Friday, April 27, 2007

The Big Sleep

The Big sleep was a 1946 movie of the classic detective work style. Another movie made famous by Humphrey Bogart. This Noire style movie revolves around alot of back stabbing and people double and triple crossing each other. It starts with the private detective Phillip Marlowe investigating a shady buisness. The business is found to sell pornography and other illegals and then blackmail the people who take part with the business. People then kill other people trying to get back at them, with the detective always a step behind. It has a very dark aura, the way it makes people seem that given in certain situation, they are capable of doing anything, such as black mailing, killing, and every just the thought of people taking part in illegal business.
One of my favorite songs is based on the actions in this movie. By Streetlight Manifesto on their first album, Every thing goes numb. A very dark CD in total, The Big Sleep song deals with alot with the darker side of human emotions and how they deal with them. the song opens with " Why do you cry when you know how the story ends?How can you laugh when you know that it hurts your friends?" and sets the tone for the rest of the song. Its is asking how and why we as a human A) are affected by when something bad happens that we know is gonna evetually happen, and B) why do we hurt the ones we love, with stupid little things. I do know the answers to these questions and I do not believe anyone else is capable of answering these questions because it deals with the true human nature and how we all separately deal with human emotions. " I'm not leaving this place,Unless I'm leaving with you" picks at how people should try to save one another from taking the wrong path in life. It is applibile to the movie and how people truly have good hearts and other know it.


Casablanca, a movie that shall prove the test of time due to its greatness in all areas of the film industry debuted in 1942 as a romantic movie. I was set Morocco, in the city of Casablanca, and the movie revolved around a couple of Rick and Ilsa. Rick is a cafĂ© owner, which participates in illegal gambling and is quite popular for both French Officials and German Officials. Set in World War 2 this is reason for problems in this occupied country and reasons for a lot of tension. Rick however refuses to take any sides what so ever. That is until Ilsa unexpectedly arrives in his club. Before Rick was a club owner, he used to run arms to French resistance fighters in Paris. There in Paris he and Ilsa had gotten into a relationship. They proceeded to see each other until it became unsafe for both them to stay in Occupied France. On the day they were supposed to leave together, but Ilsa stood Rick up. Since then he has become distraught over the situation and refuses to get attached to anything. He later learns that Ilsa was cheating on the leader of the French Resistance with Rick, which changes a lot of ideas he has in his mind. Rick obtains a very valuable item in Casablanca, of which anyone who bears these papers, they are allowed to leave the city of Casablanca and are allowed to move through neutral and German occupied territory. Many people want to obtain these letters of transit, and get out of Casablanca. No on more than Victor and Ilsa, mainly because Victor is urgent to get back to helping with the French resistance. Rock is hesitant due to how heart broken he was over Ilsa. After much deliberation with Rick and Ilsa, rick decides to help them out, flat out ignoring his favorite motto “I stick my neck out for no one”. At the end Rick helps Victor escape with Ilsa, and he doesn’t get the girl, which was very disappointing to the audience because of the on screen chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
This movie is great because of the ending. The build up for it begins right when you see Rick and Ilsa meet in the club. Everyone has the preconceived notion of how the movie ends, because they are used to love movies of that type. The guy is supposed to get the girl in the end. That’s not how it goes through this entire movie. Its very hard to fully understand each character in the movie, the only ideal that can become fully comprehendible are the emotions that each character is feeling. Which makes for the viewer to have a variety of emotions for each character. And trust me, there are plenty of good characters in this movie. There is Sam, the piano player, the Renault, the French officer who is really only good for looking out for himself. There is also Ugarte who is in desperate need of help, and of coarse the German officer, Major Strasser. All these characters at one point in the movie has some sort of conflict with either Victor, Ilsa and Rick. I really enjoy this move as it is so very different and encompasses a lot of emotions.

Monday, April 23, 2007

It Was A Calamity

I don’t understand why Calamity of Physics is called “A GOOD BOOK”. Just because someone can refer to numerous movies, events and OTHER BOOKS, does not make them smart, it makes them a know it all. Know it all’s and smart people are two completely different people. The difference is that smart people, have something to bring to the table. Know it alls, can not survive without information to thrive on. This is what Miss Pessl does, take all of information that really have nothing to do with the book, and shove it down readers throats, tricking them into thinking it is useful information. If you take all the comparisons in the book away, all that’s left is a crappy story and plot that is as follows: A smart girl that keeps moving around with her single parent dad and has trouble fitting in. For some miraculous reason a teacher decides to help her and gets her in with a group of friends, who really cant stand the new kid. The mysterious reason turns out that almost everyone in the book is an assassin and had assassin relationships with each other, and that same reason leads to an assassin assassinating another assassin. That sounds like a terrible Disney movie that never got made, I mean everything’s there, the dead mom at the beginning of the story (all good Disney movies have dead parents, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, The Lion King, Alladin,), the kid who moves from town to town and never has or made any friends (Johnny Tsunami, Cindarella, Snow White, all resort to talking animals), and the awesome surprise ending where everyone’s an assassin. Wait that’s too bad of an ending to put in a movie, might want to just restrict that one to books, because no one will ever end up believing that stuff. That is the way this fictional book comes across, fictional which means unbelievable (Websters Dictionary P.283). Anyone could write like this if they wanted to, for instance write a story where in the ending everyone is actually a SHARK, THAT WOULD TOTALLY BE A SURPRISE. And you would have to compare everything to something else, oh oh I know, sheep sheering. “ He made a sound like a sheep being sheered” or “ I flipped through the pages as if I was sheering a sheep” and the ever popular “ As I sheered the sheep, it reminded me of my sheep sheering days.” That would a great book, I’d call it Hooked on Phoniex : Stop the Addiction. This is how I view this excuse for a book, a mystery novel that may as well be called, “EVERYONE IS AN ASSASSIN” or “MY DAD: THE ASSASSIN” I don’t know where the thought came across Miss Pessl mind when she was trying to develop an ending. It probably hit her when she crossed paths with a real assassin. Or maybe she herself had a interesting love affair with Sean Connery, and wanted to translate it into something less believable. For all I care this book is For Your Eyes Only (1981 John Glenn)