Watching "Das Leben der Anderen" as I install LinuxMint 11.
I tried out Linux Mint last week on recommendation from Grandad. I actually took a chance and installed it on someone elses machine first, to try and entice them into the world of Linux. It was a risk because I hadn't used it before but it came with more stuff than Ubuntu (and has none of that Unity interface) so it seemed a better choice. It worked out well anyway. It looks a bit "Linux'y" out of the box, but with a few changes to the appearance settings you can get it looking rather flashy. I'm not sure if the other person is all that taken with a non Microsoft OS but I was quite impressed, and I have decided to move away from Ubuntu and use Mint instead. Who knows, maybe in a months time I may move again, straight forward Debian perhaps.
The BBC were showing a German film last night as I was installing Mint. Das Leben der Anderen (2006) is a film set in East Germany during the Cold War in the 1980's, and revolves around a Stasi officer monitoring the audio from hidden microphones in a German playright's apartment. It was slow to get going but I found myself being drawn into it as it went on. I think that was a major strength of the film. There was a subtle, but exponential build up to the ending moments, which were genuinely powerful and moving. I can't rate it highly enough. If you're looking for a film to watch (foreign or even non-foreign) you won't go far wrong by checking it out.