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October 21st 2015 Back to the Future

Posted in Creativity, Film, Technology, Time, Travelling with tags , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by vixstar1314

As we enter 2015 I can’t help but remember the movie Back to the future 2!

We are now moving towards October 21st 2015 the date in Back to the Future 2

 

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I love how there is a Back To The Future Clock Count Down Timer which looks like this:

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you can find the count down clock for Back to the future at the following link.

http://www.october212015.com/

this should mean the world would not end before we hit this date right 😛

Possible or Not?

Posted in Creativity, Film, Life, Society, Story, Technology, Thoughts, Time with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by vixstar1314

What is possible and what is not?

There is a place in this world, where anything and everything is possible! Can you guess where this is?

The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind but is in movies.

Movies have shown and taught people many things:

Go against the norm.  Follow the heart, you may question if it is right or wrong? The answer is nothing is guaranteed, nothing is certain. At the very least you acknowledge with yourself that you dared to go for it, followed your heart. If they become “mistakes”. Then so be it, mistakes are the foundation of lessons, developing and success.

Movies have the ability to create everything. From an amazing unimaginable world, where anything and everything is possible. To real life stories, to repeating history, to what the future may entail… The possibilities are endless. This is essentially the pure beauty of it, the depth of it is limitless, the stories are virtually anything is possible or depending on the movie it may be impossible in that movie.

The ability of movies allows us to be transported to worlds in and out of that in which we live in. It has the power to live on for decades, centuries – way past the actors and actresses, and audience that has viewed it. You may say it is immortal.

Life is not really a movie, because it is not on the same level, I presume this is why everyone is a fan of movies because it gives us something reality does not at times.

One Day

Posted in Creativity, Fiction, Film, Life, Personal, Reads, Society, This May Help U!, Thoughts, Time, Travelling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2011 by vixstar1314

“One Day” these two words have now been greatly associated with the novel(by David Nicholls) and subsequently the adaptation into the film. 

This post is not actually based heavily on the novel/film. But more on the concepts that were raised.

In the novel/film, it follows the life of two young adults who had a passionate night during their final year of uni and stayed in touch. But their paths divert in different directions. We are taken on many life journeys whereby we revisit them every year on 15th July for 20 years. We get shown how they develop into adults, the up’s and down of life, love, fate, friendship, career, ambition, family, the often cruel reality of life many strong topics…

In life we also think of “one day” in terms of hope and chance:

one day

-things will get better…

-I will find….

-this will happen…

-I will find time to do…

Yet we forget that “one day” may not come.

One thing, one encounter, one person, one mistake, one action
can change everything, could change your whole life.

Through the film we see the two main characters live their life. But it’s like fate and destiny alway’s knew that they ought to be together, but eventually apart. In life we wonder if there is only one person for us. Or if one day everything will get better, or make sense. But the thing is what if written in the stars, it’s already set in stone? That one day may come or it may not.

The truth is “one day” is so vague, so distant that it lack’s “realness”

From looking into the relationship in “one day” we see things that they did not see at the time. That’s why sometimes it is said the outsider’s view is clearer. You see that they were always supposed to be together, yet they could not see that themselves. Which is why I suggest from time to time, take a step back and look into your own life, be a stranger looking into your own life. Ask yourself:

“does this seem right?”

“is this the right way?”

“if I only had one more day would I be doing this?”

Trust me you will be amazed at how the different perceptive can be refreshing.

Remember there may never be that “one day” – life has no guarantee

 

Sit tight it’s story time: Subject tonight: The Moon

Posted in Creativity, Film, Life, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by vixstar1314

“Even the man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the Moon is pure and bright…” –
Maria Ouspenskaya

(The Wolf Man, 1941)

During the night, we are aware of the gentle glow of the moon…………

Sometimes it hovers alone in the night sky silently.

 

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Wolverine movie moon quote linked to Kuekuatsu legend:

Kayla Silverfox: Why is the moon so lonely?
Logan: Why?
Kayla Silverfox: Because she used to have a lover.
Logan: You tell this to the kids?
Kayla Silverfox: No.
[Logan laughs]
Kayla Silverfox: His name was Kuekuatsu and they lived in the spirit world together.
Logan: Oh, this is a true story.
Kayla Silverfox: Mm-hm. And every night, they would wander the skies together. But, one of the other spirits was jealous. Trickster wanted the Moon for himself. So he told Kuekuatsu that the Moon had asked for flowers; he told him to come to our world and pick her some wild roses. But Kuekuatsu didn’t know that once you leave the spirit world, you can never go back. And every night, he looks up in the sky and sees the Moon and howls her name. But… he can never touch her again.
Logan: Wow. Koo-koo-ka-choo got screwed.
Share this quote

Logan: I thought you were the Moon and I was your Wolverine. Turns out you’re the Trickster, and I’m just the fool who got played.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458525/quotes

 

Sometimes it is kept company by its shiny companions – the stars.

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Through science

The Moon’s origins still remain’s an unknown mystery. Ideas and theories have appeared but with no concrete answer.

*We do however know some information about the Moon:

*It hovers some 384.400 km (239,000 miles) from the Earth

*In the night sky, the moon is the brightest and is often kept company by stars.

*The Moon has a versatile temperate ranging from a melting +110 degrees celsius during the day, to a frozen temperature of -180 degrees celesius at night.

*The moon is ever changing providing us with an variety of views – full moon, eclipses half moon, occultations etc..

*The Moon shines by reflected sunlight as it passes through each of its familiar phases,

Religious association of the Moon:

Through religious views:

God created the Moon. God said — “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” (Gen. 1:14) God simply gave the order, and the sun, the moon and the stars came into existence in the sky. God spoke another word, and the earth began to orbit the sun. He spoke again and the moon began to orbit the earth.

Legend tells that, “if in the moonlight of Hoshana Rabbah, on the seventh day of the Sukkot, an individual casts no visible shadow from their forehead upon the Earth, then it is their destiny to die during the approaching year.” –An Ancient Jewish legend

According to Hinduism –every part of the cosmos is seen as an action of a God. Cycles are present with Gods, Demons and Heroes exists. The moon is represented by the God Soma. He rides the night sky in a chariot. It is also explained that “Soma” was also the name of the elixir of immortality that only the Gods can drink and hence the Moon would change shape as the Gods drink it. Allowing them to forever exist on this universe.

Japanese religion — Shinto. The Moon God Tsuki-Yomi was born from the right eye of the primeval being Izanagi. He lived in the Heavens with the Sun God (his sister) – Amaterasu. One day she sent him to be her representative to the Goddess of food, Uke Mochi. To celebrate, the Goddess of food offered him a wonderful meal, created from her mouth and nose. Tsuki-Yomi was so disgusted that he killed her. When Amaterasu found out about this, she was so angry that she did not want to see him ever again. So ever since then, brother(moon) and sister(sun) have lived apart, alternating in the sky. That is why the day always follows the night.

Folk Tales:

Since the beginning of time and humans folk stories have circulated around and been passed down to each generation. Each one telling a different tale, but one thing for sure is regardless of what century it was, the Moon has continued to fascinate people.

The Tale of Mawu – Who is the Moon God of the Fon people of Abomey (Republic of Benin). She is the Goddess of night, joy and motherhood. Mawu has a partner called Liza and they are forever linked in unity. Where Liza was the God of day, heat and strength. It is believed that lunar and solar eclipses are related to the lovemaking times of the celestial couple. This myth is clearly about the power of the moon, the sun, the sky, love and desire.

The Tale by Inuit people from Greenland – Where the Moon God Anningan chases his sister,Malina, the Sun Goddess, across the sky, but because he forgets to eat, he gets thinner and thinner and as a result symbolises the phases of the moon.

The Tale by Chinese people – Explains that the Earth once had ten Suns circling over it. However one day all ten Suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The Earth was saved by a strong archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the Suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a Goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband’s tyrannical rule. But because of its special powers the drink lead her to float and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much, he didn’t shoot down the moon. Legend has it that she is forever stuck on the moon, and once a year, on the 15th day of the full moon, Hou Yi visits his wife. That is why the moon is full and beautiful on that night as they are reunited.

The Tale by Japanese people – Tells that the old man of the Moon decided one day to go down to Earth where he encounters three animals: a rabbit, monkey and fox. He wanted to see which one was the kindest of them all. So he changed himself into a beggar and approached the three animals and said: “”Please help me,” he said to them. “I’m very hungry.”

The three animals said: What a poor old beggar!” and then they went hurrying off to find some food for him.

In turn they came back with the following:

The monkey brought a lot of fruit.

The fox caught a big fish.

But the rabbit couldn’t find anything at all to bring and he only usually ate grass. So the rabbit said to the old man “I don’t have anything to give you. So I’ll put myself in this fire, and then when I’m cooked you can eat me.”

Hearing this the old man was touched and quickly changed back and expressed his deepest appreciation and said: “You are very kind, Mr. Rabbit, but you should never do anything to harm yourself. Since you are the kindest, of all, I’ll take you home to live with me.”

Then the Old-Man-of-the-Moon took the rabbit in his arms and carried him up to the moon.

http://www.japanippon.com/fairytales/rabbitinthemoon.htm

Ancient tale of The Moon and Wolves: The Moon was once always bright and full, providing it’s children the wolves out of the darkness. Providing them with the ultimate gift of love and light. However the Wolves did not appreciate this and were ungrateful and selfish. Witnessing this the Moon felt dishearten and saddened by this so it begun to become dimmer and dimmer every day. Till eventually it did not provide any light. The Wolves were left in complete darkness. Afraid of this darkness and emptyness the wolves began to cry. However the Moon did not return. Until one small cub climbed to the tallest hill and began to sing for the moon to come back.
Wolf after wolf begun singing together. The Moon was touched by her children and their togetherness and cried small dots of light. (stars) She slowly returned to her children and said,
“For a day I will grace you with my light. But for a week I will take it away.”
The wolves, agreeing to this, now sing to the moon whenever she is full.

There is no one answer in regards to which folk tale is right and which is wrong, we learn to take each one as an interest, with a pinch of salt, by hearing the stories we feel alive, connected to nature to life. These stories and tales have been passed on through many generations; each story describes culture, time period, lifestyle, emotions and people. How they lived, and how they associate with each other.

Full Moon:

Some have provided information that according to statistics and research during a full Moon more people suffer mental illness hence the word “Lunatic”- from “luna”, the Latin word for moon – describes someone who is moonstruck.

The Algonquian tribes of Native Americans who relied on hunting and fishing to get food, looked up at the Moon to determine the harvest periods. It is believed that for this very reason that they came up with certain names for the Full Moon.

“The table below lists the names the Algonquian people used for the Full Moon during different months of the year.” – http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/moon/full_moon_names.html

Month Moon name Why that name?
January Wolf Moon Hungry wolf packs howled at night
February Snow Moon Heaviest snowfalls in the middle of winter
March Worm Moon Start of spring, as earthworms (and the robins that eat them!) began to appear
April Pink Moon An early spring flower called “moss pink” started to bloom
May Flower Moon Many types of flowers bloom in May
June Strawberry Moon Strawberries were ready to be picked and eaten
July Buck Moon New antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, began to form
August Sturgeon Moon Sturgeon, a large fish found in the Great Lakes, were easily caught at this time of year
September Harvest Moon Farmers could continue harvesting until after sunset by the light of the Harvest Moon
October Hunter’s Moon Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter
November Beaver Moon Time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to make sure of a supply of warm winter furs
December Cold Moon The cold of winter sets in

Even till this day we still look outwards into the night sky and high up knowing one thing for sure – the beauty of the moon shines upon us, lightening our dark skies, and to reveal calmness, powers and sheer mystery.

The moon rules the night sky but silently lingers in the background during the day. Side by side with the Sun. A unique pairing. They cannot both exist in the view of the public together, however they cannot live without each other so instead they are bound but at the same time separated.

Due to the depth of unknown aspects of the moon, we are left constantly fascinated by the sheer mystery, even though men have step foot onto the moon, we still want to know more. Like many things in life, we can never know everything about something. It’s different dimension and glowing shine keeps us guessing

Leaving you with a famous song: Moon River

Triumph in the Oscars – The King’s Speech Reviewed

Posted in Creativity, Film, Life, Reads, Thoughts on March 8, 2011 by vixstar1314

To be done when I have a  bit more time during the weekends..To be started/continued…

Triumph at the Oscars – Black Swan Reviewed

Posted in Creativity, Event, Fiction, Film, Reads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by vixstar1314

My personal review on the Movie and I would personally give it an 4.7 out of 5 Stars – A must watch movie.

Characters Analyzed:

Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers: Natalie had taken on a daring role that is quite different from those that she had played in the past just like Nina in the film(white and black swan). Natalie trained a lot to take on this role as she practiced ballet for a year or so and lost lots of weight for the role. She portrays the role Nina with great accuracy, elegance and depth. She manages to effortlessly merge together Nina’s hallucinations with the reality.  Showing us many dimensions to Nina, the transformation from the childlike, vulnerable yet perfectionist ballet dancing (white swan) to a confronting, dark and aggressive black swan.


Vincent Cassel as Thomas Leroy the ballet director who is willing to do anything to make his play work. Even at the cost of pushing people over the edge. We see him ruthless abandoning Beth as she is seen as being “too old” for the part of Swan Queen, even after her accident he shows no sympathy whatsoever.  It is not obvious but Thomas could be seen as a villain due to his hunger for perfection for his work: he uses people. First Beth then Nina. He created and saw exactly what happened to Beth yet he could see Nina going down the same road yet he could not care less. Vincent Cassel portrays this role really well as whilst watching the film you don’t think too much about his actions however after when you think back on it, you see how evil he actually is, he could be seen as the catalyst for everything.


Mila Kunis as Lily was loosely speaking the complete contrast of Nina. Hence why Thomas had suggested she was perfect as the black swan. She was seen as being someone who breaks rules, has lots of fun and is free, hence her ballet had more passion. This is what Nina craved for and so desperately  wanted for herself this is why she often has hallucination of Lily.  Mila played this role perfectly, making it very believable.


Barbara Hershey as Erica Sayers the overly controlling mother, who was also a ballet dancer but who gave it up to have Nina. We can clearly see that she wants to see Nina as always being “her little girl” from: the cake moment, cutting of nail, constantly talking her daughter down, not letting her talk to Lily, clothes taking off, tucking Nina into bed. She had created so many tight boundaries that this could also have been a factor that lead to Nina wanting to break free and rebel.


Winona Ryder as Beth MacIntyre the previous Swan Queen but who was cast aside. There is a chilling truth in this linked to reality as once upon a time Winona Ryder was one of the top hollywood actresses but this has been seen as disappearing over the year just like her character in this movie, the irony is present. But we are remained of why Winona Ryder is still a great actress, even though she is only in the film for short periods of time but she plays these moments with great execution, leaving us feeling her pain but also seeing the “very dark” side in her.


All the supporting casts in this movie adds to the success of the perfection of the scenes and hence movie.

Movie and Plot:

The movie  is a psychological thriller however at times for me it merges into a horror movie. In that it leaves you shocked, squirming, and covering your face due to the gruesome-ness of some scenes. To name a few that left me shrieking like a little girl(which I hardly do in movies):

– When Nina’s mother cuts her nails.

– Beth stabs herself repeatedly.

-When Nina slams the door in her mum’s hands

-When Nina peels off her skin, and when her legs “breaks” into a swan like.

These scenes were made even more thrilling by the perfect use of music and camera works.

The Plot is in effect about Nina who gets the dream role of playing the Swan Queen, which requires the portrayal of the white swan and the black swan.


Nina can play the white swan with ease yet the issue is the black swan because she is seen as being too innocent, too in control and not dark enough for it.  On the other hand another ballerina, Lily is perfect for the black swan. The ballet director observes both of these, but see’s that Nina has the potential within herself to release the black swan therefore he uses various tactics to push this out of Nina.

The demands of her role, the director, societies’ view of being the queen swan but above all her hunger for perfection forces Nina into a darker world which spirals out of control as quick as the way she entered into it, creating a alter  persona(much darker and evil her) where reality, obsession, hallucination, fantasy merges together………………………



The beauty of this movie is that it manages to effortlessly transport the audience through a whole range of intense emotional rollercoaster and dimension, it is artistic and exciting, leaving you at the edge of your seat at times and guessing every turn and corner.

This film is extraordinary, its beautifully written, directored and acted out , after you watch it you understand why and how it has received such great attention, reviews and awards.

Memorable Quotes:

From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947798/quotes

Thomas Leroy: [scoffs] Perfection is not just about control. It’s also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience. Transcendence! Very few have it in them.

-Thomas Leroy: We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a swan. She desires freedom but only true love can break the spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince, but before he can declare his love her lustful twin, the black swan, tricks and seduces him. Devastated the white swan leaps of a cliff killing herself and, in death, finds freedom.

-Nina: What happened?
Thomas Leroy: She walked into the street and got hit by a car. And you know what? I’m almost sure she did it on purpose.
Nina: How do you know?

– Thomas Leroy: Because everything Beth does comes from within. From some dark impulse. I guess that’s what makes her so thrilling to watch. So dangerous. Even perfect at times, but also so damn destructive.

Erica: Do you have any idea what time it is?
Nina: Uhh, late?
Erica: Where have you been?
Nina: To the moon!
Lily: And back.
Erica: You’ve been drinking.
Nina: Ding ding ding ding!

– Nina: You put something in my drink.
Lily: Yeah.
Nina: And then you just took off in the morning?
Lily: In the morning?
Nina: Yeah, you slept over.
Lily: Um, no. Unless your name is Tom and you got a dick.
Nina: But we.
Lily: But we what, Nina?
[pauses]
Lily: Wait, did you have some sort of lezzy wet dream about me?
Nina: [whispers] Stop it.
Lily: Oh my God? Oh my God! You did! You fantasized about me!
Nina: Shut up!
Lily: [gasps] Was I good?

Nina Sayers: I was perfect…

Symbolism and analyzing the movie in greater depth:

This movie uses symbolism throughout the film:

-We begin to see the “transformation” when Nina goes down the path where she is dressed in white and she see’s herself walking pass her dressed in black. This is when she starts to move towards the darker side, towards the black swan.

– Her room symbolizes the innocence and childlike her with all the teddies and pink. It also shows how her mum controls her through the music ballerina played at night, the removal of the door handle. Nina’s action when she dumps the soft toys down the rubbish shoot and when she grabs the door handle shows her rebelling and “growing up”

– The tattoo on the back of Lily symbolize how she is the black swan.

-The use of mirrors symbolize the different reflections of Nina from good to bad, light to darkness, good to evil.

– The scene near the end when Nina is fighting with the inner dark her (Black Swan) shows the struggle she has been going through, the moment where she “kills/stabs” her symbolizes the completion into the transformation to the Black Swan, also the foreseeable fall of both as she looses control and the Black swan has consumed and destroyed her.

– The ending when she “jumps” symbolizes freedom of the “swan” but also for Nina.

This film has so many levels, so many depth, meaning, portrayal,

The movie also underlines the truth of the cost of fame, and what people do to reach the top in the entertainment industry, revealing the lethal force of perfection, ambition, success and dreams, whereby people are willing to scarifies themselves for it.

To be great: you have to be able to think, go in and out of different worlds, enter into different levels. Transport yourself and others into different hemisphere. You can clearly see this in this case: this movie(how it grips and release the audience before(reviews of the films, before u have even watch it) and then after(left reeling, thinking about it)

Great singers, artistic, people have been able to affect you deeply because they are able to help you escape through their work.

This can become destructive, destroying and dangerous (why many great people die young,  when they entered and cannot escape from the inner world when they enter into another level and result in getting consumed and totally absorbed by it. That in the end, all that is left is complete sacrifice and death:  Marilyn Manroe, Elvis, Bruce Lee, Sylvia Plath, Sid Vicious, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Alexander McQueen, (Young stars:  River Phoenix, James Dean, Kurt Cobain…). In many cases, they want to escape from it and the most popular way they can do so, is through drugs resulting in the tragic end to greatest.

Conclusion: just like the ending of the movie when Nina says “perfect” so is the movie it is simply stunning and breathtaking, it completely blew me away with it’s realness, quality and graceful acting performances from all the casts. This movie will definitively leave a lasting and memorable experience to all those that watch it.

Life: Patrick Swayze lives on..

Posted in Event, Film, God, Life, Personal, Songs, Thoughts, Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by vixstar1314

Heard a song today, that bought back some memories.

Patrick Swayze: She’s Like the wind.

Dirty Dancing movie: Even though this movie came out the year I was born. But it is one of those classic movies that continue to be popular years after. So 3 years back when I watched it for the first time. I still understood why after 20 or so years  it still works in that it still touches people’s heart, and even though times have changed, you can still relate to the movie.

It has a simple story yet the message behind it, is very deep. It’s about the transition process of “growing up.” The interlink of multiple factors enabled it to be a huge success; from the story to directing, to choreographing, to music, to acting of the actors and actresses all worked perfectly together to create a memorable and lasting movie that will surely live on and be popular forever. Just like the main actor in it, Patrick Swayze. Even though his life ended(September 14, 2009 – may he R.I.P) his work, his grace on screen and off screen, and him as a person will live on.

The films he has been in has touched many lives, it has taught people different things.

A very important factor in life is that everyone has choices in life, you live your life each day, but one day when you are gone, how would you like to be remembered? Many of us, live each day trying to pursue “empty” stuff; money,  possession, pride etc…yet when you die these things mean nothing. What matter’s most is how you have touched others life, how you have helped your fellow people. On Judgement day, God would see whether your life on earth has been meaningful, did you help and love your neighbors, did you care for other people?

I pray that Patrick Swayze is in a much better place now and looking down at us, happy with his time on Earth, knowing that he has influenced and will continue to in his movies. R.I.P Patrick Swayze

 

Lyrics: She is like the wind:

She’s like the wind through my tree
She rides the night next to me
She leads me through moonlight
Only to burn me with the sun
She’s taken my heart
But she doesn’t know what she’s done

Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can’t look in her eyes
She’s out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She’s like the wind

[SOLO]

I look in the mirror and all I see
Is a young old man with only a dream
Am I just fooling myself
That she’ll stop the pain
Living without her
I’d go insane

Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can’t look in her eyes
She’s out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She’s like the wind

Feel your breath on my face
Your body close to me
Can’t look in your eyes
You’re out of my league
Just a fool to believe
(Just a fool to believe)
She’s like the wind
(Just a fool to believe)
Just a fool to believe
(She’s like the wind)
Just a fool to believe
(Just a fool to believe)
She’s like the wind
(Just a fool to believe)
Just a fool to believe
She’s like the wind

(Just a fool…)
(She’s like the wind)
(She’s like the wind)
(Just a fool…)
(She’s like the wind)
(Just a fool…)

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