diumenge, 24 de febrer de 2008

The bottle imp

On the last Christmas week, my friends and I went to the cinema to watch a film. On the wall of the cinema there was a pretty poster. It said: "The bottle imp". The shape of the words and the images there were in it attracted my attention.

"You can't break this bottle because it's magic. Inside there is an imp. This imp is very powerful. You can have everything you want: love, money, job..." When Keawe, a young hawaiian sailor hears this, he decides to buy this amazing bottle imp. This imp can make all his wishes come true... Although, he soon discovers it also gives you some serious problems.

I can't explain you the end of the film because if I do this, it hasn't got any mistery!!!

Naples crowded of lumber

This morning I was reading the newspaper when I have seen an article that has kept my attention. Naples is full of rubbish, it's not possible to walk around the streets because of the bad smell.
If someone explains you a fact like this, the first thing you will think is that he's talking about a poor country where they don't have a dump. However, this fact is not from a poor country, it's from Italy, from Naples.
It's difficult to understand why Naple's people are not complaining about what's happening, but something is hiden. Camorra gang is the main guilty of this amount of junk, they own all the dumps of the city, which are full, and they don't want to build more of them.
Camorra leads Naples, all the politicians are afraid of them and this makes them feel the owners of the city.
The only thing I want to show with this piece of news is that it's possible that in a developed country and nowadays it is more important what a gang wants than what the citizens desire. Something is going wrong, don't you think?

PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT DEVELOPS MINDS

I’m going to talk about the importance of music in our lives. It’s proved that people who play an instrument have more developed their minds and senses.
Music helps people to have more attention with things which other people don’t notice. I can’t generalise this topic, but I have played two instruments for a long time (aprox. 10 years). Music helped me sometimes when I was nervous, angry…
Now, music is an important part of my life. If I go out in holidays and I haven’t got my instruments, I miss them a lot. I need music in my life for a lot of reasons. Playing these instruments gives me a lot of important senses; for example when I won the International price of accordion celebrated the last October in Mondragon (Pays Basque). This was one of the most important satisfactions in my life and I will never forget this brilliant experience.
Obyously, music isn’t an easy thing.
Musicians have to be constant and they have to sacrificate a lot of things to play well their instruments.
Finally, I recommended music to all people because probably music like them.

The means of transport

Nowadays, there are several means of transport, for example, taxis, busses, cars, trains, planes… and all of them have advantages and disadvantages.
Taxis are very comfortable but they are very expensive. Busses are slower but there are cheaper, but they are always crowed. Trains are possibly the most utilized. By the way today the AVE is inaugurated. It was a train very loved and finally has down the traject Madrid – Barcelona and Barcelona – Madrid several times.
Today’s comments are that it’s very fast but it’s too expensive.
In conclusion, I think that the means of transport, in general, are good, because they don’t polluted to mach.
For these reasons, I prefer the public transport to the private car.

What about immigration?

Nowadays, one of the most important fact is immigration. Just in the last 3 years millions of people from different poor countries have arrived in Europe’s developed countries. Spain has welcomed plenty of foreigners mainly from Morocco and South America.

I have made an investigation task about immigration and certainly I’ve learned a lot about the subject.

Some Spanish people are very afraid of foreigners, they feel foreigners are invading our country therefore, they act with an stupid attitude which is racism.

I think they don’t want to realise that people want to come trough. Moreover, they want to have a normal life which includes eating, working, drinking, having fun… They only want to have the same chances as everybody. Chances which their country lacks.

Instead of putting us in their situation, we are still criticizing and judging their coming to Spain. Don’t you think we would do the same if we were them? Would we resist in a country where we couldn’t have a house, where we couldn’t feed our children enough an so on? I don’t think so. Furthermore, we should think they are also people like us, and it doesn’t matter their skin’s colour or the country from which they are. They are only people who want to fight for having a fair and happy life. Don’t we have the same goals?

American Pie

These films are one of the most famous productions around the world.
They are about the life that the Americans have when they are at University.
In these films the young people live their lives to the extrem in the Universities because it's reflected that the only things that they do are drinking alcohol, taking drugs and no more. This may be true, but not so exagerated.

From my point of view, it's a bad example for the rest of the youth, because the audience who see these films are the majority adolescents.
This can look like a disaster in real life but it's amusing on the film because it make us laugh.

dimarts, 12 de febrer de 2008

JUNO

The last weekend I saw the Juno, a film who is nominate to OSCARS.

Juno MacGuff a girl16-year-old discovers she is nine weeks pregnant by her friend and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker. Although she initially opts for an abortion, a last minute change of heart leads her to decide to have the baby and make a plan for the child's adoption. With the help of her friend Leah, Juno searches the Pennysaverand finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable home. Along with her father, Mac, Juno meets the couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring, in their expensive home and finalizes the adoption arrangements.

Not long before her baby is due, Juno is once again visiting with Mark when their friendship takes a sudden turn toward something more serious. Mark then confesses that he is leaving Vanessa. Vanessa arrives home and an argument ensues between her and Mark about whether or not it is "bad timing" for them to proceed with the adoption. Shocked and distraught, Juno drives off. She pulls over to cry and soon comes to a decision. Returning to the Lorings' home, she leaves a note for Vanessa.

After a heartfelt discussion with her father, Juno accepts that she loves Paulie and reveals her feelings to him. Later at his track event, when Paulie notices Juno is not in the stands and realizes she must be in labor, he rushes to the hospital to be with her during delivery. Afterward, he comforts Juno and they both agree not to see the baby. Instead, Vanessa comes to the hospital where she alone joyfully claims the newborn boy as a now-single adoptive mother. Above the baby's crib in his new nursery, Vanessa has replaced a portrait of her and Mark with Juno's note, which reads "Vanessa: If you're still in, I'm still in."

In conclusions, I like the film and I think that everybody can see it.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band that & formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, Metallica's original line-up consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield,

Metallica has released eight studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, nine videos, and is working on a ninth studio album lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney.

The band's 1991 album Metallica, has sold over 15 million copies, which makes it the 25th highest selling album in the United States.

The most famous Metallica’s songs are the rock-balad Nothing else matters and the reality heavy song Master of Puppets

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dilluns, 11 de febrer de 2008

"La lista de Sitler"

I’m going to talk about the film “La lista de Shitler”.This film describe the period when in Germany there was the dictatorial oh Hitler. Hitler was a dictator who though that the white race was superiors to the black one.
He put the Jewedish people in concentration fields.
He wanted to extinguish the black race, so he mistreated the prisoners.
All the film make me suffer from the beginning to the end.The action happens in Germany, and it compares the live of rich people to the people who lives in the concentration fields. In this film we can see the horror of the people who lived in so poor conditions that they didn’t have even water to drink and wash.

In conclusion, I like this film because it makes clear the cruel reality tha the Jewedish people lived in Germany in the second world wor.

diumenge, 10 de febrer de 2008

Catch me if you can

“Catch me if you can” is a comedy film of Steven Spilberg starred by Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks.

It is about a fraud man who makes himself to pass through pilot, doctor, lawyer, and other jobs in only 21 years old.

Near all this situation there is a FBI police (Tom Hanks) that keeps an eye on him.

However, this young man seems to be cleverer because every time that is in danger of being captured, he achieved to escape. Making all these frauds Frank W. Abagnale (Leonardo Dicaprio) gets to earn a lot of money, but on the other hand he lost his father.

There are lots of funny moments, he gets the place of director of an hospital and he doesn’t know anything about medicine… and the most important thing: he flies around the world free!

Finally, police capture him, taking him to prison.

If I have chosen this film, it is because it’s a very amusing one which you can watch wherever you are, because it’s sure that you will get entertained.

The perfum

This is one of my favourite books and I have already read it twice.
The story takes place in the 18th century in France. It's about a man who has got an extra developed sense of smell and first he started creating incredible perfums which smell so good. But lately, he wants to create a special fragance, the best in the worl, and to do this, he doesn't need flowers, he needed young and beautiful girls. Jean-Baptiste, which is his name, thinks that young girls have got the best smell of the world and he wants to posses that. Then, he became a murder who kills the most beautiful girls in France and after he covers them with fat to extract their smells. Finally, he gets his goal but he is caught by the police and the people decide to kill him. But when he is ready to be killed, he opens the bottle with the perfum in it and the people, when they smell that excelent creation decide to let him free. Jean-Baptiste returs to Paris but there he feels that his live hasn't any sense and he decide to die.

dissabte, 9 de febrer de 2008

DANGEROUS MINDS

“Dangerous Minds” is an execellent drama movie. It was directed by John N. Smithry Buckheimer.
The story takes place in one area in Northern California.
The most important character is LouAnne Johnson, who leaves a nine-year military career to try as an English teacher in a high school.
There, she has to teach a “special” group of students who change her live. And she changes theirs too.
LouAnne becomes Hal's friend. Hal is another teacher. LouAnne teaches and helps her students not only as a teacher; she was also a friend for them.
Carla becomes pregnant and she decides to leave school. LouAnne tries to convince her about not to do that because she is a great student, although she doesn't think so and wants to waste her intelligence.
But finally the teacher can't do anything. After that, Emilio is killed by a man who wants to separe Emilio and his girlfriend. It saddens LouAnne very much and she decides to communicate her students that she is going to leave school. They don't think it's a good idea and they finally convince her to stay, because they need her.
They say that she's like their pusher, because she has the goods, the help that they need. And LouAnne doesn't leave.
She's proud of them and she finally decides to stay. The objective of this film is to make us learn that you always have to go on, happens what happens.
I really enjoyed it and I’ve seen it many times. It's one of my favourite films and I think much people need to see it, because they like it very much.

Las trece rosas

Las trece rosas is a film which explains a true story from the franquist's epoque. It shows us the difficultyof living in Spain at that time if you didn't think as Franco.

In this movie thirteen women ,whose age was between nineteen an twenty-four, were condemned to die because of taking part of JSU ( juventudes socialistas unidas) which was against Franco's ideology.

This story takes part in Madrid when the civil war was finished, in 1939. All of these women were couturier from a modest family which has lost some of their members in the war. The only thing that these girls wanted taking part of JSU was enjoy with the sport activities that it had. However, they tried to put off Franco's arrival in Madrid giving people papers where "menos Franco y más pan blanco" was written. This fact made them go to the prison.

After being some months in prison these bold, fighters and full of happiness women were killed, they were innocent.

Spain in becoming more and more like THE USA

Americans have lot of influence in the European countries. We are importing their culture and although most of them don’t think about it, we could live in the USA like in Spain without differences.

Spain, like each European country, is becoming more and more like the United States of America because, on second thoughts, we would realise that we are rounded by them. Actually, we has imported all their technology and we use lots of things that are made in America. Moreover, we are copying their programms and the basic structure of our media is similar to theirs.

Every European people wears American trends: Nike, Levi's... Nowadays, we frecuently have fast food, what means that we are losing our Mediterranean diet, in spite of being considered as the healthiest. Also our shops seem American, for instance, lots of department stores are being established, and the ways of marketing are the same, therefore we can buy the same products here than in USA.

In my opinion, the main reason which could explain this influence would be the mass media. Most of the films that we watch are made in the USA, and the same happens with advertisement. It means that we act like them.

To sum up, we had colonised them 500 years before, but at the moment we are becoming a part of their huge imperialism.

An adapted mixture

It isn’t a normal book. It mixes an interesting story with the knowledge of a distant culture. Its name is “Memorias de una Geisha”.

It’s based in a real story of a geisha in Japan. Geishas, in Japan, are women who share funny meetings with important men and they make them enjoy parties. They aren’t prostitutes as almost everybody says, they are artist as their name’s meaning.

This book explains a famous geisha’s experience, what the geisha life was like and how did she feel working. It is set in a little village of Japan in 1900 more a less. At that time, geishas were in all the men’s parties playing instruments, dancing, talking... They had to follow a hard education to be able to work as a geisha besides succedding. Being a geisha although the effort it supposed was a chance for every girl.

This book made me cry and feel the emotions of the protagonist' situations. Although, it has a happy end the story is so hard and sometimes very sad. Anyway there are amazing situations which made me laugh, for these reasons and more and more and so on I recommend this book for everybody who wants to have a good time and learn about the Japanese culture which is very interesting.

divendres, 8 de febrer de 2008

HUMAN TRADE

Human Trade (Tráfico Humano) is a real film about the human trade that affects our world. The director shows in it how these kind of traffics are made.

The film is based on a true story in the west countries. The group of criminals organized a fashion model contest. All the girls were very exited with the contest because that could be an oportunity to visit the United States. Most of them are between sixteen to twenty-five years old but there were also younger girls.

That criminal company of human trade owned lots of brothels but they ough to be on hiding places. The story is about some main characters who are victims of the traffic. These women are sexualy raped and physicaly abused.

Finally, the FBI catched the group. Some of the victims had been killed by the criminals and others are in proces to recovering their lives.

On the end of the film, previously of seeing the name of the director, actors.... it said that every year in all the world are traded with 800.000 people!!!

I recomend you this film because it shows a world real problem, but you have to be very strong because of their cruel realism.