~400k IMDb votes)
- Most watched genres (multiple genres per movie): Drama (78), thriller (48), comedy (44), action (39), sci-fi (30), adventure (29), horror (26), romance (14)

My 2017 Movie Oscar Category Winners
- Best Picture: Molly's Game
- Best Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
- Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game) (followed by Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kathryn Newton (Little Women - even though I don't know who's leading and who's supporting in this)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Patrick Stewart (Logan)
- Best Animated Feature: The LEGO Batman Movie
- Best Cinematography: Thelma
- Best Costume Design: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
- Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
- Best Film Editing: Molly's Game
- Best Foreign Language Film: Thelma
- Best Production Design: Logan
- Best Visual Effects: Wonder Woman
- Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Molly's Game
- Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Thelma

My 2016 Movie Top 10
#10: Get Out
#09: Before I Fall
#08: Brigsby Bear
#07: Wonder Woman
#06: Logan
#05: Little Women
#04: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
#03: Lady Bird
#02: Thelma
#01: Molly's Game

As it turned out, 2017 was a solid year in movies - espeically in regard to amazing movies without a white male lead.

P.S. Movies from 2017 on my "to-watch" list that I still haven't seen (and thereby not included here): Flower, Losing Sight of Shore, Blame, Gemini, Habit, My Days of Mercy, The Big Sick, Neverknock, One Percent More Humid, The Silent Child).
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My "Art" in My Room.
I sometimes create different kinds of "art" and then put up some of those creations in my living room / kitchen / bedroom (one combined room). Here are the "art pieces" I currently have up.

P.S. The Disney princess soup is not one of my creations.
My "art" in my room
My "art" in my room
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Not My Bucket List.
I'm not one for ever making a bucket list, but since a lot of other people do I thought I'd instead create a list of items from other people's bucket lists that I've actually myself accomplished.

These items are taken from a lot for random people’s bucket lists, shared online - with both big and small "achievements". Sorry upfront for including a lot of “of course”/”duh” “achievements”; I just copied items from other people’s bucket lists that I, if I had had my own bucket list, could’ve marked as done.

Post-writing-list note: I’ve now realized that this is 100 % bragging and has no other value at all. I apologize. I should’ve realized this before even starting the list, but heck, I had had more than one bottle of wine when I started this and have now just finished the 2nd bottle of the evening, so what the heck, let's share this since I made this.

Here you have my “not my bucket list” (aka. “my drunk bragging list, copied what other people hope to do”) - in whatever order I found these items in on random websites.

- See the Grand Canyon (well, I saw flew over it, looking down out the window, so did see it)
- Get in a taxi and say “follow that car” (the details on why doesn’t matter here)
- Climb a vertical cliff side (only about 20 m, but without equipment so it counts)
- Play a game of paintball
- Climb a volcano
- Climb to the top of a tree
- Herd cattle
- Make a snowman
- Build an igloo
- Milk a cow
- Stand under a waterfall
- Start a fire without matches/lighter/etc.
- Swim with uncommon sea creatures (sharks/octopy/sea-monsters/etc.)
- Witness a solar eclipse
- Have a meaningful conversation with a stranger (well, like x100)
- Get published (yes, I have actually gotten some of my writing officially published)
- Create a website (pst, like that’s both my job and my hobby)
- Make a candle
- Make an origami animal
- Attend a film premiere
- Dance on a bar
- Go to a drive-in movie (since I’m from a part of the world there these are extremely rare, this is not a small achievement)
- Be in the newspaper
- Model for a photo shoot (and photos of me were used in real ads)
- Live without ever borrowing money (well, I didn’t see this anywhere (except for “be completely out of debt”) but I added it myself because me soon turning 30 and never having borrowed money kinda seemed like an accomplishment to me)
- Make money on the stock market
- Visit a different continent
- Be someone’s mentor
- Sleep under the stars
- Be invited into a restaurant by the owner after closing and have them personally cook a meal for you (well, nobody had anything this specific on their list, but I know a lot of hopeless romantics out there thought of it (and movies that features this exact thing) - and I actually experienced this)
- Learn how to sail
- Stay at a 5-star hotel
- Fly 1st class
- Learn to juggle
- “Save someone’s life” (in quotes since I would never claim to have saved anyone’s life, but some people have (annoying so) kept telling stories of how I “saved their life”)
- Make a clay pot (quality of that clay pot is not important)
- Go treasure hunting
- Explore an abandoned building
- Visit the Hoover Dam
- Experience Las Vegas
- Ride a Segway
- Sleep on a trampoline
- Build a treehouse
- Create a board game
- Eat chocolate in Switzerland (wtf is special about this?)
- Fly a kite with “my girls” on the beach
- Give a $10,000 gift to charity
- Have a conversation in 2 second languages (English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and perhaps a few more - a few times, several at once)
- Host a Christmas party for people with nowhere to go
- Kiss Santa Claus
- Ride in a gondola in Venice
- Sleep in a forest
- Start a family Christmas tradition
- Take a road trip (Denmark edition, which does include parts of Germany ‘cause DK is smol)
- Take a spiritual retreat in a cabin (well, I don’t know what this means, but I’m 99 % sure I’ve done it)
- Visit Disneyland (France, for me)
- Throw a surprise birthday party
- Visit 20 countries (well, I took this down from “50 countries” because that’s a kinda insane number)
- Visit Anne Frank’s house (well, I stood outside in the rain while deciding that the queue was too long)
- See the Eiffel Tower IRL
- Water ski
- Drink milk from a cow’s udder (well, I drank it from a cup, but the milk came straight from the udder)
- Fillet a fish
- Go to a vodka lounge (again, not sure what this is, but I think I’ve experienced it)
- Go wine tasting in France
- Go to a beer tasting
- Arrange a beer tasting
- Arrange a Christmas Eve dinner for the whole family
- Arrange a Thanksgiving dinner
- Leave a 100% tip for a server
- Learn to use chopsticks
- Toss pizza dough in the air
- Eat kangaroo meat
- Eat crocodile meat
- Eat frog meat
- Eat something you yourself have killed
- Have a white Christmas
- Send a message in a bottle
- Stay awake for 24 hours (pst, plenty of times)
- Find the meaning of your name (come one, my name is literally “half” “dan(e)” - not much to find out there)
- Give up your seat to someone who need it more (well, that’s just common decency)
- Plant a tree
- Spend the entire day by myself (what? Like, this is some kind of an achievement?)
- Write a short story
- Write a poem
- Hit the archery bulls-eye
- Rescue someone who fell out of kayak/canoe
- Bike more than 100 km in a day
- Ride a Segway
- Go on vacation alone
- Go to a coffee shop in Amsterdam
- Skinny-dip
- Stay in a haunted house
- Cross a country on a bicycle
- Learn to speak another language fluently
- Drink Champagne in Champagne, France (this was even at the vineyard where the champagne was grown)
- Participate in geocaching
- Complete a bachelor’s degree
- Complete a master’s degree
- Finish first in my class
- Get accepted to my dream college
- Ace a course you didn’t attend
- Learn about a new religion (well, back in the day I understood most aspects of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Norse mythology, and Greek mythology)
- Learn archery
- Buy a round of drinks for the whole bar

And I assume this is just the beginning
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Ominous Figure and the Blue Sky.
I know I've shared photos of this same ominous figure sculpture a few time before, but every time I bike past it I can't help stopping to snap a photo.

Sculpture on cloudy day:
Sculpture at sunrise:
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Dark Trees in the Orange Sunset.
On an evening bike ride a week ago the sky began to turn into a beautiful set of colors, so I just had to take some photos; this was one of them.
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Recreating Saturn Devouring His Son - or trying to.
Francisco Goya's painting of Saturn Devouring His Son, that he possibly never intended for anyone to see, has haunted me for weeks or months every time I've ever encountered it.

This evening, after a failed attempt at "art" (encouraged by +Bruce Shark and +Sandy B), I decided to at least try to recreate the single most haunting painting in history. Well, this is how it turned out.

To be honest I'm relieved that I shouldn't recreate the emotional expression that Goya managed to give Saturn. It somehow makes me feel more sane to not be able to recreate that part of the original painting.
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