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  1. Nah, the bad guy from Luc Besson's Leon was best.
  2. I have just watched Stardust with my daughters (9 and 12) and I must say that after more than ten years this movie hasn't aged a bit. Just pure entertainment. And boy, Claire Danes and Charlie Cox were so good in it, not to mention Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. It's probably one of the rare examples of the adaptation being at least as good as the literary original (and I do love Gaiman's Stardust as well). My girls both loved it. And the older also read the book. Great movie.
  3. Well, as a matter of fact the difference between Fed's and Novak's GS titles and Novak's and Murray's GS titles is... one. Djoker has eigth titles less than Federer, and Murray has nine titles less than Djoker. Does that mean, that Novak also shouldn't be included in the Big Three, pardon, Big Two? My point being every argument can be used as a double-edged sword.
  4. It's pretty simple really. Since 2008 Andy Murray has made 21 Grand Slam semifinals out of 41 possible, 11 finals and grabbed 3 titles. Stan Wawrinka has also won 3 Grand Slam titles, but only managed 4 finals and 9 semifinals. Others haven't even come close. So to me it's pretty justifiable to include him in the Big Four, just with the reservation, that he is by far the weakest of the four.
  5. Probably not in our lifetime. But eventually - who knows, perhaps someone will get there indeed. Although I have recently read an article by a certain profesor of anatomy who says professional sportsmen are really close to reaching natural barriers of our bodies, which will prevent them from breaking new records. Our bodies get stronger, but not nearly as fast as the records were being broken for the last couple of decades. He argues, that we may be witnessing some of the last world records in many sports.
  6. I loved his tweet: "Apparently I'm the oldest tennis player with a #1 ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already, but I had a hard time hearing".
  7. I started preparation for March half-marathon, but for the last couple of weeks I feel a severe pain in my left heel which really makes it difficult to workout properly. Damn.
  8. I have always believed that The Witcher is actually a perfect translation, as Sapkowski intended it to be a male version of the witch, just like in Polish original (female "wiedźma" and male "wiedźmin"). It's the author to blame for the fact that the witcher has very little in common with your average witch, not the translation.
  9. One of the most common mistakes is to read The Last Wish and Blood of Elves without reading The Sword of Destiny between them. And Ciri actually did quite a significant thing in the first three volumes. She survived.
  10. These are exactly my thoughts as well. Though the movie itself might still be a decent entertainment, and visuals look pretty terrific. And Glover is excellent as Lando.
  11. AFAIK Jarek Sawko and Tomek Bagiński are both great fans and admirer's of Sapkowski source material. I find what they did for the games rather irrelevant, since they insist that all they really care about is to give the books what they deserve at last. Making a real TV series out of Sapkowski works is one of the biggest dreams of Tomek Bagiński, since the infamous Polish TV adaptation came out years ago.
  12. Not a lot older, no. Sapkowski says Geralt was "above fifty" in the Baptism of Fire. As for Dandelion, his age is pretty much known. In Blood of Elves Dijkstra says to him something in the lines: you're almost forty, you look like almost thirty, you think you're a bit above twenty and you act like you're less than ten. So he's 35-40. And I confirm both sorceresses look like in their early twenties, though we know Yennefer is in fact 95 years old.
  13. She could tweet something about the dates, because so far we know nothing about when the filming starts, not to speak about the premiere date.
  14. It wasn't particularly great year for me, reading wise. But here's my top ten: 1. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell - I really like his prose. All three Mitchell books I read this year easily make my top ten. 2. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson - Some of my friends, including big Stephenson's fans, simply hated this book. I couldn't stop reading it. I agree it loses some of momentum in the last part, but it's still a great piece of literature. 3. number9dream by David Mitchell - I can't believe I haven't read it earlier. As a matter of fact I started reading it few years ago and stopped after just 50 pages or so. So glad I decided to finish it this year. 4. Noc generała by Gabriel Meretik - First 24 hours of Martial Law in Poland in 1981 in the eyes of French journalist. Easily beats every political fiction I read. 5. Tatuaż z tryzubem by Ziemowit Szczerek - Journeys through today's Ukraine mixed with social and political thoughs of one of the most interesting Polish reporters. 6. Wiara by Anna Kańtoch - Fresh and original crime novel by a relatively young female author. 7. Slade House by David Mitchell - I rate it slightly lower than the other two Mitchell books I read, but it's still great. 8. Na ziemi niczyjej (Wielka wojna, #2) by Anna Brzezińska - A couple of novellas focusing on different wars with a grain of fantasy or paranormality. Surprisingly fresh mix. 9. Czterdzieści i cztery by Krzysztof Piskorski - Alternative version of Europe's history in early XIX century. Great setting, interesting story, I'd appreciate slightly more developed characters. 10. Jak zawsze by Zygmunt Miloszewski - Another piece of alternative history, this time about early sixties Poland that broke out of the Iron Curtain by forming a strong bond with De Gaulle's France. So out of my 10 favourite books of the year half was written by Polish authors and two by women. I'm finishing Rivers of London by Ben Aronovitch, it'll probably end up in the top ten as well.
  15. [Evil cackle] I'm not visiting this thread again unless there's dozens of new posts in an hour or so.