Time astutely recognized that nobody put their mark on 2011 as did the millions of everyday people fighting for justice, wherever they live [Dec. 26]. Missing, though, is detail on the uprising of the American worker - and the hundreds of thousands of working- and middle-class protesters occupying Madison, Wis., where legislation threatened to strip workers of collective-bargaining rights and hard-earned health care and retirement benefits. They lit a spark that will continue in 2012 and beyond.
- Gerald W. McEntee, President, AFSCME, Washington
If you didn’t already know, Time didn’t pick a single person of the year, but rather one to represent a large and growing number of people in the world. Whether it’s Arab Spring or the Occupy movements, this archetype of the Protester has gained both international and domestic attention.
Personally, I think Time’s pick was perfect. And McEntee makes a good point about the American worker. However, it’s not “missing”, as he suggests. Just because it hasn’t gained enough media attention doesn’t mean it’s entirely ignored. Surely at the back of everyone’s minds is the fact that many people are suffering during this economic crisis.
Beautiful. Really the only word I can think of to describe this movie.
This film tells the story of a stage magician, seeking work and traveling to various countries, including Scotland, England and France. In Scotland he meets a girl, who follows him and - for lack of a better phrase - changes his life.
Nominated: 2010 European Film Awards and 68th Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Animated Feature Film in the 83rd Academy Awards, but lost to Toy Story 3; Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.
Won: First César Award for Best Animated Feature.
Although the movie has almost no dialogue, the character’s mannerisms definitely suffice. They’re all really animated - well, in the figurative sense, haha.
Also, I found the slow pacing of the film rather fitting, because it gave me more time to appreciate the animation and watercolored backdrops.
Both The Illusionist and Triplets of Belleville sprout from the same dynamite director, Slyvain Chomet. And both films have been nominated for Oscars, and lost to both Disney / Pixar movies. I guess the Academy prefers CGI over hand drawn animation. (Although, Toy Story 3 was an awesome end to the series). My point is, go see this movie!
It was strange to root for the underdog, when that underdog has 16 major titles and is considered one of the greatest players, if not the greatest, in the history of the sport.
French Open Semi Finals: Roger Federer def. Novak Djokovic
(7-6), (6-3), (3-6), (7-6)
That is the situation I was faced with when watching that fateful match. It was tennis at its highest caliber. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited / anxious / worried / hyped when watching a sporting event.
The fourth set tiebreaker decided the match. How much pressure must of been on Nole? Given his pre-match statistics, he was the favorite to win, although Federer is extremely respected by the French crowds. They were clearly rooting for the Swiss in the final set.
One thing I won’t ever forget about the match was Federer’s reaction after winning - shaking his finger in the “number one” gesture, roaring in success, then launching a ball into the crowd. Brilliant.
Novak’s rise to the top began after the 2010 US Open. The hardcout and clay seasons following were just revolutionary. Nole went on to beat Nadal in various clay court finals, which proved his versatility. He held a 43 match win streak, beating John McEnroe’s previous of 42, as well as winning an Australian Open title.
His streak didn’t stop after it was cut short by Roger Federer in the French Open semis. Novak went on to win Wimbledon and the US Open.
I believe Novak’s success will continue into the 2012 season. However, Federer’s performance in the ATP finals pose a threat to the Serbian. We’ll see how it all unravels.
29,029 ft, roughly 5.5 miles upwards. You’d think that this behemoth of a mountain would clearly be the tallest mountain in the world.
Actually, Mauna Kea in Hawaii rises four thousand feet higher, about 33,000 ft total, however a large majority of it is submerged underwater. Everest just raises higher above sea level.
To further stir up your preconceived notions, satellites have measured that the Himalayan peak K2 is 29,030 feet, almost two feet higher than Everest. But snow and physical erosion make it hard to get a definitive sense of which mountain is the tallest. I guess the scientists will just hand the title over to Everest, for the time being.
Transferring thoughts from your head to a piece of paper, or in this case, a blog post, is the most central task for anyone writing anything. As I sit here typing this, I picture Oliver Tate, the film’s protagonist, punching away at his typewriter, dumping out his thoughts. So here I go, ending the damned cursor from blinking.
To get a feel for the film, try combining a a sense of witty comedy, dramatic elements, a well-developed story, and a sweet soundtrack, then take a 15 year old boy named Oliver, who narrates his life, describing it as submerged and distant, and throw all of that in the mix. The result - a movie aptly titled, Submarine.
Set in Swansea, Wales, Oliver lives among a group of seemingly annoying peers, from whom he wants to be adored. He says he can only really live life through an alternate reality, in which he all of his classmates love him, along with being gifted intellectually. In reality, Oliver keeps to himself and is isolated from most people, except a select few. But he truly is smart - his genius lies in his writing (one trait I wish I had), found in his constant note taking and carefully written letters. His words are quick and light - he thinks very analytically, as if his thoughts stream out through his mouth.
At the beginning of the movie, Oliver finds himself in seemingly small predicaments, which eventually develop into the main conflicts of the story. As we further get to know Oliver, his problems become deeper.
Oliver’s life is split in two main complications: One being the increasing gap in the love life between his parents, and the other being his relationship with a peculiar girl, Jordana.
But often we forget the most important obstacle any character faces - their self. The film’s essential statement is projected by Oliver’s burning question: “What do I want?” He’s torn; Oliver’s adolescence is seen in so many ways throughout the film. It’s a true coming-of-age movie.
The New Year’s Eve scene on the beach with the fireworks is the highlight of Oliver’s conflicts, of his mental struggle that is so central to the movie. Knowing Oliver, his thoughts are very organized, and he has no problem solving each of his predicaments. What we see in this scene is the dilemma, and how he prioritizes these problems, rather than how he solves them. What comes first? His parents that he seeks to reconnect, or Jordana, the love of his life?
Clearly they’re both dear to him. In his note entitled, “Reasons for killing myself”, Oliver included “Making my parents look bad” and “Never seeing Jordana again” as reasons to end his life. As Oliver is discovering manhood more, he learns that this prioritizing of problems is something we all have to encounter.
I thought the movie ended perfectly. The ending scene is entirely representative of Oliver and Jordana’s relationship. They return to how things used to be; they revive that sense of normality they’ve had for so long. Jordana isn’t “soft” anymore - that coldeness that defines her is back. As they smile at each other, all their previous emotional turmoil seems to evaporate, and they’re one, once again.
We can’t forget the soundtrack, which was a perfect fit to the film. All credit to Alex Turner, the ring leader of The Arctic Monkeys, one of my favorite bands. The mix of the music and Oliver’s life made all of his adolescent adventures so relatable.
With all of that considered, I can call Submarine one of my favorites. It’s definitely worth your time.