BIG GAME

Big game (2014.) is a Finnish action movie. It is based on a book of the same title. It is directed by Jalmari Helander and it is the most expensive movie ever produced in Finland.
In the depths of the Finnish mountains a young teenager Oskari (Onni Tommila) is camping, trying to hunt something big, when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States William Allan Moore (Samuel L. Jackson) near Oskari’s campsite. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game”, Oskari is only one person around who can save the most powerful man on the planet – the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. The boy’s shaken faith in himself is boosted by new assignment and he regains his confidence in attempts to bring the president to his village.
The film is more type of a James Bond then an adventure film and some scenes seem naive, but good and tense story with good acting of all of the actors makes it interesting and funny.

Atticus and Me

Who would say

Emily C. Heath

I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” the summer between 8th and 9th grade. It was a hot, Southern summer and my mom and I went into a bookstore to look for some indoor reading. She bought me the book, and I took it home and devoured it.

I was transformed, both in a moral and literary sense. I would never forget the idea that standing up for the right thing, even when you know you are going to lose, is noble.  And, in no small part due to that book, I became an English major. (I had entered college as a pre-law student, but once I realized that I couldn’t be Atticus Finch, I gave that up.) Even today, when I’m asked to list my favorite novels, Harper Lee’s book is on the shortlist.

We even have a cat named “Atticus”.

So when I heard about “Go Set a Watchman”…

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TERMINATOR – GENISYS

Another movie franchise which marked the life of my generation. Back to 1984, when Terminator first appeared, I was only 6. That was like third important film in my life after the Tarzan and Superman.
What to say about? I was growing up with those movies. It still had sense in 90ies, because the final year of the world destruction was 1997! But it was not over – yet. With third part in 2003, I thought that it is over. It was really a trilogy because the forth part never really belonged to the cycle. And we still have a new sequel in 2015. How it is possible? The film logic is different then the real one, and also the main idea is still the same: future can be changed. That means that the past also can be changed, if you travel through time and it becomes your future. So the end of the known world did not happen 1997. Now it is moved to further future (till next change). I was wonder how it would things which already occurred in the first part be different know in new part, whose story happens in a same time. It is easy. They did not care much for the details. It is an action movie, not a thriller. What else is new/old?! Nothing. Except, the screen writers, directors and the actors change (those from the first Terminator are already old people). Maybe only Schwarzenegger stays the same (actually, he gets old too, even playing a robot). He is the icon of The Terminator after all.

JURASSIC AGAIN

I wonder what a new Jurassic movie means to young people and could they experience it as I can. It was a privilege to be young and grow up with Jurassic movies.
Jurassic movie franchise starts in 1993. I was 15 back then. Idea of cloning was still young and it seemed like a fiction. Somehow genetic engineering became real with that film. Second film appears in 1997, in time after the first animal was cloned, the sheep Dolly. So idea of cloning was not so unreal anymore, but dinosaurs still were a fantasy. Then I was more mature and I was thinking more and deeper about all. I noticed the dangerous of cloning, not just of the dinosaurs.
When in 2001 a third movie came out, I was surprised how still that story has something to offer. But the magic and the horror of such magnificent creatures obviously never pass. That is why we have now a forth part, and even the third director is involved. But the scenario in not new. The story is almost always the same. The park is reopened, soon cloned animals get free – and attack! After a major and tent drama and lots of action scenes, main characters are saved. Humans can not defeat the dinosaurs. Their strength is invincible. Maybe that is the main message behind: do not mess with the nature, because in that combat you can not win.
So, if nothing is new, what is the big deal? The thing is that even the same story is always new in a way. A new time brings a new context for the movie, only the people are always the same. They never learn and do the same mistakes over and over again.
To be honest, some violence is always present and same parts in a new movie are not developed and they are not good connected together, but Jurassic world brings lots of fun and adrenaline. And the pictures of an almost imagined green nature look good on the screen.

TOMORROWLAND

A new “Disney” movie, directed by Brad Bird, is not a typical “Disney” movie. It is a science-fiction, and yes, it is full of unrealistic elements and imaginary “future” technology and special effects, offcourse, but it is also a true drama about the human existence, its struggles, hopes and dissapointments.
In the story there is a boy Frank (Thomas Ronbinson), who is later also a grownup man (George Clooney), who meets Athena (Raffey Cassidy), a girl from the future. She bring him in her world, which is actualy artificially created paradise. Frank likes Athena a lot, but, unfortunatelly, he did not know that she is not a human! Actually, she is just a machine, a robot of a kind. Later, he is kicked from the paradise and his life is a full of disillusions and letdowns.
In a second plot main character is a bright and special teenage girl Casey, who is many years later also introduced with a “future world” by same girl Athena, who is also in a meanwhile put out from Tomorrowland. They both need a help from Frank to go there. But first, Frank and Athena need to be reconciled, because Frank did not forgive her the fact that she is not a real person! Also they need to stop the evil governor of Tomorrowland to destroy the todays Earth. And sometimes a good will and hope is enough to fight. To be honest, they needed some luck too. What safed them all, was Athena’s sacrifice of her own “life”, which was a proof that even an android can show superior values of altruism and caring for others. Excellent and power acting of a young Raffey also contribute a lot to make a splender of her character.
And so, the world is saved on the movie screen again. On the end Frank and Casey instruct a new androids like Athena, who are entrusted to bring other “dreamers” to Tomorrowland.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments – the taming – until she is an obedient bride.
Katherina is the eldest daughter of Baptista Minola, a lord in Padua. Katherina’s temper is notorious, and it is thought no man would ever wish to marry her. On the other hand, two men – Hortensio and Gremio – are eager to marry her younger sister Bianca. However, Baptista has sworn not to allow Bianca marry before Katherina is wed, much to the despair of her suitors, who agree to work together to marry off Katherina so they may freely compete for Bianca. The plot becomes more complex when Lucentio, who has recently come to Padua to attend university, falls in love with Bianca. Lucentio overhears Baptista announce he is on the lookout for tutors for his daughters, so he has his servant Tranio pretend to be him, while he disguises himself as a Latin tutor named Cambio, so he can woo Bianca behind Baptista’s back.
In the meantime, Petruchio arrives in Padua from Verona, accompanied by his servant Grumio. He explains to Hortensio, an old friend of his, that he has set out to enjoy life after the death of his father, and his main goal is to wed. Hearing this, Hortensio recruits Petruchio as a suitor for Katherina. He also has Petruchio present to Baptista a music tutor named Litio (Hortensio himself in disguise). Thus, Lucentio and Hortensio, pretending to be the tutors Cambio and Litio, attempt to woo Bianca unbeknownst to her father, and to one another.
To counter Katherina’s shrewish nature, Petruchio employs reverse psychology, pretending every harsh thing she says or does is kind and gentle. Katherina allows herself to become engaged to Petruchio, and they are married in a farcical ceremony during which he strikes the priest and drinks the communion wine. After the wedding, he takes her to his home against her will. Once they are gone, Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) formally bid for Bianca, with Tranio easily outbidding Gremio. However, in his zeal to win, he promises much more than Lucentio actually possesses. When Baptista determines that once Lucentio’s father confirms the dowry, Bianca and Tranio (i.e. Lucentio) can marry, Tranio decides they will need someone to pretend to be Vincentio, Lucentio’s father. Meanwhile, Tranio persuades Hortensio that Bianca is not worthy of his attentions, thus removing Lucentio’s remaining rival.
In Verona, Petruchio begins the “taming” of his new wife. She is refused food and clothing because nothing – according to Petruchio – is good enough for her; he claims perfectly cooked meat is overcooked, a beautiful dress doesn’t fit right, and a stylish hat is not fashionable. He also disagrees with everything she says, forcing her to agree with everything he says, no matter how absurd.
Back in Padua, Lucentio and Tranio convince a passing pedant to pretend to be Vincentio and confirm the dowry for Bianca. The man does so, and Baptista is happy for Bianca to wed Lucentio (still Tranio in disguise). Bianca, aware of the deception, then secretly elopes with the real Lucentio to get married. However, when Vincentio reaches Padua, he encounters the pedant, who claims to be Lucentio’s father. Tranio (still disguised as Lucentio) appears, and the pedant acknowledges him to be his son Lucentio. There is much confusion, and the real Vincentio is set to be arrested, when the real Lucentio appears with his newly betrothed Bianca, revealing all to a bewildered Baptista and Vincentio. Lucentio explains everything, and all is forgiven by the two fathers.
Meanwhile, Hortensio has married a rich widow, and so in the final scene of the play there are three newly married couples; Bianca and Lucentio, the widow and Hortensio, and Katherina and Petruchio. Because of the general opinion that Petruchio is married to a shrew, a good-natured quarrel breaks out amongst the three men about whose wife is the most obedient. Petruchio proposes a wager whereby each will send a servant to call for their wives, and whichever comes most obediently will have won the wager for her husband. Katherina is the only one of the three who comes, winning the wager for Petruchio. She then hauls the other two wives into the room, giving a speech on why wives should always obey their husbands. The play ends with Baptista, Hortensio and Lucentio marvelling at how successfully Petruchio has tamed the shrew.

A Tear And A Smile

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart

For the joys of the multitude.
And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
To flow from my every part turn into laughter.

I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding
Of life’s secrets and hidden things.
A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and
To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.

A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;
A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.

I would rather that I died in yearning and longing than that I live Weary and despairing.

I want the hunger for love and beauty to be in the
Depths of my spirit,for I have seen those who are
Satisfied the most wretched of people.
I have heard the sigh of those in yearning and Longing, and it is sweeter than the sweetest melody.

With evening’s coming the flower folds her petals
And sleeps, embracingher longing.
At morning’s approach she opens her lips to meet
The sun’s kiss.

The life of a flower is longing and fulfilment.
A tear and a smile.

The waters of the sea become vapor and rise and come
Together and area cloud.

And the cloud floats above the hills and valleys
Until it meets the gentle breeze, then falls weeping
To the fields and joins with brooks and rivers to Return to the sea, its home.

The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting.
A tear and a smile.

And so does the spirit become separated from
The greater spirit to move in the world of matter
And pass as a cloud over the mountain of sorrow
And the plains of joy to meet the breeze of death
And return whence it came.

To the ocean of Love and Beauty—-to God.

– poem by Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

Australia

It is about the film of Buz Luhrmann, ofcourse. Although it is seven years old, it is still new and fresh as in the beginning. And it seems it’s going to be the classic, evergreen.
Australia is an epic drama about not so far past, which shows the history Australia on little bit romanticised way. So, what is so special about? It is a giant story about human kind, battle of good and evil and surviving! And it does not even matter the weird mixture of Hollywood and strong push of New age religion.
The story is set in Northern Australia just before Second world war. The young English aristocrate (Nicole Kidman) visits her husband and when she arrives, immidiately becames a widow and inherits a huge ranch and bunch of cattle. To save a new property from a takeover plot, she needs to drive a thousands heads of cattle over the harsh landscape to Darwin and sell them to the army. And she also needs to save the Aborigine boy Nullah (Brandon Walters, whose acting is splendid) from the authorities, which at that time take the Aborigine children and give them to be raised by Church. She gets help from the Drover Hugh Jackman (with whom she gets “involved”) and Aborigine gulapa King George (David Gulpilil) and from the others. The other part does not take rest either. Finally, they manage to drive the cattle, but later, just before Japanese bombing of Darwin, Nullah was taken and he needs to be rescued…
The life conditions of that time are shown hard as they where, but with lots of humor and irony, so they do not look so “black”. And with little will and love, and especially with singing, almoust everything can be done.

Why those trendy, ironic glasses?!

When oversized plastic eyewear became a “thing,” I could hardly believe it. I grow up in a poor communist country, where everything was chip and simple. Some poor children had to wear ugly glasses with big frames, allways being teased and automaticly considered to be nerds. Later, when communism collpased and standard gets better, most of the people could effort more expensive and better stuff, for example, modern glasses, with tiny frames, or no frames at all. Sudenly glasses became something nice and wanted. They really looked good and even could make someone pretty! But today… Those ugly, nerdy glasses, that appeared everywhere, which makes everyone who has them ugly and repulsive, shows how people stupid and unintelligent beings are. Rich people, who can buy pretty glasses as they can imagine, want to have disgusting glasses, which make them look terrible. There are some people, very few of them, who are so pretty, especially I mean on girls, whom even ugly glasses can not make ugly, but that is so rare, and even they are more pretty without them. Most of the people look horrible with them. So, why??? What to say about it? How to explain? There is no logic at all!
And I did not want to put any picture of those glasses with text. They are just too ugly!!!

Why I am not Charlie

WONDERFUL

a paper bird

imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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