The Age of Adaline, 2015

Eternal youth is one of the greatest human fantasies. It raises questions differently about the meaning of life.

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is beautiful, young , and a whole life ahead of her. Born in 1908, this American lives a quiet and happy life. She meets a man , marries him and gives birth to a baby girl : Flemming . But in the early 30s, as she raises her child alone after the death of her husband, Adaline is the victim of a car accident . Since she no longer ages . This can be a tempting escape from our human condition , but here it forces the heroine to flee. The FBI wants her to take tests . She’s no longer safe .

The eternal young woman is forced to move every ten years to not make public her particularity. Flemming become older than her mother, who face the years without a wrinkle. Adaline is locked up in a solitary lifestyle. But her routine is disrupted when she meets Ellis Jones, a wealthy philanthropist who gives her a new taste for life. Only problem : the father of the young man , William Jones (Harrison Ford) , had an affair with her in the 60’s .

This interesting theme is added to a nice story . This is not the first time that the concept of immortality is addressed in a production. This is a subject that fascinates the human being who’s desperate to not being able to escape the aging and death .

It’s definitely not my favorite movie , but it deserves to be seen and appreciated. Designed more like a romantic comedy than a reflection film ,  » Adaline  » is nonetheless a beautiful film . The film is full of visual effects , beautiful aerial shots and thoughtful flashbacks .

The mother / daughter relationship and the reversal of position that causes the immortality of the heroine, who sees his own child become octogenarian , are very well staged. Overall, this film offers us a good time.

Zootopia

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Hi everyone! 😀
So I’ve recently watched the latest Disney movie which name is Zootopia. I think that it’s now one of my favorite animated movies ? so I’ve decided to write an article about it because I think that it could be interesting.

Zootopia is an excellent animated movie realized by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush There’s a lot of references of our  society (like the technology (the logo of Apple wich is a carrot for exemple 😉 ), racism, the slowness of the administration and so on…) There’s also many famous film references like: « The Godfather » , with the moles (funny moments by the way 😉 ), the « Attack of the 50 Foot Woman« , with Judy at the tiny town… And the thing which is really funny is that animals in this movie look like true humans, which is kinda surprising (in the good way of course.)

So the story is about Judy Hopps which is a rabbit who wish to become the first rabbit officer in the department police of Zootopia city. Judy’s boss underestimate her, so she’ll prove him her value. She’ll meet Nick Wilde, a cunning fox who will help her to solve a kidnapping case (because Judy balckmailed him so he was forced to help her). I really love this duo they’re just Awesome!! 😀

     I won’t tell you more about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil you guys.       I really advice you to watch it, it totally worth it trust me 😉 + they’re alot of funny moments like the one with the sloth Flash (whose name is clearly ironic hahaha ) I hope you’ll see it by yourself. 

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              Here’s the trailer, I hope you’ll watch this fantastic movie, ENJOY! 😀 

Red Right Hand

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Red Right Hand is a song interpreted by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, an Australian alternative rock band, in their album « Let Love In » this song was released in 1994. The title is a reference to Paradise Lost, a epic poem written by John Milton, « Red Right Hand » is a quote from this poem it says:

«  In my house he wrote « His red right hand ».« 

 

In the poem, it refers to the vengeful hand of God. The meaning of this song isn’t totally clear, some people will say that it refers to the political life, others say that it refers to a crime and some others to the Devil.                                                                                                                 And you, what do you think about it?

Here’s the lyrics:

Take a little walk to the edge of town
and go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms,
like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
Where secrets lie in the border fires,
in the humming wires
Hey man, you know
you’re never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge,
past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm comes
a tall handsome man
in a dusty black coat with
a red right hand

He’ll wrap you in his arms,
tell you that you’ve been a good boy
He’ll rekindle all the dreams
it took you a lifetime to destroy
He’ll reach deep into the hole,
heal your shrinking soul,
but there won’t be a single thing
that you can do
He’s a god, he’s a man,
he’s a ghost, he’s a guru
They’re whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand

You don’t have no money?
He’ll get you some
You don’t have no car?
He’ll get you one
You don’t have no self-respect,
you feel like an insect
Well don’t you worry buddy,
’cause here he comes
Through the ghettos and the barrio
and the bowery and the slum
A shadow is cast wherever he stands
Stacks of green paper in his
red right hand

You’ll see him in your nightmares,
you’ll see him in your dreams
He’ll appear out of nowhere but
he ain’t what he seems
You’ll see him in your head,
on the TV screen
And hey buddy, I’m warning
you to turn it off
He’s a ghost, he’s a god,
he’s a man, he’s a guru
You’re one microscopic cog
in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by
his red right hand

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Some facts about this song:
« Red Right Hand » have been used many time in the popular culture:
– In cinema with the movie Peaky Blinders (2013), in Scream 1 & 2 (in fact, Nick Cave recorded another version of as « Red Right Hand 2 » for Scream 3.)
-« Red Right Hand have also been recorded by Arctic Monkeys an English indie rock band , there’s another version covered by PJ Harvey and some others artists.

It’s been not very long that I discovered this song, but the first time that I heard it, I immediatly love it ? it’s maybe because it’s quite mysterious…

Here’s the link of the song, enjoy! 😉

Fool’s assassin by Robin Hobb

The book Fool’s assassin is an epic fantasy novel part of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, written by the american author Robin Hobb. Published in 2014, this modern fantasy novel tells the story of Fitz Chivalry Farseer and his peacefull retirement at Bukkeep Castle.

This is a world with a monarchy reign ruled by the six duchies, who watches on the education of magic and the people who have that gift. Living his retirement with his wife as former assassin of the king, his life will be suddenly longing for his past activity, his « wit » will awake. Mysterious visitors came during the winter festivities, who were part of the Fool, with pale skin and claiming to be musicians, that night a scream came  from the upstairs of his home, blood trickling to the floor and apparently no sight of the Fool…

In this world of beauty, mystery and the proof of family love, I find this book really rich in english vocabulary and love the described landscapes, the style and in this period of time where you ride only by horse, the style is authentic .

Beetlejuice, a film by Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a film by the director Tim Burton in 1988. It’s first version was a horror story, but they decided to change the scenario to put more fun and comic. It won an oscar of the best makeup and was one of Tim Burton’s success.

The film tells the story of a young couple who just died in a car accident. On the return home, they pass infront of a mirror and realise that there is no reflection: they have become ghosts. After the discover of their death, an excentric family decides to move in and tranform the house with modern sculptures and painting, but the lovers are not going to let them stay forever, they have to make a plan.

An underground world is run by dead people: secretary, the workers, and the manager, the lovers will seek help there and will be warned to not go and see the famous beetlejuice, a filthy pervert and claimes to be a « bio-exorsist ». Stuck between dispair and fear, they will accept his help, but will use drastic mesures to scare the family away. The daughter, quite depressive and wierd will see them and will save them from beetlejuice’s claws.

This film is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen but one that made me laugh alot, if you love Tim Burton, I recommend this film at one hundred percent!

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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Talon is a novel written by Julie Kagawa and was published in 2014.

This book is part of the serie of three books who takes us into a world where dragons and humans live prosper together, but not in the way we would expect.

Ember Hill and Dante Hill, both brother and sister, were born in Talon and raised to one day discover their destiny : work for Talon by being Basilic, Vipers… which are litteraly Killing machines, trained to fight against st.George, their legendary ennemy. Sent to Crescent beach in a host family, they have been trained to stay in their human form to not be uncovered, as well as many more expectations of complete obedience. Ember is a rebel character and her only dream is to fly, so she learns how to surf and makes human friends, even if you’re in human form it isn’t that simple to be sociable. Throughout the story she will become impatient and stubborn with her brother, and will brake the rules, but she doesn’t know that in her friend groupe one of them finds out to be part of st.George and has one mission: to find those hatchlings detected in the area and take them down.  An impossible love story will tangle up the soldier’s plans and Ember will be torn between a peacefull life and the worlds that seperates her and the people she loves.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Has the continuation to a victorious battle, the brave Macbeth, subject of king Duncan of Scotland, meets three witches who indicate him as the duke of Glamis, the duke of Cawdor, and future king.  A short time later, Macbeth is informed that king, in return for his courage, makes duke of Cawdor. Macbeth expresses the singular interview in his wife who is going to urge him to murder king to take his place, so realizing the third prediction of three witches. The reign of Macbeth, guided by the fear, the guilt and the misty words of three witches which he questions as for his future, is placed under the sign of the murders and the injustice. Macbeth eventually rises up againts a revolt, and will be murdered

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

This novel was published in United States on 1951.

He is written to the first person, the main character named Holden Caufield, who tells his three days in New York after having made sent back to college of Pencey. First, he talks of his camarades of college, particulary Ackley et Stradlater, that he does not appreciate ; then he leaves Pencey for go in New York. He does’nt retourns at his home because his relative do not know sound sends back. He passes three days in New York and go to numerous places (bar, hotel, museum…) and he finished to returns at his home for see his sister. Finally, he must be found a new college and work more for have a better future.
Holden Caufield is a character lost and not sur of himeself. He doesn’t like very much things, only the childhood and his family, but he is very charming and moving…. It is necessary to read this novel !

The Danish girl by Tom Hooper.

     The Danish Girl is a movie by Tom Hooper. We have to know that this film is taken from two books. The first was published in 1933 : Man into Woman: The First Sex Change. In 2000, David Ebershoff published a novel inspired by the life of Lili and Gerda.

     The movie takes place in 1930 in Denmark and tell the story of Gerda and Einar Wegener, a couple who share the same passion for arts. However, Gerda has trouble, she have difficulties to sell her paintings while Einar is successful. One day, the young woman asks at her husband to play her model dressing with women clothes. Einar is upset because he discovers that he loves it and realize that he was born in the wrong body. To laugh, Gerda request to Einar to impersonate a woman during a party. Einar took the name of « Lili » and is approached by a man who's fell in love.

     This is not surprising, but in 1930 (and again now), « the feminism » is dramatically expressed by the appearance and coquetry. Gerda and Lili talk about sexism in their writings. Today, doesn't be conform to the society exposes to disapproving reactions and also violence. The Danish girl celebrates the courage to be oneself. Einar underwent, surgery to change sex. During this time, Gerda don't want,don't understant. She's angry, desesperate but she sacrifices herself for the great love of her life.

     I wanted to write about this movie, because I'm a big fan of Eddie Redmayne. And most precisely because I like the « historical » films who critic society. Here we have a stereotypical view of femininity, shocking those who still suffer from the rigidity of these « gender cases ». But I was more affected because in 2016, we are still behind stories similar to that of Lili. A transsexual person should not have to « conform » to be accepted.

Torn by Cat Clarke.

 

After to be non-fiction author, the British Cat Clarke dedicates himself to literature for young adults. Her novel, Torn was published in 2013 and was a great success in England.

This novel talk about Alice King, 16 years old who leave with her class for a trip to Scotland. She did not expect dream vacation but she would never have imagined the nightmarish twist that will take the events. The girl and her best friend Cass find themselves having to share a cottage with Polly, the asocial, Rae, the bipolar Gothic, and Tara, the queen of plagues, popular, beautiful, and cruel. Tara have a real bad comportment with the girls. She likes nothing better than putting people down. Cass intends to take this week to give to Tara a lesson she will not soon forget. The victims have decided that the time for revenge has come.

The book tells the story « after » the life of Alice and her friends, following the death of Tara. When Alice tells what happenned, it was horrible and intense. The atmosphere was ponderous. The rest of the book is based on it and on her insecurities, doubts and guilt. And of course, love is mingled with this story. Except Alice did not really have the right to love the man that she loves. Cat Clarke has a black humor quite excellent, I found that although we do not know how would end this story. Because for morality, she could not let Alice get away while she played a role in the murder. But at the same time, Alice is not totally guilty. She’s a good girl.

To conclude, Cat Clarke written again a good book who gives goosebumps until the end. We have engaging characters. We feel and understand how guilt for some people, how everyone handles grief as he wishes. Above all, we understand that it is important to bear the consequences of our acts.

Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson,1996.

 

 

 

Brian Hugh Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson come from the United States of America, and grew up in the state of Ohio. Solitary, the boy lived in an almost alarming indifference. In addition, Bryan crossing a succession of events that led him to withdraw into himself : studies in a strict Catholic institution and inadapted to his personality, victim of racket and violence on the part of his comrades, etc… In the end, the teenager he was, turned to rock culture, a passion he shared with his father. Then, out of pure rebellion, he committed thefts and other petty offenses, and was introduced to drugs. At the end of his studies he became a journalist, specifically music critic for several magazines. The fact to interview many celebrities decides him to turn to music. And this is where the real fun begins ! Bryan invents an avatar, a character symbolizing everything he hates in the right-thinking American. It is a kind of fusion of all the fears they have lived during his youth. Marilyn Manson is the combination of two distinct facets of U.S.A. On the one hand we have glamor, superficial aesthetics, richness with Marilyn Monroe. On the other we have violence, death, unhealthy, madness with Charles Manson.

Today, i’m going to talk about the album Antichrist Superstar released by Marilyn Manson in 1996. At the time, nobody expected such a shock because Marilyn Manson was a band as others, which was especially marked by his cover of Sweet Dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUvVdTlA23w) and a certain aesthetic research. But with this album, the band made its debut in the rock’nroll circus.

In this album, the band delivers a vicious music that makes feel the chaos and confusion through aggressive music, sound rather dirty and full, sometimes sticky. Manson, weak and strong contrasts with the music Beautiful People and violently rejects religion as the source of weakness with The Reflecting God. Brian Hugh Warner, with this disc want rise and reach the summits and it’s why he decided to go as far as possible in the destruction to get out more stronger. Sleep deprivation and food, drug and sexual wanderings, everything has met to put us in an extreme emotional state. His singing is affected, especially skinned and threatening, like his words, especially collection of twisted metaphors in Tourniquet.
Manson uses the rebellion. Fallen angel, Luciferian, he won with strength as the new nightmare of America who is a victim of religious fundamentalism, handling, commercial and moral perversion, hypocrisy and fear that must be abandoned. Man must regain confidence in him, but for this cause shall a positive Apocalypse. Destroy to rebuild in a better shape. He opened the lid of his suggestion box for a furiously filthy and nasty result degenerated witness of his time. The album nevertheless reached with almost minimalist Man That You Fear, strange lament that the image of the clip finally offer a human and fragile face to the group.

To conclude, Antichrist Superstar retains the venom that made his reputation, and remains for many the best album of Marilyn Manson. Real shout of victory over oneself and call to transcendence, it is also the opportunity to measure how much more a Marilyn Manson album goes beyond just music. By his aggressiveness, aesthetic care of his videos, concerts violence that accompany. He imposed as the new rock sensation metal and the public enemy Number 1 in the US.

If you want discover the album, you can clik here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMV6M2Vnqpc 🙂

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

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Hey everyone!! Today is a special day… (No I am joking.), I’m not going to talk you about a novel but about Theater!! Moreover, it fits to one of the topics we saw in LELE… The Nonsense Drama! You know, it’s a Drama where all the logic and the rules of the languages are not applied….

Waiting for Godot is a play written by Samuel Beckett in 1953 in Paris. Samuel Afficher l'image d'origineBeckett was born in 1906 and died in 1989. It’s the first play of Beckett, who wrote a lot of novels before that. Although Beckett is an Irish man, he wrote this play in French!! He’s one of the most famous Nonsense playwright who give birth to this genre. It was a real success and it’s really well-known at this time. There is only 2 act in this play.

But… What is the story?

It’s the story of 2 characters who are called: Vladimir and Estragon. We know that they are waiting Godot, for a long time already, and they are persuaded that this man will coming. He gave them an Appointment, but we don’t really know when and where… Waiting for Godot, they are talking of a lot of things, of the life, of Godot..

At the middle of the first Act, 2 characters are coming: Pozzo and Lucky, they are pretty strange: Actually, Pozzo is holding Lucky with a rope, and treats him like a horse, because Lucky is holding all the Pozzo’s objects. Pozzo discuss with the 2 main characters and they are talking him that they are waiting Godot.

In the 2nd Act, it’s the next day, and Godot is still missing. A boy said to the main characters that he works for Godot but he don’t know if he going to coming.

Will manage them to find Godot?

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I really liked this play! In fact, I never read a Nonsense play in French and I found it really funny, strange and it wasn’t hard to understand!

At the beginning, I was like: “What? What are they saying? It’s so illogical!”, but I remembered that it was a Nonsense Theater! But, after, we understand better what the main characters are saying (even if there isn’t logic).

We find a lot of elements of Nonsense like neologism (a knouk > a slave), nonsense tautology…

The fact that they are talking of everything and anything, and are changing all the time the subjects of the conversation, make the play really funny and interesting.

For instance: As they are in front of a tree, they decided to hang themselves. They are saying that it’s for spend their time! If Godot is coming they are safe! And as they have no rope, they are talking of another things.

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And during the play, at any moment, when one of the two characters wants to move, the other said : “ we can’t” “We’re waiting for Godot”. And they stay in the same place…

According many people, Godot is a sort of religious character. Indeed, the name Godot is made of God, but there isn’t a really specific explanation at this time… We can suppose that Vladimir and Estragon are waiting a saviour…

It can be really strange at time, and it’s REALLY REALLY different than the others genre like the novel…

Oh, I forgot to say that it’s a really short play to read (I read this in only 2 hours!).

I advise you to read Waiting for Godot!! Have you already read that? 🙂

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Silk- Alessandro Baricco

Hey everyone! How are you? I’m going to speak about a book that we had to read for the French class! It is pretty different from all the books that I presented before, because there is not a lot of humor….

Silk is a novel written by Alessandro Baricco, a young Italian writer, in 1996. The original title is “Seta”. It was a real success in few months and It was a bestseller!Soie is the 3rd novel written by the author.  There was a film adaptation in 2007 by François Girard.

So, I’m going to talk about the book!

The scene takes place in the 19th century in France. It’s the story of Hervé Joncour, a French man, who decided to travel to Japan to buy another silkworms, because his production was contaminated by a disease.. After crossing Russia, he arrived in Japan, he met Hara Kei a Japanese village headman, and his mistress, who gave him many silkworms. After many travels, Herve felt in love with the Hara Kei’s mistress, and began a mysterious relationship with her, although he has already a woman, Helène. And one day, he received a letter which is written is Japanese.. He didn’t know who had written this.. He discovered that it’s the Helene’s letter, and she explain him a lot of things, she knows about the mysterious relationship between Herve and the mistress ( we don’t have her name..).

There is the war in Japan, and Herve can’t return in the country, and he decided to stop his journeys, and tells his experience to the inhabitants of his town.

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It’s a pretty good story, but as I said before, there is not a lot of humor.. It’s a really serious book, with romance. I know that many people don’t like this sort of book, and usually I don’t like it!

It can be sometimes a little bit boring, especially when Herve tells us his travel, it’s always described with the same words.. But there is however suspense and mystery, because we don’t know who had written the letter to Herve, and when he returned to japan, the village wasn’t here, they had moved, all was destroyed by the war in Japan.

The Novel is filled of numerous metaphor, and poetic pictures.. It is really beautiful at times!

Do you know this book ? Have you already read it ?

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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and was published in 1952. Samuel Beckett is an Irish author, poet and playwright.  He was a main character in the theatre called « Theatre of the Absurd ». He was born in 1906 and he died in 1989. His  literary movement is the Modernism and Nonsense. Waiting for Godot is a play of Nonsense. It is composed two acts and the original text is a translation to French, because Beckett wrote in english and in french. The first representation was in the theater of Babylone in Paris.

In Waiting for Godot, we have two mains characters : Estragon and Vladimir. They are in the countryside, near a tree. In the play, we have probably a poor stage set. The two characters are alone. They are surely longtime friends. Vladimir is the smartest than Estragon but he is too a little naive and  there is Estragon who is stupid and he is  strange. Both are Tramps. Both waited  for someone who called Godot but we understand to the end of the first act that Gadot never come and we don’t know if he exist really. There are two others characters : Pozzo and Lucky. Their relation is like master and slave. Pozzo is the master and Lucky is the slave but he is treated like an animal, because Pozzo holds him with a rope and he gives him orders like a dog. It is a strange relation between these two characters. Te four characters meet and speak but their coversation are not really logic.

For me, this play is difficult to understand, because it is Nonsense and i don’t really like that, there are no real plot or purpose. But this play is funny and the book reads quickly. I read Waiting for Godot, because we studied this book in French literature.

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Basketball diaries

« You’re growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it’s good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies…
so we can dance. »

Basketball diarie is a film inspired from the autobiographical book of Jim Carroll.

It tells the story of Jim, a thirteen years old boy, he is an accomplished basketball player. Jim and his friends begin to steal , to rip off and to use illicit substances. Jim keep a diary and actually Jim is a very talentuous writer. This film shows the ups and downs of a city, New York during the Sixties.

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Jim takes drugs increasingly, he is addict to heroin and consume others substances.

A friend of Jim has lekemia and is forced to stay in his bed in hospital. Jim, unlike his other friends often comes to visit him.
Despite writing, sports and his sick friend nothing can stop Jim’s addiction.
Jim is gradually removed from his basketball team, his school and home by his mother. He begins dating the most disreputable places of New York.

This film is directed by Scott Kalvert in 1995. In headlining we can see the actors Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Wahlberg ( The Yards, 2000) and Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, 1990).

I really liked this film because thans to the main character who Leonardo embodies at perfection I can see how you can quickly fall in an inadapted environment and how it can be difficult to stop be addict to something. And to conclude this film is very poetic.

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Shining by Stephen King


Shining is a horror and fantastic novel written by Stephen King in 1977. This book is the third book published by Stephen King. In 2013 a following based on the main character (Daniel Torrance) has been published “Doctor Sleep”.
This story is about a man; Jack Torrance who decided to regain control following to his alcoholism which made him lost his job of teacher at the university. So he decided to accept an employment of guardian in an isolated hotel in the Colorado’s mountain. Jack is a complicated man, he’s intelligent, attached to his family composed of Wendy Torrance (his wife) and Daniel Torrance (his son) but he is really impulsive.
Daniel Torrance has a supernatural power The Shining, in the hotel he can see things coming to the past (ghost) or to the future. He learns to know Dick Halloran, the cook of the hotel who like Daniel has The Shining and even his short age Daniel has more elevated power than Dick. Daniel and Dick share the same secret and became friends.
The hotel tries several times to possess Daniel in the goal to take him his power. Daniel enough mature for his age ignored it. So the hotel takes control on Jack Torrance who now see his family like his enemy.
A night Jack becoming insane because of the hotel tried to kill his own son. A pursuit began between Jack, Daniel and Wendy. Daniel feeling in danger calls Dick thanks to The Shining. Whereas Jack is going to the basement in the goal to prevent the explosion of the old boiler of the hotel which needs to be adjusted every day, it is too late, Daniel, Wendy and Dick escaped of the hotel and Jack dies in the explosion.
A film directed by Stanley Kubrick is the most famous adaptation of this thriller.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is an animated movie released in 2003, produced by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Andrew Stanton.
It tells the story of Marin, a clownfish, who tries to find his son Nemo, who had been captured by a human. Hopefuly for Marin, the human who captures Nemo lost his mask in the water where his adress is written : 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney. At the beginning of his research, Marin mets Dori, a fish without memory. Dori is very kind but she annoys a little bit Marin because she forget all and she’s not very serious. Nemo, on his side, is in an aquarium in a dentist’s cabinet, and the dentist wants to give Nemo to his niece Darla, a violent and excited little girl who kills fishes. Nemo and his new friends of the aquarium try to escape, while Marin is approaching Sidney. During his research, Marin, who is overprotective, learn a lot of things about the ocean, kids, education…
This movie is really moving, it’s not just a childlish movie, there is a real psychology. It’s funny, touching, movie, and the characters are really friendly and we have to admit that the graphisms are not so bad for a 2003 movie.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is an american movie made by Tim Burton in 1990 with Johnny Depp, Winona Rider and Diane Wiest. It’s the story of a lonely creator who wants to spend time with somebody, so he creates Edward. But the creator dies before finishing him and let Edward alone in a big manor with scissors at the place of his hands. One day, a cosmetic seller, Peg Boggs, come in the manor to sell her products but she sees Edward with his scary hands and a lot of scars on his face. Firstly she’s affraid but she realizes that he’s kind and she bring him back to her house. Edward fall in love with Peg’s daughter, Kim. When Edward arrives in the little tows of the Bogg’s, all the neighborhood is kind and cool with him, but a little accident makes that one day, all his friends are against him.

Edward Scissorshand is a beautiful movie, funny, poetic, moving… I recommand you to watch it and I hope you’ll love it like I loved it.

the end-doors

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land

Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the King’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake…he’s old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we’ll do the rest

The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us

The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door…and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother…I want to…fuck you

C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
C’mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end

 

This song named « the end », it’s an extract of the first Doors’ album intitled « the Doors ». It was writing in 1967 by Jim Morrisson and his musicians.

This band born in L.A Californie, in 1665, and during the 7 following years, they going down in music history. Now The Doors are considerated as one of the biggest 70’s rock band.

But Jim Morrisson who was a drug addict, died at the age of 27 years old, and the band fell 2 years after.

This song, is really psycheledic. He’s long, 12 minutes, and we have some long instrumental passages (an electric guitar solo, an electric piano solo, …)

In the text, we don’t know if Jim talks about a girl, about him, about his parents …

Firstly we can thing he sing about his last girlfriend, but fastly, we can’t follow him. He talks about a « blue bus » and a killer. (Jim was fascinated by the dead.)

He mentionned his parents, but we can interpreted this as a reference to Sophocle, more precisly, to « Oedipe Roi ». He say « father, I want to kill you, Mother, I want to f*** you ».

In the drama « Oedipe Roi », Oedipe killed his father and married his mother.

To conclued, I love this song, because we really enter in the strange world of Jim Morrisson, with lot of contradictory feelings, pain and joy, calm and stressful at the same time.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump it’s a film directed in 1994 by Robert Zemeckis. He is an Americain director, Producer and writer. Forrest Gump it’s a comedy drama.

Forrest Gump is an young americain with a low I.Q. The film follows his life. Forrest grows up with his best friend, Jenny. He loves her. All his life Forrest has a good intentions. He did many things like japan war. Forrest follows his dreams. All the movie Forrest Gump running, it’s his passion. « Forrest Gump » is the story of a man who struggled to his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than cerebral ability. 

« Forrest Gump » it’s an amazing film, very interesting. It’s a lesson of tolerance. It’s an emotional film. I loved the story and Forrest’s character. « Forrest Gump » it’s a classic movie and I think all the people must see this movie.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger was published in 1945. It’s a story about Holden a teenager who losted his brother when he was a child. It’s the first book about a teenager.

The story is in first person narrative. Holden tells his story. When he was fired to his colege, again. In this books there are no rally actions. It’s a psychological book? It refered to the interrogations and the feelngs of a teenager. When in your life at fiveteen or sixteen you though you don’t your place in the world. When youre a little depressive and angry at the same time. Holden doesn’t understand the world around him, who are never feel the same emotions ? In this book there are a real reflexion about what think the youth. Holden doesn’t want to be an adult but he can’y stay a child, it’s tyical to teen periode.

I loved this story because the caracter, Holden, is very intersting for me. And the book was original at the time when it was published. It’s a reference of a book about teenagers.

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play written by Samuel Beckett. The first representation was in 1953 in Paris. This play is qualifies like a tragicomedy in two acts. The original french text was composed in 1949, and it was translate few times later. It’s the Nonsense genre.

In this play there are four charaters. Two main characters are Estragon and Vladimir and during all the play they are waiting for Godot, Meanwhile they meet Pozzo and his slave Lucky, these two characters are very strange. Pozzo is very tirannic, indeed he is very cruel with Lucky, we talk about a deshumanization of Lucky.

The play has no sense because characters are waiting for Godot but public knows that he will never coming and sometimes it’s very funny for example when Estragon and Vladimir do same movements or when Pozzo asks to Lucky if he can think, it’s a screed very funny.

But we feel also sorrow for them because they waiting someone who will never come.. It’s why we can sa that it’s a tragicomedy.

Personnally, I loved this play, it makes me smile and sometimes laugh

 

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The Catcher in the Rye

Hello everybody,

Today I am going talk about a famous novel of XX century. This novel is intitled The Catcher in the Rye. It was written by J.D Salinger and published in 1951. This book was a success.

The novel’s story is about a teenager who is unsure of himself, in fact he tells his story and we can feel that he is not very happy. He tells us his life in his boarding school with his friends, he talks about his dead brother, his parents, his sister.

Holden is a character very charming, personally I like him a lot for his way o thinking and others little things. We feel that Holden feels nostalgie of his childhood wich he is trys to find with his little sister, Phoébé. During all the novel we are charming by the story and the character.

I recommand you, I liked it.

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The Black Cat

Hi everybody ! I am super excited to introduce one of my favourite Gothic author, he is one of the most famous and I am pretty sure that you have already heard his name: Edgar Allan Poe.

I really want to speak about is novel named « Extraordinary Stories » or « Histoires extraordinaires » translate by Charles Baudelaire. Of course why Baudelaire have translaste Edgar’s tales ? It’s because his stories were not popular in his homeland. Poe’s work travelled Atlantic Ocean and Charles Baudelaire translated several Poe’s tales. Unfortunately in 1867 Baudelaire died and his translation was so important that it became THE french transaltion of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales.

Today, I want to talk about the short story called: The Black Cat. It was published in August, 1843 for the first time in The Saturday Evening Post. The unnamed narrator is obsessed by animals from the day he is born. He gets married and had a black cat named Pluto. He loves him during a time but when the character strats drinking things turns for the worst and he did some tortures to his cat and Pluto died. The narrator will be haunted by his crime and gets thrown into the madness. It’ a psychological story oriented by the obsession and the perversity for alcohol.

The Enemy

Hello everybody, the last week I have finished a book that I have discovered at the library: The Enemy by Charlie Higson. This book is an apocalyptic tennager novel went of the 3 September 2009 and it’s the firts of a series who has seven volumes.

The seen takes place in London after a pandemic virus who has turned adults in kinds of aggresive zombies like. We are focus on a group of survivor who took refuge in a desert Waitrose supermarket. Arran is the leader of the group, Achilleus the warrior in helping kids and in figth, Freak and Deke two adventurous best friends who tag every places they go and finally Maxie, the pacemaker. She organizes the life of the kids and makes sure that no one gets left behind.

When a stranger arrives here with a picture of Buckingham Palace and says that there is all the food and safety they need; Waitrose’s children have to take a decision: stay here and risk to be attack by adults or join their forces in an adventure in hopes of finding a place better but who could not be real ?

Birdman


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This movie is just strangely awesome on a technique point it gives the impression of being made in single sequence plan, the staging is prodigious, all actors are good, their crediblity are breathtaking. It is hollowing that the history is also awesome … Well finally the opinions are shared about it, from the press reviews to the spectators, Iñárritu’s movies let an opinion different for every watchers.

However the film won four oscars in 2015:

Best Motion Picture of the Year“;

Best Achievement in Cinematography” ;

Best Writing, Original Screenplay “;

Best Achievement in Directing” .

And was nomined for five others.

Honestly it is very hard to speak about it without spoiler, so if you want to see it go, and back after to read this review, you will probably disagreed with my point of view, so let a feedback if you want to discuss.

Thomson Riggan, an actor goes to Brodway to make a representation of a book to make a drama it is called  » When we talk about love  » or « The unexpected virtue of ignorance”.

We learned that Thomson is tourmante by his former role in “Birdman” It is almost schizophrenic and imagines that he have power of Birdman he wants to detach took everything of his birdman image that people have of him throughout the film.

His ego, ( Symbolizes by a second voice in his head who is the Birdman), his family, his loves, all is challenged for himself.

The scenes when the ego of Riggan takes top are impossible to describe they are so epic, this film is just so full of originality.

The first sequence sets the tone of the movie, is absolutely masterful, so if you dont like it, just stop, you will not like the film .

The strength of this film is also in its soundtrack. The music perfectly correspond to the universe that this film offer, and complement him.W e did not realize it instantly, but musics carry us , and it’s because of the musics that the film is awesome because this movie is not very rich in action.

Some confusion is permanent during the film, and the end enlightens us , Birdman stay in the toilet and Riggan manages to finally split to him for the last minute

.After watching the film, you need to reflect on it, and make you own opinion.

Peter Pan

Hello,

  Today we talk about: Peter Pan. It is a famous book of James Barrie. The story began with a little girl: Wendy and there brother: John and Michel who went to Neverland accompanied by Peter Pan, the boy who never grows. In this country for children of numerous adventure await our heroes.

  Peter Pan is a tale but we can see in a adult vision. Because Peter is a character really more dark than we believe when were was more young. He is arrogant and he is overbearing see tyrannical with the lost boy. For exemple, the lost boy should not now a world who Peter don’t know,  or often Peter required lot oh thing at the lost boy. Also James Barrie criticized the children who refuses to grow. But he do not the praise of the adult man with a good job or a good family. Fot him, there man are not interresting. The only person than James Barriie compliments is the girl and the woman. He was fascinate by her. And for him, the excellence is the mother. All of the book seems to praise the mother.

Read this book nox was really interresing because I can see a world for chirldren with the recedes.



 


 

 


 

Blessed With A Curse

Blessed With A Curse is a song by Bring Me The Horizon. Bring Me The Horizon (or BMTH) is a band from Sheffield, in England. This (hard rock) band has done 6 albums since 2004. It is my favourite band, the singer is Oliver Sykes. I have been listening them for 4 years. I started listening to them with the album Suicide Season, a powerful album (like the others…)

Blessed With A Curse is a music from the album There is the hell believe me I’ve seen it, There is a heaven let’s keep it a secret (haha, yes, so long) it was of my favourite songs, I really love listening to it because it is…POWERFUL! (I will explain what I mean, after…)

SOME LYRICS (MY FAVOURITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) :

« Ever since this began,
I was blessed with a curse.
And for better or for worse,
I was born into a hearse.
I know I said my heart beats for you.
I was lying girl,
It beats for two.
Cause I’ve got your love
And I’ve got these voices.

Take back!
Every word I’ve said ever said to you.
Take back!
Every word I’ve said ever said to you.

(…)

Everything I touch turns to stone, turns to stone.
So wrap your arms around me,
And leave me on my own. (x2) »

In this song, Oliver explains that he doesn’t know how to fix things, because he breaks everything, he is powerless, he lies, and « Everything I touch turns to stone », he needs to take things out of him.

I think it is a powerful song because, when I am angry, I need to put my earphones and to listen it several times until I am better… Sometimes, I watch this video, it frees me, because we can see Oliver shouting, he takes out all the pain and the hate which he has inside of him, and when I listen to this music, it’s as if I was in his place, as if I also take my pain out of me, like him.  

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I saw BMTH in Paris yesterday, the April 14th 2016. It was the best moment of my life and it still the best moment of my life, they played this song, I was like "OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" haha, it was so powerful, more than the song on Deezer or on this video. I can't wait to see them again, I enjoyed this moment, every song was...wow.

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Pride and Prejudice

Today I will talk about Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen and published in 1813.I read this book one year ago and I liked it very much because of his romantic story but also because of his « writing style ».

The story tell us the sentimental life of 5 sisters and the main character is Elisabeth Bennet who falls in love of Mr Darcy (first she hates him), the friend of the man she must married. In fact, the mother of Elisabeth is determined to find an husband for each of her daughters to assure their future. Elisabeth notice all the ploys of her mother to reconcile her and her neighbour Mr Bingley with irony and even if she appreciates him she’s not in love.

Behind this romantic comedyJane Austen critisizes the rigidity of the English society of the XVIII-XIXth Century. Indeed at the time a woman must be married and she doesn’t chosen her husband. The main theme of this book is marriage and money but also sincerity and truth,

I like this book because it’s sensitive and writte with humor and characters are engaging and appealing. The decor plunges us in a beautiful world with beautiful garden and hill, a little cottage and a large castle… I remember I was very fascinated by this book and his story!

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is American anti-war novel created and published by the american Humphrey Cobb in 1935. The story speaks about the case of Souain’caporals. Louis Girard, Lucien Lechat, Louis Lefoulon and Téophile Maupas are condemns of revolts and have been shot for the exemple. This is one of many case on the mutiny during the first world war.

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First, We need to talk about the context. The big war starts on july, the 28th 1914 in Europe. After 1915, the war continues mainly in France between two power nations, France and Germany. The war is very awful with so many deaths on the field. At the beginning of the 1915’year, many cases of mutiny are seen. The most famous is the case of Souain’s caporals.

Humphrey Cobb critics here, the stupidity of the war and soldiers unfairly killed by their nation without any reasons. I’ve never seen the best-seller not yet but I like the authors’involvement specially here. I think it’s very important to show us the dark side of what the French army did during the first world war. And not just our country but all the countries. That’s one of a reason because why I love this book…

The other reason is the film director Stanley Kubrick. In 1957, he adapted the novel with the same name. The story slightly different is still touching. Finally, we must never forget what these men made for their country.

A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway

Hello everyone!

This time, I would like to make you aware of one of the most touching books I have read lately. As the last line of the 1929 New York Times said, it is truly « a moving and beautiful book« , which is definitely going to stay in your mind for a while…

The title of this novel is actually from a poem by George Peel to Queen Elizabeth. It tells the story of a knight who gets old and has to retire from the battlefield. The strengh of his youth went away, as well as his once-gold hair that turned grey. However, he still loves and respects the Queen and has to leave her court. Instead of writing poems about love, he composes then prayers that he will say down on his knees.

This novel by Ernest Hemingway is mostly set during the Italian Campaign of the First World War. Published for the first time in 1929, Hemingway’s story is told from his main character’s viewpoint: an expatriate American serving in the ambulance corpse of the Italian Army, called Frederic Henry. We follow his meeting, then intense relationship and finally tragic love story with a british Nurse, Catherine Barkley. During these 41 so well-written chapters, we understand perfectly their special relationship, that becomes even more touching, and their constantly rising feelings and devotion to each other.

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This title has a double meaning, since it means both a farewell to love, arms being part of the body and a symbol of contacts and warmth but also a farewell to war, because the word « arms » can also refer to weapons. War is also another major theme of the novel, since it is the background of the story. Frederic even aims at living with Catherine and found a way to escape the war, far from any conflict that makes him unable to live freely with the one he loves. However, this is not a pacifist novel, since Hemingway doesn’t condamn war. On the other way round, war is described as nonsensical events that are bound to happen. This unavoidable brutality contrasts with his view of a hurtable and vulnerable love. This story is moving to me because even if it’s a dark story, it depicts love accurately as something subtle and not obvious, but strong enough to make someone willing to change his whole life and desert, maybe stop wars?

This story is partly based on Hemingway’s own experiences: he served in the Italian campains during the World War I and was inspirred by a real nurse called Agnes von Kurowsky who care for him in a Milan’s hospital. What a coincidence! A Farewell to Arms resonated in this era’s society and it lives on as a major english-written work. Some references were made, by example: Stanley Kubrick thought about giving the title A Farewell to Earth to his film 2001:A Space Odyssey. Many adaptations were realised after this brilliant novel was published, and I didn’t watch any of them yet. But I will, for sure!

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Slumdog Milionaire – Danny Boyle

Hello ! Today I’m going to speak about one of my favourite film which is Slumdog Milionaire. This movie was released in 2008 by Danny Boyle and it received numerous Oscars (eight exactly). This famous movie was adapted by the novel of the Indian writer Vikas Swarup which called Q & A (for Questions and Answers) in 2005.

This film tells the story of Jamal Malik, 18 years old and orphan from the slums of Bombay (or Mumbai). He achieved the last stage of the game « Who wants to be a Milionaire ? » to win 20 million Indian rupees. Following this, there are a lot of questions : How can a man from slums achieve it ? Will he win the last test ? There is many doubt and the police suspect a cheating. Desperate to prove his innoncence, the main character in the film tells the story of his life in the slums ; his adventures, his meetings, and his relation with Latika which is the girl he loved. We discover that each chapter of his story reveals the answer of one the game’s questions…

In his film, Danny Boyle wanted to show the extreme poverty, the injustice, the fear and the nastiness in the slums. But also the youth, the chance and the love.

That’s why I choose this film because I find it very original and touching. It show that anyone can be happy and especially lucky, even if we are poor.

The Arab of the Future

Hi everybody!

Today i’m going to tell us about an autobiographical series of comic who tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf’s childhood. Born in 1978 of a Syrian father and a Breton mother, Riad Sattouf grows up  at first in Tripoli, in Libya, where his father was named a professor. We follows him in his life of little blond boy in Syria with his child’s perspective.

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This comic is very humorous in whom we take pleasure to look at the world through the eyes of small Riad!

Big Fish, Tim Burton, 2003.

Big Fish is a film directed by Tim Burton in 2003 and produced by the Columbia Pictures studio. This movie draws the inspiration from the book « Big Fish: A novel of Mythic Proportions » by Daniel Wallace in 1998.

In this movie, there are somes actors a little bit famous, for example Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, and a french actress Marion Cotillard ! And I love them !

The storie speaks about the relationship between Willam and Edward Bloom , a son with his father. This connection is strained and not really easy with this both characters.

During the Willam’s Weeding with Joséphine, his father started to explain the Willam’s Birth. He narrated this day with a lot of crazy and unlikely events with somes fantastic peoples, like a giant,..

During all the movie, we learn the life and the Edward’s journey. But we can’t really know if the storie told by the father was real or not..

It’s a beautiful movie, very touching and very magic. I love so much this film, because it gave me a lot of surprises and feelings. More, the actors are very very unusual ! It’s great !

 » Under The Dome « 

HI Everyone,

Today I’m going to speak about a TV show entitled  » Under the Dome » produced by Brian K. Vaughan. This series is an adaptation of a book  »Dome » written by Stephen King.
I haven’t read this book yet but someone told me that it was quite similar.
And it’s belong to fantasy series.

So the story talked about people in a small country who suddenly find themselves trapped uder the dome. So they will find why it’s happened and how get out of that Dome.
Since the appearence of the Dome strange things are going to appear and it’s make people in danger. Characters are in tensions, quickly people became crazy.
We are discover that some people are linked with the dome and they can have an influence of him according to their feelings …
Characters are going to be strong to survive in this hardship.

I love this TV Show because there are suspens and I also try to found why the Dome is appear and I like fantasy.
I recommend it for all people who had read the book of Stephen King and for evebody who like fantasy series.