Archive for June, 2011

“Animal Farm” is an allegorical novel of the political abuse of Stalin or any abuses of the idea of communism or totalitarianism. This fable, portrayed by talking animals, is also a showcase how the downtrodden people suffered from the reign. How uneducated animals are led to misery by the leader’s corrupt use of language. How the gullible animals are fooled in thinking they have the Utopia. And most of all, how humans can be like animals.


Animal Farm (1945)

The story starts on the rebellion of the animals under the supervision of Mr Jones, the landlord of the farm. He is a diligent and hardworking man however, at some point, he became lethargic and forgot to take care of the animals. In result, the animals are underfed and overworked for several days. One night when Mr Jones comes home, the animals expect for their compensation however they got none. At last, the animals can’t take it anymore and decide to take the matter for themselves. They kick and punch their oppressors and in the end manage to overthrow all Mr. Jone’s lot.

After triumph, the intellectual pigs assumed the leaders’ position. By then, the farm prospers. They harvest harder and better than Jones’. They also undergo many reforms like educating the animals and establishing moral laws. However, things get ugly when Napoleon hungers for power and supreme authority. He purges and kills anyone who poses threats on his plans. Since most animals can’t think for themselves and regarded as “stupid”, they believe and follow all Napoleon says and orders. Before they knew it, their freedom from Mr Jones slowly becomes a prison of dystopia.

I admire George Orwell for his stubbornness. His book criticizing Stalin’s regime, at that time, is a controversial topic. It is like a taboo that’s why almost all of the publishers rejected his proposal. But at last when the World War II ends, one publisher took charge. From them on, the book have steady sales. (more…)

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Balthazar making a plasma bolt

If this The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a book, it can be easily identified in a young adult fantasy shelf. If given a chance, the story would make a series. The story have many doors but due to time constraint’s only few are open. But don’t worry, your popcorn and soda will not be a waste. You will still feel how fun a Friday movie night can be.

A hundred years ago, a master sorcerer have three apprentice and as the movie warns, he should only have two. The conflict starts when Horvath, one of the apprentice, helps Morgana, the villain, to cast a spell that would reincarnate dead people and be able to control them – a preparation for world domination.

On the attempt, Morgana was stopped, and with Horvath they are sealed into a doll, but not yet killed. In result, however, the master dies. Only the next generation of Merlin, a powerful wizard, can defeat Morgana and it iss Balthazar’s job (Nicolas Cage) to find him.

The chosen one is Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a physics student who knows how to make a tesla coil dance and sing. At first, he is reluctant but after some prodding, he finally agreed to take the responsibility. On the other hand, Horvath accidentally escapes from the doll and is also preparing for his own apprentice. (more…)

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the other guys at work

The trailer is funny and so is the film, but only the selected parts.  The whole film is like a parody because of its paper-thin or thoughtless plot. It has humor but the length of the film kills it. This is one of the comedy flicks which you just appreciate clips of the movie and not the whole movie itself.

The Other Guys is a story about two cops who spends most of their duty sitting behind the desk. However, they have different motives. Allen is afraid of gunfight and chose to be the department’s accountant and takes any paperwork – his idea of being safe, while Terry,  an intelligent and well-trained cop, is forced to be with Allen, his partner, because he shot an innocent man but still eager to get back in the battlefield. That’s why when their leading crime fighters died on a “heroic” act Terry drags Allen to various cases, hoping this will be their grand debut. (more…)

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