Final Fantasy; The novel!

If you know Final Fantasy, the video game created by Square Enix, which is, in my opinion, one of the better role plays than I have ever tried, maybe you could read the written version, « The legend: Final Fantasy VII ».
It is appeared in book in July,2013. This book is a real tribute for the fifteen years of the video game, which was born in 1997. I propose this book, but naturally there are others volumes, all rather voluminous!
All the stories are well detailed, and we really find the fantastic universe of the basic game. It is of approximately 330 pages and for the price, it’s around twenty euros.
I recommend it for all those who having appreciated the video game!

Nonsense

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, often abbreviated as Alice in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll, have a sequel entitled Through the Looking-Glass.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass is a pure dream narrative, at least a fantastic story which has a dreamlike atmosphere.

Others authors before him had mixed in their works the imaginary and the real, but Lewis Carroll has the merit of having created an original mixture of onirism and logic.

In fact, the Nonsense is a genre that Lewis Carroll manipulates with genius. The nonsense pretends to give hope the reader a logical explanation and then treacherously wong habits of throught. Film adaptations, such as Tim Burton for example, often combine elements of both books (Alice in Wonderand and Through the Looking-Glass).

Today, Carroll ‘s book remains popular among both children and adults.

The American writer Martin Gardner published The Annotated Alice (not translated in French), which includes Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, along with Victorian poems that Lewis Carroll parodied.

Tim Burton’s adaptation

Alice in Wonderland is a film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton (from the novel by Lewis Carroll) for Walt Disney Pictures, with Johnny Depp. The film was released in the United States in 2010. After the adaptation in full-length animated Alice in the Wonderland dated 1951, the studio commissioned Tim Burton to direct a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novels, entitled The Adventures of Alice in the Wonderland (1865) and On the other side of the mirror (1871). This is a fantastic animated film.

Alice Kingsley is a girl who is nineteen years old. She has a boundless imagintation which attracts her a lot of trouble. Her father’s death affected her so she became quite cold and sarcastic. An afternoon, Alice is sought in marriage by Hamish Ascot, an arrogant Lord and very little seductive. At this moment, Alice see a strange white rabbit that has a pocket watch. She follows him. Alice runs away. She said that this marriage arrives a little too quickly. She arrives in front of a curious dead trunk tree. Alice falls in a rabbit hole, in darkness. She arrives in a world opposite of his own : the Wonderland. She will meet a cast of strange characters (the famous White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, the Dormouse, the twins Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee and in particular, the Mad Hatter whose real name is Tarrant Hightopp) and find themselves confronted the paradox, absurdity and strange… Alice doesn’t know what happened to Wonderland. She learns that the Red Queen with his Valet red, took power by releasing the Jabberwocky, a frightening monster. Alice will have to ally with the crazy Mad Hatter and the White Queen in order to get rid of the tyranny of the Red Queen and restore justice and peace.

In my opinion, this adaption is the better because of her special effetcs for example. This film directed by Tim Burton uses a combinaison of actual shooting and the animation technique. The result is surprising and amazing !

 

 

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is an English novel written by William Golding in 1954. This story tells the fragility of the civilization by staging children left to themselves after the crash of a plane. All adults died. Very soon, social models that they try to apply shatter. So, violence and brutality become the watchwords.

It’s a novel very harsh and very bloody but this story is often studied like a children’s book. There is an adaptation of this novel, directed by Peter Brook in 1963. This adaptation is very touching and very faithful: it’s a beautiful and highly disturbing film version. The director won the Golden Palm at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1963…

So disappointed by Tim Burton!

I’m sorry but if you like Tim Burton and if you think that he’s a genius of the cinema, you probably won’t like this article . The thing is I like less and less Burton’s movies. he has his own world and some interesting ideas but we often find  the same elements :the staging,  the music (often made by Danny Elfman),the characters (always alone, marginal and tortured). Johnny Deep is often present (in 8 films) as Helena Bonham Carter (in 7 films). The only movie that seems to be detached from this scheme is Ed Wood output in 1994 ( a black and white movie which chronicles the life of « the worst Hollywood’s directer »). It’s my favorit film of Mr Burton.

  • I am much less admirative for Alice in wonderland ,output in 2010. Despite a quite well done comic, this movie is a perfect copy of his previous films ( except Ed Wood). We feel that Burton doesn’t try to innovate anymore and merely uses his usual visual and his favorits actors.
  • Moreover, in this movie, the main character isn’t really Alice, but the Mad Hatter played by Johnny Deep again (to believe that Burton has a true « Depp-endance »).In fact ,he is the most accentuated character (always in my opinion), more than Alice. We can also find this in Charlie and the chocolate factory where the character of Willy Wonka (also played by Johnny Deep!) is much more important than Charlie.
  • Burton takes some liberty with the original story of « Alice in wonderland », making it darker (representing « underland » rather than « wonderland »), to better match his world ( which is a good thing).

Even if the story is overrall well done and the visuals are remarkable (especially in 3D), I think this movie stay too little innovative and not equal Tim Burton’s first movies (like Edouard Scissorhands or Sleepy Hollow )

Slaves at the Oscars!

« 12 years a slave » is one of the movies who touched me the most in my life. That’s why it was impossible for me to not talk about it.

It’s the third film of Steve McQueen and the consecration’s one. After « Hunger » and « Shame » (which are really great movies), McQueen decided to adapt an autobiography written by Solomon Northup ( the movie’s main character) published in 1853. In his book, Solomon tells how he was captured to be sold as a slave while he was a rich free man from the north of the USA. We can follow his travels and his meetings until his release after 12 years of suffering and silence.

The actors are all wonderful especially Lupita Nyong’o which is incredibly upsetting in her role of a tortured young slave. Michael Fassbender ( i love him!!) incarnate perfectly the master which seems to ignore his slaves’ humanity. But The others plantation masters ( and their wives) are often much more complex, shared between their conscience and their desir of supremacy.

Thank’s to his editing , his sensational music ( made by Hans Zimmer who worked in Gladiator and many other success),and his amazing actors, « 12 years a slave » show to us a reality we would probably forget where freedom is never acquired. McQueen does’nt try to hide the truth, he expresses it explicitly and very violently.This film has already received numerous awards and he won the oscars for the best movie, the best adapted screenplay and for the best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o ( I’m so happy!)

If you have to watch a movie it’s this one. Made your own opinion!

the vow

« The vow » it’s a movie directed by Michael Sucsy. This movie resume a realy story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. It is a drama romantique movie. The wife find her memory after a car’s accident. Her husband does evrything to help remember their history and their love. I love this movie, it’s very dolorous for the husband and inspired the compation. Their love makes us dreaming.

Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton

Edward Scissorhands is an American romantic fantasy film directed by Tim Burton in 1990. Edward (plays by Johnny Depp) is an artificial man who has received a heart to love and a brain to understand, but, because of his creator’s death, he has never received hands, and was obliged to live with scissors as hands.

This is the story of a young man named Edward, who has scissors for hands.One day, Peg Boggs (plays by Dianne Wiest), an cosmetics saleswoman, visits a Gothic manor which seems to be abandoned. But, when she enters in the garden, she sees that all bushes are graven. Intrigued, she comes into the manor and discovers Edward, completely alone. Upon realizing he is harmless, she decides to take him to her home. Edward becomes friend with Peg’s son, Kevin, and her husband Billy, and he falls in love with Peg’s daughter, Kim (plays by Winona Ryder), even she is afraid of him. The innocent and naive Edward discovers gradually the life, and even if he is not loved of all , he trys to make his best to be accepted.
But, Peg’s neighbors are really sincere and nice with the young Edward ? And life is for him a paradise ? What happen next with Kim ? I let you discover by seeing the film !

If you love Tim Burton universe, you will love Edward Scissorhands ! The film is full of emotion and poetry, with a little touch of fun ! Even if at that time, Depp was young, he played perfectly the shy, sweet, tortured and innocent Edward ! It is fun because this film was the first – of a long serie – collaboration of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton Also, the soundtrack made by Danny Elfman is really beautiful ! (Main Title music and Ice Dance music). Burton considers Edward Scissorhands his most personal and favorite work.

I think it is one of the best film directed by Tim Burton, maybe because I it the first Burton film I’ve seen. At the end, I always pour a tear because Edward is so touching and moving ..

Soundtrack of Edward Scissorhands

James Bond

James Bond it’s a fiction character. Initialy it was a novel written by Ian Fleming (former secret agent). This novel it’s directed at the cinema for the first time in 1954 and the last it’s Skyfall. In the movie encountered James in a paradise island, he pretends to be dead. At th end he save M. His childhood home encountered, his name is Skyfall like this name of the movie. The song Skyfall it’s created by Adèle for this movie.

Easy Rider

In the unit 3, we saw an extract of Easy Rider. It’s an american road movie directed by Dennis Hopper in 1969. the two main characters are Wyatt (Peter Fonda) et Billy (Dennis Hopper). this film show the evolution of mentality in the 70′

At the beginning, Wyatt and Billy sell a large amount of drug and buy their motorbikes, they decide to leave Los Angeles to go to New-Orleans at the carnival. Billy puncture his tire and they stop in the farm. Then they continue with a hippie hitchhiker who drive to an hippie town. they stay some days and wyatt helps to plant a cereal and  the hippie tell « a simple food for our simple taste », this crue show a lifestyle of these people.

Later the pair enter in a parade in a small town and they are arrest by racist policemen who send them to the jail. They meet Georges Hanson (Jack Nicholson) a drunk lawyer. George helps them get out of jail and he hits the road with Wyatt and Billy to New-Orleans. One night while they come in the restaurant in the small town in Louisiana, Wyatt, Billy and George attract attention of policeman and an habitant who make fun of trio, make racist and homophobic remarks. The girls ( sixteen years old about) in the restaurant wants meet the riders but the policeman forbidden them. Georges observes that Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it. he tell « This used to be a hell of a good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it » he don’t understand the actual mentality. During the night the men find the trio asleep and hit them with the bat and they kill Georges.

When they arrived in New-Orleans  the bikers meet two prostitutes whom swallow a LSD pill in the cemetery (during the shot they swallow a true LSD pill), this experience is shot with psychedelic approach. It’s the end of his trip but Wyatt want continue to Florida, on the road two rednecks see the riders and when they arrive level with them, the local shoot billy with a fusil and he fall on the side. Wyatt turns around and put his jacket on his hurt friend. the pickup turn around and when they pass near Wyatt, a redneck shoot on the gas tank and he causing it instantly explosion of the bike. This film ends on this scene when wyatt and Billy are apparently dead.

this road movie won the first film award in 1969 at the Cannes film festival. I enjoyed the soundtack of this film and I like to the look bring this film on the hippie and bikers. this morality is that the people are jealous of people who are very free.

Frankenstein the movie (2014)

Few days ago a new movie was released on the story of Frankenstein. The last film was released in 1995 and today we have a new version in 2014 : I, FRANKENSTEIN  by Stuart Beattie. Apparently this film does not respect the book and is very different from the version of 1995 by Kenneth Branagh with Robert De Niro in the leading part. The story is very modern and inspired by Hollywood films and action movies. Critics are not favorable to this movie because it is not very original and don’t help us to know more about Frankenstein. It is better to go see the film for make his own opinion.

Fantasy list!

The genre of fantasy is very popular around the world but what are the best books? The most popular? The most prominent authors?

This is why I wrote a list which contains the greatest english writers of the genre. This is not a ranking, just a list. Tell me if I forgot some important books and authors.

. Lewis Carroll with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter

. George R.R. Martin with A Song of Ice and Fire (better known under the name of Game Of Trhones)

Each of these authors and these books have known a great popularity and numerous adaptations.

Complete again the list if you wish!

Alice In Wonderland : a beautiful and magic world

I will talk about Alice In Wonderland.
First, i like very much fantasy world. You know, supernatural powers, strange animals or land, mad story or impossible time for exemple. Second, i love Tim Burton’s movies. So, i just can love this movie a lot.

Tim Burton can transport all kind of people, all age with his beautiful work. We can quote Bittlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Frankenweenie, The Nightmare Before Christmas (my favorite) and Dark Shadows.
But for me, Alice In Wonderland is one of his best work. Yes, of course, the actors are just amazing, the basic history wonderful and the settings wondrous.. But this is the music that i love the most ! We can close our eyes, and only with the music, we are in Wonderland, with Alice, and we live what she lives and mainly how she lives the events.
Music made by Danny Elfman are just.. Wonderful.
This one is my favorite : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VcWD2LI7U

the first adaptation of Alice in Wonderland

It’s a 1903 british silent movie directed by Cecil Hepworth, it’s first adaptation of Lewis Carrol’s book. I enjoyed this movie event if it was damaged, the special effect were realistic for the time. In this movie only recognizes the best time of children’s book. 

when Alice dream who follows the rabbit in many doors, when she come in the garden and play with dog, the height effect with the dog are excellent. We also seen the royal procession where the queen invite Alice. She unintentional offends the queen and in the confusion she wakes up.

the duration of this movie is eight minutes which is short but for the time is exceptional. I crazy about of this old film

Lewis Carroll.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll is a british writer, photographer, and mathematician born January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire and died January 14, 1898 in Guildford.

He is famous for writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Trough the Looking-Glass. He also wrote poems like The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky, there are all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He was also known for his facility at word play.
He began to write poetry and short stories from a young age, he sent them to various magazines, enjoying a moderate success, these works were humorous, sometimes satirical. His first work under the name of Lewis Carroll was a romantic poem called Solitude, this name is a play on his real name Charles Lutwige translated in Latin as « Carolus Ludovicus » and then translate back to english as « Carroll Lewis ».

Charles became a teacher at the Oxford’s Christ Chruch College in 1855, old math students of Lewis Carroll have said that his courses were boring. In 1856 he worked with the magazine The Train for published his photos under the name of Lewis Carroll, he bought his first camera in London March 18, 1856. A few days later, he photographed the Cathedral of the Christ Church College and took for models the three Liddell little girls whose Alice who inspired him for the main character of Alice in Wonderland.

Alice In Wonderland Similarities

While watching Tim Burton’s film in class, some similarities appeared to my mind. I realized that Alice’s real life entourage and particularly their personality traits emerge in her dreams. The Red Queen is the symbol of her pseudo « futur » stepmother because of the red roses which are white. The White Queen remembered me Alice’s aunt Imogene because of her sweetness. Alice’s brother in law remind me of the Red Queen right-and and secret love Ilosovic Stayne because he is dirty-minded and unfair. Tweedledee andTweedledum are representation of Alice’s cousins. 

I also find this 1985’s movie version directed Irwin Allen for television. The animals of Alice’s dreams are simply disguised actors, for example, the Mock Turtle is played by Ringo Starr. In this movie, Alice is really well played by a 8 years old girl Natalie Gregory.

Peter Pan – Neverland

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Now in class, we study Alice in Wonderland, but I would like to talk about the origin of Peter Pan. First of all, Peter Pan was reading by James Barrie in 1902. Like Lewis Carroll, he was helps thank to the children’s imagination.

This movie talk about this origin, it’s Neverland by Marc Forster in 2004. With Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman we discovered the nostalgie and the power of imagination.

The summary : « James M.Barrie hasn’t the joy of live, this marriage it wasn’t pleased and the public doesn’t like these plays. A meeting will changes this life, with Ms Llewelyn Davies and these four boys. Thank them, he found this kid’s soul and with her, this imagination… »

Here’s the trailer of this movie : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckeBs6fprZ0

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

This syndrome come from the eponymous novel of Lewis Carroll. The perception is disturbed spectacularly : people who contracts this sickness see stuff little when they are big (micropsia) and big when they are little (macropsia). A car suddenly become a reduced model, and a cat can transform in a tigre. Subject’s perception of their own body is also distorted as the perception of time. The syndrome can also give rise to more significant hallucinations or touch the other senses. This trouble is sometimes associate to big migraines as Lewis Carroll had suffered, or merely the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.

But oddly this sickness is more contracted by children than adults.

Frankenstein, the sequel (1935)

Some time ago, I asked me why the story of Frankenstein generated so many adaptations in the cinema, in the literature, etc. I think that it’s the feeling of culpability, the tragic destiny of Frankenstein which touches the most the readers.

So, when I discovered the sequel of Frankenstein by James Whale  at home, I decided to look at it. This sequel, untitled « The Bride of Frankenstein », was released in 1935, four years after the first film (« Frankenstein »).

The romantic and the gothic dimensions are palpable in this adaptation. The first scene is consacrated to the presentation of the author and her cercle. Mary Shelley is showed as a rich and an elegant woman, dressed in white. Outside, the wind is blowing, the thunder is rumbling and the rain is beating against the windows. These elements are typical of the Romanticism and the Gothic. Moreover, a man in the room says : « That is the Romanticism, outside the elements are unchained, and we contemplate them peacefully ».

Mary Shelley answers that she is afraid by the thunderstorm, but her friend Lord Byron laughs and remembers her that she wrote a horrible story which deals with corpses and monsters.

That’s how the film begins : Lord Byron tells the story aloud to his friends, and the spectator follows it with his narrative.This narrative starts with the symbolic picture of a fire : the inhabitants of the village want to burn the monster (hidden in some ruins) because they think that he killed Frankenstein. But after a moment, the monster and its creator (Henry Frankenstein) wake up and surprise all the inhabitants.

In this film, the gothic atmosphere made a deep impression on me. There are many candles, a lot of fires… even the architecture of the buildings is really gothic. Of course, the black and white emphasizes this dimension.

There are some differences between this adaptation and the Kenneth Branagh’s one.(1994) : Henry Frankenstein collaborates with his teacher after creating the monster, and the beginning of the film is different (Frankenstein isn’t on a boat, and doesn’t tell his story to a stranger). Then the relation betwenn the creature and the old blind man is more touching : for instance, the monster even cries at a moment.

Finally, the creature is more human than monster, compared to the others films. It can be seen on the following picture :

Promotional photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein’s monster, Wikimédia Commons.

 

 

 

 

Charlie and The chocolate factory

Everyone knows the story, and it’s one of my favorite movies. It talks about chocolate and candies, what’s more Tim Burton is the director. I think he is the most original director.

The factory’s world is wonderful and magic, everything can be eat same Mister Wonka but this is cannibalism. Willy Wonka isn’t a real hero, but he’s just a basic and a crazy man with a dream.

This chocolate factory is a mystery until the opening of these doors just for five children, thanks to golden tickets hidden among the Wonka chocolates.

Between real and fantastic, it makes this story interesting.

The Hobbit (2012)

Have you ever seen the Hobbit, the film released in 2012? It’s the first one of the recent Tolkien’s cinema adaptation. I saw it at the theatre and I found it well done, even if it was a little bit too long (it lasts 2hours 45) !

I thought the pictures were sometimes linked too quickly, but the effects were clean, and the film sets were beautiful. The technology is probably responsible of a big part of the work, but the sets and the costumes are well chosen and done. The actors are good, and the spectator has sympathy for the characters, especially for the Hobbit.

I prefer this adaptation rather than the previous, because the special effects appeared me easily, and it spoiled me the pleasure to look at a film. So I had a good impression and it made me want to read the books. I had tried before, but I was young and Tolkien’s writing appeared me difficult. I think I will try another time, because he created a fantastic world, like some of modern authors who wrote stories for the youth ( Rowling, Bottero…).

Maybe I was influenced by the enthusiasm of my little brother who is an absolute fan, but I would advise you to see it!

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was (1809-1849) was an american poet, novelist, and literacy critic. He was a major figure of the american romanticism. He was a inventor of the thriller. Moreover some of this novels prefigure the science fiction and the fantastic genre. We don’t know really how he is dead: alcoholism? drug? Cholera? Rage?… But his works stay alive and have many influence on the music, the cinema (like Tim Burton with The Raven), or another artistic sector.

I read some of his novel and find it very mysterious: You can’t imagine what it is going to happen or guess the end. The Gold Bug, one of famous novel’s Poe, is very facsinating with his numerous adventures. In this novel the obsession is approached and I find it’s a reccurent theme with Poe.

I appreciated really to read his novels with his character called Auguste Dupin. The Murders in the Rue Morgue, or The Purloined Letter or The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, are very pleasant to read. Dupin is like a detective, and he find the murderer or the thief fast with many details: it’s just deductions.

However I find some other novels by Poe so boring like the ball’s duck ( sorry I don’t find the original title, if you want to find it: in french it’s le canard au ballon). And you? what do you think about Poe?

The Hours (2001)

I would like talk about a film I watched recently : The Hours, directed by Steven Daldry, with famous actresses such as Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

The film stages the crucial day of three women in parallel. The first tells about Virginia Woolf (played by Nicole Kidman) during she wrote Mrs Dalloway in the 20’s, the second about Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), an housewife of the 50’s who read this novel which will change her life. And finally, the third story shows Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), an modern and real incarnation of the character of Mrs Dalloway.

What I like in this film is the question of the life and the happiness, and of the vain being. Also, I like the splice of the beginning and the end of the film which stages the suicide of Virginia Woolf (which respects the real suicide of this writer). This film makes me interrested by Virginia Woolf and I think I’ll be interrested also by her works!

To finish, I want to say that The Hours, the title of the film, is in fact the initial title Virginia Woolf wanted to give to Mrs Dalloway.

Now, I let you disover the intrigues of the film, and the links the director makes between the three stories! It’s very touching and breathtaking!

Alice in Wonderland

Last Monday, in class we saw the first film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland dating 1903. At the time, it was the cinema’s birth. I found that it was rather well done for the beginning of the 20th century. Otherwise, I’ve already seen Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton dated back to 2009, I liked it. Moreover, Johnny Depp plays in this film and I like this actor.

Idea of holiday’s fantastic films

If you like the study of the moment (which is Alice in Wonderland), you will certainly like, in the same category, fantasy movies as The Lords of The Rings, The Chronicles Of Narnia, or Harry Potter, which are all three really popular and recommended movies!

I recommend you to look at them if you don’t know what to do during the holidays!

Frankenstein, or the modern prometheus.

Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus is a novel written by the british author Mary Shelley, it count the story of Victor Frankenstein, an eccentric scientist who created a Monster.

 

The subtitle « the modern Prometheus » is really important, Mary Shelley specify with this subtitle that Frankenstein is a rewrite of the Prometheus myth that she known by reading Ovid. Some have claimed that for Mary Shelley, Prometheus was not a hero but rather something of a devil, he gave the fire to humans and the vice of eating meat, so hunting and killing.

The forbidden knowledge quest is an important theme in the romantic genre. We can notice that « Prometheus » means « foresight », it’s ironical because this is the quality that lack Victor, he create the monster unconsciously and his life became a disaster, he sees his family die.

But Prometheus and Victor want the desire of personal glory. Frankenstein borrows at the same time the greek myth of Prometheus, the thief of the fire, and the latin myth, the creator of a human. Prometheus and Victor are both punished for their actions, Prometheus is tied to a rock and a vulture devours his liver each days, it became an endless suffering, like Victor who lost the love of his life.

 

We can consider that Frankenstein is partly a gothic rewrite of the Legend Of Prometheus, they give the same morality that it can be dangerous and unfortunate to defy the ban.