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Blackish Movie Review
A human can abuse an animal in many ways but people just find new and worse ways to do it and get away with it. Sadly too many people don't even know animal abuse happens everyday. It might even be their neighbor or even someone close to them and yet nobody knows. "Blackfish" is a 2013 documentary film, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite it's about showing the true reality behind seaworld.
Ms.Cowperthwaite becomes one of the first to strike against seaworld on the way the orca whales were treated, specifically a male orca named Tilikum. "Blackfish" not only shows struggles a killer whale went through at Seaworld but the way the owners looked at them as only money makers ad not an animal with feelings.
"Blackfish" (forgive me for any spoilers)explains how seaworld located in Orlando,Florida tells ways trainers treated orcas, the struggles they went through, all the suffering they had to go through that no animal should have to ever endure but sadly it happens all over the world and people don't even care. Seaworld became such a famous tourist attraction because of the whale it brung people from all around the world. All of that because of a male orca named Tilikum that was caught from the wild as a baby, not only was he taken from his mother but also forced to live in a concrete pool for most of his life. Because of that it caused depression, loneliness and the cause for Tilikum's fin to bend over. But the owners only thought about money. Since Tilikum is a male orca he becomes Seaworld's most prised possession all because of one thing, his semen he was one of the only male orca whales in captivity that could reproduce.
Since he was taken from his mother at such a young age it caused Tilikum to be an aggressive, uncontrollable whale at times. When humans would take Tilikum's semen he would pass his aggressiveness and anger to his offspring. Humans where the cause of the actions that soon unfolded. The movie explains the environment the whales lived in, how they were treated,whales from completely different oceans were put in the same container and it would cause anger between them and bullying, some would bleed during live shows because of injuries. At times they were forced to be put in different pools. The movie describes Seaworld was a place of horror for the whales. "Blackish" also explains all the accidents, most happened when Seaworld was closed or during training sessions. The accidents that happened at Seaworld not even the trainers new about. The owners would keep every accident very secretive to not cause comoshion. Tilikum was responsible for 3 deaths but in February 24, 2010 it would be the first person killed at a live show it would cause so much commotion on social media and the news seaworld would be forced to close its doors for good. A trainer during a live event was making Tilikum do his normal tricks due to his previous accidents trainers typically didn't get in the water with him but the trainer had got to close to the edge of the pool and Tilikum pulled her by her hair into the water then killing her by amputating her arm of. This tragic accident led to the closer of Seaworld
I believe that the movie was really was really good with letting people know the horrifying truth behind all the tricks and shows the whales were forced to do. I knew animal cruelty was a problem but I never realised sea world was such a prime example of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is a much bigger problem than we know; it happens all around us and most of us don't even know. Therefore "Blackish"not only tells you about the cruelty that happened at Seaworld but how so many people went to watch there shows not thinking if the animal was happy doing what it was doing.
Despite the movie being more of a depressing movie I do record you to watch because it shows if people show animal cruelty is a problem we all can try together to make a difference.
"Past is present if you carry it with you." No, this wasn't said by a famous philosopher or psychologist, but by Sybil Dorsett, the main character of Joseph Sargent's 2007 film Sybil. This film, based on the 1973 book of the same name, examines Sybil's case in a way that will make you empathize with the mentally ill on a whole new level.
We meet Sybil Dorsett as a young art student in New York City during the late 1950s. Right off the bat, it's apparent that something isn't right with Sybil. She leaves during the middle of her class to Philadelphia, due to what we believe to be embarassment. After she tells her university's psychologist that she doesn't know why she went to Philadelphia he diagnoses her with female hysteria and refers her to Dr. Cornelia Wilbur. As Sybil meets with Dr. Wilbur, she confesses that she experiences frequent blackouts and cannot recall large periods of time. Dr. Wilbur helps Sybil recover a childhood memory where she was physically, emotionally, and sexually abused by her mother. Eventually, several different personalities with different ages and names emerge from inside Sybil. To Dr. Wilbur's dismay, her associates believe that she influenced Sybil to create the different identities. The end of the film shows the house of Shirley Mason, who, up until now, was known as Sybil Dorsett.
Sybil is quite the rollercoaster of a main character. When she was first introduced in the movie, I felt sorry for her due to her frequent blackouts. Imagine only being able to play piano while you're blacked out; this is the life of Sybil. When she starts seeing Dr. Wilbur, and her multiple personalities emerge, I started to dislike Sybil because of her anger personality, otherwise known as Peggy Lou. Mainly because this version of Sybil is very rude and aggressive, and I didn't find it particularly necessary to break the glass several times in Dr. Wilbur's office. My favorite of Sybil's personalities though, was Sid, her male personality in the movie. The little tough guy Bostonian accent paired with Sybil's irrational actions based on her perspective of how the males around her act is just all too perfect. When Mary meets Dr. Wilbur, this is when I start to wonder "what happened in this poor woman's life to make her act like this?" From her obvious hallucinations of her dead mother, to the strange whimpering noises she makes, to the grotesque looking contortions she makes while experiencing these hallucinations- it's pretty clear something really messed up happened during her childhood. The change in accents and genuine change in behavior is all too cute, and even if you don't like Sybil herself, you're bound to relate one of the sixteen characters inside of her. I just wish that the movie was longer so there was sufficient character development for each personality.
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur was another interesting character that was hard for me to dislike. Being that we know that dissociative identity disorder is a legitimate mental disorder now, I felt her frustration when all of her colleagues believed that she made Sybil create her several personalities, and that Sybil was just suffering from simple "female hysteria". The setting definitely takes a key role here: had the movie taken place during a slightly later time period, Dr.Wilbur most likely would have had more success convincing her colleagues of her groundbreaking discovery. I like how she is very sincere and gentle with Sybil, as well as with Sybil's multiple identities, even when Sybil herself is not being so gentle.
The only thing that sort of threw me off was the cryptic serial killer like music that played most of the time whilst Sybil was recalling her past. I liked how it wasn't confusing to distinguish the timeline in the movie from the constant flashbacks to Sybil's past.The ending of the movies was pretty anticlimactic and abrupt. I think the movie could have been a little longer, showing more of how Sybil behaves when she comes to terms with all her personalities and realizes she has an illness. I also don't like how it revealed the identity of Sybil Dorsett to be Shirley Mason, destroying the anonymity that had been preserved by the previous adaptation for 31 years. I would recommend this film to anyone that is interested in Sigmund Freud and the psychodynamic perspective, or anyone studying psychoanalysis.
- Kaden Jones
Have you ever wondered why slaves never fought there master or what would happen if they had the chance to. The movie "Django Unchained" explores this idea. It is a story of a slave gaining freedom and ultimately freeing his wife from slavery and in the process takes down a famous slave plantation Candy land. The movie starts with Django being a slave but he is rescued from slavery by a german bounty hunter named Dr Schultz. He practiced dentistry for a while but then became a bounty hunter. He needed Djangos to help him locate the briddle brothers who were slavers. Dr Schultz takes him through this journey and they track down the briddle brother two of which Django himself killed and whipped and before killing one of them he says to the salves "yall wanna see something" and blows his brains out. He is then recruited but the Dr to be a bounty hunter for the winter and the thought of killing white people for money was very interesting to Django. He became very talented in shooting. After the winter he tells Dr Schultz that he wants to free his wife Broomhilda whose name the Dr recognized because of her german name. She ends up being in candy land the famous slave plantation. They go to candyland to save Hilda and they come up with a terrific plan. The plan goes south after they are caught by Mr candy's trusted friend who was a former slave named stephen. Dr schultz is killed but Django get into a big shootout with them and kills a lot of white slavers. He is captured but escapes and comes back to candy and slaughters all the white people in the plantation and also stephen the former slave.
This movie makes me think of what it would have been like if slaves had rebelled and gone out after there master and try to kill them. You can imagine the pain the slaves felt but they never fought back. This movie unleashed the pain the slaves felt to white people in very violent way but get the idea across that slaves at that time would smile and the death of a white man who was their slave owner. The movie makes us think could white people endure the pains black people went through if they were slaves. There a scene where Django had to watch a slave who was refusing to fight being fed to dogs to die and this hits home hard because I could never imagined being in that position. The movie though violent makes you feel, or at least for me a little bit of hatred towards white and in some cases you'll find yourself smiling when Django slaughters all the slavers. I love the setting being the west but the town is greenville tennessee which was a big slave town even after the abolishment of slavery. The movie show the west in the eye of a black man and a foreigner. It shows how america treated the those who were not of the country. Overall the movie is very eye opening and just show that slavery was a very disturbing time in the history of the us and we have come a long way. But we also have a long way to go.
-- Joel C.
(Spoilers) The movie is about a platoon ordered to search for Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) during World War 2 while fighting the German army in France. In the beginning of the movie you see an old man heading to the grave a fallen soldier and that soldier is Captain James Miller (Tom Hanks) the captain and his platoon ordered to take James home. The memories come to James as the scene was taken to the bays of France, D-day. The first soldier on the American side was shot on the head, so it started the action of the movie with bombs going off while the Americans and other allies tried to storm towards the beach eventually with the allies succeeding on the assault. Later that day James Miller got the orders to get a soldier named Private James Ryan to take him home because his other two brothers died in action. Private Ryan was a few miles away so Captain Miller throughout the movie along with a few other soldiers tried to get Ryan in the processes two soldiers died. They found Ryan and found out where he was stationed, they tell him the news and he doesn't want to go home he wants to stay there with his brother which is noble of him. Captain Miller agreed to stay and fight till reinforcements arrive against the German army. Ryan was still young, but mature enough to realize i need to stay here and fight. The whole platoon dies and reinforcements come at the last minute, now at this Miller was shot and Ryan stands in front of him as he laid dying, that's when the scene changed to the present day when Ryan is an old man. He never forget what Miller did and he reflects on it everyday of his life.
This movie had its intense moments along with moments that made you feel more connected with the characters. Those moments that had its reality check making us realize that these men just enjoy the little things and are just wanting to go home to their families. The effects of War can leave lasting memories like it did with Ryan, but at the same time during the War others see them as superhuman, but they are just humans that are stressed and paranoid out of there minds. Even though Miller was a Captain and is supposed to show leadership and no fear, he takes his time to mourn and cry for his fallen soldiers because the pressure is just too much for him to take and just wants to go home. The movie had a good interpretation of D day in the beginning by applying the gun fire, landmines, and the sounds of soldiers using their battle cry, screaming in pain, or just shocked on the dead laying on the shore. That is the scene that got me hooked to the movie, also including the final battle in the town in France having that Alamo feeling being outnumbered by the Nazis. Overall the movie is worth watching and it makes you appreciate more for what these service men and women have to sacrifice, the story itself is good with good characters to back it up going more in depth to how they are feeling mentally and physically and the backlash it can have later in their lives.
-- Fernando V.
According to the Urban Dictionary, nappy is defined as "Tightly coiled / curled unaltered hair. Coiled hair in its natural state, as found on people of African descent who do not chemically alter their hair texture". In the 2009 comedy/documentary narrated by Chris Rock called Good Hair, he deconstructs different meanings of what good hair is and where the term originated from. When regarding the idea of "good hair", as a female who had relaxers, I used to envision Caucasian women with flowy straight hair, now I see "good hair" as natural or healthy hair due to the recent acceptance of cultural diversity.
Chris Rock begins his journey to find out why his daughter questions the quality of her hair. He attends multiple places around the world to discover where the "good hair" is. He attends convention that is solely based on the Bronner Bros hair competition and selling of hair extensions. He visits hair salons where women are getting their hair done to ask them questions about how their hair is paid off, what price it is, and more. In addition to get women's opinion, he interviews women like Nia Long and Eve, celebrities that can tell them about their experience with relaxers and weave.
He researches the chemicals found in relaxers, how early most children begin to use them, and how some don't go back to natural once using it. Not only does he look at relaxers, Rock looks at wigs, extensions, tracks, and sew-ins. He tries to become educated on the price values of Asian or Caucasian hair and African American hair. Rock concludes with a message to his daughters about what he learned in his journey and how they should be advised when trying to attain "good hair".
As someone who has now sworn off relaxers, I believe natural hair is beautiful and doesn't need to be permanently altered. However, I also do believe what one person might think is "good hair" another won't agree. I can admit I've been influenced by recent trends to chop of my relaxed ends and embrace my natural curl pattern. When I was in middle school people saw my natural afro as dirty and ugly. Now everyone is trying to get the curl patterns I have that naturally grow out my scalp. I wish the documentary talked more about how history influenced multiple women to damage their natural hair to make white people. I think if he showed that aspect, people could make the connect of how African American culture has been suppressed in many other ways. I do wear braids with extensions now to lessen the hassle of dealing with my hair every morning, but I stand by the use or relaxer or no relaxer. However, I do not advocate for the use of relaxer to make others more accepting, respectable, or to make the person "beautiful". The way someone does their hair shouldn't determine who they are, whether they get the job or not, or whether they are beautiful.
If you are someone who is having troubles understanding why African Americans wear extensions or don't understand why most African American women think their natural pattern isn't good, I would recommend this documentary for you. I believe this would be best for those type of people because the film educates you on where the "good hair" came from, why people believe this way, and how to get the hair everyone is wearing/talking about. However, I feel like Chris Rock could have done a better job of telling African American woman's story about hair better because it was mainly stereotypical girls with their extensions and attitude. There was some parts of the film that I found cringe-worthy and shocking. Chris Rock tried to show how our natural state of hair was nearly worthless, but in doing so it felt like he embarrassed African American women and make jokes that Caucasians with stereotypical beliefs about weave would laugh at.
-- Obioma N.
If you were to see this biopic of Mike Tyson, you would have to be a person
totally comfortable with a film full of vulgarity, a bitter tone full of resentment, hurt, loss and
possibly,not even a chance at self redemption. And even with all of these traits, Tyson,delivers a
movie that depicts the harsh realities of addiction, fame and self worth in a such an impressive
tale, it's hard not to love its melancholy.
The film starts with Tyson's very first championship bout against Trevor Berbick. As it
continues, you see the sheer brutality of Tyson's trademark brutality. He decimates Berbick in
the first round and becomes the youngest person to win the Heavyweight championship. This is
significant, because it a type of foreshadowing, completely raw in how depicts what is supposed
to be Tyson's road to success, achievement and security. The sick irony is that it does the
complete opposite. As film goes on, you see a descending path of darkness, one that is arguably
something Tyson is comfortable with. He calmly, eloquently and truthfully details the events of
his life to the extent the audience builds either a deep sympathy for him or an admiration about
the self awareness he has now about the way his fame as a boxer helped propel his near
destruction, pushing the road pain, a question of self worth and unadulterated rage that he would
continue use while fighting. He also remarks on something that would be completely disturbing
to the average person and fascinating to a few, that being the mindset of going in and inflicting
bodily harm on another human being. When he was partaking in this barbaric chess, he loved it,
the thought of punishing another human being and crushing his soul gave all the motivation in
the world to step in that ring and almost always a psychological edge over his opponents.
When you truly watch this film, you come to either two conclusions. That Tyson is a manic
depressive animal that is bordering on being a psychopathic sociopath. Or you come to the
understanding that he is a misunderstood individuals who flirted and has been enamored with
every considerably every dark facet of life and has a deep awareness of his circumstances and
responsibilities in coherence with those circumstances. This film does him justice in that aspect
and should be appreciated no matter how dark or unfortunate the narration is.
-- Nick Borne
Until 1920, women in the United States were barred. They could not vote. They were not welcomed at school. They were contained to work at home. They were held back from dressing as they'd like. They were looked at as weak, as the least of problems America had to deal with then. In the 2004 movie, directed by Katja von Garnier, "Iron Jawed Angels", the fight during the 1920s for woman suffrage from women all over the country was shown. During this time having both men and women oppose women's rights made the disagreement a lot more intense and tough.
The film begins by introducing two friends, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who both share the same desire to have the right to vote. At the time the right to vote was determined by state so these women wanted the federal decision. They began by meeting with Carrie Chapman Catt and Anna Howard Shaw, two representatives from the National American Woman Suffrage Association to explain that all women should have the right to vote but they did not support the idea of including it into the constitution. With the helpless support from these women, Paul and Burns decided to start their own group and begin with a huge event, a parade. They recruited a team of volunteers to begin the movement. Their association ran on their own funds including donations they had gathered while promoting women's suffrage. Paul tries to convince a labor lawyer, Inez Mulholland, to join their group and be apart of the parade they were planning. When doing so, Paul meets a political cartoonist, Ben Weismann, and there is an instant connection. Later, Paul and her team get harassed and riots begin to outbreak so more attention is being focused on this issue. President Woodrow Wilson is then addressed and pushed to consider the problem but quickly ignores it. While searching for more help, Paul demands that Weismann contributes his abilities as a newspaper writer to help with the cause. He agrees only if Paul goes on a date with him and so she does because of her significant motive for a change. Their group, the National Woman's Party, starts their movement across the country. Senator Leighton stops his wife Emily's allowance after figuring out she had made donations to the NWP. Mulholland explains how tired she is and how she doesn't want to join them for the trip but Paul convinces her come. During one of their events, Mulholland passes out and soon dies in the hospital due to high anemia. Paul immediately blames herself for Mulholland's death and wishes to end her fight so she moves back to a farm back home. Burns visits and convinces Paul that their fight is not over yet and she should come back to Washington. When the women return, their next plan is to picket the White House. The President is not bothered by it because it's their right and he thinks they'll eventually quit. The picketers are arrested for "obstructing traffic" and sent to court. They refuse to pay any fines for crimes they didn't commit because they see themselves as political prisoners. The women are locked up for 60 days with no chance of leaving. Paul is sent to jail and demanded to be checked for mental illness but she explains that her courage is being mistaken as insanity and there is no problem. She returns and leads a hunger strike causing the women to start getting force fed raw eggs. The mistreatment of these women are leaked out and more support for the NWP is present. Catt convinces the president to release them. When they are out, the amendment is brought up where 35 states ratify it and just one more is needed. Tennesee changes their mind after receiving a telegram from his mother from anti suffrage to his yellow rose, suffrage. In 1920, the right finally became a law for about 20 million women in America.
This movie was amazing in terms of presenting the reality these women faced. I really enjoyed how the challenges were shown because the whole process wasn't just one protest that changed the law. The actors all had passion in their eyes and a fight in their breath which allowed the audience to realize how important this was and how hard history was fought, through the harsh opposition. When President Wilson kept laughing at the picketers, the push to keep standing up for their beliefs was presented. At times when they wanted to give up, they demonstrated in their actions how if change doesn't happen now, they don't know when it will. When the amendment was passed at the end of the movie, the happiness and pride was presented in calmness and relief.
Any person that supports women's rights would enjoy this movie because extremely valid points are made towards the treatment of women. Now, during the time after the election, gender discrimination is a huge issue that has come up and seeing how hard they fought almost 100 years ago proves that if we stand tall, we won't back down. That no matter how much the president disapproves of women's rights, we will continue to fight to become equal.
-- Raeann Zarou
Over the past couple decades Americans have been fed a stream of lies, that climate change has been the result of our dependence on traffic and feeding the materialistic society that live in. That the world that we live in is warming rapidly and the way to stop it is to use less water, drive less and recycle. Well this is wrong, in fact if everyone in America stopped driving, recycled and used less water, it would do pretty much nothing because it is not the sole reason why our earth is dying. Our world is dying and America is holding the weapon and it is our agriculture system.
In the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" made in 2014 by Kip Anderson and Keenen Kuhn lifts the curtain and shows viewers the real problem with American and why we will never be able to reach sustainability is we do not admit to agriculture being the main culprit. Throughout the story they constantly show reason after reason why Agriculture is one of the biggest threats to the world health, from animal agriculture to aquaculture Keenen's research shows the deception in America and how Agriculture should be in the spotlight when it comes to sustainability.
Keenen as a child has always been an advocate for environmental sustainability, since he was a teen he always biked, took short showers and recycled. He always thought that the biggest contribution to climate change was fossil fuels and the amount of trash that we produce. But in fact as he found out it is agriculture, more specifically animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of pollution in the world! So he began to think " why is this not getting more attention?" how is it that the leading cause of oceanic dead zones, water pollution, and contributor to climate change is not getting more attention?
As he begins to look into this problem trying to talk to huge environmental corporations such as Green Peace or Oceana he either gets denied an interview or when he brings up Animal agriculture most of them completely deny even knowing this problem. Towards the end of his research he abandons the notion of interviewing and started to realize why so many people are unwilling to speak out against agriculture. Towards the end of the movie he starts to realize that animal agriculture cannot be sustainable, the only way that we can begin to be sustainable is to eat a lot less meat to effect and reduce the amount of animals that we being raised for food.
I think that this movie did a good job with getting this issue out into the public and for better recognition with the American public. In my mind this is one of the biggest issues facing America and this movie did a very good job at showing us the facts and the problem because of the way that they showed it. The movie did a very good job at showing all of the facts that was easy to comprehend and towards to end of the movie I started to come to the conclusion that the only way to make meat production is to stop producing meat.
-- Eligh Purvis
here are many things we hope to find in space
such as aliens, habitable planets, and things beyond wildest dreams. But what happens when we discover something that rather use us as an incubator for their offspring. "Alien" by Ridley scott ,a fantasy thriller that was made in 1979, was written just to give a disturbing and frightening reminder that space holds its fair share of friendly creatures and it's less that friendly creatures earning it a R rating. In my late night viewing of "Alien" it had me anticipating the next scare and had me doubting all creaks coming from my house believing it to be a xenomorph coming to dispatch me in a horrific manner and to simply be put do not watch after 10 pm alone unless of course you love staying up till you see the sun. The movie was amazingly written and shot to complement its ingenious writing. The movie perfectly preys on our fear of the unknown that space has and the question that ,all manners of people, do but do not want an answer. The movie starts out simple and deceiving at first with a ship (out unwitting crew) responding to a distress beacon on a moon base. After investigating the base a crew member is attacked by some sort of creature that attaches it to his face. After removing the creature the crew retreats back to the ship to make a hasty retreat but not long after the retreat one of the crew has been meet with its first death from a creature bursting from his chest and escaping into the ship. They then proceed to attempt to hunt down and kill the creature but quite the opposite happens with their crew being picked off one by one almost like clock work. The ending will not be talked about here because the writing and cinematography needs to be watched. The movie all together was amazing, the practical effects speak for them, and there is not a moment where you can not feel the suspense of the crew. The use of practical effects are quite amazing and adds a haunting feeling from how extremely organic many of the gore scenes look and feel. The highlights of these examples are of when the alien bursts out of the chest, the scene where Ash was (spoiler warning) discovered to be an android, and the alien suit itself. Beginning with the chestburster was nothing but practical effects that used blood packs, sheep organs, and a puppet. This scene was amplified with, not only, the shock value but the fact the actors were not informed of what was going to happen. The next is the cyborg scene where it looks to be real wiring and fluid coming out but it really is nothing more than milk and pasta. The most important character the alien itself is nothing more than a person in a latex suit that has hoses attached to it and a series of other parts used to make a more organic look.
The movie all together is quite amazing and well written earning its place as one of the greatest space movies ever. It is worth watching and worth the praises that critics have given it.
-- Mateo Valdez
Two ways to view the world that seem similar at times. Two ways to view the world brought Europe down in flames. The last Islamic invasion of Christian Europe had once again came so close, but yet so far thanks to the will of God. West Asia gave in to Islam as did North Africa, however, though outnumbered 6-1 the Man O' War stood fast and armed only with faith and sword did he repel the darkness. As was shown at the battle of Vienna by the Polish king in Renzo Martinelli's 2012 film Day of the Siege. Based on a true story of Europe's last stand against the Ottoman empire at Vienna, of Jan Sobieski who personally led 50,000 men of the Holy League against the Ottoman's 300,000. People of today should seriously watch this movie, not because it has good graphics or plot, but the context is critical in learning about what's really happening in Europe today and why it's happening. These two views have clashed for thousands of years and that feud didn't just go away overnight.
Beginning after the first siege of Vienna the century before, the film brings viewers through the various conflicts between European Christianity and Turkish Islam which led up to the events of September 11, 1683 and the Battle of Vienna. It follows an Italian Christian monk named Marco d'Aviano (F. Murray Abraham) who believes his mission from God is to unite Europe under the Lord's banner and push back the Ottoman empire. (SPOILER) However, he is conflicted throughout the film by moments like when he stopped a Christian mob that came to kill Abu'l (Yorgo Voyagis) because he was a muslim.
However, his biggest conflicts are with Kara Mustafa (Enrico Lo Verso) whom he knew back when they were young and the kings of the Holy League. With Marco and Kara the two represent throughout the movie the relationship between Christians and Muslims even off the battlefield. Kara believes Allah spared Marco, so that he will witness Europe burn and be conquered by Allah. While, on the other hand, Marco tells Kara that God had Kara spare Marco's life, so that he will save him from damnation. Now, with the kings they were just complaining about who would lead the 50,000 men against the sheer numbers the Ottomans had, and Marco suggested that King Jan III Sobieski (Jerzy Skolimowski) of Poland should. After much bickering among them Sobieski told them what he would do and they eventually gave him command.
The main plot of the movie is Marco d'Aviano travels across Europe attempting to unite them under God and push back the Islamic invasion. First to Vienna to see the duke, and then to France to get their support, and finally to Poland to get them into the fold as well. Meanwhile, Kara Mustafa was preparing to take Vienna (or as they called it the Golden Apple) from Constantinople with the intent to capture Rome and turn St. Peter's Basilica into a mosque. It shows the circumstances of the second siege of Vienna on September 11 and the assault of the Ottoman Turks led by Kara Mustafa against the Habsburg monarchy. Which the assault was eventually halted by King Jan III Sobieski, and curtailed Turkish expansion into European Christendom.
This movie wasn't good in terms of storytelling nor graphics, however, it's meaning heavily holds it up. The title's allusion to the September 11 attacks is intentional. Director Martinelli explained that while that date is associated with the attacks on the United States, few people know that the date also marks the historical events of 1683 when 300,000 soldiers moved from Constantinople to Vienna to end Europe. This is very interesting because another major terrorist attacks happened on September 11 which was Benghazi. This movie puts even more significance to that date.
The main point of this movie, I believe, was to show the significance of Marco d'Aviano and King Jan III Sobieski. To show the conflicts of Christians and Muslims on a social level with Marco and Kara. To show the conflict of Christians and Muslims on a territorial level with Jan and Kara. But, the biggest point of this movie to me was what Kara Mustafa said to his commanders. It was a really quick line, however, it held significant meaning to what's happening in Europe today. He said (paraphrasing here), "Even if we fail here it won't stop us from raising the flag of the prophet over Europe. If we fail more will rise in the coming times and one way or another the Christians of Europe will submit." Remember that was paraphrasing. However, what he said (at least in the movie) perfectly reflects the migrant crisis of Europe in which people believe it to be a "refugee" crisis-insert crazy Christian joke here. What a perfect opportunity for countries like, well Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other Islamic States to take advantage of the West ignorance of the past and carry on the Ottoman's final will. It scary.
All of this aside I highly recommend watching this movie for historical reasons and not entertainment reasons. If you go in watching this for a movie with good graphics and well told story, you're going to be disappointed. But, go in for a movie with a deeper meaning, then you will be enlightened by this film.
By McKenna Curran, January 31, 2017
What if you figure out that your entire life is fake; the biggest lie ever told, and everyone was in on it? The Truman Show -- The Truman Show (1998), is about a man that lives in a dome; a fake world, where his family and friends aren't really his family and friends, but just actors who grew up with him. This life of his is just a fake, with fake weather, lies about other places, recurring radio channels; all on TV. This movie got me thinking about technology, and how humans have manipulated each other. Every storm that changes the weather were all done by dials and switches.
Truman, a simple guy with a beautiful wife, a nice a house, a garden, and friendly neighbors. Each day is the same: talks to his neighbors before he leaves for work, his favorite songs are on the radio all the time; the people he interacts with are organized (i.e. he doesn't run into to anyone on his way). Before he gets into his building, he gets food from across the street. He looks at magazines and calls the travel company every day, even though he's taught that Fiji isn't a real place, but he tries anyway. Sometimes, he goes on the daily boat ride, expecting to leave town forever, but it never happens.
Once, he started to bond with a woman on the beach, but a few days later, men come and take her. After dinner, he hands out with his childhood friend, Marlon, always on the shore of the beach. Truman begins to become suspicious of this life, but Marlon reassures him that nothing's wrong. He should just calm down and go about his business. Outside Truman's believed home, the TV crew and director does a Q&A. The woman from the beach is on the phone, yelling about Truman to get into the real world.
Truman finds some of the cameras around the town; his house; figures out that the radio isn't real. So, he tries to get out of town first, but is blocked by fake guards and police. So, he hides. But, all the actors in town have to find him after a day, with directions from the director of the show, Christof. Cristof has watched Truman grow up for over 30 years, gaining fans from all over the world. Truman leaves, but it's not easy. He gets to the edge of the dome on a thunderous trip on a boat. He's talked to Christof through the loud speakers, who tries to get him to stay.
My opinion on this is that it's the kind of fiction that could totally be real; possibly even in the future. The dome would be more advanced, of course. I like this movie because of the way things work; his daily routine. He visits his mother, and sees his father. They make sure he's secure in town. I like movies because I'm a movie nerd, and this review has to be formal, but I'll try to do it like usual. It's cool because it's like a vacation. The movie is trying to perform a simple life. But, Truman is a test subject! It's weird to think about, honestly.
There are many ways to relieve pain. There are ways we know from what we see and experience -- the stories, the movies, the articles, the news, being the victim -- and there are the peaceful ways that are just as powerful: individual people who brings attention and awareness to mental illness, those are the people who changes the world. That is the kind of courageous resistance Stephen Chbosky show in Lionsgate Films 2012 film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, rated PG-13. This film is about the story of a young teenage boy named Charlie, who has clinical depression due to childhood memories, is a movie everyone must see, so we can be inspired and strengthen the awareness for mental illness.
Ever since Charlie was little, his aunt has always been his favorite person until she passed away. He has never been mentally stable since but he tries to adapt the normal lifestyle of being a young high school student. Charlie is uneasy about beginning his freshman year because he has difficulty making friends and he's very shy. The only person he connected to at school was his english teacher, Mr. Anderson because he makes Charlie feel like he belongs in the school when Charlie feels like he doesn't belong anywhere. He meets two seniors, Sam and her step brother Patrick at a football game, they invite him to go out to eat and go to parties and such. At a party, Charlie eats a pot brownie and tells Sam about how his only friend committed suicide. On the way home, Patrick drives Sam and Charlie to a tunnel. They put on a song they've never heard of and Sam decides to go to the back of the pickup to enjoy the moment. That is when Charlie begins to fall for her. After realizing that Charlie is falling in love with Sam, he tries to find ways to show her that he cares about her and her happiness. At Christmas, Charlie reveals that he have never been kissed before. Although Sam is with someone else, she kisses him and tells him that she loves him. When Marie-Elizabeth asked Charlie to the Sadies dance, he tries not to hurt her feelings so he goes with her. That's when Marie-Elizabeth started falling for Charlie and somehow they began to date but keep in mind that Charlie is only dating her because he doesn't want to hurt her feelings but he gets more irritated with her as the relationship goes. At a party, Patrick asked Charlie to kiss the most beautiful person in the room and he kisses Sam unintentionally, hurting Marie-Elizabeth's feelings. Patrick recommends Charlie to stay away from them for awhile but Charlie starts having flashbacks of his aunt's death when he was seven years old. When Sam and Patrick goes away for college, Charlie experiences a flashback of his aunt's death and something else about his aunt that he wasn't sure about. He calls his sister and his sister realizes that he needs help so she calls for help. Charlie passes out and wakes up in a hospital. He then reveals to his doctor that his aunt has sexually abused him when he was little and that's what he has been scared of saying out loud for the longest time.
Frankly, I thought that this film is incredibly amazing. Chbosky really brought attention and awareness to mental health and why this issue is really important. Anything and anyone can really make you feel like you're trapped inside sometimes it's even yourself making you feel this way. I agree that people who supports others going through this, helps a lot. Everyone always needs someone to talk to and to make sure that they're okay. This movie has inspired me to bring more awareness to mental illness and help individuals who are going through this. Some people might not understand why mental health is as important as any other illnesses and this movie has many very important parts about mental illness since you get to see Charlie's point of view. Finally, I have to admit, this film is one of the best films I have ever seen. For example, one stereotype would be: she's only depressed so she could get attention. No, mental illness is a serious issue and no one should say anything like that because no one knows what she's going through. I recommend everyone to watch this movie. Not only will it raise awareness but it will put the audience in Charlie's shoes to show what he's going through and how much pain he has trying to fix himself.
-- Hera Tran
An astronaut's greatest fear: being left alone in space. There's nobody to keep you company -- nobody to keep you alive. Nothing to rely on but human instinct and, of course, potatoes. We humans rarely find ourselves in ideal situations. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is forced into a particularly problematic situation in Ridley Scott's 2015 movie, The Martian. He's stranded on Mars, impaled by an antenna, and presumed dead by all of earth. Not to mention an insufficient food supply and no way to phone home. But Mark's a botanist, and these are problems that a botanist is trained to solve. This movie must be seen by anyone who, like myself, loves great adventures that exhibit the wonders of science and the tenacity of human ingenuity.
The plot is relatively straightforward. The 6 person crew of the Ares 3 mission are busy performing experiments and engaging in some lively banter when they are alerted (a little too late) to an oncoming martian dust storm of death. They decide that they need to abandon the mission and blast away from Mars lest their rocket get destroyed by the storm. But in the dark chaos of the storm, some debris hits Mark Watney and throws him back out of sight, The crew leaves him there, presumably dead. But he isn't. He wakes up the next morning with shrapnel in his stomach and begins his epic journey of survival. Using his super-genius mind, he manages to solve any problem thrown his way (and there were plenty). In the meantime, NASA, after announcing Watney's death, find out that he is still alive and do everything within their power to get him back. Everybody in the movie, from NASA to the crew to Watney, as Watney says, "science the shit out of it."
Watney's first and arguably most important breakthrough was growing potatoes using a combination of astronaut poop, martian soil, and self-manufactured water. As the first human to grow anything on Mars, Mark technically colonized Mars. He proceeds to find an ingenious method to communicate with Houston which gives him encouragement to begin formulating a plan to get himself home. An incredible team effort from JPL, NASA, and the Ares 3 crew make Watney's return possible.
So many times in movies, science is used as a shackle, an antagonist-- something that prevents heroic characters from doing their heroic things. It was refreshing to watch a mainstream sci-fi film that featured science and portrayed it in a positive light. Science is what allowed Watney to survive and thrive. Science was the hero. The key to this unique portrayal of science was that the science wasn't boring. It was pragmatic and fascinating to watch. And there was a healthy amount of humor to prevent Watney, NASA, JPL, and the crew from seeming like their stereotypes. The characters were approachable and made me want to team up with them to solve the problems that they were facing. The movie did a good job staying away from making the incredibly smart characters seem like elitists. The attitude of the movie encourages science and critical thinking which are skills becoming increasingly valuable in society today. In the Martian, Matt Damon was a great actor but science was the star.
-- Johann Kailey-Steiner
Have you ever squinted up to the sky, stretched up your arm, and tried to grasp the Sun with your palm? The giver of light and light to us, we have been captivated by the Sun since we first laid eyes upon it, and now, with our solar technology capabilities, we are close to grasping its immense power for ourselves. The growth and prospects of our usage of solar energy is displayed in the 2015 documentary film, Catching the Sun, by Shalini Kantayya. This film does an amazing job laying-out the benefits that solar energy could have on our economy, our lives, jobs, and most important, the environment. Yet it seems to lack in informing about some of the facts against the technology and industry.
The film begins in Richmond, California, with footage from the Chevron Oil Refinery. There are many accounts to how the fire harmed thousands of people around the refinery, and how insignificantly it harmed the corporation itself. A small blurb of solar history is provided in the front of the documentary as well. From the beginning, the film makes it apparent that this is a battle between green energy and corporate monopolies.
The focus of the film depicts the lives and stories of those who are a part of the push for solar energy. Back in Richmond, unemployed workers are trained by a new solar energy company to get skills in solar installation while trying to transform their city. The work of Van Jones is also featured, who is a prominent green activist known for his work with the organization Green For All, as well as his work in the White House and his eventual resignation from the white house because of attacks from the media. The film displays the attitude of Debbie Doolie, a conservative woman from Atlanta, Georgia who wants to shatter the presumption that green energy is a political battle. Even though America isn't able to move forward, foreign countries are developing and installing new solar technologies. The documentary follows a Chinese entrepreneur, Zhongwei Jiang, who founded the green energy company, WesTech, and is travelling to many other countries such as India and Germany to conduct business for solar energy. Jiang's dream is to build a solar city in Texas.
This movie did a wonderful job depicting how solar energy can benefit our lives. Seeing how real people live their life for the solar industry, and have gained a livelihood from it, does a much better job convincing than just pure speculation of what going green could do. It's awful to think how arrogant and selfish some corporations can be, to deny climate change and attack green energy advocates, just so they don't lose any profit. This film really breaks down the claim that solar energy won't support the economy. Energy can become incredibly cheap for many people, as they can own their own form of power. And the industry will create many many jobs, for those developing, installing, and maintaining solar panels. The only ones this won't help necessarily are the fossil fuel owners.
The film really displayed the rewards solar power can bring, however, it failed to address any of the problems of solar power which causes it to not be as viable. One such problem is the issue of containing the power that comes from solar panels. The sun isn't up all the time, and today, we don't have the battery technology to store enough energy from panels to continually power buildings.
Besides the film's omittance of realistic reasons why solar isn't the only option we should pursue, I really enjoyed watching it, and recommend Catching the Sun as a film to watch, for everyone who is or isn't worried about the environment.
-- Christian Amundson
In the movie Angels and demons is the 2nd movie in the "Da Vinci code" series where the main character Robert Langdon is called upon by the church to solve a problem when four of the cardinal priests are kidnapped and a sample of antimatter is stolen from the CERN super collider in Geneva which is being used as a terrorist act to instil fear and to potentially harm people with the destructive nature of antimatter. In the movie "Angels and demons" directed by Ron Howard has many themes of destruction and devastation, faith vs science and secrets revealed though clues to show a story of Professor Langdon's mystery hunt to find the antimatter to save hundreds of lives. The story takes place at one of langdon's lectures on symbols where not everything is actually what they seem to be where he would show a picture of close up 3 pronged pitch fork and ask what people say and most people saw it as a symbol of the devil when it is for the greek god Poseidon and he also showed many other things like this which immediately shows his knowledge and why he would be a very good detective because it shows about his person as a whole in being able to find ideas when only given part of the puzzle thus showing how knowledgeable he is. Throughout this entire movie it talks walls though the eyes of the professor as he sets to solve the 4 puzzles of water earth fire and air in order to save the 4 cardinals from being killed in different monasteries around Vatican City. In this movie professor Langdon shows off his knowledge and his skills to solve clues and puzzles where under harsh conditions from oxygen deprivation drowning getting shot at and handling unstable antimatter.
Langdon and Vittoria make their way to Vatican City, where the Pope has recently died. They are told that the four Preferiti, the cardinals who are most likely to be elected pope, are missing. Langdon and Vittoria search for the preferiti in hopes that they will also find the antimatter canister. Their search is assisted by Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca (the late pope's closest aide) and the Vatican's Swiss Guard. Throughout this movie professor langdon shows his skills and knowledge of solving clues and this movie in my own opinion is very good where it has constant mysteries and constant antagonizing plots that make the riddles harder and harder to solve as langdon get closer to saving a cardinal while risking his life and the life of other around him.
This is a very good movie in my opinion because it has a very good story telling narrative and very good well rounded characters along with a perfect hidden antagonist.
-- Austin Hartman
I want to you to hear their stories, the stories that echo through histories walls, and come to inspire are times. I want you to read the words written long ago, to remind you that pain has always walked alongside us. And I a Muslim Somali lesbian will remind you, to look back, so you can fight for the future. Phyllis Nagy's 2015 film Carol, rated R. A film based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. Illustrates the 1950's in an almost exact atmosphere capturing the viewer's attention guiding them into a world that denies some people to express their love for one another freely. Capturing the exploration of feeling and emotion through the leds of two lesbian lover's that where the outgroup in social normality.
Therese Belivet and Carol Airde two women from two different backgrounds. Carol follows the life of two women who out of the blue fall into a love affair in the 1950s New York. Therese is a clerk at a department store in Manhattan and is not very ambitious when it comes to pursuing her dream as a professional photographer. But she's somehow restless and is looking for a more meaningful life. Carol an older woman who is imprisoned in a loveless marriage, trying desperately to break free, as she still fights to be the best mother for her daughter. Carol runs into Therese in search of a christmas present for her daughter, and innocent friendships built upon first encounter, turns into a lesbian relationship. Her husband Harge well aware that Carol is a lesbian questions her competence as a mother, and uses this to his advantage. At a time when social norms denied two women to express lesbian love, a heart felt story develops to uncover resilience in the face of adversity.
I live in Denver Colorado and it's 2017, as a lesbian Muslim Somali woman. Coming from an Islamic background in my community being anything other than straight is seen wrong, and there's a lot of stigma towards LGBT+ individuals. But I also live in an environment that is fairly friendly to LGBT+ individuals. Even though my representation of Islam can be clearly seen from a mile away, so people usually never guess that I am a lesbian. Living in Trump America threatens all that I am. We have a very strong LGBT+ community here in denver, and aware of this I do not feel alone. Watching the movie Carol has made me realize how much we have grown in America. As women. As lesbian's. As wives. As people. As families. As communities. And as a country. And we must not forget that. In the movie Carol the law was against them, social norms were against them, their families were against them, their communities were against them, and the world denied them. As women, As wife, and as lesbians. This movie and it's almost perfect illustration of the 1950s and the types of people that lived in this era, made me realize that we have more people standing up than ever before. And whether shown through fact or fiction. Hope will help us all endure, and love will always win.
-- Amran Muse
If you know anything about the internet you know you can send emails to your friends... that's the 21st century, in other words "yesterday". The documentary "We Live In Public" by director Ondi Timoner, released August 28, 2009 profiles one of the greatest internet pioneer Josh Harris. The gist is that we live in a society of technological growth and social networking, making it easier to lose privacy in this so called internet age. "We Live In Public" reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of one of the well known pioneers in the world, artist and visionary Josh Harris it puts mids in a new fresh perspective towards the internet. Director Ondi Timoner documented his crazy life for more than a decade to create a perfect tale of what to expect as the virtual world as it takes control of us 24/7. The documentary was very different and took place in the late 1900's. It discussed the start of the internet business its effects on the younger generation. They called it the "dotcom kids" and how the younger people were becoming rich and wealthy by dropping out of college and investing time on the Internet. The story followed the in the eyes of Josh Harris. Throughout his early life he went on doing different human experiences that really put his name out. Harris was involved in the early days of compuserve era, and was the founder of Pseudo.com, which forecasted audio and video Webcasting, Youtube, Hulu and countless other streamers. His thought process and thinking was ahead of everyone at that time and was a man who saw the world vividly with new ideas on what the future would hold. This film was very strange but so remarkable at the same time. It was mostly footages of Harris bizarre social experiments. It had crazy scenes of people spending 24 hours a day getting loaded, violent and naked all in a live stream with cameras. That was one of his largest social experiment that proved that people living with each other having cameras on them 24/7 was all cool and hip at the beginning but as time progressed it showed another side of people. It changed people's moods and they felt as it their privacy was being violated. After the new millennium his experient was put to a stop by the law, but he didn't stop. He went to take live streaming to a whole new level but putting his life and his partner on livestream media with thousands of viewers. Taking place in his apartment with video camras that streamed every move in "Weliveinpublic.com". It did turn out that well and took a very bad downfall both for himself and his partner. The film was very interesting and ahead of time. Now we have so many people on social media pt=utting live streams and "vlogs" Video blog of their life every day. Was Harris someone who was exploring the nature of connection and the high tech age? Did he predict the future. Despite many people calling him crazy and strange due to his social experience I think he was a genius. Today we have the new generation doing what he started almost 20 years ago. The experience he did with complete strangers was incredible and his motivation to to try something completely new was amazing to watch.
-- Yared Asmelash