12 Days of X-mas:a silent night

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Christmastime breeds nostalgia. The holiday atmosphere, full of traditions, encourages everyone to think back to Christmases past, back when things were the same but also a little different. Over the years,for whatever reason batman has always been able to translate well to Christmas stories.

Paul Dini’s “Slayride review

In the long history of Batman and Batman-related titles, there are many holiday stories. Some are particularly broad, atypical portrayals of characters as writers struggle to fit them into a story with an easy-to-swallow holiday morality: villains letting heroes go “in the spirit of the season” and so on. Though interesting diversions, these stories seldom hold any weight in terms of the continuity of the universe and even less in terms of the development of character. But Paul Dini’s “Slayride”, the story told within the pages of Detective Comics #826, breaks this mold, with intriguing results.

If you’re thinking that this doesn’t sound like a particularly Christmas-related story, you’re absolutely right. In a way. True, the action of the story has little (if anything at all) to do with Christmas. In fact, as far as Batman stories are concerned, it’s pretty standard fare: Joker kidnaps Robin, kills innocent civilians, Robin escapes and foils the Joker’s scheme. What is so powerful about Dini’s story, however, is how deftly he uses the setting to elevate the stakes which makes joker feel even more deadly. . After Robin discovers a dead couple in the backseat of Joker’s car (presumably the car’s previous owners), he very intelligently deduces that, due to the larger number of presents with the bodies, they must have a child – at which point he discovers a toy car in the seat and tries to cut his bonds. It took a second for this to sink in for me, but I very quickly realized that what Dini was doing was very subtly reminding the reader that somewhere in Gotham a child has lost his parents at Christmas time. And each subsequent murder echoes this idea. An old man is run over; a family loses their patriarch. The manager at a fast food joint is shot point-blank; his family and colleagues spend Christmas dwelling on his death. Just as Dini’s story treats the Christmas setting as more of a subtle detail, the art does the same. Simple details like the string of Christmas lights that bind Robin to his seat, or the Christmas ornament in his mouth are subversions of the holiday. Both are traditionally beautiful visual reminders of the season, but in this context they are fraught with danger; will the lights electrocute Robin? Will he be forced to bite through the glass ornament to free himself? Faucher’s inks and Kalisz’ colours add the perfect mix of holiday merriment and the cold and dark of a winter night. Together with the writing, what is left is a story that finds threat in every detail.

slayride” is a successful holiday issue because it reminds us of the principles for which the season is meant to stand – family, joy, and good will – even though it accomplishes this by showing a character who actively disrupts those principles. this is a wonderful issue to read from start to finish.

BATMAN: NOËL (2011)

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is perhaps one of the best known classic Christmas stories of all time. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is completely devoid of holiday spirit, focussing instead making and hoarding his own money. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of his former partner arrives to tell him he must change his ways and that three ghosts will visit him to help show him why and how that is to happen. These ghosts (Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future) give Scrooge a new perspective on his life, his regrets, and his fears, and as the sun rises on Christmas morning he springs out of bed a new man, righting wrongs with family, strangers, and most importantly his employee Bob Cratchit and his family.

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Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo (one of the men behind the critically acclaimed Joker). Bermejo’s adaptation does not directly place characters from the DC Universe into the roles of A Christmas Carol, though it comes very close. Instead, the narrator is telling his own colloquial version of the Christmas classic tale.

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In Batman: Noël, author/artist Lee Bermejo has taken the basic structure of A Christmas Carol and mixed in Gotham City. We get a Scrooge (Batman), a Bob (Bob) and the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Catwoman), Present (Superman) and Future (Joker). In this case, Batman is once again after the Joker and follows a henchman-for-hire who he is hoping will lead him to the clown. Meanwhile, we learn this henchman Bob (fitting) is down on his luck and just needed some quick cash to give his son a somewhat good Christmas. He’s not a bad guy, just a desperate one. This is known all-too-well by the Dark Knight, as he stubbornly shows and tells others throughout the story that makes it such a joy to read form start to finish. A brilliant take on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Batman: Noel is simply a perfectly crafted holiday story with a Dark Knight twist that makes it all work. Lee Bermejo proves that he’s not only a talented artist but he can also spin a good yarn. Whether you’re a true Batman fan or are interested in a different kind of holiday story that you should read today.

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A Christmas Carol, Batman and Robin try to reunite orphan Timmy Cratchit with his father, Bob, a wrongly imprisoned man. This story has everything: multiple fights, Batman throwing a pillow to block a punch, a death trap, Batman dressing up as a ghost, the meaning of Christmas, and Batman threatening to beat up a street Santa. The comic ends with Batman telling Robin that “Santa is real and always will be if we believe in the spirit he stands for – Good cheer, unselfishness, and love of the fellow man! That’s the real Santa Claus!” This story is simply such fun story to read.

Beauty and the Beast

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Out of the extravagant variety of Jean Cocteau’s work the paintings and drawings, the poems, the plays and novels and memoirs, the opera librettos and ballet scenarios—it is likely his films that will have the most enduring influence, and among those, Beauty and the Beast (1946) will have the most pervasive effect. Few films brim with the kind of cinematic magic as Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête. For its entire 93 minutes, Cocteau implores us to view the proceedings with childlike wonder and suspension of disbelief. His call to order in the prologue asks us to indeed suspend our disbelief form the start of the movie.

a debt-ridden man (Marcel Andre) accidentally stumbles into the lair of the Beast (Jean Marais), a fearsome-looking and seemingly ill-tempered nobleman. The man then steals a rose from the Beast’s garden as a gift for his beloved daughter Belle (Josette Day). At first, the incensed Beast threatens to kill him for those actions. But he relents, saying that he will spare the man if one of his children will take his place as none them but belle stays with him.

The film’s costumes and set designs were inspired by the illustrations and engravings of Gustave Doré (shown above), and the farmhouse scenes are an obvious nod to the paintings of Jan Vermeer. This sumptuous artwork is the perfect muse for Cocteau’s re-imagined fairy tale.

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Cocteau and his cinematographer Henri Alekan (who later shot Wings of Desire and Roman Holiday) use reverse and slow-motion shots, mirrors, and other camera tricks to striking effects to capture many of the scenes of the movie. Cocteau’s decision to keep the camera as still as possible was against the prevailing fashion of the time, and according to Cocteau’s diary, the source of some friction with Alekan. Cocteau had this to say in the press booklet that accompanied the film when it was released in America.

French actress Josette Day is perfectly cast as one of literature’s great heroines that really feels like the book’s belle come to life on screen. Belle’s character, played with sweetness and light by Josette Day, is aided immeasurably by the costumes of Christian Bérard. The costumes are somehow of their time and outside of it, both practical and fantastical that makes belle come to life upon the screen.

Like many films made during the early days of cinema, there is a charming quality considering the innovative efforts used to bring this fantasy tale to life upon the screen. . Actress Josette Day stars as Belle, and beloved French actor Jean Marais portrays the Beast. Marias spent five hours in make-up every morning to transform into the tragic character, and special fangs were made and adhered to his teeth transformed him into the Beast each day on set. 

Jean Marais who plays three characters  the foolishly obnoxious rapscallion Avenant whom Beauty loves, the self-pitying but elegant-looking Beast as the three characters he plays are all wonderfully acted by him. Cocteau’s conception of the Beast is a little more canine in appearance and behavior than subsequent versions like the animated film as he simply is quite more like the original version in the book. He is simply a book to screen perfect version of the beast.

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Bête slightly differs in comparison to Disney’s adaptations. Most notable is the inclusion of Belle’s sisters and brother, which closely resembles de Villeneuve’s original tale in contrast to Disney’s version which does not feel closer to the book. The metaphoric story is full of visually magical moments, which was new territory in film at the time of its release. Overall it was the cast and crew’s labor of love to create something unique that brought this tale to life. Cocteau’s focus on creating a visual poem gave the film a classical presentation. This is where the advance storytelling of early French cinema is best represented. There is a more romanticized element to Bête compared to its later adapted counterparts that told the tale. Beauty and the Beast (1946) will have the most pervasive effect. Few films brim with the kind of cinematic magic as Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête shows upon the screen.

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The ending was more ambiguous than I had remembered.The Beast’s curse is lifted yes, and he turns into a beautiful Prince.  Belle hesitates to go away with him – she was looking for an escape but might be going in circles. But, with no other options, she flies into his arms and up into the sky to live as husband and wife, future king and queen  but perhaps not happily ever after as we would love to think about in the Disney classic film. Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is more than just a fairy tale but a beautiful enchanting story on how beauty can be in the eye of the beholder. He wanted to make a poem, wanted to express what he felt through images rather than words, and even though the story takes the form of the familiar fable to translate to screen a magical tale that has such wonderful charm and magic to watch upon the screen any time.

Why We Love Comics

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It’s a medium where shiny new costumes matter just as much as intricately woven panel structures. A way of telling stories which can be allegorical retelling of real history, or just an excuse to present the reader with as many cool ideas as possible, as quickly as possible. An imaginative space that encompasses thoughtful statements on how art enriches our lives, and also that one really heavy key to the Fortress of Solitude that Superman just leaves outside his front door because no one else on Earth is strong enough to pick it up. Comics can take us on new adventures and interesting ideas. They have something for anyone as you can find an amazing comic you will adore and love if you love reading books you will be shocked by the medium that many dismiss as second rate to tell the same amazing stories. Its just boldly inventive in ways they tell a story of adventure.

This week I would say they had one amazing idea shows the power of this mediums story-telling power to take us to new ideas. Die #1 introduces six teens, Ash, Angela, Chuck, Matthew, Isabelle, and Solomon, who gathers to play a role-playing game run by Solomon on Sol and Ash’s shared sixteenth birthday. This introductory issue of Die is a fascinating meditation on grief, loss, and trauma. It cleverly sidelines the specifics of the adventure the kids had, because they literally can’t speak about them, to focus in on the way they’ve rebuilt their lives and cope, or fail to cope, with their trauma. By keeping us from seeing, or even reading, about whatever exciting or daring events may have happened to them in the fantasy world, we’re forced to grapple with their psychological torment without the mitigation of visceral pleasure that really is something an interesting read.

Paper Girls focuses on the adventures of a group of friends who deliver papers in the suburban town of Stony Stream in 1988. This bold comic series shows the power of comics to tell a wonderful adventure.

In another volume collecting a more recent story-line, the girls travel back to prehistoric times, where they befriend a young mother who had her son kidnapped by the men who raped her. This story may weighty, but Vaughan’s excellent writing stops things from ever feeling too heavy. The mix of humor and human-condition commentary that tells us about As children, we can know intellectually what adult responsibilities are and that grown-up heartbreaks exist that is the simple truth of the human condition.

Blackbird is a tale of magic, mystery and self-destruction set in a Los Angeles that’s no different to our own world in any way. Sam Humphries has done a great job in building a flawed main character that has grown on me. Her resolve to save her sister drives both her and the story. Blackbird is a really compelling concept that makes adore the power of comics like this one to tell a compelling story that will spark you interest.

Season of Mists is near perfect and one of my favorite volumes in the series. The story arc has a solid beginning and a satisfying conclusion as a story on its own. And the first issue would make for a great read to introduce anybody to the world of THE SANDMAN as truly this amazing fantasy series that tells a compelling story that will spark you interest. It depicts well the world of the Dreaming, capturing the fleeting nature of an insubstantial, magical world that follows no rules and is limited only by the imagination that is such an interesting series with many looks upon the power of literature and myths and other mediums to explore what makes us human.   The sandman is the modern version of fairy-tales that can be both light and dark to explore the darker traits of humanity.

I love the structures, the melding of words and images, the non-stop flow of ideas and all the other typical stuff that typical people typically love about comics that is about telling us wonderful new adventures and stories. Comics have never failed to inspire me, and that’s what I continue to love about them today. The art, the words, the colors, the craftsmanship, all of it striking different parts of me that no other creative endeavor possibly could as they are such rich layers of story-telling that you can see a hero like spider-man overcome the hardships of his life you feel for him and cry with him. You begin to feel these people are friends to you. The power of comics and the love it inspires is to tell us stories that no other medium that can tell use these stories about heroes and villains and other wonderful ideas that take us to new worlds.

I love comics simply because they’re unique. There isn’t another medium that can do what comics can do. Films are always the first thing to be compared with them, and while they are alike in some ways they contrast in many ways, I do love film, the two mediums still stand alone as comics you simply flip the pages and find new adventures in the pages of a comic book. . It’s not just kids’ books, it’s not just a space for sci-fi fans, and it’s literature that anyone can adore anytime. There was real, genuinely form-changing stories being told in this space that is something that always can connect to any reader because it’s a huge entire world filled with every type of idea and thought and feeling and emotion and idea out there: it’s an entire magical world and it’s, just, wonderful to read them I hope you will find a magical new world in comics.

DOCTOR WHO: Happy 55th Anniversary

Doctor who turned 55 years old a few days back on November 23,55 years ago Sidney Newman created an amazing idea of a hero. It’s hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes ARE important: Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we WANT to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me.
But when they made this particular hero, he did not give him anything beside a simple idea of being a traveler that is just kind, the doctor doesn’t need guns or anything just a sonic and a friend to go along with the doctor. This particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun–they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter–they gave him a box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat-ray–they gave him an extra HEART. They gave him two hearts! And that’s an extraordinary thing.
There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor as few heroes are like the doctor i felt to talk the doctor as something so special to me today as I am a huge fan of doctor who so today I honor 55 years of doctor who by talking about what makes this show so magical. our destiny is in the stars so let’s go and search for it

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Doctor who became so beloved is because the doctor is such a wonderful novel idea for a hero. Sidney Newman created an amazing idea of a hero. It’s hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes ARE important: Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we WANT to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me yet the doctor does not because the doctor is a hero that was given noting more than just a sonic screwdriver and two hearts that just saves the day by being just kind and helpful to everyone.

I recall when first saw doctor who when I was younger I saw on Sci-Fi Channel an episode of doctor who called father’s day. It always holds special place in my heart because the story shows the companion Rose Tyler going back in time to meet her father Peter Tyler it’s a very fun story that made me a lifelong fan of doctor who.

Jon Pertwee! the action heroic doctor

By the time 1969 rolled around, Patrick Troughton had already proven that it was possible for Doctor Who to replace its leading man and emerge not just unscathed but revitalized as the show was going through new changes that he faced as his doctor as Doctor Who faced a major change to its format and the doctor was exiled to earth it made his doctor more having depend on his heroism to save the day. He is one of my favorite doctors as he heroic nature and ways make him truly a special doctor as the doctor became a heroic figure with the third doctor. where is heroes like the doctor to save the day?

Jon Pertwee’s background was in comedy. Featuring in various films, he was most well known for starring P 18 years (1959–1977) playing Chief Petty Officer in the show The Navy Lark. Doctor Who was his big chance to break away from the perception the public had of him. As a result, the Third Doctor’s character was different then on ways he acted on the screen as a more a generally serious man, heavy on the charm which is what makes him so special.

The Doctor is an alien stranded on Earth, and sometimes he feels more at home with other alien races. Certainly, he strongly empathizes with their plight in some cases. Season 7 is largely unique in terms of approach and style to the rest of Doctor Who it’s a more grounded scfi show. Its nature is how the show often works best at times to ground down the scfi to reality to make monsters feel connected to our reality

In a period of such uncertainty, the commanding presence of Pertwee’s third Doctor – an ‘authority figure’ who allied himself with the military organization UNIT – was precisely what the series needed. I would say his doctor was a charming doctor that could save the day.

Of all the Doctors, the Third Doctor was the king of combat. He usually relied on his famous mastery of Venusian Aikido, but was not above bare-knuckle fisticuffs when provoked. Armed guards? Ogrons? Sub-human mutations? He had them all for breakfast. He even took on a Sontaran once, though in that contest he came off second best. His greatest fight was undoubtedly his fencing match with the Master that i feel is such a wonderful thing to watch unfold on the screen.

The best Master, Roger Delgado. The Master was conceived of as the Doctor as the doctor’s Moriarty and Delgado played him as a charming, suave Bond villain that was so charming and evil that made him one of best masters to my eyes ever. He is the master. It’s the doctor’s greatest foe to everyone eyes as master is something so truly good to see as the master is Moriarty to the noble doctor brings out the nature of the doctor’s worst or best as we see the doctor’s nature come to life with the master. It was Roger Delgado I feel gave the best role of the master ever to my eyes.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart played  played by Nicholas Courtney was another amazing person with the third doctor as he truly was one of a kind. He always remains the doctor’s friend to the end. He was a wonderful actor that made the role forever beloved by fans.

Jon Pertwee was brilliant in all sorts of ways. During World War II, Pertwee was an officer attached to the Naval Intelligence Division in which he worked alongside Ian Fleming. Yes, that Ian Fleming. In this position, he reported to, met and talked with Winston Churchill. Part of his role was to teach Commandos how to use gadgets like tobacco pipes that fired bullets. Now the origins of Pertwee as the heroic figure take root form that moment. Its when he died we see the doctor’s heroic nature face his fears. Jon Pertwee truly is one of a kind in terms of doctors.

Sarah Jane Smith,the greatest companion of doctor who.

The role of the companion is a well-loved tradition in the long-running BBC One science-fiction series, now a worldwide hit, and an integral part of the show’s success. I would say i picked her as the prime example of what an amazing companion because she is the simply best example of the best one to play the role. Sarah Jane’s story started long before I was born as she was coming at end of Jon Pertwee’s time in Doctor Who was coming to a close. For the majority of his run he had he had been accompanied by Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Elisabeth Sladen played simply the best companion ever to my eyes.

From the outset, Smith was wildly different to her predecessor. In her first story, The Time Warrior, not only does Sarah at one point set about kidnapping the Doctor, but she also attempts to bring the Women’s Liberation movement to the Dark Ages. And she absolutely will not make the Doctor a cup of coffee, no matter how patronizingly he asks. For want of a better word, Sarah Jane Smith was a companion with balls.

It was when paired up with Tom Baker’s Doctor, though that Sarah Jane came to life fully as Elisabeth Sladen and tom baker really play off each other so well with such charm. Sarah was able to start having fun. With a more carefree Doctor and the strait-laced Harry Sullivan in the TARDIS it made her charm even lovelier as by time she left it broke the hearts of fans as she was so loved by everyone. The brilliant Elisabeth Sladen was truly outstanding with her acting in the role.

 

The story of Sarah Jane Smith as we’ve been told will never end. She lives on in the current crop of Doctor Who companions, having been the one who definitively proved that who companions didn’t have to be subservient screamers as she simply defined what it meant to be the doctor’s best friend.

Elisabeth Sladen as sarah jane always remains one of the finest compaions of doctor who.She was the doctor’s best friend as she always gave out her best roles in doctor who stories upon the screen. It will always be the doctor and Sarah Jane. We will never forget her as its always the doctor and Sarah Jane.

William Hartnell  was a wonderful actor that made the doctor by bringing to life this magical role with his wonderful performance as the doctor. He was a daft old man with charm that made him quite likable to everyone. I want to thank him so much for all he did to make it come to life. he always is a speical doctor for all time.

The Doctor encounters the legendary Robin Hood and duels him using only a spoon. i dont need a need sword i have no need for it. the doctor’s a man able use only a spoon and save day. Its what makes the doctor so fun and charming in any version of the doctor. Its quite fun to see doctor defeat just a spoon. The doctor does the impossible as can defeat any foe with just the wits of the doctor.The doctor is one of kind in terms of heroes as doesnt need anything but just wits and charm to save the day.

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Jodie Whittaker is quite believable in her role as the doctor as there are strong similarities between Whitaker’s performance and the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors of the doctor. She has Ten’s mood switches, and the spinning and jumping from place to place of eleven but with her own unique twist to the role as she gives out such a wonderful performance upon the role as the latest doctor who is quite amazing in the role. The doctor’s main role in every-life time of the doctor is about a person here to here to help save us. The doctor does whatever is right no matter what. The doctor is a hero that everyone will always adore forever.

Doctor Who became a part of my life a long time ago. He changed me cardinally. I can say that I grew up on it and it is part of my childhood. And this series made me believe in miracles.  I want to say thank you to the series, creators, actors for changing my life, for giving the world magic! Happy 55th Anniversary! 1963 – 2018

I hope you enjoyed my talk on doctor who today,the doctor truly will always be with us forever.  I want to say thank you to the series, creators, actors for changing my life, for giving the world magic! Happy 55th Anniversary! Doctor Who

King Kong

Today I talk about king Kong, Escape is the most crucial function of Hollywood cinema. An audience supplied with hearty diversion forgets their daily troubles and returns for more, in turn supporting the entire industry; the relationship is one of mutual symbiosis of movies that was pure escapism started in the 1930’s as its the era that began the trend we see today of movies being escape from their troubles as at time of it was the great depression. I am happy to talk about one of my favorite movies all time which is King Kong.

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Cooper and Schoedsack sought to combine the awe of discovery with full-fledged drama, and then elevate their concept with irresistible Hollywood spectacle. Few forerunners to their eventual film King Kong exist, which further underlines their pioneering of filmic adventures. King Kong was the filmmaker’s challenge is to unite universal entertainment value with artistic vision, engaging both the audience’s emotions and intellect to make Hollywood spectacle that was unlike anything done before on the big screen before it

Cooper and Schoedsack’s King Kong was born. Conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and written by James Creelman and Ruth Rose, their yarn was about the very nature of escapism that was something diffrent form many movies of its age as its roots was to give viewers something they never seen before in a movie. It would take viewers to  an impossible world filled with wondrous things. In the end, their film would return to familiar territory, unleashing the unknown onto the everyday, smashing the illusion of escapism and confronting the audience head-on with this new idea of movies being an escape.

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Designing the Kong puppet was Marcel Delgado but it required more than than simple puppetry by way of stop-motion animation to create King Kong.  Employing every trick in the book to assemble a believable environment form back projection, matte and glass paintings, miniatures, and models, each disappearing into one another to create an incomparable magic show where the impossible lives and breathes. Pieced together with a metal skeleton frame, foam, and animal fur, the Kong puppet was made into an unlikely source of audience sympathy through O’Brien’s animation that was such a slow process like many works of this stop motion to bring to life king Kong‘s world.

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Modern day viewers might balk at the stop-motion effects having seen more convincing, photorealistic, computer-generated sensations in Jackson’s remake. From the perspective of today’s cinema but if you look upon the marvel of this work you would see how magical it is simply watch this movie upon the screen.I would say its acting is very good for everyone in its cast.Kong was one of the first movie monsters to receive credit as a main character. For the time, this speaks to the marvel of the film’s effects working in harmony with the power of the narrative, as the filmmakers relied on pure invention to render Skull Island, Kong, and the beast’s distinct personality onscreen.

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King Kong’s love for Ann Darrow fully described, his death painfully sad. There are moments where Kong’s behavior is best defined as idiosyncratic but strikingly true, such as when he verifies his Tyrannosaurus Rex kill by flapping its lifeless jaw, or when he smells his fingers after touching Ann. These moments grow throughout the film until the creature is no longer just a beast, but the story’s protagonist, elevating the B-grade monster movie into a moving tragedy when Kong falls to his death.

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Depression-era moviegoers found King Kong delivered them from their poverty and financial distress into the hands of a beast, but it was important to return them to the safety of the world when the adventure was over. ing Kong provides the underlying ambition of all Hollywood cinema. The film brings the movies to a colossal idea to the big screen which changed the face of Hollywood forever as the creators led the bold way to other flim-makers make groundbreaking changes that led to today’s Hollywood box office movie.

Black Narcissus

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Today I talk about Black Narcissus. Swiss film historian Fredrik Gustafsson describes Powell’s work in post-WW2 as having a quality of “extravagant dreamlike passion.” One such example is their 1947 production of “Black Narcissus,” a movie which propelled Deborah Kerr to stardom and featured a burgeoning Jean Simmons. I re-watch the movie often as its truly a classic movie. So I hope you enjoy My talk and review of the Black Narcissus now.

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Black Narcissus (1947) is perhaps most overtly infused with elements of horror and fantasy. It also stands out from their catalog of lush collaborative visions of both of them together make such masterpieces such as  The Red Shoes and their other remarkable classics as each of them are such wonderful classics. Cinema’s a multidisciplinary medium. In a perfect movie, all of its various elements would work together toward a unified goal: writing, acting, cinematography, editing, score that work so marvelous in this wonderful classic gem all are united to make this a marvelous classic that is perfectly one of the best movies ever made.

The flim is so hauntingly beautiful, and for good reason. Firstly, the film set a new technical benchmark for Technicolor cinematography building upon their past efforts such as The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and A Matter of Life and Death as its color in Black Narcissus really is so impressive you feel like you are really visiting it with the cast as its a remarkable sight to behold upon the screen.

Black Narcissus is also memorable for its incredible characters whom are all played by a remarkable cast of acting talents that all give out such wonderful performances. Deborah Kerr is remarkable in her role as tortured Sister Clodagha registers every emotion, every longing, every doubt and every fear with her eyes and movements as she truly is so marvelous in this role she plays on the screen. A beautiful young Jean Simmons is sensuous as Kanchi that is such a good role showing her talent as an actress. David Farrar is Mr. Dean, the Englishman that is a very impressive role for him to play upon the screen. They play out such remarkable roles in their respective roles that all showcase the wonderful talents of its acting cast upon the screen.

It is the destructive power of emotions repressed and released that is most obvious in ‘Black Narcissus’, but more fundamental to this beautiful film is a stronger, yet quieter, ancient and more subtle power, that of place. The Himalayan setting is established surprisingly convincingly for the period, in a series of vivid shots that disclose the fact of that landscape’s power from the beginning. And the particular quality, the particular power of that place is continuously present in the wind that blows constantly, stirring every fabric, every soft thing. Only as that power of place begins to work its insidious magic on the nuns does it begin to reveal its nature. Everyone there is affected, their practical efforts diverted by poetry and passion. Somehow flowers are planted, not potatoes. The Young General (Sabu) falls in love with a dancing girl (Jean Simmons). Two of the nuns are drawn to the rough Agent, already sunk into the life of the society around him. Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), the Sister Superior, initially drawn back to memories of her lover in Ireland, remains strong in her faith, yet is softened, becomes more human. Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron), on the other hand, becomes maddened by jealous passion and it is her tragedy, itself peculiarly bound up with the geography of the place that brings the drama to an end. The testing of a few people brought together in isolation is a familiar theme, but this is an unusual example. Black Narcissus’ has an unusual symmetry acceptance of this tainted life. Powell and Pressburger are experts at using color. Instead of employing their Technicolor to simply make their film look pretty, the color almost becomes a character in itself, creating a feverish, hyper-realistic glow to the film.

Legendary cameraman Jack Cardiff is responsible for the sterling and Oscar-winning cinematography. Equally stunning is the art direction, which created very realistic mountains out of papier-mache that stand out as some of best ever put to flim.

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Black Narcissus looks amazing but that visual glamour never spreads over film’s story and its characters, there’s no poetic romance or heartwarming humor here. Powell and Pressburger implant the darkest and most unsettling themes in film’s appealing pictures and thus create something that will terrify you with its contrasts to create an immensely powerful and thought provoking masterpiece to put it simply that you will adore watching again and again.

The Eleventh Day:Armistice Day

The Eleventh Day:Armistice Day,

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Today marks 100 years snice the official World War I’s official ceasefire took effect at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 after years of fighting  and millions of people dying. The final shots rang out in the same place they began–in Mons, Belgium. The last soldier to fall was American private Henry Gunther, who was killed by automatic fire in the village of Chaumont-devant-Damvillers, France, at 10:59 a.m thus they began the frist Armistice Day,which i honor today.

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The Eleventh Day:Armistice Day,

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If it’s hard for us to grasp the scale of deaths during World War I that the world really feel like it was end times for them all. Its hard for us to figure the scales of joy felt by the people today about the mass celebrations all over cities and small towns as factories emptied out to  celebrate the ending of this war.  Bands played, banners and flags waved. In factories, in shipyards, even on trains, everyone stopped what they were doing to shout and cry and celebrate together as they all were cheering upon the streets  to honor the war to end all war’s endings.  It was a mass joy that has not been seen like this in 100 years.  They were to rejoice in the bloody struggle’s end, and perhaps to rejoice in life itself, fleeting as it was.

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Every Veterans’ Day is important but today has a special resonance. Wherever you are, and whatever you may be doing today, please take a moment to remember the immense sacrifices made by so many millions of people that died in every war to our point in history for their honor and memories is what makes this day key to our world.~1918 – 2018~ Lest We Forget poppy-banner

 

I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they’ll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give… for the world I know can be. This is my mission, now. Forever.
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