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The Movie-A Christmas Carol

The film viewed was A Christmas Carol. It was a very good replica of the story. It was made in an animated. That allowed the artist to add more visual effects without changing the original lines to make it more intensely felt. This is usually the difference between the original and a recreation. In this case, the original play conveys a message in The Christmas Carol. The message isn't hard to replicate with any copied version of the story. The animated movie version reviewed, due to the many animated versions out there, was quite convincing. The drawn out aspects of the characters were more so human like than cartoon-ish. For example, in the version Scrooge was a grumpy, old, Caucasian human male with gray hair. Other animations, such as Disney, would have Scrooge be played by a grumpy, old, white and gray haired duck. See the difference? A increasingly broader span of people could relate more to the human Scrooge more. The other characters displayed their role quite well. The feeling a happiness and joy for the Christmas holiday were felt by all the characters voices. Compared to the original, the negative pessimistic attitude of Scrooge accurate to say the least. The facial expressions drawn along with the voice over projected his, and everyone elses own, true feelings at every moment. The animated movies plot stayed with the story line on the original. Scrooge being met by 4 ghosts and little disabled Timmy being everyone loved are just examples of story's plot in both. One thing noticed was the way the ghost of Christmas past, present and future were designed. Each of these character's dramatic demeanor created along with the sounds, lights, and voices showed not only Scrooge, but the viewer of The Christmas Carol Movie the severity of his situation. For instance, the ghost of Christmas present was a giant, built fellow who grew old at the end of the day. His beard, which changed from brown to gray, was massive in size. The ghost of Christmas future looked like the usual image from society look of death. It seemed suitable compared to the mental image created from the play, but the ghost of Christmas past looked to come the imagination of the drawing director. The ghost was a ghastly looking teen female shadowed by a shade of dark blue with big eyes with no pupils. It didn't seem like the imagery of the original play. The only extra made in the movie was when Scrooge was viewing his future. He went in a viewed more people with Christmas spirit than in the original play. It gave the artist more chances to add on and intensify the main message being sent to the movie watchers. However, the film seemed to have removed time invested in showing the changing of Scrooge on Christmas day. Just a little more time would have been somewhat of a cherry on top. Ultimately, besides the quality of the movie wasn't the best it could be due to the age, it was a good interpretation of The Christmas Carol.

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My Beautiful Laundrette was an interesting movie. It was about a young man who get to own a not so pretty laundrette. He gets a old pall of his to help. This remainder of the details, I won't go into, but there were underlining issues that must be addressed from the film. The issue of next generation children being there own person or following in the foot steps of their parents and their own culture. This problem happened to boys and girls. Girls had know the background traditions and traits to be the most suitable wife. Boys had to be made men when it came to business. They usually had to follow in the family business. This occurs for every father before them. It was a struggle for the young man and women to have break of tradition from ones own culture to go out with self desires and aspiration. Also, there was a issue of prejudice from non-immigrants towards immigrants or those of immigrant decent. There was violence coming both ways. Is it a for of jealousy or just good ole fashion ignorance? Probably both. The jealousy comes from the economical status the immigrants had to work hard for compared to the opportunities of the non-immigrants not taken advantage of. This seems to bring a strong dislike towards the other side from the another side. One of the last issues raised is a self struggle when not being fully accepted from both sides. A person who is a non immigrant, but is friend with people of immigrant decent. They became an outcast of their own race because of the friendship, and are still never accepted by the immigrants as one of their own.

This week: Bend it like beckham

One of the movies we watched this week was Bend it like Beckham. In this movie, a girl had to go behind her parents back and go against the traditions of her culture to play the game of soccer. I find to be a shame. The fact that a girl had to go to such measures just to do something she loved. Her family wanted her to marry, go to college, go into medicine and forget about meaningless soccer. This wasn't fair to the girl at all. The fact that this makes the girl happy should have been enough for the parents to embrace, but, unfortunately, she is of a culture that is stern in their traditions. In her culture, the tradition is for the girl to learn the ways of a indian woman to be marrying material for a man of the same culture. The culture even has families base social standings as a main point in their decision towards the consideration of another family to marry into. Love seem to have no part in it. This unfortunate, because the girl falls in love with a boy not of the same culture. With time always making realizations for a better, the girls should be allowed to do these things within reason. If the parents would have just made an attempt initially with the idea of their daughter playing soccer, they could have realized her potential and where she could use the sport to take her where she wanted to be. Fortunately, the movie ended the way it did with everyone happy because her passion was embraced and along with her culture. She would ultimately become one of the ideal members of her culture and society with having all these aspects.


The readings for this past week were interesting because I couldn't figure out the reason behind each poem. I saw the reference of the dessert, Egypt, and the Spinx. I would have never guessed that the second coming had a biblical background behind it, but it does make sense. When it says "stony sheep were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle", it's talking about a anti-Christ coming. I'm not too sure about that particular part happening, but I see the reasoning behind it. In Leda and the Swan, the poem refers to Zeus coming down as a swan and raping Leda, then dropping her. The historical background talks about England raping Ireland, then Ireland wanting it's freedom. Yeats had a way with words to make you see whats going on in the time around you and make you realize the reality of it all.

A Room of One's Own Ch. 1-pg. 2666

The reading for the first chapter was quite elaborate with detail, but seemed to be always besides the point. She said woman need money and a room to write fiction. Thus, this makes woman and fiction unsolved problems, and she said her point would be understood at some point while it was being read. And while I was reading, I couldn't figure out where she was going with the story at first. It like at every small event, she would stop, think, and elaborate for half a page on one tiny aspect of a part of a topic of her story. But then I started to see a pattern in what she was saying compared to the details. Every elaborate thought had to do with either woman, unfair treatment, money, status, all the above, or nothing important at all. I can see how the money is needed for woman to write fiction. For woman need money to just get into doors that were closed off just for the fact she was female. These doors led to inspiration in more ways than whats behind them, for the closing of the doors creates controversy towards the norm. The main thing understood was the unfair treatment of woman. These luncheon parties seemed to be setting up a situation of before and after the war behavior. Everything was the same, just the chatter was different. I believe Virginia was going somewhere with this.

Perspective- Aest, Deca,and the Fin de

The change of time, style, and norm is seen in the reading. The end of the Victorian Age, or fin de siecle as the liked to call in, brought along a more delicately exaggerated realism to a world. It was the time of which sexuality was being explored. From wearing clothes to saying a simple sentence, everything in this time had to be done increasingly in a "much more so" manner. Aestheticism was being practiced and passed, from place to place, all around the world. On the other hand, decadence was able to be labeled to pretty much anything. You could be a free thinking feminist or be decsribe with praise or blame. An ultra refined sophistication was used for the term as well.

I would like to know how long would this time period of lasted if one the primary words being used for the time, decadence, wasn't being used against an huge, influential figure of the time, Oscar Wild. The time seemed to live off its own ability to push more into the "make believe". When was this bubble suppose to pop all around? It did in the west and brought with it a devastating collapse. The period of time brought on a glimpse of a, seemingly, competitive nature with every one. The art and poetry produced from the time will forever be epic, but ultimately its own excessive sexual aspect along with traditional condemning mind-state of the society during this time was soon to be a ticking, self destructing time bomb. Ok, maybe that last sentence was a little Aesthetic, but it was a good attempt on my part.

The post of the so far reading of Drakula

Dracula has been a crazy book to read. The suspense creates this visual that is so easy to imagine. The way the story started by going to Dracula's castle with Jonathon sorta walking into the "lion's den" and not realizing it. It took some strange actions by Dracula, the woman, and the inexplicable causes for some things that made him start to suspect the unthinkable. Then the story goes to Mina and Lucy. They have this fearful humor when introduced to us. From the proposals, to the love and concern for Jonathon, they seem to display the way woman were at this time period. Plus, the Lucy having two holes in her neck and bringing in Van Helsing has made this book epic just epic.

The I. of being E.

For the Importance of being Earnest, the play shows many different aspects of the society. For instance, the ideas of marriage. True love in marriage was uncommon, unheard of, and almost taboo(the showing of affection) in the times. For the most part, marriage was done for money, power, status, or all the above. Rarely did you find a true marriage based off love. The play gives examples throughout the story of both both reasons for matrimony.

Also projected from the story, the competition of fakeness vs. realness. First with the constant "front" put on by woman, who are basically trained and pressured by society, to fit in is annoying, ridiculous, and comical all in the same breath. To never be able to be oneself due to social popularity makes it impossible to have growth, but fortunately there are those rare few who don't care about that and be themselves. Now to the men. Isn't ironic that the fake life the real life in the end and the real life was actually fake all along. It's too bad that one must be different wherever they go just be accepted. What I wonder is how the real Earnest feel about the name Jack now?

The Odes, and the Ozy...

Well, I think that the Ozymandias sonnet gives off a sense of irony. It's ironic that the only thing left of a supposedly massive nation is a few chunks of large rocks that show a person. And just think what if this story is real? If never found, the hist off this kingdom, may only live on through this poem.

For the Ode to the West Wind, I felt that He was talking about the seasons of Fall and Autumn, and the death it displays. The death that's shown from the changing of color and the falling of leaves, to "animation" each year of a old man( representing the year) coming to his inevitable, and unstoppable end. Now, while I was reading, I never truly understood the whole "West Wind" deal, even after it was explained in class. How does wind from the west, by literal represents death? Can anybody help me on that?

In the Ode to a Nightingale, I found this one to be the most entertaining. Once I translated it into my understanding, that is. His in depth depiction of opium and wine is so articulate and real. And yet, despite all those ideas, he rather go into the forest, because the forest doesn't deal with these problems/aspects of life. I wonder, how many people during this time felt the same way? Did everyone contemplate suicide?
This week, we finished up on Frankenstein. Ultimately, it was found that Victor was the one to give most, if not all, of the blame. Although, a little blame could go towards the monster. At some point he was able to gain rational thought and realize right from wrong. Also, society plays a part in this as well. Imagine if we lived in a world where there was no discrimination, persecution, ill- thoughts, or isolation given to anyone just because of the way they look, act, or think. If there had been acceptance from society that never would bring self-doubt into ones own mind, things may would have ended up different. Negativity from society can be tremendously detrimental to the psyche of anybody. Especially to someone who does not have nurturing, up bringing, or self-value that should have been placed by a parent figure. This is ultimately why it all comes down to Victor being the main one at fault.

Since Victor is trying to play "god", is the misery and deaths of his loved ones a consequence from God?

Is the monster killing himself considered a suicide?

Will the monster go to Heaven, hell, other neither?