Amazing movie, set in Golan Heights, occupied by Israel. A story about a young woman engaged to her cousin, she has never met him, he is a movie star in syria, and he has only seen a picture of her. Once she leaves Golan, she will be syrian and not allowed back, unable to visit her parents. Her dad is an activist, spent time in an Israeli jail. Her Aunt is struggling to be a free woman, but is oppresed by her husband - and here is the theme, oppression. Oppression by religious leaders, by Israeli, by men, by tradition. The movie is supposed to be a comedy (what?) and there are funny moments. But this is a sad story. Sartre says we invent our world, and dear god what a world we have invented. The Syrians decide not to let her cross the border, and Israeli's won't let her back, so she sits in no-man's land (The UN Zone between Golan and Syria) waiting for a bureaucratic solution (an oxymoron). The ending is hopeful: Mona (the bride) solves the dilemma herself, with her strong will and determination...which will hopefully serve her well in syria in an arranged marriage. It took the director three years to work out the setting and scenes of the movie. Remarkable! BTW, Clara Khoury, the bride, is amazingly beautiful - she has the beauty of an Arab queen or princess (like a statue) but somehow conveys the sadness of a woman marrying someone she doesnt know, leaving her parents, never to return. Wow.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
story about the ship Calypso, Jacques Cousteau's exploration ship, made famous through his films and john denver's song. Also the model for Steve Zouzou and the film The Life Aquatic. Hopefully the ship can be rebuilt. Cousteau's son died in a sea plane accident - is there no one to continue the ocean exploration legacy?
Thursday, January 19, 2006
clip from a japanese TV show, and a girl in a baby seal suit tries to get a polar bear to attack her. What? Yes, she tries to get the polar bear to attack her! Funny (I think), unless you are the polar bear.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
how to properly tie your turban! This is not funny, just fascinating. It is 9 minutes long so just watch the first several minutes...
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Walk on Water explores the hatred we have for one another, and how it prevents us from being truly human. I am showing it in my film class this semester, and it is probably the best film in the class: beautiful, spiritual, highly entertaining. The spiritual message comes at the end in a twist (the best way!). Can't we all become pure, from the inside out, and walk on water?...
Monday, January 09, 2006
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Sunday, January 08, 2006
stuff people have put on their cat! Very funny!
giant squid is actuall god's most perfect creature. It has to do with eyes of vertebrates (us) that are so poorly developed. Why would god allow such a poorly developed creature as humans to be the crown of creation? The answer: we were just a failed experiment. The Giant Squid is better evolved than us, and its eye is the key to the mystery of its superiority. Ocam's Razor? The Simplist explanation is usually right - the squid is a superior species. Thus, the flying spaghetti monster selected the squid, not humans, as the highest species on the planet.