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Archive for July, 2009

The Popularity of Book/Movie Series

As you know, I recently finished His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. That made me think about the publicity surrounded the movie. The publicity was negative and hence, the movie wasn’t as watched as Lord of the Rings. It was kinda the same with Inheart. It’s a part of a book trilogy and was made into a movie. But like The Golden Compass, it wasn’t watched as much as Lord of the Rings. That made me think about why that was. For Inkheart, I think it’s because it didn’t get as much publicity and the fact that the book series isn’t well know. I say that because I don’t really remember seeing the trailers for Inkheart on tv or in the theaters much. Plus, I never even heard of the series until the movie came out. The same sorta happened with His Dark Materials. However, with His Dark Materials, it didn’t help much that the movie got negative publicity but of the controversy surrounding it. I think that the only reason why Lord of the Rings became popular was because it’s been around for like 50-60 years. Because of that, many people have read the books, and the books/movies didn’t stir up any controversy.
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Judaism, Christianity, And Islam

You know, I don’t get why there’s a conflict between the three religions. I mean, I can understand the conflict between Judaism and Islam, and Judaism and Christianity. Because the conflict between Judaism and Islam started with the whole first born son conflict between Sarah’s son, Isaac, and the servant/maid’s son, Ishmael. It was because the servant and Ishmael were kicked out due to the fact that Ishmael was due to inherit Abraham’s property and Sarah wanted Isaac to inherit the property instead. Now, I can understand why there was a conflict between Judaism and Christianity way back when Christianity first started. Because Judaism originally started out as a Jewish sect. The only difference was that Christians believe that Jesus was the Savior that was supposed to come. Anyway, I don’t really understand why there is a conflict between Christianity and Islam. The only thing that I can think of for nowadays is because of 9/11. But even with that, it’s mostly here in America where there’s the conflict between Christianity and Islam. Oh, just so that everyone who reads this, I did not purposely make the picture for the symbol for Islam the smallest picture, nor did I intend for the picture of the cross to be the biggest. As another FYI, it was pointed out to me that the crescent moon and star are not a symbol is Islam and that it’s on the flag of Pakistan. I looked it up and it’s true that the crescent moon and star was not originally an Islamic symbol and that it’s on the flag of Pakistan, as well as a few other Islamic countries’ flags. Anyway, based on what I’ve read, it seems that the crescent moon and star were originally a Pagan symbol. It, somehow, eventually became associated with the Ottoman Empire. And since the Ottoman Empire controlled a predominately Muslim area, it became associated with Islam by default. So, at least in the West, that’s why the crescent moon and star is associated with Islam. So, to the people who read this particular post, don’t assume that the crescent moon and star is an actual Islamic symbol. It’s not an original Islamic symbol.

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Sexuality

I was just thinking…I noticed that there’s a tendency for gay men to be flamboyant and for lesbian women to be butch like. I’m not saying that all gay men and lesbian women are like that, because I know that they’re not. What I’m trying to say is that I noticed that men who are flamboyant and women who are butch tend to be gay or lesbians. That’s just my observations.

Pocahontas and Hunchback Of Notre Dame

I was thinking…I’m not surprised that Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame didn’t do quite as well as the other classic Disney movies. In my opinion, I think it’s because both movies dealt with mature subjects for a Disney movie. Because if you think about it, in Pocahontas, it deals with racial issues, greed, etc. In Hunchback of Notre Dame, it deals with religious issues, physical conditions, etc. I think that those were too mature for rated G movies. I can understand if it was for a PG-13 movie, but I think it was inappropriate.

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Disney: 1990s vs. 2000s

As I was doing my “research” for all of my classic Disney related blogs, I noticed that there were quite a few of comments that said that the movies from the ’90s are so much better than the more recent stuff. Case in point would the comment that veranasy16 made. This person said that he/she misses old Disney and the he/she won’t get bored watching stuff like The Lion King no matter how old he/she gets. Now, I’m a bit biased because I was raised on the ’90s movies and whatnot, but I have to agree with comments like that. I’m not saying the stuff nowadays is crap, but there’s a reason why the classics are called classics. I can’t really explain it. I think what it might be is the stuff from the ’90s is the best of cartoon animation. The current stuff, I think, is the best of computer animation. Although, I think stuff like High School Musical is kinda crappy. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

I’ll Make A Man Out Of You

Like I said in my previous post, I watched Honor To Us All. Because of that, I stumbled across I’ll Make A Man Out Of You. Anyway, the part that I found interesting was when Shang took out the weights, put them on Yao, and said that the weights represented strength and determination. He also said that both strength and determination were needed to reach the arrow, or in reality, your goals. Personally, I find it to be true because if you don’t have the strength and determination, you won’t be able to do what you want. Case in point would be Elle from Legally Blonde. When Warner didn’t think Elle was spending her time well by being at Harvard, Elle went onto study harder in her classes.

Honor To Us All

I was surfing youtube the other day when I stumbled across the scene from Mulan where they are singing Honor To Us All. Of course, I watched it because I haven’t seen the movie in years. Anyway, I have a slight bone to pick with the scene where each girl was shown. The third girl’s hair is more a traditional Korean hairstyle while the fourth girl’s hair is in more of a traditional Japanese hairstyle. The reason why I have a problem with that is because I think it’s rude that they used traditional Korean and Japanese hairstyles in movie portraying ancient China. I hate the fact that the animators generalized the hairstyles and used them inappropriately. I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t be too happy if Asian animators did that to African or Caucasian hairstyles.

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