LOST

I want to talk about Lost, an american TV series.

Flight 815 of Oceania crashes on a tropical island in the Pacific. We follow the story of the survivors who discovered that this island was the scene of a scientific project named Dharma. On this Island there are unknown monsters, hostile savages and intense magnetic activity, etc … The survivors will then organize and live together in peace.

I chose to talk about Lost because I think it would be interresting to compare with Lord of the Flies. I have seen some part of the series and I will finish it and I recommend it!

A.I. Artificial Intelligence by Steven Spielberg

I want to talk about A.I. Artificial Intelligence by Steven Speilberg. I saw this movie during the holiday on Paramount Chanel .

The scene takes place in a futuristic world, when global warming makes the ice melting. Humans made robots who answer to their needs. A couple whose his son (Martin) is sick, ask to have another son, the time that his son heals. So the technology gives their a robot son (named David). But Martin heals, and David becomes useless. So the mother abandons him in the forest. David would to become a real little boy for his mother accepts him. He will search the Blue Fairy (like in Pinocchio) to the end of the earth and discover why he exists.

It’s a very touching film, very beautiful and I sincerely recommed it ! You will cry at the end !

The Lost World

I want to talk about The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was published in 1912. This novel inspired Jurassic Park, a TV series and many movies.

This novel tells the story of Edward Malone who is in love with Gladys. He agree to go on an expedition on a rocky plateau in the Amazon to impress Gladys. This expedition will be lead by Professor Challenger, who have discovered dinosaur still alive on Amazon. Indeed, they discover dinosaurs but also a monkey man population. These monkeys men would be the missing link in the evolution of man. But, will they get to reveal this discovery to the world? And must they?

I haven’t read the book but i saw the movies and i recommed it !

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I want to talk about Brave New World written in 1932 by Aldous Huxley. It’s a dystopia I

The scene takes place in London in 632 N.F. (imaginary time). It shows a society based on genetics. Individuals are conditioned and controlled even before birth. The society plans their life. She chose genes, the personality of each individual and creating babies in test tubes. People vanish with a drug that makes them happy illusion: the SOMA. These individuals are boxes in the class smarter or dumber : Alphas (the elite), the Betas (performers), the Gammas (employees), the Deltas where even the Epsilons (for heavy work). And there the Sauvages who live on reserves and concervent a way of « normal » life. We will follow the life of Bernard Marx is an alpha whose genetic program failed in part: it is not like the others and suffers from its difference.

I think that this novel is really interresting for the notion science or fiction and it’s a interresting dystopia, I recommed it!

 

Boardwalk Empire and the Roaring Twenties

Boardwalk Empire is an American television series inspired by the book Boardwalk Empire : The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. This series represents well the roaring twenties with The Prohibition, the Jazz Age and the Fashion of this period.

In the 1920s, Nucky Thompson, a notable politician in control of Atlantic City organizes an agreement and walk into the smuggling business. He decides to work in the alcohol industry in Atlantic City, then crushed by Prohibition, to pay for the city’s finances. He meets Jimmy Darmody, a young veteran of the First World War very smart, who will become his protege.

I recommend it to you, it’s a good representation of those years. Furthermore, the intrigue is rather interesting.

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

I want to talk about Hard Times written by Charles Dickens and published in 1854. Charles Dickens made ??a critique of excessive industrialization in England, where the living conditions of the workers are exploited. In fact, this novel denounced education practiced on young English and the exploitation of the poor by the ruling classes.

In the fictional town of Coketown (which is actually Manchester), we discover the life of a prominent family: the Gradgrind. The two children of the Gradgrind family are educated in the utilitarian doctrine. This doctrine ban leisure for children. Charles Dickens shows the evolution of these two children and their father’s ideas will not make them happy adults.

If you want to know about the time of the industrial revolution in England it is very interesting, I recommend it.

Inception (2010)

Inception is a British-American science fiction heist thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. Don Cobb is the best, experimented thief who is in the art of the extraction: his speciality consists in appropriating the most precious secrets of an individual while he dreams. The very search for his talents in the universe of the industrial espionage, Cobb also became a fugitive pursued all over the world who lost all which is dear to him. But an ultimate mission could allow him to find his previous life : provided that he can carry achieve : the inception. He has to implant an idea in mind of an individual. And nevertheless, Cobb and his partners face a formidable enemy who seems to have systematically a blow beforehand with them.

I really advise you ! It’s an interesting film and the actors are good !

Sense and Sensibility

I will to talk about Sense and Sensibility written by Jane Austen. On the death of Mr Dashwood, his wife and their three daughters : Elinor, Marianne and Margaret are deprived of their inheritance by their half-brother. They will go live in the country. This story focuses on Marianne, the sensible daughter, and Elinor, the sense daughter. In spite of their very different personality, both sisters experiment the same unhappy love affairs. It is the opposition between love and reason.

If you like stories of love and marriage, secrets and money, I advise you to read this book. There is also a cinematic adaptation : Raison et Sentiments (1995) by Ang Lee with Emma Thompson (Elinor) and Kate Winslet (Marianne).

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

 

In class, we watched the movie Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and I want to talk about this movie. The movie directed by Kenneth Branagh and released in 1994. The Main actors are Robert De Niro (Dr Frankenstein) and Kenneth Branagh (the creature).

I think that this movie is a great interpretation of the book. Because we feel  the dramatic side and the despair of Dr Frankenstein. Admittedly the direction and the special effects are of low quality and certain parts of the story aren’t respected but the version was produced in 1994 and the director communicated the morality of the story.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by W. Shakespeare

We studied in class an extract from Romeo and Juliet and As you like it by William Shakespeare. But I would like to talk about an other famous tragedy by W. Shakespeare : Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. This tragedy dating back to an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.

The Denmark’s King, father of Hamlet, is assassinated by his brother Claudius. He take his place on the throne and he marry with Gertrude, widow of his brother. The ghost of the King appears to Hamlet, and reveals his murderer, he must avenge his father. Hamlet feigns madness to expose his uncle. We put this insanity on account of his love for Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, the king’s counselor.

If you want to know the rest of the story I suggest you either read the play or watch the theatrical adaptation of Patrice Chéreau (link with « La Fausse suivante » studied in French) or the movies Hamlet (1948) by Laurence Olivier.

Black Beauty : The Autobiography of a Horse

Black Beauty is a novel published in 1877. It’s the only novel of Anna Sewell. It’s a story narrated by the horse Black Beauty who describes her life. We follow her life since her beginning, when Black Beauty was a foal to his death.                                                   Black Beauty is going to have several masters during his life : good master who cares about her horse and bad master who ill-threat her horse.
Thanks to the novel written in the first person, we can feel the emotions of Black Beauty. The novel touching us because the story show how the human can be cruel with animals and how we must working all your life for hope to be reward.