THE CINEMA

THE CINEMA
art entertainment review reference
1.
Watching Kingdom of Heaven,  I Remember
I remember Jerusalem as the home of Christ. Christ is born in Bethlehem. He is crucified on the Hill of Calvary (now the altar of crucifixion), is buried in Golgotha (a place of skull), and on the third day, he arose again.
I remember Jerusalem in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, I am a Christian.
I honor the Wailing Wall (Western Wall) of the Jews. I weep in the wailing walls, the city of David, where Solomon built the temple. I mourn with them.
In Jerusalem, a mosque stands over the spot from which Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven. Abraham is said to have prepared to sacrifice Isaac on the same spot. I believe the Dome of the Rock.
Hence, I remember Jerusalem, a place of prayer for all faiths.
It is comforting to know that God has no favorites and his love for all manifests in the everyday conquest of our hearts and life journey. God, above all, strengthens us to be better beings everyday in the chances we can make out of life.
The film, "Kingdom of Heaven," (2005) highlights this Holy City. It tells the story of a blacksmith (Orlando Bloom; Legolas in Lord of the Rings), who after his dolours, transforms to become a brave knight and baron of Ibelin. His loyalty is grounded on the kingdom of conscience, which is imperfect in human conditions, but buttressed in the hands of God. His humility in being a blacksmith lets him serve the people. His bravery in being a knight lets him deal with wars and speak the truth. He portrays a modern Christ in some point of his life, teaching even a king, a woman, a child, a gravedigger and a bishop, among others. Being in a company of various troops and conditions of people, he endures and values every person, sharing about right action, courage, and loyalty to God, above all.
According to Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times (IMDB), "Scott and company have gotten so accomplished at re-creating history that the results have a welcome offhanded quality, making them spectacular without seeming to be showing off."
"Kingdom of Heaven" stars Liam Neeson as Godfey de Ibelin, Orlando Bloom as Balian de Ibelin, Marton Csokas as Guy Lusignon, Eva Green as Sybylla, Nasser M. as Muslim Grandee, Ghassan Massuod as Saladin, Jeremy Irons as Tiberias, Edward Norton as the king, John Finch and more.
Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) is the director. William Monahan (a novelist) is the screenwriter.
References: 
Lands and People, III, The Near and the Middle East  Wikipedia Online  IMDB






2.
In Time:  Don’t Waste My Time

The idea of codes is dynamic. See how science-fiction opens conduits to discovery and innovation.

The concept of the movie "In Time" is done with sheer style, updated with today's modern technology. 
Imagine arms with life codes like the candies and stuff you buy from the supermarkets. Imagine your arms scanned to get the things you need. Your payment is the time that's left for you to live by (the time you need to live). Time, as the basic resource is well portrayed in the movie to be so prized, but never paid well for the poor.
Those that control the system can't run anymore, their faces a false sophistication melting like wax.
In another aspect, it shows us thoughts about life, profusely. There is a vivid picture of capitalism, where only a few groups or individuals own lands, businesses, and means of production.
It also shows mayhem by chance in the ghettos, where those who have got more are robbed by bad guys. With social implications, the ghettos are a minority group (check history).
A contemporary scene becomes evident, in the supply of commodities (coffee and food in stores) restricted to a few, though demand is high because of the high cost of living brought about by rising costs in all the time zones (only the rich can afford).
In the end, two young advocates Will Salas and Sylvia Weis (from divergent zones), collaborate and work together to find solutions to uphold the living conditions of the people and to correct the systems, like what Robin Hood does (but no arrows now, only guns). Also, kids of hope shine in their innocence to bring forth more life time to their degenerating zones and one generous senior (victim) offers his centuries (life), for the hope of change and progress believing in the kind heart and blood of Will Salas. The old man wrote in the glass window, "Don't waste my time."
Moreover, 25 years old establishes an age of responsibility in every form and any form of life. One is supposed to start earning trust from elders, parents and community from the good work lived and served, especially for the under privileged.
But then, the impossibilities! No time; no future can alter man's death or creation, except God who gives and takes life.
But maybe, if fiction.
All in all, "In Time" is thumbs up!
Among others, Justin Timberlake (Will Salas), Amanda Seyfried (Sylvia Weis), and Cillian Murphy (Raymond Leon) star in this film. It is directed and written by Andrew Niccol.



3,

Agora:  Snippets of Dialogue
"Whatever may be going out the streets we are brothers," warns Hypatia in the film "Agora."
Set in Roman Egypt (391 A.D.) the film "Agora" is a historical drama showing how a teacher establishes affinity and harmony with her students.
In the story is a slave (Max Minghella) who turns to the rising tide of Christianity, in the hope of pursuing freedom. He falls in love with his master, the famous Philosophy professor, Hypatia (Rachel Welsz)of Alexandria.
Though an atheist, the teacher favors the principles of freedom, respect for life, peace, love, and responsibility. She is occupied with books, lessons, and the billions of systems around the earth.
Sometimes classes extend even outside the classrooms when a teacher vows responsibility to her students. The student's ambitions with their potentials are gifts they can share to humanity and life progress.
Moments of life are lessons to learn. If only each teacher and student would bond all their good undertakings, then attending school would not be boring. Teachers like second parents or leaders of a community, are guardians for creating what the earth and nations can profit.
Depicting a typical Philosophy class of arguments and subjects, and loaded with intelligent conversations, the classroom becomes a core of bright ideas and goals. As one community and together, the classroom should make a mark more than books to read, more than fundamentalism and rules, but a fortress of truth and inspiration.
Orestes falls in love with his teacher, and gives his loyalty to his mentor.
Romance and discipline show in the scene where Davus, the slave, assists the teacher in all her needs. He goes to school with with Hypatia and learns. He even assists her during baths. He falls in love with his master and lusts for her. Later he fights for the Christian doctrines. In the end, Davus brings the teacher to meet her death embracing the fate they both have to meet.
"You are a Christian because your heart is a Christian, " says the slave to the lady. The teacher helps the slave and treats him like one of her students. She sets the slave free: heart, mind, and body.
Snippets of Dialogue
"Do not touch my disciples," shouts the teacher. This immense quest to groom good leaders in an unrequited love forms the strength and responsibility of individuals and workers in different paths of life.
"You don't question what you believe." Faith is given a highlight above everything.
The film is under Tyler Perry Company.
It is written and directed by Christopher Strokes.


4.

Best War Pictures
Why do we like to watch war pictures?
We watch them because wars remind of history, freedom, honor, and tradition. Wars have bled Nations new ways of life and lessons to learn. Soldiers bow to obedience, unity, service and integrity with mute tongues and that devotion to die for country and its people.
Wars have brought progress from oppression. Life tells that war is like love, "It isn't fair in love and war." Maybe, history has just to make movies and not wars again. Let nations and peoples pray for peace in the world and among men.
Find these classic movies of war and virtues:
1. The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren with Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto.
Nathan is a man adrift. The Battle he once fought seems distant and futile. Once he risked his life for honor and country and in the years since civil war; the world has changed for him.
The troubled American soldier finds himself at the center of a violent and epic struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his sense of honor to guide him.
Edward Zwick is the director. "The Last Samurai also stars Tomothy Spall and Hirojuki Sanada.
Film is by Warner Brothers Pictures.
2. Full Metal Jacket by Stanley Kubrick
This movie is with critics and awards nomination (1987 war film).
Full Metal Jacket ranks 457 on Empires 2008 list of 500 greatest movies of all time.
It follows a squad of US Marines thorough training. The plot is sad and harrowing showing how one dies - in a war like the Vietnamese woman sniper, and a suicide committed by a "trying-hard" and coping soldier.
In the end, Marines finish the day by singing the Mickey Mouse Club March.
Story is based on the novel "The Short-Timers." Movie stars with Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D' Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, among others.
3. The Thin Red Line
Sean Penn is Sgt. Welsh in "Thin Red Line." The story tells the horrors of war. Soldiers bond into a tight-knit group with emotions that develop into unity and family.
4. Saving Private Ryan starring multi-awarded actor Tom Hanks
5. The Patriot starring Mel Gibson
Benjamin Martin (Gibson) is a reluctant hero, who later discovers that the only way to protect his family is to fight for a young nation's freedom.
6. Born on the Fourth of July
Tom Cruise delivers an engrossing unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. The film is based on a true story of a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the war, to an embittered veteran paralyzed mid-chest down.
Rose Flores Martinez


5.
THE CINEMA

From its humble beginnings, cinema has been heralded as a uniquely endowed art form providing an escapist for a socially alienated audience. From a historical point of view, cinema seems to have played the same social role in the 21st century as that of the novel in the 18th century. Filmmaker and writer William Burrough writes, "What has made money will make money." This axiom encourages studios to the tried-and-tested formula rather than experiment with a new twist or a new technique.
Screenwriter Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr., Ph.D (University of Iowa), illustrates the "Filmaking Universe" explaining the inner circle as the mainstream industry, whereas the outer circles reveal for alternative films. "The farther the screenwriter is from the center, the more independent he or she becomes," Del Mundo says.
It is important to know that there are different audiences. The commercial industry already has a niche market but independent filmmakers still have to look for their own audience. Apart from being financed by independent producers and agencies, alternative films can also be sponsored by embassies and screened for festivals (i.e. Cine Europa, Spanish, and Japanese films).
"The idea is not to compete but to make films that the mainstream is not doing. It is important to think of subjects that the industry does not deal with, and look for new and different ways to tell stories," adds Del Mundo. Today's trend also reveals computer-generated films and characters - the Transformer, among others. "It all depends on what one is looking for," he asserts. For the industry, a good film is the one that will make money. The quality of the film is incidental. However entertaining films can also be good."
How successful has the underground art film been as an alternative to the commercial films? Experimental films, which presumably are not concerned with commercial viability, have an entirely different set of criteria. For example, in the commercial films of Anthony Balch, it has been said that the conscious, logical part of the mind is like the tip of the iceberg that appears above the water. What he is trying to do is to jar people into developing an awareness of an area under the water by actually showing them mechanisms of perception that, of course, go on all the time.
"In writing a film, one has to be interested in the project. That is a prerequisite. In my case, I try to write the best I could. I work outside the mainstream so I do not get projects often. However, I have a regular job as professor. In that way, I can choose projects I want to write. My two jobs complement each other."
Certainly, the cinema is privileged for this double adventure of acknowledging and exploring the strangeness of the world. That which takes place in our dreams is infinitely more interesting (because it's richer, less prearranged, more capable of revealing our relations with reality) than the gestures and words, the thoughts and settings, that constitute the fabric of our socialized life. Cinema is an instrument for understanding the contemporary man and shaping the man of the future as well.
Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr. is a professor and a respected filmwriter.
Rose Flores Martinez, 2009



6.
An Analysis:  The Story of the Gladiator

The old movie "Gladiator" portrayed by Russel Crowe gives a vision of freedom.
"The idea is greatness. It is a vision," says the lady lead character in the film Gladiator. I can visualize from the story the writer's itch to show what greatness means. That greatness is being true to your word, being truthful to yourself and doing a noble and magnanimous deed. It is being brave despite trials. It is being true despite poverty. It is fighting for what you believe in.
History tells us that Romans are thrilled with games involving slaves. Audience bets on who wins the game while they get entertained as depicted in the film. The story concept shows that greatness is not being rich or being poor nor being a king or slave - it is something in the character of the individual. No matter who or what he is. Maximus proves his worth as being a good man by being true to his promise to King Marcus Aurelious.
The idea also shows us about freedom. That it can be won by staying together for a good cause and having true friends. Working together for a vision to attain a goal despite dangers (it was depicted in the senator's life , the loyal friends of Maximus, and the princess). Greatness is an act that teaches men wisdom, wisdom to have strength and honor to the extent of risking one's life.
The screenwriter with a deep thought about greatness, principle, life and death weaved a great story form the simple but encompassing idea of a good vision: the general who became a slave, the slave who became a gladiator, and the gladiator who defied the emperor.
Indeed, a noble deed wins you freedom, even after life. It will set you free.
Screenplay is written by William Nicholson.
Rose Flores - Martinez 2009




/ rosevoc2. On July 16, 2013. iwrotefiction

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