How I live now

How I Live Now is a 2013 film directed by Kevin Macdonald based on the novel of Meg Rosoff. Usually, Kevin Macdonald directs political movies as The Last King of Scotland.  This is not only a teenmovie but also a voyage and return story and a futuristic melodrama. Then, the director succeeds in mixing these genres.

Daisy is an american teenager who discovers the british countryside to see her cousins but it is during the World War III.
The atmosphere is very oppressive. She has difficulties to adapt herself and there is bomb attack. There are alone, without any adult. A soldier separate them : girls with girls, boys with boys - who help soldiers.
Whereas Daisy and Eddie - her cousin - fall in love, they cope to meet themselves...

These children live through World War and we see the loss of the unconsciousness and the innocence. Daisy has felt the sadness and the confusion, she is traumatized.

Even if there are moments of agonies of teenagers, bloody war scenes, natural hymn which is the source of regeneration and mortal threats, loving carefreeness, I am a bit disappointed because of the happy end.

Have you ever seen this movie?

Safe Haven

It is an american movie directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the book written by my favorite author who is Nicholas Sparks.

The arrival of Kate changes the life of Alex who lives in Southport, a peaceful village. She moves in Southport, a small town by the sea and meets Alex who lost his wife. He has two childrens. Kate and Alex fall in love but the mysterious past of the woman brings her back to reality : she is wanted by a policeman, the same policeman that she sees in her flashbacks. He is determined to find her.

Throughout the movie, we see flashbacks in the same time she sees it, but we don't understand who is the people in her flashbacks, what they are doing, why they are doing it,... Gradually, we discover the past of Kate.

I really like this movie. Have you ever seen it?

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening is an american TV movie directed by Jake Newsome and Mikael Salomon.

When Emma and Dean, who are two students, go at a party in a boat, Emma falls accidentally in the sea. Dean saves her. They are both in the lifeboat but Dean and Emma are lost because the boat already left. When there is a storm, they run aground in a desert island.

The story is oppressive because we can’t suppose how they can survive.. and if they’ll survive. They are lost, alone, a long way from their loved ones, in an unknown island.

Emma and Dean get to know each other and fall in love.

Are they stay alive? Will they find their loved ones? And after this shipwreck, how are they live?

Have you ever seen this movie?

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is an american musical movie directed by Rob Marshall in 2014. It is an adaptation of a 1986 homonymous musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

There is a witch who puts a curse on a baker's father. Since this curse, he and his wife can't have a child. So, to have a child, he must give a white cow (Jack's cow), a golden shoe (Cinderella's shoe), a red cape (Little Red Riding Hood's cape) and yellow hair (Rapunzel's hair) to the witch. All these components are used for doing a magic potion which returns beauty and youth's witch.

All these characters have a dream : Cinderella wants to go to ball, Rapunzel hopes for going out of her tower, Jack wants to keep his cow and discover the world, the Red Riding Hood desires to see her grandmother, the baker wants to have a child.

Wishes are granted but there are consequences...

This movie received the American Film Institute Awards 2014.

Have you ever seen this film?

Upside Down

Upside Down is a 2012 Canadian-French movie. It's a romantic science fiction film written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas.

Adam is an ordinary boy. He falls in love of Eden. But they don't live in the same world. In fact, there are two world with two different gravities. There is a passage connecting theses two worlds but only people who work there can go into it.

Adam and Eden can see each other thanks to him because he defies the gravity so she can go into his world for a few moments. But she's losing her memory because of a fall. So he tries to see her again and to reclaim her heart. For that, he'll have to go in her world and to remind to her whom he is.

Can he challenge once again the law of the gravity? Can he reclaim Eden's heart?

I love this movie, I think it is completly extraordinary. Have you ever seen this movie?

Mary Higgins Clark – You Belong to me

Mary Higgins Clark was born in 1927 in New York. She is an american writer, especially she writes thrillers and detective stories.

You Belong to me is about Susan Chandler who is a psychologist and a broadcaster. When she speaks about Regina Clausen who never came back from a cruise, numerous listeners call to Susan : one of them met a man who gave her the same ring. It is engraved « You Belong to me ». Another has seen a man who bought some of rings at the craftsman who makes them. So Susan launchs an investigation but a foul murders start and women disappear : the murderer listened to the radio show. He lists : among future victims, one of them is Susan. He has already met her apart from the radio show in the same period.

Once again, Mary Higgins Clark takes away readers in endless suspense.

Have you ever read it? What do you think about?

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Creatures is a Southern Gothic novel written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl who are american writers. It is published in 2009. Currently, this saga is extremely successful.

A teenager called Ethan falls in love with a mysterious girl, Lena Duchannes, the niece of Macon Ravenwood, a marginal who is avoided by everyone. Ethan recognizes Lena in his nightmares. They share visions and communicate by thought. But Lena is a witch : at the sixteenth moon, she will become a wholly witch and she can be devoted to black magic.
Love between Ethan and Lena will ward off bad luck?

There is a movie based on this novel which has the same name.
Moreover, « Sixteen Moons » is a song sung by an american singer under the direction of Beautiful Creatures’s writers.

Have you ever read this book? this saga?
Have you ever seen this movie or listened this song?
What do you think about?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a picaresque novel written by Mark Twain published in 1884. The Huck’s narrative says itself autobiographical.

The scene is situated on the 1840, before the American Civil War. The main character lives in the Missouri. The narrator is a young boy who is called Huckleberry Finn. He is a Tom Sawyer’s friend and he is motherless orphan. His father, alcoholic and violent, comes back. He hears by his son the discovery of the treasure. He wants to get his hands on the treasure discovered by Tom and Huckleberry. So he wishes to get back his son whom he had abandoned. The child avoids his father and persuade him that he was murdered. Then he is on the roads with Jim, a runaway black slave who is wanted because we suspect him of being the murderer of Huck. They want to go in abolitionist north in raft. Lost on the river because of a storm, two swindlers save them and want to « sell » Jim to the Tom Sawyer’s uncle. Tom and Huck find themselves and they imagine projects to save Jim.

The narrator isat the bottom of the social ladder. He is a tramp and he doesn’t hesitate to lie, to steal. He is resourceful and he adapts himself to all the situations. He rejects the social values.

Moreover, this is a satirical and realistic novel. Indeed, the novel is realistic because Twain knows and lived what he writes, and reality is described. The subject is often funny but dirty and violence are also present. Futhermore, this is a satirical novel because the narrator meets representative characters of social category : two stiff middle-class persons, a man of wood, a slave, bandits, rich owner,… The innocent look of Huck shows the aberrations of the men, their prejudices, their cruelty, their cowardice, theire absurde conduct,… It is also a pessimistic novel because of the hypocrisy and the lies of men.

Have you ever read this novel?

An example of voyage and Return Stories : Alice in Wonderland

 

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a novel written by Lewis Carroll in 1865.

The main character is called Alice. She is a girl who finds herself in a strange world of imagination and fantasy. One day, Alice sees a rabbit who is wearing a evening wear and he runs as if he is late. So Alice follows him and she fall down the rabbit hole : she discovers the Wonderland. All are differents, cats smile, we can play croquet with a pink flammand, babies are transformed into small pigs, there are anthropomorphic creatures.

The Alice’s travel is an initiatory tale which permit to travel and discover a different world, to increase, to learn and to escape ourselves.

But it is not only a initiatory journey which permit Alice to grow up and to discover the sense of the outside world. For Alice, Wonderland is her world . For her as for the readers, the sense of the tale is as much a self-discovery (childhood for example) as the discovery of the society.

 

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An example of committed song

ZOMBIE – CRANBERRIES

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band with the vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, the guitarist Noel Hogan, the bassist Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawle who is the drummer. This group was formed in 1990.

When the goup hears of the two children's death - Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry - during a bomb attack committed by the IRA on March the 20th, 1993, in Warrington. Dolores O'Riordan decided to write and sing Zombie because she is totally touched and angry about this because of this event. They protest against the men's madness. This song is related the conflict between England and Ireland. It shows the horror of war and explains that memories of events are implanted in their head. They denounced the violence and the fact that the murder doesn't know what he does.

After the IRA's ceasefire, in 1994, Zombie is joined on the album called No Need To Arque which has a success.

The Great Gatsby

In popular culture, several elements are mentioned or are inspired of the Great Gatsby.

Haruki Murakami, the official translator of F. Scott Fitzgerald, write books in which sometimes he evokes the novel.

In South Park, The Great Gatsby is read by a doctor.

In the series Greek, there is a party like Gatsby’s party.

In the series Vampire Diaries, this is one of favorites books of Stefan.

In the series Gossip Girl, this is a source of inspiration of Dan Humphrey’s book.

In the series Californication, one of the characters is inspired of Gatsby.

In the series Pretty Little Liars, Aria Montgomery, one of the main characters, is disguised as Daisy.

In the series Smash, Julia Houston writes a play inspired of the book.

Moreover, there are quotations in the novel of Salinger which is entitled The Catcher in the Rye, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower which is a Stephen Chbosky’s book, and in The Fault in your Stars written by John Green.

Furthermore, in the song of Alphaville which is The Girlz, it makes reference to the last lines of the novel.

 

To conclude, this book crosses the time and the generations by being evoked in books, movies or songs. That proves that The Great Gatsby is always a success.

2 + 2 = 5

1984 is a political novel written by G. Orwell.

It is about the totalitarian government. In fact, the author portrays the totalitarian society with an absolute power. He writes his novel before to warn readers of the dangers of this society and the consequences : Government controls the human life by checking their thought to not rebel against the law. Winston Smith, the main character, was going to challenge the limits of the Party's power.

So, there is a psychological manipulation with the telescreen and Big Brother who "watched" them. Citizens can't have sexual desires, the Party controls their thoughts, their feelings.

Moreover, there is a physical control : they watched for any sign of disloyalty, any nervous system. Citizens practice exercises.

Furthermore, the Party controls information and history. Indeed, the past and memories are manipulated. They are unreliable.

Finally, the language is checked by them which means that mind is controled too. The language is very important to human thought.

Everyone who defy the Party is punished with a brutal torture. Moral conviction, emotional loyalty and thought are less powerful than the physical pain.So, the government can control them and the reality. They are able to convincing them that 2 + 2 = 5 : they control all human mind.

Oliver Twist or The Parish Boy’s Progress

Oliver Twist waswritten by Charles Dickens and was published in 1838.

It is about an orphan who is in a workhouse. He meets Artful Dodger, a leador of a pickpockets, in London when he escaped of the workhouse and he meets also Fagin, the trainer.

Robert Blincoe’s autobiography inspired Charles Dickens because he is an orphan who is educated in a workhouse when he has suffered and he was going through hardships.

Dickens denounces the cruelty which the orphans are submitted at the Victorian area : he uses sarcasm and irony.

There are various adaptation of Oliver Twist which show us that it is a good success!

Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2

Like the Cranberries, U2 is an Irish rock band who is formed in 1976.

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a song on their album entitled War released in 1983. This song is about the conflict of the North of Ireland. It's a tribute of Derry's event in 1972 called "Bloody Sunday" : peaceful demonstrators are killed by the British army during a walk organized by Ivan Cooper to protest for the civic rights's respect of Catholics of Ulster and to protest against locals powers's discrimination, which inspires the band to write this song.

It's a commited song and the band are conscious of it. In fact, they have been criticized about this song but they have been a great success too.

The lyrics are about violence, anger, it describes scene of battle and it criticizes media which trivialize the scenes of violence.

Many people appreciate this song because it raises an universal subject : injustice and violence by the power on the people, the discrimination, the war, the useless deaths,...

And you, what do you think of commited song?

Harry Potter, the boy who lived

I think you all know the story of Harry Potter, a famous wizard. But I want to speak about Harry Potter, my favorite series of seven fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling, which the main theme is death – and particularly the origins, the theme and the universe.

First, J. K. Rowling had suddently an idea on a train, in 1990. She said :

« I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me. »

Moreover, the theme crosses-reference to political subject : the fact that Lord Voldemort wants to exterminate the mudbloods (wizards who have muggles parents) makes reference in Nazi Germany. So Salazar Slytherin is a reference in S.S.

There are many others themes like love, prejudice, power,…

The magic universe is special because wizards must to coexist with muggles – those who aren’t wizards – but they have to hide their existence. They have their own governmental organization, their own laws, their own school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, their own cultural references such as the Quidditch. There are potions, magic creatures, magic plants and other wonderful elements.

Do you like Harry Potter? Do you prefer movies or books? Which do you prefer?

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

We have watched three videos at school about the act 3, scene 2 from As You Like It, adaptations of the pastoral comedy written by Shakespeare, the famous english poet, playwright and actor.

I’ve selected two videos and I want to compare them.

In my opinion, this play is my favourite because the play of the actors is good.

The second play is good too but it’s more in a modern life – for example, she smokes.

Even if the costume – we clearly see that it is artificial (the mustache for example) in the first play while the woman who is disguised hasn’t a costume : it is natural in the second play – and the landscape is better in the second play – there are many colors and it’s realistic, I prefer the first one for its adaptation.

And you, what play do you prefer?

Weep No More, My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark

I’ve read Weep No More, My Lady published in 1988 and written by Mary Higgins Clark who was born in 1927. She is an American author of suspense novels.

Psychological thrillers incorporate mystery, drama and horror with often death and themes which identity, reality, mind, perception, existence,…

To sum up, Leila was a beautiful actress who was found dead a few days before is first one of her play. Elizabeth will have to discover who is the murderer, friends’s real faces and  their feelings.

This book is difficult to read because of difficult and special words. Moreover, this genre of novel isn’t my favourite genre. But I’ve like suspense and Mary Higgins Clark is a good author. To my mind, she is one of the best author of suspense genre because she includes love, betrayal, murder, jealousy and especially suspense!

 

« Pride and Prejudice », the movie

I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice, the 2005 movie. This romance film is directed by Joe Wright and is based on Jane Austen‘s novel which has the same name (published in 1813).

This movie is very pleasant. The actor play very well and moreover the landscape and the costums are what I especially liked. It is realistic, romantic and it is about familly.

I recommend you this film.

Have you ever watch this film? And the 1995 movie? Which one do you prefer?

Trailer : 

Politically Correct

I want to speak about the « politically correct » because I think it’s very interesting to show you new special tales.

The Politically Correct avoids language that offences on social minorities. In the 70’s, there were feminist movements in the US. The terms « politically correct » and « politically correctness » became part of the language.

But the previous meaning was « in line with prevailing political thought or policy » : the politically correct is used for the political language it doesn’t refer to illiberal or discrimination.

Toni Cade, a writer, had helped to understand the politically correct. In 1970, he said in Black Woman : « A man cannot be politically correct and a chauvinist too. »

That means that politically correct is used by someone who whants to give another political point of view.

Towards 1980, the politically correct is used to speak about common opinions.

Now, it is an acceptable expression. The language control is used by this new concept.

James Finn Garner is an American xriter and a satirist based in Chicago. He is the author of Politically Correct Holiday stories, Apocalypse wow, and Politically Correct Bedtimes Stories – I’ll speak about it – published in 1994.

The author was inspired by Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers that is why he rewrites these tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.

He imposes his points of out to his readers and implicit prejudice and discrimination found in children’s tales.

Magic and wonder don’t appear in these rewritings. Original tales are written for children and are about wonder unlike James Finn Garner’s tales which are modern rewritings. Indeed, the first title was Fairy Stories for a Modern world but it was abandonned.

To sum up, politically correct is a realistic language which allows to be aware of the present world.

To compare with the original tales of Charles Perrault, here is an extract of Little Red Riding Hood written by James Finn Garner in Politically Correct Bedtime Stories :

« On the way to Grandma’s house, Red Riding Hood was accosted by a wolf, who asked her what was in her basket. She replied, ‘Some healthful snacks for my grandmother, who is certainly capable of taking care of herself as a mature adult.’

The wolf said, ‘You know, my dear, it isn’t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.’

Red Riding Hood said, ‘I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must be on my way’. »

 

Hope you will like it! In my opinion, it’s tales on different way with modern stories and comic.

 

Work by Sarahl1 and MathildeC.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Yesterday evening, I’ve watched Snow White and the Huntsman and I think is a good idea to speak us about it.

So, it’s an American fantastic movie based on the fairy tale Snow White by the brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and it’s written by Evan Daugherty, Martin Solibakke, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini. This movie has two Oscar nominations : for Best Visual Effets and Best Costume Design at the 85th Academy Awards. 

I recommend you this movie for his special effect, his modernity and moreover the play of the actors. Snow White, plays by Kristen Stewart and the Hutsman, plays by Chris Hemsworth, are the two means characters who play very well. We can see the fury of the Snow White’s evil stepmother, the Queen Ravenna plays by Charlize Theron, the humor of the dwarves, and the love, too.The landscape is magnificent and the adaptation is trusted.

Trailer : 

Behind the scene : 

(I think it is interesting to see the play of the actors and it show us interesting things.)

Enjoy!

YOU WILL KNOW HER NAME : CARRIE

Carrie is an American horror and supernatural movie. It’s an adaptation of the Stephen King’s novel which has the same name. This film is directed by Kimberly Peirce.

Trailer : 

I recommend you this movie! It's very interesting. The horror scene is an extra to show nastiness, prejudices, mockery and violence of some people.

My 2 favorite version of Alice in Wonderland

Like most of students, my first favorite version of Alice in Wonderland is directed by Tim Burton thanks to the modernity with special effects and a beautiful landscape. This film makes me laught and respect Lewis Carroll’s story. Moreover, the actors are great, like Johnny Depp who plays the Mad Hatter.

My second favorite version is the animated fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions (1951) based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. In fact, I love Walt Disney and this adaptation makes me laught, fun, and relate correctly the story. Wonder is here and the animated story is a good idea. I love this.

And you, what is your favorite version of Alice in Wonderland?

The Great Gatsby

Yesterday I’ve watched The Great Gatsby and I think it’s a good idea to inform you about this movie.

The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American drama film and an new adaptation which it was a tribute F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel (1925). The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann.
This film is about a millionaire man called Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his neighbour called Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire)

In 2014, the film was nominated for the two Academy Awards: Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

Have you already watched The Great Gatsby? Or read the book? Give us your opinion!

For more information : http://thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com/

The Monster and the Myth.

Frankenstein is one of the most famous monsters to the world but who is the real monster ? The creature or the creator?

Mary Shelley began the writing of Frankenstein at the age of nineteen. The responsibility of the man in front of the evolution of the science is an interesting question which is implicitly mentioned in the text because of characters’s Frankenstein. Her novel of horror reflects at the same time the taste of the youth for the fantastic universes but also its curiosity and its commitment in the modern world.

On January, 6th, 2014, we saw the Frankenstein’s show in English version inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel and the Hollywood movies, written by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith.

Four British actors will give life to the creature and to his creator in a simple and intriguing decoration. The multimedia room being very small, the actors managed well to play and the troop adapted itself with their decoration and I feel it is very impressive: the work is really satisfactory. Besides, the work of the direction and the game of the actors make us understand the story, although they changed some elements, supported by the strength of the images, funny situations and feelings.

On the whole, I was very admiring and satisfied with this show.

The Hobbit or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ?

The Hobbit proves that courage and strength (of mind) are most stronger than worry and fear.
But, the transformation of Dr. Jekyll is my favorite part because it confirm that two parts (the good and the darkness) exist on ourselves. Then, we can seperate them and become kind. Why not?
These texts are a morality who explain that we can fight our faults.

 

First published on November 30th,2013

The Hobbit or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ?

The Hobbit proves that courage and strength (of mind) are most stronger than worry and fear.
But, the transformation of Dr. Jekyll is my favorite part because it confirm that two parts (the good and the darkness) exist on ourselves. Then, we can seperate them and become kind. Why not?
These texts are a morality who explain that we can fight our faults.