Thursday, May 29, 2008
The picture above is from The Three Little Pigs, when the big bad wolf blows the straw house of the first pig.
This book is obviously for young children for the letters and drawings are big. My favourite story is 'The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse". As for the drawings, I like the last story the most: "Mister Dog".
Here Mr. Dog looks sad, but actually he is sleepy because he just woke up. He is making himself a breakfast of milk and bread. See the strawberries in his fridge.
I love how he drew Mr. Dog from behind. This dog is even cuter from behind. The dog hair reminds me of a chapter in Laura Ingalls Wilder book where Pa plays mad dog with Laura and Mary.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Set in WW2 in Paris, Jean Lavandier, the first son of a laundry owner, hides his childhood friend, Sarah, a Jewish, in his lover's apartment. Jean's only brother, Jacques has spent a year in jail for trafficking. Jean's parents put their hopes on Jean and one day Jean will inherit the business. Jean's lover, Philippe, made a false ID card for Sarah, changed her name to Yvonne, and Jean makes his father hires her. After Jacques's release from jail, Jacques falls in love with Yvonne, but Yvonne loves only Jean. Meanwhile Jacques sells the addresses of their fled Jewish clients to the police, so the treasure left can be looted.
On Jean's birthday in 1942, four of them (Jean, Jacques, Yvonne, Philippe) celebrate it together and Jacques brings some bottles of champagne. They become drunk. In this occasion, Yvonne turns Jacques down again, so Jacques's jealousy of his brother is getting bigger. Jacques calls his contact at the police and asks him to pick up Jean and put him in jail for one night only, to give him a lesson. Jean is caught, but they won't release him because they finds out he has been seen with a German officer, a traitor. Only the German officer himself can free Jean, but unfortunately he has committed a suicide. Jean is sent to a rehabilitation camp, for in that time homosexuality is against the law. Jacques sells more Jewish people's addresses to save Jean, without any result. Jacques finally marries Yvonne and gives her a big apartment. We can see a contrast: their comfortable life versus Jean's sufferings in the camp.
It was horrible to see what happened to Jean. It was the time when human life was not worth anything.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Before watching this, I also wondered if it could beat National Treasure (the first one, the Templar treasure). Set in 1957, Indiana Jones's new enemy is a Russian high ranking officer, Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) [I understand actors like to do challenging roles, but it's nice if the movie is also enjoyable to watch, like this one.] and they are looking for the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. While in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade we meet his father, in this new movie we meet his son, a young man who combs his hair often, made me wonder if I was watching Indiana Jones or Grease. I don't believe in E.T. and U.F.O., so I don't like the conclusion. I have read a novel called 'The Eye of Ra' by Michael Asher, which also links the pyramids and aliens; so I can understand why the conclusion of this movie is decided so.
Lastri and I agreed that the movie was funny (I myself giggled now and then) and very entertaining. It was also good to see Karen Allen again. Harrison Ford didn't age too much since The Last Crusade, and it was nice to see a glimpse of the Ark of Covenant. I am not familiar with the legend of El Dorado, but the adventure is enjoyable to watch. In my opinion, this movie is better than National Treasure.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This wasn't an easy movie to understand, with dialogues like poetry. Gérard Depardieu plays a village priest called Dossignan who is told to go another village. On his way (for he likes to walk), exhausted, he meets Satan in the form of a farmer (well, sort of) who tells him the shortcut. Satan kisses him and since then he has gifts, like the ability to know other people's problems without being told first and to raise a boy from death. In the latter act, he pays it with his own life.
Another important character is Mouchette, a 16 year old girl who has slept with several men and is pregnant by one of them. She kills the father of her child and committed suicide after meeting Dossignan, who fails to save her. The scene where she washes off the blood from her shoe is somehow beautiful, while the scene where Satan tells the priest to look at him is scary.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The Valley of Elah is the valley where David kills Goliath. Deerfield tells David, Sander's son, the story about David. "Do you know where your name comes from?" However Deerfield's version is abridged, for when David asks why the king let such a boy went to the war, he couldn't answer. Also when David asks where David got his courage from. If David knows the whole story (his mother doesn't believe it is a true story.), he would know that before going to the war, David had killed a lion and a bear. David was not afraid because he knew God was with him. As for King Saul, why he let such a boy went to war, was because he knew God was with David.
Why this movie is called 'In the Valley of Elah' - I think because Deerfield is David, only one man against the army, to find the truth behind his son's death.
The character I love most in the movie is Iorek Byrnison, the king of polar bear. When Lyra first meets him, he has been thrown away from his kingdom and works for the townspeople for a bucket of whisky. Lyra restores his armour and he makes a promise that he will pay his debt to her.
I heard that Philip Pullman books teach atheism (contrary to CS Lewis books), but in this movie I don't see it. I am a bit disappointed after finding out that the movie maker decided to change the story a bit so that it wouldn't be obvious that it is against Christianity. Looks like I will have to read the books after all.