Madoc by Robert Southey

Hello evrybody,

I’ll talk to you about a forgotten poem (or almost).

Foremost, who is Robert Southey ?

Robert Southey (1774-1843) is the indefatigable writer of literary period to which it belongs. Besides a large number of small pieces, he composed a series of epic poems today strong forgotten, but that earned him the office of poet laureate.

Then, from what speaks this poem?

Madoc is an 1805 epic poem composed by Robert Southey. It is based on the legend of Madoc, a supposed Welsh prince. Southey finally completed the poem as a whole in 1799, at the age of 25. It was finally published in two volumes in 1805 by the London publisher Longman with extensive footnotes.                                                                                         The story tells about  Madoc, a young Welsh nobleman, whose family breaks down into a series of bloody disputes over royal succession. Madoc, unwilling to participate in the struggle, decides to journey to America to start a new life. When he arrived in America, he met many Aztecs and decides to convert them to Christianity. Then he come back into his country to find more recruits for his new colony. But when he come back in America Madoc returns to find that the Aztecs have returned to their human sacrifices. After long and bloody warfare, Madoc is able to defeat the Aztecs and exile them. (yey! ^^’)

I hope that this lil explaination has interested you to read other Southey’s works !

See you soon !!

V for Vendetta

How to find peace and freedom in a place where everything is forbidden ?

Well, this movie could answer to that question, thanks to one letter and a number : V          V For Vendetta is a british, american and german film released in 2006. It is also based on a comic book wrotten by Alan moore and published in the 1980’s. The story talk about a world post-apocalyptic rule by a fascist government that use concentration camps, in order to exterminate opponents, and also, black people and homosexuals. One night, Evey is going to go out, and the state secret policy, called  » the finger  » will try to rape and kill her. But V will appear, he will keep her during a year. It comes to a complicated relationship, sometimes painful, but very resistant.

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In that story, V could be compared to a terrorist but also to a real hero because he gives hope to the londoners and he manage to save them, although a hero doesn’t kill anyone since it’s not in his principles. However V is mainly an idea. An idea that lived for a thousand years since that a historical person named Guy Fawkes tried to explode the parliament on November 5th 1605 :  » Remember, remember, the 5th of november the Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.  » V is like the emblem of freedom. When he was captured by  » the finger  » and  tortured, he turned into an other person ; stronger, more intelligent and more charismatic. His mask  represent the face of Guy Fawkes, it is used by many associations especially the Anonymous. Evey is his apprentice, his friend and the only love of his life. To make her stronger, V will  » use a lie to tell the truth  » ( I can’t say what he is going to do because i don’t want you to reveal anything, it’s the only clue that i can give to you ) When she’s reborn, she said one of my favorite line : «  God is in the rain  » So both are important for each other  : V can find his human part thanks to her and Evey can be stronger thanks to him. He is also born in the fire and she is born in the rain. their relationship was very sought.

We just can’t stop reading or watching this because we can find new things everytime. And personnally i had to watch the movie at least two times to understand everything. V For Vendetta is a treasure among all of the works of art of the seventh art. Of course i have chosen to talk about it because that’s my favorite movie, i love the characters, the story, the music and everything else.
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If you don’t know V For Vendetta, i can only advise you to watch the film or read the book.

                                                                                                                             

The Horse Boy

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A HORSE BOY – RUPERT ISAACSON (2009)

RUPERT ISAACSON

Rupert Isaacson is an equitherapist, a writter, a film-producer and a journalist. He was born in 1967 in London, England. He divided his time between the United-Kingdom, the United-States and Africa, his continent of adoption. He was a journalist, who worked for many newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph (…) and also the National Geographic in America. He fought alongside Survival International for the recognition and the rights of South-African Aborigal. He also created a foundation for the right to land of this population, and published in 2008 a book entitled The Healing Land : The Bushmen and The Kalahari Desert.

THE BOOK

The Horse Boy is a book written by Rupert Isaacson and published in 2009. It is an autobiographical novel that traces the story of the author mainly during his journey in Mongolia with his wife to help his 5-years-old-autistic son, Rowan to open up to the world surronding him. Rowan was diagnosticated autistic when he was 2. As the result of this diagnostic, his parents, Rupert and Kristin understood the unusual course of action of their son. They didn’t know how to behave with him, until they discovered that Rowan was improving in contact with animals, especially with horses. Each time that he was riding a horse, he made progress. For instance, a crazy idea crossed Rupert’s mind : he wished to leave Texas to organize a trip in Mongolia, travelling across the country on horseback, looking for Shaman and healers. He also choose this country because of the equine history.

THE MOVIE

A film crew followed Rupert and his family in Mongolia, for making a documentary about this crazy excursion to « heal » an autistic boy. It was directed by Michel Orion Scott and Rupert Isaacson. The documentary retraces the life and the evolution of Rowan during his path halfway around the world. It was also released in 2009.

Here is the trailer :

This work allowed me to learn more about autism, the « specific » behaviour of autistic people... Unfortunately, an autistic person will always live with autism. This disease can get better over time : we have to stimulate an autist by many ways. Thanks to the determination of his parents, Rowan has evolved, but that is not finished : he will continue again and again. He got rid of some habits such as violent temper tantrum. Now he can flourish within his family.

Thanks to this novel, it enabled me to understand the animal behaviour and particularly about the horses in contact with people and autistic persons. I also learn about shamanism, and open myself to this spiritual world. It was really interesting to see how the healers were proceeding during a ritual. And now, I really want to travel in Mongolia, to see the steppe as far as the eye can see and magnificent landscapes ! Besides, Mongolian really seem to be welcoming and friendly...
To conclude, I just have to say that I look up to the determination and the courage of this parents, to go as far to help their son and I think they have to be proud of them, because what they have done it is almost inbelievable.

TARO – ALT-J (?)

This song is about a photographer called Robert Capa, who died during the Indochine War, while he was walking on a mine, straying to take a picture of the French Troops.

Here are the lyrics :

Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
Toe for toe, to record meat lumps and war,
They advance as does his chance – very yellow white flash.
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like
rags,

Burst so high finally Capa lands,
Mine is a watery pit. Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy,
foe, him five yards from his leg, From you Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
3: 10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last
chokes
All colours and cares glaze to grey, shrivelled and stricken
to dots,
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not – le photographe
est mort.

3.1415, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of ’54
Doors open like arms my love, Painless with a great
closeness
To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing,
re-united with his leg and with you, Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
Hey Taro!

ROBERT CAPA


Endre Ernö Friedmann, more commonly known as Robert Capa, is a photographer and a Hungarian war correspondent, naturalized American. He was born on 22 octobre 1913 in Budapest, and died on 25 May 1954 during the Indochine war. He is also one the fonders of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.
He grew up in a Jewish-tailors family in Budapest. At the age of 17, he started studies in journalism, at the
German Political College but, because of the arrival of the Nazis, he relocated to Paris, where he decided to change his name Endre Ernö Friedmann as Robert Capa.


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 » The Failling Soldier « , Robert Capa, 5 September 1936, Cerro Muriano

One year later, he encountered Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour (and André Kertész), with whom he shared his passion for photography and with whom he founded Magnum Photos in 1947. He also met Gerda Taro, a German Jewish refugee, who later become his partner and a photographer. They travelled all around the world to take war pictures until Gerda was killed during the civil war in Spain, in 1937.

Capa, deeply chocked, pursued alone his job, and retraced the Sino-Japenese conflict, covered the North African front in 1942 and the landing in Sicily. Then, he immortalized the Normandy Invasion on 6 June 1944.

Then, he moved to Hollywood with Ingrid Bergman, his new lover, where he started fashion photographs and still photographs for Alfred Hitchcock.

In 1954, the magasine entitled « Life » required a photographer to assist to the Indochine War. Capa volunteered, unaware of the turn of events.

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 » American Soldier Landing On Omaha Beach « , Robert Capa, 6 June 1944, Normandy

ALT-J

alt-J is an English indie rock band founded in 2007 in Leeds. Formed of four members, Joe Newman, guitarist and vocalist ; Gwill Sainsbury, also guitarist and bass player ; Gus-Unger Hamilton, keyboardist and vocalist, and the drummer Thom Green, their songs are a mixture of folk, hip-hop and vocal harmonies interludes. They have got two albums behind them : the first, called An Awesome Wave (2012) that features « Taro » and the second entitled This Is All Yours (2014).

I think that it’s really a beautiful tribute to Robert Capa, that I appreciate as much as the band. The song, the voices are shooting and carrying and this approach creates a contrast with the sorry story. The song tells the death of Capa poetically, mitigating the violence around it. Friedmann join spiritually the love of his life, Gerda Taro. The music video is also beautiful, the images are intense and poignant.
Robert Capa is one of my favourite photographer, because of his touching end but also thanks to his amazing career. He knew that war photographer was a job at risk, but he accepted every requests and he succeeded famously. His pictures were taken in the heat of the moment, during a very tense context. That’s how he lost his life : taking a photograph. Through his photographs of war, Capa was interested in the human’s relations with the death and the ephemeral life. Thereby, his death is like the consecration of his work.

 

«  IF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH »

THE ALCHEMIST – PAULO COELHO

For my last article I want to talk about my favorite book ever which is The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian author wrote many books that are all bestsellers. Nevertheless, it is this masterpiece, The Alchemist, which made him famous. Indeed, it has been translated into more than 73 languages and more than 135 millions copies have been sold in 168 countries.

Anyway, The Alchemist deals about an Andalousian young shepherd who is seeking a treasure near the Egyptian Pyramids. He wants to go there because he had a dream, twice, but he doesn’t know how to reach it. One day, he met an old man on his way, called the Alchemist. He becomes his mentor, his spiritual father. Over time, the young boy named Santiago learns to listen to his heart, to be sensitive to nature, and above all, to follow his dream. Indeed, this book is all about that : reaching one’s dream, trying every possible way to make it come true. This bildungromans teaches us that if one wants to be happy in his life, one must not be afraid of failure, and just keep going. The author calls this our “Personal Legend”. On top of that, there is a quote that Paulo Coelho cannot help saying, which sums up his theory:
“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”

Well, I am a huge fan of Paulo Coelho, and I have (and still do) loved this book because it is a real life lesson, we learn more about ourselves and it is full of poetry and philosophy. I advice you to take a look at this book, it is easy to read, not really long, and you have to know that it changes a man to read Paulo Coelho!
To finish, this book is in my top 3 of Paulo Coelho’s books, with Eleven minutes and By the river Piedra I sat down and wept.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Today I’m going to talk about a contemporary classic book, which is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is a novella published in 1958 by Truman Capote. You may know what I’m talking about, because you have already seen the movie with the gorgeous and fabulous Audrey Hepburn, but this is not the topic. Breakfast at Tiffany’s deals about a young writer and a barman. One day, they discover a picture and recognize an old friend : Holly Golightly. The story is narrated from the point of view of the writer. He describes his life when he lived in the same apartment than Holly.

Holly is a worldly, fascinating, beautiful, slender women. She lives in Manhattan with her cat, called “cat”. She has a completely disorganized life, composed of love affair and drugs : above that, she secretly dreams about a luxurious life. The writer, who is also her neighbor, is fascinated by her and very caring. As regards Holly, the writer reminds her of her brother : so their relation is a little bit awkward.

The novel is called this way because Tiffany is a jewelry shop, Holly enjoys going there given that « you know that nothing wrong can happen when you are at Tiffany’s ».

In a word, this is a book easy and fast to read, in an ironic writing style. Besides, Holly’s character is very interesting because it embodies an independent woman. Moreover, Truman Capote mentions here a subject very interesting between liberty and possession.

Humans by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley

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“Could you use some extra help around the house ? Introducing the world’s first family android. This mechanical maid is capable of serving more than just breakfast in bed. What could you accomplish if you had someone, something like this ? These machines will bring us closer together.”

These are the words we can hear during the opening scene. You understand it, today, I am going to talk about a new british-american drama series I recently watched : it is called “Humans”. It is based on another Swedish science-fiction drama series named “Real Humans” (“Äkta Människor” in original language) that I watched long ago too. Humans has one season and soon a second while Real Humans has two seasons and it stopped. Since people say that these two series are completely close (from the plot to the characters) and that “Humans” is just a poor copy of the other series, I was able to see it by myself even if I have forgotten a few things about the first series but we’re crazy or we’re not, right ?

So, “Humans” bring us in an alternative world to ours where people can buy advanced machines named “Synth” (for Synthetics). These Synths are not the sort of “robot cube-face” that we all know. I can rather say that they look like anthropomorphic machines (= it means they have humans characteristics as talking, walking and these machines are designed as human bodies). These Synths are made to help and serve the humans in daily tasks as cleaning the house, shopping, taking care of children, driving the car so they make life easier… Although they look insanely human, they have an artificial intelligence and can’t feel feelings like love, emotions, scare… And, here is the point.

At the beginning, the series follows the every-day life of the Hawkins family : the mother, Matilda, is working all the time and her husband is tired of taking care alone of their children. One day, the father, Joe, bought a Synth that the family call “Anita” to help him. But, the mother, Matilda, don’t see with a good eye the integration of a Synth in their life. Especially when Anita behaves in a strange and unusual way. Meanwhile, a mysterious group emerges : it is composed of a human and several “conscious” Synth that possesses consciousness, the ability to feel feelings but also the capacity to hurt and kill people (in contrary to the normal Synths who can’t do that). The human, named Leo, is seeking for his past and for a secret that the discover could change the entire world.

More generally, “Humans” focused on the impact of these machines in our society. However, the series puts a thought : these machines are made in our image but they can reveal to be out of our control too. Now, I can also say that the two series are quite different on various aspects : “Humans” inspired itself from his model but succeeded in developing quickly new and refreshing characters (as the teenage hacker girl) and different reflections than the previous series. This is more darker, with a ton of psychological thriller. I really enjoyed watching “Humans” as well as watching “Real Humans” but I admit that I now prefer the first one. This is exciting, intriguing and scary at the same time.

A Feeling Stronger Than Fear by Marc Levy

Today, I will talk about a great French book written by an awesome author that every reader has to know or must have heard about at least one time in their life : Marc Levy. This book is called “A Feeling Stronger Than Fear” (or, in French : “Un Sentiment Plus Fort Que La Peur”). Actually, this is the first time that I read a book from this author so I couldn’t tell you about the author’s style of writing or if this book is better than his previous others… You understand that I am not a Levy-fanboy-addict or an-absolute-reader-from-the-first-release but just a guy who wants to try something new, interesting and entertaining and who hopes to travel and go out far away while reading and staying in the same room. Yeah, making dream the reader sounds like the ultimate challenge for a writer or a story-teller. So, what ? Did I travel far away with this book ? Did I forget all about what surround me and let just the power of the story bring me to some dangerous places with attractive but stereotypical characters and serious things like secrets and conspiracies ? The answer is yes. Levy’s got me.

The story is about a woman, Suzie Baker. At the beginning of the novel, she finds, in an old plane left amongst the Mont Blanc Mountains, the document that can clear her family’s name and bring justice in the trial. But, this document is also hazardous because it awakens the American Secret Services (if not, it won’t be funny ;)). So, Suzie leads an investigation with the help of Andrew Stillman, a reporter at the “New York Times”, in order to save his life and to discover the truth about what can be one of the most kept secrets of our time. Throughout the story, these characters will have to avoid traps, manipulations and persecutions… They’re definitely alone, they can’t trust anyone and just have to count on themselves.

I took a lot of pleasure to read this book, there is so much suspense until the end and the fall is incredible and smart. Marc Levy succeeded in making something absolutely breathtaking and I can’t help to recommend this book ! This is a “must-have” and I promise that you won’t lose your money and your time 😉

White Fang

Hullo everybody !

Today I’ve decided to speak about a book I read a long time ago after founding it in an old wardrobe. I guess it was my father’s !

So because you read the title, you must now that I’m going to speak about Jack London’s White Fang, another famous wolfdog. Yeah I really enjoy this kind of story, especially when I was younger and crazy about animals (I’m still but less !)

Then I tkink that almost everybody knows the story. Anyways we follow the adventures of White Fang, a wolfdog who was at the beginning wild. Indeed that was the beginning of his wolf’s life with the famous law of the nature : « eat or be eaten« .
After being take in by an Indien he will experience later the cruelty and madness of humans.

Now I don’t really remember all the details of the story and so, however I remember myself crying at some parts of the book, because that’s a really touching and well-written story. What’s great with Jack London’s book is that you can believe in the story, because you’ve the impression that it has really happened in real life. After saying or writing all these things, I only want to read it again to have a new and fresher opinion ’bout it !

Yeah, so I don’t have much to say right now, but what’s sure is that it’s a must-reading book no matter what, with an amazing, funny, sad and deeply realistic story ! 😉

Soul Eater

Hi there !

Today I’d like to speak about something I have discovered during the vacation. Yep I read a new manga. I mean new for me x’) Because it’s already finished since 2013.

In a nutshell, Soul Eater is shônen manga (so it means adventure, frienship, fights…) written and drawn by Atsushi ?kubo where the main characters are Maka Albarn and Soul Eater (that’s a nickname as you can guess !).

To be honest I first saw the animated version (which is not the same than the manga up to a certain point) and I thought it could be boring or irritating : but it was just because they were introducing the characters.
So when the story really started I discovered a really new insane but amazing world. We can easily compare Atsushi ?kubo’s drawing style and universe to Tim Burton ! Knowing I’m a huge fan of this guy as a lot of people, it was really a great and pleasant discovery !
This story is set in the town of Death City, and the first time I saw it I was like « Oh it souds like Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas » ! and I had stars in the eyes !

Well, now here is a little sum-up of the story of the madly amazing Soul Eater manga. So in Death City, you have a school (everything seems normal until here, doesn’t it ?) named Shibusen… Or Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA shortly) for the english version.

Here you have two types of students : meisters and weapons. Weapons are humans who can turn into a weapon and meisters control them. Together, as a team, they must collect 99 bad guy’s souls and a witch’s soul to allow the weapon to become a Death Scythe (a stronger weapon to fight against the evil forces !).
That’s just what they are supposed to do because of course the story isn’t only about that.
Because of the numerous characters we have different stories since they have different goals… We have a lot of funny moments, but also amazingly well-drawn fight scene, and the fear of becoming insane… Insanity plays a major role in this world because Shibusen’s students fight to prevent their world from the return of the Kishin, a demon that spread this insanity.

Finally I have to say that Soul Eater is a worth-reading manga if you love laughing, seeing crazy, amazing and unbelievable events.

Moreover nowadays, if you know where to look you can find what we call “scans” so it means that you can read chapters online for free… (It’s like streaming so you guess that it’s not really law-abiding… But times are though !)

Well there are so many good things to say that I can only advise you to read this manga if you like it after trying !

Bye people and remember that « a sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body » ! 😉

The Frozen dead, Bernard Minier

This time, I have chosen to talks about a book written by a French author: Bernard Minier. This novel is entitled The Frozen Dead (the original title is Glacé but it was translated into English.) and it’s a crime novel. The scene is set on the Pyrenees (throughout the story there are precise descriptions because the author was born in Pyrenees). One day, workers found a headless horse on their workplace (a hydropower plant). Normally it doesn’t need a police investigation but this worse (and this plant) belonged to a very rich and famous person so the police supposed that it was to openly attack this person. Then there are two murders, all of these crimes are linked but how? The police commandant named Servaz has to solve this strange case …

The first thing which attracted me was the front cover. Indeed it perfectly represents the title, thanks to the snowflakes. Moreover the blurb was mysterious and attractive. Honestly, it was a pleasant novel and there was a lot of suspense but I personally found the murderer before the final revelation. However, throughout the story there are many false tracks so the reader has a lot of suspects and is not able to find the murderer before the middle of the book. All of the characters have hidden secrets and we found out these secrets little by little: it adds suspense and excitation.

you have already heard about this novel? Or read it?

Into that forest, Louis Nowra

Hello everyone! This time I would like to share with you a novel written by an Australian author whose name is Louis Nowra. This novel was published in 2012 and it is entitled « Into that forest ». The story is set in Australia -more precisely in Tasmania- and it talks about two young girls, Hannah & Becky. They were having a picnic near a river with Hannah’s parents when suddenly a tropical storm went off. They all fell in the river and a tiger saved Hannah and Becky’s lives but adults drowned. Consequently, the girls found themselves alone in the bush. They have to follow the tiger if they want to survive. And there, begins a moving story between the two humans and the tiger. Little by little, Becky and Hannah forget how to speak, how to walk with their two legs …. All those make them “humans”.
At the end of the story Hannah and Becky return to their home but they have been living like animals for a long time so they can’t go back easily to the civilisation. They don’t manage to speak once again, to learn how to write once again … and they don’t really want to.

I loved the storyline but not really the writing. Indeed the writing is very simple and child’s play but it is justified. At the beginning the narrator –Hannah- says that she find it difficult to speak or to write because she has lived apart from the society for many years. So that’s normal if she don’t really express herself very well. It’s a short novel; you can read it quickly so I advise you to read this book!(If you want to read this novel the french title is « Les enfants sauvages »).

Sherlock Holmes, by Guy Ritchie

The movie Sherlock Holmes was directed by Guy Ritchie in 2009. It’s a thriller adapted on the comic book that doesn’t have been published by Lionel Wigram, but the story respect the original characters from Sir Arthur Conan Dayle. But first, let’s remind us the charasteristic of the two main characters :

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Dayle and who appeared for the first time in the detective novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887. He’s a privet detective who’s possessing an amazing memory that’s very helpful for his investigations, but he’s got a little knowledge. In the movie, this wonderful bohemian scientist and eccentric detective is played by the one and only Robert Downey Jr., who has heard of the project before he got the role. Althought Ritchie wanted a young men to play Holmes, but he took a chance on casting him in the role. Robert said on the BBC :  » When you read the description of the guy, it could be a description of me « , and on Premiere :  » It’s an honour to play a legendary character such as Sherlock Holmes « .

Dr Watson is a fictional character also created by Sir Arthur Conan Dayle. He’s the friend of Sherlock Holmes who’s following him in all his investigations, and he’s also the narrator of all the stories. He’s a surgeon and a veteran from de Second Afghan War. In the movie, the great Jude Law interpret the role of Dr Watson, as a British gentleman, a former soldier, a doctor, a womanizer and a gambler. Law was cast because he had a positive meeting with Robert Downey Jr, and was really interested by the Holmes and Watson’s friendship.

The movie began on the end of a Holmes’s investigation concerning the dark wizard Lord Blackwood, who has already killed few womens. Holmes arrive in time and stop Blackwood’s maleficient ritual in a church. After this arrest, Blackwood go in cell, Watson is about to get married his future wife and Holmes is getting bored to death. Moment later, Blackwood wants to see Holmes before his death, and he prevent him of a dirty future, like his resurrection and more death. And the worst happened : although Watson was the one who check the death of Lord Blackwood, his body was declared lost. Holmes took it like a oppotunity to finally move out of his desk.

In this movie, we can see a very sarcastic Sherlock but very clever, skilled. He’s an impressive observant. There’s also the character of Watson who is really endearing, as the same for Holmes. And i agree with Jude Law that Holmes and Watson »s frienship is really interesting. We can see an other relation between them that’s really funny, and could look like a brotherhood. They’re here for each other, and to conclude the investigations, Holmes needs the expertise of Dr Watson.

And what is really interesting in this movie is the modern British world where we can discover a new Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie read the stories of Sherlock Holmes, and he wanted to represent the modernity that is really present in the novels and the short story. He describe his work as a  » very contemporary film as far as the tone and texture « . The movie received a lot of positive reviews, and was nominated for a lots of ceremony, as the same for the actors.

 

A sequel came out in 2011, directed by thr same director, Guy Ritchie, adn the same actors. The movie is entitled Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows

Here’s the trailer of the first movie, Sherlock Holmes, from 2009.

This book loves you, by Pewdiepie ( Felix Kjellberg )

« Life is like a box of chocolates : YOU DON’T HAVE EITHER ! »

This quotes if from the most incredible book ever called « This book loves you ». As it written on the back cover :

 « This book is cleverer and better looking than you. This book will blow your mind.

This book loves you »

It was written by Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better know under the name of Pewdiepie. First, Pewdiepie is a very famous Swedish comedian and producer, best know for his let’s play and vlogs on Youtube. His favorite games are the horror and independant games. A lot of people translate his videos, because he’s got presently 41 000 000 subscribers, and people all around the world want to see and understand his videos.

This book doesn’t have a real story, just a lot of very funny quotes, that you can read when you have nothing to do, and if you want to have a good time. It’s really unlogical and in the absolute, completely stupid. If you have the wonderful opportunity to read this book, do it, worth it. You’ll see a lot of references to ducks. You must know Pewdiepie to understand his folly. Pewdiepie makes jokes on ducks because he loves it, and also on his dogs, Edgar and Maya, and on his girlfriend, Marzia.

It was published in October 2015, and was very popular right out of bookshops. His inspiration was only his fan whom he called  » Bros « , and because one day, he read on Twitter a fan’s message. This fan was the one who give him the idea to creat a book. Stupid how is he , he did it ! ( #BestIdeaEver ). With this book, he wanted to laugh on all the quotes that could exist and want to be a symbolic exemple.

At the beginning of the book, he make a very long introduction, where he stands above the rest. He self-proclaimed God,and called him the Lord Pewdiepie. After, he explains the drafting reason of what he called :  » Pewdiepie’s Bible « . He also talks about all the quotes he read on Internet, and that he doesn’t understand their utility.

This is what Pewdiepie said about his book :

 » This Book Loves You has something for everyone – or at least everyone willing to give up and stop caring. If all else fails, remember: ‘Don’t be yourself. Be a pizza. Everyone loves pizza.’PewDiePie was sent to planet Earth to dispense wisdom, teach us common sense and instruct us in the ancient art of Inspirology. »

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Am stram gram, M.J. Arlidge

Last summer I read a detective novel entitled Am stram gram, written by M.J. Arlidge. This thriller with a lot of suspense follows the life of Helen Grace, a commander who tries to solve a very worrying investigation.

Two people are kidnapped and confined illegally in a place from where they can’t escape. All there is with them is a gun and a message : « You must kill to live ». From that moment they are trapped, they have a choice to make, murder the other person or be murdered. These crimes reoccur again and again, letting the agents perplexed because the victims don’t seem to have a link between each other.

I wouldn’t particularly recommend this book because, even if it’s catchy and I read it very fast, I was a little disappointed about some aspects of this book. I personnally think that the chapters are too shorts, it barely satisfied me. Moreover I think the end was hard, indeed it gives no respite to the reader and it could have been exploited more.

I still enjoyed reading it thanks to the very tense and suspenful moments !

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Wonder is a novel written by the american writer R.J. Palacio, published in 2012. The protagonist, August, is ten years old, live in New York but he has never been to school because he doesn’t look like kids his age. For the first time, his parents send him to school.

August has a rare facial deformity called the Treacher Collins syndrome and to undergo operations, he must be home-schooled by his mother. His life will change from the moment he goes to school and is confronted to children who have never seen someone with his desease. We follow his life through several characters’ narration like his sister or his friends. In school his integration is difficult, he has a few friends and also ennemies which generates a peaceful moral war between them the whole year.

I read this book three years ago because I saw it all over magazines and it made me curious. Once I had the book in my hands, I read it very quickly because I loved it. I think the story is very realistic and touching, I loved the fact that we could see the story from different characters’ point of view. I personnally think that everyone can read it, no matter the age but to me it is particularly efficient when young people read it because it learns not to judge someone by his appearance. I recommend it to everyone.

Drive (Book and movie)

Drive Novel/film

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Hey everyone, today i’m going to talk about the black novel Drive written by the american James Sallis and published in 2005. This is the story of a stuntman specialized on the automobile cars in Pheonix, Arizona. He has no name, to make more money, he works the night as driver for any sorts of flights. One day, falling in a trap, his only friend is killed. After this tragedy, the only thing that he wants is the veangeance.

I like very much this novel, with a suspenseful story, this novel is very intense with his big moment of tension. The character of the driver is very surprising not like many anti-hero.

Now, we are going to talk about the movie. Directed by Nicholas Widing Refn and released in 2011. The driver character is played by Ryan Gosling (Numbers 2002) starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby 2013) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad 2008). The story is exactly the same than the novel. The driver is an interesting character, Both complex and charming, he is never afraid by the world who surrounding him. Winding Refn won the best director movie for the film. Moreover at the 2011 Cannes film festival, Drive received a standing ovation, so I highly recommend to you.

For the anecdote Have you ever heard the song "Nightcall" ? Create by the french electronic compositor Kavinsky. the music was exclusively create for the film.

CHERUB, Robert Muchamore

CHERUB is the generic title of a series of children’s books written by Robert Muchamore. It tells the adventures of agents of a fictitious UK agency, composed only of minor agents from 10 to 17 years old. After the success of the original series of twelve volumes where the main character is James, the sequel ( three tomes ) tells this time Ryan’s adventures, which « succeeds » James. Robert Muchamore has also written a series of books called Henderson’s Boys, which tells the beginnings of Cherub and its founder Charles Henderson during the Second World War.

We can see several meanings about the CHERUB acronym:

  • CHERUB is the name of that agency, being the acronym of Charles Henderson’s Espionage Research Unit B1.
  • CHERUB also means « angel » or « cherub » in English, which is related to the logo of the organization.
  • And of course this is related to the fact that all the selected agents are children.

The CHERUB agents are recruited in all orphanages in the country for most of them for simple reasons: it’s necessary that agents have no connection with the outside world, and that no one has to leverage on them or the agency. The criteria are based on physical and intellectual abilities. The future agents can be received at any age, but are often recruited at the age of seven. From this age, they receive an education of the highest level: in addition to the subjects taught in regular schools, they learn two foreign languages ??(one using a foreign alphabet). They are also subjected to intensive physical workouts and are all specialists in martial arts. The purpose of CHERUB is to use juvenile criminals do not have the same mistrust that deal with adults. This branch of the British secret service was created because no one would imagine that such an organization exists.

Within this organization, there is since 1957 a special hierarchy among agents, thetis is visually perceptible : the T-shirts colors they wear indicate their rank.

What a life ! What child has not dreamed of becoming a secret agent when he is an adult ? And there it’s possible to become one as young as 10 years ! The story is full of twists , action , adventure and humor. It is amazing to find secret agents so young and yet the recipe works. We quickly become attached to the characters.

It’s fun to see the reactions of teenagers facing adult situations. And although their condition of secret agents seems to grow faster, they are teenagers after all.

DARK PARADISE

Today, I want to talk about the song Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey (her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant), an amazing and talented American singer, she writes all the songs she sings. Lana Del Rey makes of her songs something beautiful, something full of softness.

The first song that people knew by her is Video Games (« it’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you… ») and that’s why I have started listening to her songs, and I fell in love with Dark Paradise (and other songs like Radio, National Anthem, Sad Girl…you have to listen to these songs, really!!!)

« All my friends tell me I should move on
I’m lying in the ocean, singing your song
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s how you sang it
Loving you forever, can’t be wrong
Even though you’re not here, won’t move on
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s how we played it
And there’s no remedy
For memory
Your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head
Your soul is haunting me
And telling me
That everything is fine
But I wish I was dead 
(dead like you)
Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you
Won’t be waiting on the other side
Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you
Won’t be waiting on the other side
All my friends ask me why I stay strong
Tell ’em when you find true love it lives on
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s why I stay here« 

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In these lyrics, she talks about her lover lost, someone who’s dead now, and she can’t stop thinking or dreaming about this person, she miss this person. There are some metaphors, like « your face’s like a melody, it won’t leave my head » she references the person at a song, a melody that stays in mind, and we can’t do anything to stop that. Or « it’s like a dark paradise » she calls her life without her lover « dark paradise », two opposite words, dark reminds us the death, the sadness, the loneliness, and paradise reminds us a beautiful place where everybody is happy. So I think she loves thinking or dreaming about her lover, about her moments she spent with her lover, but when she realizes that her lover is dead, she feels empty and she is scared « I’m scared that you, won’t be waiting on the other side« 

I really really really love this song because I love sad songs, emotional songs, songs that make thrillings, songs that sum up my different states of mind, and that song reminds me something that happened to me in the past, so this song does mean so much to me, and there is one of the only songs that I can listen again and again, without stop, I could do this all the days (and that’s what I do!!!)

I hope that one day I can see her, I can hear her singing Dark Paradise, I really hope, I think she will make me cry during this song : I am fragile, yes (hahahah) but, look! In this videos, she sings Dark Paradise, and she seems very sad and affected, a lot of emotions 🙁

 

 

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

Hello !

Today I would speak about a movie : Whiplash. It is an American drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance Festival. The film’s tittle refers to the piece of Hank Levy; Whiplash, repeated several times in the movie. The mains actors is Miles Teller who plays Andrew Neiman and J.K Simmons who plays the teacher: Terence Fletcher.

Andrew Neiman a young drummer student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York aspires to become on of the greats like Buddy Rich. Terence Fletcher become his teacher to integrates his Studio Band. Andrew trains relentlessly to achieve the waits of his teacher. Because Terence Fletcher is a pitiless teacher, he uses the psychological violence and sometimes physical violence to get the best from his students…

I loved this film from the first minute. The acting is exceptional, in this film there is no much dialogues because everything goes through the jazz music, so the film is very rhythmic with magnificient shots ! The notion of executioner and victim is striking, Whiplash is a film about our impulses, our animality and our rebel instinct who animâtes Fletcher and Neiman in the risk because the great art requires an entire relentlessness and an obsession.

 » Graal » by Christian De Montella

Hello,
Today I’m going to speak about a trilogy entitled  » Graal  »written by Christian De Montella.
It’s belong to fantasy novel.

So the strory talks about Merlin (son of devil) and his fight against good and bad when he was young and it’s speak also about every event and adventure before king arthur birth and the round table. In this book we can face with the famous Morgan, Lancelot ect….
It show the beginning of the quest of Graal with every characters’ difficulties.
This novel allows us to travel through legends of king arthur but also to travel in a new world and delve into the adventures of Merlin.
There is a lot of suspens in this book we are always trying to know what are going to happend next and when we strated the trilogy we feel like obliged to continue.

I like this trilogy because when I read it it’s like I retourned in the past and see everythings that happend it’s very amazing and I like this feeling.
I recommend this book for everybody who like this type of book and also for people who like King Arthur’s legends because it’s very interresting.

Er ist wieder da (He came back) – Timur Vermes

Er ist wieder da is a german novel written by Timur Vermes and released in 2011. The english translation could be He came back.

It is a fictional story in which Hitler, the german despot, wake up sixty-six years after his death. Actually, it is pretty comic since there are many anachronisms especially in the beginning when the Fürher doesn’t realise what happened. For instance, he woke up in a waste ground and got angry when two kids (that he just met) didn’t do the nazi salvation. Moreover he even thinks that the website « Wikipedia » comes from the word « Wikinger » which means viking. And althought everybody recognize him, they think  that he is an actor who was chosen to play Hitler in a movie, some of them even ask what is the name of this movie.  All along the book, he faced numerous situations which will make him understand what happened.Even if Germany has changed (the country no longer shines on the Europe, country which is ruled by a woman), Hitler is dertermined to put back Germany in the straight way (where nazism and antisemitism are the main ideas). Helped by a television team, he will tried to reconquer the country which used to be his. But will he succeed? There is only one way to know : by reading the book.

In addition, the book has been sold £19.33 in reference to the year when Hitler came to power.

The book was, and still is, a success since 1,4 million copies were sold in Germany in 2014. Also, the book has been translated in 17 different languages in 2013.

I advice you this novel. I really enjoyed to read it, being a huge history fan (particularely of the totalitarian regimes) I was so pleased to find this book. It is both funny and interresting. If you don’t like (or want) to read, you can also watch the movie of the same name, released in 2015.

Jared Leto

Hello !

This time, I haven’t chosen to talk about a movie or a book…but about an actor who is also a singer, a producer and a model (that I really really really really like). And this guy is Jared Leto

Jared Joseph Leto was born on December, 26, 1971 in Louisiana. Unfortunately, his parents divorced when he was just a newborn. But shortly after, his mother married Carl Leto who gave his name to Jared and his brother Shannon. But once again, his mother divorced. However, Jared and his brother retained Carl’s last name. Jared also has a half-brother, Robert Greenwood (he filmed one of his video clip and appeared in another one.) Then, a few years later, he went to the University of the Arts in Philadephia and developed an interest for comedy. Finally, he studied cinema in the New York City School of Visual Arts.

Let’s talk about his career:

Speaking of cinema, he became famous for his role in the tv show « My So-Called Life » (which has been canceled after one season). Thereby, he played in a few famous movies like The Thin Red Line directed by Terrence Malick in 1998, in David Fincher’s Fight Club in 1999, also in Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky and Mr Nobody by Jaco Van Dormael in 2009. Finally, we will also fin him playing the Joker in Suicide Squad, this summer.

 

To conclude about his cinematographic career, he won many rewards, and particularly an oscar in the Best Actor in a supporting role’s category in 2014.

Now, let’s talk about his group : Thirty Secondsto Mars. It is an alternative rock band formed in 1998.  It is composed of Jared Leto (vocals and guitar), his brother Shannon Leto (drums and percussion) and of Tomo Mili?evi? (guitar). They released four albums : a first one called Thirty Seconds To Mars in 2002, then A Beautiful Lie in 2005, This Is War was the third one in 2009, and finally there was Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in 2013. They won many rewards such as 8 MTV Europe Music Awards, 1 Billboard Music Awards… for a final result of 85 rewards on 167 nominations.

And you, what do you think about this band, and this guy? Have you ever listened this band? Do not hesitate to react about this article!

See you.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Today I will present you Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind . It is an American movie directed by a french director : Michel Gondry, in 2004.
It tells the story of the original and crazy Clementine, played by Kate Winslet, and the shy and reserved Joël played by Jim Carrey. This two opposite people will live a love story until the day where Clementine erases all her memories of Joël because she thinks she’s unhappy with him.To do that she asks for help to the clinic Lacuna where Dr Mierswiac created a prototype to erase memories.
When Joël understand this he’s destroyed and decides to do the same thing for not to suffer. However, when the operation begins he wants to stop everything but this is impossible. Then, undertakes a fight between Joël who wants to keep his memories and the Lacuna’s prototype.

I love this movie because it reminds us of the importance of memories and the power of love. Joël is a very touching character because he commits a menatl fight and he doesn’t give up to keep his memories intact. The theme of the memory is important in cinema history because we can say that memories are a a real part of ourselves and without them we lose something of our personality, we are not ourselves anymore.There is also a lot of suspens we dont’t know how this story will be ending until the last minutes. I watched this film first because of the title. Indeed I find it fascinating and beautiful! Moreover, Kate Winslet is a great actress and it’s always a pleasure to watch her playing.

I hope you enjoyed my article and if you have already watch this film what do you think about it ?

« No Time For Goodbye » – Linwood Barclay

Today, I’m going to speak about the novel, PUBLISHED in 2007 by Linwood Barclay an american writer, « No time for goodbye » translated in french by « Cette nuit-là ».

It’s a great plotter novel, with lot of suspens and strange events.

The story speaks about a young teenager, Cynthia. She is very rebel and wants to live her own life, like an adult.

So, one day, she aims to run away to go with her friends during the night. But, when she comes back at home, the house is totaly desolate.

No one is here. Her father, her mother and her brother were disappeared. She will never know the true and what happened.

25 years later, in her home, she gets a phone call, and the past reoccurs and brings back old memories.

I love this book because at the end, there is a great revelation and I love it ! It’s very captivating !

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

I’m going to speak about one of my favourite book which is The fault in our stars by John Green. This novel was PUBLISHED in 2012 and was also adapted in film.

In this book, we meet two teenagers, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who are suffering from the cancer. They meet while they are in the same group of supports for the sick of the cancer and they become fast close with a lot of complicity. Hazel and Augustus like so much the same writer and they decided to go to Amsterdam to meet him. While this travel, they live their most beautiful love story, full of love, magic, laugh and power faced with the disease… But this magic fairy tale end when we hear that Augustus can’t survive for a very long time, and will die a few days late…

I think it is the saddest and the harrowing book I have ever read. In this book, we realize that the life can stop at any time and that it is very important to enjoy because one thing can detroy everything.

To finish, I would like to conclude with this quote, about the cigarette, which is in the book and that I find very revealing : “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney todd is a serial killer of the english folklore, the story of this man gave birth to some adaptation in theater, novel, and in movie.

I will speak you about the adaptation in the movie of Tim Burton who is call Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. That a musical movie, the role of Sweeney Todd is played by Johnny Depp this film is between black comedy and horror to apreciate this you need to take it in the third degrees

SYNOPSIS:The story take place in the XIX century in London, Benjamin Barker a skilled barber who now calls Sweeney Todd is back after fifteen years of exile. When he came back to Fleet Street he never regained his wife and his daughter (because his wife was raped and by Turpin the man who condamn benjamin to exil, and his daughter became the pupil of Turpin). He housed his barber shop above a restaurant of pie with meat wich belongs to Mrs Lovett . Benjamin decided to found his daughter and to get revenge of Turpin he create a machine to take the bodies of victims to furnace and to put the human meat in the pie, kill up Turpin.

Thanks for reading i will put a little link to see the trailer of this bloody movie…

Inglorious Basterds

Yo Everybody ! I’m going to speak about my favorite film at the moment, a cinematic jewel created by the great , the unique Tarantino!

Inglorious Basterds is a movie created by Quentin Tarantino in 2009 with Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz. The story take place in France while the WW2. We follows Shosanna Dreyfus (M. Laurent) a Jewish young women who assisted to  the murder of his parents by the Nazis. She run away in Paris, where she became owner of movie theater. We follows also, Sergeant Aldo Raine (B. Pitt) who formed a Jewish soldier for punished bloodily The Nazis’ act. Their destiny met in front of Shosanna’s cinema, where two hundred Nazi came see a movie. 

I advice realy this movie, there is the Tarentino’s film talent, and a realy hatred of the Nazi, It’s an other version of the WW2, a very good version where all could have be better